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Title:The Hammett hex
Authors:Victoria Abbott
Info:New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2016.
Collections:Your library
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Tags:christmas 2016, mystery, united states, jordan kelly, books about books, 2017 CATWoman, read in 2017

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For the fifth book in the Book Collector series, things are shaken up. Book researcher Jordan Bingham and her cop boyfriend Tyler Dekker are in San Francisco for a romantic holiday getaway. While they’re there, Jordan’s employer, Vera Van Alst, insists that Jordan get a signed first edition of Dashiell Hammett’s Red Harvest. But then life starts imitating Hammett’s art, with Jordan and Tyler being targeted by criminals who don’t particularly care about eliminating obstacles to…whatever it is they’re trying to get.

This was an interesting gamble for the series, particularly to take the characters out of their comfort zone and to incorporate more hardboiled elements than the earlier books in the series, which focused on the authors of cozier mysteries. And of course by reading this book I wanted to read all of Hammett’s books (and reread The Thin Man). And mercifully there was much less mention of Uncle Mick’s chest hair. I did find the constant retelling and summarizing to be a bit repetitive, as though this book was intended to be picked up and put down rather than gobbled up in a few short sittings (as one would expect to do with this size of book).

I’m not sure whether the series will continue, but if it doesn’t, this would be a good point for it to end on. ( )
  rabbitprincess | Nov 10, 2017 |
In a mystery filled with lovely San Francisco ambiance (especially if you love climbing hills), the writing team known as Victoria Abbott has hit another one out of the ballpark. Besides that setting, there's plenty of tongue-in-cheek humor, narrow escapes, and an excellent whodunit that takes time for readers to put all the pieces in the proper places. The bonus is-- like with the other books in the series-- The Hammett Hex is brushed with a bit of fairy dust reminiscent of the crime fiction great mentioned in the title. (We've already been graced with Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, Rex Stout, and Ngaio Marsh.)

One thing that I particularly enjoyed, although other readers might not, is the absence of some of the secondary characters. Don't get me wrong, Vera Van Alst, Signora Panetone, and Jordan's Kelly relatives are wonderful characters, but they can be overwhelming and have the tendency to elbow their way into the action. It was nice to see how Jordan can handle herself without her usual backup, and now that I've had a little break from curmudgeons, cooks who specialize in ambrosia, and crooks with hearts of gold, I'm raring to see them again.

Quite simply, I love Victoria Abbott's Book Collector mysteries with a passion, and if the series ever ends, I will pout so hard that I'll trip over my lower lip. Haven't met Jordan and the gang? You have to do something about that, quick! ( )
  cathyskye | Jun 19, 2017 |
I like this series. Jordan and her policemen boyfriend, Smiley, head to San Francisco for a little vacation time together. While there Jordan was going to look for a first edition of a Dashell Hammett book and Smiley wanted to get together with his estranged Grandmother. The first night they are nearly run down by a Prius, then lots of other close calls start happening. Lots of intrigue, escapes, breaking and entering and strange encounters before it's all resolved. ( )
  Kathy89 | Oct 31, 2016 |
This mystery, The Hammett Hex was very enjoyable. It had many scenes of threats, which I call "scenes" because of Abbott's extensive first person reflective dialog, and scene-setting descriptions. B&E crimes within this novel, set within San Francisco city environs- in hotels and through home invasions, are more frequently occurring within this novel than in many of the rest of Abbott's Book Collector mystery series.

Officer Tyler Dekker with Jordan Kelley learn that finding a Hammett book for Vera Van Alst gets convoluted right from the moment Jordan enters the used-book dealer's shop. Thinking the book will soon be in her hands Jordan next follows Dekker to the meeting with Dekker's Gram, and quietly scoffs at his fake claim to be engaged to her. The book starts out with a short preview scene of the most violent episode, and it shouts that old S.F. sightseeing will not be as uneventful as both of our dynamic couple hoped, after they departed from their upstate neighborhoods and landed in S.F. Fun and engrossing ! ( )
  darcette | Oct 22, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425280357, Mass Market Paperback)

The national bestselling author of The Marsh Madness takes rare book collector Jordan Bingham on a trip to San Francisco—home to Dashiell Hammett’s hard-boiled heroes—where nothing is as it seems.
 
On a getaway to the City by the Bay, book collector Jordan Bingham becomes entangled in a mystery with more twists than Lombard Street...
 
Jordan has been able to swing a romantic trip to San Francisco with Officer Tyler “Smiley” Dekker on one condition—she must return with a rare copy of Dashiell Hammett’s Red Harvest for her irascible employer, Vera Van Alst. For his own part, Smiley is full of surprises. He’s a Dashiell devotee himself—excited to be in the city of Hammett’s hard-boiled heroes like Sam Spade and the Continental Op—and also announces he plans to visit his previously unmentioned estranged grandmother, who lives in an old Victorian on Telegraph Hill.
 
But the trip goes downhill fast when Jordan is pushed from a cable car and barely escapes death. And when a dark sedan tries to run the couple down, it’s clear someone’s after them—but who? Just like in Hammett’s world, nothing is quite what is seems...

(retrieved from Amazon Sun, 24 Jan 2016 08:05:17 -0500)

On a getaway to the City by the Bay, book collector Jordan Bingham becomes entangled in a mystery with more twists than Lombard Street... Jordan has been able to swing a romantic trip with Officer Tyler "Smiley" Dekker on one condition-she must return with a rare copy of Dashiell Hammett's Red Harvest for her irascible employer, Vera Van Alst. For his own part, Smiley is full of surprises. He's a Dashiell devotee himself-excited to be in the city of Hammett's hard-boiled heroes like Sam Spade and the Continental Op-and also announces he plans to visit his previously unmentioned estranged grandmother, who lives in an old Victorian on Telegraph Hill. But the trip goes downhill fast when Jordan is pushed from a cable car and barely escapes death. And when a dark sedan tries to run the couple down, it's clear someone's after them-but who? Just like in Hammett's world, nothing is quite what it seems...… (more)

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