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    BURIED IN BOOKS by Kate Carlisle

    “BURIED IN BOOKS” by Kate Carlisle is the 12th book in the the Bibliophile Mystery series. It’s the story of Brooklyn Wainwright, a bookbinder specializing in rare books restoration that also loves to creates handmade books, and her fiancée, security expert, Derek Stone’s upcoming wedding with murder and mayhem thrown in along the way as they try to get to walking down the aisle. Brooklyn, being so organized and having things under control, is participating in the annual Librarians Association Conference the week before her wedding. This is the fifth year she has been asked to present the bookbinding workshop. She also donated a raffle prize to take 20 prize winners on a 3 hour “Book Lovers’ Tour” of San Francisco. During the convention, the three musketeers (Heather Babcock, Sara Martin and Brooklyn) come together after a 12 year lapse after Sara stole Heather’s boyfriend, Roderick “Rod” and tensions pulled the musketeers apart. Brooklyn’s mother didn’t know about the riff and had invited them both for a surprise wedding shower for Brooklyn. Heather gifted Brooklyn a very nice book. “The Blue Fairy Book”, at the shower. Not to be out done, Sara gave her a very rare copy of “The Three Musketeers”. It’s after Brooklyn finds Sara dead under a pile of crates of books in the basement at the convention and finding out that the rare copy of “The Three Musketeers” isn’t as rare as she thought that the mystery start to pile up. Leading Brooklyn and Derek to search for answers on who killed Sara and why. Did the book she had play a part in all of it? Was it her husband that showed up at the convention that did it? Or was it Heather who still holds a grudge of hatred after all these years? Was Sara a victim twice or did she know the book had been altered? Will their search end up putting them and their wedding in jeopardy? Along the way, you get to meet and enjoy the families of both sides of the wedding party. One could only hope to have such fun relatives and such a funny and cool mother-in-law. There are times they will have you laughing, but know this they, are true to family and will go tooth and nail or squirt hairspray to defend them. If you want a book that will have you second guessing your thoughts on whodunit right up to the end while entertaining you with mystery, romance and fun as you rapidly flip through the pages to see what happens next, then this book is for you. I know it was everything I look for in a book and more. I loved that you can have a happily ever after and still have you looking forward to more adventures of Brooklyn and Derek.
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    Kate Carlisle’s Buried in Books

    Brooklyn Wainwright is ready to marry Derek Stone. She even has her bags packed to go on their honeymoon. She is going to attend the National Librarians Association Conference. She will be presenting a workshop on rare book restoration, giving a talk then doing a Book Lovers Tour of San Francisco. At the conference, Brooklyn runs into her roommates from grad school, Heather and Sara. They had been the “ Three Musketeers” until Sara won the heat of Heather’s love and ended up marrying him. They have been enemies for 12 years now. Sara and Heather surprise Brooklyn by attending Brooklyn’s wedding shower invited by her mother. They make peace at Brooklyn’s shower. Heather gifts her with a rare copy of The Red Fairy Book. Sara gifts her with a rare copy of the The Three Musketeers. Everything is progressing along smoothly for the wedding. The girls have a night out. Brooklyn invites her former roommates but they no show. Next day, Sara is missing. She was last seen in the hotel basement. Going down to the basement Brooklyn and Derek find Sara dead.....Buried in Books that fell on her. Accident or foul play? Brooklyn sets out to investigate. Murder, forgery, Derek’s relatives staying with Brooklyn’s in Dharma, the library restoring workshop, the Book Lover’s bus tour, the wedding shower, shenanigans happening through out the book will entertain the reader. All the characters are artfully created, vivid, some zany, some sinister, all interesting. The book restoration workshop was ver informative as to all the different techniques one is able to use to restore various books. A Highly Recommended Read!! I volunteered to read Buried in Books. Thanks to the Penguin’s First-to-Read Program for the opportunity. My opinion is my own.
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    A delightful read for the summer!

