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How to become the life of the party? First, survive the celebration… Rare books and antiquities expert Brooklyn Wainwright is thrilled to be invited to the fiftieth birthday party of her neighbor Suzie’s aunt Grace. A retired founder of a major video game corporation, Grace is a larger-than-life character who’s turned her Lake Tahoe mansion into a fun house, full of every How to become the life of the party? First, survive the celebration… Rare books and antiquities expert Brooklyn Wainwright is thrilled to be invited to the fiftieth birthday party of her neighbor Suzie’s aunt Grace. A retired founder of a major video game corporation, Grace is a larger-than-life character who’s turned her Lake Tahoe mansion into a fun house, full of everything from pinball machines and giant props to secret passageways and trap doors. Brooklyn is most excited to catalog Grace’s extensive collection of rare paperback pulp fiction. Part of the fun involves a séance, but after the lights flicker, one guest is dead, poisoned by a cocktail intended for Grace. It seems someone is determined to turn Grace’s playful palatial estate into a house of horrors. Brooklyn suspects the key to the killer’s identity may lie in the roman á clef Grace has written about her life. With Grace in great peril, “must-read” takes on a whole new meaning, as Brooklyn tries to stop a murderer who’s through playing around…  


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How to become the life of the party? First, survive the celebration… Rare books and antiquities expert Brooklyn Wainwright is thrilled to be invited to the fiftieth birthday party of her neighbor Suzie’s aunt Grace. A retired founder of a major video game corporation, Grace is a larger-than-life character who’s turned her Lake Tahoe mansion into a fun house, full of every How to become the life of the party? First, survive the celebration… Rare books and antiquities expert Brooklyn Wainwright is thrilled to be invited to the fiftieth birthday party of her neighbor Suzie’s aunt Grace. A retired founder of a major video game corporation, Grace is a larger-than-life character who’s turned her Lake Tahoe mansion into a fun house, full of everything from pinball machines and giant props to secret passageways and trap doors. Brooklyn is most excited to catalog Grace’s extensive collection of rare paperback pulp fiction. Part of the fun involves a séance, but after the lights flicker, one guest is dead, poisoned by a cocktail intended for Grace. It seems someone is determined to turn Grace’s playful palatial estate into a house of horrors. Brooklyn suspects the key to the killer’s identity may lie in the roman á clef Grace has written about her life. With Grace in great peril, “must-read” takes on a whole new meaning, as Brooklyn tries to stop a murderer who’s through playing around…  

30 review for Peril in Paperback

  1. 4 out of 5

    James

    Peril in Paperback is the 6th book in the Bibliophile Mysteries written by Kate Carlisle. I've read all the books in this series, plus I'm current with the author's Fixer-Upper series. I haven't yet read any of her other series. In this installment, Brooklyn visits a friend's aunt's elaborate mansion to help catalog her immense library, but by the time the first night ends with a séance, one of the guests is dead. It also appears as if the intended victim was really Suzie's Aunt Grace. Oops! What Peril in Paperback is the 6th book in the Bibliophile Mysteries written by Kate Carlisle. I've read all the books in this series, plus I'm current with the author's Fixer-Upper series. I haven't yet read any of her other series. In this installment, Brooklyn visits a friend's aunt's elaborate mansion to help catalog her immense library, but by the time the first night ends with a séance, one of the guests is dead. It also appears as if the intended victim was really Suzie's Aunt Grace. Oops! What a crazy cast of characters! Between the loony aunt, the complex business partners, the cruel family members, and the evil lawyer, there were few to like... but it was a beautifully written, classic Agatha Christie-esque story, mostly a locked room type of approach. Even the ambulance couldn't get to the house until the next day, so it felt like a stranded home where someone had planned to kill Grace before she changed her will. What exactly was she looking to do with her money? I loved the first 80% of the book and was certain it would end up as a 5-star read. From the multiple accidents happening all around Brooklyn to the drama with her traveling boyfriend, I kept turning the pages. I secretly wanted her to have an affair with Gabriel, though I really do believe she belongs with the boyfriend, Derek. When the big scene finally arrives, it was a bit of a letdown. Sure, it had several great moments, but it was almost too quick... in the chapter, there was little lead-up with a hint of suggestion and then bang, the person pulls out his/her gun. I was like... wait, is this another red herring? Then... a second revelation comes, but it was kinda out of nowhere and didn't much have anything to do with that person being a possible suspect... so for the somewhat awkward climax, I had to drop .5 stars. I settled on 4.5 and really loved the atmosphere, the mystery plot, the various character personalities, and the way in which Brooklyn investigates the crime. As everything came together in the end, it reminded me how much this series is truly growing on me. On to #7 next week! I must catch up to #15 so I'm current in 2022.

