Saturday, February 16, 2008

The Haunted Bookshop - by Christopher Morley

Another "B&N Library of Essential Reading" book, and not a bad one at that. Morley tells of a "haunted" used bookshop (haunted by the ghosts of dead authors, of course), its eccentric owner (Roger Mifflin), his wife (Helen), an attractive girl who comes to work (Titania), an advertising man who falls for Titania (Aubrey), and, of course, the dog (Bock).

Oh yeah, Morely weaves in a subplot with German spies who like to blow things up (in the newly post-World War 2 world). Roger's eccentricities are fun to follow, and he is a really believable character. Aubrey, not so much. A bit too much jumping to conclusions, a bit too much patriotism involved in those conclusions.

Overall, enjoyable.

Finished: 2/16/08
Pages: 155
Running page count: 2,799