The Burglar in the Library (Bernie Rhodenbarr Series #8)

The Burglar in the Library (Bernie Rhodenbarr Series #8)

by Lawrence Block

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Bookseller and New-Yorker-to-the-bone, Bernie Rhodenbarr rarely ventures out of Manhattan, but he's excited about the romantic getaway he has planned for himself and current lady love Lettice at the Cuttleford House, a remote upstate b&b. Unfortunately, Lettice has a prior engagement—she's getting married . . . and not to Bernie—so he decides to take best buddy Carolyn instead. A restful respite from the big city's bustle would be too good to waste. Besides, there's a very valuable first edition shelved in the Cuttleford's library that Bernie's just itching to get his hands on. Did we neglect to mention that Bernie's a burglar?

But first he's got to get around a very dead body on the library floor. The plot's thickened by an isolating snowstorm, downed phone lines, the surprise arrival of Lettice and her reprehensible new hubby, and a steadily increasing corpse count. And it's Bernie who'll have to figure out whodunit . . . or die.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781436193757
Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date: 01/15/2009
Series: Bernie Rhodenbarr Series , #8
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.50(h) x 5.00(d)

About the Author

Lawrence Block is one of the most widely recognized names in the mystery genre. He has been named a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America and is a four-time winner of the prestigious Edgar and Shamus Awards, as well as a recipient of prizes in France, Germany, and Japan. He received the Diamond Dagger from the British Crime Writers' Association—only the third American to be given this award. He is a prolific author, having written more than fifty books and numerous short stories, and is a devoted New Yorker and an enthusiastic global traveler.

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The Burglar in the Library (Bernie Rhodenbarr Series #8) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting characters
devenish on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The best of this excellent series which features 'the burglar'of the title,Bernie Rhodenbarr.
thornton37814 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's rather unusual to have a burglar who is the sleuth in a book, but Bernie Rhodenbarr fits the description. After he is jilted by his girlfriend, he and his friend Carolyn (and cat Raffles) end up in a house that has the feel of an English country house in the Berkshires. He is there to look for a copy of Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep which he believes Dashiell Hammett may have left in this house's library years ago. After the last guests, who turn out to be the jilted girlfriend and her newlywed husband, arrive, it doesn't take long until a body shows up in the library. As in Agatha Christie's book, And Then There Is None, access to the outside world is cut off, and it is up to Bernie to find the murderer before the rest of the guests end up dead. It's a cute read with a plot twist that will probably appeal to some readers and make others wish they'd sticked to Christie. I'm really not that comfortable with a burglar as a sleuth, but it certainly makes for a slightly different narrative than other books.
Kathy89 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After being jilted by his latest lady friend, Bernie takes off with his pal Carolyn for a vacation at a country home right out of an Agatha Christie novel with the intention of a stealing a rare book he believes is in the library. In "Then There Were None" fashion, people start dying and a ridiculous number of twists and turns happens before the book ends and Bernie solves the case.
zacchia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Bernie is a book seller in New York and a Buglar. He plans a weekend in an English style cottage with his girlfriend, but she has other plans. He bring his friend Carolyn instead. The house is isolated by the snow. The setting is the typical setting of agatha Christy. But the end of the story is in Chandler style.I like the dialogs, their wittiness.
krissa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not my favorite in the series, but an enjoyable read none the less. I had a friend who started with this one, and although it¿s ok, I¿m glad it wasn¿t my first. It had the same cozy feel, with the comfortable wit of Bernie¿s that I have grown used to. I am really gonna hate it when I get to the end of the series. They have a sort of `good guy wins¿ vibe (except of course for the dead guys) to it that I have really grown to like. This one was no exception. I think I¿m even going to miss Carolyn and Raffles the cat. Gotta say the ending wasn¿t as satisfactory on this one as I liked. I like nice neat ends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Bernie Rodebarr books introduce you to an amiable, intriguing scamp you would enjoy trading stories with over a drink. Block brings his own twist to the "drawing room murder" technique of Agatha Christie and Rex Stout with bookstore owner/burglar Bernie, who steals for the joy of the crime. The series introduces you to the worlds of art forgery, baseball card collectors, spies, blackmailers and fanatic collectors of historic materials, each with a different spin on crime and Bernie's own inimidable solution designed to keep him out of jail. Bernie's world is an enjoyable place to visit to escape, one where the bad guy hero always trumps the bad guy villian. Try to outwit the villian as you read. This is one of my favorite series to relax with.
Tangen More than 1 year ago
Bernie Rodenbarr, bed-and-breakfast, puntastic, snarkfest, murder, amateur sleuth I'm reading my way through the series in order this time and finding that I missed some. As always, this has me giggling and snurfling my way through the book. The publisher's blurb gives hints and there is no need for spoilers, but there is so much more to the fun and mayhem. Simple adjustments for inflation and telecommunications make this a timely tale instead of a historical one,so locate a copy and enjoy!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
If you love books...and would go to zany, crazy and hilarious means to obtain them -- this book is for you. Block's love of books and great sense of humor come through brilliantly in this mystery.