Wainwright is a bookbinder and amateur sleuth who has earned
something of a reputation for finding both murder victims
and their killers. Her immediate concern, however, is that
her future in-laws are coming all the way from England to
meet her. She is worried about whether they will like her
or not, and is on edge about how they will get along with
her own parents, who are still acting like young hippies!
It is San Francisco, after all, and there is room for all
sorts of people. Maybe everything will be OK.
Bookshop is one of the Courtyard shops across the street from
Brooklyn and Derek’s apartment and is one her favorite
haunts. At present, the shop boasts a rare edition of “Alice’s
Adventures in Wonderland” which is kept safely under
lock and key. It is also the source of an ongoing verbal battle
between shop owners Eddie and Terrence.
one morning as Brooklyn heads to the Beanery for a cafe latte,
her attention is caught at something inside the local health
food shop, The Rabbit Hole. Heavy stainless steel shelving
has been toppled and groceries are scattered. She spots the
owner, Rabbit, lying on the floor, but thankfully he is alive.
Unconscious, but alive. Joey, the cobbler, isn’t so
lucky. He is dead, under the heavy shelving unit. Oh no, another
body, another potential murder! The area has been plagued
by vandalism in recent weeks, but nothing that would have
suggested an imminent murder!
Police know Brooklyn’s track record by now, and although
they discourage her from sleuthing, they don’t formally
insist that she cease and desist. Of course, the fact that
Derek is a security expert with a history of success in British
Intelligence may be a factor, as Inspector Lee works with
them to unmask a brutal killer before he or she strikes again.
you add both sets of parents to the mix, and they get along
famously, new relationships blossom, and the two moms want
to help dig for clues. What could go wrong?
I found myself a tad confused as the mystery unfolded at the
end, I quickly realized that this was sheer genius on the
part of the author. It fit perfectly with the “Alice”
theme that ran throughout the book!
again, Kate Carlisle has delivered a book that is pure delight
to this long-time fan. Each book in this series is better
than the last, and this is sure to be a winner and a big hit
with mystery buffs. Charming and fun, filled with quirky characters,
intriguing settings and a meticulously plotted mystery, you
won’t want to miss this latest Bibliophile mystery.
Be sure to add it to your summer reading list, suggest it
to your book group, then settle back and enjoy every word!
A real gem!