Sunday, August 11, 2019

Review - Murder Under Cover

Title:  Murder under Cover
Author:  Kate Carlisle
Series:  Bibliophile Mystery #4
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  Berkley Books
Format:  Hoopla
No. of pages
:  284
Published:   May 3, 2011
My Rating:  4.5 Stars


When she receives an exquisite copy of the Kama Sutra from her best friend Robin to appraise and restore, Brooklyn Wainwright anticipates both recreating a beautiful book and spicing up her love life. 

But then Robin's apartment is ransacked, and the great guy she recently met is murdered in her bed. Now Robin is the #1 suspect. Obviously, exploring the Kama Sutra's bliss will have to wait until after Brooklyn finds the killer...


Brooklyn Wainwright is a book restoration expert in a league of her own. She can choose whatever project she wants to work on. When best friend Robin presents her with a damaged, but invaluable copy of the Kama Sutra, Brooklyn is more than intrigued. This book could serve a dual purpose for her. Of course, she has the privilege of restoring it, but she knows she could have fun with it, especially now that she and Derek Stone have gotten rather serious. Derek is a British security expert who has opened up a business in San Francisco simply to be a part of her life.

Robin then shows up at their door - bloody. She woke up next to a man she was enamored with, only to discover that he was shot twice while she was sleeping right next to him. Robin is the primary subject in the immediate investigation. Robin feels safe knowing she will have Derek's help. Furthermore, Brooklyn has managed to help find many a killer in the months previously, and she will go to whatever means necessary to prove Robin's innocence.

Murder Under Cover is the fourth book in the Bibliophile series and it has proved to be my favorite so far. There were a lot of delightful layers in this book. For starters, how could a man die right next to Robin? Who was this man? Well, things looked one way in the beginning, but turned out to be something else entirely in the end.

Kudos to Kate Carlisle for taking readers down a twisty path. I love trying to guess who the killer is when reading mysteries, but especially cozy mysteries. In this case, I was rather shocked. While working that out, I was pleased to see how Brooklyn and Derek have cemented their relationship. All the while, the bond of friendship between Brooklyn and Robin gave me a warm, fuzzy feeling.

For a delightful book, as well as an enticing series, I highly recommend this one. The next book is a novella, Pages of Sin, to be followed by One Book in the Grave.


New York Times bestselling author Kate Carlisle is a native Californian who worked in television production for many years before turning to writing. It was a lifelong fascination with the art and craft of bookbinding that led her to write the Bibliophile Mysteries, featuring Brooklyn Wainwright, whose bookbinding and restoration skills invariably uncover old secrets, treachery and murder.

Her first book, Homicide in Hardcover, debuted in February 2010, followed by If Books Could Kill, The Lies That Bind, Murder Under Cover, One Book in the Grave, Peril in Paperback, A Cookbook Conspiracy, The Book Stops Here, Ripped from the Pages, Books of a Feather, Once Upon a Spine, Buried in Books and The Book Supremacy. She also wrote a Bibliophile e-novella, Pages of Sin, available in e-format only.

With the publication of A High-End Finish in November 2014, Kate launched the Fixer-Upper Mysteries featuring building contractor Shannon Hammer, who specializes in Victorian home renovation and repair. The series is set in Lighthouse Cove, a seemingly idyllic town with many dark secrets hiding under its floorboards. This Old Homicide, Crowned and Moldering, Deck the Hallways, Eaves of Destruction and A Wrench in the Works continue the series. Three of the Fixer-Upper Mysteries have been brought to the small screen by Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.

Kate's television credits include numerous game shows, music videos, concerts, and variety shows, including The Midnight Special, Solid Gold and The Gong Show. She traveled the world as a Dating Game chaperone and performed strange acts of silliness on The Gong Show, most notably as a member of the girl group, The Whispers. They didn't sing, exactly, but spit water on the host of the show.

Kate also studied acting and singing, toiled in vineyards, collected books, joined a commune, sold fried chicken, modeled spring fashions and worked for a cruise ship line, but it was the year she spent in law school that finally drove her to begin writing fiction. It seemed the safest way to kill off her professors. Those professors are breathing easier now that Kate spends most of her time writing in Southern California where she lives with her perfect hero husband.

Kate is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers and Romance Writers of America. She is the proud recipient of the Golden Heart and Daphne du Maurier awards, and her first Bibliophile Mystery received a Best First Mystery nomination from RT Book Reviews. Kate loves to travel and read and drink good wine and watch other people cook.

Despite the appearance of overnight success, Kate's dream of publication took many, many years to fulfill. If you're wondering why, here's the real scoop.

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