The Book Buyer, by Steve Schach and Sharon Stein, is a hilarious satire that skewers the modern-day book publishing industry.
Quentin Pakenham is a writer of historical romance fiction; unkind people refer to his books as “bodice rippers.” Quentin’s latest books have failed to sell, and he faces a dismal financial future.
Brittany Mainwaring comes to Paris to buy a book from Quentin; she’s willing to pay him a large sum of money if he’ll allow her to put her name as the author of his next book. She explains that if she has a book published she’ll inherit a vast sum of money in terms of her wealthy great-uncle’s will.
But things are not as they seem. And when a British industrial magnate is murdered, Quentin realizes that he’s responsible for the death. He comes to London where he teams up with an eccentric newspaper publisher to discover whodunit—and why.