Buried in Books (Bibliophile Series #12)

Buried in Books (Bibliophile Series #12)

by Kate Carlisle

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Overview

In the latest in this New York Times bestselling series, matrimony and murder collide as San Francisco book-restoration expert Brooklyn Wainwright walks down the aisle...

Brooklyn has it all covered. She's triple-checked her wedding to-do list, and everything is on track for the upcoming ceremony with the love of her life, security expert Derek Stone.

Not everyone has been as lucky in love as Brooklyn. Her old library college roommates Heather and Sara lost touch twelve years ago when Sara stole Heather's boyfriend. Brooklyn was caught in the middle and hasn't seen her former besties since their falling-out. When they both arrive in town for the annual librarians' convention and then show up at her surprise bridal shower, Brooklyn is sure drama will ensue. But she's touched when the women seem willing to sort out their differences and gift her rare copies of The Three Musketeers and The Blue Fairy Book.

Brooklyn's prewedding calm is shattered when one of her formerly feuding friends is found murdered and Brooklyn determines that one of the rare books is a forgery. She can't help but wonder if the victim played a part in this fraud, or if she was targeted because she discovered the scam. With a killer and con artist on the loose, Brooklyn and Derek—with the unsolicited help of their meddling mothers—must catch the culprit before their big day turns into a big mess.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451477743
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/26/2018
Series: Bibliophile Mystery Series , #12
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 227,546
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Kate Carlisle is the New York Times bestselling author of the Bibliophile Mysteries, including Once Upon a Spine and Books of a Feather, as well as the Fixer-Upper Mysteries, including Eaves of Destruction and Deck the Hallways.

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Chapter One

"The name is Wainwright," I said to the conference volunteer seated at the registration table before me. "Brooklyn Wainwright."

The young woman gave an absent nod and began to skim the thick stack of envelopes standing upright in the box in front of her. Not exactly the friendliest greeting, but the crowd was huge and the woman was probably feeling overwhelmed. Halfway through the stack, she stopped suddenly and gaped up at me. "Wait. You're Brooklyn Wainwright? Wow. I signed up for your workshop."

"Oh." I smiled. "I hope you'll enjoy it."

"I know it'll be fantastic," she said brightly. "I'm, like, your biggest fan."

"That's so nice." I peered at her badge to catch her name. "Thanks, Lucy."

For the fifth year in a row, I had been asked to present the bookbinding workshop for the annual National Librarians Association conference. It was a real honor to be asked because there had to be hundreds of talented bookbinders among the librarians who attended every year. I was doubly thrilled that the conference was being held in San Francisco this year so I wouldn't have to lug all of my supplies and equipment halfway across the country.

Sighing inwardly, I admitted that I would've been looking forward to the workshop a lot more if I hadn't botched up my schedule so badly. But nobody here needed to know that.

Lucy flipped her pink-streaked hair away from her face and continued to stare at me as though I were a rock star. Her former boredom had turned into wide-eyed excitement. It was fun, but also a little intimidating. She knew me and my work. What if she hated the workshop?

"I saw your Alice in Wonderland pop-up display at the Covington Library," she said. "It was amazing."

"Thank you." I sensed the people in line behind me getting antsy to move things along. I turned and flashed an apologetic smile.

But my new biggest fan didn't seem to notice the impatient crowd. Instead, she leaned forward and whispered loudly, "Everyone says you're going to dish about the murders during the workshop. I'm so psyched!"

"Uh . . . what?"

She nodded eagerly. "Is it true you found a body inside the Covington? What a rush!"

"Umm, no, I . . ." I had no words. The fact was, I had found a body inside the Covington. More than once, to be honest. But I wasn't about to discuss the details with a stranger.

She frowned at me, clearly confused by my reticence. Then she began to nod slowly as if she and I were in on a secret together. "Ah, I get it. You're saving the gory details for the workshop. I understand. Don't worry. I can wait."

