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Death of a Bookseller

By: Bernard J. Farmer
Narrated by: Nick Rawlinson
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Summary

An honest policeman, Sergeant Wigan, escorts a drunk man home one night to keep him out of trouble and, seeing his fine book collection, slowly falls into the gentle art of book collecting. Just as the friendship is blossoming, the policeman's book-collecting friend is murdered. To solve the mystery of why the victim was killed, and which of his rare books was taken, Wigan dives into the world of 'runners' and book collectors, where avid agents will gladly cut you for a first edition and then offer you a lift home afterwards.

©1956, 2022 The Estate of Bernard J. Farmer, Martin Edwards (P)2022 Soundings

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An OK book

This is another from the British library crime classics, overall its not bad.
I have never heard of the author before and the story is set around book scouts or book buyers which is different.
A couple of the voices were nasal and annoying but not the worst narration I have heard.
Not the best in the crime classic series, but not the worst either.

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Great plot twist!

England, antiquarian-books, bibliomystery, 1954, bookseller, law-enforcement, murder, murder-investigation, wrongful-conviction, trial, paranormal, framed, personal-mission, lawyers*****

The copper and the bookseller.
The bookseller gets murdered, the police detective takes the easy out with the assailant, yet Wigan is promoted to assist with the investigation because of his knowledge of the book trade. Remember, it is set in 1954, original issue in 1956, so it is historical to us but contemporary for the writer. Despite the most meticulous diligence both before and after sentencing, it looks grim. The copper also becomes a bookseller on the side. The basics are intriguing, but it's the ingenious plot twists and diabolical red herrings that make this an exceptional Classic!
I requested and received an EARC from Poisoned Pen Press via NetGalley. I am thankful, but I did find it in audio and gave my eyes a break.
Nick Rawlinson is an excellent voice actor.