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Buried in Books

Book 12, Bibliophile Mystery

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In the latest in this New York Times bestselling series, matrimony and murder collide as San Francisco book-restoration expert Brooklyn Wainwright walks down the aisle. . .

Brooklyn has it all covered. She's triple-checked her wedding to-do list, and everything is on track for the upcoming ceremony with the love of her life, security expert Derek Stone.

Not everyone has been as lucky in love as Brooklyn. Her old library college roommates Heather and Sara lost touch twelve years ago when Sara stole Heather's boyfriend. Brooklyn was caught in the middle and hasn't seen her former besties since their falling-out. When they both arrive in town for the annual librarians' convention and then show up at her surprise bridal shower, Brooklyn is sure drama will ensue. But she's touched when the women seem willing to sort out their differences and gift her rare copies of The Three Musketeers and The Blue Fairy Book.   

Brooklyn's prewedding calm is shattered when one of her formerly feuding friends is found murdered and Brooklyn determines that one of the rare books is a forgery. She can't help but wonder if the victim played a part in this fraud, or if she was targeted because she discovered the scam. With a killer and con artist on the loose, Brooklyn and Derek--with the unsolicited help of their meddling mothers--must catch the culprit before their big day turns into a big mess.

From Publishers Weekly

Apr 30, 2018 – Carlisle's charming 12th Bibliophile mystery (after 2017's Once upon a Spine) finds book restoration expert Brooklyn Wainwright about to marry the love of her life, Derek Stone, in San Francisco. Her well-planned wedding weekend happens to coincide with the big National Librarians Association conference, but, as Derek points out, attending the conference will help distract her from any pre-wedding jitters. Overachieving Brooklyn knows she can balance both events, but then she runs into an old grad school friend, Heather Babcock, at the conference. Brooklyn is stunned to learn that Heather is still harboring bitter feelings toward her ex-boyfriend and Sara Martin, the ex-friend who stole him. Since Sara is also attending the conference, Brooklyn sets out to ensure that the two old friends make peace, but a murder spoils the reconciliation. Might murder also spoil Brooklyn's wedding? Book lovers are in for a treat.

Customer Reviews

Buried in books and love

I really enjoyed this 12th installment of Kate Carlisle's Bibliophile Mysteries! I was looking forward to the wedding of Brooklyn & Derek but was pleasantly surprised by everything that happened in this book. Brooklyn is reunited with her old librarian school best friends-turned-enemies, there's plenty of great moments with Inspector Janice, and a first glimpse of Derek's family and particularly his mom Meg. I had hoped to learn more about Derek's family in this book, but the focus was really more on Brooklyn's activities and the National Librarians Association Conference. That said, I am sure we will get more of the Stone family in future books! The pace of the book was excellent, and I finished it in one long cozy read on the couch with my kitty.

Engaging cozy mystery!

Buried in Books by Kate Carlisle is the twelfth A Bibliophile Mystery. Brooklyn Wainwright is marrying Derek Stone in just a few days. With the wedding plans completed, Brooklyn is off to attend the annual National Librarians Association conference. She is surprised when she runs into Heather Babcock. Brooklyn, Heather and Sara Martin were roommates and best friends in graduate school until Roderick came along. Brooklyn has not heard from Heather or Sara in twelve years. The next day after Brooklyn’s Book Lovers Tour of San Francisco, Brooklyn is surprised with a bridal shower. She is shocked when she discovers her mother invited Heather and Sara (oh dear). Heather gives Brooklyn a first edition of The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang. Not to be one upped, Sara unexpectedly presents Brooklyn with a beautiful (and valuable) first edition of The Three Musketeers. Later Sara turns up dead which causes Brooklyn to take a closer look at her gift from Sara. When she discovers it is a forgery, Brooklyn wonders if Sara knew about it or was she innocent victim. With her wedding quickly approaching, Brooklyn finds herself once again embroiled in a mystery. Can Brooklyn wrap up the case before she dons her wedding gown or will she end up being fitted for a coffin?

Buried in Books is a well-written and engaging book. The authors conversational writing style combined with the steady pacing makes Buried in Books easy to read. I started reading Buried in Books and did not put it down until I finished. There are many delightful humorous moments in Buried in Books. Brooklyn and Derek’s mothers are quite a pair. They are two peas in a pod and their families had better be prepared for more of their antics in the future. I love reading about the beautiful books Brooklyn encounters (the authors descriptions allowed me to visualize the wondrous tomes. It is also interesting to learn more about bookbinding (which makes A Bibliophile Mystery series unique) and creating one-of-a-kind handmade books. There are beautiful descriptions of San Francisco and various book lover attractions. I enjoyed how the victim was killed. It is unique and fits with the book. The murder does not occur until page 110. The author took the time to set the stage (give us background) for the crime. I was disappointed that the mystery was uncomplicated and easily solved. Brooklyn is a great character. She is intelligent, spunky and has a nose for murder. Brooklyn has grown over the course of the series, and I think that Derek is the perfect partner for her. He supports Brooklyn in her investigations and assists her while keeping her safe. There are many wonderful cozy moments in the book. We get to see the Wainwright and Stone families mingle, the wedding, lots of food, Brooklyn spending time with her friends, the sights of San Francisco, descriptions of old books, the convention, the rehearsal dinner, and special moments between Derek and Brooklyn. There are recipes for a couple of the dishes served at Derek and Brooklyn’s wedding at the end of the book. My rating for Buried in Books is 4 out of 5 stars. Fans of A Bibliophile Mystery series (and cozy mysteries) will be thoroughly delighted with Buried in Books.

Buried in Books

A fantastic read from beginning to end!

Buried in Books
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  • Category: Cozy
  • Published: Jun 26, 2018
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Print Length: 288 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 12, Bibliophile Mystery
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