Here I am, continuing my efforts to catch up on some of the books I read in 2009. I’ll turn my attention now to writing a capsule review of John Dunning’s The Bookwoman’s Last Fling. As a bibliophile, I’ve had a special fondness for Dunning for many years, but this book just isn’t as good as its predecessors.
In case you aren’t familiar with Dunning, take a look at my brief pre-review of The Bookman’s Promise. I wrote that post before I had finished reading the entire book, but in the end it held up as I had expected:
…some interesting history, a bit too much violence, and unfortunately not quite so much fascinating detail about the book business as the first two books offered the reader… But so far it’s well worth reading, even if it’s a notch below Booked to Die and The Bookman’s Wake.
Unfortunately The Bookwoman’s Last Fling continues the downward trend: it’s still worth reading, but it’s two notches below The Bookman’s Promise; unless you’re committed to Dunning, just read Booked to Die and then The Bookman’s Wake.