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Murder under Cover (Bibliophile Mystery #4)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  2,155 Ratings  ·  210 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 NAL (first published March 23rd 2011)
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Laine The Librarian
Mar 25, 2015 Laine The Librarian rated it really liked it
They did it!!!! They finally did it!!! Derek Stone and Brooklyn Wainwright have finally succumbed to those feelings and are now a "them"!!!!!! It is so great, its so grand, its so new, nothing can go wrong now!!! They are in seventh heaven!

Of course, if you overlook the fact that Brooklyn's BFF wakes them up with her screaming at the top of her lungs while she is covered in blood; her "date" is dead in her bed and that everything seems to be falling on top of Brooklyn once AGAIN, then yes Derek
Sherri F.
Audio version: 3.5 or 4. This is my first in this Bibliophile Mystery cozy series, and it was better than I expected so I will definitely be back for more (prob starting at #1). The narrator's voice & inflections were slightly irritating but it wasn't horrible either so good thing the books are shorter, quick reads if I'm not in the mood for the audio. Fun, quirky, and enjoyable characters and fairly light and funny considering how many deaths occurred (but that's a cozy). Too bad it wasn't ...more
Sep 10, 2015 Curlyhair rated it really liked it
Another in the Bibliophile series and a good little cozy read. Yes a little far fetched, but hey, you know what you're getting into, with likeable characters.
Jennifer Monzon
May 10, 2011 Jennifer Monzon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2011
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
Mar 20, 2016 Georgette rated it it was amazing
First and foremost I must offer my apologies to Kate Carlise..I started the Brooklyn Wainwright, Bibliophile series back in 2010, then became a lapsed reader for no other reason than so many books to read, so little time!! But I have returned with a new love and appreciation for the this multi layered and oh so appealing series with a vengeance, so to speak, and it has less to do with the latest challenge of restoring and old version of the Kama Sutra than the continuing development of the wonde ...more
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
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
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
May 16, 2011 Jeannie and Louis Rigod rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 25, 2011 Anne rated it really liked it
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:
Jan 23, 2012 Michelle rated it it was amazing
This is the 3rd one of this series I've read. Somewhere along the line I missed one because this is the 4th in the series. Anyway, I liked this one better than the other two because it was faster paced. If you like murder mysteries with a little intrigue and a little romance, then I recommend this series. Although, if I ran across as many dead bodies as the heroine, I'd have to become a hermit.
Madeline Faye
Feb 24, 2016 Madeline Faye rated it liked it
Not as good as the previous ones in the series, but not bad. I think what I disliked about this one was the lack of focus on the book and the mystery to be honest. There was more side story commentary. Otherwise, still a decent fast-paced read.
Sarah "Kat"
Dec 31, 2016 Sarah "Kat" rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
I've read a few in this series and have always enjoyed them - this one, although good, it laid on the sap heavier than usual. Understood that it was the beginning of a new/rekindled love relationship for two characters but I can only tolerate a little amount before it is annoying. It is the cliches that often too are ridiculous - people need to get creative.

I did read this in roughly a day, so maybe if I had stopped/started a few times over several days it wouldn't have seem so much sap.

Will gi
Feb 01, 2017 Danni rated it really liked it
new series to me. It is about people who love books. There are a lot of murders in this one. It was very interesting to me. I will be looking for more by this author.
Barbara Rogers
Oct 11, 2016 Barbara Rogers rated it it was amazing
This is my first Bibliophile Mystery and am surprised that I really, really enjoyed it. It is now my intention to read all of the books in the series, but not in the proper order. I'll read them in the order my library has them available. I loved all of the recurring characters. Derek (the boyfriend) was, of course, great! Robin, the best friend is great also. I loved Brooklyn Wainwright - the heroine and star of the series. Who would have thought that I'd love a series about a book restorer? Th ...more
Oh man, this was a violent one. Thank goodness for the quirky characters and the humor of everyone when solving the case! Next!
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
Sep 16, 2015 C. rated it really liked it
Kate Carlisle is a special author I love. The antique angle and kitty depicted among shelves, gave the impression her stories would exude mystique. The controversial poetry in Scotland did. However, this is a modern series, usually pursuing straightforward cases. I accepted that because, other than the extraneous bookbinding rival; I feel at home with every character and the wit is through the roof. I laugh aloud every time I read Kate’s work! The sole complaint I've had, is Brooklyn is fretting ...more
Mar 04, 2012 Heather rated it really liked it
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
May 06, 2011 LORI CASWELL rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 28, 2012 TheGeekyBlogger rated it liked it
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
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
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
Once Upon a Twilight
Apr 14, 2016 Once Upon a Twilight rated it it was amazing
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 roller coaster 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 s ...more
May 15, 2011 Nora-adrienne rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozies
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
Oct 04, 2012 Heather rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-mystery
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
Apr 28, 2015 RebeccaS rated it really liked it
Another fun and much sexier installment in this bookbinder's series. I really love Brooklyn, her family, and Derek of course. I did not love Robin in this book due to the circumstances she just seemed very childish and not true to her character in this one. Previously she was the super strong one, but this one she fell apart and then refused to even help Brooklyn help her. I will forgive her this time because of all the crazy things that happened, but I hope the strong interesting character retu ...more
Jan 23, 2013 Michelle rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
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
Jul 26, 2011 Pam rated it really liked it
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.

Julie P
Apr 19, 2011 Julie P rated it really liked it
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
Mar 03, 2012 Abigail rated it liked it
Shelves: series, mystery
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
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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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