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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 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...


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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 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...

30 review for Murder under Cover (Bibliophile Mystery #4)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Una Tiers

    Held hostage by the flu I was reduced to audio books from the library. This book was a silly mess.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Monzon

    To say that this book was great is an understatement. I mean this story completely blew my mind. I was at the edge of my seat the entire time I read the book and I read it in a day! I felt as if I was on a rollercoaster ride and never wanted to come off. The twists and turns that this story took kept me guessing the entire time and once I thought I knew who the killer was or who was responsible, “BAM” something new or a new lead would come up and completely baffle me. I thought everyone was a su To say that this book was great is an understatement. I mean this story completely blew my mind. I was at the edge of my seat the entire time I read the book and I read it in a day! I felt as if I was on a rollercoaster ride and never wanted to come off. The twists and turns that this story took kept me guessing the entire time and once I thought I knew who the killer was or who was responsible, “BAM” something new or a new lead would come up and completely baffle me. I thought everyone was a suspect. The best part was the suspense. I would never have thought that a book would have such immense suspense but this one did. Every time someone knocked on Brooklyn’s door, I thought it was a bad guy. While at a visit to her mom’s house, her mom yells “Oh my God”, “Oh my God” immediately I thought “that’s it, something’s going to happen” but it wasn’t what I thought it was, my heart was beating fast!! I truly am impressed with Kate Carlisle’s writing and I am definitely going to purchase some more of her stories. They are intense, intriguing and captivating! Wow and the main character Brooklyn’s job is truly unique. I could not begin to tell you how fascinating, rare and impressive her career is. The mystery in this book will leave you guessing the entire time. Oh but wait there’s more! Romance. It has a splash of romance that completes this book to receive the 5 trees it deserves. Great Job. I highly recommend this book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Curlyhair

    Another in the Bibliophile series and a good little cozy read. Yes a little far fetched, but hey, you know what you're getting into, with likeable characters. Another in the Bibliophile series and a good little cozy read. Yes a little far fetched, but hey, you know what you're getting into, with likeable characters.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Gerry

    I was seduced into this book by the fact that it stated that it was 'A Bibliophile Mystery' so I thought it would have a good chance of being enjoyable. How wrong I was; yes, there was a bibliophile interest and yes, it was a mystery … but what that mystery was about remains a mystery to me even after finishing the book. I did understand that Brooklyn Wainwright was a master at repairing books - she did a wonderful job on a young neighbour's favourite book that was falling apart - and that she ha I was seduced into this book by the fact that it stated that it was 'A Bibliophile Mystery' so I thought it would have a good chance of being enjoyable. How wrong I was; yes, there was a bibliophile interest and yes, it was a mystery … but what that mystery was about remains a mystery to me even after finishing the book. I did understand that Brooklyn Wainwright was a master at repairing books - she did a wonderful job on a young neighbour's favourite book that was falling apart - and that she had received a copy of the 'Kama Sutra' to overhaul and repair from India via her friend Robin Tully. And it was wrapped up in some old Indian scarf. From that moment on I was left wondering exactly what was going on as the storyline seemed, to me at least, most convoluted. Robin was sleeping with a guy who ended up being murdered as he lay next to her (she was unaware of this), there was talk of a flash drive being smuggled in with the book - to what purpose I am not too sure - and it turned out that the guy sleeping with Robin could well have been a spy. Again, why and what he was spying on I am not too sure. Fortunately Brooklyn's boyfriend, Derek Stone, was a British security expert so he was on hand to assist the, seemingly inept police, to solve the problem. Plenty of seemingly inane chat followed between all the interested, and even the not interested parties, relations turned up from India and it all got more and more involved without apparent explanation, or at least without understanding for me. I do hate to say this but I was delighted when I finished the read - why I continued I am not too sure, perhaps I imagine I was hoping that something understandable would come of it all … sadly for me it did not and I feel that I will be giving other Bibliophile Mysteries a miss, despite their appealing series name. So sorry Kate Carlisle but this just wasn't for me.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    I love this series and I love all the series written by Kate Carlisle but for me this book just went too slowly. It didn't pick up until 3/4 of the way through the book. I always find the fact that Brooklyn and her friend Robin grew up in a commune odd. In this book we see more of the commune and we learn more about Robin's most often absent mother. Brooklyn appraises, repairs, and restores old books- often valuable ones. In this book she is given a very old copy of the Kama Sutra to repair. It I love this series and I love all the series written by Kate Carlisle but for me this book just went too slowly. It didn't pick up until 3/4 of the way through the book. I always find the fact that Brooklyn and her friend Robin grew up in a commune odd. In this book we see more of the commune and we learn more about Robin's most often absent mother. Brooklyn appraises, repairs, and restores old books- often valuable ones. In this book she is given a very old copy of the Kama Sutra to repair. It comes to her through Robin's mother's friend, a wealthy man from India. Robin has a new boyfriend, a Russian man. He is murdered in her bed while she sleeps and Robin is the obvious suspect. Slowly, Brooklyn and her security expert love, Derek, follow clues. I must say that I did not guess who the perpetrator was and it was rather a shock. I just cannot give a book in a series by this author less than 3 stars because the rest of the series is top notch.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sherri F.

