One Book in the Grave: A Bibliophile Mystery Mass Market Paperback – Feb 7 2012
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Praise for the Bibliophile Mysteries:
"Terrific...great fun all around."—Library Journal (starred review)
"[A] fun and funny delightful debut."—Lorna Barrett, New York Times bestselling author of the Booktown Mysteries
"Books seldom kill, of course, but this one could murder an early bedtime."—Richmond Times-Dispatch
About the Author
A native Californian, award-winning writer Kate Carlisle worked in television for many years before turning to writing. A lifelong fascination with the art and craft of bookbinding led her to write the Bibliophile Mysteries featuring Brooklyn Wainwright, whose bookbinding and restoration skills invariably uncover old secrets, treachery, and murder. Kate lives and writes in Southern California. Visit her website at www.katecarlisle.com.
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The book is worth reading if you like the series, but hopefully the next book will be thought out a bit better and we can go back to liking Brooklyn and company for the fun characters they were in earlier books.
Brooklyn's eccentric family always serve as a treat for the reader, with her city-named siblings and protective parents providing light comic relief. Brooklyn herself is more beleaguered with the fear that she is becoming a magnet for bodies and the teasing sarcasm from San Francisco Inspector Janice Lee doesn't help. At times, though, the reader may be distracted when the novel ventures into chick-lit territory as Brooklyn continually rhapsodizes over the comparative hotness of her boyfriend/ security expert Derek Stone and the equally studly and mysterious Gabriel. They're both super hot, I get it. Surprisingly, far more interesting are the meticulous details of bookbinding, book mending, and paper making. The plot is strong with engaging family characters and thankfully the minimal participation of the Brooklyn's over-the-top sociopathic competitor Minka LaBoeuf. The fifth in the Bibliophile Mysteries continues to run strong, and the characters show enough growth and promise to make this a long-running series.
Brooklyn Wainwright is emotionally connected to her newest commission, to repair a first edition copy of 'Beauty and the Beast' which she gave as an engagement gift to two dear friends. The emotion comes in as the couple were devastated a mere two days later by the tragic death of the groom to be, Max Adams. Further tragedy hit the bride to be, when her home gets robbed and her copy of the book is stolen. This was three years earlier, but, all the traumatic feelings return as Brooklyn seeks the thief only to find a dead body, again.
That is as much as I'm going to say about this unusual tale of murder, mystery, and chaos. Cult religions, vengeance, and greed enter the scenes and once again, we are treated to a romantic suspense novel of high quality.
Treat yourself to a wonderful book which will have you lose time as you can't put it down.
This is an interesting book that isn't what I expected. The plot takes a surprising turn early on which changes the course of Brooklyn's investigation into Joe Taylor's death and other events in the book from then on. This was a twist I didn't see coming and I loved it! The author is full of surprises, both in the plot and the characters, which makes it a better book than what can be conveyed in a plot summary.
Besides the expected turns in the plot, the thing about the book is the unpredictable characters. Brooklyn's parents belong to a commune outside San Francisco, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that while they are somewhat quirky, they are not stereotypical flower children and come across as genuine, likeable people. The commune's spiritual leader, nicknamed "Guru Bob", is truly a caring, insightful man. Since I've not read any of the previous books in this series, I was confused by some of the supporting characters and their relationship to Brooklyn. For example, there doesn't seem to be anything but a platonic relationship between Brooklyn and family friend Gabriel, but she spends a lot of time ogling and flirting with him, even thought she is in love with and devoted to Derek. Brooklyn's nemesis Minka comes off like a caricature and her appearances at the beginning and the end of the book not only don't fit with the story, but actually detract from it. Perhaps if I had read some of the other books prior to this one, I would have appreciated these characters more.
As a main character, Brooklyn is a little too self-centered and spends a lot of time lamenting about how unlucky she is to keep finding dead bodies. However, she does seem distraught that she keeps getting involved in these situations until Guru Bob is finally able to console her. Balancing her tendency to make everything about her are the times that Brooklyn demonstrates that she is sensitive, caring, and empathic. At one point in the story when another character is upset, she says, "Nobody cried alone when I was around." I found this to be endearing as well as proof there is more to Brooklyn than first meets the eye.
The information about bookbinding and paper-making which part of the story is fascinating and adds to the uniqueness of this book. I love seeing Brooklyn in action working on a restoration project and more scenes of her practicing her craft and less showing the shallow side of Brooklyn would have improved the book. While the solution to the murders seemed to be more complicated than it needed to be, I enjoyed "One Book in the Grave" and am eager to go back and read some of Brooklyn and Derek's previous adventures.
This review was originally written for The Season EZine. The book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.
I'm sorry to say, I didn't finish the book. I just couldn't do it! Talk about a TSTL heroine, well this one takes the prize! Not sure how old this woman is but talk about acting like a teenaged girl. Her boyfriend is in security and another man in the story by the name of Gabriel, is a man with a shady past. Both men carry guns. For some reason, when Brooklyn discovers this fact, she is shocked, surprised and seemingly angry by this fact. The conversation between all the characters is stilted and cold...it just doesn't flow. The plot, what there was of it, was choppy and just didn't come together.
I doubt that my opinion would be any different had I read the other books in the series first. I couldn't find anything in what I read to redeem this book for me. I don't plan on reading the other books in the series and I don't plan on reading anything more by this author.