*** The Bookwoman's Last Fling A Cliff Janeway Novel By John Dunning Of horses and books. In this fifth mystery of the series (after 2005's The Sign of the Book, **** May/June 2005), Cliff Janeway, a Denver rare-book dealer and ex-cop, travels to Idaho to appraise the rare collection of children's books of recently deceased horse trainer H. R. Geiger and his wife, who died mysteriously two decades earlier. When Janeway arrives, several of the valuable books have disappeared. As Janeway tries to solve the mystery, he follows clues that take him to Geiger's daughter, to San Francisco's Golden Gate Fields, to the Santa Anita Racetracks--and to possible murder.
Scribner. 352 pages. $25. ISBN: 0743289455
NY Times Book Review ****
"In the pursuit of this homicidal 'biblioperp,' Dunning takes us on an exhilarating adventure that makes book-collecting seem as exciting as horseracing.... A tough man in the action scenes, Janeway becomes as tender as a lamb when he's holding Winnie the Pooh in his big mitts." MARILYN STASIO
Rocky Mountain News ***1/2
"The complicated plot seems to grind its wheels here and there and hangs together a little bit too loosely, but the puzzle at the center brings it all home in the end." JANE DICKINSON
Miami Herald **