Once Upon a Spine (Bibliophile Series #11)

Once Upon a Spine (Bibliophile Series #11)

by Kate Carlisle


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In the latest paperback in the New York Times bestselling series, murder sends San Francisco book-restoration expert Brooklyn Wainwright down the rabbit hole...

Brooklyn's future in-laws are traveling from England to meet her, and if that's not enough to set her on edge, rumors abound that the charming Courtyard Shops across the street may be replaced by high-rise apartments. Their trendy neighborhood will be ruined unless Brooklyn and her fiancé, Derek Stone, can persuade the shopkeepers not to sell.

But with a rare edition of Alice in Wonderland causing bad blood at the Brothers Bookshop and a string of petty vandalism making everyone nervous, Brooklyn and Derek feel overwhelmed. Then the owner of the Rabbit Hole juice bar is felled by his own heavy shelves, and the local cobbler lies dead beside him. Things get curiouser and curiouser when a second priceless copy of Alice is discovered.

As the Brits descend, Brooklyn learns they're not so stuffy after all. Derek's dad is won over with chocolate cream pie, and his psychic mum would kill to help Brooklyn solve this murder—before another victim takes a tumble.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451477729
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/06/2017
Series: Bibliophile Mystery Series , #11
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 508,886
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

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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Once Upon a Spine 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No, this isn't going to make you lose sleep trying to figure out the "who dunnit", but it is a wonderful read to pass the time. I love reading about Brooklyn and Derek, and finally seeing why Derek is the way he is. This is one of my favorite series ever, and I love going on the adventures.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I normally like the books, love the bookbinding and book world insights, but found this book a little disjointed and some characters a little silly and unreal. Strange ending, too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved everything about this book. I can hardly wait until her next bibliophile comes out! Kate Carlisle has become one of my favorite authors. Any cozy mystery fans should love these.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Nothing like her other books in the series. Not much of a story. Lots of fluff and filler. Skipped most of it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Any book this good just seems to end too soon. Not only is Kate a great author she doesn't write from a formula, every one of her books are different and great reads.
CozyUpWithKathy More than 1 year ago
wonderful ambiance ONCE UPON A SPINE by Kate Carlisle The Eleventh Bibliophile Mystery Brooklyn Wainwright is a nervous wreck. Her future in-laws are coming to visit and she's in a panic wondering if they'll like her. Her anxiety level is increased as they will also be meeting her parents. How will Derek's British family react to Brooklyn's new agey mother? Easing her tension is the love she has not only for Derek, but their neighborhood with all the lovely shops and shopkeepers. Heck, the bookstore owners even let her touch their display only copy of a rare edition of ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND. But all is not as lovely as it seems. As Brooklyn goes out for an early cup of coffee she discovers the door to the local market open and inside finds the store trashed, the shop owner lying on the floor, and a body under a huge shelving unit. Is it an accident or has Brooklyn stumbled upon a murder once more? Kate Carlisle creates such wonderful ambiance in her bibliophile series. Vivid descriptions allow me to visualize myself exploring the Courtyard and all its charming shops, spending time trying on hats I can't afford at Kitty's hat shop, trying to make healthy food choices at The Rabbit Hole (though more likely making choices at Sweetie Pies), and spending lots of money at Brothers Bookshop. One of my favorites parts of each bibliophile mystery is learning about the classic book it features. Like Brooklyn, I am a huge fan of Lewis Carroll and all things Alice and was excited to see that ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND was the book featured in ONCE UPON A SPINE. While I was thrilled to learn new facts, I was unfamiliar with the Suppressed ALICE, I was disappointed that more attention wasn't given to the book. That being said, more details about it wouldn't have moved the plot along so weren't really necessary, but the book nerd in me still wanted more. The mix of characters in ONCE UPON A SPINE is brilliant. The meeting of Brooklyn and Derek's parents is a delight and it's wonderful to see the trio of couples so compatible, especially compared to the romantic relationships between the other characters in the book. ONCE UPON A SPINE is a fine entry in the Bibliophile Mystery series that celebrates relationships while providing an engaging well plotted mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Working in a library, this series is a real favorite. I've learned a few tricks for repairing books that have really helped. I like the characters, especially Brooklyn's parents, who were Deadheads. good characters, good plots, good settings, great books!
LeiLaniHauge More than 1 year ago
I remember meeting my future in-laws...absolutely terrifying! And then have your parents also stay with you to meet them as well? But to find yet another body upon that stress? I would be a horrible mess! Yet, Kate Carlisle weaves a tale with books, murder, food and wine, with a dash of romance crafted together. As an avid fan, I was not disappointed!
ShelliKing More than 1 year ago
