Books of a Feather (Bibliophile Series #10)

Books of a Feather (Bibliophile Series #10)

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by Kate Carlisle
     
 

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Ripped from the Pages, San Francisco book-restoration expert Brooklyn Wainwright’s latest project is for the birds, but it may have her running for her life. . . .
 
Brooklyn’s friend Ian runs the Covington Library, which is hosting an exhibit featuring John James

Overview

From the New York Times bestselling author of Ripped from the Pages, San Francisco book-restoration expert Brooklyn Wainwright’s latest project is for the birds, but it may have her running for her life. . . .
 
Brooklyn’s friend Ian runs the Covington Library, which is hosting an exhibit featuring John James Audubon’s massive masterpiece, Birds of America, currently on loan from an Arab sheik. During the gala celebrating the book, she is approached by Jared Mulrooney, the president of the National Birdwatchers Society, who urgently needs Brooklyn's skilled hands to repair a less high-profile book of Audubon drawings that’s fallen victim to spilled wine.
 
At the same party, Brooklyn is flying high after she’s asked to refurbish and appraise a rare copy of Poor Richard’s Almanac. But everything runs afoul later that evening when Mulrooney’s body is discovered in the library. Rumors fly about a motive for murder. Perhaps Mulrooney wanted to sink his claws into the pricey Audubon book, but Brooklyn believes the man died fighting off a daring thief.
 
Soon more troubles ruffle Brooklyn’s feathers. Her parents pop in for a visit with an unsavory friend in tow, and there’s a strange man on her tail. With danger beginning to circle Brooklyn’s every move, it’s clear she must find answers before things really go south . . .

Editorial Reviews

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Praise for the New York Times Bestselling 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.”—Miranda James, New York Times bestselling author of the Cat in the Stacks Mysteries
 
“Carlisle’s dialogue is natural, her prose has great flow, and her striking descriptions bring Brooklyn’s world to life.”—Crimespree
 
“Captivating. . . . The action builds to a surprising final showdown.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“A true whodunit . . . highlights Carlisle’s story line skills, her love for books, and her always-endearing heroine.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451477705
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/07/2016
Series:
Bibliophile Series , #10
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
21,171
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

Kate Carlisle is the New York Times bestselling author of the Bibliophile mysteries, including Ripped from the Pages and The Book Stops Here, as well as the Fixer-Upper mysteries, including Crowned and Moldering and This Old Homicide.

