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Peril in Paperback: A Bibliophile Mystery Mass Market Paperback – August 7, 2012
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"Grabbed my attention from the beginning and never let go...The mystery was well thought out, and I was kept guessing as to who the culprit was." --Fresh Fiction
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
About the Author
A native Californian, New York Times bestselling author Kate Carlisle worked in television for many years before turning to writing. A lifelong fascination with the art and craft of bookbinding led her to write the Bibliophile Mysteries featuring Brooklyn Wainwright, whose bookbinding and restoration skills invariably uncover old secrets, treachery, and murder. She is also the author of the Fixer-Upper Mysteries featuring small-town girl Shannon Hammer, a building contractor specializing in home restoration. The Fixer-Upper Mysteries are being brought to Hallmark Movies & Mysteries in a series starring Jewel and Colin Ferguson. Visit Kate online at KateCarlisle.com.
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While the book was a nice reunion with old friends, the mystery is very simplistic. there are a few twists and turns, but it is pretty easy to figure out who did it. Some of the subplots made no sense and belonged in perhaps another book (for example, the whole subplot about the baby. Again, apologies for being vague).
It was disappointing that some of the characters that we've grown to love are not present in this book. Perhaps it would have been better to make the character of Grace related to Brooklyn somehow so the story could have included the Dharma cast of characters. It would have been much more interesting.
I was also disappointed in Brooklyn - while in other books she's smart and sassy, in this one, she's morose and whiney. Grow up, girl!
I would continue with the series, hoping that the next one is better. And while this is a nice book for curling up with on a rainy day, it isn't up to the author's usual abilities. If this is your first time with this series, start with a different book.
I like Brooklyn and her friends and family, though I do wish I knew her a bit better. The emotional barriers she puts up also put a distance between herself and the reader.
Peril in Paperbook is set in a mansion that mirrors the gaming interests of the owner. The week-long house party is where the plot unfolds.
What disappointed me about PinP was the soap-opera nature of the plot. Not one, but two, lost babies reveal themselves to their birth parents coincidentally at the same house party. The drama unfolded in such a cliche that I wondered if it was meant as a mock. As is too common in the Brooklyn series, the falling action and denouement occur in the last few pages, relying on a glut of confessions rather than intelligent unraveling of a mystery. It reminded me of a series where the author died, but the series continued in an artificial, almost computerized, version of the original series.
I see potential in the series, or I wouldn't still be reading it, but the disappointments are growing a bit too rapidly. These characters deserve a better showing and a better plot.
The story begins as Brooklyn arrives at the home of her friend Suzie's Aunt Grace, a self-made millionaire (a la video game creations) for the weeklong celebration of Grace's 50th birthday. Others in attendance include Grace's business partner and his wife, two employees of Grace's company who are computer whizzes and game creators, Grace's brother, his wife, their daughter KiKi, an archivist who is to assist Brooklyn in organizing Grace's expansive library, Grace's BFF,and several household employees.
One evening's entertainment included a seance in which a party guest dies suddenly - and not of natural causes.
I loved the characters in that there was cause for Brooklyn to suspect each and every one. I enjoyed the 'fun house' setting, and that the guests were stuck at the mansion in a snowstorm.
Also, someone said something about enjoying Brooklyn's mother, as do I, but she just makes a "cameo" appearance in this book.
There are several twists and surprises as the mystery is solved, all questions are answered.
This was the perfect book for me this weekend to cozy in and read while I've been feeling a little blah. The only thing better would have been for it to be winter with a snowstorm and no where to go and nothing to do but sit by the fireplace and enjoy.
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