This latest offering in the Bibliophile is another sure hit. I love the way Kate Carlisle write and this is no exception. Throughout this series, her quirky characters get through the worst situations with both wit and a sense of humor. Carlisle writes in such a way that you can almost smell the pages of the books she works on. This time it's a rare edition of Alice in Wonderland wreaking havoc in her neighborhood. Brooklyn and Derrick should be focusing on their wedding plans. Instead, they're once again embroiled in murder! You HAVE to read this book!
BMarquart More than 1 year ago
This is a fun book to read! The characters are interesting and quirky and the mystery has a surprising ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another fun, romantic murder mystery! Yes, you read me right - this book has all of that and more. Brooklyn and Derek are having their parents staying over (6 people) in their newly renovated apartment in SF. It centers around food, adventure and love; plus the thrills are never ending for all involved. This is #11 and I'm still enjoying them and looking forward to #12. Don't fret if this is your first read, all these books can stand alone with references to the past ones so it's easy to catch up.
arkieclown More than 1 year ago
ONCE UPON A SPINE by Kate Carlisle is an absolutely fun book to read! You know there’s going to be a murder and that Brooklyn’s going to be in the middle of solving it. She’s just prone that way it seems. However, you are kept guessing and miss-guessing who done it to the very end. Along the way you see some sweet romance between Brooklyn and her Fiancée - Commander Derek, funny and quirky family members that manage to not only get along but actually help in the case, and learn about all the folks living and working in the Courtyard. If you wants a book that you don’t want to put down, that is very well written and manages to give you a laugh along the way, then I highly recommend this book to you.
charleneC More than 1 year ago
I loved this fast moving book! so many twists and turns, I could not put it down! I love the characters and interesting storyline. Thjs book will keep you riveted and keep you guessing. Kate Carlisle, I love this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sad I can no longer afford her books.
Lwing More than 1 year ago
I love my Nook because I'm cheap, so when I pay full price for a Nook book it's because I love the author. I'm a real fan of Kate Carlisle's books, I started with her Bibliophile series and this is a welcome addition to that series. I love the characters and the two main characters are about to put their parents together for the first time. Brooklyn's hippie/entrepreneur parents are to meet Derek the former James Bond type fiance's parents. Who knew they were separated at birth? Once that is settled they find out that Derek's mother wants to be involved in the latest murder that happened across the street from Brooklyn's apartment and of course chaos follows. There are suspects galore, too many that they truly like. The outcome opens the next new phase in Derek and Brooklyn's life together and thankfully doesn't turn out to be the most favored suspects. I want to live across from all the stores that were in the building across the street, the only problem with many books, longing for fictional places. If you like her books, you'll love this, if you haven't read them, you'll still love this. It keeps you guessing and laughing and enjoying the assembled characters! It's San Francisco as you wish it were and the wine country as well. I could hang out there forever.
bumblebee23 More than 1 year ago
Brooklyn is at it again! Finding bodies and solving crimes while also doing amazing work restoring books and being engaged to the awesome Derek! This time there is something going on among the shop owners at the Courtyard, near where Brooklyn and Derek live. The shops sound amazing but the people have a lot of drama going on. There is also a rare edition of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" that is adding some bad blood between the shop owners at the bookstore. There is someone vandalizing the buildings with graffiti. Is the owner of the Courtyard looking to sell so high-rise apartments can replace the beautiful little shops? As Brooklyn and Derek's wedding approaches it is time to meet her future in-laws! Brooklyn is preparing to meet Derek's parents, as well as introduce both sets of parents, and working on solving another murder. Plus she has a fascinating day job too! Inspector Lee is back and other characters you love to catch up with. I also would love to go to the pie shop because it sounds oh so delicious! Brooklyn and Derek are such a likable couple and I can't wait until they are finally married! I look forward to the next book of course!
Guinnessgirl39 More than 1 year ago
I was anxiously awaiting this book, And I was not disappointed! Brooklyn and Derek are getting ready for his parents to visit and Brooklyn is getting nervous, understandably so as she has not met his parents yet and well her parents are a bit eccentric. But everything seems to be going down The Rabbit Hole when Brooklyn discovers Will Rabbit injured and Joey the Cobbler dead under heavy shelves in Will's store. Not exactly how Brooklyn wanted to start off Derek's parents visit. Little did she realize that both sets of parents would get along fantastically and want to give an assist in solving the murder. Could the key to solving the murder revolve around original versions of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland? How does chocolate cream pie figure into the grand scheme of things, and who has psychic abilities? Can Brooklyn and Derek save the Courtyard from being torn down by developers? Who really killed Joey, a jealous lover or a case of mistaken identity? I have been following Brooklyn and Derek's adventures from the first book and I cannot wait to read what happens next!
