If Books Could Kill (Bibliophile Series #2)

If Books Could Kill (Bibliophile Series #2)

by Kate Carlisle

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Overview

On a trip to Scotland, bookbinder Brooklyn Wainwright gets caught up in case involving a forbidden masterpiece in the second novel in the New York Times bestselling Bibliophile Mystery series.

Book restoration expert Brooklyn Wainwright is happy to be attending the world-renowned Edinburgh Book Fair. But then her ex, Kyle McVee, shows up with a bombshell. He has an original copy of a scandalous text that could change history—and humiliate the beloved British monarchy.
 
Trying to get Kyle’s story out of her mind, Brooklyn takes a nighttime tour of the city. Unfortunately, the first landmark contains a real dead body—Kyle’s. The police are convinced Brooklyn’s the culprit, but with an entire convention of suspects, Brooklyn’s conducting her own investigation. Before she can crack the case, she’ll have to find out if the motive for murder was a 200-year-old secret—or something much more personal...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451228918
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/02/2010
Series: Bibliophile Mystery Series , #2
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 42,298
Product dimensions: 4.00(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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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If Books Could Kill (Bibliophile Series #2) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 73 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, looking forward to more!
MysteryWriter222 More than 1 year ago
I stumbled upon the first book, Homicide in Hardcover, by accident and fell in love with it. As soon as this was released I scooped it up and haven't been able to put it down. Kate Carlisle is a genious - look out mystery world we have a new author taking over! Her characters are charming,funny,engaging, and loveable. It is impossible not to love Brooklyn - the main character - with her witty sarcastic humor and ability to find herself in trouble where ever she goes. Not to mention Derek, the hunky British Commander who always has her back. The plot was 5 star worthy with endless twists and turns that keep you guessing till the very end! Lots of wonderful characters and suspicious suspectsto keep you fully occupied. Very original and creative. I love Kate's writing style. This lady knows how to end a chapter! I read the last line and can't help but turn the page and keep going - it's addictive but in a very good way. This is certainly my new favorite mystery series - and I'm a huge mystery fan! This would make a great book for any collection or book club. I highly reccomend reading this series. Looking forward to the next installment!
Cherylpm More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this series and I can't wait for the next book.
NewsieQ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Book-binder/restorer Brooklyn Wainright is in Edinburgh for a book fair. She¿ll be attending lectures, giving a few herself, and schmoozing with friends (and trying to avoid enemies) and ¿ solving a murder. The victim is one of her ex-boyfriends and, as it turns out, he had a few exes of his own. In Edinburgh, Brooklyn¿s circle also includes her New Age parents, her hunky and oh-so-secretive boyfriend, and two Scottish hotties who kidnap her. Our heroine is going to need all the help she can get because it seems she¿s moved from chief suspect to would-be next victim. It¿s her knowledge of the book world that makes her both vulnerable and a force to be reckoned with. Oh, and did I mention a book that may reveal historic secrets about Poet Robert Burns and his purported dalliance with a member of the royal family?If Books Could Kill is light-hearted fun, a quick read -- a book to spend an quiet afternoon with.
cathyskye on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First Line: If my life were a book, I would have masking tape holding my hinges together.Book restoration expert Brooklyn Wainwright is still recuperating from the events in Homicide in Hardcover, but she's now in Edinburgh, Scotland attending the Book Fair. Her roguish ex, Kyle McVee, shows up with an original copy of a book that could very well change history and humiliate the British monarchy in the process.When Kyle turns up dead, naturally Brooklyn is the first suspect out of the gate, so she starts conducting her own investigation to see if the motive for murder was a 200-year-old secret-- or something much more personal.Although the main character is still suffering the effects from the first book in the series, there's no need to go back and get your hands on a copy to fill in the blanks. Carlisle provides enough detail for new readers to avoid confusion.There is a lot to enjoy in this second book. I loved the Edinburgh setting, and-- just like the first time-- I really enjoyed the book restoration details which Carlisle provides. Brooklyn is a likable, interesting character who has a fascinating