Once Upon a Spine

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Once Upon a Spine

Bibliophile Mystery, #11

I believe this is my first Kate Carlisle book but I'm positive it won't be my last. Okay really how could you not have a winner on your hands when it involves a murder mystery, books and chocolate pie? Throw in some truly unique parents and a future husband who adores his bride to be and you have a winning story for any cozy fan. Brooklyn Wainright is a simply engaging heroine. Her idiosyncrasies are interesting without being too over the top and she's a refreshing mixture of naive and savvy. I loved her anxiety over the impending visit from her future in laws. But I loved her interactions with said in laws so much more. This is the kind of enjoyable read I expect when I pick up a cozy mystery. There is murder, intrigue and a delightful cast of characters who could all be possible killers. I loved how the details of Brooklyn's craft are woven into the story and become as much a part of her personality as her poor cooking skills or her love for the rare book are. I liked that there seemed to be very specific details but it didn't come across as text bookesque but rather an artist preparing her creation. I'm looking forward to going back and seeing just how Brooklyn became involved in murder and hopefully she will keep me entertained for many stories yet to come.

Brooklyn Wainright and her fiancé Derek Stone seem to have the uncanny ability to land smack dab in the middle of murder investigations and when murder comes calling in their very own neighbourhood how can Brooklyn and Derek not pitch in and help find the murderer before the body count rises?


Book Blurb for Once Upon a Spine

In this Bibliophile Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Books of a Feather, San Francisco bookbinder Brooklyn Wainwright stumbles through the looking glass in a tale of murder, rare books, and a quest for the perfect pie…

Brooklyn's oh-so-proper future in-laws are traveling from England to meet her, and if that's not enough to set her on edge, rumors abound that the charming Courtyard shops across the street may be replaced by high-rise apartments. Their trendy neighborhood will be ruined unless Brooklyn and her fiancé, Derek Stone, can persuade the shopkeepers not to sell. 

But with a rare edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland causing bad blood at the Brothers Bookshop and a string of petty vandalism making everyone nervous, Brooklyn and Derek feel like they're attempting six impossible things before breakfast. Then the owner of the Rabbit Hole juice bar is felled by his own heavy shelves, and the local cobbler lies dead beside him. An accident . . . or something more sinister? Things get curiouser and curiouser when a second priceless copy of Alice is discovered. Will it stir up more trouble within the close-knit community?  

As the Brits descend, Brooklyn learns they're not so stuffy after all. Derek's dad is won over with chocolate cream pie, and his psychic mum would kill to help Brooklyn solve this murder—before another victim takes a tumble.


Night Owl Reviews May, 2017 4.00