GBSfan More than 1 year ago
Brooklyn Wainwright is stressing out. Not over a rare book appraisal. Not over the well-being of a family member or friend. Not even over a tricky book restoration. Nope. Brooklyn is stressed because her fiancé’s parents are coming from England to meet her. And they’ll be staying a week. As if that isn’t enough, her parents will also spend the week. Yep, the same week. And they’ll all be in Brooklyn and Derek’s apartment. Together. Brooklyn may be stressed, but I’m thrilled. As I’ve said before, I adore Becky and Jim. I couldn’t wait to see them interact with Derek’s very British mother and father. I won’t spoil anything, but it was much fun watching the sparks fly. Meanwhile, our poor heroine stumbles on the scene of a terrible accident. Or is it? In either case, two people who work at the funky shops across the street from the apartment are seriously injured. And this time it looks as if this mystery has nothing to do with any books. Not even the rare copy of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Brooklyn has been drooling over in the bookshop there. I have to say I loved the introduction of all the new characters. The shopkeepers are a cornucopia of types. And Derek’s parents are . . . Still not going to say anything about them. And how does ‘Alice in Wonderland’ fit in? More ways than you can imagine. I highly recommend this one.
Bronte63JS More than 1 year ago
Not to be Missed In-laws, out-laws and everything in between come together in Once Upon a Spine by Kate Carlisle. In the continuation of the Bibliophile Mystery series, Brooklyn Wainwright and her Bond-like fiancé Derek Stone find themselves in the middle of a murder investigation. The Courtyard is a community treasure housing charming small businesses that include an indie bookstore, pie shop and hat shop to name a few. When one of the shop owners is found murdered and another is seriously injured, Brooklyn and Derek work to solve the case that includes, among other things, a very valuable copy of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. To add to the stress of the situation. Brooklyn is preparing to meet her fiance’s parents as well as introduced them to her own. Readers can count on a mystery with no shortage of suspects, family ties and insight into the world of book collecting. All is served with an assortment of wines and delectable appetizers with recipes found in the back of the book. Once Upon a Spine should be at the top of your summer reading list.
DianeD54 More than 1 year ago
Having a love of anything book related, the Bibliophile Mystery series is a top favorite of mine. The main character, Brooklyn Wainwright, restores old books and each mystery is always centered around one book in particular. Once Upon a Spine is centered around a rare edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and odd things happening right in the neighborhood where Brooklyn lives. The description of all the little shops is particularly fun as the author draws you into the story. This was a page turner and so much fun to read. Once Upon a Spine is #11 in the Bibliophile Mysteries but it does stand alone. If you love books and mysteries, you won’t want to miss this series!
GHeins More than 1 year ago
"Once Upon a Spine" is my favorite of Kate Carlisle's Bibliophile Mystery series! As with the other books in the series, books are involved, and there is a murder, but this story is a little different. The book does not play a starring role. The reader is introduced to the book and it is woven throughout the story until it takes more meaning. The murder is quite questionable, with Brooklyn wondering if it is even a murder in the very beginning. This book does bring back Brooklyn's parents, and a side trip to her family's home in Dharma. It also introduces us to Derek's family. Brooklyn's mom is much more toned down in this book, which is a welcome change. The relationship between Brooklyn's parents and Derek's parents is wonderful, and definitely has the reader hoping for such a wonderful relationship with their in-laws and between their parents and in-laws if it doesn't already exist. I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mysteries, even if they haven't read the prior books in the series.
emmabrace19 More than 1 year ago
This 11th installment of the Bibliophile Mysteries was a fun light read that rounded out some of the parts of Brooklyn & Derek's world that readers may not have known before. While Dharma didn't see a lot of action in this book, we got a nice well-rounded idea of Brooklyn & Derek's neighborhood and the interesting people around them! Like every Bibliophile Mystery, a murder and a book are somehow tied together, although the motives of the villains in this story were a little less obvious than in others. It was lovely reading about Derek's family and Brooklyn & Derek's moms, and overall this book was an extremely enjoyable light summer read. I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
bp124 More than 1 year ago
Kate Carlisle has done it again! I thoroughly enjoy the Bibliophile Mystery series and Once Upon A Spine is a wonderful addition. Brooklyn Wainwright, a bookbinder, always seems to fall upon trouble and there are plenty of twists and turns before the mystery is solved. Kate Carlisle always makes me laugh while keeping me on the edge of my seat until the end. The cast of characters, both old and new are a delight. In each book, I learn something I never knew before, like how to make paper, from the authors terrific descriptions. You will not be disappointed with this book. Keep up the good work Kate and Keep this series going!
3303 More than 1 year ago
The new Bibliophile mystery is a wonderful read! As an ARC reader I was asked to leave an honest review. I absolutely love Brooklyn and Derek , throw in both sets of parents, A rare copy of Alice in wonderland,a murder and lots of laughs!! You definately will not be disappointed in this mystery series!!