The Broken Teaglass by Emily Arsenault

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A different kind of mystery.  Billy Webb, a recent college grad, gets his first job as an editor for a dictionary publisher located in a small town in western Massachusetts.  From the details it is obvious the author has worked as a lexicographer herself.  Researching the word "editrix" in the enormous citation file that includes snippets from books and magazines showing words in use, Billy and co-worker Mona come across a quotation from a novel entitled The Broken Teaglass that appears to be set in their office.  Intrigued, they try to track the book down only to find that it appears the book was never published so they begin looking for more citations in the files.  Word by word they begin to piece together a very odd murder mystery.   For a mystery the book is slow paced and measured. The layering of the story within the story will have you flipping back to check on details that seemed insignificant on first appearance. Check Our Catalog

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