  2. 5 out of 5

    C. (friends, please call me by name)

    Kate Carlisle’s series is unique: a bookbinder raised on a California commune, dating a British ex-agent. Her mysteries are light only on sexuality and violence. Superior to the average “cozy”, the wackiness is intelligent. We intimately know the broad family and lifelong friends. Only once did I give a three-star grade; to the previous novel. Logic must hold, no matter how inventive an outing is, Brooklyn needed to stop such juvenile doubting of Derek’s love, and a change of scenes was due. Her Kate Carlisle’s series is unique: a bookbinder raised on a California commune, dating a British ex-agent. Her mysteries are light only on sexuality and violence. Superior to the average “cozy”, the wackiness is intelligent. We intimately know the broad family and lifelong friends. Only once did I give a three-star grade; to the previous novel. Logic must hold, no matter how inventive an outing is, Brooklyn needed to stop such juvenile doubting of Derek’s love, and a change of scenes was due. Her apartment and the museum have hosted story settings often enough. The thirty year-old protagonist did doubt her common-law partner, we hope for the final time. However, “Peril In Paperback”, 2012, supplied a more delicious setting than I would have dreamed: a tricky game mansion! Suzie & Vinnie are a lesbian couple, who are Brooklyn’s loyal friends and neighbours. In a previous story, Brooklyn repaired books for Suzie’s wealthy Aunt Grace. We acquaint this game-designing mogul, when Grace invites the three girls to her Lake Tahoe mansion. Corporate betrayal, familial bitterness, and several secret identities furnish the plots. Those had my interest, as much as rare books that Brooklyn kept picking up in peculiar places, and Grace’s sweet cat. She entertained us upon shelves near the ceiling of Brooklyn’s guestroom. I would have soared over the moon, if I had read the novel without glancing at any reviews. Incorrectly claiming that the story was largely about secret passageways, spoiled the thrill for me. There was only one chute. It might have sparked five stars, if I had been granted the surprise. I avoid dipping grades for elements authors don’t control but do designate a star for personal reactions. Nonetheless, this is my favourite of Kate’s novels! Her creativity was fantastic, as well as some unexpectedly emotional side stories.

  3. 4 out of 5

    ❂ Murder by Death

    I put off reading this book as long as I could because this is my favorite series and I was practicing my delayed gratification skills. I think I made it 6 weeks, and then devoured the entire book in an afternoon. Peril in Paperback is a fabulous, fun book and a really fun homage to the English House Mysteries. Derek wasn't much in this book at all, and I was prepared to sulk about that, but was very happily distracted by lots of Gabriel! Ms. Carlisle does a wonderful job of juggling the two men I put off reading this book as long as I could because this is my favorite series and I was practicing my delayed gratification skills. I think I made it 6 weeks, and then devoured the entire book in an afternoon. Peril in Paperback is a fabulous, fun book and a really fun homage to the English House Mysteries. Derek wasn't much in this book at all, and I was prepared to sulk about that, but was very happily distracted by lots of Gabriel! Ms. Carlisle does a wonderful job of juggling the two men in a way that I find perfectly satisfying. Brooklyn is the one character in all my books, I'd most like to be friends with - a brilliant sense of humour and snark, a fabulously eccentric family and possibly the best job in the universe. All the characters in this book are excellent and honestly I'm not afraid to admit that the fifth star in this book came purely from the absence of Minka. Really such a fun read. The mystery itself was not only great fun, but included lots of suspects, lots of 'happenings', clues, secret passages and red herrings. While I had my guesses whittled down to one or two choices, I had no idea until the end. And the end! Such a great throwback to the classics! Loved it!!!! Now I have to wait until stinking June of next year for the next book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Karina

