Bibliophile Mystery # 6
August 7, 2012 / ISBN 978-0-451-23762-0
by Laura Hinds
To me, a great
mystery series involves a protagonist with a passion for books and
the ability to solve murders. These elements are exactly what it
takes to draw me in at the first book and keep my interest for the
duration of the series. This begs the question "Why have I
not read any of the Bibliophile Mystery Series before now?"
My answer is that I simply don't know how it escaped my attention,
but I will be rectifying the situation and reading all the
previous books as soon as possible.
is a book restoration expert, an accidental amateur-sleuth, a woman
who loves food, animals, her friends, and her lover, Derek. Brooklyn
(I keep catching myself thinking of her as Booklyn), has gone with
her friends and neighbors, Suzie and Vinnie, to a week-long birthday
celebration at the mansion of Suzie's aunt Grace. Grace Crawford
is a billionaire with obsessions with books, and inventing computer
games. Grace is highly eccentric, but kind and generous to a fault.
When a guest is murdered, and it is discovered that Grace is the
real target, Brooklyn must try to solve the puzzle as to who wants
to kill Grace and why. She has to move quickly before anyone else
is mistakenly murdered and with snow keeping the police at bay,
she is thrilled that her old friend Gabriel has shown up with his
own bag of crime-busting tricks.
I enjoyed this
book so much that I can't recommend it highly enough to other cozy/amateur-sleuth
mystery buffs. The writing is tight, the dialogue realistic, the
setting delightfully set as scenic, playful and confusing, and the
mystery itself is perfect. There are some red-herrings. Or are they
really? There is romance, hate, friendship, envy, grief, and more,
along with trap doors, and a giant mouse cage, to boot. If you are
a reader of this series, you'll want to get your copy right away.
If the series is new to you, you may want to consider getting all
of the books to read in order. I know my fingers are about to fly
as I order copies of the first five Bibliophile Mysteries.
of other titles in this series
in Hardcover, #1
Book in the Grave, #5