Saturday, January 15, 2011

Homicide in Hardcover

Homicide in Hardcover
by Kate Carlisle
Bibliophile Mysteries, book one

The streets of San Francisco would be lined with hardcovers if rare book expert Brooklyn Wainwright had her way. And her mentor wouldn’t be lying in a pool of his own blood on the eve of a celebration for his latest book restoration.

With his final breath he leaves Brooklyn a cryptic message, and gives her a priceless—and supposedly cursed—copy of Goethe’s Faust for safekeeping.

Brooklyn suddenly finds herself accused of murder and theft, thanks to the humorless—but attractive—British security officer who finds her kneeling over the body. Now she has to read the clues left behind by her mentor if she is going to restore justice… (description taken from

A fun beginning to a new mystery series perfect for true book lovers! Main character, Brooklyn, is a book restorer and rare book expert. Carlisle does a wonderful job inserting real information about the book restoration processes and materials into the text without detracting at all from the plot. Brooklyn is a very interesting character, herself, and I love her junk food habit!

When her mentor is murdered, Brooklyn finds the body and feels the need to protect someone that she is worried may have been involved. That coupled with the fact that the (Hot!!) security expert is convinced that she was the culprit, means that Brooklyn must do whatever's necessary, including putting herself in danger, to get to the bottom of things.

Full of great book descriptions, interesting plot twists, and just a hint...ahem, maybe more than a hint...of romance, this was a great read. As a book lover, I cannot wait to follow Brooklyn to the British Isles to attend the World Book Fair in her next adventure!!

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