    Fun in between murder mystery. The characters are all likable or, at least, relatable. I didn't like that the story took so long to develop but when it finally did it was quirky and quick. I didn't hate it and might be tempted to read another but overall was just okay. Fun in between murder mystery. The characters are all likable or, at least, relatable. I didn't like that the story took so long to develop but when it finally did it was quirky and quick. I didn't hate it and might be tempted to read another but overall was just okay.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    The Real Mystery? How an author, agent and publisher let this book get so ridiculous it leaves us wondering if this series can recover. Brooklyn is back and while her boyfriend Derek is on assignment in Europe, she's going away for a week vacation to celebrate Suzie's eccentric Aunt's birthday. In the beautifully lakeside mansion with a few tricks of its own, a group of Aunt Grace's family and friends kick off the festivities with a seance. What starts as a little harmless fun communing with the The Real Mystery? How an author, agent and publisher let this book get so ridiculous it leaves us wondering if this series can recover. Brooklyn is back and while her boyfriend Derek is on assignment in Europe, she's going away for a week vacation to celebrate Suzie's eccentric Aunt's birthday. In the beautifully lakeside mansion with a few tricks of its own, a group of Aunt Grace's family and friends kick off the festivities with a seance. What starts as a little harmless fun communing with the dead ends with one of the living crossing to the other side. The group gets snowed in, blocking the police from reaching them but Brooklyn's dark and mysterious friend Gabriel shows up just in time to help her decipher the clues. Together they must attempt to discover who among them is a killer and stop them from killing again. I wanted so badly to love this book. I've loved each of the other books in this series and was looking forward to see what kind of trouble Brooklyn would get into next. For starters, Derek wasn't in this book much and we got way too much of Brooklyn whining about it. Nevertheless, I was staying with the plot for about the first 60 pages, after which each revelation was more preposterous than the last. By the end of it, way too many coincidences and lucky guesses had occurred and I was wishing I'd skipped this installment. The whole story was an odd collection of revelations about an odd group of people staying under one odd roof which were so disjointed and unnecessary to further the plot or develop the characters that they'd been better left out. On top of that, there were way too many politically charged topics that the author made her view clear on and one oddly introduced and incredibly cliche new character it looks like we'll be reading about in the coming books. Luckily this wasn't my first exposure to the series. If it had been I'd never have finished it much less considered reading anything else by this author.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ruth

    I wanted so much to love this book. It had all the elements that make a perfect cozy mystery for me. A fun cast of characters (most a bit one-dimensional, but that's not unusual for cozies), a large and crazy house to explore, a locked-in murder where everyone is trapped and held in suspicion, and a good sense of humor. In fact, for the first half of the book, I was thoroughly enjoying it. However, the further the mystery got, the less it really worked as a mystery. Yes there was a murderer runni I wanted so much to love this book. It had all the elements that make a perfect cozy mystery for me. A fun cast of characters (most a bit one-dimensional, but that's not unusual for cozies), a large and crazy house to explore, a locked-in murder where everyone is trapped and held in suspicion, and a good sense of humor. In fact, for the first half of the book, I was thoroughly enjoying it. However, the further the mystery got, the less it really worked as a mystery. Yes there was a murderer running rampant, even attacking more victims at random intervals to keep the danger levels up, and true there were plenty of secrets to unveil by the end. Nevertheless, I found myself honestly not caring much about the whodunnit or the whydunnit or any of that. A lot of the problem seemed to come down to the protagonist. She was likeable enough (this was my first book from this series, and I'm giving it a lot of leeway in respect to ongoing storylines or character development of the main characters and so on), but she simply didn't do much. Sure she helped secure the scene/witnesses after the murder that started it all, and she was there (or at least first on the scene) for pretty much all the major events, but Gabriel was the one doing all the work in the vast majority of those scenes (if this wasn't a series book, he would have been a much better protagonist :P), and Brooklyn didn't really even care for the most part. Even in the big reveal scene, Brooklyn literally just stood there and watched everything happen in front of her. Everyone else was forcing out secrets, fighting the villain, revealing what they knew, and other than a few kinda pointless questions, she just stood there. To be honest, that whole scene is what dropped my rating to 2 stars since I was fully prepared to give it a nice, decent 3 before then. The villain also irked me. I still think the motivation was ridiculous (made sense, but it seemed really forced, in a "this character is a horrible person thus requires very little actual reason to commit murder" sort of way), and they were so obvious I'd long since dismissed them as an actual possibility. So yeah, really not impressed with this book, but the writing and main characters were pretty fun (and honestly, starting partway into the series wasn't much of an issue beyond being confused on a couple relationships at first :P), so I'm more than ready to give it another shot with the first book. Hopefully the mystery is halfway decent next time around.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    Now here is a bibliophile book that truly lives up to it's name. The main character has a bedroom that is filled with books, she finds books all over the mansion, even in the wine cellar. She repairs books and reads books. A pretty good English Manor mystery is the center of the book about a group of computer game company employees trapped in the snow, lots of fun to read. Now here is a bibliophile book that truly lives up to it's name. The main character has a bedroom that is filled with books, she finds books all over the mansion, even in the wine cellar. She repairs books and reads books. A pretty good English Manor mystery is the center of the book about a group of computer game company employees trapped in the snow, lots of fun to read.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    I've enjoyed this series, and I still enjoyed this installment, but not quite as much as past books. This is an easy-reading, light and fun cozy series, perfect for beach/cottage or lazy rainy weekends. The characters are fun, quirky and interesting, and the plots the author comes up with are fairly clever and fun to try to figure out, although not Agatha Christie by any means. Still, they are good reads. This book fell a little flat for me because the main character, Brooklyn, was written as more I've enjoyed this series, and I still enjoyed this installment, but not quite as much as past books. This is an easy-reading, light and fun cozy series, perfect for beach/cottage or lazy rainy weekends. The characters are fun, quirky and interesting, and the plots the author comes up with are fairly clever and fun to try to figure out, although not Agatha Christie by any means. Still, they are good reads. This book fell a little flat for me because the main character, Brooklyn, was written as more whiny than in past books, and that never connects well for me. In the past she has been a bit of a kook, which, given her family and upbringing isn't a surprise, but she's been independent and strong, navigating through the murders she somehow keeps ending up in the middle of with determination and chutzpa. This time around, the author had her all dramatic and drippy about boyfriend stuff. I think that is another thing that was missing for me in this book - most of the supporting characters who usually make an appearance in the stuff Brooklyn gets involved in were missing this time, because of the setting. While I liked most of the characters who were in this remote house-party turned deadly, I like the people in Brooklyn's life better as part of the stories in this series. So overall, this was okay, and I will read future installments because I do like these books and the characters. This just wasn't my favourite in the series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Crystal Bush

