Review: Once Upon a Spine
Title: Once Upon a Spine
Series: Bibliophile Mystery #11
Author: Kate Carlisle
Release Date: June 6th , 2017
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Synopsis from Goodreads: 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.
My Review: I adore this series because as a book collector and lover it is always a pleasure to read a book about someone who has a true appreciation and love for books. In this addition to the series Brooklyn spends a fair bit of time coveting a very old edition of Alice in Wonderland. The book, and a few ideas from the story, feature prominently in the mystery. This made it even more of a fun read. Add in the addition of a couple of new, but just as quirky as the rest, characters and the story was an enjoyable adventure. I have read several other books in the series, although not in order, and I have enjoyed them all. If you are a lover of cozy mysteries and you appreciate classic books then you will find this series to your liking.
*I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*