    Audio version: 3.5 or 4. This is my first in this Bibliophile Mystery cozy series, and it was better than I expected so I will definitely be back for more (prob starting at #1). The narrator's voice & inflections were slightly irritating but it wasn't horrible either so good thing the books are shorter, quick reads if I'm not in the mood for the audio. Fun, quirky, and enjoyable characters and fairly light and funny considering how many deaths occurred (but that's a cozy). Too bad it wasn't a pi Audio version: 3.5 or 4. This is my first in this Bibliophile Mystery cozy series, and it was better than I expected so I will definitely be back for more (prob starting at #1). The narrator's voice & inflections were slightly irritating but it wasn't horrible either so good thing the books are shorter, quick reads if I'm not in the mood for the audio. Fun, quirky, and enjoyable characters and fairly light and funny considering how many deaths occurred (but that's a cozy). Too bad it wasn't a picture book or DVD instead of audio since she was rebinding a very old Kama Sutra book, oh and Where the Wild Things Are for Tyler, her new 6 or 7 yr old neighbor.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    Really a 2 1/2 star book. This was the weakest book so far in the series. I started reading this series because the main character was an expert bookbinder specializing in repairing rare books. A lot of time in the previous novels was spent on bookbinding, rare books, book fairs ect. This novel dealt much more with romance and wasn't anywhere near as interesting. Really a 2 1/2 star book. This was the weakest book so far in the series. I started reading this series because the main character was an expert bookbinder specializing in repairing rare books. A lot of time in the previous novels was spent on bookbinding, rare books, book fairs ect. This novel dealt much more with romance and wasn't anywhere near as interesting.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Peggy R

    I am really enjoying this series and glad that I finally was able to bump it up on the TBR pile. Ms. Carlisle writes a terrific story that is engaging with plenty of plot twists and clues laid out through the story. The characters are well written and really diverse. I love Brooklyn's family - they add a nice bit of hippie humor to the stories. Whenever Brookly visits them, I can picture two aging former Grateful Dead Fans. I also enjoy the characters that live in Brooklyn's complex. In this boo I am really enjoying this series and glad that I finally was able to bump it up on the TBR pile. Ms. Carlisle writes a terrific story that is engaging with plenty of plot twists and clues laid out through the story. The characters are well written and really diverse. I love Brooklyn's family - they add a nice bit of hippie humor to the stories. Whenever Brookly visits them, I can picture two aging former Grateful Dead Fans. I also enjoy the characters that live in Brooklyn's complex. In this book, we are introduced to Tyler, one of her new neighbor's children. He is a bit precocious but adds a good dose of cuteness to the story. The relationship between Brooklyn and Derek is going well and I like them as a couple. They work well together as sleuths and Derek balances out Brooklyn with professionalism and common sense. I would like to see Brooklyn be a little less scattered and fawning when she is with Derek. I assume this will get better over time as their relationship is still in the new phase. The mystery was well done. I was able to solve some of it, but there were plenty of surprise twists that I definitely did not see coming. I am looking forward to reading more and just borrowed the next book in the series from the library.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Robin Loves Reading

