Mini Reviews – Bibliophile Mystery Series – Set #3

Welcome to the next set of mini reviews for Kate Carlisle’s Bibliophile Mystery series! You can find the first set of mini reviews here and the second set of mini reviews here. This set includes books eight (8) thru eleven (11). Number eleven (11), is the newest of the Bibliophile Mystery series, Once Upon a Spine.

Book Cover: The book stops here - room full of antiques - rocking horse, globe, telephone on top of a book shelf, trunk, and a chair and ottoman with books on them including a copy of 'The Secret Garden' - small orange and white tabby kitten is sitting on the ottoman.Book #8 – The Book Stops Here – 4.5 out of 5 stars

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This is one of my favorites out of the series. Number one, it includes one of my all-time favorite books, “The Secret Garden”, but number two, I also really enjoyed the mystery surrounding the book. I learned a little more about Frances Hodgson Burnett than I knew before and I just enjoyed the story line.

 

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Book # 9 – Ripped from the Pages – 5 out of 5 stars

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I actually wrote a review for “Ripped from the Pages”. It’s one of my earlier reviews, so it’s perhaps not as full as some of my more recent reviews, but you can find it here. In short, it’s my favorite in the series so far (although the newest, Once Upon a Spine, is jousting with it for that coveted spot of “favorite”).

 

Book Cover: Books of a Feather: A Bibliophile Mystery by Kate Carlisle - Background shows a door open to a garden with a cat chasing a butterfly - Foreground shows a John James Audubon book with an ornate knife on it, a blue jay sitting on a pair of needle-nose pliers, and a cutting mat with an exacto knife and thread.

Book #10 – Books of a Feather – 4.5 out of 5 stars

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While I didn’t enjoy Books of a Feather quite as much as I did Ripped from the Pages, it was still a very good book. I liked it, it just didn’t bump Ripped from the Pages out of its spot as “favorite”. We get to learn more about Derek from his friend, Crane, in this book, which I thought was great. There’s also lots of great information about John James Audubon in this book which I also enjoyed. Check it out! 🙂

 

All of these mini reviews have been leading up to my review of the newest Bibliophile Mystery, “Once Upon a Spine”, which will be up in another day or two!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mini Reviews – Bibliophile Mystery Series – Part 2

This is the second batch of mini reviews for Kate Carlisle’s Bibliophile Mystery series. The first batch of mini reviews can be found here.

Book Cover: Kate Carlisle - Pages of Sin - A Bibliophile Mystery - Cover includes a wooden desk/shelf holding three stacked books, two roses and a pocket watch

Pages of Sin – Book #4.5 – A Novella – 4 out of 5 stars

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Page of Sin is a novella that comes in between Murder Under Cover and One Book in the Grave.  This is one of my favorites in the series. And the reason I like it so much is not only do we get a pretty interesting mystery to solve, but much of this novella features Brooklyn, her mother, and their relationship. We don’t always get to see a lot of their relationship since they live an hour apart, but we get that rare glimpse in this novella and I really enjoyed that! This is only available as an eBook, but it’s well worth reading, even if you’re not usually a fan of eBooks!


Book Cover: One Book in the Grave - A Bibliophile Mystery by Kate Carlisle - "A first edition fairy tale may lead to a grim ending..." - Background includes a floor to ceiling bookshelf with an orange tabby sitting on it and birds flying outside an open window - Foreground has a desk with books piled, book restorer tools, and a copy of Beauty & the Beast

One Book in the Grave – Book #5 – 4.5 out of 5 stars

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This is another one that I really like, except for the ending. I felt the ending was a little weird. I know to an extent it was supposed to be weird. The cult that’s involved is weird. It just seemed weirder than I was expecting. That’s the only reason this one doesn’t get a full 5 stars.

I enjoy this one a great deal because we learn a lot about Brooklyn’s history and friends before we met her in Homicide in Hardcover. There are lots of great action and a fascinating mystery! Enjoy it today!


Book Cover: Peril in Paperback - A Bibliophile Mystery by Kate Carlisle - "A week in the country turns deadly..." - the background has a staircase with a black cat sitting on the bottom and a suit of armor and a pinball machine sitting next to the staircase. The foreground has a green table with noir paperbacks, other piled books, and a lit candle.

Peril in Paperback – Book #6 – 4 out of 5 stars

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While the writing in this book is well-done, just like the writing in most of Ms. Carlisle’s books, this one is one of my least favorites. I think it’s because for the majority of the book, Derek isn’t with Brooklyn and the assignment he’s on makes waves between him & Brooklyn. I love the two of them together so anything that makes waves between them and causes real conflict makes me nervous!

