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  • The Librarian of Crooked Lane

  • The Glass Library, Book 1
  • Written by: C.J. Archer
  • Narrated by: Marian Hussey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (31 ratings)
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The Librarian of Crooked Lane

Written by: C.J. Archer
Narrated by: Marian Hussey
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A librarian with a mysterious past, a war hero with a secret, and the heist of a magic painting. The Librarian of Crooked Lane is an intriguing new fantasy from C.J. Archer, the USA Today best-selling author of the Glass and Steele series.

Librarian Sylvia Ashe knows nothing about her past, having grown up without a father and a mother who refused to discuss him. When she stumbles upon a diary that suggests she's descended from magicians, she's skeptical. After all, magicians are special, and she's just an ordinary woman who loves books. She seeks answers from a member of the most prominent family of magicians, but she quickly learns that finding the truth won't be easy, especially when he turns out to be as artless as her, and more compelling and dangerous than books.

War hero Gabe is gifted with wealth, a loving family, and an incredible amount of luck that saw him survive four harrowing years of a brutal war without injury. But not all injuries are visible. Burying himself in his work as a consultant for Scotland Yard, Gabe is going through the motions as he investigates the theft of a magician-made painting. But his life changes when he unwittingly gets Sylvia dismissed from her job and places her in danger.

After securing her new employment in a library housing the world's greatest collection of books about magic, Gabe and Sylvia's lives become intwined as they work together to find both the painting and the truth about Sylvia's past before powerful people can stop them. 

But sometimes the past is better left buried?

©2022 C.J. Archer (P)2022 C.J. Archer

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A bit confusing

This book took a long time to make sense. I often wondered if I'd missed a book prior to this one. I was nearly done when finely it started to pick up

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so happy!!

This is the new series I didn't know I needed. The storyline grabbed me immediately. The narrator is amazing. Fantasy book geek dream come true

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Great novel

Fantastic to listen to great characters now I want more now. Easy to follow while driving

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Okay, but I Needed More

The world of the novel is interesting. I would like to have heard more about it, though. It ends abruptly, I guess so there can be another novel to carry it on. Marian Hussey Is a good narrator, except that her American accent is really bad and irritating. Will I read the next book in the series? Probably. Just feel a little cheated the first one didn’t include more.

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The new Glass journey

Loved it and patiently awaiting book 2. looking forward to more magical experiences like in the Glass and Steel series

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C.J. Doesn't Disappoint

I thoroughly enjoyed the being of a new generation!
C.J. has a gift of imagination.

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  • Meg
  • 2022-10-12

Fun to be Back

I enjoyed the first series, and really liked being back in that world, set 30 years later. It was great to hear how the characters had moved on. I would recommend listening to the first book, The Watchmaker’s Daughter, at least before starting this sequel series.

Parent guide: No language, one suspect uses position of power to pressure for sex, and a couple of characters are bisexual. No sex scenes, but references are made; you know so and so sleep together, etc.

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  • DeeBee
  • 2022-12-03

Disappointing....

Being a huge fan of Mat and India, I did not expect this boring repetition of magic. Nothing new. I cannot stand Wiilie and her relish at shocking people when she announces the is hungry for men and women, alike, another repetition. Will not listen to this series again.....

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2022-10-02

The Glass & Steele Lineage Continues!

While it was pleasant to encounter some of the characters from the previous Glass & Steele Series, it also seems like a repeat of the original - I found that disappointing. The use of the character Willie once again does not enhance this new series. She is even more obnoxious than the first series and there seems no mellowing or growth of her character. Not certain that I will continue this second series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2022-09-09

Great Continuation of a Wonderful Story

As always, the narrator, Marian Hussey is perfect. She’s one of the reasons I started listening to C. J. Archer books.

I loved how the status prior characters are revealed-and some are even in the story.

The only negative thing I can say is that the story end waaaaay too soon! I literally yelled, “Noooooooooooo!” When it ended.

I eagerly await book two!

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  • Irina
  • 2022-09-17

Too short! Wanted it to continue

Love this series, I wasn’t sure I would enjoy the continuation of the story with Gabe, but wow I love it! I was hoping a certain main character would show up at the end and was disappointed that didn’t happen, but it’s something to look forward to in future books! Amazing narration as always. I never write reviews, but I eagerly await next March for the next installment! Thank you for a great series!

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  • B0b
  • 2022-09-12

Fun 1920s magical mystery tale

Fun read. Easy, yet still has a mystery to keep you going. Clever main character that is competent without being an harridan or constantly needing affirmation.

Very good narrator.

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  • Safiyyah (Mary)
  • 2022-09-13

Another Amazing Book

I love this author and the narrator makes you believe that all the characters are in the studio with her. It’s just amazing to know that it’s just her. I swear I fall into the each character wanting to know their life story. I love it!! You will too! I can’t wait for another

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  • trytocatchthewind
  • 2022-12-24

Did NOT suck!

I think this is the first review that I have written for a book, as an adult. It isn’t my favorite book, ever, but it is the first, in a long time, that has me wishing, that the second, in the series, was already out.
The story is intriguing, the characters engaging and the addition of magic is the cherry on the top.
The narrator is a favorite of mine and does an excellent job.

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  • Brie
  • 2022-10-31

Magickal

I literally devoured this one ☝️
The cover and title drew me in right away but then once I started I couldn’t stop. The mystery was always there and you had NO idea who it actually was until the end. I literally was bummed when I found out I have to wait until next year for the next book. In the meantime go listen, read, or however you do books but get this one!

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  • Pinklady
  • 2022-09-12

A great beginning!

This was a great beginning to a new series!! I loved seeing some of the characters from the Glass and Steel series. I loved the more modern setting with cars and such. I enjoyed getting to know Sylvia and all the new characters. I can't wait to see what happens next!

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