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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

The Grim Reader (Bibliophile Mystery #14) by Kate Carlisle

The Grim Reader

Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Expected publication: June 2nd 2020 by Berkley/Penguin Publishing House

Goodreads synopsis: 
San Francisco book-restoration expert Brooklyn Wainwright was hoping for a fun, relaxing weekend at a local book fair, but a murderer made other plans in the latest in this New York Times bestselling series.

Brooklyn and her new hunky husband, Derek, are excited to be guests at Dharma’s first annual Book Festival. The entire town is involved and Brooklyn’s mom Rebecca is taking charge. In addition to all of her other event related duties, she’s got Brooklyn doing rare book appraisals and is also staging Little Women, the musical to delight the festival goers. If that wasn’t enough, she and Meg—Derek’s mom—will have a booth where they read palms and tarot cards.

Brooklyn couldn’t be prouder of her mom’s do-it-all attitude so when a greedy local businessman who seems intent on destroying Dharma starts harassing Rebecca, Brooklyn is ready to take him down. Rebecca is able to hold her own with the nasty jerk until one of her fellow festival committee members is brutally murdered and the money for the festival seems to have vanished into thin air. 

Things get even more personal when one of Brooklyn’s nearest and dearest is nearly run down in cold blood. Brooklyn and Derek go into attack mode and the pressure is on to catch a spineless killer before they find themselves skipping the festival for a funeral.


4.5 Stars 

This is the fourteenth book in the Bibliophile mystery series by Kate Carlisle.

This is the first book I have read in this series. Please someone tell me how I missed this series over the years. I mean, this is book 14 for heaven’s sakes!

The bookbinding stuff, as much of it as there was, was particularly interesting. From what I understand, the bookbinding content is usually higher considering this is a bookbinding mystery. That stuff is just fascinating. Hard to imagine they take apart a book like that and put it back together better than it was.  The book that caused the murder was a copy of Little Women

The cast was quirky and easy to get along with. When all the money from the account went missing overnight, you could almost hear the hush going on in the room. That would be a scary thing to uncover. I am glad  they decided to investigate because I sure wanted to know what was going on! Definitely kept my interest all the way through. 
Quite a page turner!

If you like this type of book and want to read a good cozy mystery, check this one out for sure. You won’t be disappointed.

I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

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