    I love this series, but this book was just really not my favorite. I adore the characters and the last few books but this one kinda left be feeling a bit... Not happy... First of all Derek Stone was not in the book save for maybe a few parts at the end. At first I thought it would be great for Brooklyn to finally solve something on her own but that wasn't really the case. She more or less watched the whole thing take place around her. But it wasn't the story that turned me off to this book, it wa I love this series, but this book was just really not my favorite. I adore the characters and the last few books but this one kinda left be feeling a bit... Not happy... First of all Derek Stone was not in the book save for maybe a few parts at the end. At first I thought it would be great for Brooklyn to finally solve something on her own but that wasn't really the case. She more or less watched the whole thing take place around her. But it wasn't the story that turned me off to this book, it was the ending. It ended like a really bad soap opera. I seriously sat there after finishing the book with a feeling of "is this some kind of joke?" Because the first few always ended with a bang... This one sort of ended with a puff of smoke and some guy in a leotard singing Yankee Doodle. It was just bad. But I'm still going to read the next book and hope to god it doesn't end like this one. At all.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    I love the character of Brooklyn and I enjoy the writing style, but the plot was too over the top for me.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Peggy R

    I have really been enjoying this series and can't understand why I waited so long to pick it up. This is perhaps my favorite of the series to date. It is a nod to the old fashioned murder at a house party mystery. Add in that the hostess is a game developer and you get some strange things happening with the walls and hallways changing, not to mention trap doors. I enjoy all of the characters but I'm still trying to figure Gabriel and his secret. I think the author is developing these characters I have really been enjoying this series and can't understand why I waited so long to pick it up. This is perhaps my favorite of the series to date. It is a nod to the old fashioned murder at a house party mystery. Add in that the hostess is a game developer and you get some strange things happening with the walls and hallways changing, not to mention trap doors. I enjoy all of the characters but I'm still trying to figure Gabriel and his secret. I think the author is developing these characters well and the friendship between Brooklyn, Vinnie, and Suzie jumps off the page. It is genuine and feels like the type of friendship we all want to have in our lives. It was a bit unusual to get so little of Derek in this book, but I think it allowed the author to let Brooklyn stand on her own. The mystery was well done. There were plenty of threads to unravel and secrets to discover. In the end, I did not guess the identity of the killer, or any of the secrets with the exception of perhaps one - but that was late in the game. I've got the next book on hold at the library and can't wait for it to arrive so I can dive back into this series. I hope the people ahead of me in the hold line read quickly.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    I have enjoyed the previous books in this series as light, entertaining reading. This one just didn't hit the mark for me. The action was frantic and often made little sense, plus much if the dialogue was within the protagonist's head not really advancing the plot. Things happened that had no anchor in the story; people behaved unrealistically; and characters popped in and out like popcorn. I finished the book just in case somehow the author pulled it all together somehow at the end. No such luck I have enjoyed the previous books in this series as light, entertaining reading. This one just didn't hit the mark for me. The action was frantic and often made little sense, plus much if the dialogue was within the protagonist's head not really advancing the plot. Things happened that had no anchor in the story; people behaved unrealistically; and characters popped in and out like popcorn. I finished the book just in case somehow the author pulled it all together somehow at the end. No such luck. From the ratings, many people must have seen more in this book than I did. That's why we all should be thankful for a robust publishing industry that brings us so many types of books.