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 has always been a little obsessed with food, but it was her sister Savannah who became a chef, graduating from the prestigious Cordon Bleu school in Paris. She and her classmates all went on to successful careers, but

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It’s a recipe for disaster when bookbinder Brooklyn Wainwright is asked to restore an antique cookbook….
 
Brooklyn has always been a little obsessed with food, but it was her sister Savannah who became a chef, graduating from the prestigious Cordon Bleu school in Paris. She and her classmates all went on to successful careers, but none of them achieved culinary superstardom like Savannah’s ex-boyfriend Baxter Cromwell.
 
When Baxter invites the old gang to participate in his new restaurant’s gala opening in San Francisco, Savannah looks forward to seeing her friends, and even asks Brooklyn to restore a tattered cookbook—an old gift from Baxter—as a present for him. But Brooklyn immediately recognizes that the book, which has strange notes and symbols scrawled in the margins, is at least two hundred years old. She thinks that it probably belongs in a museum, but Savannah insists on returning it to Baxter.
 
Shortly after receiving the gift, Baxter is found dead, with Savannah kneeling over him, bloody knife in hand, and the rare cookbook has disappeared. Brooklyn knows her sister didn’t kill him, and she suspects the missing cookbook might lead to the real villain. Now Brooklyn will have to turn up the heat on the investigation before Chef Savannah finds herself slinging hash in a prison cafeteria.

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Editorial Reviews

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.
From the Publisher
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

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451415967
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
06/04/2013
Series:
Bibliophile Series, #7
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,403,650
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
Praise for the Bibliophile Mysteries

"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

 

Meet the Author

A native Californian, New York Times bestselling author Kate Carlisle worked in television for many years before turning to writing. A lifelong fascination with the art and craft of bookbinding led her to write the Bibliophile Mysteries featuring Brooklyn Wainwright, whose bookbinding and restoration skills invariably uncover old secrets, treachery, and murder. 

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