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  • The Librarian of Crooked Lane

  • The Glass Library, Book 1
  • By: C.J. Archer
  • Narrated by: Marian Hussey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (115 ratings)

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The Librarian of Crooked Lane

By: C.J. Archer
Narrated by: Marian Hussey
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Summary

A librarian with a mysterious past, a war hero with a secret, and the heist of a magic painting. The Librarian of Crooked Lane is an intriguing new fantasy from C.J. Archer, the USA Today best-selling author of the Glass and Steele series.

Librarian Sylvia Ashe knows nothing about her past, having grown up without a father and a mother who refused to discuss him. When she stumbles upon a diary that suggests she's descended from magicians, she's skeptical. After all, magicians are special, and she's just an ordinary woman who loves books. She seeks answers from a member of the most prominent family of magicians, but she quickly learns that finding the truth won't be easy, especially when he turns out to be as artless as her, and more compelling and dangerous than books.

War hero Gabe is gifted with wealth, a loving family, and an incredible amount of luck that saw him survive four harrowing years of a brutal war without injury. But not all injuries are visible. Burying himself in his work as a consultant for Scotland Yard, Gabe is going through the motions as he investigates the theft of a magician-made painting. But his life changes when he unwittingly gets Sylvia dismissed from her job and places her in danger.

After securing her new employment in a library housing the world's greatest collection of books about magic, Gabe and Sylvia's lives become intwined as they work together to find both the painting and the truth about Sylvia's past before powerful people can stop them.

But sometimes the past is better left buried?

©2022 C.J. Archer (P)2022 C.J. Archer

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Thoroughly enjoyable listen with new slant on magic

Well written and interesting & fresh slant on magic idea within historical timing and relationships, Looking forward to Book 2

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Books just keep getting better

After the Glass and Steele books, it was a for gone conclusion I would read this book and the next. I've now learned there is a 3rd book out in September23. can't wait. they are well read, well planned and and extremely engaging books. you pick up one and can't put it down until finished. C.J. ARCHER is one of the best authors around. and Marian Hussey's narration style is perfect for these books.

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Worth a listen

Totally enjoyed listening to this book in the way to work. Just a shame I had to wait eight hours before enjoying the listening again on the way home.

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Easy Listening

really enjoyed this as a follow on from CJ's previous series Glass & Steele.
Marian Hussey is the perfect narrator for the characters.
Really looking forward to The Medici Manuscript now.

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Fantastic first story

The book was both exciting, adventurous and so enjoyable. Thank you for such a good read.

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Utterly charming

I greatly enjoyed this book, I finished it in one sitting (it’s currently twenty to one in the morning and I’ve just finished it and have bought the second book in the series). The story was light and easy to listen to but still engaging and the narrator was perfect for the story. Onto the next book for me…

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the interaction between the characters

i loved the story and, it was so easy to listen too . Funny at times.
The interaction between the characters is heart warming.

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Amazing story!

I loved how it carried on from the original series, Its amazing how the story continues in another era of time with the next generation, I just can't stop listening to it!

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Really enjoyed this book

The performance and setting of this audiobook made for a really cosy listen! I very much enjoyed it.

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A great add on series!

A great add on series to Glass and Steele, I’m actually beginning to enjoy them more than the original series!!

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