The Bookman’s Tale by Charlie Lovett

The Bookman's TaleA young widowed antiquarian book dealer is drawn into a mystery that begins with finding a Victorian-era watercolor that looks like his deceaseed wife. He finds it inside a study of Shakespeare forgeries, and that is the world of this story — book dealers, book restoration, libraries, Shakespeare forgeries, London and the English countryside.

This is a fascinating background for the mystery of the possibly authentic literary artifact that is the center of the book. The book jumps back and forth in time following the provenance of the pamphlet, and following the relationship of the young couple. It also includes a ghost. What more could you want?

I do notice that it is a bit jumpy and seemed like it was almost geared to a movie presentation. I miss books that have just a little more development. But this is a good read.

Reviewed by Sue

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