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Books of a Feather 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
HannajoSol 7 months ago
Very good fun read, but I cannot give 5 stars as I felt a little something missing. I can't pinpoint it, and whatever it is doesn't take away from a fun, summer easy read
charleneC 7 months ago
I love all of Kate Carlisle's books. In a Book of A Feather, Derek and Brooklyn are enjoying each other in their condo. Twists and turns and an intricate plot that you expect in Kate's books. This one will keep you interested up to the last sentence.
shellyjc 8 months ago
This was one of my favorites in the Bibliophile Mystery series. As always, Brooklyn and Derek's characters are witty, funny, captivating, and you feel like you get to know them personally. There are always a few twists and turns that keep you reading, and every time I finish one of her books, I am yearning for the next one. This book was no exception! I recommend this book highly to anyone who enjoys cozy, easy to read mysteries. I recommend this book highly, and I'm sure you will not be disappointed!
BMarquart 8 months ago
I enjoyed Books of a Feather by Kate Carlisle. I read the book in just a couple of days, as once I started reading; I could not put it down. However, I have to say that having read all the books in the bibliophile series to date, I was a little bit disappointed in this one. While I like Brooklyn and Derek and all of their fun and quirky friends, there were a couple of plot points in Books of a Feather that I had trouble understanding. For instance, I cannot fathom why a great security expert like Derek would be ok with Brooklyn’s parents inviting a homeless person to spend the night in his home. I’m even more perplexed that Derek would then leave the homeless person alone in his home while everyone else goes out to breakfast. I am also having trouble understanding how people manage to sneak into the apartment when the security is supposedly so good. I wish I could say that Derek’s friend, Crane, was a good addition to the series, but he seems a tad too shady and not very likable. Despite these issues, the book is enjoyable overall and I look forward to reading more about Brooklyn’s exploits in the future. I received a free copy of this book from the author for an honest review.
NaomiAnn 8 months ago
I’ve been reading the Bibliophile Mysteries for a number of years and this one, “Books of a Feather” is one of my favorites. As a book lover, I find myself getting lost in the world of valuable books and with the fascinating world of book restoration. I’m always comforted with the characters too and this time was no exceptions. Brooklyn is surrounded by bodies, her quirky friends and family, and with the near perfect Derek (he may be a bit too perfect but one can always dream!). Brooklyn has taken on the restoration of several old and valuable books, and as she works, the bodies start piling up. She’s sure the murders have something to do with one or more of the books she’s working on but which book? And why? Or aren’t the murders even related and there are two murderers out there? Despite the seriousness of murder, this book often made me laugh out loud. Learning about a fascinating craft, laughing, being entertained by the characters, solving a murder – what more could a reader ask for?
PB04 8 months ago
This book is well worth reading. The storyline is well written. The characters are likeable and Brooklyn's mother is a hoot. The author manages to keep you guessing to the very end. This is my first time reading this series and I loved it.
GHeins 8 months ago
This is my favorite book in Kate Carlisle's Bibliophile Mysteries. I enjoyed the story-line, the pace of the story and the visit with characters who feel like old friends. This book held my interest from start to finish.
bp124 8 months ago
I have to admit, this was the first Kate Carlisle book that I have read. After reading it, it certainly won't be my last! Books of a Feather was a wonderful read that kept you interested from the very first page to the last. I couldn't put it down. I just had to see how it ended. I had my theories which were all wrong in the end. Someone has murdered two people over a book and Brooklyn, a bookbinder, doesn't know which book they are after and why. There are some comical parts to keep you interested along with the suspense. I certainly will be going back to read books 1-9 since book 10 was so great, as well as any other Kate Carlisle books I can get my hands on. Thank you Kate for such an entertaining read. Keep them coming!
BrendaJErickson 8 months ago
What a great read! Brooklyn, Derek and their friends and family are a hoot. I can't wait for the next book.
GBSfan 8 months ago
Brooklyn Wainwright and Derek Stone are back in residence at their newly renovated apartment in San Francisco. They attend a gala at the Covington Library to celebrate James Audubon's Birds of American, which is on loan. Brooklyn meets the president of the National Birdwatching Society, who asks her to repair a much smaller and virtually unknown book of bird pictures. A little later, at the same party, a good friend and bookshop owner gives her a rare copy of Poor Richard's Almanc to refurbish. Of course, our favorite bookbinder is thrilled at the prospect. Then Brooklyn discovers another murder victim at the library. To complicate things even more, her parents stay with the couple and bring back an unexpected guest. An old friend of Derek's, with family trouble of his own, is in town. And Brooklyn still has a stack of books to repair. And, of course, a murder (or maybe two) to solve. I always love it when Becky and Jim, Brooklyn's parents, are around. Becky is both grounded and flighty. Carlisle manages to make both aspects of the aging hippie believable. And watching the relationship between Brooklyn and Derek mature has been a true pleasure. All of the recurring characters change and grow with each installment--not always the case with a series either. There are mystery series I've read that fall into a pattern. The way characters are introduced gives away who the victim will be and who the murderer is. Not here. New and old characters move in and out all the time, so the reader has to pay attention to figure out who's who before the big reveals. I'm looking forward to at least ten more Bibiophile Mysteries. And the same with the Fixer-Upper Mysteries while I'm at it.
