Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Cozy Mystery Review ~ THE BOOK STOPS HERE 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.

While this was my first time reading Kate Carlisle and her Bibliophile Mystery series, I didn't have a problem getting into the story.  In fact, I got more out of this book than I expected.  I never expected to learn anything about books, but I totally did.  I'm a person who loves to read ebooks, in fact, they're my chosen method of reading.  But after reading this book, I can appreciate the details that have gone into classic books.
Since this was the eighth book in the series, I was surprised that my one gnawing question was the age of Brooklyn.  But that doesn't affect the story. The characters are all very likeable, from Brooklyn herself to her James Bond like boyfriend (Derek), to her neighbors.  Told in first person, you really get a sense of Brooklyn and the world in which she lives in.
Kate has weaved a lovely tangled web that will have you guessing whodunit and leave you surprised when you find out.
I so want to find out what Brooklyn and Derek's next adventure will be.
Rating: 4
Release Date: June 3, 2014
Book Length: 323 pages
Source: Author
Reviewed by: Kim
Reading format: Available in eBook, Paperback and Audiobook

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