The Lies That Bind (Bibliophile Series #3)

The Lies That Bind (Bibliophile Series #3)

by Kate Carlisle

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In the third novel in the New York Times bestselling Bibliophile Mystery series, bookbinder Brookly Wainwright gets a lesson in deadly deception...

When it comes to rare books and antiquities, Brooklyn Wainwright is a master. Which is why she's returned home to San Francisco to teach a bookbinding class at Bay Area Book Arts. Unfortunately, BABA director Layla Fontaine is a horrendous host who pitches fits and lords over her subordinates. With the help of her beau, British security officer Derek Stone, Brooklyn manages to put up a brave face and endure.

Unfortunately, someone else is not so forgiving. Layla is found dead of a gunshot wound, and Brooklyn is bound and determined to investigate. But when Layla's past ends up intertwined with Derek's, Brooklyn realizes that the case is much more personal than she thought—and that the killer might want to close the book on her for good.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451231697
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/02/2010
Series: Bibliophile Mystery Series , #3
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 49,926
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(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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harstan More than 1 year ago
The Executive Artistic Director of the Bay Area Books Arts Center (BABA), a b*tch on wheels; thinks so highly of book binder Brooklyn Wainwright she has her teach a class on the subject and restoring the BABA collection. No one likes Layla Fontaine, who stepped on bodies on her way to the top using lies, intimidation, and cheating as her means to success. Somebody loathed Layla enough to kill her; no one, not even her niece Naomi, in BABA misses her though Layla brought in millions. Brooklyn wants to find out who killed Layla. With the help of security agent Derek, she investigates. They learn that Layla was the ringleader of a book fraud business and soon find the corpse of Mr. Soo who bought one of the phony tomes. When Brooklyn takes Derek to her hometown of Dhearm; they meet Gabriel a con artist who risked his life to save others. An unknown adversary wounds Gabriel. Brooklyn thinks all the deaths are connected, but Gabriel was not part of the fraud so Derek thinks his shooting is a coincidence. Soon the amateur will prove right, but hopefully not dead right. The latest Bibliophile mystery (see if Books Could Kill) feels like an amalgam of James Bond and Jessica Fletcher and Brooklyn feels like a murder magnet who feels bound to investigate while the pros who surround her feel a need to protect her but not stifle her. Excitingly action-packed, The Lies that Bind amateur sleuth fans into a fast-paced read. Harriet Klausner
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Brooklyn Wainwright is the master when it comes to restoring rare and antique books. In this third installment of the series, she is teaching a class on bookbinding at the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Book Arts, BABA. The director of the center is a real witch and has recently hired another teacher, a former classmate that Brooklyn absolutely hates, but Brooklyn loves what she does and loves to share it by teaching others, so she decides she can endure their presence for a few weeks. Unfortunately the center is not the safest place to be, first the former classmate is assaulted in the hallway and then the director is found dead. Brooklyn starts to believe she is a dead body magnet as bodies seem to keep turning up wherever she is. The only good thing is that Derek Stone keeps turning up too and if things would just stop going wrong their passionate kisses could actually turn into a relationship. But first she must find out how Derek's relationship with the director is bound into the rest of the story, a story that leads to a murderer. I LIKED IT!!!! This was a brand new series for me and not only did I enjoy the mystery parts but I also learned a lot about bookbinding and restoring old and rare books. It is not only the mystery that keeps the pages turning but you find yourself rooting for Derek and Brooklyn to finally get together. Time after time just when things look promising, a phone rings, someone knocks on the door, or another lead needs to be followed. Maybe that is why I didn't love this book, I was getting frustrated for them, but the good thing is that the next book, Murder Under Cover, will be out in May 2011, and while I know there will be a body or two, I am hoping that just maybe Brooklyn and Derek can actually go on an entire date, and maybe more, without any interruption. The other characters in this series, especially Brooklyn's mom and dad, a couple of real life hippies, may make you laugh out loud. I really don't want to give too much away but if you are not familiar with this series start with Homicide in Hardcover, then If Books Could Kill and The Lies That Bind, each book builds on the last and each book is better than the one before. To find out more about Kate Carlisle, the other books in the series, and more about Brooklyn's world be sure to check out Kate's Website. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free Obsidian, .a division of Penguin Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
