I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Paper Caper by Kate Carlisle
Series: Bibliophile Mystery #16
Published by Penguin on July 26, 2022
Genres: Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Amateur Sleuth, Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Traditional, Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
Format: ARC, Audiobook
San Francisco book-restoration expert Brooklyn Wainwright loves a good book festival except when murder is the main event in this thrilling new addition to the New York Times bestselling Bibliophile Mystery series.
Brooklyn is excited to be included in the Covington Library’s first annual Mark Twain Festival. She’ll rebind a rare first edition of The Prince and the Pauper before an enthusiastic audience of book nerds—her favorite people. The festival is the passion project of wealthy media mogul, book lover, and newspaper owner Joseph Cabot, who considers himself Twain’s biggest fan. Brooklyn’s hunky husband, Derek, and his security team once rescued Joseph from a corporate kidnapping attempt. Now Derek and his agents are charged with keeping Joseph and his beautiful young wife safe during the festivities taking place all over town.
The centerpiece of the festival is a citywide contest based on The Prince and the Pauper: one lucky look-alike will trade places with Joseph for a few days—with access to all the money and power that Joseph commands. Brooklyn and Derek worry that the contest might be generating some dangerous attention. And when someone is mysteriously poisoned right before Brooklyn’s eyes, she’s not convinced that the victim was the intended target. Now she and Derek must frantically chase clues and suspects through the streets of San Francisco before another murder becomes front-page news. . . .
Narrator: First person
Series #: Bibliophile Mystery 16
Main sleuth(s): Brooklyn Wainwright, bookbinder
Animals: Fluffy calico cat
Location: San Francisco, California
Sub-location: Covington Library during the Mark Twain Festival
Notes on the puns of the title: It’s has to do with the murder AND it rhymes! I’m not sure that it’s a pun, but I do enjoy it.
Mystery notes: Twists! Turns! I really enjoyed this one, I love it when it ends up being the character I hated most. This one hinged on being about Cars, which I cannot tell apart, but I’m glad that the characters of the book can. Four stars. I enjoyed myself! I’ve read other books in the series before, and I always enjoy something by Kate Carlisle.
Recipes: No :<
Copaganda/police involvement: Bumbling, not useful. Big plus! Unfortunately Brooklyn’s husband/boyfriend, Derek is a Secret Agent of Some Kind, which really feels like it should be investigated (but I bet it was the plot of some other book in the series).
Further Notes: I read this on audiobook and I LOVED the narrator.
Four stars! I’m definitely going to be looking for another Bibliophile Mystery.