Sometimes when I read the premise of a book, I just have to drop everything and start reading! That was the case with Ripped From the Pages (Bibliophile Mystery #9) by Kate Carlisle. I mean seriously, I love a good mystery but when you add books and buried secrets, I'm sold.
From the back of the book:
When book-restoration expert Brooklyn Wainwright temporarily relocates to her parents’ place in Northern California, she finds that wooden barrels aren’t the only things buried in the wine caves of Sonoma….
Excited to explore the secrets of wine country, Brooklyn attends an excavation of the caves hidden deep under her parents’ commune—and the findings are explosive. A room is unearthed, and it contains a treasure trove of artwork, rare books, a chest of jewelry…and a perfectly mummified body.
A closer examination of the murdered man’s possessions reveals a valuable first edition of Jules Verne’s A Journey to the Center of the Earth. Hidden in the book is a secret map that unveils an even greater hoard of treasures brought to California by French winemakers fleeing the Nazi invasion with the commune leader’s grandfather, Anton, among them.
As reporters and art appraisers flock to Sonoma to see the precious bounty, questions begin to rise—did Anton hide these items to protect them, or did he steal them for himself? Who is the mysterious man left for dead inside the cave? But not all crime is buried in the past. When a new presence threatens the town’s peace, Brooklyn decides to do a little excavating of her own and solve the mystery of the treasure before anyone else is written off
You know I am a sucker for well written characters. This series has them in spades. They are so rich and have grown so beautifully together across the parts. I'm still adoring Derick (he's so swoony) and their relationship too. Speaking of rich, I love the details as they find the treasures.
There were twists and turns that made it a fun mystery and with the story being what it was, the layers of mystery were deeper and intriguing. I didn't solve this one, but I was totally satisfied with the conclusion. If you are new to the series, you can start here and enjoy the mystery but I recommend starting at the beginning because of the way the characters developed have together.
Take some time to browse the other great mysteries available from Berkley Prime Crime. While you are there, you can sign up for the newsletter so you never miss a new release. I must warn you though, after browsing my wish list is longer than I could probably read. You can also connect with them on Twitter where you can happen across a fun giveaway as well.
Disclosure: I may receive products in exchange for an honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be good for my readers.