Booked to Die
May 1, 2009 by Sarah
I had never heard of Booked to Die, by John Dunning, when I saw it on the mystery shelf. All the titles by this author had the word “book” in them, which is what first attracted my attention. When I looked at the books in the series I saw that they are crime novels based in Denver (I live about 30 miles from Denver) and the main character is a homicide cop turned rare book seller. They sounded fun so I checked out the first in the series. The book was pretty much what I expected and I quite enjoyed it. The style and tone is pretty typical for a crime novel; it is told in the first person so much of the writing is casual the way the charater would speak. Although I don’t collect rare books nor do I have an interest in doing so, the book connection was still an enjoyable twist. Even though I am not that familiar with Denver itself, I am familiar enough with the area that I could picture the different parts of the surrounding area that were mentioned. The mystery itself was well done. There were a few clever twists and it held together well. Overall I quite enjoyed Booked to Die and look forward to reading more in the series. Apparently the author also owns a bookshop in Denver, so perhaps I will have to go visit it some time. Update: the bookstore closed in 1994 and is only online now! Ah well.