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There may be grave consequences for bookbinder Brooklyn Wainwright as she attempts to solve two murders tied to one book... 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 There may be grave consequences for bookbinder Brooklyn Wainwright as she attempts to solve two murders tied to one book... 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....


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There may be grave consequences for bookbinder Brooklyn Wainwright as she attempts to solve two murders tied to one book... 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 There may be grave consequences for bookbinder Brooklyn Wainwright as she attempts to solve two murders tied to one book... 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....

30 review for One Book in the Grave

  1. 4 out of 5

    C.

    I love Kate Carlisle’s characters, well filled-out with family members. I also love the unique traits of Brooklyn’s and Derek’s jobs. However too many aspects of this novel were handled cavalierly; prioritizing humour to the detriment of common sense and astronomical repetition no editor should allow. In “One Book In The Grave”, 2012, Brooklyn receives a bookbinding job from Ian; library museum curator. It is nice to see her security agent boyfriend become a part of the Wainwright family. Covert I love Kate Carlisle’s characters, well filled-out with family members. I also love the unique traits of Brooklyn’s and Derek’s jobs. However too many aspects of this novel were handled cavalierly; prioritizing humour to the detriment of common sense and astronomical repetition no editor should allow. In “One Book In The Grave”, 2012, Brooklyn receives a bookbinding job from Ian; library museum curator. It is nice to see her security agent boyfriend become a part of the Wainwright family. Covert operator friend, Gabriel, now resides in Sonoma county, California. Even Brooklyn’s Dad has assisted their spiritual leader, Robert, with discreet projects. One is revealed, when Brooklyn discovers a murder connected with a commune friend. An unbalanced girl had harassed him, after he became engaged and it was thought that a sociopathic professor was after him, out of jealousy. I liked the realism of having anxiety about finding numerous bodies. Kate ruined that by toying with the expression, “dead” body about 80 times! You only use the word “body” for something deceased. I cannot stand anyone adding the word “dead”, for flair or lack of grammatical proficiency. I loved the action and camaraderie but Kate seemed more intent on caricatures of humour than on plotting this mystery. Elaborately inducing Brooklyn to find a note in a book, for sale publically, was preposterous. There was no logic in contacting Brooklyn anonymously and none in murdering a store-owner. The writer identifies themselves in their note! The murder motive could not have been to cover their tracks! Plots have to make sense. Squeezing in “Beauty And The Beast” in such a convoluted way did not work. “Cozy mysteries” particularly are too light, to bear overindulgence in comedy. They need as much action as possible. Those were the best, most engrossing parts of this novel.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Peggy R

    I have really been enjoying this series. Brooklyn has a lot of pluck. She is resigned to the fact that one of her purposes in life might be to get justice for someone who was murdered. This time it leads her to the discovery that a friend she thought had died is alive and hiding. I love that this story has as much time in Dharma as San Francisco. Brooklyn's mom is so entertaining. The author did a really good job with the mystery. Throughout the entire book I bought into the clues leading to the I have really been enjoying this series. Brooklyn has a lot of pluck. She is resigned to the fact that one of her purposes in life might be to get justice for someone who was murdered. This time it leads her to the discovery that a friend she thought had died is alive and hiding. I love that this story has as much time in Dharma as San Francisco. Brooklyn's mom is so entertaining. The author did a really good job with the mystery. Throughout the entire book I bought into the clues leading to the killer being a certain paty or parties. The twist at the end got me. I did not expect the outcome. On to the next book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Evelyn

    It was okay, but I was expecting more of the plot to be about books and bookbinding. I will probably try another one; maybe it will be more satisfying.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    The genre of cozy mysteries is not one I spend a lot of time in. I actually avoid that genre. I've read a few and have felt miserable each time. It was like going to the dentist for me. However, I actually liked this one....well some of it. I enjoyed the characters. They were fun and quirky. I also enjoyed the complexity of the story line. If I have to read more to fill a challenge requirement, I think I will try and stick to this author. This was a fun read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kristy

    I really enjoyed this book. It definitely kept me on my toes and the ending was a great surprise. As someone who loves books, I can definitely relate to the main character. The author made the characters have so much realistic characteristics so that they feel like real people. I’m not the biggest fan of mysteries but this was a pretty awesome one. There was romance, mystery, drama, and so much more. This book definitely delivers!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Silver James

