Books of a Feather by Kate Carlisle is the 10th book in the “Bibliophile” mystery series. Publisher: Penguin Random House, June 2016

Books of a FeatherFrom the New York Times bestselling author of Ripped from the Pages, San Francisco book-restoration expert Brooklyn Wainwright’s latest project is for the birds, but it may have her running for her life. . . .

Brooklyn’s friend Ian runs the Covington Library, which is hosting an exhibit featuring John James Audubon’s massive masterpiece, Birds of America, currently on loan from an Arab sheik. During the gala celebrating the book, she is approached by Jared Mulrooney, the president of the National Birdwatchers Society, who urgently needs Brooklyn’s skilled hands to repair a less high-profile book of Audubon drawings that’s fallen victim to spilled wine.

At the same party, Brooklyn is flying high after she’s asked to refurbish and appraise a rare copy of Poor Richard’s Almanac. But everything runs afoul later that evening when Mulrooney’s body is discovered in the library. Rumors fly about a motive for murder. Perhaps Mulrooney wanted to sink his claws into the pricey Audubon book, but Brooklyn believes the man died fighting off a daring thief.

Soon more troubles ruffle Brooklyn’s feathers. Her parents pop in for a visit with an unsavory friend in tow, and there’s a strange man on her tail. With danger beginning to circle Brooklyn’s every move, it’s clear she must find answers before things really go south . . .

This is one of my all-time favorite series and every visit with Brooklyn and her friends is an adventure worth salivating over and over again. In this latest caper, Brooklyn has in her possession two books and someone desperately wants them, even willing to kill for them which they do. When it becomes a bit too personal, it’s up to Brooklyn to bind everything together and shut the door on the killer.

I love a mystery that is fast-paced and filled with intrigue that keeps me reading all into the night for fear that I’ll miss that one important clue that points to the killer’s identity. Kate does a great job in pulling this drama all together keeping me engaged and entertained with all that is happening within the pages of this narrative. It was good to see her parents, especially her mother and I liked the role that they played in this tale. Boasting a lovable cast of characters with great dialogue, this was a very enjoyable read and I look forward to more adventures with Brooklyn and her friends.

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