Snapping back into work mode, she pulled a manila envelope from the stack and handed it to me. "Here you go. This envelope contains your badge and your program book. It's got all the events listed, as well as the speakers' bios. And there's a map of the convention center inside the back cover. This place is huge, so we don't want anyone to get lost." She pointed toward the opposite side of the massive hall. "You can pick up a book bag at the south end of the auditorium."

"Okay. Thanks, Lucy."

"Enjoy the conference, Brooklyn." She gave me a conspiratorial wink. "See you at the workshop."

"You bet." A little dazed and a touch breathless, I stepped away from the registration table feeling like I'd just run a sprint. Pulling my rolling briefcase behind me, I began the long trek across the crowded room.

An enormous woman in pink bumped into me and kept walking, obviously in a hurry to get her conference bag. My head was so filled with questions, I hardly noticed.

Was someone spreading the word that I would be talking about murder? Seriously? I didn't even like thinking about the bodies I'd stumbled across, let alone using them as filler in my workshop program. It wasn't going to happen. Which meant that there were going to be some disappointed people-like Lucy, for instance. I sighed and shook my head. The conference had just gotten more complicated.

I'm a bookbinder specializing in rare book restoration, which means I make my living refurbishing old books. I also enjoy creating handmade books when I'm feeling particularly artistic. Unfortunately, in connection with my work, I happened to have stumbled across more than a few dead bodies over the past several years. And yes, the victims were all connected to the various books I had been working on at the time.

But that didn't mean I was an expert on the subject of murder! I absolutely refused to draw attention to myself or to these crimes simply because of my weird proclivity for finding dead people. Why would anyone think I would take time out of a bookbinding class to talk about murder?

When it came to any connection between rare books and murder, the only bit of information I was willing to offer was this: If you thought that books weren't worth killing for, you were dead wrong.

I scanned the enormous hall, noting that in the time it had taken me to register, hundreds more people had arrived for the conference. Dozens were waiting in line to register. Some peered around anxiously, trying to get their bearings. Others were gathered in small groups chatting and laughing and, in the case of the cluster of five women closest to me, shrieking.

I did a quick mental calculation as I studied the diverse crowd. There had to be at least eight hundred people milling around this cavernous space. Probably closer to a thousand. No wonder the noise level was deafening.

The racket didn't bother me. These were my people. Librarians. Book nerds. "And apparently a few murder fans," I muttered to myself.

I headed toward the south end of the convention center, asking myself all the way: Did I really need a book bag?

More importantly, did I really need to be here at all?

The organizers had called me months ago to ask if I would give a bookbinding workshop during the conference. I had said yes because I loved giving that workshop and it was a real thrill to be asked. Then somewhere along the way they had also roped me into giving a speech on book conservation. And if that wasn't enough, I had also agreed to donate a raffle prize. I was all for fundraising for librarians, but I had to ask myself why I couldn't have simply given a basket of books or a gift card. No, I had offered to take twenty lucky librarians on a three-hour "Book Lovers' Tour" of San Francisco. We were renting a bus and everything. Good grief. What had I been thinking?

Of course, all those months ago, I had never dreamed that I would be getting married to Derek Stone this weekend.

My gaze softened and I sighed happily at the thought of marriage to Derek-and almost crashed into a gray-haired man minding his own business reading the program booklet.

"Sorry," I stammered, and kept walking. It wasn't the first time I'd spaced out and almost injured someone lately. Whenever I thought of Derek and our upcoming wedding, I sort of lost consciousness for a few seconds.

I had considered cancelling my conference events this week, but after talking it over with Derek, we decided that it would be a good idea for me to keep to my original conference schedule. Because amazingly, every last detail of the wedding was taken care of. And Derek had pointed out that attending the conference would-hopefully-distract me from any pre-wedding jitters I might be susceptible to. He had a good argument there, seeing as how I was more than a little overwhelmed by the fact that his entire family-including his parents, four brothers and their spouses and children, and various aunts and uncles-had arrived from England several days ago. They had gone directly to Sonoma to visit my family so I wouldn't see most of them until the day of the rehearsal dinner. But still.

