Thomas Shawver is a former marine officer, lawyer, and journalist with American City Business Journals. An avid rugby player and international traveler, Shawver owned Bloomsday Books, an antiquarian bookstore in Kansas City.
The Widow's Son: A Rare Book Mysteryby Thomas Shawver
In 1844, Joseph Smith, the Mormon prophet, died at the hands of an angry mob who stormed his jail cell in Carthage, Illinois. Shortly after, a radical/b>/b>
Sure to please fans of Lawrence Block, John Dunning, and Christopher Fowler, the new Rare Book Mystery plunges readers into a centuries-old struggle of blood, faith, family, and revenge.
In 1844, Joseph Smith, the Mormon prophet, died at the hands of an angry mob who stormed his jail cell in Carthage, Illinois. Shortly after, a radical faction of Smith’s followers swore to avenge Smith’s death by killing not only the four men deemed most responsible, but to teach their heirs to eliminate future generations of the prophet’s murderers as well.
One hundred and seventy years later, rare book dealer Michael Bevan is offered a valuable first-edition Book of Mormon that bears a strange inscription hinting at blood atonement. Within days of handing the book over for authentication, the volume disappears and two people lie dead. Michael soon learns that his friend Natalie Phelan, whose only crime is her genealogy, is the likely next victim. One of her would-be murderers has fallen in love with her, another is physically incapable of carrying out the act, but other avenging angels remain on the loose.
When Natalie is kidnapped, Michael must venture into a clandestine camp of vengeful men hell-bent on ritual sacrifice. To save her life, the book dealer needs all his worldly courage, brawn, and wits. But to defeat fanatics driven by an unholy vision, a little divine intervention couldn’t hurt.
Praise for The Widow’s Son
“Enthralling . . . [a] tightly-knit series . . . a real page-turner, with great insights into that rare world of rare tomes.”—Mallory Heart Reviews
“Exciting . . . intense.”—Journey of a Bookseller
“Shawver weaves a tight tale of vengeance that mystery lovers will enjoy.”—The Book Breeze
“An extremely twisty tale.”—Reading Reality
“If you enjoy mysteries with little violence and an interesting historical plot, you may enjoy this book.”—Nancy Famolari’s Place
Praise for the Rare Book Mystery series
“A page-turner . . . gripping and engaging . . . or, as dealers rate rare books, definitely VF—Very Fine!”—Carolyn Hart, New York Times bestselling author of the Death on Demand mysteries, on The Dirty Book Murder
“An antique book auction, complex characters driven by greed, and bittersweet family tensions come together in this atmospheric thriller. Readers of crime fiction will enjoy the ride and look forward to bookstore owner Michael Bevan’s next adventure.”—Sally Goldenbaum, bestselling author of the Seaside Knitters series, on The Dirty Book Murder
“[Left Turn at Paradise is] an entertaining and action-packed adventure reminiscent of Indiana Jones, delicately seasoned with the allure of rare old books. Bibliophiles and mystery/adventure lovers will be mesmerized by this epic tale.”—Library Journal
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The Widow's Son is a story of revenge , faith, genealogy and serial murders. It's an interesting look at the rare book world ,well written and suspenseful .
A historical mystery based on a vendetta by relatives of the Mormon Prophet Joseph Smith's ancestors. A rare book dealer Michael Bevan hears about an original copy of an early Mormon book but he must get it authenticated. This has a fun story line and good characters. ***This book was given to me in return for and honest review***
This book was a surprise to me. I was interested in the story that involved rare books; what could be better? I could tell from the first paragraph that this writer wrote well. Characters were made to be read as normal people in everyday life. At first, this, in my opinion, made the story a bit slow. I even thought this would be a character driven book with no thrills or climax at all; was I wrong! The author knows what he’s doing; he weaves a tale beautifully, with wonderful, rich scenes. This is done so well I didn’t even notice until the final scene and thought to myself, clever, clever man. Well done sir. The climax had me breathless wondering its’ outcome, bravo. I cannot stress enough to have patience with this book. I know a lot of you readers judge a book by the first chapter; in this case, you would be making a grave error. I would recommend this book to my friends and would relish being asked to review again for Thomas Shawver. I was gifted this ebook in return for an honest review.
I really like mysteries. It doesn't matter as long it is well written. This book is well written and has an interesting historical plot that keeps the story moving along. It is a quick read but not in the sense that the reader wants to end the book but wants to know the ending. Rare books are something that I like to read about and even if you are not into that I think you will like the book. It kind of reminds me of the Librarian from TNT.
I love books, I love mysteries, and I loves books about books. So I jumped at the chance to read this one. This is the first book in the series that I have read, but I still found it easy to follow the action and get to know the characters. The Mormon angle of the story was very interesting. It seemed very believable that a small offshoot of the religion could follow those ideals. The resolution was satisfying, and left me feeling that I would enjoy the next book in the series. I received a free ARC from NetGalley.
This time it is a radical Mormon cult that creates the threat. The action and personal interactions are entertaining and exciting, and the book itself defies stopping to eat or sleep until the mysteries are resolved. It has several "Wow! I didn't see that coming." moments to keep the reader locked into the story. Before the story ends everything is at risk: the store, the relationship with Josie, the friend Natalie and her unusual daughter Claire. All in all, a great read that went by all too fast.