Murder Under Cover by Kate Carlisle
Published by Obsidian, an imprint of Penguin
Book 4 in the Bibliophile Mystery series
Bookbinding seems like it should be a quiet job, but Brooklyn Wainwright’s recent months have been exciting, to say the least. After being the center of multiple murder investigations and targeted by a murderer herself, Brooklyn is looking forward to settling in with her boyfriend who has just moved to town and is living with her at least temporarily. Plus, her best friend Robin is home from a trip to India, and Brooklyn can’t wait to catch up with her, although Robin gets slightly overshadowed, when she brings a gorgeous antique copy of the Kama Sutra for Brooklyn to repair. It isn’t long, though, until Robin again becomes the center of Brooklyn’s attention. On her return from India, Robin meets a handsome Ukranian man named Alex, invites him home, and wakes up in the middle of the night with her place ransacked him Alex dead in the bed besides her, professionally killed. Things don’t stop there, though, and soon is appears that Robin might be in real danger
Hooray! A new (to me) cozy series! Not that I’m caught up on the Maternal Instincts or White House Chef mysteries, but these days I’m always on the lookout for a good new series, and this series is definitely engaging. Brooklyn strikes a good balance between clearly not being a professional investigator in any way, and gaining increasing confidence in her ability to deal with situations like this. I really like that at least by her fourth disaster, she is not completely helpless and bumbling. Despite the fact that her boyfriend is a former member of British intelligence and the head of his own security firm, she does not entirely rely upon him, but gives the impression she’d be able to figure things out herself even without him – not that he isn’t an asset to her in times like this.
I know many readers don’t like to start partway through a series, and I often don’t either, but Carlisle did a fabulous job in Murder Under Cover catching the reader up on Brooklyn’s life and previous experiences without belaboring the point. Now I’m looking forward to going back and reading about Brooklyn’s earlier exploits. Recommended.
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