The Haunted Bookshop

Cover image for


Published: 1919
Language: English
Wordcount: 61,885 / 182 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 73
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 2,857 5072
More Info:

A sequel to Parnassus on Wheels.

Show Excerpt

his cook-book a narrow stairway rose on each side, running up to the gallery. Behind these stairs a short flight of steps led to the domestic recesses. The visitor found himself ushered into a small room on the left, where a grate of coals glowed under a dingy mantelpiece of yellowish marble. On the mantel stood a row of blackened corn-cob pipes and a canister of tobacco. Above was a startling canvas in emphatic oils, representing a large blue wagon drawn by a stout white animal-- evidently a horse. A background of lush scenery enhanced the forceful technique of the limner. The walls were stuffed with books. Two shabby, comfortable chairs were drawn up to the iron fender, and a mustard-coloured terrier was lying so close to the glow that a smell of singed hair was sensible.

"There," said the host; "this is my cabinet, my chapel of ease. Take off your coat and sit down."

"Really," began Gilbert, "I'm afraid this is----"

"Nonsense! Now you sit down and commend your soul to Providence and the kitc


Average Rating of 4.3 from 4 reviews: *****

The story started out a little slow and there are a few tirades in sections on literature of that period and the book selling business that I found boring, but the action picks up in the last half and becomes a mysterious adventure. The story ends happy, but not in the same romantic closure as other of Morley’s books. I enjoyed it, but not my favorite by this author.

Rob Reader

Morley is more than a good writer. His characters are quirky and interesting, his dialogue is bright and seems reflective of Washington Irving and Mark Twain. He holds an all encompassing knowledge of American literature which would put Van Wyck Brooks to shame, his literary opinions are always interesting and his reading recommendations are a much welcome gift. Despite the many good things in the book the ghost story lacks a ghost, the mystery is only marginally mysterious and the romance between an advertising salesman and the daughter of his wealthy client seems tentative.

It is a worthy read for a rainy day when one has nothing else to do but I believe inferior to Morley\'s previous effort Parnassus On Wheels. Recommended with two stars for the story and four stars for everything else.

Leah A. Zeldes

As the previous reviewer notes, no ghosts appear in the bookshop of this title, which is haunted merely by "the ghosts of all great literature, in hosts."

In the days just after World War I, Roger Mifflin, the garrulous, proselytizing, bookseller hero of "Parnassus on Wheels," takes on a debutante as apprentice in his Brooklyn shop and befriends an up-and-coming, young advertising man who's soon besotted with her. Meanwhile, mysterious and untoward events center on a volume of Thomas Carlyle's "Letters and Speeches of Oliver Cromwell" and a German druggist down the street.

Mifflin tends to be preachy, but book lovers should enjoy his musings. The novel also contains plenty of recommendations for future reading. Anyone who's familiar with all of the books mentioned herein may consider himself well-read. If not, I'd guess most of them can be found here on Manybooks. Start now.

Im Cheungjun

Wonderful story. This novel is categorized as "Ghost Stories" by MANYBOOKS.NET, but actually it is a mystery or an adventure story. Carlyle's Oliver Cromwell disappears and reappears from the shelf of a secondhand bookstore in Brooklyn which the eccentric proprietor claims is haunted by the ghosts of all great literature. But what is really going on in this bookshop is...

This is a really nice book for booklovers and mystery fans.

(Promote your book here)

Featured Books

Cover image for The Haunted Bookshop by Christopher Morley - Free eBook

Astray in Couper

Matty Cruz Adventure Book 1
R. Marquez

When the economic downturn ends Matty Cruz’s co... Read more

Cover image for The Haunted Bookshop by Christopher Morley - Free eBook

Nefertiti's Heart

The Artifact Hunters Book 1
A.W. Exley

Cara Devon has always suffered curiosity and im... Read more

Cover image for The Haunted Bookshop by Christopher Morley - Free eBook


Annelie Wendeberg

Our world changed - our climate, our ecosystems... Read more

Cover image for The Haunted Bookshop by Christopher Morley - Free eBook


Psionic Pentalogy Book 1
Adrian Howell

A telekinetic teenager. A telepathic child. A p... Read more

Cover image for The Haunted Bookshop by Christopher Morley - Free eBook


A Dystopian Trilogy Book 1
Peter R. Stone

A century after an apocalyptic war reduces all... Read more

Cover image for The Haunted Bookshop by Christopher Morley - Free eBook

Where Angels Tread

Kensington Family Novels Book 1
Clare Kenna

Fall in love with the Kensington siblings in th... Read more

login | register

User ID


reset password

Help ManyBooks by sharing this page!

See it as donating a moment of your social media time, every little thing helps us improve and stay online.

Popular in This Genre

The list of books below is based on the weekly downloads by our users regardless of eReader device or file format.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Art of War
by Sun Tzu
The Communist Manifesto
by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
The Time Machine
by H.G. Wells
Treasure Island
by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Prince
by Nicolo Machiavelli
Romeo and Juliet
by William Shakespeare
A Study In Scarlet
by Arthur Conan Doyle
by William Shakespeare

See more popular titles from this genre.