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The Sayers Swindle
A Book Collector Mystery #2
Victoria Abbott

Berkley Prime Crime
December 2013 / ISBN-10: 0425255298
Mystery - cozy

Reviewed by Cheryl Green

Jordan Bingham is back and this time she is trying to find the Dorothy L Sayers collection that was stolen from her boss Vera Van Alst. Vera wants them back - in her lifetime. With the help of her friend Karen Smith, owner of the Cozy Corpse, she hopes to track down the buyer of this pristine collection of first editions. This time Jordan has a sidekick of sorts - her Uncle Kevin. He is living in the family home and driving Uncle Lucky and Uncle Mick insane. It is only a matter of time before Uncle Kevin does something to ruin Jordan's plan to recover the books. Jordan had better be careful because now there is an unidentified dead body and some people missing to add to the mix. If she keeps trying to locate the books, she could end up no longer in perfect condition.

Things to ponder: What is Officer Dekker doing in Burton? Why does the Adams home have so much security? Was something put in Randolph's tea to make him more docile? Just what is the Adams family hiding?

I was drawn back into Jordan Bingham's world from the very first page of The Sayers Swindle. Since I loved The Christie Curse so much, I was a little apprehensive that this sophomore sequel would not hold up. I must say that the story does not disappoint and might even be better than the first. The authors have done a marvelous job of seamlessly continuing this delightful series. I could not put this book down. It was a fun fast-paced read. It is laugh out loud funny. I love the eccentric characters that again populate the story. My only complaint is that once read, I have to wait so long for the next installment in the Book Collector Mystery series. So if you like your mystery with a touch of the golden age, then you should be reading The Sayers Swindle.

Reviews of other titles in this series

The Christie Curse #1
The Sayers Swindle #2
The Wolfe Widow #3

Reviewed 2013