A Cookbook Conspiracy (Bibliophile Series #7)

A Cookbook Conspiracy (Bibliophile Series #7)

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by Kate Carlisle

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It’s a recipe for disaster when bookbinder Brooklyn Wainwright is asked to restore an antique cookbook….
Brooklyn’s sister Savannah and her former culinary school classmates all became successful chefs, especially Savannah’s ex-boyfriend Baxter Cromwell, who went on to culinary superstardom. When he invites the old gang

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It’s a recipe for disaster when bookbinder Brooklyn Wainwright is asked to restore an antique cookbook….
Brooklyn’s sister Savannah and her former culinary school classmates all became successful chefs, especially Savannah’s ex-boyfriend Baxter Cromwell, who went on to culinary superstardom. When he invites the old gang to the gala opening of his new restaurant in San Francisco, Savannah asks Brooklyn to restore a rare antique cookbook as a present for him.
The night they all gather, Baxter is found dead, the cookbook has disappeared, and Savannah becomes the suspect du jour. But Brooklyn knows her sister is innocent, and there are plenty of old grudges simmering among this backstabbing bunch. Now she’ll have to turn up the heat on the investigation before Chef Savannah finds herself slinging hash in a prison cafeteria.

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Praise for the New York Times Bestselling Bibliophile Mystery Series
“A delicious, twisty tale, it features food, friends, fiends.…Don’t miss it!”—Julie Hyzy, New York Times Bestselling Author of the White House Chef Mysteries and the Manor House Mysteries

“Suspenseful, intelligent mysteries with a sense of humor.…Kate Carlisle never fails to make me laugh, even as she has me turning the pages to see what’s going to happen next.”—Miranda James, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Cat in the Stacks Mysteries

“A terrific read…great fun all around.”—Library Journal (Starred Review)

“Fun and funny…delightful.”—Lorna Barrett, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Booktown Mystery Series
“A fun, fast-paced mystery that is laugh-out-loud funny.  Even better, it keeps you guessing to the very end.” –Susan Mallery, New York Times Bestselling Author of Halfway There
“Carlisle’s story is captivating, and she peoples it with a cast of eccentrics.  Books seldom kill, of course, but this one could murder an early bedtime.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
“Another superb entry… Quirky characters and an intriguing cookbook with a fabulous history add to the fun.  Highly entertaining.” —Carolyn Hart, Author of the Death on Demand Mysteries

Publishers Weekly
In chapter one of Carlisle’s well-plotted seventh bibliophile mystery (after 2012’s Peril in Paperback), book binder Brooklyn Wainwright agrees to repair a handwritten cookbook dated 1774 for her sister, Savannah. Savannah plans to give it to her former boyfriend, celebrity TV chef Baxter Cromwell, at the opening of his new San Francisco restaurant. Baxter originally gave the rare volume to Savannah while they were both students at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris years before. To Savannah’s surprise, the gift upsets Baxter, who excuses himself from the opening festivities. Soon after, Brooklyn discovers Savannah in the kitchen kneeling over Baxter’s body with a bloody knife in her hand. Confident of her sister’s innocence, Brooklyn sets out to find the real killer. She must also locate the now-missing cookbook, which may hold an important clue. Carlisle keeps the suspense high as Brooklyn sleuths her way through a host of chefs and other suspects to the satisfying resolution. Agent: Christina Hogrebe, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (June)
Library Journal
Brooklyn Wainwright, a rare books expert, comes to her chef sister's rescue when a rare cookbook disappears during a homicide. Her eighth case (after Peril in Paperback) is the first entry as a hardback.
Kirkus Reviews
A bookbinder once again becomes a magnet for murder. Brooklyn Wainwright, the bookbinder in question, lives in San Francisco with her drop-dead gorgeous boyfriend, Derek, a former British agent who currently does private investigations. Although she's a dreadful cook, Brooklyn's obsessed with food and delighted by a visit from her sister Savannah, a Cordon Bleu chef who owns a vegetarian restaurant in the Sonoma wine country. Savannah's come to ask Brooklyn to repair a 1782 cookbook written by Obedience Green, a young woman who came to the Americas and cooked for a British general. The book is a gift for celebrity chef Baxter Cromwell, who's invited all his buddies from their school days in Paris to the opening of his new restaurant. Brooklyn, who spent a summer living with the group, is included. At the special opening, the book, which Baxter accepts rather tepidly, elicits odd reactions from some of the other chefs. When Baxter is found stabbed to death, Savannah clutching a bloody knife, Brooklyn, whose past has included a number of unwelcome murder investigations (Peril in Paperback, 2012, etc.), enlists Derek to help find the real killer and the vanished cookbook. As it turns out, Baxter's friends all had good reason to loathe him, so Brooklyn has loads of suspects. A second murder only adds urgency to her quest for the truth. Carlisle's eighth Bibliophile mystery provides interesting suspects, a historical puzzle and the usual appended recipes.

