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Homicide in Hardcover

(Bibliophile Mystery #1)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  7,891 ratings  ·  903 reviews
Book expert Brooklyn Wainwright discovers that murder is always a bestseller in the first novel in the New York Times bestselling Bibliophile Mystery series.

Brooklyn Wainwright is a skilled surgeon. Sure, her patients might smell like mold and have spines made of leather, but no ailing book is going to die on her watch. The same can’t be said of Abraham Karastovsky, Brookl
Mass Market Paperback, 289 pages
Published February 3rd 2009 by Berkley
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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
Jeanne Adamek
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have a small stash of cozy mysteries that have been waiting for me to pick up when the time was right. I picked this one and have to say I sure am glad that I did! The problems that I had with the genre "cozy mystery" did not present itself here (infact I have to say that this read like no other cozy mystery I have read) and I had a fantastic time reading through the pages! I absolutly loved the characters, the place and Brooklyn's job (of which the author included fascinating facts). I am pla ...more
Mar 18, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cozy-mystery
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
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
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
Apr 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
I wish we would replace the inane word “cozy”. I don’t judge fiction on being heavy or light. My gauge is: do I like it? Were my pages zooming? I also refuse to dock ratings for 'not being what I thought’. That isn’t on an author’s head! That was true of “Homicide In Hardcover” but I review what a novel turns out to BE. Irrelevant to the front cover, Brooklyn has no cat nor mood-evoking library and a humorous tone pervaded more than a mysterious one. But I like her, her best friend, the neighbou ...more
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.
Homicide in hardcover by Kate Carlisle is the first book in the Bibliophile Mystery series. Brooklyn Wainwright is a book restorer and when reconnecting with her mentor and teacher Abraham Karatovsky, she finds him dying of a gunshot wound. With his dying breath he tells her to "beware the devil" and gives her a priceless copy of Goethe's Faust for safe keeping. An excellent start to the series which I enjoyed very much. I loved meeting Brooklyn and her quirky family and I learnt a lot about boo ...more
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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. ...more
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...
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-print-book
I've been collecting this series for a couple of years and finally decided it was about time to read the first. I just love all these characters! Brooklyn and Derek make a dynamic couple that's for sure, and Robin was great as Brooklyn's bestie. It was a real twist with the killer at the end and there was an exciting showdown. I had to laugh at Brooklyn's mom chucking a pizza box at the killer.

I wonder if the mysterious Gabriel will show up in any future books? He was interesting for sure and l
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozies
This is the first book in Kate Carlisle's bibliophile series. Brooklyn Wainwright has started her own book restoration business. She and her friend, Robin, are attending an event where her mentor is found murdered. This was such a fun book. I loved Brooklynn's character and the side characters in the book were great as well. The plot of the mystery was great and I loved all the twists in the book. I can't wait to read more in this series. ...more
Well dang that had a lot going on in it.

Brooklyn is a book binder/restorer. (Such a cool thing to know) And she is now in charge of restoring Goethe’s Faust only sadly after her long time friend and mentor has been murdered. Now she has a week to fix it, but in that week so much happens. More murder, break ins, more attempted murder and vindictive bitches.

I loved it.
Oh yeah I can't forget our very own 007.. Derick....I wonder will he be in book 2?

Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bingo
So glad that I’m finally starting this series! I really enjoyed the characters. Brooklyn is very real and I look forward to seeing how her relationships develop. Who knew the world of bookbinding was so cutthroat! The mystery kept me guessing and made for an exciting ending.
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 the 70s wher ...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. ...more
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!
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. ...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
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
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
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Homicide in Hardcover by Kate Carlisle was an enjoyable beginning to this cozy series. Ms. Carlisle's descriptive writing pulled me into the story as she introduced the characters. Brooklyn is an interesting character that I am looking forward to getting to know much better. I found the details of the book restoration process to be fascinating. I'm glad that I am late to the party on this series because I know that I have plenty to read throughout the summer. ...more
Robin Loves Reading
My Rating: 4.5 Stars

Brooklyn Wainright is an expert bookbinder. After finding her mentor and teacher, Abraham Karastovsky, dead she is devastated. More than that, she is determined. Just before Abraham died he said a few words to her and gave her a priceless book, Goethe's Faust. When Abraham's employer, who is also Brooklyn's former boyfriend, asks her to take over the restoration of Faust, she agrees. Meanwhile she is forced to deal with a British security expert, Derek Stone, who both attract
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
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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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