Mystery Summer: Bookish Mysteries

The Club Dumas
The Club Dumas By Přez-Reverte, Arturo (Paperback - 2006 ) FIC P All copies in use Availability details Holds: 2

Annotation:Lucas Corso, a Spanish "book detective," becomes involved in an adventure that could be straight out of an Alexandre Dumas novel.

The Dante Club
The Dante Club By Pearl, Matthew (Book - 2003 ) All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:While engaged in translating Dante, 19th century Boston literati, including Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, physician Oliver Wendell Holmes, and James Russell Lowell find themselves tracking a serial killer who seems to be inspired by the "Inferno."

The Dream of Scipio
The Dream of Scipio By Pears, Iain (Book - 2002 ) FIC P All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:This is more a suspenseful novel of ideas than a true mystery. Set in Provence, three stories in different eras: collapse of Rome in the 5th century, the Black Death in the 14th century, and WWII in the 20th, are connected by a 5th century manuscript, Manlius's "The Dream of Scipio"

Ex-libris By King, Ross, 1962- (Book - 2001 ) All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Bookseller Isaac Inchbold is lured into a dangerous search for a rare lost book. Set in England in 1660 and Prague in 1620.

Foucault's Pendulum
Foucault's Pendulum By Eco, Umberto (Book - 2007 ) FIC E All copies in use Availability details Holds: 8

Annotation:For their own entertainment, three book editors create an occult conspiracy theory involving the Knights Templar. The joke turns deadly. Some readers call this the thinking person's "Da Vinci Code."

The Grand Complication
The Grand Complication By Kurzweil, Allen (Book - 2001 ) In-library use only in some locations

Annotation:Consummate reference librarian Alexander Short (who naturally works for NYPL) becomes involved in the search for an object missing from an 18th-century cabinet of curiosities.

Murder in Byzantium
Murder in Byzantium By Kristeva, Julia, 1941- (Book - 2006 ) FIC K

Annotation:While covering an investigation into a series of murders, French journalist Stephanie Delacourt becomes involved in historian Sebastian Chrest-Jones research into the First Crusade and 12th century historian, Anna Comnena.

The Name of the Rose
The Name of the Rose By Eco, Umberto (Book - 2005 ) All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:The novel that defines the literary thriller genre. Franciscan friar William of Baskerville and his novice Adso of Melk explore a 12th century monastic library while seeking the solution to a series of murders.

Possession A Romance By Byatt, A. S., 1936- (Book - 1991 ) FIC B and more… Available to borrow in some locations Holds: 1

Annotation:A suspenseful literary mystery and a double love story emerge as two contemporary English scholars follow the movements of two Victorian poets.

The Shadow of the Wind
The Shadow of the Wind By Ruiz Zafɦn, Carlos, 1964- (Book - 2005 ) FIC R and more… All copies in use Availability details Holds: 5

Annotation:Daniel Sempere, son of a bookseller in Barcelona in the late 1940s, discovers a mysterious book and becomes involved in dangerous intrigue. Beautifully translated from the Spanish by Lucia Graves.

The Thirteenth Tale
The Thirteenth Tale A Novel By Setterfield, Diane (Book - 2006 ) FIC S and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:When bibliophile and amateur biographer Margaret Lea agrees to record the life of an ailing novelist Vida Winter, dark secrets are revealed in this gothic tale.

The Unburied
The Unburied By Palliser, Charles, 1947- (Book - 1999 ) MYSTERY P All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:While searching for a medieval manuscript, Oxford historian Ned Cortine witnesses a murder. Multiple murder mysteries from several time periods intertwine in this complex tale set in the late Victorian period.

Annotation:We started working on this list and noticed that our friends at the Seward Park Branch had created this beautifully annotated list, which includes some of the same bookish thrillers we selected and many other interesting titles.

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Intellectual mysteries and thrillers with plots centered on books, manuscripts or libraries. These are for readers who love lots of historical detail and philosophical inquiry in their mysteries.

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