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)
My image of a book conservator is one who is thoughtful, patient and plans carefully. The main character was anything but. She consistently acted immaturely and lied or spoke half truths about what she saw. Why? There were other unbelievable issues: The author used a southern California slang term for highway 101 by calling it "the 101" which is not a good thing for a story set in northern California. She also described the main character's floormates in terms that bordered on typical gay stereotypes. It was a very hard book to finish.
The book is a fun easy read & there's enough explanation of the esoterica of book binding to keep that from becoming confusing. The plot is plausible enough to keep you involved and the main character's family is a welcome comic relief. Overall a good 'airport'/beach book which you can pick up and put down as needed
The narrator really needs to brush up on her pronunciations of place names/locations. In another book I cringed when she said
If you loved Nancy Drew you might feel at home with these characters. Totally filled with cliche's, predictable plot, stereo-typical evil antagonist. The narration is annoying with the un-naturally deep male voice impersonations, and the constant insertion of "He said", "She said", in a totally non-conversational tone. That technique I've seen in other books and it is not necesssry.
I picked this series because of the book-binding aspects, and I did enjoy hearing about that side of the story.
The reader in this series has a good voice and does a nice job with most female voices, up to a point. Her read of the neighbor from India is good, and the main character's "voice" is fine. But she quite often misreads a phrase or expression... to the point where I sometimes repeat a line aloud right after her, stressing it the way I think the author meant it to sound! And her male voices (and one voice of a Lesbian couple, which is read like a man's)... terrible. She just can't carry them off. Because of the last two points, I don't think I'm able to judge the merits of the actual story accurately. I so dislike the male leads-- two of whom are SUPPOSED to be dark and dangerous-- that it throws off the experience. I would love to listen to at least one of the Bibliophile Mystery series read by someone else to see if my impressions change, but they're all by this same reader. If I hadn't spent so much money on the Audible versions I might try reading the books for myself... unfortunately I think I have those bad voices stuck in my head now.
I was very excited to find a mystery series about someone who binds books. I enjoyed the sections where the author detailed the intricacies involved in the process. Then the storyline plummeted from there. I made myself listen to 21/4 of the 3 books I had downloaded. My husband listened to the 3rd one with me and commented on how terrible it was. Perhaps we are too old (in our 50's) to enjoy the humour & plots. Perhaps if the reader had been more animated and had read in a more fluent manner, it may have been less brutal to listen to the story. Derrick (main love interest through out the series) rendering was terrible.
"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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