- Series: Bibliophile Mystery (Book 7)
- Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (May 6, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451415973
- ISBN-13: 978-0451415974
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 124 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #369,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Cookbook Conspiracy: A Bibliophile Mystery Mass Market Paperback – May 6, 2014
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Brooklyn Wainwright can’t cook, but she’s an expert bookbinder. Her sister, Savannah, though, is a top chef, with an array of friends, all classmates from Le Cordon Bleu. One of those friends had given Savannah a manuscript of an eighteenth-century “receipt” book, and now she wants to return it, rebound, as a gift upon the opening of his newest restaurant in San Francisco. Within hours of giving him the cookbook, Savannah finds him dead, stabbed in the restaurant’s kitchen, and the cookbook is nowhere to be found. Brooklyn is sure the cookbook is the key to clearing her sister and studies the photocopies she made before undertaking the rebinding and restoration. She shows her security-expert boyfriend, who in turn calls in his MI6 brother, a code expert. While the sleuths are trying to crack the code in the cookbook, the gathered chefs, who cannot leave San Francisco, cook meals for each other, providing Brooklyn ample opportunity to probe their friendships—and enmities. The descriptions of the meals are luscious, and the history of the book intriguing, as befits the seventh in the series. Includes recipes. --Karen Muller --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.
"Another superb entry--and this one is succulent as well--in Kate Carlisle's witty, wacky and wonderful bibliophile series. Quirky characters and an intriguing cookbook with a fabulous history add to the fun. Highly entertaining." --Carolyn Hart, author of Dead, White and Blue
Praise for the New York Times Bestselling Bibliophile Mysteries
“Kate Carlisle never fails to make me laugh, even as she has me turning the pages to see what’s going to happen next.”—Miranda James, New York Times bestselling author of the Cat in the Stacks Mysteries
“Carlisle’s dialogue is natural, her prose has great flow, and her striking descriptions bring Brooklyn’s world to life.”—Crimespree Magazine
“Captivating....The action builds to a surprising final showdown.”—Publishers Weekly
“A true whodunit...highlights Carlisle’s story line skills, her love for books, and her always-endearing heroine.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
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Brooklyn doesn't want to give this book away as it is rare and very old. In fact from the 18th Century. However, Savannah is insistent so Brooklyn agrees. As a Thank You, Savannah arranges dinner reservations to the Chef's grand opening in San Francisco in the Mission District. The Chef is Baxter Cromwell, Savannah's ex-boyfriend, television-land's Bad Boy Chef, and an all around jerk.
Baxter has decided to open his restaurant with two weeks worth of his favorite old friend chefs. Opening night, Savannah is featured. Brooklyn and her live in love, Derek Stone, a former spy and now CEO of his own high security firm, doesn't know what to expect when they arrive, what they didn't expect, however, was to find Baxter dead on his kitchen floor with Savannah kneeling over him with the murderous knife!
The three await the police and make a cursory search for the rare cookbook, after all, it wouldn't have anything to do with the murder would it? When the book comes up missing, that is exactly what Brooklyn begins to ponder.
This sounds like a rather regular murder mystery...but what a person who is not familiar with this excellent series doesn't know is this mystery, is as usual, character driven. Ms. Carlisle has the unique ability to make her characters, not only believable, but interesting. Brooklyn and Derek are a society couple, but yet, you can see yourself joining them with a pizza and beer. I'm also in love with the family and residents of Dharma (Brooklyn's home town.) I love that the 'Flower People' have grown up and created their own form of an established life style. I favor the positivity versus the normal negativity that is type-casted for a 'flower person' of the sixties!
We are actually solving two mysteries...murder and the rare book loss. The stories weave in and out and both are solved at the ending quite satisfactorily in my opinion.
I look forward to the next installment eagerly. I'm never disappointed. I doubt you will either.
There are some slow spots- but again this is not a classic. It is a fun series with lovable characters. I would recommend to a friend.
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