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The Lies That Bind (Bibliophile Mystery #3)

3.99  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,307 Ratings  ·  193 Reviews
Book restoration expert Brooklyn Wainwright returns home to San Francisco to teach a bookbinding class. Unfortunately, the program director Layla Fontaine is a horrendous host who pitches fits and lords over her subordinates. But when Layla is found shot dead, Brooklyn is bound and determined to investigate-even as the killer tries to close the book on her for good.
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Published November 1st 2010 by New American Library
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Oct 26, 2014 C. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m a Kate Carlisle fan despite her series not containing the atmosphere I interpreted from covers: cats and enchanting libraries. Complexity of mysteries and pace gallop ahead of contemporaries. Kate doesn’t write cute subjects into popular backdrops that might pass for mystery. She owns this craft. Her character is likeable, readers know her family well, and there is uniqueness in them and her career; with humour that is uplifting.

One aspect I dislike is coveting a group that doesn’t fit a sto
The Lies That Bind
4 Stars

Book restorer, Brooklyn Wainwright, is caught up in another mystery when the director of the center hosting her class is murdered. The victim, Layla Fontaine, was rude, manipulative and deceitful, so it is no surprise when the suspects start piling up. Nevertheless, Brooklyn is determined to investigate, especially when someone close to her is targeted.

A definite improvement on book #2.

Brooklyn is a likable heroine although she has one or two questionable moments in this
Jan 16, 2016 LORI CASWELL rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brooklyn Wainwright is the master when it comes to restoring rare and antique books. In this third installment of the series, she is teaching a class on bookbinding at the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Book Arts, BABA. The director of the center is a real witch and has recently hired another teacher, a former classmate that Brooklyn absolutely hates, but Brooklyn loves what she does and loves to share it by teaching others, so she decides she can endure their presence for a few weeks.

Susan W
Feb 22, 2015 Susan W rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-2015
This was a decent installment of Brooklyn Wainwright and her escapades with hunky Derek Stone.

I've fallen behind in the series, and while I'm up-to-date with my purchases, I've got a lot of reading to go to catch up to the current book. I'm looking forward to "hanging out" with Brooklyn and Derek and making a few more trips to Dharma to interact with her family.

So, the nuts and bolts: the mystery was solid, interesting and while I had an inkling who the killer might be, it still kept me guessin
Neal Kristopher
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Re: Brooklyn Wainwright is teaching a bookbinding class and having lots of internal monologues about her feelings when a co-worker drops dead, another is assaulted and two dreamy men from her past appear. Are any of them connected? Will there be more murders? Did the people in her class pay to take it? Cause if they did, they've gotta be feeling ripped off.

Outstanding: The art of bookbinding and repair is vividly detailed and more interesting that I would have guessed. T
Dec 05, 2010 Monica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Lies that Bind is the third book in Kate Carlisle’s Bibliophile Mysteries featuring book conserver Brooklyn Wainwright. Almost immediately Carlisle deals with the absurd element of all stories involving amateur sleuths, the ridiculous death toll that surrounds these individuals. In this case it is Brooklyn herself who ponders whether she is a magnet for murder and mayhem when she find her nemesis Minka LaBoeuf bleeding in the hall at the Book Center where they both teach a class. Soon other ...more
Feb 08, 2011 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I really have enjoyed this series of cozy mysteries. The 4th in the series won't be out until May 2011 but I'll be ready. I love all the great information about bookbinding, but more than that, I love the main character, Brooklyn, who is at once a force to be reckoned with and an absolute hoot at other times. I enjoy her rather unorthodox family and friends. Even her enemy, Minka is entertaining. A really great cozy read in a series I hope to continue following.
Jul 14, 2013 Diana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was prepared to love this series about a bookbinder who seems to attract murder, because I'm an amateur bookbinder myself. However, the characters are pretty one-dimensional and everyone is categorized by how beautiful or attractive they are. Seemed pretty shallow to me, so even though the crime story was mildly interesting, I'm walking away from this series.
Nov 16, 2010 Melodie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2010
I knew who the "bad guy" was in this one from the minute they showed up, but it detract from my enjoyment of this book. The characters are what pull me in with these books and that held true with this one, too. Here's wishing Brooklyn & Derek a long, happy & hot sex life!
Laine (librarianscanreadtoo)
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Brooklyn has had some strange things happen to her lately.....accused of murdering on of her best friends and mentor...accused of murder again....finds dead bodies....gets shot at...gets kissed by strange handsome men....and has been able to work on the finest books ever created. You would think Brooklyn wants a vacation.