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Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
Bibliophile Series, #7
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Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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"Kate Carlisle never fails to make me laugh, even as she has me turning the pages to see what’s going to happen next.”
New York Times Bestselling Author Miranda James

"A terrific read...Great fun all around.”—Library Journal (starred review)

"Fun and funny...Delightful."—Lorna Barrett, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Booktown Mystery Series

"Captivating."—Richmond Times-Dispatch


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A Cookbook Conspiracy (Bibliophile Series #7) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First off i would like to say I love this series. I was hooked after reading the very first book in the series. I promptly got my nook and ordered all the available books in the series. Every book has kept me captivated until the end. I particularly liked seeing more of Derek in this book as well as Savanah and Devon, i hope we will be seeing more of them in upcoming books. I found Devons occupation very interesting. I love that in kates books that you get humor, mystery, a pinch of romance, and that we get to keep up with previous characters. Great and fast read
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Brooklyn is quite a foodie and having a sister who graduated from the prestigious Cordon Bleu school in Paris is fantastic as she isn’t much of a cook herself. One of Savannah’s classmates, Baxter Cromwell, is opening a new restaurant in San Francisco and he has invited the old gang from Paris to participate in the Grand Opening. Savannah asks Brooklyn to restore an old cookbook that Baxter had given her years ago so she can give it back to him as a gift. Brooklyn realizes the book must be at least 200 hundred years old and it has some strange notes in the margins. This is a book that belongs in a museum but Savannah is determined to give it back to Baxter. Derek and Brooklyn attend the grand opening and the food is delicious, each and every course. It was a wonderful evening until shortly after the restaurant closes and all the guests have gone. It is then Baxter is found dead, the cookbook is missing, and Savannah is found next to the body with the murder weapon in her hand. After reading Peril in Paperback a couple of weeks ago I couldn’t wait to start this book and I devoured it in just a couple of hours. Savannah has brought Brooklyn a very special cookbook, steeped in history and full of interesting recipes and intriguing information. Information that brings Dexter’s brother, Dalton, to town. Can there really be two hunky handsome guys in this family? Oh my YES! He definitely needs to be in upcoming installments. The girls “hippy” parents along with the rest of the Wainwright family return. Guru Bob also makes an appearance. I just love their mom with her spells and incantations. Now she is planning to study Exorcism!    The authors creates a capricious group of supporting characters as well. Quite a blend of chefs that are so totally different and all of them seem to have secrets. Kate Carlisle continues to deliver us marvelous mysteries and this is the best one yet. I highly recommend you add this one to your shopping cart today!
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
Kate Carlisle returns to her Bibliophile Mystery series with A Cookbook Conspiracy. Readers who love food, as well as, books will be especially happy with this installment. With a combination of history, mystery and culinary craftiness this book offers a little something for everyone. The restoration of a valuable cookbook takes center stage and lands Brooklyn's sister, Savannah in some hot water. A great new whodunit to add to any readers collection. What I liked: Kate Carlisle likes to add a bit of history to her mysteries and that always entertains me well because I am a history buff myself. Using the 240 year old cookbook also gave this book a different avenue of interest. Since Brooklyn's sister is a chef, and she is the one having the cookbook restored readers get to learn a lot about the behind scenes culinary world as well. I thought this was a great way to add new interest in the series and I think new and old readers a like will enjoy this part of the book. Baxter Cornwall was  a real piece of work, or so I think. Readers don't get to understand the true evil of this villain because he doesn't have any dialogue in the book. He is killed very early on and the reader is left to find out how bad he was and what he was capable of through the eyes of other characters in the book. It was hard to form a connection to a character who was such a huge part of the story, but is not really present in the book. His connection to Savannah carried that part of the story, but I found myself wanting a little more where the villain was concerned. The mystery aspects of the story were quite well written. Carlisle used the cookbook to create a very intriguing situation in which Baxter is killed and the 240 year old cookbook holds the key to figuring out a current murder. I loved the combination of the past meeting the present in such a dramatic way. Carlisle never disappoints when it comes to keeping the reader in the dark. I didn't figure this one out until Brooklyn did.  