Friday, June 13, 2008

BOOKED TO DIE

Author: John Dunning
Genre: Mystery
Published: 1992
Personal Rating: 4.5/5
Yearly Count: 79




Cliff Janeway is a homicide detective and a book collector who resides in Denver. When a known book scout is murdered, both his profession and passion unite.

What a good book. I'm so impressed with Dunning's ability to introduce Janeway. The process of getting to know him and growing to like him was so smooth. It felt like a realistic relationship. As time progressed, his wit developed and flowed freely and his compassionate side became apparent, too. I liked the way Janeway's mind worked to solve the mystery. It had a low-key feeling, but one that kept me looking for clues. There was a bit of romance that was a pleasant surprise and the narrator, George Guidall, was fantastic. I can't wait to continue with this series because I thoroughly enjoyed Janeway's company.

17 comments:

  1. This is on my ever expanding TBR list. Glad to know it's worth it.

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  2. This was such an interesting book. When does the seconds challenge start?? I need to put the next one on my list for that.

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  3. I just added this to my GoodReads 'to read' list. thanks!!!!!!!!!!

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  4. I loved this book too! I read the second one as well and enjoyed it. I have the others in the series sitting on my shelf waiting to be read. I hope I can get to them soon!

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  5. Fern Chaside ~ I sure think it is. :) I'm so glad I finally got to it.

    Suzi ~ I'm going to begin the 2nds Challenge a month earlier this year, so it will begin in September and run through December (4 books). I'm looking forward to it.

    Danielle ~ I'm thinkin' you'll like it Danielle. And, there are 5 or 6 in the series. :)

    Holly ~ That's good to know that you enjoyed the second, too. I'm going to come by and see if I can find your review of this one.

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  6. I liked the two Dunnings that I have read; time for the next one. What is the 2nds Challenge?? So curious. Linda/CT

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  7. Oh, this is so good! I've olnly read the first two, I must get back to him soon!

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  8. Linda ~ Here is the link for last year's explanation of the 2nds Challenge. However, in a nutshell, it is just reading a second book by an author that you have only read one - whether it is in a series or not. I hope you'll join us. :)

    Nicola ~ I didn't expect to like it as much as I did. I'm soooo happy to find another series I enjoy. I'll come by to see if you have a review of it, too.

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  9. Just wanted to chime in and say that I, too, enjoyed both the first two books in this series, and am trying to find a copy of "The Bookman's Promise", so that I might continue to enjoy them!

    Great review; I believe I enjoy these for the same reasons, so I believe you'll like "The Bookman's Wake" as well.

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  10. I read the first two of these years ago and enjoyed them. I really must complete the series at some point.

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  11. Mo ~ Funny how so many people have read the first two. Hope the third is just as good.

    3M ~ I had no clue that they were written so long ago until I looked up the publishing date.

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  12. I've read three of the books in this series but missed the first one. That needs to fixed. Janeway was a great character.

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  13. Framed ~ You missed the first one!?! :) So you have read not only #3, but #4, too. I'm happy to read that you still think he's a great character.

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  14. I've read the first two in the series and have the others in my TBR pile. I forgot how much I enjoyed this series until I saw your review.

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  15. I've heard such good things about this series. I added it to my wishlist a while ago and really should try to get to it sometime soon.

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  16. My husband's read the entire series and enjoyed each and every book. I snagged a copy of this at work yesterday (hubby read library copies). Looking forward to reading it some time this summer!

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  17. The Printed Page ~ I'm happy to spur you on to read the next. :)

    Tanabata ~ It's so hard to get to all of them, isn't it? :)

    Les ~ Oh! That's great to hear. I love when a series maintains its "goodness". :)

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