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Subject: The Haunted Bookshop
Date Posted: 7/17/2010 3:32 PM ET
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I just finished this cozy mystery (before the term was invented, I would think), written by Christopher Morley.  As most cozies, the plot is very simple but the book was enjoyable because of all of the mentioned books and literary quotes.  I enjoyed it and now may go back and read Parnassus on Wheels which came before it.

Date Posted: 7/17/2010 6:32 PM ET
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I've read Parnassus on Wheels.  It was a very sweet little book and a fast read.  I found it refreshing that the love interest was between middle aged, normal looking people!  Also enjoyed the independent attitude of the female main character.

Date Posted: 7/17/2010 9:41 PM ET
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Thank, Michele.  I ordered a sample for my Kindle and will probably get and read the book.

 

I'm waiting for someone to post that this is not a classic.  It's definitely old enough, however. 



Last Edited on: 7/17/10 9:42 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 7/26/2010 1:32 PM ET
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RE Parnassus on Wheels

Morley is a charming writer with a sure touch for the right word, a tenderness for his characters' faults, and for us avid readers an affirming nod. It's refreshing to read about old-fashioned humility, in contrast to the yammering about self-esteem so common nowadays. Like this, from main character Peg:

I think reading a good book makes one modest. When you see the marvelous insight into human nature which a truly great book shows, it is bound to make you feel small- like looking at the Dipper on a clear night, or seeing the winter sunrise when you go out to collect the morning eggs. And anything that makes you feel small is mighty good for you.



Last Edited on: 7/28/10 1:19 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 7/29/2010 6:54 PM ET
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I quickly read Parnassus on Wheels.  It was cute, but not nearly as good as The Haunted Bookshop.

Date Posted: 7/30/2010 10:53 AM ET
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Vivian, now I'm going to have to read The Haunted Bookshop!