Sunday, April 2, 2023

Spring Reading 2023 The Sinister Booksellers of Bath (Left-Handed Booksellers of London, #2)

Readers met the booksellers, right- and left-handed, in the first book, set mostly in London. The booksellers, besides running several bookshops, are also responsible for dealing with Old World entities when they intrude into the modern world. In that outing art student Susan Arkshaw's hunt for her father leads her to a house that Merlin visits during an investigation. The two of them, along with Merlin's sister Vivien must discover how their parents' fates are intertwined. 

Now Susan is trying to come to terms with what she learned of her parentage, but puts aside her own concerns to help rescue Merlin. It seems that an ancient map has pulled him into a maze maintained by magic and guarded by animated statues. Vivien recruits Susan to get Merlin back to the real world, but that is not the end of their involvement with the enchantments in the maze. Somehow, that magical location is linked to deaths and disappearances that have been going on for centuries. Their search for answers will lead them to Bath and the ancient entity that lives in the springs, but it won't end there.

The world of this series is fascinating; a mix of books, magic, ancient British deities and folklore, conspiracies, danger, romance, disguises - and all the while trying to keep the public ignorant of what is going on in the streets of London, Bath, and small villages along the way.

I am eagerly awaiting the next installment and you will be, too!

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