In 1917, Christopher Morley published Parnassus on Wheels, a love letter to
the art of bookselling. Its suspenseful sequel, The Haunted Bookshop, finds his beloved characters married and
still in love with both mystery and literature.
Set in a lovingly
evoked Brooklyn just after the end of World War I, The Haunted Bookshop cleverly
juxtaposes a pair of middle-aged bookshop owners and two young lovers with a
nest of German saboteurs, complete with mysterious clues, red herrings,
blushing romance, derring-do, a desperate race to the rescue, and an
explosion. More important, the novel is an eloquent hymn to the
bookseller’s trade and a fervent plea for the revivifying and redemptive power
of literature. The unifying thread of this book, and indeed of the life and
work of its author, is its passionate avowal: all that the world and everybody
in it needs is a good book. Download and start listening now!