Wrong. She returns home to set up her bookbinding class and everything seems to fall right back into place.

When I mean everythin
I liked the plot progression in this one, but I have to say our main character Brooklyn really isn't growing very much. Hard to admire a character who keeps her mouth shut about a fake First edition Oliver Twist. Meh.
Mar 31, 2015 Lorisia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I adore this series of mysteries beyond belief. They are sometimes a touch corny especially in their description of Derek Stone the hunky FBI hero that the main character Brooklyn is enamored with but it is never over the top. My favorite part is the paragraphs spent on a detailed explaination of the bookbinding process that tends to appear at least once in every book. Kate Carlisle manages to write about these restored or to-be-restored texts in a fashion that makes them equal in sultriness to ...more
Jul 19, 2014 Sharyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am tracking down this series book by book. This is #3 and one of my local libraries has #4, but I may actually have to buy #5 as neither of my local libraries has it. Gasp. Anyway, this is a cute read and I like all the main characters. Brooklyn is a book binder and there is lots of info about it, which I, a retired librarian really enjoy. She is based in SF and I lived in the Bay Area for 10 years so I enjoy that also. The murder plots are sort of silly, and I usually figure them out, but thi ...more
Doward Wilson
Jun 18, 2015 Doward Wilson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book#3 continues this fascinating series about the world of rare books, their preservation and restoration; with fascinating and compelling characters and diabolical murder plots. Set in San Francisco and the adjoining wine country you get an intimate look at both. The descriptive details of book restoration and the history behind the books is an interesting learning experience. The murder plots are well written, with many twists and turns. This is must read for anyone who enjoys books, whether ...more
Nancy Wilson
Apr 24, 2015 Nancy Wilson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While the mystery wasn't all that mysterious and shades of a former romance writer slipped though--I still like this series, I like the characters, the settings and the relationships. Carlisle does tend to use a lot of paint when "painting" the picture but most of that can be forgiven. The bad guy is caught, mystery solved. I did catch myself wondering why there didn't seem to be any people of color in the book--but then I realized that I can make anyone any color I choose and perhaps the lack o ...more
A murder mystery that blends a little romance with restoring books and bookbinding. It was interesting to have the bookbinding a part of the story but it felt a tiny bit contrived, a little too many segments of facts-for-facts-sake. Still I enjoyed the author trying to convey to the reader the art of bookbinding. For me, by far the best part of the book was reading about various unique locations in and around San Francisco.

Two major detractions:
1-The author refers repeatedly to things that hap
The Bibliophile series is by far one of my favorites-I'm always excited to read about Brooklyn's adventures and I love all the weird situations she finds herself in.This one was no exception; unlike "If Books Could Kill", which takes place in Edinburgh, we now return to San Francisco ( one of my favorite U.S. cities, I cannot seem to stress this fact enough! ) and the Bay Area Book Arts Center ( BABA ), where Layla Fontaine's body is found by ( who else ? ) Brooklyn, who is teaching bookbinding ...more
Oct 29, 2012 Michelle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This is the third book in the Bibliophile mystery series. Brooklyn has returned to San Francisco after her previous escapades in Edinburgh at the book festival. She is preparing to teach a class at the Bay Area Center for Book Arts. She has also finished restoring a book for the center's director, Layla. Brooklyn is uncomfortable with the fact that Layla plans to present the book as a first edition Dickens for the Twist festival auction, for even though it is an old edition, it does not contain ...more
Judy  at Musings and Ramblings
In this third book in the Bibliophile Mysteries by Kate Carlisle, Brooklyn Wainwright has returned from the Book Fair in Edinburgh, Scotland. She is getting ready to do a series of book binding classes at the Bay Area Book Arts Center, or BABA, and has just completed a restoration of a nineteenth century illustrated edition of Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens that is going to be used in a 2 week long celebration of the 175th anniversary of the publishing of Oliver Twist. There is some tension bet ...more
Sep 05, 2013 Trish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Executive Artistic Director of the Bay Area Books Arts Center (BABA), a bitch on wheels; thinks so highly of book binder Brooklyn Wainwright, she has her teach a class on the subject and restoring the BABA collection. No one likes Layla Fontaine, who stepped on bodies on her way to the top using lies, intimidation, and cheating as her means to success.

