Monday, February 08, 2010

If Books Could Kill by Kate Carlisle

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.

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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.


Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Murder, books, royal family connections...what's not to like? :)

Mystery Writing is Murder

Lesa said...

You're right, Elizabeth. Have you read it? And, there's a surprise guest appearance.

Kaye said...

Wow, sounds fantastic to me! I just love these types of mysteries.

Ann Elle Altman said...

Sounds like an interesting book and I love the cover.


Lesa said...

I hope you like it, kaye. It was fun.

Lesa said...

I love the cover of this book as well, Ann Elle. I think Penguin uses some of the best artists for their covers. They're always interesting and attractive.

Mason Canyon said...

Sounds like an intriguing plot. The cover is beautiful and makes me think of a library filled with cozy books and a fireplace.

Kerrie said...

Lesa - you need to drop into my blog to see what we have in common.

Lesa said...

Isn't it a great cover, Mason? It should make you feel surrounded with books such the entire story takes place at the Edinburgh Book Fair.

Lesa said...

Kerrie! Congratulations on your prolific blogger award. Since I just did a meme today, I'll wait a couple days before doing it. Thank you!