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All Booked Up (A Basil and Hortense Killingsley Mystery Book 1) by [Curran, Terrie]
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New England's Smedley Library is a haven for strange academic and library types. When the rare books begin to disappear and copies of Tottle's Songs and Sonnets appear in their stead, a crew of zanies investigates. Then there is murder. This is an entertainment that pokes fun at everyone and everything. The plot moves swiftly along to the unmasking of the culprit. JV
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 512 KB
  • Print Length: 187 pages
  • Publisher: Terrie Curran (November 19, 2012)
  • Publication Date: November 19, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AAIFT4Y
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This is an old-fashioned murder mystery that tried hard to be erudite about the topic of centuries' old books but somehow failed to establish a compelling storyline. The characters reminded me of those in the Amelia Peabody series which admittedly are not my favorites because of their pedantic quality.

While the general topic should appeal to booklovers, the mass of detail in my opinion became mind-numbingly boring. The plot got sufficiently tangled up that by the end I stopped caring who did it---or why.

There were occasional typos: Orson Wells for Welles; eeny-meeny-"mynie-mo" for "miny-moe"; a couple of extra letters "fivej" or missing ones---Winifred became Winfred; "She mad a solemn promise" and my personal favorite: "I'll be my bun warmer that..." plus some issues with hyphenation/joined words (safekeeping is one word as is underestimation).

Character-wise, I found the rendering of a Texan accent downright embarrassing and questioned the level of disinterest in two murders attributed to the police.

I did not experience the same formatting problems as the earlier reviewer (the text did have exceptionally narrow paragraphs on my Kindle but fortunately did not on my iPad).

Probably a 2.5 rating, but I didn't want to imply the book was totally bad. The author seems to have decent writing skills but needs to hone her actual storytelling.
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I like books so was drawn to read this mystery about books. Unfortunately, if you are not a fan of special section reserved books, you might end up skipping over parts of this book like I did. I liked the characters, but felt like there was TOO MUCH detail about the books and too much discussion of the books. The mystery itself is also not complicated and you can figure out what is going on well before the end. Not worth paying money for, but if you like old research/special collection books, you would find it interesting to check out from the library.
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This story takes place in a research library and has a host of interesting and unusual characters in it. Sort of reminds me of Lord Peter Whimsy and Harriet in solving mysteries. Old books are being stolen and people are being murdered and it falls on the shoulders of these characters to investigate and solve the murders as the police are either out of their depth or just too lazy to investigate.
I really enjoyed this book, recommend it and am going to search for more with these same titles characters. These characters are so well written by the author that they come to life and are a joy to be around.
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Interesting quirky writing style that is totally enjoyable, along with a set of characters that while outlandish, are still believable. Totally fun reading something that doesn't involve a 20-30 something as protagonist(s)...living in Hortense & Basil's heads for a spell caused my own 'little gray cells' to perk up.
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I was really in the mood for a light, whimsical mystery (a la the late Charlotte Macleod) and hoped this would fill the bill--unfortunately it fell flat. The setting is a small but prestigeous academic library where rare books are going missing and lesser works are appearing out of nowhere. The cast is made up of librarians, researchers and one potential donor and are portrayed as caricatures (rather than true oddballs), good for the occasional chuckle but not real enough to care about. The two murders were treated as subplots and the author didn't appear to know how to integrate them or the solution into her main storyline.
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A wonderful book for those times you want something intelligent to read, but you don't really want to think very hard. The story, set in a library that is mysteriously losing valuable books, is believable and enjoyable for anyone, but particularly for those who know the world of libraries and rare books. There is just enough slightly "inside" information to provide verisimilitude, but by no means so much that you have to know that world to enjoy the mystery. This book made it into my light-reading library as a keeper.
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I enjoyed this book. It was esoteric, at times lugubrious and a bit hard to follow; at the same time, I found the characters interesting and likable. It was interesting because it gave an excellent view, with detailed explanations, of the business of collecting classical books, along with two murders.
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this was like seeing a 1930's movie. Very overdone caricatures of academics. Hard to get interested in. The main character seemed to be constantly changing the direction of his thoughts to the point that I felt totally confused as to where the plot was going.
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