Thursday, September 5, 2013

Book Beginning: The Edwin Drood Murders by Christopher Lord

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Simon Alastair pushed away the barely touched breakfast that houseboy/chef Jude Hexam had laid before him.

-- The Edwin Drood Murders by Christopher Lord, to be released later this month.  

This is the second in Lord's series of mysteries set in the Dickens Junction, Oregon.  The hero, Simon Alastair, is the owner of the local book store, Pip's Passage, and an amateur sleuth.  Here, Alastair is the co-chair of the Droodist convention -- a celebration of Charles Dickens' unfinished last novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood -- when murder and chicanery visit Dickens Junction.

The Christmas Carol Murders kicked off the series. I confess that I started the book, but have hit a snag. I don't like that Simon Alastair only sells books in his bookstore that he has read himself.  I know it is fiction, but the arrogance of the idea appalls me.


  1. I read The Christmas Carol Murders and it was a mixed bag for me. I think I was more enamoured by the concept of a Dickensian town and the all the literary references. Maybe the 2nd book will be better!

  2. This one does sound good....I'm curious about the food. Is it poisoned?

  3. I love a good mystery! This one starts out well. I hope it picks up for you. Have a great weekend and thanks again for hosting!
    Happy Reading,
    Rebecca @ The Key to the Gate

  4. Interesting premise. it all sound so Dickensian!

  5. Interesting premise! I haven't read the Dickens title but I did read Dan Simmons' Drood a few years ago that also alluded to Dickens' last, incomplete novel. Happy reading!

    My Friday Book Memes

  6. I hadn't heard about this series...think I'll have to give it a try!

  7. That is pretty arrogant. Glad "real" book store owners don't follow through with the character's plan.

  8. I myself don't really like Dickens, but I saw a BBC series that had finished the Mystery of Edwin Drood and I really liked that! Thanks for sharing and hosting, hope you have a good weekend!
    My Friday post
    Juli @ Universe in Words

  9. I agree. It really limits his stock and how does he find new books.

  10. That is odd, I wouldn't think a bookstore like that would survive very long. And he has a chef? Hmm interesting.

    Happy Friday!

  11. Now see, if I had a bookstore, I would only want to sell books that I didn't want to read....otherwise, I probably couldn't bear for them to leave my possession. :-)

  12. Looks like a really good book! Enjoy!

    Cynthia @ The Things You Can Read

  13. I think I would like this--lots of interesting aspects.

  14. Was there something wrong with the breakfast? One should never skip breakfast - it's the most important meal of the day! Sounds like an interesting read. Hope you enjoy it.


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