    One Book in the Grave is the latest addition to the Brooklyn Wainwright Bibliophile mysteries. I've been a big fan of the series and of the author, Kate Carlisle, since I read the first one. The previous books were a madcap frolic through Brooklyn's life replete with dead bodies, mysterious men, and Brooklyn's ability to infallibly be at the wrong place at the wrong time. In ONE BOOK IN THE GRAVE, Brooklyn seems more...domesticated. She's almost normal in fact. Yes, there are still dead bodies a One Book in the Grave is the latest addition to the Brooklyn Wainwright Bibliophile mysteries. I've been a big fan of the series and of the author, Kate Carlisle, since I read the first one. The previous books were a madcap frolic through Brooklyn's life replete with dead bodies, mysterious men, and Brooklyn's ability to infallibly be at the wrong place at the wrong time. In ONE BOOK IN THE GRAVE, Brooklyn seems more...domesticated. She's almost normal in fact. Yes, there are still dead bodies and a mystery to be solved but the pace seemed almost languorous compared to earlier books in the series. Even so, this was a fun read and I still have both an e-copy for reading and a print copy for the keeper shelf. As usual, I suspected the identity of the culprit but waffled toward the end, thinking my gut instincts might be off. In the end, I was right but that's okay. It's a rare mystery or suspense book where I haven't figured out the perpetrator. That doesn't stop my enjoying the read. If you are looking for a quiet visit with old friends to hide from a hectic world, and one with some mystery thrown in, this book is worth time.

  7. 4 out of 5

    ❂ Murder by Death

    If you really enjoy cozy mysteries and consider yourself a bibliophile, I can't recommend this series enough! Quirky, interesting characters that make you smile, fantastic dialogue, picturesque settings, and just enough information about book restoration to make me want to become a book restorer define this series as a whole. The mystery plot in this, the 5th book is excellent; it feels straightforward but isn't. Lots of twists and turns, red herrings, a few surprises and a great ending. A truly If you really enjoy cozy mysteries and consider yourself a bibliophile, I can't recommend this series enough! Quirky, interesting characters that make you smile, fantastic dialogue, picturesque settings, and just enough information about book restoration to make me want to become a book restorer define this series as a whole. The mystery plot in this, the 5th book is excellent; it feels straightforward but isn't. Lots of twists and turns, red herrings, a few surprises and a great ending. A truly enjoyable book I did not want to end.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Nancy H

    This is a good, solid series with a great protagonist and a good plot. Sometimes later books in a series are not as good as the earlier ones, but this series is different, and each book has been just as good as the last.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kitty Jay

