"Whoever had broken into the shop might just have gone upstairs afterwards, might just be there still...My first reaction was anger: I wanted to roar up the stairs, only I could hear Barnabas saying, the way he used to when I was little: "Temper, Dido! Count to twenty-nine..."
Selling rare books has its moments, but few are anything close to thrillingexcept when Dido Hoare's scoundrel of an ex-husband suddenly reappears and puts a pulse of excitement in the air. But events go from interesting to intense when someone ends up murdered and the culprit seems to think Dido has something worth killing for, too.
With the help of her father, Barnabas, a retired academic with a penchant for mysteries, Dido may be able to divert the killer long enough to figure out who wants her dead and why. Recovering from a heart attack, the irrepressible Barnabas is taking chances that are likely to give Dido a coronary of her own, and give the police a bad case of indigestion. But as Dido and Barnabas are about to learn, every crime has its victims and its payoffsit's just a matter of being on the right side of the bookshelf before everything comes tumbling down.
Author Biography: Marianne Macdonald was born in Northern Ontario, where she lived until the age of twenty, when she moved to England to study at Oxford. After a lengthy academic career, she returned to the writing and acting she loved as a child. She lives in Muswell Hill, England.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Dido Hoare owns an antiquarian bookstore in London. Her ex-husband comes back into her life and soon ends up dead. It's apparent that the murderers are seeking something but haven't yet located. What are they after? Dido along with the police and other authorities must find out. I expected more of a cozy mystery, but this one is more of a thriller with a few cozy aspects mixed in. The plotting was not as strong as it could have been. I really did not like the ending.