by Cynthia Chow
Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of Once Upon a Spine. We also have a link to order it from Amazon, and from an indie bookstore where a portion goes to help support KRL.
Rare-book restorer and bookbinder Brooklyn Wainwright finds herself falling down a rabbit hole of confusion in this eleventh delightful Bibliophile Mystery. For weeks Brooklyn has been visiting almost daily the neighboring Brothers Bookshop, where she lusts after an 1866 first edition second issue print of “Alice in Wonderland.” It’s nowhere near as valuable as a true first edition that was ultimately recalled, but one of the owning brothers-in-law still refuses to sell it. That Eddie Cox and Terrence Payton remain business partners is a mystery, as their continual sparring answers the reason why the sisters they married divorced them. It is not their bodies, but that of Joey Falco and unconscious Will Rabbit, whom Brooklyn and her fiancé Derek Stone have the misfortune to discover when she spots the smoothie/produce market Rabbit Hole in disarray.
Although previous cases have always somehow revolved around books, this time it looks as though jealousy is at the heart of the murder. Joey the Cobbler was one of the many lured in by the Courtyard building’s owner Bonnie Carson, and yet a trail of her perfume may have confused the culprit into just who was being smushed by shelves. So with the intended victim uncertain, it makes determining the motive, much less the murderer, nearly impossible. Derek being a former British intelligence agent and current security specialist gives him some leeway with the San Francisco Police Department, but he and Brooklyn will have another matter keeping them busy. Their wedding date is getting closer and closer, and Brooklyn is finally meeting her British in-laws for the first time. While Brooklyn fears that her hippyish, astral-projecting, Wiccan mother will be appalling to the Derek’s presumably upper-crust parents, Brooklyn couldn’t be further off the mark. Who could have predicted that the mothers could be sisters-from-another-mother, or that they would be absolutely thrilled to be co-conspirators in Brooklyn’s investigation?
This is a thoroughly enjoyable series to read and satisfies on so many fronts. Not only does it take a refreshingly twist on the meeting of in-laws, it provides fascinating details that teach the many aspects of book collecting and bookbinding. The differences between book editions, not to mention Brooklyn’s creation of hand-crafted Alice in Wonderland playing cards, are relayed so engagingly that readers learn without even realizing it. Despite there being a relatively small number of suspects, the confusion over the actual target makes the investigation that much more complicated. A surplus of copies of Alice in Wonderland further increases their bewilderment, not to mention our fun. Brooklyn’s family is so charming and expansive that they never wear out their welcome, and a visit to their home in Sonoma’s town of Dharma can’t come again soon enough. This continues to be the perfect blend of books, food, and family.
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