Books of a Feather
Bibliophile Mystery, Book #10
By Kate Carlisle
Author website: www(.)katecarlisle(.)com
In this novel in the New York Times bestselling Bibliophile Mystery series, San Francisco book-restoration expert Brooklyn Wainwright’s latest project is for the birds, but it may have her running for her life. . . .
Brooklyn’s friend runs the Covington Library, which is hosting an exhibit featuring John James Audubon’s massive masterpiece, Birds of America. During the gala celebrating the book, she is approached by Jared Mulrooney, the president of the Bay Area Birdwatchers Society, to repair a lesser known book of Audubon drawings.
At the same party, Brooklyn is flying high after she’s asked to refurbish a rare copy of Poor Richard’s Almanack when Mulrooney’s body is discovered in the library. Soon more troubles ruffle Brooklyn’s feathers. Her parents pop in for a visit with an unsavory friend in tow, and there’s a strange man on her tail. With danger beginning to circle Brooklyn’s every move, it’s clear she must find answers before things really go south. . .
Books of a Feather is the tenth book in author Kate Carlisle’s “Bibliophile Mystery” series. This is one series that truly gets better and better with each book. The author is able to keep the stories, mysteries and characters fresh and entertaining. The protagonist Brooklyn Wainwright has the unusual occupation of being a bookbinder, repairer, etc. and does most of her work on rare books. She grew up in an unorthodox way, with a different perspective for sure, of how she sees things. I love her character and am always happy to read a book in this series. Of course her handsome, intelligent, English fiancé Derek makes it even that much better. In this installment Brooklyn is looking forward to an event highlighting the famous Audobon book “Birds of America”. This is another hit read that is bound to fly off the bookshelves!
While at an event being held at the Covington Library and Museum, Brooklyn is asked to repair a rare book of bird that the president of the National Bird Watchers has spilled wine on to. Of course she will do it. Unfortunately Jared Mulrooney, the book owner, is found dead, murdered to be more specific. Brooklyn cannot help but get involved. Not only that, but her parents are staying with her and Derek and they have a houseguest that also gets murdered. Pretty sure I could not deal with all that, but Brooklyn is tough, smart and does not give up. Oh and Derek introduces her to his old friend Crane at the event as well. He relates a tale of someone in his family that just may have been the real artist behind the famous Audubon book.
Brooklyn is working on several books at the same time, including one for her detective friend. She has too many houseguests, dead bodies are showing up, her friend is dealing with issued with her own family and theft. Lots of stuff are going on in this read and author Kate Carlisle keeps it all moving fluidly and with her wonderful writing style. As always the information about the work Brooklyn does is interesting and very eye opening. The characters just get better and better and more developed. I am glad the happy couple finally has their home remodeled and are back in to it. The mysteries were as always well written and hard to figure out. And of course Brooklyn’s parents were just as odd as ever.
Books of a Feather is another wonderful and entertaining installment in this fantastic cozy series. It can definitely be read as a standalone, but the other books are so good, please go back and read them as well. The characters are always fun to visit with and I truly look forward to anytime I can read a book in the “Bibliophile Mystery”. If you enjoy intelligent characters, fast paced and enjoyable cozy mysteries, this book is for you. And further, if you would like to learn a bit more about what goes into working on the actually book itself, you will really like this series. I love it. Kate Carlisle is one of my favorite authors and this read just reinforces that fact.
*OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review as part of their ongoing blog tour*