career, the promise of a lot of romance in her life, and a winning voice. The plot certainly has enough twists and turns to keep the pages turning, but there is trouble looming in my rearview mirror. I find two of the supporting cast of characters extremely annoying and more than a bit distracting.Brooklyn's mother is a child of the 60's who never relinquished her hold on Flower Power. She's gone on to put New Age practices in a stranglehold as well. I found her dependence on spleen washes and other kooky-sounding stuff mildly amusing at first, but in this book she just got on my nerves.The second character who chaps my hide is Minka LaBoeuf, Brooklyn's arch enemy. The character is so over the top she's like a cartoon character. Minka is screaming loud, she's obnoxious, and she's constantly telling the police that Brooklyn is responsible for whatever's gone wrong. I wouldn't be surprised if Minka also believes Brooklyn is responsible for global warming, the US deficit, and my trick knees. I really wish Carlisle would either have Minka put on some heavy duty meds... or have her committed. (Preferably the latter. I'd supply the strait jacket.)When two secondary characters begin to annoy me to this degree, I begin to wonder if the series is really for me. The acid test will be Carlisle's third Bibliophile Mystery, The Lies That Bind. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
knitzolibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Loved the setting but I felt the mystery wasn't as well developed as in the previous book in the series.
BookDivasReads on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great reads that adds tiny tidbits of history mixed with great humor a little light romance with mystery.
cyderry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When Brooklyn Wainwright arrives in Edinburgh for an International Book Festival she is immediately caught up in literary intrigue. Her former main squeeze, Kyle McVee accosts her and talks her into validating a controversial book and several hours later he turns up dead, murdered with one of Brooklyn's binding hammers. The Scottish police lean toward Brooklyn as the prime suspect so she feels that she needs to exonerate herself.Brooklyn is IMO a delightful character who has flaws that only make her more endearing. The mystery is not too over the top, leading the reader with numerous possible culprits. The manner in which the bookbinding world is woven in with many interesting and educational facts, also eases the reader through the adventure.
thornton37814 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Bookbinder Brooklyn Wainwright is attending a book fair in Edinburgh. She runs into an old friend Kyle who has a potentially valuable book that could displease many in royal circles as well as those who celebrate the poet Robert Burns. He asks Brooklyn to authenticate the book but before she ever has a chance to do so, he turns up dead, murdered with one of Brooklyn's bookbinding tools. Most of the characters from the previous installment make it from the San Francisco area to Edinburgh for this installment. I did enjoy this installment more than the first, but I don't think this will ever be a favorite series. I just don't like the main character all that much nor do I really like most of the supporting cast of characters. Her mom and dad are off the deep end. She has a very hateful rival that I would love to see turn up dead in a future installment. Some of the others are weak. I did like the Edinburgh detective, and I liked Derek better in this installment as well. I do, however, think my favorite character in the entire book was the cat in the library. This is the last of this series that I have in my stash, and I don't intend to read future installments.
TheLibraryhag on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this second book in the series, Brooklyn Wainwright is attending a book fair in Edinburgh, Scotland. She loves the city and is excited for her trip. Shortly after arriving, Kyle McVee, an old flame, entrusts her will a rare volume of Robert Burns poetry that he claims includes unpublished poems that are part of a royal scandal. He also tells her that someone has been threatening his life and he is sure the threats are linked to the book. Sure, enough, later that day, Kyle's body is discovered by Brooklyn and some friends while on a ghost tour. To make things worse, one of Brooklyn's book repair tools is the murder weapon. Good thing her best friend Robin, and Brooklyn's hippie parents show up to lend support. Even better, Derek Stone, man of mystery, is also there to help Brooklyn.I love this series. Brooklyn is a murder magnet. And like all cozy sleuths, she is determined to solve the crime. Unfortunately, Brooklyn is not really good at the sleuthing and usually only draws more attention and trouble than anything else. I love Brooklyn, her friends and crazy family. The romance is just right for me. The information about books and book restoration is interesting and just the right amount. This Scottish romp is fun and full of laughs and crazy characters. I will be reading the next in the series.