What I didn't like: I felt there were a few problems with this one but as usual they may just be my own hangups and not the general consensus. So take it with a grain of salt and read it and find out what you think. This book was more centered on the culinary elements than the book restoration and bibliophile aspects the series is known for. The villain was a bit uninspiring because the reader did not get to know him and why he was evil. There were also parts of the story that felt a piecemeal, or stitched together, including the visit from Brooklyn and Savannah's parents. It felt like it was only added so that the quirky family was present and not central to the story.  Bottom Line: There were good points and bad points to this one. I loved the theme and idea behind the cookbook and the way it was represented on the story, but I wanted more relation to books and restoring them than to chefs and culinary interests. The combination of mystery and history really works, but the details were not there for this one. Not a bad book, but not my favorite of the series either.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked the first few books in this series, enjoyed the mysteries, the developing romance, the information about bookbinding and restoration. But each one it seems hasthe characters just getting gushier and more melodramatic. Everybody just *wuvs* everyone (except the bad guys of course and Brooklyn's nemesis from earlier boks who is fat and ugly, naturally - as all bad people are, right?) and her "quirky" family is just annoying and everyone is utterly unrealistic. Even in a pleasant cozy, this is just over the top with everyone at the top of their particular field. I stopped buying these after the previous one was disappointing and got this one from the library. I won't even bother with that on any more by this author.
addictedPW More than 1 year ago
This is the first Kate Carlisle I have read. Just a few pages in it grabbed me. Between Brooklyn and her gorgeous love interest Derek, her secret cooking desire, and book binding,This story about chefs and their lives interwoven with murder and blackmail keeps your interest from beginning to end. Just about when you think you have found the culprit, they are killed. Weaving all of the many characters is quite a talent. I will definitely read more Kate Carlisle.
WendyB More than 1 year ago
Love this latest entry in the Bibliophile Mystery series. Brooklyn Wainwright is an artist at repairing and restoring old bookks. That alone makes for interesting reading.  Her habit of stumbling on dead bodies is even more intriguing.
Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
It has been awhile since I last spent time with Brooklyn.  But it was very easy to catch back up and I enjoyed visiting with her.  This time it wasn't Brooklyn who found a dead body, but her younger sister Savannah. In an eerily similar manner to how Brooklyn found her first body in Homicide in Hardcover. Luckily for Savannah, Brooklyn was first on scene and able to be by Savannah's side. Plus she now not only has contacts she trusts, but the experience to know how the investigation will go.  I liked seeing how culinary challenged Brooklyn was and her failed experiments with making a syllabub (or as I like to think of it, drunk pudding). The clues and suspects were varied and kept me guessing and second guessing. Brooklyn's, and in reflection the author's, fascination and respect for old books continues to shine through the story. This was another wonderful addition to the series, and I really need to find the next book, The Book Stops Here, as it is out and available. I found this book a 4 star read. 
52chickadees More than 1 year ago
“A Heady Mix of Codes, Cooking and Casualties” Bookbinder Brooklyn Wainwright is always busy restoring first editions or those tomes which have been “overly loved”. But, Brooklyn makes time on her chaotic schedule when Dharma, California’s Vegetarian Chef Extraordinaire/Sister Savannah asks her for a special favor. Savannah and several of her friends, (all of whom Brooklyn knows as well) including Cordon Bleu graduates/Chefs Kevin, Peter, Raoul and his Wife Collette, Margo, and cuddly human teddy bear Montgomery have been invited to the grand opening of “Bax”—sleazy, arrogant classmate Baxter Cromwell’s newest restaurant. Savannah asks Brooklyn to restore a well-worn cookbook that was a gift from Baxter years earlier, when they were an “Item”. Brooklyn agrees, but immediately recognizes that this restoration project is no ordinary cookbook—not with all of the diary-style