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Homicide in Hardcover (Bibliophile Series #1)

Homicide in Hardcover (Bibliophile Series #1)

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by Kate Carlisle

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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


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...

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 Magazine

“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

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Penguin Publishing Group
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Bibliophile Mystery Series , #1
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18 Years

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. She is also the author of the Fixer-Upper Mysteries featuring small-town girl Shannon Hammer, a building contractor specializing in home restoration.

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Homicide in Hardcover (Bibliophile Series #1) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 99 reviews.
cupcake19 More than 1 year ago
If I could get my money back on this book, I would. What a big disappointment because with the setting of a book restorer who solves mysteries, my book friends & i had great hopes we found a new series to read. The cover art markets the book as a "cozy", but why the author thinks that great girlfriends call each other bitc!*s & other street language at every turn is beyond me unless one is 16 years old. I'm not a prude; I enjoy a wide variety of books, but this seemed a sad attempt to channel Janet Evannovitch, whose books are, of course, not cozies, just to juice up the story. But the story didn't need "juicing up" with the street language. It could have been a terrific series for us cozy readers & truthfully, I'm sad that she felt she needed street language to pull in readers.
Sensitivemuse More than 1 year ago
I'd have to say, I haven't laughed so hard at a book in a while. Brooklyn isn't your typical strong woman. She faints when she sees blood, she's well..whimpy. Yet there's nothing wrong with that. I thought she was filled with humor and wit, I found myself laughing at a lot of her thoughts and predicaments. What I found myself laughing more was her mother, who went into her mentras and chants when something was to go wrong. I think the entire story gets more kooky and crazy considering Brooklyn's mother and father were part of a hippie community. The plot is good and evenly paced. There's a good amount of mystery and action. There's bits of humor into it which certainly makes the mystery lighter and a more fun read. What I really enjoyed reading was the way Brooklyn eliminates the possible suspects and eventually finds out who the real murderer is. It was an interesting process of elimination and also helps the reader find out who the killer might be. I was close, but not close enough. I enjoyed Brooklyn and her kooky family. Her possible relationship with Derek was also fun to read as he annoys her to no end. Especially moments where he makes fun of her and although Brooklyn is pretty good at comebacks herself, sometimes she stays dumbfounded and attempts to think of something to say while Derek keeps egging her on. They do make an interesting couple - however I have seen better. Overall, a great cozy mystery that ended just a little too, but the humor and fun plot made it all the worthwhile read. This one is great for the bibliophiles and cozy mystery lovers alike.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am new to the cozy mystery genre and decided to start with this book because the cover and synopsis drew me in. Well, it could have been a series I would have continued except for the ending and the language. I did think the main character was a bit annoying but I was willing to overlook that. What really got to me was who the murderer was and their motive. When I read that part I said to myself-seriously?? I didn't think it was very logical. The other issue that turned me off was the language and while I am new to this genre, I'm pretty sure the f word shouldn't be used. That and the other curse words thrown in just completely threw me out of the cozy mood. So overall, for me, it just wasn't worth the time spent reading it.
MysteryWriter222 More than 1 year ago
This is Kate Carlisle's first book in her Bibliophile mystery series. I stumbled upon this book on accident and was immediatly drawn in by the cover and then even more so once what it was about. I could not put this book down. I have fallen in love with this author, this series, her writing style and most of all her characters. Brooklyn is the perfect female protagonist. She is very relateable and so funny. A wonderful new series that I plan to keep up on and read as many as she will publish. This is a wonderful book for mystery fans and just general book lovers alike. You don't have to be a huge mystery fan to love this book. It has romance, mystery, suspense, humor - it has it all. I commend Kate for a wonderful job well done and am looking forward to her next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Finally! A cozy for real people! I like to read a quick mystery, but they often times get too wholesome for me. The heroine who still hasn't gotten past second base with either boyfriend after... what?... 15 books because she's worried about what her small town might think of her?! (Yes, I'm looking at you Hannah Swenson.) Characters addressing each other as Mister and Missus, all around prudes who live in these sanitized podunk towns, well it's a bit too much to take. I hate to tell cupcake19, but this is how real people act and talk. Real people occasionally use "street language" and * gasp * they get it on too! It's nice to see someone writing to an audience that isn't shawl-wearing, small-minded grannies who get their panties in a bunch if you use a word stronger than "gosh." Thanks, Kate Carlisle! I can't wait to read more.