    My Rating: 4.5 Stars 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 My Rating: 4.5 Stars 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.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Georgette

    First and foremost I must offer my apologies to Kate Carlise..I started the Brooklyn Wainwright, Bibliophile series back in 2010, then became a lapsed reader for no other reason than so many books to read, so little time!! But I have returned with a new love and appreciation for the this multi layered and oh so appealing series with a vengeance, so to speak, and it has less to do with the latest challenge of restoring and old version of the Kama Sutra than the continuing development of the wonde First and foremost I must offer my apologies to Kate Carlise..I started the Brooklyn Wainwright, Bibliophile series back in 2010, then became a lapsed reader for no other reason than so many books to read, so little time!! But I have returned with a new love and appreciation for the this multi layered and oh so appealing series with a vengeance, so to speak, and it has less to do with the latest challenge of restoring and old version of the Kama Sutra than the continuing development of the wonderful relationships that have been established in books #1-3. The friends, the neighbors, the parents and very much the relationship between Brooklyn and Derek Stone, secret agent man and debonair if I do say so myself. The tentacles that are brought forth with some rather problematic family connections, good, bad, and whatever, start with a ransacked apt/ a best friend who is compromised by what turns out to be a one night stand, and we are off to the races. Yes indeed. I say, if you have not been introduced to this series, get thee to the first , Homicide in Hardcover and commit to a relationship that will only continue to build upon the appreciation of bookbinding and all the underpinnings of the journey of discovery it takes you from there. You won't I assure you be disappointed.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Brandy Grimes

    So many things to despise about this excuse for a book that I don't even know where to begin! To be fair, I audio booked it and that was a million times worse! The narrator was terrible with every voice other than Brooklyn's. Would it have been better to read? ...I sincerely doubt it. The story was stupid. The characters are annoying! Brooklyn is the only likable one in my opinion and she's a tad annoying herself. The whole commune story line is absurd! This book reads like a politically correct So many things to despise about this excuse for a book that I don't even know where to begin! To be fair, I audio booked it and that was a million times worse! The narrator was terrible with every voice other than Brooklyn's. Would it have been better to read? ...I sincerely doubt it. The story was stupid. The characters are annoying! Brooklyn is the only likable one in my opinion and she's a tad annoying herself. The whole commune story line is absurd! This book reads like a politically correct nightmare! The token gay couple next door. The token lesbian couple next door for good measure. The characters representing every nationality known to man. The happy hippy angle. The free spirit and love crap. It's all just wreaked of bad writing and political nonsense. Oh and the praying to Buddha, Allah, Yahweh...etc...just icing on the cake! I've read a couple of others in this series and actually started this one not realizing it was the same series...won't be making that mistake ever again!! If I could give this garbage a negative rating I would. Hang from a tree from your toenails instead of reading this trash...it will be much less painful!!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Waffles - Kelsey