    In One Book in the Grave, Brooklyn is hired to restore a beautiful copy of Beauty and the Beast. However, she is horrified to find that the book belonged to a late friend's wife. When she pursues the original seller to discover who stole the book, she finds him dead on the floor. Mysteries are revealed, there is more kookiness from Brooklyn's family, and the dashing Derek eventually saves the day. I believe that I might have been too charitable with my reviews of the previous books. This one was In One Book in the Grave, Brooklyn is hired to restore a beautiful copy of Beauty and the Beast. However, she is horrified to find that the book belonged to a late friend's wife. When she pursues the original seller to discover who stole the book, she finds him dead on the floor. Mysteries are revealed, there is more kookiness from Brooklyn's family, and the dashing Derek eventually saves the day. I believe that I might have been too charitable with my reviews of the previous books. This one was an absolute slog, and I realized that it was not this individual book so much as the general writing and premise began to wear thin. I already expressed my dislike of Derek, the main romance interest, to begin with, and more novels featuring him have not cooled that dislike in any way. Kate Carlisle seems more interested in writing a romance that happens to have dead bodies than a mystery that happens to have a love interest. There's something horribly Sex and the City-meets-Bridget Jones about the dialogue and internal monologue of Brooklyn as she moons over how gosh-darn dreamy Derek is. She sounds more like a thirteen-year-old swooning over a boy band than a mature woman, frankly, and that internal monologue takes her down long, meandering pages that add nothing whatsoever to the plot. At one point, the reader is treated to a long passage that - well, reads like this: "So why rock the boat when it looked like smooth sailing ahead? I mentally rolled my eyes. Rock the boat? Smooth sailing? So many cliches, so little time. It was never a good thing to hear myself thinking in cliches. I had a great aunt, Aunt Jessica, my dad's father's sister, who spoke only in cliches and the occasional mixed metaphor. Instead of ever giving advice or admonishing, Aunt Jessica would nod gravely and say, 'Sleeping dogs.' Or she would wink at one of us and murmur, 'Bird in the hand.' So from an early age, my siblings and I recognized the true wisdom of her words. We would outdo one another trying to come up with some ridiculous comment to describe a situation. Finally, my father outlawed all cliches and silly metaphors. He decreed that we were allowed to think only original thoughts. It was silent at the dinner table for a few nights until he relented. But we learned our lesson, and from then on we did try to avoid cliches like the plague. Ha! My point was that wen I caught myself thinking in metaphors, mixed or otherwise, I knew I was either extremely tired or in serious danger of losing my heart. Both of these circumstances could cause brain cells to diminish. It was a well-known fact" (119). It actually goes on a bit longer, but I've cut it short. This entire monologue, besides not being written particularly well, is completely useless to character development, plot development, or maturity development. Besides which, I find it hard to take seriously a woman over the age of 10 who unironically says, "Good grief" as an exclamation. The plot was particularly uninspired in this one and didn't so much strain believability as it did take a mallet and shatter it. (view spoiler)[As it turns out, Brooklyn was friends with a brilliant paper maker named Max who married Emily. However, an ex-girlfriend threatened their happiness and harassed Max to the point that he felt compelled to fake his own death and remain in hiding for three years until Brooklyn finally sniffs out the truth and uncovers a plot by a fanatic survivalist cult who are preparing for the Apocalypse and - honestly, I don't know why I am even going on with this. All that was missing was a long-lost twin sister who slept with the husband before it was uncovered that it was Great Aunt Bertha all along! At first I thought that she was going somewhere clever, and Emily was going to turn out to be the bad guy, but no, she was just a sweet plot device who conveniently got kidnapped just in time for Derek and Gabriel to swoop in and save her and Brooklyn. (hide spoiler)] I am also losing my patience with the fact that Brooklyn apparently relishes being the shrinking violet. She even specifically comments that she knows it's not feminist, but tee-hee, Derek is just soooo dreamy! Brooklyn's internal dialogue also leads to another problem I have, which is that the quirkiness of the family and characters is so contrived that it feels horribly forced, like people laughing loudly at a not-funny joke to cover the awkwardness. I won't bother to quote the entire passage again, but she relates a memory from her childhood where her mother explained what "assume the position" meant, that cops wanted to search you. Her dad of course made the hilarious and original joke that it actually meant to bend over and kiss your own ass goodbye. Their parents would snap, "Assume the position!" at their kids periodically and laugh hysterically when they did. As Brooklyn sums this up, "My parents were a couple of cards. No wonder we didn't do drugs; things were zany enough around our house without the added buzz" (121). Yup. That sure is ~zany!~ It also points to another main problem, which is that there are no problems. There's a murder, which certainly complicates things, but her family are all happy bunnies who love each other and never fight because they're just so hippie-dippie loving, and her relationship with Derek is never jeopardized, because he just loves her so much and the only problems she can make are completely random insecurities and ramblings. Even the friends - Vinnie, Suzie, and the new gay couple who moved in - just love Brooklyn so much! She's so funny! And awesome! And isn't it just so funny how quirky she is? Truthfully, this is the last book of the series I'm going to read. The same jokes, the same lack of conflict or development, and the sheer unbelievability and dearth of nuance just make this series a dull, uninspiring read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    I found this cozy mystery to be fun. The plot was interesting and the mystery wasn't too easy to solve. I figured out what was going on but literally right before the reveal. There was a lot of twists and turns in the mystery that keep you guessing. Overall, a fun little mystery.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Georgette

    Ah the tale of Beauty and the Beast, the relationship of the age old classic, a rare first edition, and how it was gifted by bookbinder, Brooklyn Wainwright to a close male friend and his intended bride, until tragedy struck and both groom and then bride to be seem to have disappeared after a tragic accident, and the rare book along with it. That was a decade ago, and Brooklyn had always been suspicious of an ex girlfriend and her Svengali teacher/boyfriend of having something to do with it. Sudd Ah the tale of Beauty and the Beast, the relationship of the age old classic, a rare first edition, and how it was gifted by bookbinder, Brooklyn Wainwright to a close male friend and his intended bride, until tragedy struck and both groom and then bride to be seem to have disappeared after a tragic accident, and the rare book along with it. That was a decade ago, and Brooklyn had always been suspicious of an ex girlfriend and her Svengali teacher/boyfriend of having something to do with it. Suddenly Brooklyn receives a call from a friend Ian who is the head curator at the Covington Library in Pacific Heights to assist him in the restoration of what might turn out to be a rare edition of the book that he received via a Book Dealer. Let me leave this at the beginning of 'follow the yellow brick road, and all the hell that results with this request. Yes, folks, fasten your seat belts as you will be off on a wild carpet ride of old/new and expanding relationships with a few surprise turns on the said road/ride. But enjoy this because you will stick with it until it reaches it's final destination!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Terri

    I knew I should not have checked this out the library...remember reading another in the series...just plain silly in places... like Guru Bob; Brooklyn's hippie mother concocting her own "cleansing Bhakti yoga shala bliss", that is declared "delicious" by Yoganina Robayana....it consists of chanting "Shri Rama Llama Jala Walla Ram Ram" aproximately 50 times....kind of sounds like a take-off of 'Shama lama bing bang' (the old rock song). The rest of the book is about a man who supposedly dies 3 ye I knew I should not have checked this out the library...remember reading another in the series...just plain silly in places... like Guru Bob; Brooklyn's hippie mother concocting her own "cleansing Bhakti yoga shala bliss", that is declared "delicious" by Yoganina Robayana....it consists of chanting "Shri Rama Llama Jala Walla Ram Ram" aproximately 50 times....kind of sounds like a take-off of 'Shama lama bing bang' (the old rock song). The rest of the book is about a man who supposedly dies 3 years before, leaving his new wife, mother and friends...because he was afraid for them..and for himself, of a professor and an ex-girlfriend....come on now!!! The whole book should be put in a grave.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kristi

    So my advice is to enjoy these for the light reading they are, because they’re fun and entertaining. If you’re looking for something more refined, intense, or whatever, hold off until you’re in the right mood.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jenna

    3.5 stars okay dokey, well i thought i'd guessed who did it but i was incorrect. i didn't figure it out until towards the end. kudos to the writer for the brilliant diversions of suspects. another good one in the series.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    Started out as a cute cozy mystery but the ending 😳 where did that come from 😝

  16. 5 out of 5

    Marlyn

    n this installment, Brooklyn is asked to look at a book recently purchased by one of her clients who happens to the the head curator of the fictional Covington Library in San Francisco. But it turns out that the book he wants her to restore was a gift she had given to a dear friend, which was subsequently stolen. The friend to whom she'd gifted the book, Max Adams, had died in a car accident, and the book had been taken from his fiancée's apartment. When Brooklyn goes to the dealer who had sold t n this installment, Brooklyn is asked to look at a book recently purchased by one of her clients who happens to the the head curator of the fictional Covington Library in San Francisco. But it turns out that the book he wants her to restore was a gift she had given to a dear friend, which was subsequently stolen. The friend to whom she'd gifted the book, Max Adams, had died in a car accident, and the book had been taken from his fiancée's apartment. When Brooklyn goes to the dealer who had sold the book to the Library, she finds him on the floor of his shop, stabbed to death. After dealing with the police, Brooklyn heads to her car to leave and finds that all the tires have been slashed. Now it's personal, and Brooklyn has to find out exactly why. It seems a long time since the previous book in this series, Murder Under Cover was released, but investigation shows that it's been less than a year. This is one of my favorite recent series, mainly because of the protagonist, Brooklyn Wainwright and her fascinating profession: a bookbinder who specializes in antique and rare books. Brooklyn grew up in a commune just a few hours from the city, where her parents now own a winery, and two of her sisters have businesses as well. When Brooklyn returns for the grand opening of her sister's gourmet restaurant, she discovers that she may be in danger as well.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    Once again, I fell for the cozy mystery with the cute cover at Target. Add in the fact that this was supposedly about a book lover and I'm set. The reality isn't quite so nice. This is the 4th or so in a series. I've found that generally doesn't matter and if I wait to find the first one, I'll be waiting a long time. So I got it anyway. It felt like they barely mentioned books until the last quarter of the book. The mystery was kooky. Maybe the author knows some survivalist groups that aren't cr Once again, I fell for the cozy mystery with the cute cover at Target. Add in the fact that this was supposedly about a book lover and I'm set. The reality isn't quite so nice. This is the 4th or so in a series. I've found that generally doesn't matter and if I wait to find the first one, I'll be waiting a long time. So I got it anyway. It felt like they barely mentioned books until the last quarter of the book. The mystery was kooky. Maybe the author knows some survivalist groups that aren't creepy, but I've never heard of one. So it was weird to think this member of one was considered such an upstanding member of the community. Solomon was described that way several times, but no indication as to why people thought this. How did the SF police get to Angelica as their main suspect when it didn't appear that Brooklyn and Co. shared any info with them whatsoever? There were also too many characters for me to keep straight. Beyond the main 4-5, every time a name was mentioned, I had to stop and probe the recesses of my mind to remember who the hell they were talking about. This problem might have been solved if I'd read the previous books. Overall, this one just felt silly to me...and that's saying something since you expect some silly with the cozy mystery genre. I probably won't read any more of this series.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Let me start out by saying, this is the first book in this series and by this author that I read. Since I didn’t start reading the series from book one, I think my review might be considered a bit skewed and let me apologize to this author’s fans but this is only one person’s opinion. I’m sorry to say, I didn’t finish the book. I just couldn’t do it! Talk about a TSTL heroine, well this one takes the prize! Not sure how old this woman is but talk about acting like a teenaged girl. Her boyfriend Let me start out by saying, this is the first book in this series and by this author that I read. Since I didn’t start reading the series from book one, I think my review might be considered a bit skewed and let me apologize to this author’s fans but this is only one person’s opinion. I’m sorry to say, I didn’t finish the book. I just couldn’t do it! Talk about a TSTL heroine, well this one takes the prize! Not sure how old this woman is but talk about acting like a teenaged girl. Her boyfriend is in security and another man in the story by the name of Gabriel, is a man with a shady past. Both men carry guns. For some reason, when Brooklyn discovers this fact, she is shocked, surprised and seemingly angry by this fact. The conversation between all the characters is stilted and cold…it just doesn’t flow. The plot, what there was of it, was choppy and just didn’t come together. I doubt that my opinion would be any different had I read the other books in the series first. I couldn’t find anything in what I read to redeem this book for me. I don’t plan on reading the other books in the series and I don’t plan on reading anything more by this author.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lesley Looper

