The Museum of Literary Souls by John Connelly

Also known as: The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository

My GoodReads’ Star Rating: 5 stars out of 5, which means: It was amazing!

Artuccino’s bookish observation

This is a wonderful story, although very short is completely satisfying. It’s the first writing I’ve read of John Connelly. In 2014 I was lucky enough to be present for a talk he gave about Crime Writing at the Sydney Writers’ Festival. I was so impressed by his wide ranging comprehensive knowledge that I wanted to read his work.

A little about the book

The main character, Mr. Berger has spent thirty-four years keeping his life as empty as possible. His job title as a closed accounts registrar doesn’t spark much interest, and his cautious flirtation with a woman at his company was cut short upon her engagement to another man. This doesn’t bother him, however, as he much prefers the company of books to that of people. When a series of fortuitous events leads to an early retirement in the English countryside, Mr. Berger is content to spend the remainder of his years nestled comfortably between the pages of a book. But fate has other plans.

His serene life turns strange when he witnesses a tragedy chillingly reminiscent of Anna Karenina as a woman flings herself before a train. When he rushes to the scene, she has vanished, leaving no body on the tracks. Berger’s investigation into this event leads him to Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository, where the line between fiction and reality becomes blurred beyond comprehension.

A little about the author

John Connolly, born 1968, is an Irish writer who is best known for his series of novels starring private detective Charlie Parker. After five years as a freelance journalist for The Irish Times newspaper, he became frustrated with the profession, and began to write his first novel, Every Dead Thing, which introduced readers to the anti-hero Charlie Parker, a former police officer hunting the killer of his wife and daughter. It was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel and went on to win the 2000 Shamus Award for Best First Private Eye Novel, making Connolly the first author outside of the US to win. ((Find out more about John Connolly at Wikipedia ))

Genre – Fiction

Fantasy, BiblioMystery

Other books by the author

Every Dead Thing (1999) – Book One of the Charlie Parker Series