Miranda Brooks had loved spending time with her Uncle Billy, the owner of Prospero Books, and the designer of grand scavenger hunts, until his mysterious disappearance shortly after her twelfth birthday. Sixteen years later, she receives a package in the mail, on the same day she learns that Billy has died. The package contains a book sent by Billy, with a clue hidden in its pages. As she travels to San Francisco for his funeral, Miranda learns that he has left her his beloved bookstore.
The Bookshop of Yesterdays is more literary fiction than genre mystery, not the type of book I read frequently, but I still found myself caught up in the tale of a young woman searching for answers about her past. Author Amy Meyerson, under the guise of Billy’s letters to Miranda, leads readers on a hunt for clues derived from passages of classic literature.
As she follows his trail, Miranda uncovers the untold story of Billy’s life, as well as unexpected information about her own. Why did he disappear that day, and who is the woman in the photo she finds at his apartment? What deep, dark secrets did Billy take to his grave, which Miranda’s parents are still hiding from her?
Miranda discovers that everything she thought she knew about her own life was wrong, and she’s not certain how to deal with it all. Now that she knows the truth, will she go back to Philadelphia, to the life she has made there, or will she stay, and keep Billy’s legacy alive?
This novel from debut author Meyerson expertly combines quotes from classical literature, including such diverse writers as Shakespeare and Mary Shelley, with a mystery containing the story of one woman’s life. I recommend this work to anyone with a love of mysteries or a passion for books, and give it four stars.