Brooklyn has always been a little obsessed with food, but it was her sister Savannah who became a chef, graduating from the prestigious Cordon Bleu school in Paris. She and her classmates all went on to successful careers, but none of them achieved culinary superstardom like Savannah’s ex-boyfriend Baxter Cromwell.When Baxter invites the old gang to participate in his new restaurant’s gala opening in San Francisco, Savannah looks forward to seeing her friends, and even asks Brooklyn to restore a tattered cookbook—an old gift from Baxter—as a present for him. But Brooklyn immediately recognizes that the book, which has strange notes and symbols scrawled in the margins, is at least two hundred years old. She thinks that it probably belongs in a museum, but Savannah insists on returning it to Baxter.Shortly after receiving the gift, Baxter is found dead, with Savannah kneeling over him, bloody knife in hand, and the rare cookbook has disappeared. Brooklyn knows her sister didn’t kill him, and she suspects the missing cookbook might lead to the real villain. Now Brooklyn will have to turn up the heat on the investigation before Chef Savannah finds herself slinging hash in a prison cafeteria.
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Hi Kate. Thank you for joining me today. I know you’re busy, so I have a couple of quick questions and then I will let you get back to your writing.Hi Kim. Thank you for having me.A COOKBOOK CONSPIRACY is your 7th Bibliophile Mystery. Are any of your characters inspired by family or friends?Only very loosely. If I’m doing my job as a writer, then the characters take on a life of their own. It’s sort of like when you have two friends who remind you of each other – even if they’ve never met. My characters may share specific traits with people I know, but they are their own people, with a complex history that has made them who they are today.I’m always amazed that even though authors seem to be writing and releasing books all the time, they still manage to find time to read. What are you currently reading?I’m reading TOPPED CHEF by Lucy Burdette. It came out in May, and it is so entertaining! Of course, I knew it would be. The Key West Food Critic series has become one of my favorites. First, I love books that involve food. They make me hungry –not even murder is enough to dampen my appetite! – but I love them. The heroine, Hayley Snow, is really spunky. I’d like to hang out with her, which is a quality I look for in the heroes and heroines of mystery series.Okay, my questions are over. You can go back to reading TOPPED CHEF now!Thank you Kim.Golden Heart and Daphne du Maurier Award winning author Kate Carlisle spent over twenty years working in television production as an Associate Director for game and variety shows, including The Midnight Special, Solid Gold and The Gong Show. She traveled the world as a Dating Game chaperone and performed strange acts of silliness on The Gong Show. She also studied acting and singing, toiled in vineyards, collected books, joined a commune, sold fried chicken, modeled spring fashions and worked for a cruise ship line, but it was the year she spent in law school that finally drove her to begin writing fiction. It seemed the safest way to kill off her professors. Those professors are breathing easier now that Kate spends most of her time writing near the beach in Southern California where she lives with her perfect husband.A lifelong love of old books and an appreciation of the art of bookbinding led Kate to create the Bibliophile Mysteries, featuring rare book expert Brooklyn Wainwright, whose bookbinding and restoration skills invariably uncover old secrets, treachery and murder. Kate is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers and Romance Writers of America. She loves to drink good wine and watch other people cook.Despite the appearance of overnight success, Kate’s dream of publication took many, many years to fulfill.
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