bookmagic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the second in the bibliophile mystery series and I very much hope there is to be many more.Brooklyn Wainwright, a rare books expert and restorer is in Edinburg, Scotland for a prestigious book fair. Brooklyn runs into an old flame, Kyle, who asks her to authenticate a book of lost poetry by Robert Burns. Then Kyle is killed by one of Brooklyn's restoration tools and Scotland Yard considers her a prime suspect. But security expert Derek Stone shows up to help her find the real culprit.I loved the first in this series, Homicide in Hardcover. You can check out my review here. This follow up did not disappoint either. I love the cast of characters that Carlisle has assembled and brought back for part two: her hippie parents, best friend Robin, arch-enemy Minka, and of course the sexy Derek Stone. Also a mysterious man from the first book is back for another cameo.I loved the setting of Edinburg and the fun storyline and the wacky adventures. This is a great combo of chick-lit (the good kind) and mystery. I compared these to the Sophie Katz series in my first review and I stand by that.I have been having a very poor reading time lately and this was a great book to get me reading again. I may still be in a slump but I was able to enjoy this read immensely!rating 4.5/5
Laine-librariancanreadtoo More than 1 year ago
Able to move on with her life and able to get to her book fair on time, Brooklyn Wainwright is having the time of her life. Trying to get the murder investigation out of her head, she attends the words largest book fair of all time. Able to get down to business and teach some classes on book binding, Brooklyn is having a great time. Even more so now when she runs into an old beau of hers. As they are catching up, he shows her a book that has some interesting history behind it. History that has gotten him killed. Once again Brooklyn Wainwright finds a body of an old friend. Once again she has immersed herself in the police investigation. This time though, everything is pointing to her....including the murder weapon which happens to be her own book binding tools. Things are NOT looking good for her at the moment and she is going to do everything she can to make sure that the police will find the real killer instead of looking at her for it. Accompanying Brooklyn is her family, a mysterious guy named Gabriel and her own knight in shining armor Derek Stone. As things start to spark between the two, there is more to the story of the book that got her friend killed. Stories that could kill, if pushed too far.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the book very much, will look forward to reading another of the series!
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Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the Bibliophile Mystery Series. I enjoyed the first one so much, it was all I could do to get my thoughts down on the first one, so that I could begin it. I can say, that this one was even better than the first. It could probably be a stand alone book, but I am a very firm believer in reading series in order. If I don't, I very rarely go back and read any that I missed, unless I am rereading the entire series start to finish. This story starts off close to where Homicide in Hardcover left off. Our favorite bookbinder, Brooklyn Wainwright, is just arrived in Edinburgh for the Book Fair, and doesn't make it through her first day when she finds an ex-boyfriend and current client dead while on a ghost tour. Needless to say, the police look at her as a prime suspect. Especially as he was killed using one of her own book binding tools. Luckily Commander Derek Stone is on hand to help keep her out of police custody long enough for her to figure out who is framing her.  The supporting cast of characters put in a good showing with Brooklyn's best friend Robin, Brooklyn's Mom & Dad, her arch nemesis Minka and even the shadowy Gabriel. We learn more about the book binding process, especially in telling forgeries and fakes and how the provenance of a book can add to the value. There was some history of Edinburgh, Scotland, their historical figures and the their love/hate relationship with the British. Plus we get a little love triangle action between Brooklyn, Derek and Gabriel Just a hint, but boy is it sweet to ponder. Overall, I really liked this book. I have the third, and can't wait to started on it. Hopefully the rest of the series will continue to pick up steam and momentum. 
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Taking an unfamiliar subject matter (at least to this reader) and bringing it to life with history, humor, and good memories of spending time in libraries, make Carlisle's bibliophile series enjoyable.
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An enjoyable, fun read
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Hildegard1 More than 1 year ago
This is a fun, fluff mystery. I read it in an afternoon so it's relaxing, fun and not too taxing.
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