The streets of San Francisco would be lined with hardcovers if rare book expert Brooklyn Wainwright had her way. And her mentor wouldn’t be lying in a pool of his own blood on the eve of a celebration for his latest book restoration.
With his final breath he leaves Brooklyn a cryptic message, and gives her a priceless and supposedly cursed copy of Goethe’s Faust for safekeeping.
Brooklyn suddenly finds herself accused of murder and theft, thanks to the humorless, but attractive, British security officer who finds her kneeling over the body. Now she has to read the clues left behind by her mentor if she is going to restore justice. (via Goodreads)
What I Thought
The first in Carlisle’s mystery series Bibliophile Mysteries and it starts strong. A lot of firsts in the series are really slow, filled with back story and turn out to be good jumping off points but not actually good in their own right this was not the case for Homicide in Hardcover. It was quick paced, the amateur sleuth is not terribly annoying [such a boon!], and not enough romance to really bother me.
Brooklyn is a book restorer that I like for the most part. She does seem to get pretty stupid around the love interest but at least it’s not all the time so I can deal with it no problem. The characters are humorous, the bad guys are really quite bad, the dead bodies important, the semi-weird hippy commune is well a semi-weird hippy commune.
The mystery itself was good lots of possibilities and even when narrowed down it could have been any one of three people. I like that and I like the reason Carlisle chose the murder.
It all smacks of cozy mystery so if that’s not your thing then totally skip it. I think that cozy mysteries are lovely, fun and fluffy and should be read often. That being said there was some language [really like not much on 2 pages] and talk of blood which is rare in cozies. So if things likes this bother you then skip it:
Dripping from the eagle’s left wing was blood, so think and crimson, it almost looked real.
I think that anyone who likes mysteries, particularly cozies, and loves books and reading about books [oooh meta!] should read this series. I can’t wait to read more!