    A delightful read for the summer! Once again, Kate Carlisle has written a fun and engaging novel in her Bibliophile Mystery Series. Appealing to long-time fans and to new readers, Buried in Books, brings together the world of librarians and bookbinding with a long-awaited wedding in the gorgeous city of San Francisco. One of my most favorite sleuths, Brooklyn Wainwright, tackles a new murder surrounded by old roommates, a librarian’s conference and rare books. A librarian, bookbinder and master book restorer, Brooklyn leads a bus tour of book sites in San Francisco, gives talks on book restoration and discovers a book forgery. All this in the week before her wedding to her handsome and dangerous fiancé Derek Stone.! Plus, she needs to solve the murder before heading down the aisle. If this is your first chance to read the Bibliophile Series, you will enjoy Brooklyn and her family and friends. Kate Carlisle does an outstanding job bringing you into Brooklyn’s world. Kate Carlisle’s preface states “This book is dedicated with gratitude and joy to Librarians everywhere”. I thank her. As a Librarian, it is wonderful to be recognized and have the chance to dwell in Brooklyn’s world. Have a great summer reading! Reading is the best gift you can give herself.
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    Fantastic series!!!

    This is one of my absolute favorite series. It just keeps getting better with each book and I could read them all over and over again! In this book, Brooklyn and Derek are getting married. Of course, it wouldn’t do if there wasn’t a murder. One of Brooklyn’s old college roommates is found murdered and her other roommate is a suspect. Now between planning her wedding and attending a book conference, Brooklyn sets out to investigate who murdered the woman. I love how each book incorporates a book into the murder. Also, the Brooklyn’s family is so much fun. I really hope to see this series continue with more fun from both families and adventures of Brooklyn and Derek!
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    Delightful cozy mystery!

    Buried in Books by Kate Carlisle is the twelfth A Bibliophile Mystery. Brooklyn Wainwright is marrying Derek Stone in just a few days. With the wedding plans completed, Brooklyn is off to attend the annual National Librarians Association conference. She is surprised when she runs into Heather Babcock. Brooklyn, Heather and Sara Martin were roommates and best friends in graduate school until Roderick came along. Brooklyn has not heard from Heather or Sara in twelve years. The next day after Brooklyn’s Book Lovers Tour of San Francisco, Brooklyn is surprised with a bridal shower. She is shocked when she discovers her mother invited Heather and Sara (oh dear). Heather gives Brooklyn a first edition of The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang. Not to be one upped, Sara unexpectedly presents Brooklyn with a beautiful (and valuable) first edition of The Three Musketeers. Later Sara turns up dead which causes Brooklyn to take a closer look at her gift from Sara. When she discovers it is a forgery, Brooklyn wonders if Sara knew about it or was she innocent victim. With her wedding quickly approaching, Brooklyn finds herself once again embroiled in a mystery. Can Brooklyn wrap up the case before she dons her wedding gown or will she end up being fitted for a coffin? Buried in Books is a well-written and engaging book. The authors conversational writing style combined with the steady pacing makes Buried in Books easy to read. I started reading Buried in Books and did not put it down until I finished. There are many delightful humorous moments in Buried in Books. Brooklyn and Derek’s mothers are quite a pair. They are two peas in a pod and their families had better be prepared for more of their antics in the future. I love reading about the beautiful books Brooklyn encounters (the authors descriptions allowed me to visualize the wondrous tomes. It is also interesting to learn more about bookbinding (which makes A Bibliophile Mystery series unique) and creating one-of-a-kind handmade books. There are beautiful descriptions of San Francisco and various book lover attractions. I enjoyed how the victim was killed. It is unique and fits with the book. The murder does not occur until page 110. The author took the time to set the stage (give us background) for the crime. I was disappointed that the mystery was uncomplicated and easily solved. Brooklyn is a great character. She is intelligent, spunky and has a nose for murder. Brooklyn has grown over the course of the series, and I think that Derek is the perfect partner for her. He supports Brooklyn in her investigations and assists her while keeping her safe. There are many wonderful cozy moments in the book. We get to see the Wainwright and Stone families mingle, the wedding, lots of food, Brooklyn spending time with her friends, the sights of San Francisco, descriptions of old books, the convention, the rehearsal dinner, and special moments between Derek and Brooklyn. There are recipes for a couple of the dishes served at Derek and Brooklyn’s wedding at the end of the book. My rating for Buried in Books is 4 out of 5 stars. Fans of A Bibliophile Mystery series (and cozy mysteries) will be thoroughly delighted with Buried in Books.
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