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Book Review: “Books of a Feather” by Kate Carlisle (Bibliophile Mystery #10)

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Title:  Birds of a Feather

Author:  Kate Carlisle

Series:  Bibliophile Mystery #10

Synopsis (from bn.com):  Brooklyn’s friend runs the Covington Library, which is hosting an exhibit featuring John James Audubon’s massive masterpiece, Birds of America. During the gala celebrating the book, she is approached by Jared Mulrooney, the president of the Bay Area Birdwatchers Society, to repair a lesser known book of Audubon drawings.

At the same party, Brooklyn is flying high after she’s asked to refurbish a rare copy of Poor Richard’s Almanack when Mulrooney’s body is discovered in the library. Soon more troubles ruffle Brooklyn’s feathers. Her parents pop in for a visit with an unsavory friend in tow, and there’s a strange man on her tail. With danger beginning to circle Brooklyn’s every move, it’s clear she must find answers before things really go south. . . .

 

My thoughts:   Man oh man I am so off of my reading game this year I can’t believe it . . . I am going to have to turn in my avid reader card.   Anyway, there is absolutely nothing better to get one out of a reading slump than to pick up a great cozy series you know and start engaging with beloved characters.

This was another strong book in this lovely cozy mystery series.   I can’t believe there are 10 books in this series already . . . time to pick up #11 from my to be read stack 🙂

I love this series for any number of reasons, one being the characters are strong, loveable, and I want to know more.   Another reason I love this series is frankly how much knowledge the author has about the intricacies of bookbinding and man, do I learn a lot from even reading these simple books.

People can make fun of my love of cozy mysteries all day if they choose to .  . . but I won’t be deterred.   Picking up a cozy is like going home again!!

another great read in a wonderful cozy series!

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

 

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

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Title:  Peril in Paperback

Author:  Kate Carlisle

Series:  Bibliophile Mystery #6

Synopsis (from bn.com):

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,

Heather

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Book Review – “One Book in the Grave” by Kate Carlisle (Bibliphile Mystery #5)

  Title:  One Book in the Grave (Bibliophile Mystery #5)

Author:  Kate Carlisle

ISBN:  9780457236128

Publisher:  Penguin Group

 

Synopsis (from BN.com):

There may be grave consequences for bookbinder Brooklyn Wainwright as she attempts to solve two murders tied to one book…

Brooklyn’s chance to restore a rare first edition of Beauty and the Beast seems a fairy tale come true—until she realizes the book belonged to an old friend of hers. Ten years ago, Max Adams, a brawny renowned papermaker, fell in love with a stunning beauty, Emily, and gave her the copy of Beauty and the Beast as a symbol of their love. Soon afterward, he died in a car crash, and Brooklyn has always suspected his possessive ex-girlfriend and her jealous beau.

Now she decides to find out who sold the book and return it to its rightful owner—Emily. She believes a rare book dealer can assist her, but when she arrives at his shop, she finds him murdered. Is it possible that the same couple who may have killed Max are now after his edition of Beauty and the Beast? With the help of her handsome boyfriend, Derek Stone, Brooklyn must unravel the murder plot—before she ends up in a plot herself….

 

My thoughts:  This was another good book in the Bibliophile Mystery Series by Kate Carlisle.  The series follows Brooklyn, a book restorer and avid lover of books as she finds herself in numerous murder cases surrounding many of the books she restores.   Let’s be real for one moment – for myself as an avid book lover, a book series about a book restorer who loves books – this is perfection!

I really enjoy the characters in this series and am waiting, waiting, waiting to see what further develops between Brooklyn and her handsome beau!  The characters are warm, inviting, and overall quite engaging.   I also really enjoy when the books talk about the actual steps and tools involved in restoring a book – incredible and something I definitely had no idea about!

I eagerly await the sixth book in this Bibliophile series.  Of course, I will be picking it up!

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

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