Cliff Janeway Made A Convert Out of Me

Posted on August 31, 2010


As a long time reader, I pride myself on enjoying all types of literature.; With the exception of two genres, romance novels (even if they are the largest selling genre in the industry) and mystery novels.  However, after reading the Cliff Janeway novels by John Dunning, I can no longer claim I dislike mystery.

The first book in the series Booked To Die introduces the reader to former police officer Cliff Janeway.  After taking things too far with some of the local scum of Denver, Colorado, he loses his job and is left with an empty void in his life.  He has always loved collecting books and he takes that passion and molds it into the next chapter of his life.

However, life is never as easy as one thinks it should be, and soon Janeway is confronted with a crime only he can solve.  So, once again he must don his policeman’s cap and solve the crime the police can’t.

The next story, The Bookman’s Wake, takes Janeway to Seattle, Washington to research the strange disappearance of a famous bookmaker.  Along the way he falls in love and must save the woman of his dreams.  The disappearance is easy enough to solve, but it takes till the last page to discover whether he will save his love or not.

Finally, in The Bookman’s Promise Janeway unknowingly purchases an old book that wasn’t the seller’s to sell in the first place.  He promises an old woman on her death bed that he will discover the identity of the person who stoll her father’s books 50 years before.  The book switches between Janeway’s perspective and the narrative voice of the woman’s father 50 years in the past.  This book was very interesting, especially hearing the perspective of famed travel writer Sir Richard Burton.  However it did slow down in the middle.  The first two books in the series were fast paced and exciting from the first page, this third book slowed down considerably and took some serious dedication to persevere through.

Soon I will begin the fourth book in the series, and I am excited to let you all know how it is very soon.

In the meantime, be on the lookout for a new blog entry talking about all things bookish once again and a review of Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins, the conclusion to The Hunger Games.  I hope I have more positive things to say than some other reviewers I’ve come across.

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