    They did it!!!! They finally did it!!! Derek Stone and Brooklyn Wainwright have finally succumbed to those feelings and are now a "them"!!!!!! It is so great, its so grand, its so new, nothing can go wrong now!!! They are in seventh heaven! Of course, if you overlook the fact that Brooklyn's BFF wakes them up with her screaming at the top of her lungs while she is covered in blood; her "date" is dead in her bed and that everything seems to be falling on top of Brooklyn once AGAIN, then yes Derek They did it!!!! They finally did it!!! Derek Stone and Brooklyn Wainwright have finally succumbed to those feelings and are now a "them"!!!!!! It is so great, its so grand, its so new, nothing can go wrong now!!! They are in seventh heaven! Of course, if you overlook the fact that Brooklyn's BFF wakes them up with her screaming at the top of her lungs while she is covered in blood; her "date" is dead in her bed and that everything seems to be falling on top of Brooklyn once AGAIN, then yes Derek and Brooklyn are in seventh heaven. Brooklyn's BFF Robin finds a real interesting man one night, brings him home and have a grand night. Until the next morning when she wakes up in his blood and finds him dead in her bed does things get interesting. Brooklyn is trying everything she can to make sure that her friend doesn't end up in jail while she is also trying to refurbish the Kama Sutra, while also trying to understand her new found relationship! Just another day for the bookbinder in wonderful San Francisco! Where everything happens to you whether you like it or not.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

    4.5 out of 5 stars rounded up. This book has it all. The Kama Sutra, a micro flash drive with state secrets on it, spies, murder, and a street fair. What more could you want?! How about the fact that most of the action lies around Robin and her mother, Shiva? It’s a wild and twisted ride! This is one of my favorite books in the series. Derek has moved in with Brooklyn, supposedly temporarily while he finds his own housing. We’ve got the Kama Sutra that Brooklyn’s restoring which leads to the illus 4.5 out of 5 stars rounded up. This book has it all. The Kama Sutra, a micro flash drive with state secrets on it, spies, murder, and a street fair. What more could you want?! How about the fact that most of the action lies around Robin and her mother, Shiva? It’s a wild and twisted ride! This is one of my favorite books in the series. Derek has moved in with Brooklyn, supposedly temporarily while he finds his own housing. We’ve got the Kama Sutra that Brooklyn’s restoring which leads to the illusion of some very passionate interludes between Brooklyn and Derek. Then we’ve got this murder involving Robin that’s becoming stranger by the day. When it all finally wraps up in the end, it makes sense, but it still somewhat feels like coming to the end of a whirling dervish. I love it!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    I think this is the best book in the series that I have read so far, other than it seems there were too many dead bodies, once again. Brooklyn's friend Robin has been guiding a tour to India, and while there visits her mother. She is given a book, the Kama Sutra to be taken back to Brooklyn for repair. Suddenly, a man that Robin meets is murdered, and she is attacked. While trying to find out what has happened, Brooklyn finds herself in the middle of an international incident. I think this is the best book in the series that I have read so far, other than it seems there were too many dead bodies, once again. Brooklyn's friend Robin has been guiding a tour to India, and while there visits her mother. She is given a book, the Kama Sutra to be taken back to Brooklyn for repair. Suddenly, a man that Robin meets is murdered, and she is attacked. While trying to find out what has happened, Brooklyn finds herself in the middle of an international incident.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    This is a straight up romance novel pretending to be a murder mystery and it was not for me. More blood and mystery, less drooling over biceps and second guessing all the feels plz. (in case you can't tell I'm not a huge romance fan.) This is a straight up romance novel pretending to be a murder mystery and it was not for me. More blood and mystery, less drooling over biceps and second guessing all the feels plz. (in case you can't tell I'm not a huge romance fan.)

  16. 4 out of 5

    Amy Flanagan

    I love these little mysteries. In this one Brooklyn’s friend Robin pulls everyone into a who done it after a man she met is murdered in her bed.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Peyton