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I like the idea that this mystery could involve books and bookbinding, and it did, to a degree, maybe more than some of the others in the series. (I wonder how the Wilkie Collins set turned out, but don't think they were fully restored by the end of this one.) I would've liked even more book coverage, though! I was surprised by how much slang and current phrases were used in the dialogues and thoughts of the character, especially for Brooklyn. It broke up the writing, which included some incomple I like the idea that this mystery could involve books and bookbinding, and it did, to a degree, maybe more than some of the others in the series. (I wonder how the Wilkie Collins set turned out, but don't think they were fully restored by the end of this one.) I would've liked even more book coverage, though! I was surprised by how much slang and current phrases were used in the dialogues and thoughts of the character, especially for Brooklyn. It broke up the writing, which included some incomplete sentences that slowed down the flow a little bit. I'm still surprised by the superficiality of Brooklyn and Derek's relationship too, still lots of "terms of endearment" between the two, and written thoughts of how hot Derek looks in jeans, in black, etc. The Minka character is still a mystery to me. She adds nothing to the book except for strife and tension in very immature ways. (Some version or another of "Give me that book, you b****" comes to mind.) She floats in and out of each book I've read in this series, without any meaning or connection to the plot. What's up with that?

  20. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Brooklyn is back and of course, so are the dead bodies. How does this book restorer and daughter of Hippies keep attracting them? Even Guru Bob doesn't have that answer. Brooklyn is called in to restore a copy of Beauty and The Beast, one she gave to two friends for an engagement present. But her friend Max is dead (or is he?) and his fiancee Emily is now missing. It takes Brooklyn, Derek (Brooklyn's significant other) Gabriel and a host of people from Dharma (Brooklyn's commune home) to solve t Brooklyn is back and of course, so are the dead bodies. How does this book restorer and daughter of Hippies keep attracting them? Even Guru Bob doesn't have that answer. Brooklyn is called in to restore a copy of Beauty and The Beast, one she gave to two friends for an engagement present. But her friend Max is dead (or is he?) and his fiancee Emily is now missing. It takes Brooklyn, Derek (Brooklyn's significant other) Gabriel and a host of people from Dharma (Brooklyn's commune home) to solve this strange case. I love this series. Brooklyn's love for books is part of the charm and the abundance of action and romance helps too. Highly recommend this series!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nora-adrienne

    I love this series. Brooklyn and Derek are a fantastically matched pair. The story had lots of depth, and death. An old childhood book resurfaces leading Brook into a new life or death situation. This was a great read and I highly recommend it. I got my copy from the local library.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Warren

    I loved this tea mystery. Loved the characters in the story line. For once I didn't know who done it until the very end.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Fran