bookworm2123 More than 1 year ago
I bought this book on a whim browsing in Barnes and Noble and I certainly don't regret it. The characters are interesting and the writing makes it hard to put down. I've read a lot of mysteries and have often been disappointed. But this is a true mystery with twists and turns and the continuing question of whodunnit. I can't wait for the next book in the series!
Salgal More than 1 year ago
It was good little read for a Sunday afternoon. I enjoyed it and would buy her next book.
cyn_chow More than 1 year ago
It was with trepidation that Brooklyn Wainwright attended the showing of the rare book collection at the Covington Library. The guest of honor, Abraham Karastovsky, was responsible for the collection's restoration and was also Brooklyn's friend and mentor up until 6 months ago, when she told him that she was leaving to start up her own business. However, all seemed to be forgiven, so it¿s heartbreaking when Brooklyn discovered Abraham dying, leaving Brooklyn with a priceless edition of Faust and last words a strange clue. Brooklyn, now responsible for completing his last assignment to restore the priceless - and reportedly cursed - volume of Goethe¿s Faust has to discover who murdered Abraham in order to save herself from both the killer and the British detective in charge of protecting the Library's collection. The frustratingly attractive Commander Derek Stone delights in taunting and tantalizing Brooklyn, so she believes that it's up to her to solve the mystery that may be hidden in Abraham's books. Plagued by a psychotic stalker and former rival for Brooklyn's boyfriend, Brooklyn has to dodge attempts on her life, a break-in, visits with her commune family, and Gabriel, mysterious man in black who's definitely no angel.
Fans of Janet Evanovich will enjoy this surprisingly (for a bibliophile mystery) spirited and sexy novel. While I've never been fond of mysteries that have the heroine lusting for the detective while he suspects her of being a murderer, Carlisle makes this work as Brooklyn is just as irritated with herself for her feelings. Booklovers will enjoy the minutiae of book mending and lovingly detailed descriptions of the beautiful edition of Faust, and mystery readers will revel in the plethora of quirky, hilarious characters. My one complaint is that the novel ended too quickly, leaving me wanting to know more about her five commune-raised siblings and new age Deadhead mother. Thankfully, the series looks to continue with Brooklyn leaving for Edinburgh for a new job, so here's to the hope that Brooklyn's hilarious adventures with her family continue. Pick up Homicide in Hardcover in paperback as soon as you can.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Slightly marred by "the curse" twist which went out as a sub combo when paranormal started messing up straight genres along with fantasy and spiritual ( stop for prayer and direction) too many themes can spoil the book best to borror if uncertain of sample
Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
This first book, Homicide in Hardcover, introduces us to Brooklyn Wainwright. She is a book binder and was raised in a wine making commune near San Francisco, California. I found the subjects interesting and learned so much about the process to repairing classic books. I had one major nitpick about the book. It was page 14 before we learned Brooklyn’s first name and page 23 before we learn her last name. The book was written first person POV, which I don’t mind, but why did it take so long to learn our protagonist’s name? There were 2 gentlemen introduced to us that could end up as love interests. I am not sure which one I like best yet, as both sound very interesting. I really hope we learn more in future books. Over all this was a good start to a series and I can’t wait to read more.
TCCT More than 1 year ago
I really like this series. I am fascinated with the book restoration process and the rest of the story is good as well. I was kind of disappointed towards the end because I felt the last part of the story was kind of rushed. Things just came together too quickly. The "romance" between Brooklyn and Derek did not grab me at all. The characters just don't seem a good fit. Maybe in later books it will get better. I have already purchased the remainder of the books in this series and have put aside a series I am currently reading for this one.
RdScrpion More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It was a very good book. And educational. Who knew so much went into restoring antique books. I would definately recommend this series.
Samantha1020 More than 1 year ago
