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One Book in the Grave (Bibliophile Mystery #5)

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Brooklyn's chance to restore a rare first edition of Beauty and the Beast seems a fairy tale come true- until she realizes that the book belonged to an old friend of hers. Ten years ago, Max Adams, a brawny, renowned papermaker, fell in love with a stunning beauty, Emily, and gave her the copy of Beauty and the Beast as a symbol of their love. Soon afterward, he died in a ...more
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Published February 7th 2012 by NAL
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Silver James
One Book in the Grave is the latest addition to the Brooklyn Wainwright Bibliophile mysteries. I've been a big fan of the series and of the author, Kate Carlisle, since I read the first one. The previous books were a madcap frolic through Brooklyn's life replete with dead bodies, mysterious men, and Brooklyn's ability to infallibly be at the wrong place at the wrong time. In ONE BOOK IN THE GRAVE, Brooklyn seems more...domesticated. She's almost normal in fact. Yes, there are still dead bodies a ...more
Jenn
Once again, I fell for the cozy mystery with the cute cover at Target. Add in the fact that this was supposedly about a book lover and I'm set. The reality isn't quite so nice. This is the 4th or so in a series. I've found that generally doesn't matter and if I wait to find the first one, I'll be waiting a long time. So I got it anyway. It felt like they barely mentioned books until the last quarter of the book. The mystery was kooky. Maybe the author knows some survivalist groups that aren't cr ...more
Lesley
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Marlyn
n this installment, Brooklyn is asked to look at a book recently purchased by one of her clients who happens to the the head curator of the fictional Covington Library in San Francisco. But it turns out that the book he wants her to restore was a gift she had given to a dear friend, which was subsequently stolen.

The friend to whom she'd gifted the book, Max Adams, had died in a car accident, and the book had been taken from his fiancée's apartment.
When Brooklyn goes to the dealer who had sold t
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Terri
I knew I should not have checked this out the library...remember reading another in the series...just plain silly in places... like Guru Bob; Brooklyn's hippie mother concocting her own "cleansing Bhakti yoga shala bliss", that is declared "delicious" by Yoganina Robayana....it consists of chanting "Shri Rama Llama Jala Walla Ram Ram" aproximately 50 times....kind of sounds like a take-off of 'Shama lama bing bang' (the old rock song). The rest of the book is about a man who supposedly dies 3 ye ...more
❂ Jennifer (reviews on BookLikes)
If you really enjoy cozy mysteries and consider yourself a bibliophile, I can't recommend this series enough! Quirky, interesting characters that make you smile, fantastic dialogue, picturesque settings, and just enough information about book restoration to make me want to become a book restorer define this series as a whole. The mystery plot in this, the 5th book is excellent; it feels straightforward but isn't. Lots of twists and turns, red herrings, a few surprises and a great ending. A truly ...more
Nora-adrienne
I love this series. Brooklyn and Derek are a fantastically matched pair. The story had lots of depth, and death. An old childhood book resurfaces leading Brook into a new life or death situation.

This was a great read and I highly recommend it. I got my copy from the local library.
Natlukens
I am done with this series. I really liked the first 3 or so volumes. They were mostly well written, I enjoyed the characters and the mysteries were better. My main qualms are, the mysteries have become extremely convoluted. I won't go into details (spoilers) except to say that the reason for the murders in this one are ridiculous. There is also a TON of filler! A lot of talking about how hot the men are and inner monologue stuff that is repeated over and over again. AND I absolutely hate the ob ...more
Judy Goodnight
I'm enjoying this series specifically because it's light and fluffy. I like the bits of info that I'm learning about bookbinding and book restoration. I like the romance between the main character, Brooklyn, and her very British security consultant boyfriend. Most of all, I enjoy her commune-living hippie parents, the commune leader Guru Bob, and all the rest of Brooklyn's family and friends. One exception: the bad apple character, Minka, drives me up the wall. I'd like to see her quietly disapp ...more
David
Another ripping yarn from Kate Carlisle in the Brooklyn Wainwright series. In this one, Brooklyn finally asks herself a question that Jonathan and Jennifer Hart should have asked themselves all those years ago: "Am I a corpse magnet?!?" Brooklyn stumbles onto yet another murder, and starts to wonder why it always happens to her. And why she has Lieutenant Lee on speed dial. In addition, she has a beautiful old copy of Beauth and the Beast to restore, and things in Dharma are heating up when an o ...more
A.
Brooklyn is presented with a rare first edition of Beauty and the Beast to restore, the only problem is Brooklyn knows the the book intimately, and that it was stolen from a young widow. Brooklyn tries to follow up with the book seller who had sold the book, but finds him dead and all the clues at the scene point to a close friend of Brooklyn's who died three years ago.

