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Homicide in Hardcover Audiobook

Homicide in Hardcover: A Bibliophile Mystery

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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.

What the Critics Say

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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    Kindle Customer 12-19-15
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    "1 star for narration"
    Would you try another book from Kate Carlisle and/or Eileen Stevens?

    I do plan to read more books written by Kate Carlisle, but not narrated by Eileen Stevens .


    Would you be willing to try another one of Eileen Stevens’s performances?

    No. The places where she tried to speak like a man were so bad I couldn't keep listening. It was distracting.


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

    None.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lynda Leitner 11-01-15
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    "Inane"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    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.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    None by this author.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Eileen Stevens?

    Almost anyone.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C. A. Gelsinger 10-15-15

    Nolly

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    "I enjoyed it"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeannie 10-23-11
    Jeannie 10-23-11

    I'm an avid reader since childhood. I'm a retired science teacher, retired nuclear plant worker and grandmother of three. I love mysteries.

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    "Not bad but not gripping"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica H. Raefsky United States 07-08-16
    Jessica H. Raefsky United States 07-08-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Not sure which was worse, the writing, story or reader"

    Just dreadful.
    Obviously the author was or is a Romance writer. Nothing wrong with that, but that didn't belong here

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    RDC 07-05-16
    RDC 07-05-16 Member Since 2014
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    "agree with others"

    I own all the books in this series and was pleased to see them on audible. BUT the narrator does such a terrible job with men's voices, esp. the sexy, British male lead, that it makes listening painful. So disappointed. And esp. disappointed that after all the negative reviews of the narrator the publisher has continued to use her for the whole series. Would be much better if she didn't try to do "masculine" or "British" and just read the parts in her normal voice, which is actually very pleasant. This review is of the narrator and not the book, which I would easily give 4.5*.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    MT 06-04-16
    MT 06-04-16 Member Since 2013
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    "heroine very juvenile - not for me"

    I can't get past chapter 6. I thought the heroine would be very intelligent, and she has her moments, but then we fall into dialogue that sounds like two 14-year-olds. ("Oh my God, you like him! " "What? No! Of course not!")
    She has also fainted 2 or 3 times by chapter 6, this last time because somehow blood from 24 hours earlier still looked bright red and rubbed off on her hand. I stopped here as she fainted into the arms of the guy who has treated her like trash, but she's so I mpressed that he can carry her with such ease. Really?
    The sappiness and too much that just makes no sense - it's distracting from the story. (Animal rights activist friends eating beef and chicken? Apparently the author has never actually met an animal rights activist.)
    Not for me.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dee 09-09-15
    Dee 09-09-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Trite, Juvenile, Overly Simplistic"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    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.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Eileen Stevens?

    Almost anyone. Terrible voice.


    What character would you cut from Homicide in Hardcover?

    The entire character line up, especially the main character.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    EStormfield 05-26-12
    EStormfield 05-26-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Worth a read but forget the series"

    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.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Janis Bedford, IN, United States 11-29-11
    Janis Bedford, IN, United States 11-29-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Pretty good story... annoying listen"

    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.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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