Derek had insisted that his family would be fine in the wine country without us and that my family would provide them with plenty of fun and friendship. It all sounded good in theory. But now that I was here, staring at this massive convention space and all of these people, I began to wonder if there wasn't something I should've been doing to welcome his family more personally. And what about the rest of the wedding preparations? Had I really completed everything on my list of bridal duties? I checked my watch. Would it be wrong to leave the conference after I'd just arrived?

Not just wrong, but stupid, I silently lectured myself as I made my way through the crowd toward the book bag counter. Attending this conference would be great for my business, my career, I reminded myself. I would make new contacts, possibly acquire some new clients, and reacquaint myself with old friends.

So I was here to stay. At least for a few hours. As I wound my way through the crowd, I realized that despite my neurotic compulsion to check all of my wedding lists on an hourly basis, I was happy to be here. I had always enjoyed this conference and I was grateful to the organization for all the good things I'd received by being a part of it. Besides, being among all these librarians made me feel nostalgic for my post-graduate years. Those were good times.

Even though I had never planned to work as a librarian, I knew that starting out with a degree in library science was one of the best routes to a career as a bookbinder. Consequently, everyone I knew in school had been working feverishly toward their master of library science degree back then. I had to admit it had been daunting to be surrounded by all of those highly intelligent, compulsively organized, overwhelmingly detail-oriented people. I used to cope by wearing T-shirts that said things like: How many times have you washed your hands today? and Do you spell anal retentive with a hyphen?

Instead of the quick laugh I always expected when I showed up wearing one of my dumb T-shirts, my gifted friends would actually spend an hour or two seriously discussing whatever statement I was displaying.

"It's simple really. You spell it with a hyphen when it's used as a descriptive. For instance, if you said, 'I hate my anal-retentive professor,' that would require a hyphen. But if you said 'I'm feeling rather anal retentive today,' no hyphen is necessary."

I chuckled at the memory. God, I missed them!

I finally snagged my book bag, a sporty navy blue backpack that everyone around me agreed was highly impressive. Especially compared to last year's offering, a cheap beige fiber tote that barely held up for the length of the event. Free conference bags-and free books-were an important part of the conference experience and clearly a contentious issue.

I tested the weight of the book-laden backpack and then slipped my arms through the straps. I decided to head for the coffee kiosk, when I heard someone call my name.

"Brooklyn? Is that you?"

I whirled around and frowned at the red-haired woman standing a few feet away. "Yes?"

She laughed and ruffled her short red hair self-consciously. "I know it's been years and I've changed a few things, but I don't look that different, do I?"

I blinked. "Oh my God. Heather? Heather Babcock?"

"Yes!" She squealed and grabbed me in a crushing hug. "I was so afraid I wouldn't find you!"

"I was just thinking about you," I said. It was the absolute truth. She had been one of my favorite people back in the day. "I didn't realize you were coming. Why didn't you call me?"

"I didn't know I was coming until two days ago and then it was like a whirlwind trying to get ready for the trip."

"Wow. I'm stunned. But it's a good feeling," I added quickly, grinning to hide the fact that I was in complete shock. Heather had been one of my roommates in graduate school and a best pal from the good old days. She was so beautiful and petite, with a delicate bone structure and short-short hair. She always looked like an adorable pixie to me, but today she looked almost . . . haggard. Like maybe she hadn't slept in a week. "Gosh, it's been . . . how many years?"

"Ten, maybe? You look fantastic."

"So do you." It had been twelve years, but who was counting?

"Yeah, right." She chuckled ruefully. "I do own mirrors, let's not get carried away."

"Don't be silly, you're beautiful," I insisted, but quickly changed the subject. "Do you have time for a cup of coffee?"

"Of course."

I bought two cafŽ lattes and two biscotti and we found a small table in the far corner. Within seconds we were talking and laughing like the old friends we had been, as if twelve long years hadn't passed since we'd last seen each other.

