Death of a Bookseller

Title: Death of a Bookseller

Writer: Bernard J. Farmer

Publishing House: British Library Crime Classics

Date of Publication:  March 17th 2022 (first published 1931)

Rating: 5 stars

A book collector is found murdered in his study, surrounded by valuable volumes. His friend, Sergeant Wigan, helps in arresting the alleged murderer. But what if the wrong man is accused of this vicious murder? Wanting to avoid a second tragic death, Wigan finds himself in the tornado of runners, collectors, shady men and women and the obsession of selling and acquiring at all costs…

A very particular and exciting mystery (the 100th title in the beloved British Library Crime Classics series) contains many characteristics from British Crime to Gothic Fiction. Vivid language quick transitions from scene to scene, and an exciting cast of characters (and, naturally, suspects). I loved the subplot of the obsession with occult books and Wigan is a very sympathetic, realistic character.

What a film this one would make!

As always, excellent Introduction by Martin Edwards who has graced our bookshelves with mysterious gems.