I enjoyed this cozy mystery. Being a book lover, that the plot centers around books is a plus. This novel is well into a series but the first I've read. It reads well on its own but I think I'd like to catch up on the earlier novels. I really liked Brooklyn. She is a feisty heroine. I had no idea someone with a degree in library science would be such an entertaining character. She has a good personality, sense of humor and great wit. But my favorite characters were her mother and future mother-in-law. What a dynamic duo. And right behind them are Brooklyn's sisters and sister-in-law. All of those female characters were done well and made me proud to be a woman.
I always like to learn something when I read fiction and this time it was about restoring rare books as well as hand crafting books. Brooklyn creates her own books, giving classes on doing so, and it was interesting to understand some of the techniques.
I do recommend this book to readers who enjoy a good cozy mystery. There were some good family times, some scenes that made me laugh out loud, and a good dose of suspense near the end. Some great recipes are included too. An enjoyable novel.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Kate Carlisle is a New York Times best selling author and a native Californian who worked in television production for many years before turning to writing. Her life long fascination with the art and craft of bookbinding led her to write the Bibliophile Mysteries. She also writes the Fixer-Upper Mysteries, now a TV series. She has received the Golden Heart and Daphne du Maurier awards, and a Best First Mystery nomination from RT Book Reviews. She lives in Southern California with her hero husband. You can find out more at http://katecarlisle.com/. Photo credit: Peter Iovino Photography.
Berkley, 288 pages.
I received a complimentary digital copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.