Heather and I, along with our best friend, Sara Martin, had been roommates back in library school. We had clicked from the get-go and became so inseparable that our classmates took to calling us the Three Musketeers. Sadly, though, a few weeks before graduation, Sara and Heather had a major falling-out when Heather found out that her boyfriend, Roderick, had been cheating on her-with Sara.

Heather had been inconsolable, especially when news filtered back that Sara and Rod had run off to get married. About a year later, I heard through the grapevine that Sara had caught Rod cheating on her. This was not a big surprise to anyone since Rod was adorable, but very shallow and prone to believing his own hyped-up PR. But in the end, Sara forgave him and they were still together, as far as I knew.

Heather and I avoided the dreaded subject of Sara and Roderick. Instead, Heather talked about her fulfilling job at the local library in her small town, and I told her all about my adventures in bookbinding and my relationship with Derek. I didn't mention the wedding, worried that my happiness would make her feel even worse. After thirty minutes of chatting and catching up, we both sat back and smiled.

"It's really good to see you," I said wistfully.

"You, too." Heather's smile turned enigmatic. "So, are we ever going to mention the big fat bitchy elephant in the room?"

I reached across the table and grabbed her hand. "I didn't want to ask."

She raised an eyebrow. "But you're dying to know."

"Sorry," I said, wincing. "But yeah, I would love to know if you've had any news or run-ins with . . ."

(Continues…)