    One Book in the Grave Author: Kate Carlisle Brooklyn Wainwright loves books. Her job as a bookbinder is more than just challenging to her it excites her. When summoned to the Covington Library to see her close friend and curator Ian McCullough a rare and special edition of a book she thought lost forever is replaced in her hands. Max Adams was a handsome and charismatic man whose goal in life was to create different types of paper for books. Max loved what he did and had many followers including B One Book in the Grave Author: Kate Carlisle Brooklyn Wainwright loves books. Her job as a bookbinder is more than just challenging to her it excites her. When summoned to the Covington Library to see her close friend and curator Ian McCullough a rare and special edition of a book she thought lost forever is replaced in her hands. Max Adams was a handsome and charismatic man whose goal in life was to create different types of paper for books. Max loved what he did and had many followers including Brooklyn and her many friends. Max loved books and when getting engaged to a woman named Emily Brooklyn decides to present them with a special gift of a first edition of Beauty and the Beast. To many these might sound trite and not an appropriate gift but to Max it meant the world. Thinking of himself as the ultimate Beast to Emily’s beauty he endorsed the book in his special way and presented it to her as a special gift. Emily was never seen without the book, which she held close to her heart. What does this have to do with the present and Brooklyn’s meeting with Ian? Ian requested her presence to rebind this very book that she thought stolen. Learning the history behind it and knowing where he purchased it and from whom, Brooklyn literally bursts his bubble when she relates the story and that the book was once really hers. Needless to say Ian is quite upset and wants to find out more about the origin of the sale from his seller. Brooklyn is aiming to learn that for herself as she leaves Ian to find the man who sold him this rare first edition. But, what she finds when she arrives is anything but what she hoped for. What happens when she enters the office of the man and finds him stabbed to death? Joseph Taylor lied on his Persian Carpet dead. Eyes starring up at her and throat slit. But, Brooklyn is not one to take things lightly and when she realizes the killer just might be in the same room with her she investigates to learn more. Returning to the crime scene, calling the police and waiting for them to arrive she investigates even further and finds the murder weapon. Calling herself, “ The Angel of Death,” seems apropos as dead bodies seem to follow her. Getting caught up in the murder scene and realizing she has a similar knife she decides to call her love interest Derek Stone. Derek owns Stone Security dealing in protecting art objects, valuables and anything that requires safekeeping. Joe is a bookstore owner and found dead in his antiquarian room. When Inspector Janice Lee arrives words are exchanges, daggers fly between them, remarks are shared and one homicide detective is anything but thrilled to see Brooklyn. But, the event heats up even more when it becomes personal. Brooklyn and Derek are about to leave the crime scene and Joe’s office when they realize the tires on Brooklyn’s car have been slashed. Even more telling is the weapon or knife used to slash the tires inscribed with the name Max giving her and the detective more than an eerie feeling that someone is sending a message from the great beyond. Just what that message is and who is sending it remains within the binding of a rare book. Realizing that she might need some support and guidance she and Derek head for her family’s home or commune hoping to see Guru Bob and get some insight on the events and how to proceed. Learning more about Guru Bob and his insight about why Brooklyn seems to be a dead body magnet is quite startling to say the least. Understanding the rationale behind what he says interesting to say the least. As he states that the dead just might be pulling towards her in order to find justice. Feeling like she is part of an Agatha Christie murder mystery what she learns next will really change everything as Guru Bob reveals that Max is alive. What follows is definitely not what you would expect in a supposedly serene environment. Everyone reacting at once, truths told and the reason Max staged his own death, where he might be and why. The next step would be to go to the safe house where Max is hiding and learn more. Using the book, Beauty and the Beast as Brooklyn states as the catalyst they hope to find out who is behind Joe’s death, why Brooklyn is being targeted and if any other bodies are waiting to be found. Told in the first person narrative in Brooklyn’s own voice you learn her inner most thoughts, how she sees the investigation going and what her feelings are toward each character and her reactions to every incident related. Ten years ago, Max Adams fell in love with Emily, gave her the copy of this rare book as a symbol of his love. But, when he died in car crash Brooklyn was distraught so why did he fake it? Who does she suspect and will she return the book to Emily? With characters so unique, colorful and definitely out of the ordinary Brooklyn needs to find the answers before she becomes one of the bodies. Just how this murder might be linked to Max’s disappearance still remains to be seen. Learning the truth about Max and his death sparked the three friends into action to learn just why he faked his death and who might have been behind the attempts on his life. Max’s ex- girlfriend, Angelica who has a strange way of showing her affection and an ex- boss named Solomon who is not quite normal either. Both seem to want to taunt Max in different ways but which one is more deadly and why? With help from his friends from the Dharma Max hopes to find out who is taking shots at him, how they knew where he was hiding out and just what the connection is to his friend Brooklyn? With her inquisitive and eager mother, a father who had a hand in Max’s disappearance and a whole lot of colorful and quirky friends Brooklyn, Derek and Gabriel hope they can solve the murder of the bookstore owner and much more before her not so favorite police detective is back on the scene. Our bibliophile or lover of rare books will not give up until she gets the answers she wants but who will be next, who is at risk just being near her? What is really unique about this book is the author’s inclusion of the bookbinding process where Brooklyn describes how she is going to restore the first edition of Beauty and the Beast and several others that she has received the commission. It is a tedious and precise process that is described and adds to the character’s credibility as a bookbinder and allows the reader to understand the character even more. When the team realizes that Max is in even more danger and another warning is left, Brooklyn decides to have him stay with her in order to keep him safe. But, will it? Where is Emily and why did she take a leave of absence from her job and just what happened to Angelica? Well! How about a special delivery to Brooklyn of the dead kind? Just what was delivered and who was sent COD: Dead on Delivery I won’t tell. You have to read the book to find out for yourself and just what happens when Emily shows up? Added to the mix is one lunatic named Minka who hates Brooklyn, wants her share of her commissions and shows up unexpectedly and of course unwanted. When all of the pieces or threads of a bookbinder’s skills are put together what is created you just won’t believe as the ending will surprise you and the twists in the plot will definitely unnerve the reader when you find out just who was behind the murders, who was standing in plain sight and definitely blindsided our Brooklyn. Emily is kidnapped. Minka is taken and it’s up to Derek, Gabriel and Max to save them. But, will they or is it the chocolate trail? One book you definitely want to read. One book bound book that keeps you bound to the printed page. One great novel. To learn the ending, which I am bound not to give, away you will have to buy the book, read it and see just how clever our Brooklyn Wainwright is and learn what lies between these binded pages. Fran Lewis: reviewer

