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.
Supernatural Born Killers by Casey Daniels is the 9th book in the “Pepper Martin” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, September 2012
Former cemetery tour guide and reluctant medium Pepper Martin is thrilled when she gets her job back—with a promotion. But her new position is turning out to be more than she can handle, especially with the dead clamoring for her attention.
As Garden View Cemetery’s new community relations manager, Pepper is feeling overwhelmed with planning the annual party to attract new sponsors. Luckily, some of the cemetery’s permanent residents have volunteered to give Pepper a ghostly hand, and she’s not about to turn away the help. But when a murdered ghost starts leaving puddles everywhere, Pepper quickly finds her newly acquired free time occupied.
The dead man is her ex-boyfriend Quinn’s former partner Jack Haggarty—and he isn’t going away until Pepper figures out the real reason behind his murder. And while Quinn recently had a brush with the afterlife, he still isn’t ready to accept Pepper’s abilities—or offer his skills as a detective. Now, Pepper has to convince Quinn she’s the real deal and investigate Jack’s death—before someone else meets their end in a watery grave.
What a fun book. Casey has delivered a great story that I could not put down. This fast-pace and action-fill drama had me quickly turning the pages as I had to know what happens next. Pepper was at the top of her game, especially when she was building a staff that was out of this world. Teaming up with Quinn for both their respective cases was a fun ride that I enjoyed especially their witty repartee. It was great having her parents play a role in this story while adding some comedic outtakes. The mystery was good especially the big reveal over the person who should be dead, that, I didn’t see coming. Boasting a great cast of characters, a perfect setting with some history thrown in, this is the best book ever in this fabulously wonderful series and I look forward to the next exciting adventures with Pepper and her friends.