Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #26 - The Dirty Book Murder by Thomas Shawver

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine where we spotlight upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. This week I am anticipating a mystery by a debut author. It's The Dirty Book Murder: An Antiquarian Book Mystery
by Thomas Shawver due out May 6, 2014 from Alibi. It even has a book lover as the protagonist. 

From Goodreads:
"Book merchant Michael Bevan arrives at the Kansas City auction house hoping to uncover some hidden literary gold. Though the auction ad had mentioned erotica, Michael is amazed to find lovely Japanese Shunga scrolls and a first edition of a novel by French author Colette with an inscription by Ernest Hemingway. This one item alone could fetch a small fortune in the right market. 

As Michael and fellow dealer Gareth Hughes are warming up for battle, a stranger comes out of nowhere and outbids them—to the tune of sixty grand. But Gareth is unwilling to leave the auction house empty-handed, so he steals two volumes, including the Colette novel. When Gareth is found dead the next day, Michael quickly becomes the prime suspect: Not only had the pair been tossed out of a bar mid-fistfight the night before, but there is evidence from Michael’s shop at the crime scene. 

Now the attorney-turned-bookman must find out who wanted the Colette so badly that they would kill for it—and frame Michael. Desperate to stay out of police custody, Michael follows the murderer’s trail into the wealthiest echelons of the city, where power and influence meet corruption—and mystery and eroticism are perverted by pure evil. Unfortunately for Michael, one dead book dealer is only the opening chapter in a terrifying tale of high culture and lowlifes."

 It sounds to me like it has the makings of a very interesting  mystery. I am already rooting for Michael, and I haven't gotten my hands on the book yet. What book are you waiting on this week? 


  1. Interesting pick. Thanks for sharing :)

    Happy Wednesday!

    My WoW

  2. Sounds like a delightful tale....and I hope you enjoy it. Here's

  3. Wow this sounds really good. Great pick! I hope you enjoy it when you get it.