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Buried in Books 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
emmabrace19 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this 12th installment of Kate Carlisle's Bibliophile Mysteries! I was looking forward to the wedding of Brooklyn & Derek but was pleasantly surprised by everything that happened in this book. Brooklyn is reunited with her old librarian school best friends-turned-enemies, there's plenty of great moments with Inspector Janice, and a first glimpse of Derek's family and particularly his mom Meg. I had hoped to learn more about Derek's family in this book, but the focus was really more on Brooklyn's activities and the National Librarians Association Conference. That said, I am sure we will get more of the Stone family in future books! The pace of the book was excellent, and I finished it in one long cozy read on the couch with my kitty.
2781550 More than 1 year ago
I love this series! A hot, English and deadly fiancé, a fabulous job as a bookbinder and a wonderful family, Brooklyn has it all. Unfortunately, she is a murder magnet. Fortunately, she has Inspector Lee on speed dial. Buried in Books was the most fun Bibliophile book so far. With the librarians’ convention as the backdrop, a wedding and murder mystery, Buried in Books sucked me in and didn’t let go until the last page. Add a signature cocktail-Twisted Honey and you have the makings of a great afternoon or evening
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful characters. Wonderful plot!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful as usual! Love these characters and their adventures. I hope this series never ends, it's just always so good.
cgenna1 More than 1 year ago
BURIED IN BOOKS is #12 in Kate Carlisle’s Bibliophile Mysteries. I look forward to each book in this series. BURIED IN BOOKS didn’t disappoint! Main character Brooklyn Wainwright is a bookbinder and librarian. As a prior bookseller this series is exciting, fun and a light, comforting read. A feel good mystery where the characters take you on an adventure through everyday life mixed with murder, a little mayhem, family, friends, and a wedding too! You do not have to read all the prior books to follow the story. I hope you read BURIED IN BOOKS and enjoy it as much as I did.
Guinnessgirl39 More than 1 year ago
Oh Brooklyn and Derek, how do I love thee, let me count the ways! Buried in Books is the latest adventure of Brooklyn and Derek and they are finally getting married! From the first page of this wonderful book, you are quickly drawn into their lives, like you have never left. Brooklyn is every woman’s dream favorite friend. The kind of girl you want to hang out with because she is so genuine about who she is. Derek, well now what can i say but oh yeah, he’s a dream we all dream about! Their relationship has been honest and true, through the ups and downs of life. The big difference between them and the reader is that there is always murder involved. Time stops for no one even when you are days from being married. Brooklyn is off at a library convention in her beloved city of San Francisco. While there she meets up with her old college roommate, Heather, who is still holding a bitter grudge against their other roommate. Why, all because of a smarmy man! Low and behold, Sara is there as well with said man who she ended up married to. Unbeknownst to Brooklyn’s mom she had invited the roommates to Brooklyn’s bridal shower and soon after Brooklyn and Derek discover Sara’s dead body is found Buried in Books. The hunt is on to find the killer before Brooklyn is next. Why, you might ask? Well Sara had given Brooklyn a rare book which her husband desperately wanted back, yet upon further investigation, Brooklyn discovers is a fake. Will Brooklyn, with the help of Derek and their moms find the killer? Will Brooklyn make it to the library on time to marry the love of her life? Will they get to say their vows in front of their beloved family and friends? Well , you are just going to have to read the book to find out! All I can say is yes, I loved this book and cannot wait for the next installment of Brooklyn and Derek’s adventures. Do your7and get Buried in Books, you won’t be disappointed!
GBSfan More than 1 year ago
Brooklyn Wainwright is attending a conference for librarians at the Covington Library where she'll be giving a talk on book preservation, teaching a class on book making, and leading a bus tour of sites for book-lovers. This is not unusual for our heroine. Except it's the same weekend as her wedding to Derek Stone. Since her bridal to-do list is finished, she's hoping it will keep her mind occupied and avoid any last minute jitters. She runs into an old college roommate, Heather, at the conference. They talk about their time together as part of the Three Musketeers with another roommate, Sara, while they all pursued Master's Degrees in Library Science. They were inseparable until Sara "stole" Heather's boyfriend. Now it's been over ten years since they've been in contact. When Sara and Rod (the man in question) show up, things are a bit tense. But after talking Heather and Sara seem to be trying to let the past stay there. Brooklyn is surprised by a last minute shower, attended by the two old friends. Sara gives her an old copy of The Three Musketeers, which Brooklyn later realizes is incredibly rare and valuable. I have been a fan of this series since Homicide in Hardcover. The characters are well-drawn, complex and somewhat unusual. Brooklyn was raised in a commune with her large family. The members started growing grapes way back when and are now quite well-off from selling world-known wines. My favorite supporting characters are Jim and Becky, Brooklyn's parents. Becky cleanses aura, chants, and makes her own special potions. And Jim looks on with love and amusement. The book is packed with romance and humor, while still serving up a cringe-worthy murder. This one kept me guessing right up to the end. I hope this series continues until we see Derek and Brooklyn greet their first grandchild.