Brooklyn is insecure and not as decisive in this edition. She is conceding to the love interest, trying to abide by his requests
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LORI CASWELL
Brooklyn Wainwright loves to restore old books. She was so excited when her friend Ian McCullough from the Covington Library called to tell her he had a job for her. You see Brooklyn is a “book addict” and her drugs of choice are old, rare and beautiful books. She couldn’t wait to see what he had for her.

It was a rare first edition copy of Beauty and the Beast in dire need of help, but Brooklyn also knew its most important trait, it was STOLEN! She knew this because of the inscription, she had g
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Pam
I've enjoyed this series from the first release for a variety of reasons. It's not only the interesting well rounded characters and the growing romance between Brooklyn and her intriguing honey, Derek. It's not the well plotted mystery which is always well integrated throughout the story or the little pieces of bookbinding information Ms. Carlisle throws in. No, it's how all these pieces work together to make an entertaining and fun book that kept my attention from the first page to the last. I ...more
Judy  at Musings and Ramblings
The fifth book in the Bibliophile Mysteries by Kate Carlisle, starts off with Brooklyn Wainwright heading into the Covington Library to see her ex-fiance and good friend Ian McCullough, head curator of the Covington. Ian has a rare book that he wants Brooklyn to take a look at a restore. On the way in, Brooklyn has a run in with her arch-nemesis Minka LaBoeuf. Run ins with Minka always leave Brooklyn on edge and feeling just a little out of sorts. So she is shocked to find out that the book that ...more
Ellen
I've read several books in this series and have enjoyed them. This particular story had a beginning that turned me off and almost had me returning it. The problem for me was Brooklyn constantly asking why she was always the one to discover the body/murdered victim. If she asked or mentioned this one more time this book would have remained unread by me.
Thank Goodness I continued. The meeting with Guru Bob aka Robson was the turning point for this story and for me as the reader. That's when Brookl
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Karen
Let me start out by saying, this is the first book in this series and by this author that I read. Since I didn’t start reading the series from book one, I think my review might be considered a bit skewed and let me apologize to this author’s fans but this is only one person’s opinion.

I’m sorry to say, I didn’t finish the book. I just couldn’t do it! Talk about a TSTL heroine, well this one takes the prize! Not sure how old this woman is but talk about acting like a teenaged girl. Her boyfriend
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Christine
Brooklyn Wainwright is hired to restore a rare edition of Beauty and the Beast. She soon realizes the book had belonged to an old friend, Max Adams, who died ten years ago in a suspicious car accident. Brooklyn decides to continue with the project, but she is puzzled how her friend's book has ended up at the Covington Library. She decides to visit a book dealer that may have more information on the source of the book. However, she finds that Joe Taylor has been murdered at his shop. As strange a ...more
Kate
I have only recently started perusing the library shelves for armchair mysteries to read. Most of them are light, fluffy and comfortable: neither the victim nor the culprit are someone close to the main character, and it doesn't feel like there is ever any real danger.

This is the first of this series that I read, and I'll admit that I've picked up others in the series but the description on the back didn't catch me. I really liked this one though. The plot and writing style was a higher caliber
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Kristen
One of my favourite "cozy mystery" series, and this one was just as enjoyable as the past books.

Brooklyn is trying desperately to just get back to normal life with her book-binding buisness and her hot English security expert boyfriend, Derek, who's now living at her place.

