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One Book in the Grave (Bibliophile Series #5)

One Book in the Grave (Bibliophile Series #5)

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by Kate Carlisle

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There may be grave consequences for bookbinder Brooklyn Wainwright as she attempts to solve two murders tied to one book in this novel in the New York Times bestselling Bibliophile Mystery series.

Brooklyn’s chance to restore a rare first edition of Beauty and the Beast seems a fairy tale come true—until she realizes the book


There may be grave consequences for bookbinder Brooklyn Wainwright as she attempts to solve two murders tied to one book in this novel in the New York Times bestselling Bibliophile Mystery series.

Brooklyn’s chance to restore a rare first edition of Beauty and the Beast seems a fairy tale come true—until she realizes the book belonged to an old friend of hers. Ten years ago, Max Adams, a brawny renowned papermaker, fell in love with a stunning beauty, Emily, and gave her the copy of Beauty and the Beast as a symbol of their love. Soon afterward, he died in a car crash, and Brooklyn has always suspected his possessive ex-girlfriend and her jealous beau.

Now she decides to find out who sold the book and return it to its rightful owner—Emily. She believes a rare book dealer can assist her, but when she arrives at his shop, she finds him murdered. Is it possible that the same couple who may have killed Max are now after his edition of Beauty and the Beast? With the help of her handsome boyfriend, Derek Stone, Brooklyn must unravel the murder plot—before she ends up in a plot herself....

Editorial Reviews

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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.”—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
Publication date:
Bibliophile Mystery Series , #5
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Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Praise for the Bibliophile Mysteries:

"Terrific...great fun all around."—Library Journal (starred review)

"[A] fun and funny delightful debut."—Lorna Barrett, New York Times bestselling author of the Booktown Mysteries

