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Publisher's Summary

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.

Critic Reviews

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)

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  • Carmela
  • Walterboro, SC, USA
  • 02-06-17

NICE TYPICAL COZY mystery

Good mystery in the cozy style. narrator's accent is fine. no lurid scenes. i nearly didn't get this becuase of the bad reviews. after finishing it i wander if those reviews are of this book. the only connection i could find is that there is a minor character with a british accent. while that accent is not perfect it is not that bad, and i listen to a lot of british narrators. the main character and most other are American so no problem. as for the supposed lurid scenes that remind some of the reviewers of romances_ no idea what they are talking about???? Brooklyn doesn't even have a boyfriend rough there are signs this will change in the next book but for now only a platonic interest and no loose behavior what so ever. If you like cozy mysteries you will enjoy this.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Excellent series.

Where does Homicide in Hardcover rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Interesting way of presenting a mystery. Has moments of humour.

Any additional comments?

This series is well worth listening too.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Sandy
  • Baker City, OR, United States
  • 10-29-12

Not Great

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.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Fenina
  • Honolulu, HI, United States
  • 10-27-11

Awful listen!

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!

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Waste of credits

Would you try another book from Kate Carlisle and/or Eileen Stevens?

no!! for Kate Carlisle Yes!! for Eileen Stevens

Has Homicide in Hardcover turned you off from other books in this genre?

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.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Homicide in Hardcover?

All of the

10 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Ruth
  • United States
  • 12-20-11

Mystery,,, Good Romance...UGH

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.

13 of 19 people found this review helpful

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  • Kelly
  • locust grove, OK, United States
  • 05-03-11

I agree wholeheartedly with Rebecca in LaJolla

Rebecca echos my sentiments exactly. Don't waste even the bargain price for this one.

6 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Great book, subpar voicing

I adore all the bibliophile books and was looking forward to the audio, but I was disappointed. The narrator tries to struggles with voicing the male characters and it was ultimately distracting and made it hard to listen to the whole book.

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Death of a book binder

Brooklyn Wainwright repairs rare and damaged books for a living in Homicide in Hardcover by Kate Carlisle, and she gets invited to a special gathering at the Covington Library for her former mentor, Abraham, with whom she had a falling out six months earlier. Noticing some personal drama going on at the party, including a curious argument with the members of the family that owns the library, her father tending bar, and her mother waiting for what looks like a secret rendezvous with Abraham. And her personal enemy who has a psychotic hatred of Brooklyn shows up and creates trouble. But then Brooklyn comes upon Abraham on the floor and covered with blood. He manages to croak out a few words before dying in her arms.

Now enters the stranger with the British accent who seems to think that Brooklyn has killed Abraham and pulls a gun on her, at which point Brooklyn faints. When she comes back to consciousness, she finds herself on a sofa in a side room, with the man shaking and slapping her to wake up. It takes a while for Brooklyn to learn about this stranger, named Derek, but eventually she finds out that he is in charge of the security for the library. And he is certain that Brooklyn has committed the crime, threatening to keep his eyes on her like a hawk.

Brooklyn's ex-fiance, Ian, now head of the Covington Library, hires her to continue the work of Abraham in restoring a valuable, ruby-studded copy of Goethe's Faust that is said to be cursed, with a string of deaths related to the copy. The drama continues throughout the book as someone comes after Brooklyn. Her hippie parents, who live in a commune, come and go, adding flavor to the book.

I enjoyed listening to this book, which has an interesting plot and creative setting. According to a review on Goodreads from a book restorer from the Huntington Library in Los Angeles County, which is like the Covington Library, the depictions of Brooklyn's work can be ridiculous at times. So don't try to clean up your books with bread! But despite those details, the book had strong characters and showed a real love of books. I liked the original way of setting the book around book restorations, something I've never seen in another mystery book.

Eileen Stevens narrates this audiobook effectively. She makes the book enjoyable and keeps it moving well. Her British accent for Derek didn't really seem realistic to me though. But I still appreciated the performance in general.

I liked my experience listening to Homicide in Hardcover. It read pleasurably and entertained me a lot. I give the book four stars.

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Could not even finish 2 hours!

What would have made Homicide in Hardcover better?

Not to say "Derek Stone was a big jerk" and like trite phrases.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Have someone else write it.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator sounded like a boy crazy teenager, and her male voices were dreadful--raspy, and the accents were horrendous!

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Catriona
  • 06-21-15

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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • IAN
  • 05-23-13

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!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful