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Homicide in Hardcover: A Bibliophile Mystery (edició 2009)

de Kate Carlisle (Autor)

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"Brooklyn Wainwright is a skilled surgeon. Sure, her patients might smell like mold and have spines made of leather, but no ailing book is going to die on her watch. The same can't be said of Abraham Karastovsky, Brooklyn's friend and former employer. On the eve of the celebration for his latest book restoration, Brooklyn finds her mentor lying a pool of his own blood. With his final breath, Abraham leaves Brooklyn a cryptic message, 'Remember the devil,' and smiles as she takes possession of his priceless, and supposedly cursed, copy of Goethe's Faust .... "--p. [4] of cover.… (més)
Membre:quervo111
Títol:Homicide in Hardcover: A Bibliophile Mystery
Autors:Kate Carlisle (Autor)
Informació:Berkley (2009), Edition: Reprint, 289 pages
Col·leccions:La teva biblioteca
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There is a subgenre of cozy mysteries series which picks up a hobby (usually art or craft) or business and sets the series around it - coffee-shops, baking, bookstores... you name it, it probably exists. Most of them are formulaic to some extent (there is a love interest, whoever runs the business/has the hobby becomes a reluctant detective, the police seems to always think they did at least the first murder at least for awhile and so on) but they tend to have enough details and difference to actually work on their own.

This novel is the first in one of these series. Brooklyn Wainwright restores old books and is one of the best in the business, albeit very young. A rare collection, being restored by her old mentor Abraham Karastovsky, is about to be shown in a local museum but he does not live long enough to see it - during a celebration in the museum he is killed. And it seems like Brooklyn and people she cares about are in the frame for it. So she resolves to do two things: find the murderer and finish Abraham's work with the collection.

There is an old love interest, there is an old foe (almost Cruella de Vil level cartoonish in her hate) and then there is the security consultant which makes Brooklyn's knees week. All that was the usual formula. Then there are the details - the commune where Brooklyn grew up (and met Abraham), all the book binding and restoring details and Brooklyn's personality which after a bit of a stumble early on (way too... formulaic) actually evens out and even shines.

But what really carries the book is the mystery itself - the murder and its resolution. With old books all over the place it was bound to be ties to the past and it is. But it was handled properly, without sudden jumps or surprises.

A good start for a new cozy mystery series - if you are in the mood for the style. I plan to read at least a few more from the series - they are a wonderful palate cleanser after heavier books. ( )
  AnnieMod | Aug 10, 2021 |
What I Loved: Homicide in Hardcover is a great cozy mystery surrounding my favorite subject: books! Brooklyn is a great narrator and she takes her sleuthing seriously. Abraham was very important to Brooklyn and he helped to shape the life she leads now. Homicide in Hardcover is filled with some pretty good humor. This is the first book in a series and introduces us to some pretty interesting characters. I’m certainly anxious to read more about them.

What I Could Have Lived Without: Remember how I said it had some good humor? There were also times when that humor seemed inappropriate. For example, when the baddie is being handcuffed Brooklyn and another character are having a nonchalant conversation about pizza topping choices.It just didn’t seem to fit.

Recommended For: Any reader who enjoys a light and funny mystery.

Avoid If: Slightly ditzy characters put you on edge. :) ( )
  stephaniedloves2read | Aug 8, 2021 |
What I Loved: Homicide in Hardcover is a great cozy mystery surrounding my favorite subject: books! Brooklyn is a great narrator and she takes her sleuthing seriously. Abraham was very important to Brooklyn and he helped to shape the life she leads now. Homicide in Hardcover is filled with some pretty good humor. This is the first book in a series and introduces us to some pretty interesting characters. I’m certainly anxious to read more about them.

What I Could Have Lived Without: Remember how I said it had some good humor? There were also times when that humor seemed inappropriate. For example, when the baddie is being handcuffed Brooklyn and another character are having a nonchalant conversation about pizza topping choices.It just didn’t seem to fit.

Recommended For: Any reader who enjoys a light and funny mystery.

Avoid If: Slightly ditzy characters put you on edge. :) ( )
  stephaniedloves2read | Aug 8, 2021 |
Fairly standard cosy with two too many impossibly perfect men sweeping in and taking over too often. ( )
  Stephen.Lawton | Aug 7, 2021 |
Light, humorous, non-stressful. Been a good read for a work lunch. I had read number 7, so I decided to read the first one in the series. I might wish for a little more seriousness and a little more believability, but I don't think that's what the author was going for in this series of book related mysteries. I might end up reading some of the others and I'm pretty sure I'm going to know just what to expect. ( )
  Chica3000 | Dec 11, 2020 |
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"Brooklyn Wainwright is a skilled surgeon. Sure, her patients might smell like mold and have spines made of leather, but no ailing book is going to die on her watch. The same can't be said of Abraham Karastovsky, Brooklyn's friend and former employer. On the eve of the celebration for his latest book restoration, Brooklyn finds her mentor lying a pool of his own blood. With his final breath, Abraham leaves Brooklyn a cryptic message, 'Remember the devil,' and smiles as she takes possession of his priceless, and supposedly cursed, copy of Goethe's Faust .... "--p. [4] of cover.

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