    Well, I had to laugh when I started “Murder Under Cover”. My review for the previous book, “The Lies that Bind” complained about too much focus on sex, and yet “Murder Under Cover” starts with the line “You’re having sex!”. So, yes, I had to laugh, even with the addition of the Kama Sutra being the highlighted book. I do, however, remain held fast to the belief that Carlisle is focusing too much on sex in the Bibliophile Mystery series. There was barely any descriptions of Brooklyn working on bo Well, I had to laugh when I started “Murder Under Cover”. My review for the previous book, “The Lies that Bind” complained about too much focus on sex, and yet “Murder Under Cover” starts with the line “You’re having sex!”. So, yes, I had to laugh, even with the addition of the Kama Sutra being the highlighted book. I do, however, remain held fast to the belief that Carlisle is focusing too much on sex in the Bibliophile Mystery series. There was barely any descriptions of Brooklyn working on books or repairing books in “Murder Under Cover”. Stop talking about sex and get back to the books. I found “Murder Under Cover” to continue my enjoyment of Kate Carlisle’s Bibliophile Mystery series. I am fond of the characters and the stories are holding my interest. I was happy to see that the focus shifted from Brooklyn to her best friend, Robin, providing more information into her life. Robin’s mother is introduced and we get to learn a little more about what she does for a living, as well as some of her interests. I am really enjoying this series and hope to get my hands on the next book, “One Book in the Grave”, soon. I also hope to see the relationship between Brooklyn and Derek pass the honeymoon stage so we can see more relationship-building rather than a focus on body slamming. It is a good mystery series and I am thankful that I have it to read, because trying to find another series that I enjoy would be annoyingly difficult.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    **SPOILERS INCLUDED** I chose to read this book because I noticed that it was a Bibliophile Mystery and I wanted to explore a new genre of books. Overall, it was a very relaxing reading experience, but it was also suspenseful at times. I really liked the author's writing style and her dictions because they brought me to Brooklyn's town and I felt like I was actually there solving the cases with her. Personally, I'm a fan of cozy mysteries because I find that they are entertaining to read wheneve **SPOILERS INCLUDED** I chose to read this book because I noticed that it was a Bibliophile Mystery and I wanted to explore a new genre of books. Overall, it was a very relaxing reading experience, but it was also suspenseful at times. I really liked the author's writing style and her dictions because they brought me to Brooklyn's town and I felt like I was actually there solving the cases with her. Personally, I'm a fan of cozy mysteries because I find that they are entertaining to read whenever and wherever. My interpretation of the book was that the author deals with the idea that politics is influencing our everyday. In the book, Brooklyn and her boyfriend, Derek, help her friend, Robin, solve the murder of her boyfriend, who apparently was a spy for the Ukrainian government. During the investigation, bodies kept showing up and at last Robin discovers that she was part of a bigger setup that involves the Russian, Ukrainian, and U.S. governments. The author sends the message that even though we may not notice it, but politics are within our everyday life. They can even have a major impact on an ordinary person like Brooklyn. I would recommend this book who, like me, enjoys a relaxing Saturday night type of cozy mysteries. However, there are some graphic and mature content throughout the book, so might want to watch out for younger readers.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lagniappe

    I'm giving this one a "gentleman's c". I have not read offerings 1-3 and I listened to this one as opposed to reading it, but I don't think either of these would have changed the grade. If you suspend credulity and just go with it this is a fun read. The writing is adequate and the characters are interesting. But if you pause to scrutinize a bit closer you start to see flaws. First we have the plot. Yes, it's fast moving with enough twists and turns to keep you interested - but spies and micro d I'm giving this one a "gentleman's c". I have not read offerings 1-3 and I listened to this one as opposed to reading it, but I don't think either of these would have changed the grade. If you suspend credulity and just go with it this is a fun read. The writing is adequate and the characters are interesting. But if you pause to scrutinize a bit closer you start to see flaws. First we have the plot. Yes, it's fast moving with enough twists and turns to keep you interested - but spies and micro drives? Really? Second are the cast of secondary characters. I realize this is San Francisco - but the stereotypes were laid on a bit thick. The lesbian couple - did one partner really need to be named Vinnie and do chainsaw sculptures? And the gay couple - did one partner really need to do nude performance art on Castro Street? I'm all for inclusion but could we take it down a notch? Finally, one of the reasons I chose to read this book was an interest in the protagonist's bookbinding profession, but I didn't find much of that in this book. I would really like to have had more. Still, despite the flaws, I would be inclined to read at least one more book in this series - just to see if this was an "off" entry.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Schnaucl