She's thrilled when she's offered the opportunity to restore a rare copy of Beauty and the Beast. But when she sees the book, she realizes that it used to belong to a friend of hers, a friend who's been dead for several years,
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Heather
First edition of Beauty and the Beast with colorful pages that once belonged to bookbinder Brooklyn Wainwright shows up in Ian's hands bought from a rare bookseller raises a strange red flag for Brooklyn. She thinks it was stolen from her friend Emily because of a message from the love couple Emily and Max. The plot thickens as the bookseller was killed and Brooklyn and Derek go to her mother's when Guru Bob drops another bombshell---Max Adams, presumed dead for three years, is in fact alive and ...more
Fran
One Book in the Grave
Author: Kate Carlisle



Brooklyn Wainwright loves books. Her job as a bookbinder is more than just challenging to her it excites her. When summoned to the Covington Library to see her close friend and curator Ian McCullough a rare and special edition of a book she thought lost forever is replaced in her hands. Max Adams was a handsome and charismatic man whose goal in life was to create different types of paper for books. Max loved what he did and had many followers including B
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Jeannie and Louis Rigod
What do I like about this book? The question would be better served as to what I don't like about this book and the answer is 'Nothing.' I totally enjoyed each and every one of the 291 pages I read. Including the glimpse of the next book in the series.

Brooklyn Wainwright is emotionally connected to her newest commission, to repair a first edition copy of 'Beauty and the Beast' which she gave as an engagement gift to two dear friends. The emotion comes in as the couple were devastated a mere two
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Amy
A great addition to the series. I had a hard time putting it down to go to work (yesterday).

Brooklyn's chance to restore a rare first edition of Beauty and the Beast seems a fairytale come true--until she realizes the book last belonged to an old friend of hers. Three years ago, Max Adams, a renowned, brawny papermaker, fell in love with a stunning beauty, Emily, and gave her the copy of Beauty and the Beast as a symbol of their love. Soon afterward, he died in a car crash, and Brooklyn has alwa
...more
Amy
Loved it! Carlisle manages to make each book in this series a little better than the last. This one had a great storyline with unexpected twists, turns, and complications. The multiple crimes and bad guys made for a gripping mystery, while Brooklyn's personality and relationships made it enjoyable and 'cozy'. I highly recommend to anyone who enjoys cozy mysteries. The added element of bookbinding just makes it that much better!
Mary Schildman
Better and better

Oh my goodness ! I love this series. Love the characters and getting to know them more and more. Only half surprised by the major bad person but thrilled with the mystery murder story. Love learning more about book conservation/repair/making. Don't know how I missed these books when first published, but so glad I've discovered them now. Purchasing the next book in series, NOW.
Marj
One Book in the Grave is the sixth in the Bibliophile Mystery series, and I enjoyed it as much as the first one. When Brooklyn Wainwright is given a book to restore, she realizes that it is a book that had been stolen from a friend of hers. While investigating the book, she discovers the body of a very recently murdered book dealer, and becomes involved in solving the crime to keep herself from becoming the next victim.

Bexa
I absolutely love Kate Carlisle. She writes these fantastic books about a book restorer, and she talks about book related things and I totally know what she means before she explains it, and I love it. She also writes these quirky creative characters, that I just keep falling in love with every time. I also really enjoy how every time she writes a novel, her characters provide the reader with absolute proof that this person will end up being the killer. They will, they just will. You find yourse ...more
Nancy
Apr 03, 2012 Nancy added it
Brooklyn is given a copy of Beauty and the Beast to recover. She knows it belonged to a friend and his fiancé; the friend was killed 3 years earlier in a car accident. She goes to a bookstore that sold the B and the B book and finds the owner dead. After speaking to Guru Bob, Brooklyn discovers her friend, Max, is still alive and hiding for his life. Max believes two people were trying to kill him. Brooklyn, Derek, Gabriel and friends try to protect Max. Solomon, an art instructor, who tried to ...more
Jan
In this 5th book in the series, Brooklyn is asked to restore an antique copy of Beauty and the Beast for the Covington Library. The only problem is that Brooklyn used to own the book and gave to a friend as an engagement present. This friend has since died and Brooklyn knows that this book had been stolen shortly after. Trying to find who had stolen the book, she goes to the book dealer who sold it to the Covington, only to find him, surprise, dead. One thing leads to another and Brooklyn finds ...more
Shauna Closen
This is why you don't pick up random books in a series. I would have enjoyed this book so much more if I had read the first four books. There are a lot of characters, it is a little hard to keep them all straight, and I think i would have been able to better if I and when I read the other books.
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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 vin ...more
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