The Book Stops Here by Kate Carlisle is the 8th book in the “Bibliophile” mystery series. Publisher: Obsidian, June 2014
You never know what treasures can be found in someone’s attic. Unfortunately for bookbinder Brooklyn Wainwright, some of them are worth killing for…
Brooklyn Wainwright is thrilled to be appearing on the San Francisco edition of the hit TV show This Old Attic as a rare-book expert and appraiser. Her first subject is a very valuable first-edition copy of the classic children’s story The Secret Garden, which is owned by a flower vendor named Vera.
Once she hears what her book is worth, Vera is eager to have Brooklyn recondition it for resale. But after the episode airs, a furious man viciously accosts Brooklyn, claiming that Vera found the first edition at his garage sale, and he wants it back—or else. Brooklyn is relieved that she’s put The Secret Garden in a safe place, but Randolph Rayburn, the handsome host of This Old Attic, is terrified by the man’s threats. He confides in Brooklyn that he fears he is being stalked. He doesn’t know who might have targeted him, or why.
In the days that follow, several violent incidents occur on the set, and Brooklyn is almost killed, leaving both her and her security expert boyfriend, Derek, shaken. Is someone after Brooklyn and the book? Or has Randolph’s stalker become more desperate? And then Brooklyn visits Vera’s flower shop…and discovers her dead. Is the murderer one of the two obvious suspects, or is something more sinister—even bizarre—going on? Brooklyn had better find the clever killer soon or more than her chance at prime time may be canceled…permanently.
I always know when I pick up a book by Kate Carlisle that she is going to pull me into the world that is Brooklyn Wainwright. The comfortable tone, the humor, the excitement, the adventure and the mystery is all packed into a wonderfully crafted whodunit that kept me turning the pages to see where this fast-paced and action-filled drama leads me. The author did a great job in teasing me with a bevy of suspect with some surprising twists that I did not see coming that had me saying “wow.” Good job Kate! Brooklyn and Derek are back and the introduction of a new character is a bonus that I hope we get to see more of in future stories. This is one of the best books in this fabulously entertaining series and I can’t wait to see what awaits Brooklyn and her friends.