The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections

Poisoned Pen: Sourcebooks. Jan. 2022. 336p. ISBN 9781728238593. pap. $16.99. M
DEBUT When a rare book goes missing at a Toronto university library, Liesl Weiss is in the midst of a mystery that no one wants to solve. The director of the library is unconscious at the hospital after a stroke, and Liesl, now interim director, has been called in from her sabbatical to open the safe that should contain the book, a Plantin Polyglot Bible. But the safe is empty. Ordered to keep this information from the donors, the public, and the police, Liesl starts searching the stacks, pondering how to manage the scandal when she’d rather be writing her book and planning her retirement. Then another book disappears, carbon dating reveals a book to be a facsimile, and a library staffer goes missing. Suspecting that the culprit is a staff member, Liesl knows it’s up to her to find the truth.
VERDICT Filled with characters that resonate, glimpses into the reality of libraries and academia, and enchanting descriptions of rare books, this debut from a librarian will captivate bibliophiles.
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