Murder is always a bestseller… first in the new bibliophile mystery series!
The streets of San Francisco would be lined with hardcovers if rare book expert Brooklyn Wainwright had her way. And her mentor wouldn't be lying in a pool of his own blood on the eve of a celebration for his latest book restoration. With his final breath he leaves Brooklyn a cryptic message, and gives her a priceless - and supposedly cursed - copy of Goethe's Faust for safekeeping. Brooklyn suddenly finds herself accused of murder and theft, thanks to the humorless - but attractive - British security officer who finds her kneeling over the body. Now she has to read the clues left behind by her mentor if she is going to restore justice.
©2009 Kathleen Beaver (P)2010 Audible, Inc.
This first in a new series is going to launch Carlisle to a bestselling position and have readers looking forward to the next installment of delightfully eccentric characters, droll dialogue and a meticulously planned crime. Bibliophile heroine Brooklyn Wainwright is brilliant, feisty and funny.” (Romantic Times)
I downloaded this book because I wanted a nice cozy mystery. I should have followed the reviews and not gotten the book. The premise could have been good, but I found it very slow and boring. The narrator's "British" accent started out sounding Scottish and then wavered back and forth. Between the distracting narration and the slow story, I probably won't even finish the book. It's not even keeping my interest enough for me to care whodunit.
This book is an insult for every serious audible listener and a complete waste of time and a credit. Its nothing but a lame romance novel disguised in a pseudo crime story. The characters are a compilation of contrived stereotypes, the story doesn’t go anywhere, and the plot is complete nonsense.
The narrator tries her best, but her imitation of male characters would be more suited for a fluffy puppet at Sesame street. Very painful to listen to, and kind of disturbing in a funny way since the main character starts fantasizing about two of the male characters the second she meets them.
Only one word: LAME!
I love clean books of all sorts. Love mysteries, fantasies epic to kids stories, fairy tales, romances, humor, and historical fiction
Maybe I should start by saying I don't read romance novels. I love it when there is attraction and subtlety with a kiss at the end and a promise of a more fullfilling relationship later when a commitment is present. Imagine that... moral books. With that said, Brooklyn, the main character, has all the sublety of a flashing neon sign. Brooklyn appears to be attracted to almost any man in the book as long as he's young and handsome and you have to hear about it in detail. She has had several attempts made to kill her. Then she gets decked by a main wearing black and instead of wondering "Who is he?" and "Is he the murderer?" she is attracted to him?? Please. The overall mystery was quite nice. But the language which is moderately sprinkled with all kinds of bad words, including f words, is disappointing and distracting. I am a mom of school age children and I can't listen to this outloud, yet it is an AUDIO book. My dad is a true bibliophile and collects old books. I love the setting of this mystery, but the romance and language are too much. Overall, it was disappointing. The performance also detracted from the story. If you need a British accent, you ought to try to find a good one.
no!! for Kate Carlisle Yes!! for Eileen Stevens
No, just from this writer. I noticed she also writes romance fiction and seems to forget which genre she is in. I am reading for the mystery, not for a bodice ripper romance. She can't seem to help herself when introducing a new character. The descriptions don't belong in a mystery. The mysteries are fairly good for a cozy mystery, but she keeps mixing her genres. If I wanted to read about how a character's butt looks in his pants, I would read a different kind of book. I used my credits on the buy four get $10 sale. What a waste of credits. I will not be buying more of this series.
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Even if meant as a spoof, this book fails miserably. Dialogue, "characters" and plot are all so tedious and poorly written, one wonders if the writer could possibly have been serious. Even the performance was bad.
Sad waste of a credit.
Not to say "Derek Stone was a big jerk" and like trite phrases.
Have someone else write it.
The narrator sounded like a boy crazy teenager, and her male voices were dreadful--raspy, and the accents were horrendous!
Rebecca echos my sentiments exactly. Don't waste even the bargain price for this one.
Interesting way of presenting a mystery. Has moments of humour.
This series is well worth listening too.
I'm an avid reader since childhood. I'm a retired science teacher, retired nuclear plant worker and grandmother of three. I love mysteries.
I have very little sympathy for the main character and the story is fuzzy in places. She finds a man dying and instead of calling an ambulance for him she puts a book in her pocket. I don't regret buying this book but I probably won't get the rest of the series unless someone i trust tells me that have gotten better.
Truth be told, the murder mystery isn't the reason to read this one. Kate Carlisle packs this short novel with local flair. There are tips about good places to eat and visit while in San Francisco. On top of that there are several lovable characters - I especially liked Brooklyn's odd couple neighbors. As for flaws, it feels like several characters don't get time to truly develop and revelations come quickly and are forgotten. Also, the romantic involvement seems to creep in too quickly - almost like the author fell into a quick fantasy and wrote it in without giving us enough time to see that it was much more than a fling. Worth a read or Audible listen but don't bother with the rest of the series as it pretty much repeats just in different places.
"One to be avoided"
I'm astonished by all the positive reviews this book has. The heroine protests every so often about being called stupid, but there seems no other word to describe her. She withholds information from detectives, makes off with items from crime scenes and investigates murders for no good reason I could discern.
Some characters did have the potential to be interesting, but others are so strange I thought at first the author was being ironic - a private investigator who is likened to James Bond, was an RN commander and drives a Bentley. He is of course a love interest, but in a plot line out of the 1970s starts off distrusting our heroine before any crime takes place and for no reason that is ever given.
The author does apparently know book binding, but dumps paragraphs of information about the process into the story with no subtlety. She does not however know anything about foreign languages; the heroine, who speaks no German is able to read something which, from what we are told would be quite complex, in German armed with no more than a dictionary.
The only reason I would recommend this is that it's so bad you keep going to see what horror comes next
"Brilliant new detective on the scene!"
Kate Carlisle's New Bibliophile mystery series featuring Brooklyn Wainwright, is a page turner (or in this case 'ear listener') all the way.
Hopefully there will be more of Kate's Bibliophile Mysteries audiobooks available in the near future in the UK....as I know there are 6 books out already and the 7th out in June in hardback (A Cookbook Conspiracy), plus 1 novella available only via Kindle (Pages of Sin).
Keep them coming please Kate!
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