DianeD54 8 months ago
Another hit for the series! I love the humor that pops up throughout the story while a mystery with twists and turns is being solved. The characters are great and I always learn something from the books in this series. Castanets will never be the same for me!!
Guinnessgirl39 8 months ago
It was great to be back in Brooklyn and Derek's world! Kate Carlisle's characters become family after a while and who wouldn't want to have friends like them! Brooklyn and Derek are finally engaged (yay!) and living back in San Francisco. While one would think it would be smooth sailing to get their place back together and plan a wedding, it just never works out that way. We meet an old friend of Derek's, Crane, who is in town to try to get his not so nice brother to come home. The Covington is hosting an Audubon exhibit of his masterpiece, Birds of America, a book that Crane's ancestor may have done some of the paintings for. At the gala for the exhibit, the president of the National Bird Watchers Society is murdered and of course, our heroine, Brooklyn found him. In other news, Brooklyn has be asked to appraise and refurbish a rare copy of Poor Richard's Almanack, which would just be very cool, no matter who you are, her parents are in for a visit and boy, do they bring back a surprise! Questions abound, who is the mystery man with her parents? Who is following Brooklyn and why? Why was the president of the bird watchers killed? Was it because of the Audubon book or some other plot? While Crane is so cool, why is his brother just the opposite and what is he up to? Will Brooklyn and Derek ever get to plan their wedding or will they just elope? I could go on and on, but the best advice I can give you is to pick up a copy of Books of a Feather and find yourself immersed in a wonderful world, full of intrigue, laughter and love! Dive into Brooklyn and Derek's world, I promise you won't be disappointed or get your feathers ruffled!
Guinnessgirl39 8 months ago
It was great to be back in Brooklyn and Derek's world! Kate Carlisle's characters become family after a while and who wouldn't want to have friends like them! Brooklyn and Derek are finally engaged (yay!) and living back in San Francisco. While one would think it would be smooth sailing to get their place back together and plan a wedding, it just never works out that way. We meet an old friend of Derek's, Crane, who is in town to try to get his not so nice brother to come home. The Covington is hosting an Audubon exhibit of his masterpiece, Birds of America, a book that Crane's ancestor may have done some of the paintings for. At the gala for the exhibit, the president of the National Bird Watchers Society is murdered and of course, our heroine, Brooklyn found him. In other news, Brooklyn has be asked to appraise and refurbish a rare copy of Poor Richard's Almanack, which would just be very cool, no matter who you are, her parents are in for a visit and boy, do they bring back a surprise! Questions abound, who is the mystery man with her parents? Who is following Brooklyn and why? Why was the president of the bird watchers killed? Was it because of the Audubon book or some other plot? While Crane is so cool, why is his brother just the opposite and what is he up to? Will Brooklyn and Derek ever get to plan their wedding or will they just elope? I could go on and on, but the best advice I can give you is to pick up a copy of Books of a Feather and find yourself immersed in a wonderful world, full of intrigue, laughter and love! Dive into Brooklyn and Derek's world, I promise you won't be disappointed or get your feathers ruffled!
bumblebee23 8 months ago
Brooklyn is at it again!!! Brooklyn and Derek are back from wine country but they aren't home long before Brooklyn comes across a dead body! Of course help is needed from her handsome and sweet fiancé Derek! Such an intriguing read learning all the work that goes into repairing books and what their worth can really be. I love the return of characters we have gotten to know throughout the series, and some new ones too. Alex is a great neighbor to have! Brooklyn is so lovable with her love of her family and fiancé, and especially her love of books! Now she just has to figure out which book she is working on that is causing someone to kill in order to get their hands on it. I didn't want the book to end! I can't wait for the next book in the series! Please say there will be more!!!
bumblebee23 8 months ago
Brooklyn is at it again!!! Brooklyn and Derek are back from wine country but they aren't home long before Brooklyn comes across a dead body! Of course help is needed from her handsome and sweet fiancé Derek! Such an intriguing read learning all the work that goes into repairing books and what their worth can really be. I love the return of characters we have gotten to know throughout the series, and some new ones too. Alex is a great neighbor to have! Brooklyn is so lovable with her love of her family and fiancé, and especially her love of books! Now she just has to figure out which book she is working on that is causing someone to kill in order to get their hands on it. I didn't want the book to end! I can't wait for the next book in the series! Please say there will be more!!!
csrsvivr 8 months ago
Well done Kate Carlisle!!!! This book was the most exciting of all in the series. Brooklyn Wainwright has acquired some interesting books to repair and evaluate. Brooklyn’s love interest; Derek Stone, has an old friend come to visit, however she has never heard of this friend. How much trouble can one old friend cause? From the moment I started the book, I couldn’t put it down!!!! Fantastic read!!!!
