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Murder under Cover (Bibliophile Mystery #4)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  1,314 ratings  ·  138 reviews
When she receives an exquisite copy of the Kama Sutra from her best friend, Robin, to appraise and restore, Brooklyn Wainwright anticipates both recreating a beautiful book and spicing up her love life. But then Robin's apartment is ransacked, and the great guy she recently met is murdered in her bed. Now Robin is the #1 suspect. Obviously, exploring the Kama Sutra's bliss ...more
Paperback, 284 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by Signet (first published March 23rd 2011)
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Brooklyn's BFF, Robin has just returned from a trip to India where she spent some time with her mother. She has brought Brooklyn a beautiful copy of the Kama Sutra to restore. And they both have news on the romance front, Brooklyn's boyfriend Derek has moved in with her, at least until he can find a permanent place in San Francisco and Robin met the most wonderful guy from the Ukraine on her way home from the airport. Well, someone did not think he is so wonderful because Robin wakes up a few da ...more
Jennifer Monzon
To say that this book was great is an understatement. I mean this story completely blew my mind. I was at the edge of my seat the entire time I read the book and I read it in a day! I felt as if I was on a rollercoaster ride and never wanted to come off. The twists and turns that this story took kept me guessing the entire time and once I thought I knew who the killer was or who was responsible, “BAM” something new or a new lead would come up and completely baffle me. I thought everyone was a su ...more
This book was on the new book shelf at the library so I picked it up because I enjoy a nice cozy every once in a while. That's exactly what I got: a nice cozy with engaging characters, a good story without a lot of blood and description of gross stuff and violence (I read that too, but you need something light occasionally). When I finished the book, I immediately requested the first three in the series so I could find out how Brooklyn and Derek meet.

I think that's the ultimate positive review:
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
This is a short review as the only word I can attribute to it is 'Excellent.' I am so eager to read the next book in this series.

This book series keeps moving forward at the speed of light and I, for one, love the direction Ms. Carlisle takes us. I would love to move to Dharma, but since I live in a neighboring county already, I will just appreciate the vineyards around me, like Ceago, and re-read this wonderfully surprising book!

I refuse to give away details as this might prevent you from read
You look at the cover and see bookshelves and a cat by the window. Ahh...a cozy mystery, you think. Well, you're wrong. The clue is in the subheading. What dangers lurk beneath the sheets? This is a book about Brooklyn Wainwright who is a bookbinder. Her best friend wakes up to find her date murdered. This is also a book about Russians, Ukrainians, and spies. I had a problem with the dialogue. There are so many instances where the two friends go on and on about how perfect Brooklyn's boyfriend i ...more
I love Brooklyn Wainwright and I love this series! In this one, though she is more firmly in her relationship with Derek, she still expresses (perfectly normal) self-doubts and relationship doubts. Carlisle also explores, I think, Brooklyn's relationship with her best friend Robin a little more fully and shows that even when you love someone you can still get annoyed and perturbed with them without damaging the friendship. I'm amazed at how Carlisle continues to build a series of murders around ...more
First book I read in a series (crappy, but couldn't find the first one anywhere in the library) but I love bookbinding, so jumped in anyway... Brooklyn Wainwright and her best friend Robin grew up in a New Age commune, that espoused profitability along with artistry. Robin's mother left the commune and lives in India and Robin has just returned from a challenging visit there, with a copy of the Kama Sutra that needs restoring. Then people start dying, and Brooklyn is in a race to protect her bes ...more
I like the bibliophile mystery series. The protagonist, Brooklyn, is a relatable character- a young woman with a good sense of humour, interestimg career as a bookbinder, and propensity to faint at the sight of blood. The author pokes fun at the unlikely fact that Brooklyn keeps encountering dead bodies, which helps suspend the disbelief that always accompanies amateur sleuth stories. Her hippie parents and ex-spy boyfriend add interest to the cast of characters in each book. The mystery involve ...more
The 4th book in the Bibliophile series has Brooklyn excited about Derek opening an office of his agency in San Francisco. He is living with her until he finds a new home. Her best friend, Robin, is moving on to a new relationship and she is surprised to meet someone on her way back from the airport from her trip to India. Robin brings a book (the Kama Sutra) for Brooklyn to restore from a friend of her mother. Robin brings home her new Ukrainian love interest on her next date and is shocked to w ...more
Brooklyn Wainwright loves her job rebinding old books, sometimes finding hidden treasure, sometimes the treasure is just the joy of rescuing a book that is centuries old.

