I'm running a Bookhounds of London game. I love the setting but don't have much time for prep, so I'm looking for published scenarios that can be adapted without too much alteration. Because my group only plays once a month, I'm also looking for shorter scenarios as lengthy multi-session ones will cause everyone to lose the thread.
There are a few I've found, which I thought I'd list here, and I'd welcome suggestions on others.
1) I already ran the Doom Train from Horror on the Orient Express, adjusted so that the Bookshop (which we have agreed also sells the odd antique or curio) sold the train set. After the mysterious disappearance, the Bookhounds were at first inclined to let well enough alone. I added some police and unfavourable press interest which inclined them towards solving the mystery, if only to clear their names. I did have to push a character to actually run the set using their Drive (In The Blood; they just felt a pull towards it) and no PCs had appropriate skills to get the hints around what was wrong with the visceral trainset. Amusingly, when the bookseller PC learned that Randolph Alexis was missing presumed dead, his first move was to write to Randolph's widow to ask if she had any of her late husband's books to sell; as Randolph survived the scenario and returned, he now has the bookshop's address, and I'm thinking of making him an incredibly alarming and unwelcome but lucrative regular client.
2) An obvious choice is The Book from Arkham Detective Tales, which features an Occult Bookshop and can be moved from New York to London without much difficulty. I'm thinking about how to bring them in from a bookseller angle, but as the scenario features a millionaire buying up copies of The Book at $2000 a pop, it's not hard.
3) Death In The Post from Green and Pleasant Land features a mailed curse similar to the Megapolisomancy working in Whitechapel Black Letter, and starts with the PCs being asked to value an allegedly ancient manuscript. A query for me is how to get the PCs, who have enthusiastically embraced the "greedy, cowardly rotters" side of Bookhounds life, to try to prevent the curse as opposed to running a mile. Maybe someone can offer a reward.
4) The Wodehouse-esque scenario The Resurrection Men from Kingdom of the Blind is an english society drama with a villain searching for a hidden library, but features some heavily armed antagonists who might overwhelm my bookhounds (who have stuck to character and not taken much in the way of shotgun or other combat skills). Also as it takes place on an isolated country estate, it would cut my PCs off from their special abilities (no Bookshop Stock or Squizs available). Any suggestions for workarounds?
5) Rum Island from Cthulhu Britannica: Scotland has similar themes and a library that needs finding and valuing, but also similar issues of isolation meaning Bookhounds are very out of their element.
Also looking for ways that PCs will be able to use their hard-allocated Forgery, Auction and Bibliography points.