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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. Three 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 ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
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
Mar 29, 2012 Terri rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
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 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
Mar 10, 2012 ❂ Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
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
Dec 26, 2015 Donna rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
The genre of cozy mysteries is not one I spend a lot of time in. I actually avoid that genre. I've read a few and have felt miserable each time. It was like going to the dentist for me. However, I actually liked this one....well some of it. I enjoyed the characters. They were fun and quirky. I also enjoyed the complexity of the story line. If I have to read more to fill a challenge requirement, I think I will try and stick to this author. This was a fun read.
Mar 20, 2016 Georgette rated it it was amazing
Ah the tale of Beauty and the Beast, the relationship of the age old classic, a rare first edition, and how it was gifted by bookbinder, Brooklyn Wainwright to a close male friend and his intended bride, until tragedy struck and both groom and then bride to be seem to have disappeared after a tragic accident, and the rare book along with it. That was a decade ago, and Brooklyn had always been suspicious of an ex girlfriend and her Svengali teacher/boyfriend of having something to do with it.
Kitty Jay
In One Book in the Grave, Brooklyn is hired to restore a beautiful copy of Beauty and the Beast. However, she is horrified to find that the book belonged to a late friend's wife. When she pursues the original seller to discover who stole the book, she finds him dead on the floor. Mysteries are revealed, there is more kookiness from Brooklyn's family, and the dashing Derek eventually saves the day.

I believe that I might have been too charitable with my reviews of the previous books. This one was
Sep 12, 2012 Jenn rated it liked it
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 Looper
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Feb 16, 2012 Marlyn rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, cozies
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
Aug 24, 2012 Karen rated it did not like it
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
Dec 12, 2015 Karen rated it it was amazing
Brooklyn is back and of course, so are the dead bodies. How does this book restorer and daughter of Hippies keep attracting them? Even Guru Bob doesn't have that answer. Brooklyn is called in to restore a copy of Beauty and The Beast, one she gave to two friends for an engagement present. But her friend Max is dead (or is he?) and his fiancee Emily is now missing. It takes Brooklyn, Derek (Brooklyn's significant other) Gabriel and a host of people from Dharma (Brooklyn's commune home) to solve t ...more
Kathy Warren
Jun 27, 2016 Kathy Warren rated it really liked it
I loved this tea mystery. Loved the characters in the story line. For once I didn't know who done it until the very end.
Jun 27, 2016 Audrey rated it it was amazing
Shelves: keeper
I really enjoyed this book! I always learn a lot about old books, which is fascinating to me. One of the things I learned about in this book, was fore-edge painting on old books. To keep my review shorter, you can look it up - but I learned something new & enjoyable! I really enjoyed the storyline, & the characters are great as always. Poor Brooklyn is feeling like a dead-body magnet, when she stumbles over the body of a dead bookseller. The older book that this case concerns, is one tha ...more
Nov 20, 2015 Alice rated it it was ok
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mary Challis
Mar 20, 2016 mary Challis rated it did not like it
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! The plot is convoluted, not interesting and drags out way too long.
The endless descriptions of the characters guzzling gourmet wine and eating incredible meals is just page filler. The plot was a bit contrived and some of the characters have become unrealistic. Brooklyn's nemesis seemed to be thrown in at the strangest moments (not in a good way) and has gone from being an
Apr 03, 2012 Nora-adrienne rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozies
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.
Sheri Jesse
Aug 09, 2015 Sheri Jesse rated it it was amazing
I love Kate Carlisle and her Bibliophile Mysteries. The characters are very different from most other cozy mysteries, yet they all work well together. In this installment, Brooklyn gets the chance to restore an old book that she had given to some friends in celebration of their engagement years before but the boyfriend died and the book was stolen. Telling you more would give the surprise away, so let's just say there are more dead bodies and Brooklyn just can't help herself, once again, from in ...more
Jul 06, 2016 Joan rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, audio
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Sep 19, 2015 Argum rated it really liked it
It's been a little a bit longer than usual between books but still we are not too far out from where we left off. Derek is still living with Brooklyn, Robin is living with Austin, and the family is crazy as ever. When Ian calls Brooklyn in to the Library to restore a copy of Beauty and the Beast Brooklyn has a bit of a meltdown. She used to own the book and gave it to a dear friend and his fiance on their engagement. He died shortly after and then the book was stolen. Brooklyn goes to investigat ...more
Judy Goodnight
Mar 29, 2015 Judy Goodnight rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, romance, cozy, fluff
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
Dec 18, 2015 Susan rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
Meh. I have generally enjoyed the series but this book was a disappointment. I gave it a generous three stars somewhat on the strength of those that came before (rounding up from 2-2.5).

Before this episode, I appreciated the series because I liked Brooklyn. I have found her to be a 'strong', complex, and generally confident female character who was a pleasant change from the neurotic, hopeless, and helpless female protagonists often found in this type of mystery novel. However, in this book, Bro
Jun 19, 2015 Annette rated it liked it
Brooklyn is a talented and artistic book binder. She works on treasures which is why she is called in to restore an original copy of Beauty and the Beast. Then she realizes this is a book that once was hers and she had given it as a gift to very good friends. It was stolen shortly after she had presented the gift.

When she tries to trace the journey of the book and to find out how this stolen book ended up in a prestigious library, the bodies start stacking up.

This is not my favorite book written
Mar 07, 2015 David rated it really liked it
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
Sep 02, 2012 Ariel rated it really liked it
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
Jan 16, 2016 LORI CASWELL rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2012
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
May 28, 2012 Pam rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, mystery
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
May 10, 2012 Ellen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-cozy
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
Apr 02, 2012 Christine rated it really liked it
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
Mar 25, 2013 Kate rated it really liked it
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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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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