Friday, June 5, 2015

The Book Stops Here by Kate Carlisle

Have you read any good mysteries lately? I just finished a great one. The Book Stops Here is part eight in the Bibliophile mystery series by Kate Carlisle. The heroine in this series is a bookbinder, which I found fascinating. I was amazed by how easily I fell into this book jumping in at part eight! I was not lost at all - bravo!

From the back of the book:

You never know what treasures can be found in someone’s attic. Unfortunately, for bookbinder Brooklyn Wainwright, some of them are worth killing for in the latest in the New York Times bestselling Bibliophile Mystery series.

Brooklyn is thrilled to be appearing on the hit TV show, This Old Attic, as a rare-book expert and appraiser. Her first subject is a valuable first-edition copy of the children’s classic The Secret Garden.

After the episode airs, a man storms onto the set claiming that the owner of the book, a flower seller named Vera, found the book at his garage sale, and he wants it back—or else. Afterward, Randolph Rayburn, the show’s host, confides in Brooklyn that he’s terrified by the man’s threats and fears that he is being stalked.

When several violent incidents occur on the set, Brooklyn and her security expert boyfriend, Derek, are shaken. But Brooklyn’s discovery of Vera’s corpse in her flower shop convinces her she has to find the killer—before her chance at prime time and her life are canceled…permanently.

My thoughts:

Being a reader, I am also naturally a book lover, so I found it extra interesting to hear about book restoration. I also really love to watch antique, appraisal type shows, probably since my family owned an antique shop and I have always had a deep love for old treasures, so the setting for this instantly drew me in and felt very natural.

The characters were so much fun and there was a great sense of realism that made the story captivating. There was a depth to the mystery that was fun to watch unfold, plus a bonus mystery to solve with the stalker. I admit, I didn't peg the killer but I did figure out the stalker, which was nice.

In the back of the book was a teaser for the next part which sounds great! I can't wait to hear what happens next and, of course, in the meantime there are seven other parts to catch up on.  

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