The Bibliomysteries

18 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 274 ratings

The Book of Virtue Publisher's Summary

Short tales about deadly books, by top mystery authors

With his hated father dead, a man’s life takes a dangerous turn.

He doesn’t cry when his father, Frank, dies. The old man was an abusive, self-absorbed drunk, and when cancer takes him to his deathbed, his son is there to watch. At Frank’s final moment he leans over and whispers in his ear, letting the dying man know that he’s glad to see him go.

His only inheritance is a heavy, leather-bound book. He has never seen it before, and has trouble believing that his brutal, ignorant father ever touched something so beautiful. But the volume is well-thumbed, full of aphorisms and advice written in the dead man’s hand. Soon after he reads it, the son finds his life spiraling out of control. If he doesn’t want to follow his father to the grave, he had best heed the lessons of the book.

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    • The Book of Virtue

    • By: Ken Bruen
    • Narrated by: David Ledoux
    • Length: 38 mins
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    He doesn’t cry when his father, Frank, dies. The old man was an abusive, self-absorbed drunk, and when cancer takes him to his deathbed, his son is there to watch. At Frank’s final moment he leans over and whispers in his ear, letting the dying man know that he’s glad to see him go.

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    • Pronghorns of the Third Reich

    • By: C. J. Box
    • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
    • Length: 46 mins
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      4 out of 5 stars 43
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    In frigid Wyoming lies a mystery that stretches back to Nazi Germany. Lyle and Juan wait outside the lawyer's house in ski masks, pistols hidden behind their backs. Shortly after dawn, Paul Parker, an aged lawyer, and his old dog step into the cold. The thugs kill the dog, and take the lawyer hostage. Parker's day has started badly and is going to get much worse. Once a fine lawyer, Parker's enthusiasm has slipped with age, and criminals like Lyle are part of the reason for his disillusionment.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Revenge

    • By Susan on 10-14-15

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    • An Acceptable Sacrifice

    • By: Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated by: Eric Pollins
    • Length: 1 hr and 23 mins
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      4 out of 5 stars 30
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
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    A pair of federal agents from either side of the US-Mexico border target a cartel kingpin. They call him "Cuchillo", the Knife. Not because he kills with a blade - he has plenty of men to do that kind of work for him - but because his mind is so sharp. P. Z. Evans and Alejo Daz know the Hermosillo cartel is planning an attack on a tourist bus in Sonora, and they know they will have to capture or kill Cuchillo to stop it. The cartel leader has one weakness: rare, old books. To destroy the intellectual’s evil empire, this unlikely pair of international police will have to appeal to his inner bibliophile.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Why don't I like Jerrery Deaver novels?

    • By Wayne on 04-19-16

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    • The Scroll

    • By: Anne Perry
    • Narrated by: Alan Robertson
    • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
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    Monty Danforth finds the tin buried beneath a shipment of leather-bound classics. Inside is a millennia-old vellum manuscript written in an unfamiliar but unmistakably ancient language. Danforth tries to photocopy and photograph it, but he ends up with blank images, as though the ink were made of something impervious to modern technology. As the scroll’s mystery enchants him, this hapless bookseller falls into a cutthroat conspiracy that he may never escape. Soon a dead-eyed old man and his granddaughter come calling for the scroll. Danforth refuses to sell them the manuscript, but they will not be the last to demand it.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Supernatural book mystery by Anne Perry

    • By Carol Mello on 04-21-17

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    • Death Leaves a Bookmark

    • By: William Link
    • Narrated by: Fred Berman
    • Length: 49 mins
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
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    After years of get-rich-quick schemes, Troy Pellingham's bank account is empty and his options are down to one: take a job in his uncle's rare-book shop and spend his days working for an unpleasant man whose only redeeming quality is a mammoth bank account. Though well into his 80s, Uncle Rodney is the picture of good health, and the day when Troy will inherit the old man's money seems very far away. But then Troy gets a brilliant idea: why shelve books for a living when he can kill for a fortune?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Della's Delighted

    • By Book Box on 02-10-15

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    • The Book Thing

    • By: Laura Lippman
    • Narrated by: Carol Monda
    • Length: 50 mins
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
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      4 out of 5 stars 40

    Short tales about deadly books, by top mystery authors. A thief targets a local bookstore and it will take a bibliophile PI to save the shop. Tess Monaghan wants to like the Children's Bookstore. It's bright, cozy, and packed with the kinds of books that she is dying for her daughter to fall in love with. But no matter how badly she wants to support this adorable local business, the owner's attitude stops her in her tracks. What kind of children's bookseller hates children? What's eating Octavia, the grouchy owner, is more than the pressures of running a small business.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Thought provoking. . .

    • By Miguel Ylagan on 05-10-18

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    • The Book of Ghosts

    • By: Reed Farrel Coleman
    • Narrated by: Robert Blumenfeld
    • Length: 51 mins
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    The lie that bought Jacob Weisen a new life cannot help him escape the past. Birkenau could not kill Jacob Weisen. He survived the death camp and made his way to America, where he became famous telling the story of Isaac Becker, an author who was tortured to death when the guards caught him writing down his story.

