- Series: Booklovers (Book 3)
- Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Crimeline (November 3, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553577166
- ISBN-13: 978-0553577167
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,682,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Unprintable Mass Market Paperback – November 3, 1998
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When Alex Plumtree is asked in confidence by the prime minister to publish a limited edition of Cleansing, a controversial novel by Lord Chenies, "one of the nation's most luminous literary lights," the staff and associates of Plumtree Press become instant targets for the media and those who don't want the book published. Alex is shocked to find the first chapter "ultra right wing in the most odious way, appearing to condone violence on England's downtrodden," but for the moment his mind is elsewhereAback home, Alex is caught up in a historical preservation battle over hedgerows, and his fianc?e in Switzerland doesn't answer his calls. Meanwhile, the publishing process is sabotaged at every stage, and Amanda Morison, his printer, is in grave danger. And then Lord Chenies is found dead. In this third Booklover's Mystery (Unsolicited, Unbound), Kaewert once again subjects the traditional English values of Alex and friends to quite a battering at the hands of outside forces as she pits the power of politics and money against the collective strength of committed individuals. As in previous outings, the true pleasure is less the mystery than Kaewert's portrayal of her beleaguered bibliophiles and her lovingly detailed description of their world.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From the Publisher
A book to die for...
"Kaewert writes in the style of Dick Francis--part mystery, part thriller, good plotting with characters we come to care for."
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I was only sad that there were not more of them. I was delighted to find that, after checking out her Web site, there are more planned.
I loved "Unsolicited," the first book in this series about a book publisher in London. Being a bookaholic, I enjoyed learning about the printing and collecting of fine books. Although a bit stiff, I liked Alex Plumtree, the protagonist, and found the mystery interesting and fast moving. The book also met another criteria I have for reading a series - an interesting ongoing story line.
I was a bit disappointed in "Unbound," the second book in the series because I thought it was a bit too long.
Along comes "Unprintable," the third installment in this series. All I can say about this book is that if you read either the first or second book, don't bother buying the third. It appears that Ms. Kaewert found a formula she feels comfortable with and insists on repeating it in her subsequent books. In addition, the Alex we met in the first book has not changed one iota in the subsequent books. It would appear that neither he nor any of the other characters have any layers to strip away. I am finding both the pattern of the mysteries and the stagnation of the characters and story line rather tedious. Ms. Kaewert would be well advised to take a lesson from the great Elizabeth George who knows how to keep a series fresh and the reader begging for more.
Instead of rare books and book collecting, Unprintable's book-related specialty is the art of hand set type and manual platen press printing. It was rather nostalgic for me as one who learned that art many years ago. It is apparently not a lost art, as I had supposed, since we are taught here that special editions are sometimes printed in this painstaking fashion.
Kaewert's "Un" series makes a fun read overall, especially for those interested in books and the combination of books and British mystery. In each volume though, her story line is quite protracted and includes a lot of non-mystery elements that may not interest some, as well as some highly unrealistic elements (but that's often the stuff of fiction). I would give a minimum rating of 7 on a scale of 10 to each book of this series if Amazon's scale allowed for odd numbered ratings. If I were to read just one in the series, the best choice by far would be Untitled (the fourth in the series), the most like an Agatha Christie story and the most masterful of all 5 books in throwing in a major twist on several occasions just when you think you have things figured out. I look forward to book number 6, Uncatalogued, due out in the spring of 2002.