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.
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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 do plan to read more books written by Kate Carlisle, but not narrated by Eileen Stevens .
No. The places where she tried to speak like a man were so bad I couldn't keep listening. It was distracting.
This is one of the worst books I have ever read. It doesn't make sense, the heroine is inane, the plot doesn't make sense, no question that she knows the San Francisco area, and something about bookbinding (a weekend workshop?) but she needs to take a class in writing and grammar and vocabulary. Anyone who loves books about books or language will go nuts reading this. Don't waste your money.
None by this author.
It's true that the narrator does a really terrible British accent, but not as bad as the gal who attempted to read "Bloody Jack," which I had to return it was so painful. I just finished a Steve Berry, so I was looking for something new and light when I stumbled on the 4th book in this series on Hoopla. I'd rather not start in the middle, so I bought the first book on Audible and now I've downloaded the second.
Here's the thing, nothing is perfect. I like the characters, the narration doesn't drive me crazy, and I love books. I wanted light--this is not Jack Reacher, for sure; it's more like a cozy. I don't agree that this is a Janet Evanovich knock-off. I think it's a Sue Grafton read-alike, and that's not so bad.
Another Simon Vance narrated story: THE TERROR. What a voice this man has' he grabs the listener from the first sentence and keeps him listening right through to the end of every story he narrates.
Almost anyone. Terrible voice.
The entire character line up, especially the main character.
Even Nancy Drew stories I read as a kid are more thoughtful, adult-oriented and engrossing that this story. I feel like the author is writing for a room full of simpletons. Horrible story, terrible narrator - just an overall disappointment. Won't be reading any more in this series.
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.
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.
"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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