Bronte63JS More than 1 year ago
Buried Treasure Brooklyn Wainwright is trying to finalize her wedding plans, entertain in-laws who are in town for the wedding and attend and present at the annual librarian convention. Oh, and also solve the murder of a person from her past. Things are never calm in Brooklyn’s world as seen in the the latest installment in the Bibliophile Mystery series, Buried in Books by Kate Carlisle. Once again, the reader is treated to Brooklyn’s world of rare books, quirky in-laws, hunky groom Derek Stone and solving a murder that is connected to the rare book trade. The humor injected into this novel as well as the well-constructed plot keeps the reader engaged and longing to see what Brooklyn will tackle next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Buried in Books is the 12th Bibliophile Mystery and the series continues to be delightful. Brooklynn and Derek are soon to be married and her mother has invited two of her best friends (Sara and Heather) from college to her wedding shower. Unfortunately, Sara had stolen Heather’s boyfriend and the two had been enemies ever since. At the shower, they both gift Brooklynn with a special book, but there’s something unusual about Sara’s gift. I love this series, with Brooklynn’s quirky family and now Derek’s mother fits right in! This is a stand-alone novel, but treat yourself by reading the entire series!
DianeD54 More than 1 year ago
Book #12 and it just keeps getting better! I enjoyed this book so much and wished while reading it, that I could have been at the Convention and went on the tour with Brooklyn. My love of books makes this series even more special to me and I find it interesting and educational. The love of family and friends is woven through this book and there are also some great laugh-out-loud moments. This is one you don't want to miss!
Beckysah More than 1 year ago
I truly got into the story line of this book! Seemed to be something that could really happen. The character building was really good. I got to know Brooklyn better in this one. The way Kate Carlisle describes buildings, book bindings, her wedding dress and the people gives me a perfect picture in my head. I love the dynamic that was built with Brooklyn's and Derek's families. Such fun families! The twists kept you on your toes trying to solve this one. There are great surprises and twists at the end of the story. I finished this book in two sittings. I would recommend this one!
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
While I haven’t read every book in the Bibliophile Mystery series, I’ve read the four books before this one. I enjoyed each one for different reasons, but I enjoyed them all because of the talented writing of author Kate Carlisle. She certainly knows her stuff. One of the things I loved about BURIED IN BOOKS is the discovery of the victim didn’t happen until well into the story. Ms. Carlisle has done this in many of her books. I know a lot of readers like the murder to happen very early in the book, but I enjoy getting to know the victim first. BURIED IN BOOKS has everything fans of this series are looking for. Mystery, excitement, humor, great characters, romance and more. How can you go wrong?
MargoSue More than 1 year ago
I adore this series! Buried in Books brought back familiar characters, a few new ones, and some new twists and turns. One of the things I enjoyed the most was the inclusion of Brooklyn's past murder investigations. The characters and the situations come to life through the wonderful use of language. As always, her family was entertaining, especially when it came to anything involving the wedding. A Toast to Brooklyn and Derek's future!
Saramarg More than 1 year ago
I always look forward to Kate Carlisle's Bibliophile Mysteries, and this one is a standout. Book restoring expert Brooklyn runs into her two estranged college roommates unexpectedly at a librarians' conference in San Francisco. One had stolen (and married) the other's boyfriend back in the day, which broke up "the three musketeers," and either of them could be involved in the counterfeiting of rare books. When one turns up dead, Brooklyn has to solve the murder (with help, of course) in the week leading up to her own wedding, and there are a plethora of suspects. Brooklyn is a protagonist to root for, well drawn and convincing, and the supporting characters are fun and interesting. What happens at the wedding is far-fetched, and a couple of the characters are "over the top," but it all leads to a satisfying conclusion. I live near San Francisco, so it was fun to read about places with which I'm familiar, and I've even taken the "Dashiell Hammett Haunts" tour and eaten at the related restaurant described by the author. In addition, the author is highly skilled at presenting fascinating plots and characters, so I always look forward to the next, and the next and . . . Finally, could Brooklyn and new husband Derek find a new case on their honeymoon in Europe? Stay tuned.
bp124 More than 1 year ago
Kate Carlisle does it again in this delight of a book about Mystery and Weddings. We didn't think Brooklyn and Derek could have a wedding without some drama thrown in. A little murder, a lot of twists and turns and a beautifully described wedding. I felt like I was there. I love the way Kate Carlisle throws humor in with the mystery. This book shouldn't be missed! Each book in the Bibliophile series just gets better and better!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best of the series yet! Look forward to more of. Brooklyn and Derek!
GHeins More than 1 year ago
This book captured my attention from the first page! I felt like I was at the librarians conference, dealing with check in and a crowd of people. While I have found Brooklyn's mom, to be a little too much in some of the other books, I really enjoyed her, and her relationship with Meg in this book. There isn't one thing I didn't like about this book! In fact, I know you aren't supposed to judge a book by the cover, but this book has a beautiful cover! If someone did choose this book because of the cover, they wouldn't be disappointed!
