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Homicide in Hardcover (Bibliophile Mystery #1)

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  4,925 Ratings  ·  565 Reviews
murder is always a bestseller...
first in the new bibliophile mystery series!
The streets of San Francisco would be lined with hardcovers if rare book expert Brooklyn Wainwright had her way. And her mentor wouldnat be lying in a pool of his own blood on the eve of a celebration for his latest book restoration.
With his final breath he leaves Brooklyn a cryptic message,
Paperback, Large Print, 387 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by Wheeler Publishing (first published January 1st 2009)
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Mar 18, 2009 Sara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
Maybe I'm too picky. Maybe I tend to read books more as a writer than a casual reader. Maybe I'm nuts. I don't know. But I do know that Kate Carlisle's Homicide in Hardcover didn't live up to my expectations.

The story is set in the world of book restoration and bibliophiles, literary museums and high brows. But Carlisle has chosen to write the book in an almost chick-lit style. Her protagonist (the book is written in first person) drops cutesy cliches left and right and indulges in way to much s
How could I not like this book? The main character is a bookbinder specializing in rare book restoration. She has a master's degree in library science and in restoration. It's a pet peeve of mine when librarian characters don't have a master's so this book passed my test. It's the first in a series. I can't wait for the next book. There is a love interest of sorts in this series. There's no mention of the next book so I don't know if he's in the next book. I know it's a series because on the cov ...more
I'm a rare book conservator at the Huntington Library (a place awfully similar to "The Covington Library" but we don't have Curt Cobain's diaries : ) - wish I had opening celebrations of my latest "restorations" (without the murder) - anyhow, I know Carlisle did a little bit of research for this, but it barely shined through. I won't be too critical because it wasn't meant to be accurate, but the only thing that kept me reading was how hilarious it was every time she tried to throw in some conse ...more
Jun 16, 2009 Patty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun first book! There is lots of information on how book restoration is done and the world of rare books which I enjoyed a great deal. The mystery was fun too, I didn't figure out the correct killer but I was in the right family, and I totally missed the motive! I'll be back to read more of this series.
Jan 17, 2010 Melissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I expected to really like this book but found it just okay. The story itself was good but the two main characters I didn't like as much as I had hoped. Brooklyn is brilliant but I found her to be weak and I have no use for weak female leads. I love strong, confident male characters but there is a difference between them and arrogant, condescending male characters which is how Derek came across to me. I found myself hoping that Derek was the killer. I don't know if I'll read the second book in th ...more
BJ Rose
Brooklyn believes firmly in her job of book restoration - she refuses to let a good book die, especially if it's a very old classic, even if it's cursed. Enough people have already died when they owned/inherited this book, or were even working on restoring it. The latest victim is Brooklyn's mentor, so she's determined about 3 things: a) the book is not going to kill her because there's no such thing as a curse, b) she is definitely going to finish restoring the book before next week's exhibit, ...more
May 10, 2011 Hannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
It's been awhile since I've stumbled upon a new cozy mystery book/series that I've enjoyed so thoroughly! Homicide in Hardcover had the perfect balance of mystery, humour, great characters and a well-plotted story.

Cozy fans who may be weary of stories where the mystery is secondary to the romance/cake shop/business that the main character is running or involved in will be thankful to know that the murder mystery definitely takes center stage here. Even better, the whodunnit aspect never seems fo
Nicole Romine
"Homicide in Hardcover" is a cozy mystery with a heroine who loves and restores old books. Given my love for books and the cozy genre, I expected to love this novel. Although there isn't necessarily anything wrong with the plot, somehow it just didn't meet expectations. I think the main problem with this book is its tone. The story is told in first person by the heroine, Brooklyn Wainwright, who is an intelligent and passionate bibliophile Her narration, however, is quite fluffy (stereotypical c ...more
Lisa Kay
(This is a review of the audiobook.) This little cozy is nicely narrated by Eileen Stevens; I'll definitely go on with the series and looking forward to Ms. Stevens' reading.
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Feb 08, 2012 Mim rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
There are spoilers. Don't read this review if you don't want to know.

