A lexicographic mystery

Now out in paperback, Emily Arsenault’s The Broken Teaglass (2009), an engaging mystery novel with lexicographers Billy Webb and Mona Minot as its protagonists.

Billy and Mona, who work for the dictionary firm Samuelson in Claxton, Massachusetts (a thinly concealed Merriam in Springfield, Massachusetts), discover a series of puzzling citations in the Samuelson slip files — unnecessarily long passages marked as being from the book The Broken Teaglass (which they cannot trace), which appears to be a pulp murder mystery set at Samuelson.

So: a lexicographic mystery (there can’t be a lot of those) with snappy repartee between the principals as a bonus. I’m only partway through, but enjoying it so far.


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