The Lies That Bind by Kate Carlisle is the third book in the “Bibliophile” mystery series. Publisher: Obsidian (Penguin), November 2010

One bookbinder. One bully. One beau. Looks like someone has got to go…

When it comes to rare books and antiquities, Brooklyn Wainwright is a master. Which is why she’s returned home to San Francisco to teach a bookbinding class at Bay Area Book Arts. Unfortunately, BABA director Layla Fontaine is a horrendous host who pitches fits and lords over her subordinates. With the help of her beau, British security officer Derek Stone, Brooklyn manages to put up a brave face and endure.

Unfortunately, someone else is not so forgiving. Layla is found dead of a gunshot wound, and Brooklyn is bound and determined to investigate. But when Layla’s past ends up intertwined with Derek’s, Brooklyn realizes that the case is much more personal than she thought—and that the killer might want to close the book on her for good.

This time Brooklyn is back in San Francisco and the living ain’t easy, especially when friends are injured and she finds, not again, a dead body. But guess who’s in town, none other than Derek Stone, the sexy security specialist who has stolen her heart. Finding times to solve the crime is easy but finding time alone is nerve whacking and fun. This was the best book yet in this series. As Brooklyn gathers clues, we are taken on a tour of San Francisco, the wine country and we get a peek inside the world of rare books and bookbinding. You can’t help but be glued to the pages as you search out the killer along with Brooklyn. The characters, the dialogue, and the humorous anecdotes make this an entertaining and engaging story. My rating: 5 stars

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