Once Upon a Spine (Bibliophile Mystery #11)
San Francisco bookbinder Brooklyn Wainwright stumbles through the looking glass in a tale of murder, rare books, and a quest for the perfect pie Brooklyn's oh-so-proper future in-laws are traveling from England to meet her, and if that's not enough to set her on edge, rumors abound that the charming Courtyard Shops across the street may be replaced by high-rise apartments. Their trendy neighborhood will be ruined unless Brooklyn and her fiance, Derek Stone, can persuade the shopkeepers not to sell. But with a rare edition of Alice in Wonderland causing bad blood at the Brothers Bookshop and a string of petty vandalism making everyone nervous, Brooklyn and Derek feel like they're attempting six impossible things before breakfast. Then the owner of the Rabbit Hole juice bar is felled by his own heavy shelves, and the local cobbler lies dead beside him. An accident . . . or something more sinister? Things get curiouser and curiouser when a second priceless copy of Alice is discovered. Will it stir up more trouble within the close-knit community? As the Brits descend, Brooklyn learns they're not so stuffy after all. Derek's dad is won over with chocolate cream pie, and his psychic mum would kill to help Brooklyn solve this murder before another victim takes a tumble.

Once Upon a Spine (Bibliophile Mystery #11) Details

TitleOnce Upon a Spine (Bibliophile Mystery #11)
Author
FormatHardcover
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 6th, 2017
PublisherBerkley Books
ISBN0451477723
ISBN-139780451477729
Rating
GenreMystery, Cozy Mystery, Fiction

Once Upon a Spine (Bibliophile Mystery #11) Review

  • Gail
    March 18, 2017
    Eleven books in and I'm still in love with this series! Rare book expert Brooklyn Wainwright and fiance Derek are involved in another murder mystery centered around a series of shops near their San Francisco digs. There is no shortage of suspects and no shortage of motives to go 'round. Adding to Brooklyn's anxiety is the prospect of meeting Derek's parents before the couple's approaching wedding.The Bibliophile Mysteries are well named because each centers around a rare book(s) worth killing fo Eleven books in and I'm still in love with this series! Rare book expert Brooklyn Wainwright and fiance Derek are involved in another murder mystery centered around a series of shops near their San Francisco digs. There is no shortage of suspects and no shortage of motives to go 'round. Adding to Brooklyn's anxiety is the prospect of meeting Derek's parents before the couple's approaching wedding.The Bibliophile Mysteries are well named because each centers around a rare book(s) worth killing for. The readers are treated to the history of rare books, what makes them more or less valuable, and how they can be cared for to keep these treasures in good shape for future generations. This alone would keep me reading. Also keeping me reading are the relationships between the now well-established characters. Brooklyn and Derek are a perfect couple (perhaps a bit unrealistically so, but so wonderful to read about). Her off-kilter parents and friends and the San Francisco setting add to the fun.Of course, I'm already impatient for the next book--oh, well, next year!Full Disclosure--Net Gallery and the publisher provided me with a digital ARC of this book. This is my honest review.
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