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    2.5 stars what's with the random cats that Brooklyn encounters on her travels? I know she eventually gets her own pet kitty but i couldn't figure out the reason behind the detail in the stories. is it just that the writer is a pet or cat person? there were too many characters to keep track of in this book. Susie Berneis (the narrator) does a good job of voicing these books but i found her choice of tone for the character Grace annoying. (she's an older lady yet it was done in a little girl voice) Als 2.5 stars what's with the random cats that Brooklyn encounters on her travels? I know she eventually gets her own pet kitty but i couldn't figure out the reason behind the detail in the stories. is it just that the writer is a pet or cat person? there were too many characters to keep track of in this book. Susie Berneis (the narrator) does a good job of voicing these books but i found her choice of tone for the character Grace annoying. (she's an older lady yet it was done in a little girl voice) Also, i found the "movable mousetrap house" bit very confusing. while i like Derek, it was cool to have a story that featured Gabriel. He's a great character. And i like that the writer doesn't have a love triangle w/the 2 sexy men & protagonist. Brooklyn is definitely Derek's gal but good friends w/Gabriel & it all works. lots of surprises in the final reveal. and i was glad to finally learn about how Lily entered their lives. very sweet!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Laura Lee

    I wasn't familiar with this series so it took me awhile to get caught up with who was who and the book started slow for me. It didn't pick up until page 75 when someone is murdered. Then towards the end it was rushed into one tight bow. I wanted to, but I did not find the main character likable. I was disappointed in the book. I wasn't familiar with this series so it took me awhile to get caught up with who was who and the book started slow for me. It didn't pick up until page 75 when someone is murdered. Then towards the end it was rushed into one tight bow. I wanted to, but I did not find the main character likable. I was disappointed in the book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    This has been one of my favorite books, so far, from this series. There were multiple mysteries going on, but they were not tangled together, so it wasn't at all confusing. I really enjoy the recurring characters in this series as well. They are quirky and amusing, and they grow in depth with each new book. The only problem I have is that I really like both Derek *and* Gabriel! This has been one of my favorite books, so far, from this series. There were multiple mysteries going on, but they were not tangled together, so it wasn't at all confusing. I really enjoy the recurring characters in this series as well. They are quirky and amusing, and they grow in depth with each new book. The only problem I have is that I really like both Derek *and* Gabriel!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jenni Schell

    I loved this book. I think that Kate's main character is endearing. Brooklyn just continues to get herself into these amazing situations and gets out will keep me laughing and wanting more. Please keep these books coming. I love everyone a little more than the last. I loved this book. I think that Kate's main character is endearing. Brooklyn just continues to get herself into these amazing situations and gets out will keep me laughing and wanting more. Please keep these books coming. I love everyone a little more than the last.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Melodie

    This series is a favorite of mine and this one did not disappoint. I think it was better for not having Derek around. Was nice to not have the term "darling" popping up every few sentences!! Good story, great characters....can't ask for much more! RECOMMEND!! This series is a favorite of mine and this one did not disappoint. I think it was better for not having Derek around. Was nice to not have the term "darling" popping up every few sentences!! Good story, great characters....can't ask for much more! RECOMMEND!!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Nora-adrienne

    I truly love the Bibliophile series.. I'm still trying to figure out if it's Kate putting the words into Brooklyn's mouth or Brooklyn to Kate's. The stories are always involved and intriguing. After reading the teaser for next year's new book, I can't wait to read that one also. I truly love the Bibliophile series.. I'm still trying to figure out if it's Kate putting the words into Brooklyn's mouth or Brooklyn to Kate's. The stories are always involved and intriguing. After reading the teaser for next year's new book, I can't wait to read that one also.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sharyn

