Homicide in Hardcover by Kate Carlisle
Series: Bibliophile Mystery #1
Published by Berkley
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Mystery/Cozy
Format: eBook, Audiobook
Read in: October 2020
Reading Challenges: 2020 GoodReads, COYER
Source: Personal Collection
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Book expert Brooklyn Wainwright discovers that murder is always a bestseller in the first novel in the New York Times bestselling Bibliophile Mystery series.
Brooklyn Wainwright is a skilled surgeon. Sure, her patients might smell like mold and have spines made 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.
On the eve of a celebration for his latest book restoration, Brooklyn finds her mentor lying in a pool of his own blood. With his final breath Abraham leaves Brooklyn with a cryptic message, “Remember the Devil,” and gives her a priceless—and supposedly cursed—copy of Goethe’s Faust for safe-keeping.
Brooklyn suddenly finds herself accused of murder and theft, thanks to Derek Stone, the humorless—and annoyingly attractive—British security officer who found her kneeling over the body. Now she has to read the clues left behind by her mentor if she is going to restore justice… - via GoodReads
Homicide in Hardcover by Kate Carlisle was one of the picks for October COYER book club. I have read this book before and you can find my original review here. Reading Homicide in Hardcover served two purposes because I needed to re-read the first book in order to continue the series and I got to participate in COYER book club.
I have a love/hate relationship with cozy mysteries. I love them because there is still a who-dun-it but it isn’t nearly so serious. This means they’re usually not as intense. I dislike cozies because they’re not so serious and the citizen detective is usually doing stuff that in the real world would jeopardize a case (fruit of the forbidden tree).
I definitely have to be in the right frame of mind. With Homicide in Hardcover, Brooklyn was definitely doing some stupid stuff. Overall the plot was pretty good and I didn’t figure out the murderer until it was revealed (even though I’d read it once already!).
Brooklyn really got on my nerves this go ’round. She’s a nice and thoughtful person but man does she do some stupid stuff. If Derek Stone hadn’t been around to save her neck she would have died a handful of times. I also found Minka to be a bit much. There were a lot of characters to try and keep straight and while that part wasn’t hard it just seemed to take up a lot of page space.
The subject of this cozy (book binding and restoration) definitely helped boast my interest in Homicide in Hardcover by Kate Carlisle. I’ll give the second book a shot and see how I feel about the series after I finish that one.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2020 GoodReads