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    • The Long Sonata of the Dead

    • By: Andrew Taylor
    • Narrated by: Cameron Pow
    • Length: 53 mins
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    Once visited by the likes of Charles Dickens, William Thackeray, and George Eliot, the London Library is a maze of books - a jumble of first editions and forgotten texts. For Tony, it is a refuge from the failure his life has become - and it is about to be invaded by a destructive old friend. Adam is a world-renowned novelist who spends so much time writing articles and appearing in documentaries that it seems impossible he actually has time to write books. He visits the library to research a nearly-forgotten English poet, Francis Youlgreave, who just happens to be Tony's obsession.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Fun Short Story - Would have made a nice novel

    • By Dorothy on 03-24-14

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    • Book Club

    • Bibliomysteries, Book 8
    • By: Loren D. Estleman
    • Narrated by: L.J. Ganser
    • Length: 41 mins
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    The area's premier book collector has been found bludgeoned to death on the floor of his family library. A fifth-generation resident of Good Advice, Lloyd Fister devoted his life to books, accumulating a collection of local history that date backs to the 16th century. In his library, a single volume is missing: a Spanish book with a sinister past. Is the missing volume a clue, a motive, or a murder weapon? It will take a collector’s eye to decide.

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    • The Final Testament

    • By: Peter Blauner
    • Narrated by: Robert Blumenfeld
    • Length: 53 mins
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    It is autumn of 1938 in London. The Nazis have invaded Austria and are seizing Jewish assets, rumors of the Dachau concentration camp are clouding the air and, despite the cancer ravaging his body, an exiled Dr. Sigmund Freud spends his days anxiously clutching a Cuban cigar between his jaw and a large dental prosthesis he calls “The Monster.” He is doing just this when his daughter interrupts his forbidden indulgence with a scolding and news of a foreboding visit from SS Officer Anton Sauerwald.

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    • Rides a Stranger

    • By: David Bell
    • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
    • Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
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    Until his death, Don Kurtwood's father was known as a simple family man, defined by his blue collar career and obsessive, albeit pedestrian, reading habits. When a rare book dealer who seems to know more about the late Mr. Kurtwood than his own son does turns up at the wake, Don jumps at the opportunity to see a part of the man he hardly knew. However, before he can speak with him, the book dealer is murdered in his own shop, setting into motion a slow unraveling of the life of a man who everyone thought they knew.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Captured my attention

    • By Debbie on 11-14-13

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    • What's in a Name

    • By: Thomas Cook
    • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
    • Length: 1 hr
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    Fifty years after the signing of the Armistice Treaty, Franklin Altman’s native city of Berlin stands in dilapidated contrast to the Manhattan of the victorious United States. A series of financial and familial blessings post WWI allowed him the luxury of retreat from his native country to America, where he changed his name from Ziegfried to Altman and thus secured a position among New York’s intellectuals. On the evening of November 11th, 1968, a talk by Altman in honor of the anniversary of the Armistice Treaty takes a dark turn upon the haunting arrival of a classmate from his past.

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    • It's in the Book

    • By: Mickey Spillane, Max Allan Collins
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 1 hr and 24 mins
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    A new bibliomystery with a decidedly hardboiled tone from two of the masters of the genre. Mysterious Bookshop Exclusive short story.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Short stories do not get better than this!

    • By Wayne on 04-18-16

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    • Remaindered

    • By: Peter Lovesey
    • Narrated by: James Conlan
    • Length: 58 mins
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    It's no mystery who killed Robert Ripple, owner of Precious Finds Bookstore in Pokesville, Pennsylvania. It was Agatha Christie - or rather, a large carton of valuable Christie hardcovers that the not-so-young Ripple was attempting to lift when his heart gave out. The real question is why the so-called Friends of England, who meet regularly in the back room of Ripple's literary emporium, are so eager to keep the place open after its proprietor's death.

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    • The Compendium of Srem

    • By: F. Paul Wilson
    • Narrated by: David Crommett
    • Length: 1 hr and 35 mins
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    In the 15th century, the Spanish Inquisition spreads terror throughout the land, with Prior Toms de Torquemada serving as the ultimate judge of who will live and who will be consigned to the purifying flames. Never has Torquemada questioned his own faith or his sacred duty to rid the world of heretics, blasphemers, and nonbelievers. Now, however, an extraordinary volume has come into his possession - an ancient book that radiates pure evil.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Wish it dealt with pre-historic origins

    • By Dysartmanach on 10-13-16

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    • The Gospel of Sheba

    • By: Lyndsay Faye
    • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
    • Length: 1 hr and 44 mins
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      4 out of 5 stars 15
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    When A. Davenport Lomax’s young daughter asks him whether spirits and faeries are real, the Edwardian librarian just pats the little darling on the head. But when a desperate man emerges from the winding passages of the library muttering about demonology, he gets Lomax’s attention.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A little treat for Holmes lovers and lovers of libraries and all they imply

    • By Christine Ehren on 09-28-17

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    • The Sequel

    • By: R.L. Stine
    • Narrated by: Steven Menasche
    • Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
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    Every writer knows what it's like to be plagued by a bad case of writer's block. But what happens when writer's block shows up in person and starts terrorizing a best-selling author? Zachary Gold, struggling to write his second novel after becoming an instant success with this first, is suddenly confronted by a mysterious man claiming that Zach plagiarized his writing.

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    • The Nature of My Inheritance

    • By: Bradford Morrow
    • Narrated by: Brandon Massey
    • Length: 2 hrs and 8 mins
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    When Liam Everett's reverend father passes away in the prime of his life, Liam knows something foul is afoot. Everyone insists that the reverend's slip down the basement staircase of the church was simply an accident, a misstep. But the reverend knew those steps better than the back of his hand and Liam is sure he would never have been so careless and clumsy.

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