Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Cozy Mystery Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway: The Book Stops Here (Bibliophile #8) by Kate Carlisle

You never know what treasures can be found in someone’s attic. Unfortunately for bookbinder Brooklyn Wainwright, some of them are worth killing for.…

Brooklyn Wainwright is thrilled to be appearing on the San Francisco edition of the hit TV show This Old Attic as a rare-book expert and appraiser. Her first subject is a very valuable first-edition copy of the classic children’s story The Secret Garden, which is owned by a flower vendor named Vera.

Once she hears what her book is worth, Vera is eager to have Brooklyn recondition it for resale. But after the episode airs, a furious man viciously accosts Brooklyn, claiming that Vera found the first edition at his garage sale, and he wants it back—or else. Brooklyn is relieved that she’s put The Secret Garden in a safe place, but Randolph Rayburn, the handsome host of This Old Attic, is terrified by the man’s threats. He confides in Brooklyn that he fears he is being stalked. He doesn't know who might have targeted him, or why.

In the days that follow, several violent incidents occur on the set, and Brooklyn is almost killed, leaving both her and her security expert boyfriend, Derek, shaken. Is someone after Brooklyn and the book? Or has Randolph’s stalker become more desperate? And then Brooklyn visits Vera’s flower shop…and discovers her dead. Is the murderer one of the two obvious suspects, or is something more sinister—even bizarre—going on? Brooklyn had better find the clever killer soon or more than her chance at prime time may be canceled…permanently.

One of the things that I enjoy about this series is the author's ability to create a story where the victim of the crime at hand is given the chance to be known.  She takes time to introduce the victim and give you the opportunity to get to know them.  For me, that creates an investment in discovering who committed the murder and throws me right in to the middle of the story and the subsequent investigation.  The author does just that in The Book Stops Here. 

Another thing about this book that I just loved was the whole concept of finding an item at a garage sale that was worth a relatively small fortune.  It's something we all hope for but few are able to discover.  And the fact that it led to the eventual demise of the person who discovered it - brilliant!  Of course the investigation is exciting, even though the outcome wasn't all that surprising.  

This series is always so exciting. The books are well written and Brooklyn is such an extraordinary character.  Her next adventure should be a lot of fun!  

Rating: 4.5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange of an honest review.  All conclusions reached are my own.  

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holdenj said...

Always enjoy Brooklyn's new stories!

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