I'm always looking for a new cozy mystery series and so I decided to pull this one off of my shelves. A book featuring a rare book expert is right up my alley which is why I added this one to my to be read list so long ago. I enjoyed it and thought it was a good start to a new series, but I'm also having a hard time remembering some of the details after reading it a few months back. It was a solid read but nothing that really blew me away. I guess I like for my cozies to really pull me in with the characters and this book didn't quite do that. I'm having trouble explaining my thoughts on this book for some reason. It was good but not great for me. I liked it enough to want to add the second book to my TBR list but not enough to go rushing out for that next book. I loved the focus on rare books and book restoration which was really interesting and something I don't know much about. In fact the sections of the book where Brooklyn was working on restoring books were some of my favorite parts just because I was so intrigued. The mystery portion of this book was interesting but it was never what really drew me in. Instead I found myself reading to see how Brooklyn was going to clear her name and get out of the trouble that she was in. In the end I found this to be a good beginning to a new to me cozy series. I'm glad that I finally pulled it off of my shelves. It wasn't my favorite but I liked it enough to want to continue on. And writing up my thoughts on it (finally) has me thinking about what I like most about some of my favorite cozy series. Food for thought! Overall, I would recommend to fellow cozy mystery fans. Bottom Line: A good read! Disclosure: I purchased my copy of this book from the used bookstore.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just did not keep my interest
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sunnycee More than 1 year ago
Finally getting around to reading the first book in the Bibliophile series! I was first introduced to Kate Carlisle's books when i received a copy of If Books Could Kill because I love the city of Edinburgh and really enjoyed the book! Homicide in  Hardback is a good introduction to Brooklyn Wainwright and her bookbinding business. It is a typical cozy mystery except it is set in a big city rather than a small town but still ha sa small town feel to it. Lots of entertaining and quirky characters and I  f figured out the ending but not exactly the way Ms Carlisle presented it. The information on bookbinding is fascinating and the series is a good one well worth the time.
Laine-librariancanreadtoo More than 1 year ago
In this day and age many people question why we still have libraries when you can get everything online. Simple question for many people don't want human contact anymore so they resort to texting, facebooking, twitter, and if they want to read a book they can just get it on the handy dandy devices. So what' the point of having a library? Simple answer: Why not? Why not have a library that can PROVIDE the WI-FI that your devices need? Why not have a library that can PROVIDE the help most people need when their  devices go dead and they don't want to pay the repair man? Why not have a library PROVIDE you with materials you might need for college or your business when your devices can't provide the CORRECT answer? And what about the collectors? The ones that will pay ridicules amount of money for the first edition of Huckleberry Finn? Why, you can get that information at the library! So there seems to be a reason for libraries to still exist. And since libraries DO exist, many libraries that have a huge collection of old artifacts, history of man kind and history of literature itself and these books need special care including maybe a fix here or there. The libraries would then call upon the "Book Doctors", rare book experts that know how to bring old books back from the dead and be able to display them perfectly for all to see. Brooklyn Wainwright is one of those rare book experts that can bring a hopeless antique book back from the dead and make it look like it came right off the presses!! Living in San Francisco, it's easy for her to find work for there are plenty of artistic people there that would love to bring old collector items back from the dead. Including the local library that has just came in contact with a family that holds more than a hundred old books that need restoring. When Brooklyn's old mentor calls her up to ask for her insights, she is just tickled pink. Since a falling out many years ago with the same mentor, she is ready to set things straight and  become friends once again. As she just buried the hatchet, someone took a bullet to her mentor. As her mentor is dying in her arms he entrusts her with the a rare book...a cursed book for that matter...a copy of Goethe's Faust for safekeeping. Of course the cursed book has other plans for Brooklyn. Brooklyn finds herself immersed in the investigation of her dear friend and mentor, even accused of murdering him in the  first place. And just for a book. Of course dear Brooklyn doesn't yet know what really lies beneath that hardcover that she dearly wants to protect.  Welcome to the insights of a rare book expert and how she will solve a murder, and still have time to repair a rare - and cursed - book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Old books. Bookbinding. Love and murder. Sound like your cup of tea (or coffee)? Then stop on by the entir Bibliophile Mystery series and meet Ms. Brooklyn Wainwright! With wonderful real bookbinding techniques, a lot of humor, and a little bit of murder, you'll come away wishing you could call Brooklyn and meet her for drinks. LOVE this series!
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Cher62 More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed this book. The writing was good, better than I was thinking it was going to be. Character development needs works but the story was very good. Likable characters and easy to follow story line.
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The mystery aspect of the book was fun, but the bookbinding ad book repair bits were the best part. I've lways loved and admired old books but now I have a new appreciation for the art and craftmanship. Great fun for bibliophiles!
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mystery_readerNH More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this cozy mystery and will read more books by this author