Book Review: “Peril in Paperback” by Kate Carlisle (Bibliophile Mystery #6)


Title:  Peril in Paperback

Author:  Kate Carlisle

Series:  Bibliophile Mystery #6

Synopsis (from

Rare books and antiquities expert Brooklyn Wainwright is thrilled to be invited to the fiftieth birthday party of her neighbor Suzie’s aunt Grace. A retired founder of a major video game corporation, Grace is a larger-than-life character who’s turned her Lake Tahoe mansion into a fun house, full of everything from pinball machines and giant props to secret passageways and trap doors. Brooklyn is most excited to catalog Grace’s extensive collection of rare paperback pulp fiction.

Part of the fun involves a séance, but after the lights flicker, one guest is dead, poisoned by a cocktail intended for Grace. It seems someone is determined to turn Grace’s playful palatial estate into a house of horrors. Brooklyn suspects the key to the killer’s identity may lie in the roman á clef Grace has written about her life. With Grace in great peril, “must-read” takes on a whole new meaning, as Brooklyn tries to stop a murderer who’s through playing around…

My thoughts:  Another great cozy series that I love.  What book lover doesn’t love a series about book expert and repairer . . . ummm, yes!

I truly enjoyed the fun, humorous spirit in this entire story.  The book is set completely in the Lake Tahoe mansion of Suzie’s very, very, VERY eccentric Aunt Grace.  All of Aunt Grace’s friends and families gather at her mansion for a weeklong birthday party to celebrate her big 5-0!  Yes, the book is a mix of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were Note meets cozy mystery novel!!!

I just truly enjoyed imagining in my mind what the inside of this mansion must look like and more importantly how fun it would be to be in this house for a week . . . book rooms, libraries, game rooms, music rooms, trapdoors, it is like a huge playhouse!  Loved imagining it!

I do admit that the end was quite disappointing to me.  It was as if the last 10 pages or so were simply a mish mash of admissions, betrayals, you name it, but it all didn’t make sense and just felt like it came out of nowhere for me.

Also, after I thought about it, I admit that there were quite a few things that were just downright silly in this book . . .a bit more so than your average fun, silliness in cozy mysteries.  Why did the author portray a person about to have their 50th birthday as someone who should be old, gray, and cuddled up with cats?  She is 50 not 150!!   Also why after the murder did the cops show up to investigate, interview everyone, tell them not to leave the house, and then never show up again for the rest of the week?  I know there was a winter storm, but other people showed up out of the blue!

Oh well, let’s be real . . . cozy mysteries are supposed to be fun, light reading, not to be overthought and picked apart for their logic!

Overall, a great series and I look forward to reading the upcoming books!  Can’t wait.

And remember,

Books Are Life,


1 Comment

Filed under Book Reviews, Cozy, Cozy Mystery, Fiction

One response to “Book Review: “Peril in Paperback” by Kate Carlisle (Bibliophile Mystery #6)

  1. I’ve been wanting to read this series, but your comments about the ending and the incongruity of the 50-year-old aunt being “old and grey” are giving me slight second thoughts. (Hey, I’m 50-ish, and I’m far from old OR grey!) Still, the mansion itself sounds almost worth the price of admission.

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