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If Books Could Kill by Kate Carlisle


Cover art: If Books Could Kill Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: If Books Could Kill - 2nd in the Bibliophile Mystery series
Author: Kate Carlisle
Publisher: Obsidian
ISBN-13: 978-0-451-22891-8
Release Date: February 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, Scotland
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal/Moderate
Kate's Website/Blog: www.katecarlisle.com

Hi Readers,

I enjoyed this book probably because I've been a bibliophile all my life. I worked at a library for many years starting as a page and ending up as director. There is not a better thing to do than read. So, I was taken by Brooklyn Wainwright, who is a rare book expert in San Francisco.

In this story, Brooklyn goes to Edinburgh, Scotland to attend a Book Fair. She meets her former flame, Kyle McVee, who wants her to authenticate a very old, rare book that is apparently by Robert Burns and is called "Love Poems to a Flaxen'd Quean." The front cover, to Brooklyn, seems to be genuine and fashioned by William Cathcart, who was an 18th Century Scottish publisher and bookbinder. Kyle is very nervous about this book as it is an unusual one written by Burns. There were very few of them printed and this seems to be the only one left. And, Kyle drops the bomb that someone is trying to kill him before he can get the book validated and wants to turn the book over to Brooklyn to see if she can verify it as the real thing. Brooklyn agrees and takes the book.

Thinking about Kyle's preposterous story, Brooklyn goes on a nighttime tour of the city. This turns out to be a disaster as the first landmark is inhabited by a real dead body. Kyle's body!! The authorities are sure that Brooklyn is the killer but, Brooklyn decides to conduct her own investigation as most of the conventioneers are people that didn't really like Kyle all that much and they fit the bill of exterminator. But, in order to solve the case, she has to find out if the motive is concealed in the antique book that Kyle gave to her. And if this murder is personal or hidden in a 200-year-old book.

As I said, I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to mystery readers. The author knows her business and has done a lot of research in the world of books and also the country of Scotland. I'm happy that this is part of series and am going to read the first installment Homicide in Hardcover and look forward to number three. The book is fast-paced and the writing is A-One and will keep you guessing throughout. Enjoy!!!

I'll talk to you soon,

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