If Books Could Kill by Kate Carlisle is the second book in the “Bibliophile” cozy mystery series. Publisher: Obsidian (Penguin), February 2010

A haunted city, a forbidden masterpiece, and a deadly threat are all in a day’s work in the life of this brilliant bookbinder.

Book restoration expert Brooklyn Wainwright ishappy attending the world-renowned Edinburgh Book Fair. But then her ex, Kyle McVee, shows up with a bombshell. He has an original copy of a scandalous text that could change history—and humiliate the beloved British monarchy.

Trying to get Kyle’s story out of her mind, Brooklyn takes a nightime tour of the city. Unfortunately, the first landmark contains a real dead body: Kyle’s. The police are convinced Brooklyn is the culprit, but with an entire convention of suspects, Brooklyn conducts her own investigation. Before she can crack the case, she’ll have to find out whether the motive for the murder is a two-hundred-year-old secret or something much more personal.

I forgot how much I love Brooklyn’s family and this story is the best one yet in the series. Brooklyn is off to Scotland for a book fair when she runs into an old friend, at first alive and then dead. Of course, she is the primary suspect until her life is threatened. Thank goodness Derek is around and soon her parents and best friend arrive to join in Brooklyn’s escapades. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the next one in the series. My rating: 4.5 stars

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