When she is given an ancient copy of the Kama Sutra written in French and covered in jewels to restore and appraise from her friend Robin, she is not only excited about restoring the book but the research may also add a little spark to her love life.

When Robin wakes up with a man she just met murdered in her bed, she becomes the
This is the fourth book in the Bibliophile series and it's even more engaging than the last. As the characters develop further, the books in this mystery series just keep getting better.

I love seeing the strengthening relationship between Brooklyn and's nice to see their romance working out. I say this because I've read other mystery series where the author has left a romance dangling, often for years, until I couldn't take it any longer and given up on the series out of annoyance.

Actually, more like 3.5 stars.

I remember really enjoying the first few books in this series and being anxious and anticipating the next book. It was a deliberate decision on my part to not read this book right away, so I would have something good I could count on later to read. This has apparently backfired on me.

I guess I’ve read too many cozy mysteries that had heroines that were TSTL. I don’t remember Brooklyn Wainwright being that type of heroine, but for some reason, when I started this bo
Judy  at Musings and Ramblings
This is the fourth book in the Bibliophile Mystery series by Kate Carlisle. The book opens on Robin Tully, Brooklyn's best friend returning from 3 weeks on tour of India. Robin's travel company specializes in sacred and mystical destinations all over the world. She brings with her a book that her mother, who she visited while in India, had asked her to give to Brooklyn to have refurbished and appraised for a friend. The friend, and older, wealthy Indian man that Robin says is probably in love wi ...more
Murder Under Cover
By: Kate Carlisle
Publisher: Obsidian Mystery
Copyright – May 2011

Brooklyn’s best friend (and almost sister) is home from her trip to India and has a gift for her. It’s an exquisite copy of the Kama Sutra which Robin brought home for her to appraise and restore. Thus begins Brooklyn’s next adventure as Robin gets into trouble as deep as the Mariana Trench. Robin wakes up next to the dead and bloody body of her latest boyfriend and to make her feel even worse, her apartment has be
Julie P
There is something very likable about Brooklyn Wainwright. She has a great career as a professional bookbinder, an amazing apartment, a quirky family, and a smoking hot boyfriend. Lucky her, and yet I don't hate her. Unfortunately she is the finder of a few too many dead bodies, but hey, that's what cozy mysteries are all about! I would give this one five stars, but I will settle for four and a half (wait, why is the half star not showing up on my rating!), and that's only because I knew the key ...more
This is part of a light, fun easy-to-read cozy mystery series that I enjoy.

Brooklyn Wainwright is excited. On a personal level, her romance with British security expert - and sometime secret agent - Derek Stone is heating up nicesly now that he's opened an office of his business in Brooklyn's home of San Francisco.

And professionally, Brooklyn's best friend Robin has given her a very exciting book-restoration project via Robin's mother in India - an old and rare copy of the Kama Sutra which needs
International feud, jealousy, or just random violent acts of murder? Murder Under Cover topped its predessesor with multiple murder (some still unsolved even after the book), the threat of an international crisis, and of course, a blossoming relationship with Brooklyn, the sassy book restorer, and Derek, the sexy British Police Officer.

Robin just met a hot Ukrainian and she invited him to stay at her home, but when she woke the next morning, she found he was brutally murdered with a very precis
Title: Murder Under Cover (Bibliphile Mystery #4)

Author: Kate Carlisle

ISBN: 978045123356

Publisher: Signet

Synopsis (from Brooklyn Wainwright (The Lies That Bind), San Francisco’s bookbinder-cum-crime solver, steps away from her desk again in this smart and intriguing cozy. Steeped in San Francisco culture and characters, including the hippie commune parents and requisite gay and lesbian friends, this beach read has the bonus of spy intrigue built into its plot, and not just in Brooklyn’s
Received for review from Publisher
Overall Rating 3.75
Story Rating 3.75
Character Rating 3.75
Mystery Rating 4.00

Note: I haven't read any of the other books in this series. The reason I point that out is because I think this book would have gotten a 4 if I was already used to some of the characters personalities. That being said, this book really does stand on its own and is a great little cozy mystery!

