If Books Could Kill: A Bibliophile Mystery
by Kate Carlisle
Review by Beth Slater
Signet Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780451228918
Date: 02 February 2010 List Price $6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
Brook is back after her debut in Homicide in Hardcover, this time attending the Edinburgh Book Fair. Almost immediately she bumps into her ex, Kyle McVee, who seems to want to reconnect. While she fends off his advances, he does bring up a serious proposal – he has a job for her. His family has passed down an original text of poems by a famous author that could rock and humiliate the British monarchy and divide the British Isles. Warning Brooklyn that having the book in her possession could be dangerous, he asks her to authenticate it. Then he tells her about the death threats.
Brook lets Kyle run off to his next appointment and returns to her hotel room to relax before joining other Fair members for some sight-seeing. The ghost tour promises to be historically interesting, despite Brook's disbelief in ghosts, and the tour guide is a remarkable story-teller. But they all agree that the staged body in the small cove of a family area was a bit much – especially when they recognize it as fellow bibliophile Kyle McVee, in a pool of blood.
Having a history with murder, Brooklyn once again is pushed to the forefront of suspects, especially when her history with Kyle is revealed, as well as their rendezvous earlier that afternoon. If it weren't for Derek, Brook's mysterious love interest who seems to have serious clout with police worldwide, she'd be locked up tight. Because of this, along with discovery of the murder weapon (nope, not telling!), Brook's decided to launch her own investigation. Luckily, her best friend Robin, who knows nothing of books but everything about moral support, has shown up. But Robin has also brought Brooklyn's parents to tour the area for their anniversary trip.
The convention contains many people who would kill to get their hands on the signed text that Kyle had given Bree, simply for the aesthetic value, without even mentioning the people who want it to destroy it because of its historical content. But was Kyle's murder because of the book or because of Kyle's disreputable womanizing history?
I am enjoying this series, and look forward to book three. I wondered how much this aspect of books would appeal – I'm a reader, and have never attempted anything close to a repair, but what is described here, if close to the real thing, sounds interesting. The mystery plot is light-hearted and cozy but with depth enough to keep me guessing for a while, and the romance that is intertwined and humor amongst the eclectic cast of characters kept a smile on my face throughout the book. Carlisle's heroes do sound yummy, I have to admit! I recommend this for book lovers and cozy readers.