Mar 30, 2020
Booking In: A Crang Mystery
Posted by Jack Batten

Mystery solving criminal lawyer Crang returns to investigate the disappearance of two rare books.Fletcher Marshall is a Toronto antiquarian book dealer, internationally respected in the business One night, someone blows the safe in his office and makes off with the contents, which include an infamous forged first edition of Elizabeth Barrett Browning s Sonnets from the PoMystery solving criminal lawyer Crang returns to investigate the disappearance of two rare books.Fletcher Marshall is a Toronto antiquarian book dealer, internationally respected in the business One night, someone blows the safe in his office and makes off with the contents, which include an infamous forged first edition of Elizabeth Barrett Browning s Sonnets from the Portuguese that is in itself a collector s item Fletcher, who was still in the process of verifying the book, doesn t even know whether it was the real thing or a clever forgery of a forgery But rather than summon the cops to investigate the theft, he turns to his pal Crang, the nervy criminal lawyer, hoping he can retrieve the books before their owner gets wind of the crime The owner happens to be the richest woman in Canada and a tough cookie who could ruin Fletcher s career.Crang gets on the hunt, learning much about the trade in musty books and the lucrative business it makes for forgers Just as he seems to be getting close to answers, a shocking development makes things much complicated and much dangerous.

  • Title: Booking In: A Crang Mystery
  • Author: Jack Batten
  • ISBN: 9781459736924
  • Page: 423
  • Format: ebook
  • Booking In A Crang Mystery Mystery solving criminal lawyer Crang returns to investigate the disappearance of two rare books Fletcher Marshall is a Toronto antiquarian book dealer internationally respected in the business One n

    Annie

    Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader.Booking In is the 7th outing for lawyer/fixer and sometimes sleuth Crang. He's a likeable, intelligent jazz fanatic and martini lover. He is stable and has a great relationship with a woman he cares for and a house and home life he enjoys.He has a loyal group of friends and associates with particularly 'interesting' (not necessarily strictly legal) talents which play a part in his freelance consulting. When one of his legal client's safe gets burgl [...]


    Thebooktrail

    Visit the locations in the novelA story about old books, a bookshop and the love of books. When the store is invaded and a possibly valuable one goes missing, then the race is on to find what is really at stake.What’s better than a book about books? Biscuits? Well, there’s a character called Biscuit, who is a renowned safecracker. Without Crang knowing it, Maury and Biscuit break into Marshall’s business and Biscuit breaks into the safe in no time flat.There’s a lot of old fashioned sleu [...]


    Rosemary Standeven

    This is the first Crang novel that I have read – and will probably not be the last. It is more a ‘Cosy Mystery’ than a hard-boiled crime novel, with everyone acting rather civilly, and not much sex or violence. Even the current criminals are approachable (if not always likeable), and the ex-con safe-crackers that Crang uses in his bid to solve the case(s) really are quite loveable. Most of the women in the book are strong characters, and any sexism is dealt with appropriate measures. There [...]


    Grace Koshida

    Antiquarian bookstore owner Fletcher Marshall hires nosy lawyer Crang to find stolen literary letters and an infamous forged edition of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnets from the Portuguese. Both pieces were taken from a safe in Marshall’s Toronto bookstore and Fletcher wants Crang to quietly find the stolen items before his wealthy client Meg Grantham finds out. With the help of his seedy associates, burglar Maury and retired safecracker Freddie Biscuit, and his girlfriend Annie, Crang g [...]


    Breakaway Reviewers

    An unorthodox criminal lawyer Crang mystery.This is the seventh in a series of mysteries featuring quirky criminal lawyer, Crang, who mixes in rather unorthodox circles.The novel opens with an unusual burglary from the safe of Fletcher Marshall, an antiquarian bookseller from Toronto. The problem is extreme, as very rare and important documents and poems have been stolen. Some may even be forgeries, albeit valuable collectors’ items.Rather than involve the police, Fletcher Marshall seeks help [...]


    Joyce

    4 and 1 / 2 starsCrang receives a telephone call from antiquarian bookseller Fletcher Marshall. He reports that he does not want to go to the police, but his safe has been broken into. Crang collects his old buddy, Maury who is a retired safecracker and thief to assess the situation. Stolen are two sets of documents. The first are letters that detail a literal fight between two literary giants, and the other is a forged forgery of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s poems. The owner of the forged Bro [...]