    A cute book in the series, although Brooklyn was a little more annoying than usual. Maybe too many extraneous plot things going on. But I love the bookbinding info, and Gabriel, so I will keep reading.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Evelyn

    I enjoyed this Bibliophile mystery. Lots of unusual characters gathered together in a very unusual mansion near Lake Tahoe. Just enough about books to keep it interesting. I loved Grace, the birthday girl, who loved games and tricks. The ending was a surprise, and kind of fun.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lela

    It's a typical Kate Carlisle offering. Fun and quick. Lots of quirky characters. It's a typical Kate Carlisle offering. Fun and quick. Lots of quirky characters.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    4.5 stars! I think I love Brooklyn more and more with each book. I would love her to jump out of the book and be my friend. I also enjoy how this series mixes it up with the mystery locations. This time Brooklyn is staying for a week at a house party for her friend Suzie's aunt. There is a crazy and strong group of characters involved and the house is so over the top and interesting (but watch you step). It reminded me an Agatha Christie style dinner party murder mystery, in that all the suspects 4.5 stars! I think I love Brooklyn more and more with each book. I would love her to jump out of the book and be my friend. I also enjoy how this series mixes it up with the mystery locations. This time Brooklyn is staying for a week at a house party for her friend Suzie's aunt. There is a crazy and strong group of characters involved and the house is so over the top and interesting (but watch you step). It reminded me an Agatha Christie style dinner party murder mystery, in that all the suspects are stuck in the house and Brooklyn wants to figure out whodunit. I enjoyed the mix of her friends and complete strangers being involved. I can really relate to Brooklyn and I love following her as the MC and even the random snippets of what is going on in her mind, almost as a stream of consciousness, but not quite. I enjoyed the mystery and there seemed so many plausible culprits, but of course it's always hard to actually think people are capable of murder. I didn't guess the murderer, but (view spoiler)[ I did figure out that Marilee was Grace's daughter with Peter AS SOON as Brooklyn read that passage from her manuscript. I also guessed about Grace and Ruth being lovers, but Brooklyn also thought about that early on. I definitely didn't see it coming that Nathan was Marko's son. I knew he was hiding something, but not that. It was interested to see how all these people were super intertwined. Also SO HAPPY Gabriel was a huge part of this story. (hide spoiler)] My only complaint was NOT ENOUGH DEREK!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mary Ann

    #6 Derek has gone on an assignment to protect a young woman who is being stalked, while he is gone, Brooklyn has been invited to stay at her neighbor's, Susie, aunt's home for a week to celebrate a birthday of the aunt. The aunt also loves books and has become friends with Brooklyn and hires her frequently to fix books. While she is there, she is to help the young man who is making a list of all the books in Grace's collection. During the festivities, she learns more about her neighbor, Vinnie, #6 Derek has gone on an assignment to protect a young woman who is being stalked, while he is gone, Brooklyn has been invited to stay at her neighbor's, Susie, aunt's home for a week to celebrate a birthday of the aunt. The aunt also loves books and has become friends with Brooklyn and hires her frequently to fix books. While she is there, she is to help the young man who is making a list of all the books in Grace's collection. During the festivities, she learns more about her neighbor, Vinnie, Susie's partner. When someone is murdered by drinking a poisoned iced tea, Gabriel arrives in time to prevent another death (from giving CPR) and the two begin working together to try and find out who is out to kill their host. This story was fun and moved and while I enjoy Derek's level-headedness, I was glad he was not in the story and it seemed to save the story. The story can be read out of order, as that is how I have been reading the series.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    I think that this sixth book is the one that I have enjoyed the most. In this book, Brooklyn and her friends Susie and Vinnie are invited to a week long 50th birthday bash of Susie's Aunt Grace. Several people are invited in all, and Grace is in charge of a company that invents video games. Her house is set up with several unique traps, changing hallways, holograms, etc. During one of the seances set up for entertainment, a guest dies. Who, and why? There are several surprises in this book. Also I think that this sixth book is the one that I have enjoyed the most. In this book, Brooklyn and her friends Susie and Vinnie are invited to a week long 50th birthday bash of Susie's Aunt Grace. Several people are invited in all, and Grace is in charge of a company that invents video games. Her house is set up with several unique traps, changing hallways, holograms, etc. During one of the seances set up for entertainment, a guest dies. Who, and why? There are several surprises in this book. Also, Derek is out of town and doesn't show up until like the last 20 pages, which certainly gives Gabriel time to try his wiles with Brooklyn.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

