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  • THE GRIM READER by Kate Carlisle

    THE GRIM READER by Kate Carlisle is the fourteenth book in the Bibliophile Mystery series. It’s the story of Brooklyn Wainwright and her husband Derek during the events that happen at Dharma’s first annual Book Festival. Being a book-restoration expert, Brooklyn is excited to return to her hometown for the book fair that her mother and the committee had so painstakingly organized. It’s an event she has dreamed of since she was a book loving child. Even with agreeing to be on the program and helping as much as she could, Brooklyn is also excited to relax, enjoy the fair herself and to get to visit with her family and friends on her trip to Dharma. Almost immediately Brooklyn is faced with the rude, obnoxious and over-bearing Jacob Banyan who is trying to bully his way and his boxed wines into the book festival - even if it means threatening Brooklyn’s Mom, Rebecca - called Becky by most, to do so. When the threats seem to turn from verbal to physical, Brooklyn and Derek are determined more than ever to keep Becky safe and the festival proceeding as planned. The mystery starts to unfold when one of the committee members turns up murdered bringing to light the fact of unauthorized withdrawals leaving the festival coffers empty and the appearance of a rare first edition copy of LITTLE WOMEN that’s given to Brooklyn to restore. Will they be able to keep the festival on track after everyone has worked so tirelessly to make the event a success? When a second murder happens and the threats on Brooklyn’s Mom continue to escalate, will they be able to find out whodunit before harm comes to Becky or someone else? Does the copy of LITTLE WOMEN that was given to Brooklyn to restore play a part in the evil deeds in town or is it just a coincidence? Are Brooklyn, a book and murder all connected once again? Love the way Kate Carlisle manages to bring us such amazing, page turning stories while at the same time gives us glimpses of the warm loving family Brooklyn has as well as the friends we have loved through this series. It’s like a family reunion that we are welcome to join where we are brought up to date of events in their lives that only add to the story at hand. It was enjoyable to get a better glimpse into Brooklyn’s past by seeing a more personal look how life is in Dharma and her parent’s lifestyle. It was a joy to see during the last chapter how there could be future books of Brooklyn and Derek in Dharma. THE GRIM READER is an amazing, well–written cozy mystery that anyone that loves whodunits will love. Kate Carlisle creates a cast of characters that are not only colorful, but those that you will fall in love with and others you just shake your head at while adding them to your suspects list. The mystery takes a lot of twists and turns that will have you guessing and second guessing before the final reveal. Although 14th in the series, it is just as fresh and excited as each and every book in this series and can definitely be read as a standalone book. All in all, a fabulous book! One I greatly enjoyed and feel you would too. Can’t wait for the next book. I rate it at 5+ stars!

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  • The 14th A Bibliophile Mystery!

    The Grim Reader by Kate Carlisle is the 14th A Bibliophile Mystery. I have read each book in this entertaining series, but The Grim Reader can be read as a standalone (but, really, why would you want to). I have enjoyed following Brooklyn from the very beginning. Brooklyn Wainwright is a bookbinder who specializes in rare books. She lives in San Francisco with her dashing husband, Derek Stone and their adorable cat, Charlie. Derek and Brooklyn are in Dharma, Brooklyn’s hometown, for the first annual Dharma Book Festival. This festival is featuring Little Women by Louisa May Alcott and will include a one-night performance of Little Women—the musical (it was performed on Broadway). Brooklyn’s mother, Becky Wainwright is co-chair of the festival committee and she has been having a difficult time with Jacob Banyan. Jacob has been acquiring wineries in the area by dubious means and turning their fine vintage into a box wine which has the other winery owners up in arms. Jacob threatens Becky more than once in an attempt to get his way. I like that all the women in the Wainwright family are strong and creative. Brooklyn is a spitfire just like her mother. The Grim Reader contains Kate Carlisle’s signature writing style which is engaging. The story is narrated by Brooklyn. I was quickly drawn into the book which moved along at a quick page. The mystery was intriguing with a murder or two, an attempt on Becky’s life, and missing money. While I narrowed in on my choice of killer early on, my interest did not wane. I kept turning the pages quickly so I could see how the whodunit would play out. The reveal scene was a delightful and creative. The dialogue is witty and provided me with many laughs. Brooklyn does a little book restoration in this story, but not as much as in other books. I missed Brooklyn doing a creative, unique paper project. Of course, Brooklyn is busy visiting family, preparing for the festival, keeping her mother safe, playing with Charlie, and repairing a first edition copy of Little Women. There are some delectable culinary delights in this book that will have your mouth watering. Thankfully, there are recipes at the end of the book. There are some great tidbits regarding Little Women in the book. The Grim Reader is a story that takes me on a journey into Brooklyn’s world that I was sad to see end. I cannot wait for the next A Bibliophile Mystery to come out next year. My favorite line comes from Brooklyn when she said, “Couldn’t we stumble across a poisoning once in a while.” Poor Brooklyn has an aversion to blood. One of Brooklyn’s other lines that had me laughing is, “So suck it up buttercup.” The Grim Reader is a compelling cozy mystery with a big bully, committee chaos, beaucoup blood, missing money, a bounty of books, and a fun festival.

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  • Anything But Grim

    The Grim Reader is the latest installment in Kate Carlisle's Bibliophile Mystery series. I personally love this series. The recurring characters and the fresh storyline takes the reader on a journey through rare books, tasty food, good wine and murder. Intrepid book conservator, Brooklyn Wainwright and her husband Derek, an ex-MI-6 agent are back in Dharma to help kick off the first annual book festival featuring Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. When one of the festival committee members ends up dead it is up to Brooklyn and Derek to catch the killer before he or she strikes again. This is a fun and suspenseful mystery with some yummy recipes. It would be an excellent selection for book clubs to try.

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  • the grim reader

    Wonderful book! I love this series and love the character Brooklyn and her husband Derek and their families. I have fallen in love with the town of Dharma! Of course there are murders, but this time instead of Brooklyn finding the first body, her mom and mom in law find it! This story had a lot of twists and turns and I was totally shocked at the ending, finding out who the culprit was! I could not put the book down and had to get to the end! When the book ended I wished it still had more to give! I love this series! I cannot wait for the next book in this series.

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  • The Grim Reader

    Another great adventure but in Dharma this time with the family involved in it.

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