Peril in Paperback (Bibliophile Series #6)

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How to become the life of the party? First, survive the celebration…

Rare books and antiquities expert Brooklyn Wainwright is thrilled to be invited to the fiftieth birthday party of her neighbor Suzie’s aunt Grace. A retired founder of a major video game corporation, Grace is a larger-than-life character who’s turned her Lake Tahoe mansion into a fun house, full of everything from pinball machines and giant props to secret passageways and trap doors. Brooklyn is most excited to...

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Overview

How to become the life of the party? First, survive the celebration…

Rare books and antiquities expert Brooklyn Wainwright is thrilled to be invited to the fiftieth birthday party of her neighbor Suzie’s aunt Grace. A retired founder of a major video game corporation, Grace is a larger-than-life character who’s turned her Lake Tahoe mansion into a fun house, full of everything from pinball machines and giant props to secret passageways and trap doors. Brooklyn is most excited to catalog Grace’s extensive collection of rare paperback pulp fiction.

Part of the fun involves a séance, but after the lights flicker, one guest is dead, poisoned by a cocktail intended for Grace. It seems someone is determined to turn Grace’s playful palatial estate into a house of horrors. Brooklyn suspects the key to the killer’s identity may lie in the roman á clef Grace has written about her life. With Grace in great peril, “must-read” takes on a whole new meaning, as Brooklyn tries to stop a murderer who’s through playing around…  

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Carlisle’s pleasing if flawed seventh Bibliophile mystery (after One Book in the Grave) takes book-restoration expert Brooklyn Wainwright to an astonishing mansion overlooking Lake Tahoe for the 50th birthday party of computer genius Grace Crawford. Grace has stocked her labyrinthine home with enough hidden panels, man-sized mouse traps, and holistic images to either entertain or terrorize her diverse guests. Grace promises to cap the party with readings from her as yet unpublished autobiographical novel. But the fun and games turn deadly when Bella Santangelo, one of Grace’s corporate employees, dies after drinking passion fruit iced tea. But was the poisoned drink meant for Grace? Driven by a restless need to pry, Brooklyn uses her deductive skills to try to discover who wanted Grace dead. The story moves slowly, not without wit and surprises, toward an ending replete with chaotic scenes of confessions, revelations, and physical assaults. Agent: Christina Hogrebe, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (Aug.)
New York Times bestselling author Miranda James
“Your passport to hours of entertainment.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451237620
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/7/2012
  • Series: Bibliophile Series , #6
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 127,937
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Kate Carlisle

A native Californian, award-winning writer 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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  • Posted December 20, 2012

    The Real Mystery? How an author, agent and publisher let this bo

    The Real Mystery? How an author, agent and publisher let this book get so ridiculous. It leaves us wondering if this series can recover.

    I wanted so badly to love this book. I've loved each of the other books in this series and was looking forward to see what kind of trouble Brooklyn would get into next. For starters, Derek wasn't in this book much and we got way too much of Brooklyn whining about it. Nevertheless, I was staying with the plot for about the first 60 pages, after which each revelation was more preposterous than the last. By the end of it, way too many coincidences and lucky guesses had occurred and I was wishing I'd skipped this installment. The whole story was an odd collection of revelations about an odd group of people staying under one odd roof which were so disjointed and unnecessary to further the plot or develop the characters that they'd been better left out. On top of that, there were way too many politically charged topics that the author made her view clear on and one oddly introduced and incredibly cliche new character it looks like we'll be reading about in the coming books. Luckily this wasn't my first exposure to the series. If it had been I'd never have finished it much less considered reading anything else by this author.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    Good series

    The Bilbliophile collection by Kate Carlisle is a winner. Love the blend of books, art, cuisine, family interactions and travel. So far, the series has not disappointed!

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  • Posted April 23, 2013

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    This was the sixth book in the Bibliophile Mystery Series by Kat

    This was the sixth book in the Bibliophile Mystery Series by Kate Carlisle. In this book, we open with Brooklyn going with her neighbors Suzie and Vinnie to a week long birthday party given by Suzie's Aunt Grace. Grace is a multimillionaire, who made her money in as a game designer; starting with board games and moving into computer games. She has become quite the book collector and Brooklyn has done some book repair for her in the past and is really looking forward to seeing Grace's collection. Grace's mansion right on Lake Tahoe is wholly unique and as Brooklyn comes to find out, loaded with shifting walls, trap doors, holograms and lots and lots of books. 