TheLibraryhag on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Brooklyn Wainwright is back in her beloved San Francisco and is teaching a class on book binding at Bay Area Book Arts. The head of the BABA, Layla Fontaine, is good for the organization but is a royal pain to Brooklyn and really just about everyone else who has to work with her. When Brooklyn finds out that Layla intends to sell an Oliver Twist that Brooklyn just restored as a first edition, Brooklyn is determined to stop her but can't quite figure out how to convince Layla. Before she can do anything about it, Layla is killed and as usual, Brooklyn is first on the scene. At least this time, she was teaching a class when the gun was fired so she has a room of witnesses to keep her from becoming a suspect. But this does not keep Brooklyn from trying to discover who the killer is. Really she can't help herself. She also can't help herself around the dashing Derek Stone, security analyst and British stud muffin, who has reappeared in her life. This is the third book in the Bibliophile Mystery series. These books are always entertaining. Brooklyn and her friends and family are a lot of fun. Her constantly interupted attempts to be alone with Derek add to the general fun. There is also the mysterious Gabriel, who always seems to be around. Hope to find out more about him soon. I am grabbing the 4th book today. I have to see what happens next!
Marlyn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Brooklyn Wainwright has an enviable life, having grown up in a loving and supportive, if eccentric, family. She is also financially secure, thanks to an inheritance received from her mentor Abraham Kartovsky (whose violent and untimely death was the subject of Homicide in Hardcover, the first of the Bibliophile mysteries).In The Lies That Bind, the third in the series, Brooklyn is freelancing as a rare book expert. She's looking forward to teaching bookbinding classes at Bay Area Book Arts, even though BABA director Layla Fontaine's unpleasantness is legendary. So when Layla is found fatally shot in her own office, there is a long list of suspects. Thankfully, Brooklyn was not alone when she discovered the body.But when other accidents happen to people close to Brooklyn, she begins to worry that either she is the target, or some sort of death magnet. Desperate to prove that she is neither, she's unsure whether to be pleased when the sexy, mysterious Derek Stone reappears.Brooklyn is already beginning to feel like an old friend, and the release of her next adventure, Murder Under Cover in May 2011 is eagerly anticipated.
cathyskye on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First Line: Layla Fontaine, Executive Artistic Director of the Bay Area Book Arts Center, was tall, blond, and strikingly beautiful, with a hair-trigger temper and a reputation for ruthlessness.Book restoration expert Brooklyn Wainwright has returned to San Francisco from Edinburgh, Scotland to teach a bookbinding class at BABA (Bay Area Book Arts). She loves BABA but can't stand the program director, Layla Fontaine, a woman who is truly gifted at her job but despised by her subordinates due to her penchant for wielding power as if it were a sledge hammer. However, when Layla is found shot to death, Brooklyn is willing to let bygones be bygones as she tries to identify the killer.After the second book, If Books Could Kill, I was teetering precariously on top of the fence. There were just too many things about the characters and the story that didn't set well with me. Unfortunately many of the same things bother me in this book, too.Brooklyn is too immature for me and gets on my nerves. Interested in sexy security expert, Derek Stone, the poor man can't glance at another woman without Brooklyn becoming jealous. It's also awfully easy for her to say that she hates someone. For someone with the flower power parents that she has, one would think that hate would be one word that's not bandied about lightly. For icing on the Brooklyn cake, several people tell her that she's naive and the world's worst liar. She is. I don't think being a terrible liar is a bad thing, but her naivete-- since she's showing no signs of becoming wiser-- could prove fatal.Two of the characters that make me grind my teeth are Brooklyn's mother and Minka La Boeuf. Brooklyn's mother is supposed to be a flaky version of an Earth Mother. One of the brighter spots in this book is that Mama wasn't trying to force enemas on everyone. Minka, on the other hand, is an evil-tempered psychopath who's just way over-the-top. I keep hoping that she'll be the next victim in this series, but the mad cow refuses to moove off into the sunset.Speaking of victims, Minka does have one thing right: everywhere Brooklyn goes, someone dies. Two months have passed since the first book in the series, and the bodies are beginning to pile up. If I were expecting to be anywhere near Brooklyn Wainwright, I'd hire a bodyguard.I love the information about bookbinding that is included in the books, but that can't overcome the problems I have with the characters and plots where the killers are too easily guessed. This is one series that I'm going to let sit on the shelf for a while. With any luck, I'll pick the next book up sometime in the future and begin enjoying the series again.
