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Little Black Book By Kate Carlisle: Review/Giveaway


FROM THE 2021 Articles,
andCynthia Chow,
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by Cynthia Chow

Details at the end of the post on how to enter to win a Little Black Book padfolio and a link to order the book from Amazon and an indie bookstore.

After spending ten days with Brooklyn Wainwright’s loving and eccentric family in the wine country of Dharma, she and her new husband Derek Stone are excited to be back at their home in San Francisco. Waiting there for the couple is a British first edition of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, mailed by Gwyneth Antiquities all the way from Oddlochen, Scotland. While this would be remarkable in itself, far more surprising that the tome has been sent not to book-restoration expert Brooklyn, but to security specialist and former spy Derek. That unexpected twist is quickly followed by the arrival of Clara Quinn, whom Brooklyn first met while working on the television show “This Old Attic.” An expert in antique weaponry, Clara has come to Derek seeking his help in locating her roaming aunt, Gwyneth Quinn. That Derek recognizes her name from his time with MI6 escalates the situation from a spontaneous vacation to something more alarming, especially since Clara has herself been the target of attempted break-ins. Clara’s fears are immediately validated when she and Brooklyn stumble over a body just minutes later, the victim being one of the men who attempted to con his way into Clara’s home.

Now fully believing that both Clara and Gwyneth are in danger, Brooklyn and Derek are able to combine their skills (and family members) to track down the missing aunt and protect them from the looming threats. After Brooklyn discovers methodical pencil marking in the valuable edition of Rebecca, help from Derek’s cryptologist brother and Google Translate lead them back to Oddlochen. Derek’s connections have them all whisking off to Scotland on a private jet, where they stay at the authentic Castle MacKinnon with their own wing. Suspicious housekeeping staff, irritable villagers, rumors of a treasure, and intrepid spy shenanigans all have Brooklyn, Derek, and Clara using their considerable and unique skills to follow the trail of clues left by a woman whose life may depend on it.

By this fifteenth of the series author Kate Carlisle has mastered the technique of blending together a cozy mystery and thrilling action. The mix of Da Vinci code puzzles and bantering dialogue continues to make this series so enthralling and fun, especially when favorite characters reappear as a reward to loyal readers who have long followed their exploits.

An impending niece or nephew takes the couple back again for an all-too-brief visit to Dharma, where Clara is given further wise counsel from empathetic Guru Bob. Book lovers will appreciate the eerie connections to du Maurier’s famous gothic novel, while the setting near the Loch Ness will charm vicarious explorers. The complex clues, action fight scenes, and the unbeatable, enviable team of Brooklyn and Derek make this another exuberant entry in the book-celebratory mystery series.

To enter to win a Little Black Book padfolio, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “black,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen August 7, 2021. U.S. residents only, and you must be 18 or older to enter. If entering via email and you want a print copy please include your mailing address. BE AWARE THAT IT STILL MAY TAKE LONGER THAN USUAL FOR THE BOOK TO ARRIVE. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & mystery short stories in our mystery section. And join our mystery Facebook group to keep up with everything mystery we post, and have a chance at some extra giveaways. Be sure to check out our new mystery podcast too with mystery short stories, and first chapters read by local actors. A new episode went up this week.

You can use this link to purchase this book from indie bookstore Mysterious Galaxy, and KRL gets a portion of the sale:

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Cynthia Chow is the branch manager of Kaneohe Public Library on the island of Oahu. She balances a librarian lifestyle of cardigans and hair buns with a passion for motorcycle riding and regrettable tattoos (sorry, Mom).

Disclosure: This post contains links to an affiliate program, for which we receive a few cents if you make purchases. KRL also receives free copies of most of the books that it reviews, that are provided in exchange for an honest review of the book.

{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Nancy July 31, 2021 at 7:35am

Little Black Book sounds like a wonderful book to take you away on a summer’s day while reading!


2 Carol Knudtson July 31, 2021 at 8:08am

This sounds like another good book in the series. Thanks for the contest. The padfolio would be very useful.


3 Glen Davis July 31, 2021 at 9:01am

Sounds interesting! Count me in!


4 Charlotte Litton July 31, 2021 at 1:12pm

Sounds great, thanks for the chance. ?


5 holdenj
Twitter: @.
July 31, 2021 at 1:19pm

Love this series and the padfolio looks fun! Thanks!


6 Barbara Hinton July 31, 2021 at 1:22pm

I love Kate Carlisle’s books !


7 Brenda B July 31, 2021 at 2:21pm

Love the series and would love to win the padfolio.


8 Mary Holshouser July 31, 2021 at 2:35pm

As a retired librarian, I love to
read books about books.
Brooklyn has a great job and
and always has an interesting
life. Can’t wait to read the
newest installment. thanks.


9 Kathy Schnitz July 31, 2021 at 4:08pm

Love this series! Can’t wait to read this one.


10 Dianne Casey July 31, 2021 at 4:34pm

Great series! On my TBR list, can’t wait to read.


11 Sherry Brown July 31, 2021 at 4:58pm

I love Kate Carlisle books!!! Would absolutely love to win her giveaway!!! Thank you for the chance!!


12 KarenM August 1, 2021 at 11:06am

Who doesn’t love Rebecca? I hope I catch references to that plot in this mystery.

Karen94066 at aol.com


13 Donamae August 1, 2021 at 2:11pm

Thank you for the chance I really want to read it! Donakutska7@gmail.com


14 Vicki August 2, 2021 at 10:42am

Reading this book now. Can’t put it down.


15 Marci Konecny
Twitter: @Marcikonecny
August 2, 2021 at 11:40am

I love her books and the padfolio is such a great idea! Thank you for the opportunity to enter the giveaway. =)


16 Brenda Ellis
Twitter: @Brenda
August 2, 2021 at 12:26pm

Would love to win one of these adorable padfolios.


17 Kathy Schnitz August 3, 2021 at 2:19pm

Love this series and learning about book binding. Thanks for the chance.


18 Nanci August 3, 2021 at 2:28pm

Kate Carlisle is a great author. I can’t wait to read this book.


19 Sheila Golding August 3, 2021 at 3:12pm

Such a wonderful book and series. I would love to have the padfolio.


20 Dashannon August 3, 2021 at 4:06pm

I would love this padfolio- I’ve read the book and highly recommend it!


21 Jennifer August 3, 2021 at 5:48pm

I would love the padfolio. Thank you for the chance


22 Emily Goehner
Twitter: @EMpTyG66
August 3, 2021 at 6:13pm

I would love to win!! Thanks for the chance.


23 LeAnn August 3, 2021 at 6:41pm

This is awesome!! Thank you!


24 gf finch August 3, 2021 at 7:53pm

can’t wait to read this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! would love to win the padfolio….


25 Betty August 4, 2021 at 1:58am

Sounds like an interesting read.


26 Debbie Lacey August 4, 2021 at 10:06am

Love this series and this book. I preorder anything Kate Carlisle writes, but Brooklyn, Derek, and their friends and family are my favorites.


27 Fleur Bradley
Twitter: @FTBradleyAuthor
August 4, 2021 at 11:01am

Love this series! Looking forward to reading this one…


28 Kathleen Walsh
Twitter: @quackers50
August 4, 2021 at 2:19pm

Would love to have one.


29 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
August 23, 2021 at 10:25am

We have a winner!


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