    It was okay. I figured out where the thing everyone was searching for was within 30 seconds of it being mentioned for the first time. I was hoping I was wrong because I hate it when that happens, but alas, no. Then it's just waiting (and waiting) for the characters to catch up. The endearments were also slightly irritating. Way too many "darlings." And can we please, please ditch Minka? She's never been anything but an annoying caricature without a single redeeming quality. She's not interesting e It was okay. I figured out where the thing everyone was searching for was within 30 seconds of it being mentioned for the first time. I was hoping I was wrong because I hate it when that happens, but alas, no. Then it's just waiting (and waiting) for the characters to catch up. The endearments were also slightly irritating. Way too many "darlings." And can we please, please ditch Minka? She's never been anything but an annoying caricature without a single redeeming quality. She's not interesting enough to be an archenemy. Fortunately she's not in this book much but there's no reason for her to be in it at all. (view spoiler)[And as for Austin, that whole thing just irritated me. Brooklyn asks where his concern was a month ago and that question is not only not answered it's dismissed as irrelevant. He seems to enjoy playing the white knight but that's not the same thing as actually caring about Robin in a romantic way. Given that he's already apparently been in control of the relationship and telling Robin what she should and shouldn't be doing I can't think of any reason to like him. (hide spoiler)]

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kate Berry

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I liked getting more background information on Brooklyn's bff Robin, plus the peek into Derek's work life was fun. I didn't love the Austin/Robin romance - Brooklyn's brother is kind of irritating and it felt a little shoehorned in. Sure, there had been some "breadcrumbs" in the previous books, but it was always Brooklyn outright saying that she believed they belonged together. And to go from zero to picking up a grown woman and telling her she was staying with him like she was a child, I find.. I liked getting more background information on Brooklyn's bff Robin, plus the peek into Derek's work life was fun. I didn't love the Austin/Robin romance - Brooklyn's brother is kind of irritating and it felt a little shoehorned in. Sure, there had been some "breadcrumbs" in the previous books, but it was always Brooklyn outright saying that she believed they belonged together. And to go from zero to picking up a grown woman and telling her she was staying with him like she was a child, I find...problematic. Then the way they deal by going off into the mountains without their phones is stupid. I get wanting the problem to go away, but there was a murder in your bed and then they followed you - this is like the setup to a horror movie where they get stalked and killed in the wilderness. Robin was being dumb. I did like that Brooklyn called her out on it, though - it felt like something your best friend would have to do. That being said, the story itself was interesting and a fast paced read. But I didn't like it quite as much as the others; I'd really like to give it a 3.5* rating (if goodreads allowed it).

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jan

    Brooklyn's BFF, Robin has just returned from a trip to India where she spent some time with her mother. She has brought Brooklyn a beautiful copy of the Kama Sutra to restore. And they both have news on the romance front, Brooklyn's boyfriend Derek has moved in with her, at least until he can find a permanent place in San Francisco and Robin met the most wonderful guy from the Ukraine on her way home from the airport. Well, someone did not think he is so wonderful because Robin wakes up a few da Brooklyn's BFF, Robin has just returned from a trip to India where she spent some time with her mother. She has brought Brooklyn a beautiful copy of the Kama Sutra to restore. And they both have news on the romance front, Brooklyn's boyfriend Derek has moved in with her, at least until he can find a permanent place in San Francisco and Robin met the most wonderful guy from the Ukraine on her way home from the airport. Well, someone did not think he is so wonderful because Robin wakes up a few days later to find in dead in the bed next to her. Turns out he had drugged her and she did not even hear the shots. As Derek and Brooklyn investigate it because more and more obvious that Robin is smack in the middle of a foriegn intrique. As the body count rises, Brooklyn is determined to protect her friend and find the killer. I think this is my favorite in the series so far. There was plenty of action and romance. And Brooklyn is alway fun even at the most dire times. We also see more of her neighbors, and a new family has moved in. Lots of fun.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mary Ann

