I have a confession to make. Paranormal books are not my only guilty pleasure.
I also love books about books.
Yes, I'm a bibliophile. I love books about books, ciphers, long lost manuscripts, libraries, and secret archives. The only thing better than reading books about books would be doing so while locked inside a bookstore, like this tourist who was locked inside Waterstones bookstore last month. Some people have all the luck.
I've been hoarding bibliomysteries (aka book mysteries, biblio-mysteries, bookish mysteries) and now it's time to share my book addiction for this fascinating subgenre of mystery books. There are so many great bibliomysteries out there. Here are the bibliomysteries that top my list.
Best Bibliomystery Books
The Hollow by Jessica Verday: "When Abbey's best friend, Kristen, vanishes at the bridge near Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, everyone else is all too quick to accept that Kristen is dead and rumors fly that her death was no accident. Abbey goes through the motions of mourning her best friend, but privately, she refuses to believe that Kristen is really gone. Then she meets Caspian, the gorgeous and mysterious boy who shows up out of nowhere at Kristen's funeral, and keeps reappearing in Abbey's life. Caspian clearly has secrets of his own, but he's the only person who makes Abbey feel normal again...but also special. Just when Abbey starts to feel that she might survive all this, she learns a secret that makes her question everything she thought she knew about her best friend. How could Kristen have kept silent about so much? And could this secret have led to her death? As Abbey struggles to understand Kristen's betrayal, she uncovers a frightening truth that nearly unravels her—one that will challenge her emerging love for Caspian, as well as her own sanity." A YA paranormal romance that ensures you'll never read The Legend of Sleepy Hollow the same way ever again.
The above list is not an exhaustive list of bibliomysteries. I could go on...and on....and on. For the sake of space, I am adding these titles here for your enjoyment. Why did they not make my list of Best Bibliomystery Books? Truthfully, many of these I read so long ago that I can't remember them fully. The ones that are most memorable, or that I've read more than once, I've listed above.
Don't miss these bibliomystery books:
- The Bookman's Tale by Charlie Lovett
- The Book of Air and Shadows by Michael Gruber
- The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl
- Death by the Book by Lenny Bartulin
- Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco
- The Intelligencer by Leslie Silbert
- The Library of Shadows by Mikkel Birkegaard
- Real Murders by Charlaine Harris
- The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell
- The Secret of Lost Things by Sheridan Hay
E.J. Stevens is the author of the Spirit Guide young adult paranormal series, the Hunters' Guild urban fantasy series, and the bestselling Ivy Granger urban fantasy series. Due to her love for bibliomysteries, her books are peppered with secret archives, libraries, books, documents, grimoires, and words of power.
Hunting in Bruges teams up Jenna Lehane, a Hunter with a troubled past, a proficiency with weapons, and an intolerance for monsters who target the innocent, with a number of quirky characters, including Hunters' Guild archivist Darryl Lambert. In a race against time, they must delve into both the Guild's and the city's history--centuries of blood, secrets, Templars, kings, and the supernatural predators that threaten the human inhabitants of Bruges.
Have you read any great bibliomysteries lately?