Robbiebee 9 months ago
Brooklyn Wainright is invited by her friend Ian to the opening of an exhibit featuring Audobon's work "Birds of America" at the Covington Library. Ian introduces her to Jared Mulrooney, president of the National Bird Watcher's Society who passes her a lesser volume of Audobon's paintings that is in desperate need of repair. Things turn dark, however, when Brooklyn discovers Jared's body later that night. With her fiance, security specialist Derek Stone, and police inspector Janice Lee, Brooklyn is once again drawn into danger, mystery and murder. Add to that a surprise visit from Brooklyn's parents and another from an old friend of Derek's and you have the making of both fun and suspense. Katie Carlisle doesn't disappoint with her latest Bibliophile mystery. The book is full of fun, surprises and a mystery that will keep you guessing until the final pages. I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
ethel55 9 months ago
Brooklyn and Derek have returned San Francisco and their newly renovated apartment. Brooklyn's reputation as a book binder and appraiser continues to grow, as do the ways in which she becomes embroiled in police investigations. In addition to the type of old book repair she works on, she is also called on to testify about the appraisal of a rare book under review during a divorce trial. The Covington Library is unveiling a crown jewel, a huge book of Audobon drawings, with an accompanying party. The Audobon history brings an interesting angle to another part of the book when Derek's old friend Crane arrives in town, with a story about an ancestor who did coloring for Audobon. A member of the local chapter of the National Birdwatchers Society, Jared Mulrooney, has a small, damaged volume of bird drawings to give to Brooklyn for repair. Later in the evening, the party ends abruptly when that same man is found dead. Brooklyn's a strong character, and her investigating leads to a very satisfying conclusion. The series as a whole is based on such good characters that no matter the mystery, I still want to dip into these lives and learn more about them all.
emmabrace19 9 months ago
Reading the latest installment of a great series is like catching up with old friends; if only Brooklyn & Derek were real! Books of a Feather was funny and enchanting, full of books and birds, and friends old and new. Brooklyn and Derek's San Francisco life is back up to speed with their move back into the city and a whole set of books and mysteries to keep Brooklyn busy! I love the bibliophile mysteries because they are so full of laughter, love, and mystery, and Books of a Feather was delightful! I received a free copy of this book for an honest review; all opinions are my own.
Bronte63JS 9 months ago
Birds, Books and Murder What do Audubon books, bird watching societies, murder and wine have in common? To answer this question and many more, read Kate Carlisle’s Books of a Feather, the latest installment in the Bibliophile Mystery series. In this outing Brooklyn Wainwright, full-time book restorationist, part-time sleuth, finds herself tracking down killers, restoring and appraising such finds as To Kill a Mockingbird ,Poor Richard’s Almanac,and Audubon’s Birds of America while tracking down killers and a client’s dishonest ex-husband. Through all of the treachery, Brooklyn is still able to find time to spend with family, friends and sexy British military operative, Derek Stone. What makes this series such a pleasure to read are the well-defined characters. These include not only the series regulars, Brooklyn and Derek but also newcomers featured in each new plot. The mysteries surrounding the murders as well as the books people are willing to kill for keep the reader guessing right up to the very last page. Finally, the touches of humor as well as the detailed descriptions of book restoration leave the reader feeling like an expert by the end of the novel. Carlisle’s readable, well-plotted mystery makes Books of a Feather a summer reading must.
DanaBusenbark 9 months ago
Once again, Kate Carlisle does not fail to keep you entertained in Books of a Feather. We already know that Brooklyn finds dead bodies everywhere, when it comes to books. How many dead bodies does she come across in this book? Where are they? Who are they? Why were the killed? Of course, there are always the conspiracies about things in these books that make them all the more interesting to read, the family lores/tales. In this book, we meet Crane, a long time friend of Derek's from Eton. We are also introduced to his brother, Bai. Why does Crane go by that nickname? What is Bai's nickname? Who is Billy taking books to from the bookstore owned by his sister now that their father is dead? Remember the book seller that Brooklyn found in the last book, murdered in his bookstore? Who is this guy that Billy is taking books to? Why does he want them? For the first time, we see Brooklyn get summoned to appear in court to testify. What are they wanting her testimony for? What is she giving testimony about? What does she find that night after she gets home from court? What snowball does that start rolling down hill? Who is behind the murders shocked me, but at the same time, I started wondering about that person. Especially after specific things happened or were seen, said or done. It truly was a fun read, I laughed a number of times throughout the book. Just remember, things are not always as they seem in Brooklyn's world. One of these days, maybe we'll actually get to see wedding plans happening for Derek and Brooklyn! I love the dynamic in the friendship that Brooklyn is building with Inspector Lee. What about Alex, across the hall? Who is she getting involved with? It surprised me! Lots of fun, and some really suspenseful moments in this book. i look forward to the next one! RECEIVED THIS BOOK AS A GIFT FOR A FAIR/HONEST REVIEW.
Saramarg 9 months ago