    Really Good Story I know that I am reading this series out of order, but it works okay that way. The stories are so well written that reading them out of order doesn't hurt the story you might be reading. I like series like that as I get what I can when I can and just start reading.    Robin, Brooklyn's best friend, returns from a tour trip from India events just start happening. Robin meets a dreamy man from the Ukraine and falls madly in love and then wakes up with him next to her, killed in her Really Good Story I know that I am reading this series out of order, but it works okay that way. The stories are so well written that reading them out of order doesn't hurt the story you might be reading. I like series like that as I get what I can when I can and just start reading.    Robin, Brooklyn's best friend, returns from a tour trip from India events just start happening. Robin meets a dreamy man from the Ukraine and falls madly in love and then wakes up with him next to her, killed in her bed. Derek, Brooklyn's boyfriend, helps Robin and Brooklyn to find out what is happening.    I will admit I was not prepared for the ending, until the ending. Then it all made sense. I will state that I felt bad for Robin throughout and did have to say to my 14-year-old daughter that she could not read this book. Mostly due to the content being a little too old for her. She likes to read cozy mysteries, too. 

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sabrina

    How in the hell did this book get such good reviews? It's one of the stupidest things I've read. Mrs. Carlisle has a history in comedy and it doesn't mix well with her attempt at mystery. Even as a cozy mystery this stretches beyond the limits of believability, reality and common sense let alone logic. It also tries to be politically correct at all times and yet still manages to be full of cliches. It's a mess of a book. It needs editing. Badly. The main character and her ex-military, ex-spy, se How in the hell did this book get such good reviews? It's one of the stupidest things I've read. Mrs. Carlisle has a history in comedy and it doesn't mix well with her attempt at mystery. Even as a cozy mystery this stretches beyond the limits of believability, reality and common sense let alone logic. It also tries to be politically correct at all times and yet still manages to be full of cliches. It's a mess of a book. It needs editing. Badly. The main character and her ex-military, ex-spy, security company lover are complete idiots. The best friend is a nut case. To enjoy this book without enough eye rolling for them to fall out and end up with vertigo you'd have to be hit by a stupid 4x4 the stick just wouldn't do. Not reading any others in the series.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Wanda

    A fun cozy with some international intrigue. Brooklyn's friend wakes up with a dead body next to her. She had just returned from India and met a guy and took him home. Brooklyn and her boyfriend, Derek, jump in to help her. Derek is a former British spy with lots of contacts and they also work with 2 San Francisco police inspectors to solve the crime. Bothe Brooklyn and her friend Robin's families are involved. They are searching for a micro drive with damaging information on it and a copy of th A fun cozy with some international intrigue. Brooklyn's friend wakes up with a dead body next to her. She had just returned from India and met a guy and took him home. Brooklyn and her boyfriend, Derek, jump in to help her. Derek is a former British spy with lots of contacts and they also work with 2 San Francisco police inspectors to solve the crime. Bothe Brooklyn and her friend Robin's families are involved. They are searching for a micro drive with damaging information on it and a copy of the Kama Sutra is involved. Several romantic entanglements and lots of action plus all the assorted characters who live in Brooklyn's building. This was my first book in this series and now I will go back and start at the beginning.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    Despite a few things, I enjoyed this one. I liked that we didn't get much of Minka because she's just godawful and serves NO purpose. A few things got me though. I seriously wanted to slap Robin once she went to Dharma. I mean, no, it's not her fault, but she just checks out? No! Also, Derek is British, yes? Yet, he rarely uses any of the common British words, so I completely forget that he's supposed to be a Brit until someone explicitly mentions it. It's odd. And the thing they were looking fo Despite a few things, I enjoyed this one. I liked that we didn't get much of Minka because she's just godawful and serves NO purpose. A few things got me though. I seriously wanted to slap Robin once she went to Dharma. I mean, no, it's not her fault, but she just checks out? No! Also, Derek is British, yes? Yet, he rarely uses any of the common British words, so I completely forget that he's supposed to be a Brit until someone explicitly mentions it. It's odd. And the thing they were looking for? Completely obvious from the start exactly where it was. Yet, I still enjoyed this one pretty well.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jeannie and Louis Rigod