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lynne

    I've been enjoying this series primarily because I am an apprentice bookbinder. The romantic thread has been fun, and the hippie parents who are now wealthy thanks to their guru has been probably some of the better parts of the storylines. The book arts are extremely interesting, but in this volume, Kate Carlisle dropped the ball. When we have a first edition, as bookbinders our job is to preserve with as little remediation as possible. Going full out and replacing a binding completely devalues I've been enjoying this series primarily because I am an apprentice bookbinder. The romantic thread has been fun, and the hippie parents who are now wealthy thanks to their guru has been probably some of the better parts of the storylines. The book arts are extremely interesting, but in this volume, Kate Carlisle dropped the ball. When we have a first edition, as bookbinders our job is to preserve with as little remediation as possible. Going full out and replacing a binding completely devalues book. It would be unethical to do that unless the book was simply the property of someone who didn't care about the value of the book, and who would be willing to sign off on that kind of repair. Some of the technique sequences are exceptionally outside of the actual norm of binding. For one thing, no one mixes a batch of PVC glue. We buy it. We buy really high quality PVC, as it happens, and we take care of our supply by making sure it never gets cold, or too hot. What we often do is create a "mix" with distilled water, highest grade Elmer's and our expensive PVC. But that is used primarily for lighter weight gluing tasks, such as gluing end papers to the boards. So, aside from the technical aspects of the book, the rest of the book was a fun read. The plot moved along well, we all knew who did it (it was pretty well telegraphed), but the method for finding the culprit was nicely done. The writing was good, and I didn't note any distracting typos or glitches that drove me nuts. If you are a fan of this series, you will enjoy this one. I did, but again, as a bookbinder, I would rather the author do a better job of the technical pieces. Ain't no way someone is going to pack a travel bag and plan to work on a first edition anywhere other than in the bindery. Ain't no way we would replace the cover on a first edition book. (We would absolutely create a box in which to keep the book stable.) Read and enjoy for the entertainment value.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    This was a 4.5 for me. I swear the more I read in this series the more I love them. Brooklyn is awesome (her job restoring books it super cool), her family is amazing, and the men around her are swoon worthy. In this novel we meet some new major characters and there are so many twists and turns. I don't know how Brooklyn deals with the stress of her life being in danger time after time. I can see why Derek wants to get her a bodyguard (hopefully for us it's Gabriel). The snippets of bookbinding This was a 4.5 for me. I swear the more I read in this series the more I love them. Brooklyn is awesome (her job restoring books it super cool), her family is amazing, and the men around her are swoon worthy. In this novel we meet some new major characters and there are so many twists and turns. I don't know how Brooklyn deals with the stress of her life being in danger time after time. I can see why Derek wants to get her a bodyguard (hopefully for us it's Gabriel). The snippets of bookbinding narrative are really interesting to me and I always appreciate their inclusion. I wish I could actually see the process, but Kate Carlisle does a great job describing that I feel like I almost can. As for the mystery, I had a feeling I knew who it was (view spoiler)[ it was between Emily and the Ogun sisters. They just seemed a little to crazy and brainwashed by their church that I could completely see them murder people and act nonchalant about it. I also was afraid that after Emily and Max's reunion, she would actually be evil. I am so glad that's not the case because it would have made me so sad...and I loved the ending so much. I just thought Angelica and Solomon were way too obvious to be the actually murderers of everyone. Also I am so happy for Brooklyn and I see wedding bells in her future. I love how Derek doesn't try to hold her back (even though she keeps putting herself in danger), loves her family and will do anything for her friends. They are such a good match. (hide spoiler)] I hope we see more of Max and Emily in the future. I definitely missed Robin now that she is not living in San Fran I am worried we won't see much of her, but I'm hoping that's not the case! Also the neighbors only made a very short cameo. I'm hoping it is because there is already a complicated cast of characters for this story. Please bring back the quirky characters in the future!!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Peyton

