• The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections

  • By: Eva Jurczyk
  • Narrated by: Hannah Cabell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • 3.8 out of 5 stars (61 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Midnight at the Bright Idea Bookstore meets The Bookshop of Yesterdays in a stunning debut following a librarian whose quiet life is turned upside down when a priceless manuscript goes missing. Soon she has to ask: What holds more secrets in the library - the ancient books shelved in the stacks, or the people who preserve them?

Liesl Weiss long ago learned to be content working behind the scenes in the distinguished rare books department of a large university, managing details and working behind the scenes to make the head of the department look good. But when her boss has a stroke and she's left to run things, she discovers that the library's most prized manuscript is missing.

Liesl tries to sound the alarm and inform the police about the missing priceless book, but is told repeatedly to keep quiet, to keep the doors open and the donors happy. But then a librarian unexpectedly stops showing up to work. Liesl must investigate both disappearances, unspooling her colleagues' pasts like the threads of a rare book binding as it becomes clear that someone in the department must be responsible for the theft. What Liesl discovers about the dusty manuscripts she has worked among for so long - and about the people who care for and revere them - shakes the very foundation on which she has built her life.

©2022 Eva Jurczyk (P)2022 Recorded Books

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Fascinating Look Inside Library Operations

This book in audio form drew me in. At times the situation seemed improbable but eventually made sense. A lot of pondering by the main character on multiple layers. I eventually couldn't put it down.

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A fine mystery for the discriminating reader.

1st) I loved seeing the secret world of
Rare Books and Collectibles -- sub basements and
cages, esoteric cataloging using stubs of paper
with numbers sticking up from each volume

2) I liked the intramural politics of a huge university Library.

3rd) The mysteries were so subtle that I missed them. Yikes.

It got a 4 from me because sometimes the non-
library stuff lost my interest


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Be prepared for off-colour language

I was surprised at the first instance, disgusted at the second, and stopped the book and returned it at the third. Just unnecessary. So unpleasant.

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