    Schuyler Wallace

    Jack Batten admits to following Robert B. Parker’s lead in assigning some of his personal likes to his protagonist, Toronto criminal defense attorney, Crang. The smart-mouthed center of Batten’s stories likes his vodka martinis, is a sports fan, and a rabid jazz aficionado. That trend continues in “Booking In,” the author’s seventh Crang adventure.There’s a lot to like about Crang. I’m most impressed with his lack of personal demons. The new wave crime novels seem to be featuring p [...]


    Pgchuis

    I received a copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley.3.5* rounded up. I gather this is the latest in a series featuring Crang, a Toronto lawyer who behaves more like a maverick PI. I have not read any of the earlier instalments, but this one worked fine as a stand alone story. Crang is employed by an antique bookseller whose safe has been broken into. It is unclear which of the items in the safe was the burglar's real target and Crang, with the help of a friendly former burglar and a [...]


    Susan

    Crang is a Toronto lawyer who owes a favor to antiquarian bookdealer Fletcher Marshall. Marshall isn't likeable, but that doesn't mean it's all right for someone to break into his safe and steal two potentially valuable items--one, letters to and from a recently dead Canadian novelist, the other a copy of a famous forgery which Marshall is verifying for the richest woman in Canada. Crang uses his underworld friends to find out more about the theft; he also meets some rich people, at least one of [...]


    Jay Williams

    I would classify this a cozy mystery. Although the story takes place in Toronto, it could just as well have been in England. The story is full of eccentric characters, bungling dolts and lovable fuddy-duddies. The mystery is a little hard to unravel as Crang works for a number of people he doesn't really like to track a burglar. The story grows more interesting as one of Crang's helpers is killed in a gruesome manner. While the story is short, the book is long due to the delightful side trips in [...]


    Diana Williamson

    Love Batten's use of Toronto as a backdrop- the details and his characters. A very small dismay was his wonderful Annie ordering veal. I thought she would be a little more knowledgeable-'bout the horrors of producing such a meal- I'm not a vegetarian alas- but that is one thing I could never eat. The two seem like they would be a bit more sensitive about that. They are such a lovable couple and the green tea was hilarious. Spoiler alert- wasn't sure why Biscuit had to return the papers? Why not [...]


    Kathleen Gray

    You'll learn a bit about the antiquarian book business in this Toronto based mystery starring Craig, a lawyer and his buddies, who include safe crackers. The plot is a tad convoluted in spots but stick with it and it will pull together. There are a number of interesting characters, including Fletcher, who was robbed of some manuscripts, his assistant Charlie, Acey, who owns the documents, and best of all Maury and Biscuit. I'd not read Batten before so thanks to the publisher for the ARC. It's g [...]


    Philip

    I originally rated this book 3 stars when I finished reading it because at first I thought that it ended with a kind of an open cliffhanger but I have now realized that both mysteries were solved satisfactorily and the bad guy locked up and the feeling that the story hadn't ended was created by Mr. Batten throwing in a big hint that another book could be on the way with some of the same characters reappearing. Anyway this is a good read with the usual great use of the Toronto setting and Crang a [...]


    Russ Skinner

    Far from the best of the series, but it was good to reconnect with Crang. The Toronto details are a mild bonus.


    Joanne Hurley

    Another great Crang mystery - actually 2 or 3. Recommended.


    Lis

    A rather silly book but fun. Lots of Toronto geography.


    Anita

    This novel is well done!!It holds your interest from the start to the finish. Highly recommended. :)


    Elizabeth

    This is the seventh in a series of mysteries featuring Toronto criminal lawyer "Crang". (Does he have a given name? If so, I've missed it). I've not read any of the earlier ones, but picked this one up because I was interested in the setting - the antiquarian book trade in Toronto. I found it a quick light read which worked perfectly well as a standalone. Some fun twists and quirky characters, but the humour is pretty corny, e.g a running gag about halitosis and an episode in which the protagoni [...]


    Grace Koshida

    Antiquarian bookstore owner Fletcher Marshall hires nosy lawyer Crang to find stolen literary letters and an infamous forged edition of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnets from the Portuguese. Both pieces were taken from a safe in Marshall’s Toronto bookstore and Fletcher wants Crang to quietly find the stolen items before his wealthy client Meg Grantham finds out. With the help of his seedy associates, burglar Maury and retired safecracker Freddie Biscuit, and his girlfriend Annie, Crang g [...]



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