Peril in Paperback by Kate Carlisle is the sixth book in the “Bibliophile” mystery series. Publisher: Obsidian, August 2012
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.
This was a good read. The setup was interesting and it was fun to watch everything unravel as guests entered the Victorian home. The mystery happens fast as you want to know what are they hiding and when the murders occur, it’s going to be a fun ride as Brooklyn does what she does best and that is amateur sleuthing. This is a good series, but I miss seeing Brooklyn in her natural element, that is, San Francisco.