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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
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (27 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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  • B0b
  • 12-09-22

Fun 1920s magical mystery tale

Fun read. Easy, yet still has a mystery to keep you going. Clever main character that is competent without being an harridan or constantly needing affirmation.

Very good narrator.

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  • Meg
  • 12-10-22

Fun to be Back

I enjoyed the first series, and really liked being back in that world, set 30 years later. It was great to hear how the characters had moved on. I would recommend listening to the first book, The Watchmaker’s Daughter, at least before starting this sequel series.

Parent guide: No language, one suspect uses position of power to pressure for sex, and a couple of characters are bisexual. No sex scenes, but references are made; you know so and so sleep together, etc.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-10-22

The Glass & Steele Lineage Continues!

While it was pleasant to encounter some of the characters from the previous Glass & Steele Series, it also seems like a repeat of the original - I found that disappointing. The use of the character Willie once again does not enhance this new series. She is even more obnoxious than the first series and there seems no mellowing or growth of her character. Not certain that I will continue this second series.

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  • Irina
  • 17-09-22

Too short! Wanted it to continue

Love this series, I wasn’t sure I would enjoy the continuation of the story with Gabe, but wow I love it! I was hoping a certain main character would show up at the end and was disappointed that didn’t happen, but it’s something to look forward to in future books! Amazing narration as always. I never write reviews, but I eagerly await next March for the next installment! Thank you for a great series!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-09-22

Great Continuation of a Wonderful Story

As always, the narrator, Marian Hussey is perfect. She’s one of the reasons I started listening to C. J. Archer books.

I loved how the status prior characters are revealed-and some are even in the story.

The only negative thing I can say is that the story end waaaaay too soon! I literally yelled, “Noooooooooooo!” When it ended.

I eagerly await book two!

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  • Safiyyah (Mary)
  • 13-09-22

Another Amazing Book

I love this author and the narrator makes you believe that all the characters are in the studio with her. It’s just amazing to know that it’s just her. I swear I fall into the each character wanting to know their life story. I love it!! You will too! I can’t wait for another

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  • Pinklady
  • 12-09-22

A great beginning!

This was a great beginning to a new series!! I loved seeing some of the characters from the Glass and Steel series. I loved the more modern setting with cars and such. I enjoyed getting to know Sylvia and all the new characters. I can't wait to see what happens next!

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  • Brie
  • 31-10-22

Magickal

I literally devoured this one ☝️
The cover and title drew me in right away but then once I started I couldn’t stop. The mystery was always there and you had NO idea who it actually was until the end. I literally was bummed when I found out I have to wait until next year for the next book. In the meantime go listen, read, or however you do books but get this one!

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  • Alexander B.
  • 10-11-22

Can’t wait for the 2nd book

A pleasant light listen. Narrator was great. Good inflection and character rendering. Simple yet engaging mystery. Great book to listen to while working. Can’t help but love the characters to.

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  • Jessica
  • 10-11-22

Narrator is one of my favorites!

Marian Hussey is fantastic at different voices for each character, it keeps up the immersion.

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