The Sayers Swindle (Book Collector Mystery Series #2)

The Sayers Swindle (Book Collector Mystery Series #2)

by Victoria Abbott

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Jordan Kelly is delighted to make money tracking down rare and valuable mystery novels for her employer, Vera Van Alst, an avid collector and the most difficult woman in  Harrison Falls, New York. But now her boss’s complete set of Dorothy Sayers is missing, and finding them may lead Jordan to a murder suitable for Sayers’s esteemed sleuth, Lord Peter Wimsey…
When Jordan manages to locate her boss’s missing books, they are in the possession of Randolph Adams, an elderly man in a nearby town. Offering a valuable Hemingway first edition as an incentive, Jordan thinks she’s about to seal the deal—but some of Randolph’s relatives think he should hold out for more.
Then the entire family disappears—and a dead body shows up.  It’s up to Jordan to collect the clues—and make sure a killer gets booked.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425255292
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/03/2013
Series: Book Collector Mystery Series , #2
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 194,463
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Victoria Abbott is a pseudonym for the collaboration between artist, photographer, and short-story author Victoria Maffini and her mother, Mary Jane Maffini, author of the Charlotte Adams mysteries.

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Sayers Swindle 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
chefdt More than 1 year ago
The Sayers Swindle is the second in the A Book Collectors Mystery series. Vera Van Alst has had some of her Dorothy L. Sayers books go missing and has given Jordan the task of finding them and getting them back in her collection. Jordan turns to Karen, a bookseller who is recovering from a head injury for help. Slowly, Karen begins to remember selling them to a Randolph Adams. They go to see Adams and get him agree, reluctantly, to trade them for some other books. When Jordan goes back a couple days later the house is empty and Randolph is gone. When a dead body is discovered, Jordan is afraid that it might be Randolph. So now, not does she need to find the books, but wants to know what has happened to Randolph and the books. Of course Vera is her old cantankerous self, still refusing to eat any more than she wants to of her cook, Signora Panetone, excellent cooking. And since Jordan likes to eat, Panetone goes out of her way to keep Jordan well fed. Of course the zaney uncles are back to add a little humor. They may not be the most law abiding gentlemen, but they do look out for their niece. In this book, Uncle Kevin has taken up residence with his brother, as it seems there are other bad guys looking for him. He goes undercover for Jordan. In fact he goes so far undercover that they are having a hard time finding. A wonderful mix of mystery and humor. Looking forward to book 3.
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy these book collectors mysteries.  The first one rotated around Agatha Christie books.  Now this one takes on Dorothy Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey books.  Our heroine, Jordan Kelly, tracks down old collectors edition books for her employer, Vera Van Alst.  Vera lives in a beautiful old home and is prominent in her hometown in New Your, but all she cares about is her library of books.   Vera's Sayers books were stolen.  A bookseller friend of Jordan acquired them without knowing they were stolen, then she sold them.  Jordan must get them back or risk loosing her job.  The problem is that her friend is still recuperating from an attack that left her memory confused.  They do find an old gentleman who may have bought the books, but something is definitely wrong with his living arrangements.  Dead bodies show up, people might not be who they seem, and breaking and entering becomes a dangerous decision.  Jordan wonders what Peter Wimsey and his girlfriend, Harriet Vine would do. The characters in this book are especially strong and interesting.  The many well placed and used references to the Sayers' books is superbly done.  Intriguing and fanciful mystery connecting famous author to a present day mystery.  One of the best cozy series out there!!  Looking forward to many more!
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
The mother/daughter duo that make up Victoria Abbott brings readers the second book in the Book Collector Mystery series, The Sayers Swindle. Rich in detail and full of interesting characters this mystery is sure to tempt any rare book lover. With insights into the rare book business, creative Dorothy Sayers tie-ins and enough comedy to make you chuckle more than once, this is a great cozy mystery that promises to give the reader an enjoyable whodunit. What I liked: Oh, where to start with this one. I am a book lover from way back and this series really hits the spot for me. The first book in the series focused readers on Agatha Christie and now in the second we get a great read that focuses on Dorothy Sayers and her Lord Peter Wimsey books. I like the fact that Abbott is taking book collecting and using it for her subject. I could never afford a first addition or anything like that, but I find all of the information about rare books and the business of buying and selling them captivating. I think the authors did a great job of using those elements as a backdrop for this mystery. Jordan Kelly is a very likable heroine. She definitely has moxie and she isn't afraid to use it. She is sassy and vibrant and drawn so well that readers will love everything about her. I loved the fact that Abbott didn't find it necessary to make Jordan a do-gooder necessarily. She has been known to use some less than above board tactics when it comes to finding out things she needs to know. Her uncles are hilarious and give a whole new dimension to Jordan's character. Ah, the uncles! They had some adventures in their day and Jordan has learned a thing or two along the way. They give a lot of comic relief to the book and are endearing characters in spite of their nefarious ways. Abbott uses comedy skillfully in this book and makes readers chuckle now and then or shake their heads at the uncles' antics. The mystery in this one was engaging and entertaining. Jordan has to find a set of Dorothy Sayers books which have been stolen from her employer. There are a ton of suspects and of course there is a dead body thrown in the mix and Jordan methodically puts the clues together to figure it all out, but I sure didn't... LOL! Which means it was a very good book. What I didn't like: There wasn't anything bad to report on this one and that means it earns a five from my book bag. Bottom Line: If you are a book lover of any kind, you will love this series. The Sayers Swindle is well thought out and executed. The authors don't leave anything to chance, they provide a great whodunit, and some really good humor. This is one you definitely want to pick up.
rokinrev More than 1 year ago
“This might be a good time to mention that what Vera wants, Vera gets. And when Vera wants something, she wants it the way she wants it and she wants it yesterday.” Jordan Bingham’s at it again! Still working for vitriolic Vera, this time she’s in search of a set of Dorothy L. Sayer’s first editions that were missing since before Jordan ever set foot in the creepy old house. She’s still helping Karen out as the owner of The Cosy Corpse thinks she may have sold the Sayers as a lot to a man with silver hair. With help from Jordan, the two of them begin to piece together the mystery with some new facets including who IS who, and WHERE are they now, and HOW it all came together, and, what happens next? Drawing on love of classic mysteries, the author uses Lord Peter Whimsey as pivot. “What would Whimsey do?” Becomes Jordan’s watch phrase as the scenes unfold and get put in order in a way that will have you cheering as you hunt around for the next in the series. Highly recommended 5/5
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love these books! This is a laugh out loud; can't put down series. The main character Jorden is likeable and relatable. I read a lot of mysteries, but the first two in this series have really stood out. I recommend starting with the first of the series only to get a bit of backstory. Walter is the best!
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