"Books seldom kill, of course, but this one could murder an early bedtime."—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. 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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One Book in the Grave 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
1928OD More than 1 year ago
Did enjoy this latest in this series. The characters and different backgrounds of the many diverse players kept my interest and the surprises were quite a few. However, I would join another reviewer in mentioning that it is very distracting when, in the middle of what should be a terrifying action time, Brooklyn rhapsodizes on the hotness or hunkiness of her fellow adventurers. Did not compute. This is a professional woman who can be admired for her brains and courage. It is great for her to have a love interest but it should not distract from the storyline. I would like to recommend this book however because she is a book lover and can discribe so well how to restore old treasures. Also we meet so many wonderful characters.
Kuzlin More than 1 year ago
I adore Brooklyn and her family and friends. And more than that, since I am an avid book lover, I really enjoy hearing how she is going to restore these precious books. In this book, the main restoration piece was Beauty and the Beast...an enchanting favorite of mine. The mystery involves the death of the bookseller of this particular piece, one which was stolen from a friend of hers shortly after the death of the friend's fiance, Max. While trying to discover why the bookseller was killed and how the book came into his possession, Brooklyn also gets involved in solving the mystery of Max's death. I love the fact that the ending was almost a total surprise...I am normally good at figuring out the villains. Looking forward to Brooklyn's next adventure.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Brooklyn Wainwright loves to restore old books. She was so excited when her friend Ian McCullough from the Covington Library called to tell her he had a job for her. You see Brooklyn is a “book addict” and her drugs of choice are old, rare and beautiful books. She couldn’t wait to see what he had for her. It was a rare first edition copy of Beauty and the Beast in dire need of help, but Brooklyn also knew its most important trait, it was STOLEN! She knew this because of the inscription, she had given this exact book to her friend, Max Adams ten years ago, and her gave it to the love of his life, Emily. Very soon after Max was killed in a car crash. Brooklyn wants to restore the book but first she has to find out how this book was sold to The Covington Library in the first place. She seeks out information from a rare book dealer but when she arrives at his shop she finds a dead body instead of the answers she needs. With the help of her hunky boyfriend, Derek Stone, Brooklyn sets out to find the truth about the book and may find a murderer too. Dollycas’s Thoughts I am a Book Addict as well and my drugs of choice are books filled with mysteries and romance. This book delivers on both. Brooklyn is named after the place she was either born or conceived in like her brothers Austin and Jackson, and her sisters, China, London and Savannah. Her parents are real hippies who junked corporate life and followed the favorite guru to Sonoma and started Fellowship for Spiritual Enlightenment and Artistic Consciousness. These characters add to the mix in a variety of ways in each edition to this wonderful series. In this installment Savannah is opening a vegetarian restaurant and Brooklyn is hanging around Sonoma as the clues to the mystery of the book have led her there. She finds out that Guru Bob and her dad have a secret that may not only help answer her questions about the book but solve the murder as well. A little Spiritual Enlightenment may come in handy so her mom tags along to assist as she talks to the locals. Brooklyn is surprised at how good her mother is a getting people to talk and talk and talk. Kate Carlisle has taken an idyllic place, filled with lovable characters, and a few we love to hate, and plotted a wonderful whodunit that is a pure delight. The next book in the series, Peril in Paperback will be out in August and Kate has also written Pages of Sin: A Bibliophile Mystery An eSpecial from New American Library that is available now.
RomanceReaderTX More than 1 year ago
You can't go wrong with a cozy mystery from Kate Carlisle. I love Brooklyn Wainwright, and I feel like I'm getting to know her better and better all the time. I also really love the scenes that show Brooklyn at work as a bookbinder. I had no idea before reading this series how much craftsmanship is involved in restoring rare books. It has really opened my eyes when I go to estate sales! In One Book in the Grave, Brooklyn is asked by a museum to restore a rare copy of Beauty and the Beast. She immediately recognizes the book as one that was stolen from a friend of hers, whose fiance died several years ago under mysterious circumstances. She races to talk to the bookstore owner who brought the book to the museum... only to find him dead. Murdered. When she discovers that the tires on her car have been slashed - with a weapon she recognizes as belonging to the dead fiance - Brooklyn realizes that if she doesn't find the killer quickly, she could be next. What I love the most about the Bibliophile Mysteries are the characters. Brooklyn's family is great! They are loving, level-headed people who happen to live on a commune. I love how Carlisle tweaks reader expectation this way. Plus, her boyfriend commander Derek Stone is hot, and I love watching their relationship slowly develop from book to book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! I always learn a lot about old books, which is fascinating to me. One of the things I learned about in this book, was fore-edge painting on old books. To keep my review shorter, you can look it up - but I learned something new & enjoyable! I really enjoyed the storyline, & the characters are great as always. Poor Brooklyn is feeling like a dead-body magnet, when she stumbles over the body of a dead bookseller. The older book that this case concerns, is one that she had given to an old friend & his new fiancee, before he died. The book was stolen, & suddenly reappears, with a suggestion by the seller, to call the museum that Brooklyn does book restoration work for. Are things what they seem? Is Brooklyn the next target? Why were her tires slashed, & is she the real target when shots fly? Can't say much more, as I don't want to give the plotline away. Her relationship with her boyfriend is moving along nicely, which is a good addition to the story. Turns out there are surprises hidden in her family. I enjoyed the twists & turns to solving what was going on, & who the killer was, & why. Great book!!
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Loving this series with whodunit and comedy aspects. A good fast read. Looking forward to her next book.
Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
The fifth book in the Bibliophile Mysteries by Kate Carlisle, starts off with Brooklyn Wainwright heading into the Covington Library to see her ex-fiance and good friend Ian McCullough, head curator of the Covington. Ian has a rare book that he wants Brooklyn to take a look at a restore. On the way in, Brooklyn has a run in with her arch-nemesis Minka LaBoeuf. Run ins with Minka always leave Brooklyn on edge and feeling just a little out of sorts. So she is shocked to find out that the book that Ian has given her was once stolen. She knows because it was a book that she had given to a former friend and commune member, Max Adams for his engagement party. Max had apprenticed with Abraham Karastovsky during the same time as Brooklyn, but had gone into papermaking instead of book binding like Abraham and Brooklyn. The worst part was that Max had died in a car crash about 3 years ago and shortly after his death, the book was stolen from his fiance's house.  Brooklyn finds her first body when she heads over to the bookseller, Joseph Taylor, who sold the book to Ian. Joe was even given instructions from the person he got the book from to offer it to the Covington first. When Brooklyn arrives at the bookseller's store, she finds him dead. His throat was slit with a papermaking knife. Brooklyn calls the homicide inspector, Janice Lee, that she has been worked with on previous murders. After also calling her boyfriend, Commander Derek Stone, she discovers that her car tires have been slashed with another papermaking knife. This one has the name MAX carved into the end of the handle.  In this book there are quite a few more twists and turns than in the other books in the series. Also, Brooklyn finally gets a chance to sit down and talk to her parent's spiritual adviser Avatar Robson Benedict, aka Guru Bob, about her feelings about finding dead bodies. Guru Bob tells her that he believes that she is finding them because the spirits of the deceased know that she will seek to find justice for them. Not exactly the answer Brooklyn was looking for, but she does admit that she is wants to find justice for those who can't for themselves any longer.  We had the usual cast of secondary characters, including Brooklyn's parents, her best friend Robin, her neighbors: Suzie, Vinnie, Jeremy and Sergio, and of course Gabriel. The secondary characters are becoming more and more interesting and fleshed out. Minka kept showing up in unexpected places and is really becoming one of the those characters you love to hate. I really liked this book, but am dragging my feet about reading the next one, simply because I don't want the series to be at a stopping point until the next one is released.
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sopranoIN More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I have loved all of Kate Carlisle's books. I felt it read a little more slowly but it might have been the mood I was in. One thing it did do was tie in characters and other episodes very well. That means to me I should recommend that you read these books in order.
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nayjay16 More than 1 year ago
As a book lover, I enjoyed Brooklyn as a character and her passion for book repair. She needs to fix the crimes around her too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brooklyn thinks she's a death magnet, she is always finding dead bodies and hates the sight of blood and now it seems they get delivered to her door. Luckily she has friends and family to help her out, even one that comes back from the dead. A very very good read. Love the whole series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not again. Yep, Brooklyn finds another body, this time a book dealer who bought a stolen book that once belong to Brooklyn's deceased friend. I devoured this fun-tastic tale from the moment I turned that first page as the mystery captured my attention with a solid storyline. This mystery boasts a great scenery where the action takes place; witty repartee; and an awesome cast of characters. I especially love Brooklyn and her internal dialogues and the relationship she has with her family and friends. This is a great read and I can't wait for the next adventure in this delightfully fabulous and entertaining series.
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