Somebody loathed Layla enough to kill her; no one, not even her niece Naomi, in BABA misses her though Layla brought in millions. Brooklyn wan
Jun 22, 2012 Kristin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good lord, it’s been a while since I read If Books Could Kill, but I don’t remember Brooklyn being such a horn dog. I mean, yeah, I’d be frustrated if I was with a hot British guy and we couldn’t get five minutes alone together, but damn girl, drag him into a closet already so the pining can be over! (view spoiler)

This go around, Brooklyn’s been hired by
Jul 14, 2011 Daffodil rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Okay, I'm extremely happy that more bookbinding information made it into this book. It was scarce enough in If Books Could Kill that I really missed it. That was one of the most interesting things about this book.

Unfortunately, the rest of the book didn't quite live up to the first two. The cutesy, we-can-never-get-a-moment-alone problems of Derek and Brooklyn were just that, cutesy. It quickly lost any charm or humor, becoming a tired joke instead.

A lot of new characters were thrown at us, wh
Brooklyn Wainwright is back in her beloved San Francisco and is teaching a class on book binding at Bay Area Book Arts. The head of the BABA, Layla Fontaine, is good for the organization but is a royal pain to Brooklyn and really just about everyone else who has to work with her. When Brooklyn finds out that Layla intends to sell an Oliver Twist that Brooklyn just restored as a first edition, Brooklyn is determined to stop her but can't quite figure out how to convince Layla. Before she can do a ...more
Dec 02, 2011 Caren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I really enjoyed The Lies That Bind. Brooklyn and her motley crew of friends made the stuffy world of book collecting fun and entertaining. Of course her friends aren't book collector's. There are a pair of lesbian chain saw sculptors, an entire commune from the 60's led by Guru Bob, a mysterious hottie in black ready to save the day and steal from you at the same time, one bookbinder with a mouth like a sailor and dresses like a tramp, and a guy that lives in the basement of the museum and only ...more
Oct 26, 2010 Marlyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, cozies
Brooklyn Wainwright has an enviable life, having grown up in a loving and supportive, if eccentric, family. She is also financially secure, thanks to an inheritance received from her mentor Abraham Kartovsky (whose violent and untimely death was the subject of Homicide in Hardcover, the first of the Bibliophile mysteries).

In The Lies That Bind, the third in the series, Brooklyn is freelancing as a rare book expert. She's looking forward to teaching bookbinding classes at Bay Area Book Arts, even
Jun 19, 2011 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The strength of lead character Brooklyn Wainwright carries what could have been a case of the "swooning damsel" and this lends itself nicely to learning how to balance her steadfast independence with her situational dependence on others.

The secrets of the dark "stranger," what connections there could possibly be between the victims and the seemingly innocent, and what the romantic interest's true intent could be really do keep the pages turning. The conversations and situations are realistic an
Suspense Magazine
Oct 12, 2011 Suspense Magazine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brooklyn Wainwright really knows her stuff. Restoring rare books is her specialty, so when she’s hired by San Francisco’s prestigious Bay Area Book Arts to teach a class on bookbinding, she leaps at the chance. Perhaps a little too quickly.

Brooklyn is recovering from a recent brush with death and a recent almost love affair with international security expert Derek Stone. So one can’t blame Brooklyn if her nerves are a little frayed. And when she realizes she’s signed on to work for the boss fro
Jul 01, 2011 Sue rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I enjoyed Carlisle's other books in this series and looked forward to the new title. Although the insight into book restoration is interesting, I found the basic mystery too cliched. The main character was raised in a commune that discovered wine making in CA before it was the"rage" and now it is a very wealthy former commune with a picture perfect tourist town (named Dharma) with quaint little shops all run by her family. Her mother is a dabbler in Wicca, excells at healing and mind reading and ...more
Aug 02, 2012 Kristen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this series! The characters are fun and funny, the stories are cheeky and interesting and the mysteries are good.

Brooklyn is back at home in San Francisco and trying to get back to normal. She's teaching a class at the Book Arts Centre, where the meany director Layla, is running a special event in honour of the anniversary of Dickens' Oliver Twist.

But there's nefarious stuff afoot! First, Brooklyn's nemesis, Minka LaBoeuf is attacked and Brookly is the one to find her and call 911 [for w
Patrice Fischer
I was looking forward to reading this book. The book itself was OK, but I hadn't realized it was #3 in the series.

However, the audio narrator was just awful. She butchered the English dialect of one of the main characters, and failed to follow the author's intonation cues, i.e. fail to sound puzzled when the actual word used in the text was "puzzled", for just one example. Where was the producer of this audiobook that allowed such an insufficient job by the reader??
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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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