Doesn't bookbinder and book restoration expert sound like a peaceful, maybe, even boring, job? Brooklyn Wainwright's life isn't exactly boring in Kate Carlisle's If Books Could Kill.
Brooklyn narrates the story of her trip to the Edinburgh Book Fair. She's a little down because it's the first conference she's attended since the death of her mentor a month earlier. But, at least she enjoyed flying first class accompanied by the handsome Derek Stone, a former British Royal Navy commander who now owns his own security firm. And, then she saw him kiss the woman who picked him up at the airport. Maybe she should be concentrating on her business, and not the hunky Derek.
She's easily distracted by another handsome man, when her ex-lover, Kyle McVee, from a wealthy book publishing family asks her to examine a book that could be unique. The small book appears to be a book of poetry written by Robert Burns, with an unusual connection to the British royal family. She's pleased to be asked, until that meeting with Kyle makes her the prime suspect when his body is found that night. If Derek hadn't known Detective Inspector Angus MacLeod, Brooklyn could have ended up in an Edinburgh jail. And, there were a few people who might be glad to see Brooklyn in that jail. But, who could hate her enough to frame her for murder? Or, who could hate her enough to target her as a victim?
Brooklyn Wainwright is an intelligent woman, who enjoys sexy men. And, the serious tone of the book, with books and murder, is aleviated with humor by the introduction of fun characters including Brooklyn's parents and her best from from childhood, Robin. Brooklyn's mother, in particular, is a hoot. If Books Could Kill, the second in the Bibliophile Mystery series, provides an enjoyable glimpse of the book world and Edinburgh, while introducing a fascinating mystery.
Kate Carlisle's website is www.katecarlisle.com
If Books Could Kill by Kate Carlisle. Penguin, ©2010. ISBN 9780451228918 (paperback), 304p.
FTC Full Disclosure - I received this book from the publisher, in hopes I would review it.