Book restoration expert Brooklyn Wainwright returns home to San Francisco to teach a bookbinding class. Unfortunately, the program director, Layla Fontaine, is a horrendous host who pitches fits and lords over her subordinates. But when Layla is found shot dead, Brooklyn is bound and determined to investigate - even as the killer tries to close the book on her for good.
©2010 Kathleen Beaver (P)2010 Audible, Inc
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.
I downloaded three mysteries in the 3-for-2 deal. The plot is trite, lite and goes on for far too long. The reader has a limited vocal range and her characterizations are weak.
I have been reading and listening to each of the books in this series and have not been disappointed in any of them. They seem to get better as the author goes along, but maybe that is true of most writers. When I am reading or listening to a book with an involved plot, a moving subject or just bogging down, I stop and pick up one of the bibliophile mysteries and instantly feel lighter and more entertained. I hope Kate Carlisle never stops writing this series!!
If you've every wondered about the world of collectible books, you will really love all the info that's tucked inside this little gem of a mystery. The main character is clever and talented and gets into all kinds of scrapes. It's a fun listen and sometimes that's all I'm looking for.
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