Sunday, April 13, 2014

Mystery of the Month: Hooperman, a Bookstore Mystery

Hooperman Johnson is a tall, bushy-bearded man of few words. He works as a bookstore cop, catching shoplifters in the act. It’s a difficult job for a man with a stammer, but somebody’s got to do it, because Maxwell’s Books is getting ripped off big-time. And, more and more, it looks like the thief works for the store.

Who’s stealing the books? Martin West, the foul-mouthed nutcase in charge of shipping and receiving? Millie Larkin, who hates the boss because he’s a man? Could it be Lucinda Baylor, the black and sassy clerk that Hoop’s in love with? Jack Davis, the socialist, or Frank Blanchard, the anarchist? Or maybe even Elmer Maxwell himself, the world-famous pacifist bookseller?
Set in the summer of 1972, the summer of the Watergate break-in, Hooperman is a bookstore mystery without a murder, but full of plot, full of oddball characters, full of laughs, and full of love, some of it poignant, some of it steamy.

For more information about Hooperman, including ordering info, see:

John M. Daniel is a lifelong bibliophile, having worked in eight bookstores. He’s also the author of fourteen published books, including the well-reviewed Guy Mallon Mystery Series. He lives among the redwoods in Humboldt County, California, with Susan Daniel, his wife and partner. They publish mystery fiction under the imprint Perseverance Press (Daniel & Daniel).
* Photography by Clark Lohr


  1. I've got this book and haven't had a chance to read it yet. After reading your review, it's moving closer to the top of the list.
    Marja McGraw

    1. Marja,
      Hooperman is one of those characters you won't soon forget. I'm sure you'll love the book.

  2. And what a good book it is. Thanks for highlighting it, Patricia. And John - thank for writing it.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, James! John seems to be MIA. I'll try emailing him again.