BrendaJErickson More than 1 year ago
Wow ! Another great book in the series. I can't wait to see what happens on their honeymoon. Another murder?
prussblue10 More than 1 year ago
Writing for my wife ... and myself. My wife was enthralled with the book when a disaster happened. The copy was received by post. Just as my wife was getting really absorbed into the storyline, she turned the page and something was wrong, terribly wrong! The printer and had missed including quite a number of pages. Late evening and what to do? I checked online and found that a B&N store had a copy in stock. We called the next morning and explained the situation. We got to the store and the manager and staff, not to mention other customers were taken aback. The manager quickly exchanged copies (no paperwork required) and we were soon home where my wife joyfully finished the book. I just finished reading it too and can say for both of us, it was a fun read and can't wait for the next adventure! For those who have read the series to date and thought it couldn't get any better .... you were wrong. Great read!
bumblebee23 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!!! Brooklyn and Derek are finally getting married and everything will be just perfect! We get to meet college friends of Brooklyn and they each give Brooklyn a rare book with special meaning. The girls didn’t end on such good terms at the end of school so Brooklyn is concerned about this reencounter. Of course before Brooklyn can have her wedding day she comes across a dead body of one of her old pals. What happened to her friend? Well Brooklyn and Derek are on the case, since they have a little time before the big day. Get ready this be swept into Brooklyn’s world as she prepares to marry the love of her life, take care of some special books, lead a bus tour, and solve a murder. This is definitely a fun and magical read. I have been waiting for this wedding for a while. Brooklyn and Derek are one of my favorite book couples! Don’t we all have a crush on Derek?!?!
arkieclown More than 1 year ago
“BURIED IN BOOKS” by Kate Carlisle is the 12th book in the 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.
ethel55 More than 1 year ago
What a fun, slightly more chaotic than normal wedding week for two of my favorite characters. Only Brooklyn would manage to double book her wedding weekend with a National Librarian Association conference that is being hosted in San Francisco. Not only is she giving a lecture and demonstration, but she provides a raffle prize--a tour of bookish stops around town. The conference yields a reunion between her and three friends from college, who had a falling out all those years ago. When one of them seems to 'one up' the other by giving Brooklyn a very rare book, it isn't until later that she discovers an altered page. Was her friend Sara aware of it? Did Rod dupe her? Has Heather forgiven any of them? A lot happens before Brooklyn literally find a body buried in books in the basement of the conference center. The cast of characters grows in this story, all of Derek's family is on hand, living it up in Dharma the week before the wedding. In fact, some are so enamored of the area, they may move there. I continue to like how Brooklyn's mom inserts herself into her grown up daughter's life and her new found bestie (and Brooklyn's mother-in-law to be) Meg is a great foil for her. Carlisle continues to create such original stories for Brooklyn, this series is a real treat to read. Even characters with small roles, recurring or not, like Inspector Lee or the tour bus driver, get the same attention to detail that the main characters receive.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the long awaited wedding but you knew there had to be a murder! Brooklyn's Mom invited her two oldest friends not knowing that they now hate each other. All of Derek's family have arrived from England and join all of their friends and family in the wedding prep and murder investigation. The wedding is the big event for everything and everyone gets involved. I love this series but this may be my very favorite for a good long time. Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride!
carol223CS More than 1 year ago
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.
K1721M More than 1 year ago
As one of Kate’s Raters, I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review. This is the third one I’ve read in Carlisle’s cozy Bibliophile Mystery series. I really enjoy the plots and characters(some new and some recurring favorites). In this installment, book restorer Brooklyn is juggling the annual librarians’ convention and her wedding to long-time love, security expert, Derek Stone. Adding to the chaos is the reunion of Heather and Sara, two of her best friends and roommates from grad school. There had been a falling-out between them over -- no surprise here -- a man. And, not just any man, Rod, Heather’s boyfriend. Sara had stolen him from her. As can be expected, Heather and Sara’s first meeting years after the betrayal was hardly warm and fuzzy. It was Sara’s wedding gift to Brooklyn that set things in motion. The gift that Brooklyn suspected as one upmanship, was also a catalyst to murder. Yet again, Brooklyn would justify her moniker as a “murder magnet.” I enjoyed this latest book in the series. As always, it had an engrossing storyline, humor, quirky characters(it’s always fun to revisit Brooklyn and Derek’s large clans, especially their moms), book talk, yummy food, and a satisfying, conclusive end. But, this time, there was the added bonus of Brooklyn and Derek’s wedding, with the basics planned meticulously down to the last detail. But, a wedding wouldn't be a wedding without some unforeseen incident and Brooklyn’s is no exception.