I received this book for free from Obsidian in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Books of a Feather by Kate Carlisle
Series: Bibliophile Mystery #10
Published by Obsidian on June 7th 2016
Number of Pages: 320
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Purchase: At Amazon
Brooklyn’s friend Ian runs the Covington Library, which is hosting an exhibit featuring John James Audubon’s massive masterpiece, Birds of America, currently on loan from an Arab sheik. During the gala celebrating the book, she is approached by Jared Mulrooney, the president of the National Birdwatchers Society, who urgently needs Brooklyn's skilled hands to repair a less high-profile book of Audubon drawings that’s fallen victim to spilled wine.
At the same party, Brooklyn is flying high after she’s asked to refurbish and appraise a rare copy of Poor Richard’s Almanac. But everything runs afoul later that evening when Mulrooney’s body is discovered in the library. Rumors fly about a motive for murder. Perhaps Mulrooney wanted to sink his claws into the pricey Audubon book, but Brooklyn believes the man died fighting off a daring thief.
Soon more troubles ruffle Brooklyn’s feathers. Her parents pop in for a visit with an unsavory friend in tow, and there’s a strange man on her tail. With danger beginning to circle Brooklyn’s every move, it’s clear she must find answers before things really go south . . .
I didn’t know anything about book binding before I read the last book in this series. I still don’t really! But it was really interesting to read the little bits of info that Brooklyn thinks about when restoring old books. Reading this one in hardback, meant that I was able to see what she was talking about when she mentioned things like “end papers” and “headband”. I could still visualize it if it had been paperback, but it was easier (and far neater!) to actually SEE it.
Most of the books Brooklyn was given for restoration were about birds, or had a bird name in the title. There were a few exceptions, and the book that Inspector Lee gives Brooklyn to fix for her was really neat-sounding. I liked how they finally seem to have started a friendship, and I hope it sticks around in the next books.
My first idea about who the killer was, was completely wrong. And my 2nd suspect was only partially right. I also liked the side mysteries. Though I’m totally expecting to have Micah pop up in a later book, since that thread wasn’t wrapped up.
This was a very quick read, even at over 300 pages. I didn’t want to put it down until I had finished, there were no slow spots, but at the same time, it was never so fast paced that you weren’t able to follow what was going on. I can hardly wait to see what happens in the next book. If you haven’t started reading this series yet, you need to!