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Murder under Cover

(Bibliophile Mystery #4)

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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 w
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Paperback, 284 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by New American Library ( NAL) (first published March 23rd 2011)
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Una Tiers
Apr 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
Held hostage by the flu I was reduced to audio books from the library. This book was a silly mess.
Jennifer Monzon
May 10, 2011 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
Gerry
Aug 26, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was seduced into this book by the fact that it stated that it was 'A Bibliophile Mystery' so I thought it would have a good chance of being enjoyable. How wrong I was; yes, there was a bibliophile interest and yes, it was a mystery … but what that mystery was about remains a mystery to me even after finishing the book.

I did understand that Brooklyn Wainwright was a master at repairing books - she did a wonderful job on a young neighbour's favourite book that was falling apart - and that she ha
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Linda
Jul 26, 2018 rated it liked it
I love this series and I love all the series written by Kate Carlisle but for me this book just went too slowly. It didn't pick up until 3/4 of the way through the book. I always find the fact that Brooklyn and her friend Robin grew up in a commune odd. In this book we see more of the commune and we learn more about Robin's most often absent mother.

Brooklyn appraises, repairs, and restores old books- often valuable ones. In this book she is given a very old copy of the Kama Sutra to repair. It
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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
Curlyhair
Sep 10, 2015 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.
Georgette
Mar 20, 2016 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
Laine The Librarian
Mar 25, 2015 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
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Valerie
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 out of 5 stars rounded up.

This book has it all. The Kama Sutra, a micro flash drive with state secrets on it, spies, murder, and a street fair. What more could you want?! How about the fact that most of the action lies around Robin and her mother, Shiva? It’s a wild and twisted ride!

This is one of my favorite books in the series. Derek has moved in with Brooklyn, supposedly temporarily while he finds his own housing. We’ve got the Kama Sutra that Brooklyn’s restoring which leads to the illus
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Schnaucl
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
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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
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
May 16, 2011 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
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Anne
Jun 25, 2011 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:
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Michelle
Jan 23, 2012 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.
Lesley Looper
This was the first book of this series that I've read, and I enjoyed it enough for 3.5 stars, but not quite enough for 4 stars. I really enjoyed the book theme, and would've enjoyed reading more of the book-related plot. The main character, Brooklyn, has some interesting friends and neighbors, who added color to the story. I wonder if the romance will last. Should I go back and read 1-3 in the series?
Madeline Faye
Feb 24, 2016 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.
Morag Gray
Dec 17, 2014 rated it did not like it
Too much description of irrelevant stuff, too little actual detecting, not enough about books and way too much obsessing over Derek.
Lagniappe
Apr 01, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm giving this one a "gentleman's c". I have not read offerings 1-3 and I listened to this one as opposed to reading it, but I don't think either of these would have changed the grade. If you suspend credulity and just go with it this is a fun read. The writing is adequate and the characters are interesting. But if you pause to scrutinize a bit closer you start to see flaws. First we have the plot. Yes, it's fast moving with enough twists and turns to keep you interested - but spies and micro d ...more
Brandy Grimes
Jul 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
So many things to despise about this excuse for a book that I don't even know where to begin! To be fair, I audio booked it and that was a million times worse! The narrator was terrible with every voice other than Brooklyn's. Would it have been better to read? ...I sincerely doubt it. The story was stupid. The characters are annoying! Brooklyn is the only likable one in my opinion and she's a tad annoying herself. The whole commune story line is absurd! This book reads like a politically correct ...more
Mary Ann
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Really Good Story I know that I am reading this series out of order, but it works okay that way. The stories are so well written that reading them out of order doesn't hurt the story you might be reading. I like series like that as I get what I can when I can and just start reading. 
 
Robin, Brooklyn's best friend, returns from a tour trip from India events just start happening. Robin meets a dreamy man from the Ukraine and falls madly in love and then wakes up with him next to her, killed in her
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Wanda
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fun cozy with some international intrigue. Brooklyn's friend wakes up with a dead body next to her. She had just returned from India and met a guy and took him home. Brooklyn and her boyfriend, Derek, jump in to help her. Derek is a former British spy with lots of contacts and they also work with 2 San Francisco police inspectors to solve the crime. Bothe Brooklyn and her friend Robin's families are involved. They are searching for a micro drive with damaging information on it and a copy of th ...more
Jenn
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Despite a few things, I enjoyed this one. I liked that we didn't get much of Minka because she's just godawful and serves NO purpose.

A few things got me though. I seriously wanted to slap Robin once she went to Dharma. I mean, no, it's not her fault, but she just checks out? No! Also, Derek is British, yes? Yet, he rarely uses any of the common British words, so I completely forget that he's supposed to be a Brit until someone explicitly mentions it. It's odd. And the thing they were looking fo
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Tricia
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I only picked up this book because I was doing a reading challenge, and I needed a book for the letter "U." the word "Under" took care of that for me. I wansn't really expecting much... a little fluffy cozy mystery.... but I realized I was actually really into this book. So much so that I got up two hours early to finish it before I started my day. I thought I had figured some things out, and I needed to know if i was right (I was, mostly). It was a nice, light read.... I'm really starting to li ...more
Sabrina
How in the hell did this book get such good reviews? It's one of the stupidest things I've read. Mrs. Carlisle has a history in comedy and it doesn't mix well with her attempt at mystery. Even as a cozy mystery this stretches beyond the limits of believability, reality and common sense let alone logic. It also tries to be politically correct at all times and yet still manages to be full of cliches. It's a mess of a book. It needs editing. Badly. The main character and her ex-military, ex-spy, se ...more
Jane
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
From the cover I was expecting one of those fluff reads, heavy on the hobby & friendship, light on the mystery & suspense. The kind where the murder is early, no gore - you know, the poison in the bone China cup of tea, or the beautifully decorated cupcake. Then the rest of the novel is about the tea shop or bakery...NOT what you get here. The murder is gory, the action high, and the suspense doesn't let up.
I love the characters, no one is a typical cookie cutter character - Character i
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Dana
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another fun installment of the Bibliophile Mysteries series!!

Brooklyn Wainwright is a book restorer who seems to have become a murder magnet. In this book, her best friend Robin's date is murdered and Brooklyn has to help clear her name.

Brooklyn is a hilarious main character. Her relationships with family, friends, and enemies is fleshed out very well and we get to know her and all of her foibles too.

Can't wait to read the next one.
Jill
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
OK, in your worst nightmare would you think of waking up in bed covered in the blood of the guy you went out with the night before and who is now very very dead? The ickiness factor is overwhelming, but Brooklyn keeps her head as she helps her best friend unravel this mystery. My first book in the series (now I have to go back and read 1-3), and very enjoyable. Especially learning there is an idiot's guide to the Kama Sutra.
Melissa
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Snowy winter day today was a perfect reason to spend my time reading. Interesting mystery, great friends and family story in lovely San Francisco.

"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
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Monica
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Best book of the series so far. Big mystery. Lots of twists. No silly love triangles. Great characters. Love the bookbinding pieces. Very interesting to read about the books being restored. Glad to not have the annoying Minka in this, for the most part. I could do without that character all together. Brooklyn acts way more mature when Minka is not part of the story.
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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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