What I Loved: Brooklyn was a fantastic leading lady for a cozy mystery. She was smart, fun, and h
It was okay.

I figured out where the thing everyone was searching for was within 30 seconds of it being mentioned for the first time. I was hoping I was wrong because I hate it when that happens, but alas, no. Then it's just waiting (and waiting) for the characters to catch up.

The endearments were also slightly irritating. Way too many "darlings."

And can we please, please ditch Minka? She's never been anything but an annoying caricature without a single redeeming quality. She's not interesting e
I am so enjoying this series! Each book takes place almost immediately after the previous one. Every character is interesting and enjoyable. I figured out part of the mystery very early, but enjoyed the ride. The book binding parts were particularly good in this one and the book was th Kama Sutra. Many funny jokes about Brooklyn and Derek trying out the positions. I am waiting for #5 from the library and have already downloaded 6, so more to come.
The bodies keep piling up in this one, which is funny, in a morbid way. I always find the rising body count darkly hilarious in mystery series where the main character is not a professional detective, police officer, spy, or private eye. Obviously for the series to continue, they have to keep coming across murder victims, but they always seem so surprised and upset when they do...maybe it's why I keep reading series like this one and the Sefton knitting mysteries.

'Murder Under Cover' was quite e
library audiobook. Listened to the end, so it gets 3 stars, but many flaws which nearly reduced it to a 2. I nearly stopped listening as my interest in the reveal of plot unable to be understood flagged. [Is it a spoiler to say that the actual murderers are nearly unnamed in the narrative and thrown in at the end?]

I might read another by this author if it comes up as a library download.
Brooklyn Wrainwright is trying to get used to living with her high-flying, security expert boyfriend, Derek Stone. He's super handsome, quite well off, and the British accent doesn't hurt.
Well, it's not going as smooth as she had hoped because her friend Robin ends up coming over one night, covered in blood and Brooklyn is once again drawn into murder.
Robin is in love with Brooklyn's brother, but he wants her to do some living before he ties her down. Robin is just coming home from India when s
As with the other books in this series, this one picks up not long after the previous book. Brooklyn's best friend Robin returns from a trip to India, where she visited with her much-absent mother. She brings Brooklyn an ancient Kama Sutra to restore. Soon after her return, Robin meets an interesting man. The morning after their first date, she wakes up to find him murdered in her bed.

The pacing and the quirky characters keep the pages turning. The relationship between Brooklyn and hunky Derek i
This is the fourth book in the Bibliophile Series. Brooklyn's lifelong friend, Robin, has returned from India. She has brought with her a copy of the Kama Sutra that a friend of Robin's mother wants restored. A week after she gave Brooklyn the book, she appears on Brooklyn's doorstep covered in blood. A man she met shortly afer returning to the states is murdered in her residence. Brooklyn's boyfriend, Derek, is opening an a branch office of his security business in San Francisco. The man lilled ...more
Dharia Scarab
Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.

4 sta
I've read the other books in this series, and I enjoyed this as much as the earlier books. I like reading about Brooklyn's job of restoring books and the technical information as she completes a task. Her new love, Derek Stone--certainly a romance hero's name!--is a great character--hard as "stone," skilled security agent, loyal to Brooklyn, protective of her and her friends/family, and all-around great guy. Her family continues to amuse; I liked her mother's "confession" about her spells. Will ...more
I had to give this book 3 stars for a couple of reasons. The first one is the story was so convoluted and borderline ridiculous in parts. By the time the murders were explained, it had become almost comical. I really like this series and I like that Brooklyn is a smart, funny, independent person. But, this leads to the other reason of only giving it 3 stars - Brooklyn's BFF Robin. In this particular book I couldn't stand her. I just wanted her to go away and stop her whining and self-pity. I pla ...more
Brooklyn's friend Robin comes home from a trip bearing gifts. A book to be repaired and a scarf. Robin gives the scarf to Jeremy for his act at the fair and the Brooklyn for reconstruction. In the meantime, Robin meets a handsome russian that she likes. She goes out to dinner and by the next morning - he ends up dead. Robin heads to Brooklyn where Derek Stone takes interest in the mess. Of course Brooklyn's favorite SFPD detectives ate on the scene. Robin stays with Brooklyn til her loft ...more
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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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