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If Books Could Kill: A Bibliophile Mystery…

If Books Could Kill: A Bibliophile Mystery (edition 2010)

by Kate Carlisle (Author)

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A haunted city, a forbidden masterpiece, and a deadly threat are all in a day's work in the life of this brilliant bookbinder.....
Title:If Books Could Kill: A Bibliophile Mystery
Authors:Kate Carlisle (Author)
Info:Berkley (2010), Edition: 1st, 304 pages
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I thought it was a good book. the main character does book binding and all of this happens during a book conference. ( )
  Jeff_Simms | Jun 9, 2021 |
I am obsessed with this series! Good humour, lots of interesting information about bookbinding, great characters and it's fun to get to know them and see the relationshiips progress! I am late to this party so have lots of books ahead of me which is fine by me! ( )
  clamato | Jun 9, 2020 |
My Rating: 4.5 Stars

Brooklyn Wainwright, an expert book restorer, is excited to go to Edinburgh, Scotland to attend and run a few workshops and to participate in a bookbinding contest. She just had a terrible experience when her former mentor and friend, Abraham Karastovsky was murdered. This trip is just what she needs.

Brooklyn is looking forward to seeing her old friend Helen, but is also pleasantly surprised to be traveling along with security consultant Derek Stone. Why is he going to Scotland anyway? When she runs into her ex Kyle, he asks her to protect a rare book that might harm the history of the British monarchy. Before Brooklyn can get enough details as to what to do with the book, she finds Kyle dead.

Wondering why she has suddenly stumbled among dead bodies, seeing Kyle sends her into a frenzy. Fortunately Derek is around and he is highly respected and easily helps to prove that Brooklyn had nothing to do with Kyle's murder. Things are not right with Brooklyn on several levels. For starters, it seems that her bookbinding tools were used in the murder. Then her hotel room is broken into. Just as Brooklyn took things upon herself to investigate what happened to Abraham previously, she jumps into the fray with Kyle's murder.

In this fast-moving second title in the Bibliophile series, readers are treated with some familiar characters. Brooklyn's best friend Robin is back, as well as her parents. Her arch nemesis Minka is back too. Another likable feature to this book is the first-person narration. This was done exceptionally well.

I am loving this series and am eager to read the third book in the series, The Lies that Bind. There are currently 13 books in the series, and, having read the final book, The Book Supremacy, already, it will definitely be a pleasure to reach each title. ( )
  RobinLovesReading | Oct 25, 2019 |
If Books Could Kill
3 Stars

Brooklyn Wainwright travels to Scotland to participate in the annual Edinburgh book fair. When the body of her former beau is discovered, Brooklyn is once again a prime suspect in the case and is forced to investigate to clear her name.

Not as entertaining as the first book.

Brooklyn is an engaging heroine and the hints at a romance with Commander Derek Stone have potential. Unfortunately, an excess of stereotypical characters and an annoyingly condescending attitude toward the Scots, their culture and their history, put a damper on an otherwise intriguing mystery.

Hopefully, the next book will be better. ( )
  Lauren2013 | May 24, 2018 |
[If Books Could Kill] by Kate Carlisle
Bibliophile Mystery series Book #2

From The Book:
Murder is easy-on paper. Book restoration expert Brooklyn Wainwright is attending the world- renowned Book Fair when her ex Kyle shows up with a bombshell. He has an original copy of a scandalous text that could change history-and humiliate the beloved British monarchy.

When Kyle turns up dead, the police are convinced Brooklyn's the culprit. But with an entire convention of suspects, Brooklyn's conducting her own investigation to find out if the motive for murder was a 200-year-old secret-or something much more personal.

My Thoughts:
In spite of my continued avoidance of the cozy mystery genre I found that I did rather enjoy this one. Again I have to confess if it had not been for the sub-genre challenge on the Mystery & Suspense Extra group on LibraryThing I would never have picked the book up and would have missed this well written mystery that is populated with lots of devious suspects, daunting detectives, and a few humerus Scots. I even learned some very interesting information about book restoration. ( )
  Carol420 | Dec 19, 2016 |
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This book is dedicated to my mother, Patricia Campbell Beaver, whose good humor and love of life have always inspired me. I love you, Mom.
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If my life were a book, I would have masking tape holding my hinges together.
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