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"A book is a gift you can open again and again." Garrison Keillor

Literature is a textually transmitted disease, normally contracted in childhood.” Jane Yolen

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"Books have furnished, burnished, and enabled my life." Julia Keller

Thursday, June 9, 2016

2016 Book 177: BOOKS OF A FEATHER by Kate Carlisle

Books of a Feather by Kate Carlisle 
ISBN: 9780451477705 (hardcover)
ISBN: 9780698411067 (ebook)
ASIN: B015DLUT42 (Kindle version)
Publication Date: June 7, 2016 
Publisher: NAL

From 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 . . .

Brooklyn Wainwright is back in San Francisco after having her apartment renovated. She's eager to get back to work in her own workspace, especially since she has a rare copy of Poor Richard's Almanac to work on. Brooklyn's also introduced to a childhood friend of her fiance Derek Stone. Back at home with old friends, a new friend, and a new living space, what could possibly go wrong is the question raised and answered in the newest addition to the Bibliophile Mystery series by Kate Carlisle, Books of a Feather.

Brooklyn is back in San Francisco and quite happy with the newly renovated apartment. She's also back to helping out her friend at Taylor's Books, namely doing inventory and refurbishing and appraising rare books, including a copy of Poor Richard's Almanac. Brooklyn is a tad paranoid that this particular book might be a target for a rare book thief, so she's extra cautious when removing it from the store and storing it in a safe at her home. She also has the opportunity to meet an old friend of Derek's, a classmate nicknamed Crane. She learns a bit about Derek's school adventures and more about Crane and his somewhat estranged younger brother Bai. She also learns of a tenuous connection one of Crane's forefathers, a renowned Chinese artist, had with Audubon and, as a result of this connection, she invites Crane to the Covington Library's exhibit for Audubon's Birds of America. It is at this event that Brooklyn encounters her first dead body, only minutes after receiving a rare book attributed to Audubon to refurbish. This is later followed by an attempted burglary and a murder at Brooklyn and Derek's apartment and intrigue at Taylor's Books. Is it possible these events are all tied together or is something more sinister going on?

Books of a Feather is the tenth installment in the Bibliophile Mystery series. I found it to be a fast-paced and engaging read from the first page to the very last. Ms. Carlisle provides plenty of intrigue, mayhem, and murder to keep not only the characters of the books alert but the reader as well. One of my favorite scenes occurs when Brooklyn's parents, Jim and Becky, come to visit and attend a Deadhead (Grateful Dead followers) reunion. They come back home after the reunion with someone they presume is an old friend down on his luck and he's murdered the very next day. It is only after the murder occurs that they realize he isn't their old friend Goose after all...they brought a total stranger into their daughter's home. As a result of this mistake in judgment, Becky decides she must use her Wiccan skills to "dispel" the negative energy and then protect the home. There's a lot going on in this story and if I told you everything you wouldn't need to read it, so I'll just say if you're a fan of this series then you'll definitely want to read this book. If you haven't read this series but are a fan of cozy style mysteries, then you'll want to add this series to your TBR list immediately. (Might I suggest binge reading this series over the next holiday weekend or while you're on vacation.) I thoroughly enjoyed Books of a Feather and I'm looking forward to reading the next installment in this series just to see what happens with Brooklyn, Derek, and friends next. 

Disclaimer: I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. I was not paid, required, or otherwise obligated to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."


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