I really wanted to like this book because the protagonist is bookbinder and I find that subject area interesting. I like intelligence in my hero/heroine and Brooklyn Wainwright is just too stupid to live. This book is allegedly a mystery but she spent most of the book doing the following activities a.) eating b.)fainting at the sight of blood c.) getting rescued by men and d.)committing book theft. Right before she discovers th
Lesa Neace
Jun 24, 2012 Lesa Neace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
This is the first book in the Bibliophile Mystery series. "Homicide In Hardcover" follows Brooklyn Wainwright, book restorer, as she tries to find out who murdered her mentor. This books introduces the main character, her quirky family and friends and the more "enlightened" communities in the San Francisco area. The characters are entertaining and the mystery and potential romance are well balanced. I'm looking forward to reading more of this series. Also the author has the habit of ending chapt ...more
Jul 11, 2012 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries, 2012
Loved it. I don't know if it is because I was in the right mood for a cosy, I had a miserable time prior to this finding a book to settle with, or life just got too serious and I was able to easily escape into this story as being the reason. More than likely it was just plain old good plot, writing, characters, setting, etc. I know the heroine did borderline TSTL things, but I didn't care. She had enough interesting things about her to forgive this so I was able to read for sheer pleasure.

I imme
Jun 06, 2015 Andree rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Read this today. It was not great. It was a lot of stereotypes, but they didn't all seem to fit together.

The protagonist specializes in book restoration.

Her parents and family run a winery on the commune she grew up at.

Her best friend also grew up there, and is very successful, friendly and fashion-conscious.

She meets a hot Detective/love interest.

She reunites with a mentor just before he's murdered.

There are a lot of pretty awful characters in this. Seriously, this was a case of people being je
Cathy DuPont
After reading a book where I must pay attention to most every detail, I enjoy picking up one of these 'cozy mystery' genre books.

Kate Carlisle is a new writer, to me, but recommended by my favorite bookseller, Vanessa. After this much time of her getting to know me, Vanessa pretty much can put her finger on writers that I would enjoy and Carlisle was it.

Nice storyline, plenty of intrigue, with great character development. Set in San Francisco, the main character is Brooklyn Wainwright, who is
It's always a great day when you discover a new book series that you love - this book fits that bill for me!

Honestly, there are so many things about this book I loved, that I'm not even sure where to start! First, how do you not love a main character who is: a rare book restorer, who loves to eat [and eat things like ice cream, pizza and chinese food], who loves to drink [coffee and red wine - also faves of mine!], who has a wickedly sassy sense of humour, and who's name - Brooklyn - came from
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*

3.5 stars

Homicide in Hardcover is a cute, quirky start to a mystery series.

This isn't a cozy about a bookshop owner, but a book restorer who repairs valuable tombs that have degraded with age and abuse. It opens with a touching scene where she reunites with her mentor, her friend, only to find him brutally murdered moments later.

Her internal monologue and family left me giggling, giving the series needed humor as it breaks between the tragedy of the murder. I loved the protagonist's quick wit an
I was probably unduly harsh on this book on account of being a conservator and all, and thus noticing details that don't fit with my Conservator's World View, such as the heroine eating chocolate at her work bench, wearing sandals while using scalpels and using bread to lighten foxing spots. (Hmm). But it's quite a well-made setting and characterisation for all that. I certainly don't want to discourage anyone from making their heroines book conservators/restorers; it is good to see. I wonder, c ...more
I truly have no clue as to how to rate this one. I was already leery of it going in, cause although the cover looked good and the main character's career of being a bookbinder was really interesting. The majority of the story in between was truly a colorful all over the place kind of tale. Not to mention I felt it really odd that at times the author would point out particular things i.e. when the main character gets question by the cops, it is noted that the female cop is a really thin Asian wom ...more
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Brooklyn Wainwright, an expert on rare books and one of the best book restorers, finds her mentor murdered. He was commissioned to restore a very rare Goethe's Faust. His last words are cryptic enough for her to be silent about it. Everything points at the Faust as a reason for his murder. With that, the alleged curse the book carries, a crazy co-worker, one very hot security expert, Brooklyn's hands are full.
Since the setting is San Francisco, I can't say this is a cozy mystery though it has el
Light, humorous, non-stressful. Been a good read for a work lunch. I had read number 7, so I decided to read the first one in the series. I might wish for a little more seriousness and a little more believability, but I don't think that's what the author was going for in this series of book related mysteries. I might end up reading some of the others and I'm pretty sure I'm going to know just what to expect.
Jun 06, 2014 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had had this series on my TBR list for a long time and decided to start reading book 1 since Kate Carlisle's latest book came out this week. I loved it. I love Brooklyn and her supporting characters, including Robin, Guru Bob and Ian. Her parents are a little whacky but given they lived on a commune with Guru Bob, that's understandable. There's also some romance, no love triangle :) and just enough complexity to keep it interesting.