The mystery in this one is definitely interesting. I chose the wrong villain so I was surprised in the end. Plus, there’s an extra surprise in this one which made it more exciting! No spoilers tho’, you have to read the book! If you enjoy the series, you’ll enjoy this one too. 🙂


Book Cover: A Cookbook Conspiracy: A Bibliophile Mystery: Kate Carlisle - kitchen setting - stove is set in a recessed area that looks like a fireplace. Pots on the stove - an open cookbook on a counter in the background with a pot w/ a lid next to it - Black & white cat sitting behind a colander full of oranges - butcher block table in foreground with knife, kitchen utensils, and cookbooksBook #7 – A Cookbook Conspiracy – 4.5 out of 5 stars

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While not my favorite in the series, I do like this one a lot. I like the subplot (no spoilers!), the characters, the way we learn just a little more about Brooklyn’s life before the series started, etc. We learn more about Brooklyn’s relationship with her sister, Savannah, too, which I always enjoy the interpersonal relationship backstories.

Mini Reviews – Bibliophile Series by Kate Carlisle – Part 1

I decided to write a few mini reviews. This particular set is on the Bibliophile series by Kate Carlisle. I’ve read them all several times and enjoy them immensely.  This will be the first in a series of posts of mini reviews on the Bibliophile Mystery series. There are currently 10 books, plus a novella, with an 11th coming out in June (hence the reason for breaking it up into sections)! I will not be including synopses with these mini reviews but I will still provide the Goodreads link and purchase links. The above link will take you to the page on Kate Carlisle’s website where you can read about all her books, both the Bibliophile series and the Fixer-Upper series.

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Book Cover: Homicide in Hardcover - A Bibliophile Mystery by Kate Carlisle - "Murder is always a bestseller!" - Library setting, bookshelves lining walls with a window inset on the back wall, kitty on the library ladder, a table in the foreground with a stack of books, a vase of flowers and an open book with a knife stuck in the right hand page.

Homicide in Hardcover – Book #1 – 4.5 out of 5 stars

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Homicide in Hardcover is an excellent start to this series! When I first picked this book up, off the shelf at the library I work in, all I knew was what was written on the back of the book. I could not put it down! I quickly read through all six books that were available at the time. Since then, I’ve re-read them many times.

The characters are awesome. They’re complex and well-developed. Brooklyn does tend to take chances, but usually she at least attempts to contact Derek and/or the police first. The plot line moves along quickly in this book and when I read it for the first time, I didn’t have a clue on the villain until it announced. Setting descriptions are provided with a perfect balance (for me).

This is a great series and highly recommended!

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Book Cover: If Books Could Kill - A Bibliophile Mystery by Kate Carlisle - In the background there is an open window beyond which tents with tables set up can be seen. In the foreground is a desk with an open book and lamp sitting on it - on top of the book are an exacto knife and an awl. On the windowsill sits a cat and a bloody hammer

If Books Could Kill – Book #2 – 4.5 out of 5 stars

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If Books Could Kill is the 2nd book in the Bibliophile Mystery series and it’s just as excellent as the first one! This time, Brooklyn & Derek have travelled to Edinburgh for a big book festival. Having a different setting was fun and shook things up a little.

I did know who the villain was, almost from the start, but I didn’t see the twist that came with it, so that still kept it fresh and exciting! The setting descriptions were wonderful. Scotland’s at the top of the list of places I want to visit, so I was soaking in all the descriptions with glee. We learn a little more about our main characters and Brooklyn’s family in this book which is great as well.

All in all, an excellent 2nd installment in the series.

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Book Cover: The Lies that Bind - A Bibliophile Mystery by Kate Carlisle - "Catching a killer takes a lot of spine." - Background includes a window overlooking the Golden Gate bridge and a floor to ceiling bookshelf. The foreground contains a display case full of books with a book displayed on top and a gun sitting on top of the book on top of the display case. There's an orange tabby cat sitting on the floor next to the case.

The Lies that Bind – Book #3 – 4 out of 5 stars

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I’m not sure why, but this book is one of my least favorite in the series. It’s still very well-written and the characters and plot are still great, but there’s just something about it in general that makes it one of my lesser favorites.

That being said, I still love the scene between Brooklyn and Derek at the very end of the book. I don’t want to spoil it for you, so I won’t say more than the fact that it’s a great scene!

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Book Cover: Murder Under Cover - "What dangers lurk between the sheets...?" - A Bibliophile Mystery by Kate Carlisle - In the background there's a grey tabby cat looking out a window in between a comfy chair and an end table with flowers on it - there's a floor to ceiling bookshelf next to the end table. In the foreground is a bed with a gun lying on top and a scarf lying next to the gun

Murder Under Covers – Book #4 – 4.5 out of 5 stars

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This book has it all. The Kama Sutra, a micro flash drive with state secrets on it, spies, murder, and a street fair. What more could you want?! How about the fact that most of the action lies around Robin and her mother, Shiva? It’s a wild and twisted ride!

This is one of my favorite books in the series. Derek has moved in with Brooklyn, supposedly temporarily while he finds his own housing. We’ve got the Kama Sutra that Brooklyn’s restoring which leads to the illusion of some very passionate interludes between Brooklyn and Derek. Then we’ve got this murder involving Robin that’s becoming stranger by the day.

When it all finally wraps up in the end, it makes sense, but it still somewhat feels like coming to the end of a whirling dervish. I love it!

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