    This is a short review as the only word I can attribute to it is 'Excellent.' I am so eager to read the next book in this series. This book series keeps moving forward at the speed of light and I, for one, love the direction Ms. Carlisle takes us. I would love to move to Dharma, but since I live in a neighboring county already, I will just appreciate the vineyards around me, like Ceago, and re-read this wonderfully surprising book! I refuse to give away details as this might prevent you from read This is a short review as the only word I can attribute to it is 'Excellent.' I am so eager to read the next book in this series. This book series keeps moving forward at the speed of light and I, for one, love the direction Ms. Carlisle takes us. I would love to move to Dharma, but since I live in a neighboring county already, I will just appreciate the vineyards around me, like Ceago, and re-read this wonderfully surprising book! I refuse to give away details as this might prevent you from reading it!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    This book was on the new book shelf at the library so I picked it up because I enjoy a nice cozy every once in a while. That's exactly what I got: a nice cozy with engaging characters, a good story without a lot of blood and description of gross stuff and violence (I read that too, but you need something light occasionally). When I finished the book, I immediately requested the first three in the series so I could find out how Brooklyn and Derek meet. I think that's the ultimate positive review: This book was on the new book shelf at the library so I picked it up because I enjoy a nice cozy every once in a while. That's exactly what I got: a nice cozy with engaging characters, a good story without a lot of blood and description of gross stuff and violence (I read that too, but you need something light occasionally). When I finished the book, I immediately requested the first three in the series so I could find out how Brooklyn and Derek meet. I think that's the ultimate positive review: I went out and got the rest of the series.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    From the cover I was expecting one of those fluff reads, heavy on the hobby & friendship, light on the mystery & suspense. The kind where the murder is early, no gore - you know, the poison in the bone China cup of tea, or the beautifully decorated cupcake. Then the rest of the novel is about the tea shop or bakery...NOT what you get here. The murder is gory, the action high, and the suspense doesn't let up. I love the characters, no one is a typical cookie cutter character - Character is an app From the cover I was expecting one of those fluff reads, heavy on the hobby & friendship, light on the mystery & suspense. The kind where the murder is early, no gore - you know, the poison in the bone China cup of tea, or the beautifully decorated cupcake. Then the rest of the novel is about the tea shop or bakery...NOT what you get here. The murder is gory, the action high, and the suspense doesn't let up. I love the characters, no one is a typical cookie cutter character - Character is an appropriate label for most of Brooklyn's family!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tricia

    I only picked up this book because I was doing a reading challenge, and I needed a book for the letter "U." the word "Under" took care of that for me. I wansn't really expecting much... a little fluffy cozy mystery.... but I realized I was actually really into this book. So much so that I got up two hours early to finish it before I started my day. I thought I had figured some things out, and I needed to know if i was right (I was, mostly). It was a nice, light read.... I'm really starting to li I only picked up this book because I was doing a reading challenge, and I needed a book for the letter "U." the word "Under" took care of that for me. I wansn't really expecting much... a little fluffy cozy mystery.... but I realized I was actually really into this book. So much so that I got up two hours early to finish it before I started my day. I thought I had figured some things out, and I needed to know if i was right (I was, mostly). It was a nice, light read.... I'm really starting to like the cozy mystery genre of books.

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