Saturday, June 30, 2012

Review: "HOMICIDE in HARDCOVER" by Kate Carlisle (A Bibliophile Mystery)

Kindle File Size: 377 KB
Print Length: 304 pages
Publisher: NAL; Original edition (February 3, 2009)
Sold by: Penguin Publishing

Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Signet; Reprint edition (February 3, 2009)
ISBN-10: 0451226151
ISBN-13: 978-0451226150
Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1.1 x 6.6 inches

Review Copy Courtesy Of:  My Local Library via

Synopsis Via Backcover:

Brooklyn Wainwright is a skilled surgeon. Her patients might smell like mold and have spines of leather, but no ailing book is going to die on her watch. The same can't be said of Abraham Karastovsky, Brooklyn's friend and former employer, who she finds lying in a pool of his own blood. With his final breath, Abraham leaves Brooklyn a cryptic message, "Remember the devil," and smiles as she takes possession of his priceless and supposedly cursed copy of Goethe's Faust. Suddenly, Brooklyn finds herself accused of murder and theft...

Saph's Review:

"Homicide in Hardcover" is a cute cozy mystery about Brooklyn Wainwright, a book restoration expert who unwittingly ends up on the wrong side of a murder investigation - A murder investigation involving the death of her mentor-turned-rival, Abraham Karastovsky in which Brooklyn was at the right place (the opening of Abraham's exhibit of rare books for which Brooklyn was invited) but at the very wrong time.  After mending fences with Brooklyn, Abraham escapes the opening, inviting Brooklyn to visit him to view the priceless copy of Faust that is also said to be cursed.  What ensues is a mystery that keeps you guessing.  

Ms. Carlisle has certainly created a zany cast of characters that include suspects, family members, and the really hot Derek Stone. Derek is a British security expert that accuses Brooklyn of murder since he found her on the scene with blood on her hands and the copy of Faust in her pocket.  As the novel progresses you see the budding romance between Derek and Brooklyn.

Each character, good or bad, is likable.  They've been written well.  The plot isn't predicable and moves along pretty smoothly.  I like to concept of book restoration being the heroine's occupation.  You don't read too many stories like that...In fact, I don't think I've ever read a story where the characters were book restoration experts.

I will definitely be requesting Book 2 to be sent to my local library.


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