Keeline on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love the bookbinding elements of the mystery and find the main character fun to read.I do find the constant "pretty boy" glamor of the two main males (also in other books of the series) a bit much (a problem with many murder mysteries nowadays which seem to be heavily influenced by the romance aisles).Some elements of the plot involving the books seem a bit off, but I appreciate the richness of detail in the bookbinding and Carlisle knows how to make eccentric characters interesting, so I don't mind that so much. The series continues to be one of the better book related ones.
BookDivasReads on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nice follow-up to the previous two mysteries; filled with intrigue that keeps you hanging until the end.
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Chuck56 More than 1 year ago
This was good entry, however it will be my last. I find the main character becoming annoying, as she deliberately and unnecessarily, contrary to instructions, does something to put herself in harm's way. Enough already.
Chuck56 More than 1 year ago
This was good entry, however it will be my last. I find the main character becoming annoying, as she deliberately and unnecessarily, contrary to instructions, does something to put herself in harm's way. Enough already.
Laine-librariancanreadtoo More than 1 year ago
Brooklyn has had some strange things happen to her lately.....accused of murdering on of her best friends and mentor...accused of murder again....finds dead bodies....gets shot at...gets kissed by strange handsome men....and has been able to work on the finest books ever created. You would think Brooklyn wants a vacation. Wrong. She returns home to set up her bookbinding class and everything seems to fall right back into place. When I mean everything falls back in to place, I mean that Brooklyn has yet again found a dead body. She is involved with the  investigations, she has that hunk of a security guy Stone falling her around with maybe a few sparks flying around them. This time, the body is someone who EVERYONE hated and loathed. No love loss there, but still, a human being died and Brooklyn will do whatever she can to make sure the killer is brought to justice. Even if that means saving some that SHE hates and loathes. Keep a watchful eye on Brooklyn never know what you are going to get!!!!
CheliD More than 1 year ago
Brooklyn Wainwright has returned to her job at the Bay Area Book Arts to teach a class on bookbinding but during a class recess she discovers her boss dead. BABA is hosting a fundraiser at the time and Brooklyn must keep things going while she helps(?) Inspector Derek Stone uncover the motive and murderer.
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Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
In this third book in the Bibliophile Mysteries by Kate Carlisle, Brooklyn Wainwright has returned from the Book Fair in Edinburgh, Scotland. She is getting ready to do a series of book binding classes at the Bay Area Book Arts Center, or BABA, and has just completed a restoration of a nineteenth century illustrated edition of Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens that is going to be used in a 2 week long celebration of the 175th anniversary of the publishing of Oliver Twist. There is some tension between the head of BABA, Layla Fontaine and Brooklyn due to Layla advertising the restored Oliver Twist as a first edition. Basically Layla threatens Brooklyn into keeping her mouth shut, but we know Brooklyn will find a way around that. When Layla is murdered at BABA one night during one of Brooklyn's classes, Brooklyn is the first on scene and finds yet another dead body. She manages to hold it together and keep the scene secured for the police. And boy is she upset that she knows enough to do that. Luckily Brooklyn's alibi is nice and solid since she was in the middle of teaching a class room of book enthusiasts how to make journals when the gun shot went off.  In this book, we see an appearance of all our old favorites, such as Brooklyn's best friend Robin, Brooklyn's parents, her neighbor's Vinnie and Suzie, her arch nemisis Minka, her parent's mystic adviser Avatar Robson Benedict, best known as Guru Bob and the hunky Commander Derek Stone. We also have some new neighbors, a gay couple who look like they will be adding much to future books. Additionally we get some great background on the mysterious and shadowy Gabriel. I will admit that after I finished this book, I went ahead and read the teaser chapter at the end for the next book. And I ended up reading it right away. This series has really tightened up and just keeps getting better and better. I really like Brooklyn. I know many don't like books told from a first person POV, but as long as the dialogue is good and the pace keeps moving, I have no problem with this POV. Some of my favorite authors have used it successfully and it works for me. This is a great book in the series and at the ending, the scene between Derek and Brooklyn was sweet, funny and brought a tear to my eye. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast paced mystery, romance on the side. Unusual writing style. I enjoyed it
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Good read. I am enjoying this series.
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I recently discovered Kate Carlisle's great books. Brooklyn Wainwright is hilarious and anyone born in the 50's can relate to the Grateful Dead references... what a wonderful, creative series. Learning about book restoration and binding is fascinating along with a "great" historical book woven in with a mystery. I hope Kate Carlisle continues the series with more stories about Brooklyn.
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