    “One Book in the Grave” is another wonderful mystery that begins with Brooklyn finding another dead body. The story is set more in Dharma and area and less in San Francisco. Although there is a mystery to solve, there is a focus on Derek and Brooklyn’s relationship, which seems to be getting more serious. “One Book in the Grave” is another cozy mystery full of humour and book love. I waited two months for our library to get the missing books from the Bibliophile Mystery series in. I was so happy “One Book in the Grave” is another wonderful mystery that begins with Brooklyn finding another dead body. The story is set more in Dharma and area and less in San Francisco. Although there is a mystery to solve, there is a focus on Derek and Brooklyn’s relationship, which seems to be getting more serious. “One Book in the Grave” is another cozy mystery full of humour and book love. I waited two months for our library to get the missing books from the Bibliophile Mystery series in. I was so happy to finally be able to curl up with a cozy mystery again and get back into the lives of the characters I love. Brooklyn is still her happy, nosy self, eating a lot of food and drinking wonderful wine. Derek protects and loves her, even when Gabriel is being used for eye-candy purposes. It is so good to have the series back. The story of “One Book in the Grave” was very interesting. I loved the new characters that I got to meet. There was a good amount of action and the ending with Minka was awesome. My only disappointment was that there was not a lot of book talk. I love reading about Brooklyn’s work and watching her repair books. It is the highlight of each book in the series for me and I did not get enough in “One Book in the Grave”. I am happy to be reading Bibliophile Mysteries again and love the books. With all the cold weather right now there is nothing better than snuggling in a bunch of blankets with a warm beverage in one head at a Bilbiophile Mystery in the other.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    Good plot. Way too many deaths... Like how the characters lives are expanding..... There may be grave consequences for bookbinder Brooklyn Wainwright as she attempts to solve two murders tied to one book... 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 Beau Good plot. Way too many deaths... Like how the characters lives are expanding..... There may be grave consequences for bookbinder Brooklyn Wainwright as she attempts to solve two murders tied to one book... 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...

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mary Ann

    One Book in the Grave Brooklyn is called by her friend, Ian, to come and fix a book that he has just purchased, but she recognizes the book as one she bought and gave to her friend, Max, and his fiancee, Emily. She also knows that this was a treasured present for Emily and stolen from her after the death of Max.    Brooklyn goes to the store where the book was sold and finds the owner, Joe, dead. She calls the police and calls her boyfriend, Derek, who comes and together they find out that Max was One Book in the Grave Brooklyn is called by her friend, Ian, to come and fix a book that he has just purchased, but she recognizes the book as one she bought and gave to her friend, Max, and his fiancee, Emily. She also knows that this was a treasured present for Emily and stolen from her after the death of Max.    Brooklyn goes to the store where the book was sold and finds the owner, Joe, dead. She calls the police and calls her boyfriend, Derek, who comes and together they find out that Max was not dead and that he faked his death because of death threats and threats to his family and fiancee. They then begin the process of trying to find out what happened and who is to blame.    I borrowed this book in two formats, audio and kindle, reading and listening wherever I could. I thoroughly enjoy this book and would recommend to others who just want something to read that is like mind candy.    I did enjoy the information about books that I didn't know and that old books can be put back together. 

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jane Arnup

    Overall I enjoy this series although I find the heroine rather tiresome at times. She gets so breathless about her hunky boyfriend/later fiancé that it reminds me of what a girl in high school would gush but she is a grown woman. I could sometimes do with somewhat less detail about the mechanics of book binding, particularly if one reads the series in close proximity. What still draws me to this more or less cozy mystery are the other characters including her best friend, Robin, her family (espe Overall I enjoy this series although I find the heroine rather tiresome at times. She gets so breathless about her hunky boyfriend/later fiancé that it reminds me of what a girl in high school would gush but she is a grown woman. I could sometimes do with somewhat less detail about the mechanics of book binding, particularly if one reads the series in close proximity. What still draws me to this more or less cozy mystery are the other characters including her best friend, Robin, her family (especially her mother), and her descriptions of Dharma (in the Sonoma region of California). I also find her neighbours very amusing, right down to their cats which they sometimes ill advisedly ask Brooklyn to look after. (Don't worry, no animals are injured, but let's say I wouldn't count on her to look after my cat but she really does like the furry ones.) Although the characters lives evolve through the series, one can still follow the plot even if they are read out of order.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Beverly

    I really should start with the first in a series, but I got this through Bookbub. This is the fifth in a series featuring Brooklyn Wainwright, a bookbinder and daughter of hippies. The characters are likable and the plot well constructed, although there might be a bit too many bodies to fit my definition of a cozy mystery. All the bodies seem to have some connection to Brooklyn and a book she gave friends at their engagement party 3 years previously, so she and her handsome security specialist b I really should start with the first in a series, but I got this through Bookbub. This is the fifth in a series featuring Brooklyn Wainwright, a bookbinder and daughter of hippies. The characters are likable and the plot well constructed, although there might be a bit too many bodies to fit my definition of a cozy mystery. All the bodies seem to have some connection to Brooklyn and a book she gave friends at their engagement party 3 years previously, so she and her handsome security specialist boyfriend and a few of her friends and family just have to get involved. She does appear to be a dead body magnet as her friend Inspector Lee jokes. You get a lot of descriptions of the wines from the commune's winery as well as foods she and Max eat. I was almost surprised to find no recipes at the end.

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