    We meet an all new cast of characters, with only a few familiar faces. We do get to see anew side to Suzie and Vinnie, as they play a key role in this book. Commander Derek Stone is on assignment overseas during most of this book book, so we only get to see him at the very end. Gabriel makes an unexpected appearance and it is he that helps Brooklyn deal with finding the dead body on this adventure. The cat in this book belongs to Grace and seems to take a shine to Brooklyn, causing her to seriously debate getting a cat of her own. I would not be surprised if in a future book, Brooklyn get her own kitty to assist her in solving crime. 

    We only got a small conversation with Brooklyn's parents as well as a video clip of Jeremy and Sergio. Do sign of Janice Lee or Ian McCullough, though they were mentioned. I did miss Guru Bob and surprisingly, Minka. 

    I utterly enjoyed this book. Each book has had different situations and murders, yet still manages to bring recurring themes back to connect the series. I can't wait for the next book to come out. I believe that there is a novella out there, and it has been added to my list to find and read. 

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  • Posted April 12, 2013

    latest in a great series

    I love all of the titles in this series. It is clever, well-written and has a great sense of humor. I read a lot of mysteries, but never have figured out "who done it" on any of these. Great characters that you will look forward to catching up with each new title. And, if you are a book lover, the main character's profession of restoring rare/ old books is quite interesting. I would read them in order, since you get to know the characters through time that way.

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  • Posted September 13, 2012

    The Bibliophile Mystery series is truly exceptional, and this wa

    The Bibliophile Mystery series is truly exceptional, and this was a fun addition. I love that Brooklyn travels a bit, to get the flavor of different places in the books. This one is set in a fabulous, funky mansion on Lake Tahoe, and it made me want to book a vacation there immediately. (Except for the whole murder thing... not sure that would make for a fun holiday.) The book is quirky and fun, and the mystery kept me guessing. Lots of plausible suspects. Lots of motive and opportunity. I also loved getting to know Brooklyn's lesbian chainsaw-sculpting neighbors better in this book. Loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2012

    Another Great Read by Kate Carlisle

    I really enjoyed this story. Lots of surprises.

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  • Posted September 2, 2012

    At first I thought I'd be disappointed that Brooklyn's main sque

    At first I thought I'd be disappointed that Brooklyn's main squeeze was out of the country on business (I always look forward to seeing how Brooklyn and Derek Stone's relationship will progress). But Carlisle made a smart choice in leaving Stone out of most of the action. The reader gets a chance to see Brooklyn on her own again and though it's clear Brooklyn wants Derek to remain a part of her life, it was fun to watch her act as an independant entity again.

    The setting is unique and fun to read about, as are new characters such as Suzie's Aunt Grace and the assortment of house guests that are at Grace's Tahoe home to help her celebrate her 50th birthday. The celebration turns somber quickly enough, when one of the guests drinks a fatal drink meant for the hostess.

    The plot twists and revelataions about Brooklyn, her neighbors Suzie and Vinnie, as well as the elusive Gabriel (who plays a large role in the story and shows himself to be a real friend when Brooklyn needs one most) make this story a page turner.


    While the ending resolves the readers questions, I have to agree that Carlisle may have tackled too much in the last few chapters. While I enjoyed it and in the end it did all makes sense, there were so many truths told in a few pages that I took me a few minutes to absorb it all (unwed Mom-to out of the closet Lesbian-to warm and cozy with daughter AND her child's Dad had my head spinning just a little). But don't let that stop you from an otherwise GREAT read in a GREAT series that leaves you wanting more everytime!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2012

    Pretty Good

    Good entry in the Brooklyn Wainwright bibliophile mystery series even though I was a bit disappointed in how the murderer was revealed. It was rather weak. Still looking forward to the next book in the series.

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  • Posted August 12, 2012

    brooklyn wainwright is a book restorer with a nose for finding v

    brooklyn wainwright is a book restorer with a nose for finding valuable old books. when her friend, grace, asks her to come and put her many books in order, she goes. at the same time others of grace's family are there visiting to celebrate grace's birthday. during a seance one guest is murdered. derek is off on assignment guarding a woman that is being stalked. brooklyn calls derek, said woman answers derek's phone supposedly in the throes of passon. is derek cheating? is grace the intended target? grace's house is one giant fun house with state of the art tricks throughout meant to startle an amaze. the twists and turns in this story will keep you on your reading toes. the ending is filled with confessions, and declarations of love, and of course the answer to many of the questions raised in the story. an excellant cozy read. i loved it!!

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  • Posted August 12, 2012

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    Love this series. The latest didn't disappoint. Great, east, e

    Love this series. The latest didn't disappoint. Great, east, enjoyable read.

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  • Posted March 31, 2012

    very good

    very good

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