I also like that while book binding and other tasks can be co
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Nov 06, 2014 Curlyhair rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
First in this series and this author I've read. I did enjoy it. The story wasn't bad and I didn't guess who the killer was. The cast of characters - probably most returning I imagine- were a good mix.
Homicide in Hardcover
4 Stars

When rare book expert, Brooklyn Wainwright, discovers her estranged mentor on the brink of death during a Covington Library gala, his final words, Remember the devil, spur her into action and she take it upon herself to investigate his murder, much to the chagrin of security expert, Derek Stone.

A light and easy cozy mystery.

The information on book restoration is interesting and appeals to the booklover in me (obviously!). Nevertheless, the plotting is a little slow a
Witty – Eccentric – Fast-paced – Unique – “Homicide in Hardcover” is an urban contemporary whodunit with plenty of quips, quagmires, and quirky twists to keep a reader guessing until the very end. Not to mention, some laugh aloud moments. And a tongue-in-cheek opening hook:

“My teacher always told that in order to save a patient you’d have to kill him first. Not the most child-friendly way of explaining his theory of book restoration to his eight-year-old apprentice, but it worked. I grew up to s
After reading A High End Finish I had high hopes for this book. Unfortunately it never quite manages to shine. I really liked heroine of the story, Brooklyn, despite her occasional TSTL moment but she's about all I liked. The hero was honestly a bit of a douche ... but at least I noticed him. Most of the characters were just plain forgettable, and yes I did forget one of the characters and it took me a few chapters to remember who she was.
Aug 10, 2016 Phrynne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit to being a bit disappointed as I did have high hopes for this one. A mystery where the main character is a book restorer - sounds good to me!
Well there was a reasonably intriguing mystery and a couple of murders, and the main character did restore books for a living. So far so good.
However the book fell down with its style. Our smart, book restoring main character was written as some kind of idiot with a death wish who nevertheless had sexy, good looking men falling over her. The
Oct 02, 2015 fleurette rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I am not a fan of cozy mysteries but this one was surprisingly good. I have never read any of Kate Carlisle books but this one was definitely not my last one by this author.

I really liked the characters. Brooklyn is very interesting heroine both because of her personality and her occupation. I also found her smart and a bit witty and this how I like my heroines. Derek also can not be omitted. Though I would like to see more action between him and Brooklyn. And mysterious Gabriel, I hope he will
Seizure Romero
I suppose it's partially my fault, but they *did* lie to me.

See, I'm a sucker for biblio-mysteries, and this book has "A Bibliophile Mystery" on the cover. I'm a bibliophile! I like mysteries! It also is categorized as "Obsidian Mystery" on the spine (this is the lie. Half-truth at best). I swear I read the back cover copy, but I somehow missed the key phrase that would have set off my internal warning system. That phrase? "...the humorless--and annoyingly attractive--British security officer...
Jul 04, 2016 Aisling rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this series. Started completely backwards (with book ten) and just finished this one. ALL the characters are my favorite, snappy dialogue, fast paced action. Seriously all good. This is what I would call an edgy cozy. So thrilled I have a bunch more to read. And I honestly want to take a course on book restoring now.
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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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