notations and code-type symbols scribbled in the margins. Amazingly, when Brooklyn checked a bit closer, the book seems to be approximately 200 years old! With Baxter not being one of her all-time favorite people, Brooklyn has her doubts that he’ll appreciate such a rare and valuable gift. But Brooklyn needn’t have worried, for not long after receiving the cookbook, Baxter Cromwell’s lifeless body is discovered in a pool of blood in his restaurant’s kitchen—with Savannah kneeling over him with the bloody murder weapon in her hand! Brooklyn is sure that her Sister is not guilty of such a heinous crime—but how to prove her innocence, and find the assassin? Luckily, she has “Handsome as the day is long” Boyfriend/British Intelligence Commander Derek Stone to help unravel the mystery which gets more and more complicated as time marches on and somehow, the road to a non-guilty verdict seems to lead back to the antique cookbook. In the midst of all of the confusion, the hand-written puzzles attract Derek’s attention and he knows just the person to de-code the word maze—his equally hunky Cryptographer/Brother, Dalton. You’ll also get some chuckles over the antics of the Wainwright clan, especially parents, Rebecca and Jim and Spiritual Guide, “Guru Bob”. The Author has woven a multi-faceted mystery which will have you turning pages deep into the night. This is the first of Ms. Carlisle’s works that I have read—but, now that I’ve been introduced to Brooklyn, Derek and company, I’m sure it won’t be my last. Don’t miss it! Nancy Narma
Debb23 More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book except for a couple of things. Sorry to say, I'm not a fan of Savannah, Brooklyn is worried about her because she's sensitive but to me she seemed like a spoiled brat, sniping at Brooklyn one minute, then acting clueless around the other chefs, trusting them all, maybe it's just me. I also missed some of the other usual characters but I guess that will make it even better the next time we meet them. I also did not laugh as much as I usually do in this series, Brooklyn seemed to lose a little of her spunk. Now you are probably saying why 4 stars. I still do love Brooklyn and her relationship with Derek. The introduction of Derek's brother is a bonus and I hope we see more of him in books to come. The mystery kept me guessing with plenty of twists. There are plenty of new characters in this book to love and hate, I especially liked the story of the antique cookbook, a very interesting idea. I will definitely continue on with this series.
TessT More than 1 year ago
Kate’s 8th book in the Bibliophile Mystery series was just as entertaining as the previous 7. Who is killing the great chefs that Savannah, Brooke’s sister, attended Le Cordon Bleu with? Savannah finds herself in the midst of the murders and begs Brooke to help figure them out. Brooke, of course fights against becoming involved, but Savannah wears her down.  Because the chefs are being killed one by one, Broke is afraid that her sister may be next.  Savannah has entrusted an old cookbook to Brooke for repair and restoration, she wants to return it to one of the chefs, but the chef is murdered before that can happen. Brooke is intrigued by the book and tries to persuade Savannah not to give it to Baxter, but to donate it to a museum.  Stolen jewelry, stolen books, stolen lives, Kate gives us all we could hope for and more. There is humor, food, friends, old and new, and a delightfully fun book. This is one of my favorite series, but I guess I say that about all of them.  Kate has a way of getting our attention even before the 1st chapter is finished. Book 9, The Book Stops Here, is on the way and will be available in June 2014.
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Terrible book . Bought it based on reviews waste of money rediculous plot and annoying chatacters
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A visit to San Francisco and Dharma...getting reacquainted with Brooklyn, Derek and her family... wine and murder... and very nice summer break! 
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Enjoy this book. A great series.
Beth350 More than 1 year ago
this latest in the "bibliophile" mystery series is full of fun, food, and, of course, murder. Bookbinder, Brooklyn Wainwright gets involved in a gathering of her sister's chef school classmates. The sister, Savannah, asks her to refurbish an old cookbook as a gift for one of the classmates, but on the day of the gala dinner party a murder occurs and the valuable old book disappears. It's engaging to read about the sisters and their friends as they try to find the book as well as discover who caused the murder.
Laced More than 1 year ago
Brooklyn, with her unique profession, quirky family, and mysterious British boyfriend, always provides entertainment. I recommend this book for an entertaining cozy myster, but strongly recommend you begin at the beginning to fully understand the development of the characters and relationships. Enjoy.