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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

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Love this series, but not too crazy about this book March 21 2012
By S. D. - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've enjoyed this book series from the beginning, but I have to admit this particular book was not one of my favorites. The plot was a bit contrived and some of the characters have become unrealistic. Brooklyn's nemesis seemed to be thrown in at the strangest moments (not in a good way) and has gone from being an amusing nuisance to being just plain annoying. The strangest part of the book, though, seems to be the author's frequent description of Brooklyn's boyfriend. It seems as though you can't turn a page without reading about how gorgeous he is. Ok, we get it, enough already.

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.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A Perfect Mix of Books & Mystery Feb. 7 2012
By Cindy Chow - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Normally book addict and bookbinder Brooklyn Wainwright would be thrilled to take on the challenging job of restoring a rare first edition, but not when the book turns out to have been stolen and contains her last memories of papermaker Max Adams. When she traces the book back to the previous seller Brooklyn is even more horrified to find a dead body, impaled with a weapon seemingly to have been owned by the deceased Max. The classic edition Beauty and the Beast had been a gift given by Brooklyn to Max and his fiancée Emily as an engagement present, and after his death the book was stolen out of Emily's house. Confused and hurt, Brooklyn looks for answers and comfort from her communal-living parents and Guru Bob, who provides both while also adding a surprising twist to the mystery.

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.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Juvenile waste of time. Aug. 24 2012
By Karen H - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Let me start out by saying this is the first book in this series and by this author that I read. Since I didn't start reading the series from book one, I think my review might be considered a bit skewed and let me apologize to this author's fans but this is only one person's opinion.

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 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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
An Amazing Read March 21 2012
By L. Rigod - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
What do I like about this book? The question would be better served as to what I don't like about this book and the answer is 'Nothing.' I totally enjoyed each and every one of the 291 pages I read. Including the glimpse of the next book in the 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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Not my favorite in this series Oct. 13 2013
By S. Warfield - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
The Bibliophile Mystery Series is one of my favorites because I enjoy the information about restoring old books and how it is done by main character, Brooklyn Wainwright. When starting "One Book in the Grave" by Kate Carlisle I thought it would be a great story, especially because of the book that Brooklyn was asked to restore, an old copy of "Beauty and the Beast." The later argument whether to restore it or to leave it in its present battered and well-loved condition for sentimental reasons could have been played out more than it was. However, book restoration had little to do with the plot of this book. Brooklyn's boyfriend, Derek, was on practically every page with his well-developed muscles and his good looks and in my opinion, in this particular book, Brooklyn turned into an airhead. I thought if I read another "Darling" or "I'm going with you" I might not finish the book.

In the end, the book is worth reading for the plot twists it holds. I just about fell off my reading chair when I came to them, and it is becoming very worrisome to Brooklyn and me, too, why she is always stumbling over or finding dead bodies and then feeling obligated to search out clues for the killer or killers. Is it just coincidence or are these souls finding her? On the positive side for "One Book in the Grave" there really are some great surprises for the reader.

Brooklyn makes it interesting enough to seek out more information on bookbinding and restoration of books, since anything to do with books is of interest to me. I plan on continuing with this series.