    Grace is an awesome character, and I would love to spend time in her house. Since this was my first in this series I didn't have the background on the main characters. Peril in Paperback was a great read and stood on its own. Grace is an awesome character, and I would love to spend time in her house. Since this was my first in this series I didn't have the background on the main characters. Peril in Paperback was a great read and stood on its own.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kristi

    House party murder mystery. I'm not sure that the main character actually solves -- as in puts clues together -- but rather she pursues information, so that's almost the same. I still am entertained by the series and I liked the small nod to Agatha Christie's, "And then there were None." House party murder mystery. I'm not sure that the main character actually solves -- as in puts clues together -- but rather she pursues information, so that's almost the same. I still am entertained by the series and I liked the small nod to Agatha Christie's, "And then there were None."

  27. 4 out of 5

    McKinley

    My favorite of the series so far!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kate Berry

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I don't know if I can bring myself to give this two stars, but I'm not sure that it deserves 3... I found myself a little disappointed by this one, which is unfortunate. The premise was so good! A locked-in mystery in a mansion on a lake that has booby traps and moving walls? It's like someone took the house I dreamed up as a kid when I was obsessed with Nancy Drew and Scooby Doo and set a book there. The beginning was fine. I liked that Derek and Gabriel weren't around because I thought Brooklyn I don't know if I can bring myself to give this two stars, but I'm not sure that it deserves 3... I found myself a little disappointed by this one, which is unfortunate. The premise was so good! A locked-in mystery in a mansion on a lake that has booby traps and moving walls? It's like someone took the house I dreamed up as a kid when I was obsessed with Nancy Drew and Scooby Doo and set a book there. The beginning was fine. I liked that Derek and Gabriel weren't around because I thought Brooklyn would get to grow a bit on her own and do her own investigating. I don't really like either of them - they seem like an imitation of the relationship Stephanie Plum has with Morelli and Ranger only not as well done. Gabriel keeps showing up out of the blue, although at least in the last few installments there have been slightly more valid reasons. And while I don't love Derek, it's clear he cares about Brooklyn and doesn't lead her on or run from his feelings (I just don't love him; he's kind of blah). But it feels like Gabriel is shoehorned in to add another love interest even though it's clear that Brooklyn doesn't need one. It's also obvious that Brooklyn doesn't get that he's into her, which is annoying because she should. He kisses her on the mouth to say hello, for chrissake. But then of course as soon as the dead body shows up, so does Gabriel because reasons. And there's a trumped up reason for her to doubt (but not really doubt) her relationship with Derek when another woman answers his phone. Brooklyn doesn't even really do any investigating; she just sort of is there when things happen. There is way too much telling and not showing in this one. Also, Brooklyn is a bit slow. She's reading Grace's novel, which was based on her own life with barely concealed name changes, and doesn't put two and two together about the character's one night stand with the business partner resulting in a baby or the fact that money has been skimmed from the company. Neither of these things occur to Brooklyn to be motives for someone trying to kill Grace, when it's obvious that's what it is. It's equally as obvious that Merrilee, the dim but competent housekeeper, is the baby born from the tryst. Plus the fact that Nathan is clearly into Merrilee and just as clearly not a librarian. All of these would be fine plot points, except they weren't particularly well executed. And then there was the ending. Talk about over the top - it was like a bad soap opera. First, out of nowhere, the police and family services show up because two people we've never heard of died in a car accident and have left their infant daughter to Suzie and Vinnie. Fine, but then this had no bearing on the rest of the plot. Maybe it's set up for a future book, but seriously, what? Then it comes out that Merrillee is (gasp) the love child of Grace and her business partner, whose wife turns out to be the killer (which was so obvious that I had thought it MUST be a red herring), and who hadn't known he was a father, Nathan turns out to be the son of Grace's employee who was skimming (this had zero impact on plot whatsoever) and also in love with Merrilee, Grace comes out of the closet (which again, was obvious), and Derek shows up at precisely the right moment despite having been thousands of miles away because he figured out that a woman answered his phone and lied to Brooklyn. Everyone was extra dramatic; had this been a movie, it would have been way overacted. Plus, everyone is *shocked* about the killer's motivations even though they all got a copy of the book. All in all, very disappointing considering the premise. I am jealous of the shelves suspended from the ceiling in Brooklyn's room though.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Fred

