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Homicide in Hardcover

(Bibliophile Mystery #1)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  6,669 ratings  ·  748 reviews
The streets of San Francisco would be lined with hardcovers if rare book expert Brooklyn Wainwright had her way. And her mentor wouldn't 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, and gives her a priceless and supposedly cursed copy of Goethe's Faust for safeke
Mass Market Paperback, 289 pages
Published February 3rd 2009 by Obsidian (first published January 1st 2009)
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May 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
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
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 tomes 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
Mar 18, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
Feb 08, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this cozy mystery and I like the lead character Brooklyn. I think this will be another series that I will start to reading more of. I also like the character Derek. The information regarding how Brooklyn grew up in what sounds like a hippie commune sounded interesting and made the lead character a bit more interesting.
Apr 24, 2009 rated it liked it
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
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.
Roxanne (The Novel Sanctuary)
Pretty fun read. I was in a mood to read fluffy amateur female sleuth books and heard about this one in BookTube and thought I'd give it a shot. It was pretty fast paced and funny. It is very tropey, a young white female who is attractive but doesn't seem to consider herself so randomly becomes amateur sleuth and begins to fall for some sexy strong man with connections to law enforcement. It sometimes gets a little redundant with the author randomly describing things that don't really matter to ...more
Kirsten "Ghost Deserved Better"
Interlibrary loan courtesy of the Everett Public Library, Everett WA

A much better than average cozy mystery! I really enjoyed it. There was a lot of action, quirky characters, humor, and more than the average dollop of romance. And books!!! The only thing that would improve it was if there had been dogs. But, no, just cats. (Ugh.)

Highly recommend it, I will definitely be reading more in this series.
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 24, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm a bit of a sucker for novels involving books and writing, especially mysteries, so I thought this one would be right up my street. Well, it was, sort of -- certainly I read through it fast enough!

My problem with the mystery aspect was that, toward the end, the author was to an extent guilty of coyly holding back information from the reader. My problem with the thriller aspect of it was that the whole great culminatory finale, the scene that was supposed to have me on the edge of my seat, rel
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of cozies, books, & near misses!
I have finally read #1 in The Bibliophile Mysteries, Homicide in Hardcover by Kate Carlisle, and I was introduced to the main characters of the series & a few other intriguing characters. I have read most of this series & being a book lover, I think it is a super fine series with characters such as Brooklyn Wainwright, an expert bookbinder, Derek Stone, former commander in th British Navy and a security wizard, Brooklyn’s family & the members of the commune started with Deadheads in ...more
Dawn Michelle
I didn't love this one. I didn't hate it either. It was just average for me. I didn't know WHO did it until the end though and that is really what saved this book for me; there were a ton of red herrings and that kept me guessing until the end.
I am not 100% engaged with any of the characters and am hoping that changes as I move forward in this series. Because I will read the next one only because I have learned you cannot judge a first book by its tepid writing. I really like this author's othe
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book, fun, light, some humour and delightful characters. I am no mystery buff so while the murderer was on my possible list but I admit I had others higher up! I like this book enough to continue on to the next one. Enough said!
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
BJ Rose
Jun 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 10, 2012 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
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
Jun 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
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.
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I've had so many problems with this one: an abundance of cliches, cringy dialogues, one-dimensional characters, mediocre mystery... Not recommended.
Cathy DuPont
Jul 14, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Brooklyn Wainwright, a San Francisco book restoration expert, has been invited to attend an exhibition at the Covington Library. Abraham Karastovsky, Brooklyn's teacher and former employer, is opening an exhibit of rare antiquarian books. Brooklyn is excited to see Abraham because they had an argument over her new job and she's looking forward to renewing their friendship. Unfortunately, after speaking for a few minutes, Abraham is called to his basement workshop where Brooklyn later finds him d ...more
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
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.
Nov 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
this was a lot of fun I am off to buy the next in the series!
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Brooklyn Wainwright repairs rare and damaged books for a living in Homicide in Hardcover by Kate Carlisle, and she gets invited to a special gathering at the Covington Library for her former mentor, Abraham, with whom she had a falling out six months earlier. Noticing some personal drama going on at the party, including a curious argument with the members of the family that owns the library, her father tending bar, and her mother waiting for what looks like a secret rendezvous with Abraham. And ...more
May 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Aug 27, 2015 rated it liked it
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
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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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