If you thought reading about the details of rare book restoration might be a bit boring, you’d be wrong. It’s fascinating, and there’s just enough to keep your interest. But there’s so much more to Kate Carlisle’s series about Brooklyn Wainwright—book restoration expert, book artist, and finder of dead bodies. Books of a Feather is the 11th installment in Brooklyn’s story and can be read as a standalone, but those familiar with the series will appreciate featured appearances by handsome security executive Derek Stone, who has moved into a newly renovated apartment with Brooklyn, and by homicide inspector Janice Lee, who seems to be finally warming up to Brooklyn after a previously chilly relationship. And Brooklyn’s hippie parents play an important role in the story and add some quirky charm. A new player is Derek’s old friend Crane, a “beautiful” and wealthy Asian man with a British accent whose great-great-great-great-great grandfather worked as a colorist for storied bird painter James Audubon. There’s a party at a local library to reveal a new exhibit of a huge Audubon book, and that’s where the first dead body is found. Is Crane’s ne’er-do-well brother involved, and is Brooklyn at risk because of her involvement with a book of paintings of birds? And what about the homeless man Brooklyn’s parents bring home from a Grateful Dead tribute concert? Carlisle has a clear, easy-to-follow writing style with just the right ratio of character development, description, and action. Give this latest book a try, and then go back and read the previous ten!
KrisAnderson_TAR 9 months ago
Books of a Feather by Kate Carlisle is the eleventh book in A Bibliophile Mystery series. Brooklyn Wainwright and her fiancé, Derek Stone have returned to their renovated home in San Francisco. Brooklyn is helping Genevieve Taylor with an inventory of Taylor’s Fine Books after the death of her father. Brooklyn is amazed at the wonderful old novels (fourteen first editions so far) she is finding stashed around the store (and she gets to work on some of them). The book has been the victim of robbery recently (someone is stealing the valuable books in her store). Brooklyn heads home with the new books to restore to find her fiancé, Derek is entertaining a guest. Crane is an old friend of Derek’s and is in town to talk to his black sheep brother, Bai. Brooklyn and Derek will be attending a special event at the Covington Library and Museum and then ask Crane to attend with them. The Covington is hosting an Audubon exhibit with Birds of America (a very big and beautiful book) on exhibit. Brooklyn is approached by Jared Mulrooney at the exhibit. Jared is the president of the Bay Area Birdwatchers Society. He wants Brooklyn to restore a book. Jared spilled wine all over a book owned by the birdwatcher’s society (it is normally kept in a glass case). Brooklyn then meets up with Genevieve who asks Brooklyn to look at a very special novel. It is wrapped and Genevieve asks her to wait until later to look at it (turns out to be a very valuable item). Brooklyn goes looking for her friend later in the evening and discovers Jared Mulrooney dead (Brooklyn seems to attract dead bodies). Who would want to kill Jared? Does it have anything to do with the book he gave her to fix? Brooklyn cannot help but investigate. As if Brooklyn does not have enough on her plate, her parents show up for a surprise visit (that’s what happens when you let people know you have guest rooms). As if that is not enough, they bring up a homeless man one night who they insist is an old friend (you just know this is going to take a bad turn). The two couples go out to brunch the next morning and return to find the man dead in the apartment (and in Derek’s new robe). Someone was trying to get into the safe where Brooklyn keeps the valuable books she is working on. Which book are the thieves after? They need to find the culprit before he returns. Read Books of a Feather for another high flying adventure with Brooklyn and Derek (and their new kitten, Charlie). Books of a Feather is a delight. It was nice to check in with Brooklyn Wainwright and Derek Stone (such great characters). I liked Books of a Feather, but I found it a little superficial. Some of the information was repeated in the book (they have not started planning the wedding yet, how handsome Derek is--many times, how they have renovated the apartment, etc.). Books of a Feather is nicely written (good flow) and easy to read. The mystery plays out during the course of the book. Not all the players are revealed until the end. You can take a guess at the person behind the murders (since there are not many suspects, it is easily figured out). I give Books of a Feather 4 out of 5 stars. I want to see more character development (depth). Books of a Feather can easily be read alone (but you will want to read the other novels in the series). The author makes it a point to tell the reader about Brooklyn and her prior adventures. I will be reading the next book in the Bibliophile Mystery series
3303 10 months ago
Books of a Feather, Kate Carlisle delivers Another great book in the Bibliophile Mystery Series. Brooklyn and Derek are wonderful characters with Quirky family and friends!! No matter where Brooklyn goes trouble and murder follow. Romance,Mystery,Murder and Laughter will have you flying through the pages!! Awesome adventure!!
LisaKsBooksReviews 10 months ago
Readers will thrilled with this newest addition to the Bibliophile Mysteries! Author Kate Carlisle once again takes readers on a superb journey filled with intrigue, murder, and the fascinating world of book restoring! Seriously, what subject could be better for book lovers then a series about books? And antiquated books at that! I found myself lost in the pages of BOOKS OF A FEATHER, and I didn’t want to find my way out. With multiple murders, and suspects on the loose, this wonderful mystery fast paced, and an edge-of-your-seat read. You have got to pick up a copy of BOOKS F A FEATHER to add to your collection of favorite books