    This is the sixth book in the A Bibliophile Mystery series. There is also a novella e-book. Brooklyn Wainwright and her neighbors, Vinnie and Suzie, are on their way to spend a relaxing week with Suzie's Aunt Grace at her Lake Tahoe extravagant home. Aunt Grace will be celebrating her 50th birthday with her family. Aunt Grace has made it known that she will have an important announcement at her birthday party. Many members of her family believe she about to rewrite her will and possibly leaving o This is the sixth book in the A Bibliophile Mystery series. There is also a novella e-book. Brooklyn Wainwright and her neighbors, Vinnie and Suzie, are on their way to spend a relaxing week with Suzie's Aunt Grace at her Lake Tahoe extravagant home. Aunt Grace will be celebrating her 50th birthday with her family. Aunt Grace has made it known that she will have an important announcement at her birthday party. Many members of her family believe she about to rewrite her will and possibly leaving out some of her family. To start the week long party, Aunt Grace has a tarot card session,even though she is not an experienced reader of tarot cards. But Brooklyn is a little more aware of what the cards say and becomes concerned that something terrible may happen to one of the guests. The next evening Grace is set to have a seance. As she is about to begin, her close friend brings her an iced tea. She places it on the floor and asks everyone else to do the same, as it interferes with the spirits. shortly thereafter, Bella who is sitting next to Grace, gasps and slumps forward. As they check on Bella, Gabriel notices that in fact she is dead and the smell of almonds is very apparent. The first thought was why would anyone want Bella to die. But everyone soon realized that the poison had been in Grace's drink, so she must have been the intended victim. So Brooklyn and Gabriel set out find the killer. Grace has written a book and had passed out copies of the manuscript the first evening. Brooklyn set out to read the book, in hopes that it will provide a clue. Grace herself said of the book that the names had been changed to protect the guilty. Possibly Madge, who I verbally abusive to everyone, and is Grace's sister-in-law. Sybil, who is the wife of Grace's ex partner Peter. She is very secretive and hardly talks with anyone. Kiki, who is Grace's niece was considered until she was pushed down the staircase. Grace's house would be something to see. It's like a giant game-board, similar to a game that Grace designed. Hidden wall that move, trapdoors and a giant mouse trap that when triggered can entrap a person. Brooklyn bedroom even has book shelves mounted to ceiling and will lower to be able to retrieve the books. This is a very well written story that will keep the reader guessing. This series is definitely one of my favorites. Certainly looking forward to the next book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Marlyn

    Kate Carlisle has taken one of the most popular traditional mystery conventions,the country house mystery, and made it her own. Our favorite freelance bookbinder, Brooklyn Wainwright has been invited to a fiftieth birthday party at the home of Grace Crawford. The aunt of Brooklyn's neighbor Suzie Stein became acquainted with Brooklyn when she'd had some of her books rebound. Due to Grace's immense and varied collection of valuable books, they'd become friends. Grace's home, a mansion near Lake Tah Kate Carlisle has taken one of the most popular traditional mystery conventions,the country house mystery, and made it her own. Our favorite freelance bookbinder, Brooklyn Wainwright has been invited to a fiftieth birthday party at the home of Grace Crawford. The aunt of Brooklyn's neighbor Suzie Stein became acquainted with Brooklyn when she'd had some of her books rebound. Due to Grace's immense and varied collection of valuable books, they'd become friends. Grace's home, a mansion near Lake Tahoe, had been paid for by her lucrative video game business, and was equipped not only with a conservatory, a ballroom, a game room, a library, numerous bedrooms, and a guesthouse, but with a full staff including chef, bartender, housekeeper and various other domestics. It's worth mentioning that Grace, a software designer, had the house built to her specifications, resulting in some quirky features. Grace's weekend guests number almost a dozen people, including her business partner, her attorney and a couple of the game designers, not all of whom are fans of Grace's. This results in some interesting interactions and conflicts between members of the group when the house is isolated by a severe snowstorm. In grand country house tradition, although the power is out, the house has a backup generator. The roads are impassable, but luckily there are enough provisions for a dozen people for a long weekend. And of course the storm cripples cell phone service as well. Carlisle has taken all the elements of a traditional country house mystery and constructed an enjoyable (and for some of us, slightly nostalgic) that hooks the reader from beginning to end. My only problem with the book is the lack of a dramatis personae. Perhaps it's just a poor memory, but I found it difficult to keep track of the characters belonging to the names. I've always been fond of Brooklyn, and she grows more delightful with every appearance. It's wonderful to see such a successful, independent, self-employed woman!

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