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.Ripped From the Pages (A Bibliophile Mystery, #9) by Kate Carlisle
Series: Bibliophile Mystery #9
Published by Obsidian on June 2nd 2015
Number of Pages: 294
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Purchase: At Amazon
When book-restoration expert Brooklyn Wainwright temporarily relocates to her parents’ place in Northern California, she finds that wooden barrels aren’t the only things buried in the wine caves of Sonoma….
Excited to explore the secrets of wine country, Brooklyn attends an excavation of the caves hidden deep under her parents’ commune—and the findings are explosive. A room is unearthed, and it contains a treasure trove of artwork, rare books, a chest of jewelry…and a perfectly mummified body.
A closer examination of the murdered man’s possessions reveals a valuable first edition of Jules Verne’s A Journey to the Center of the Earth. Hidden in the book is a secret map that unveils an even greater hoard of treasures brought to California by French winemakers fleeing the Nazi invasion with the commune leader’s grandfather, Anton, among them.
As reporters and art appraisers flock to Sonoma to see the precious bounty, questions begin to rise—did Anton hide these items to protect them, or did he steal them for himself? Who is the mysterious man left for dead inside the cave? But not all crime is buried in the past. When a new presence threatens the town’s peace, Brooklyn decides to do a little excavating of her own and solve the mystery of the treasure before anyone else is written off.…
I haven’t read any mysteries that take place in a commune before. It was neat getting to know how this one started, and the people living in it. You also get some history, not only from the area the commune is in, but a bit of French history as pertains to the people who moved into the commune.
There were some minor side mysteries that all tied into the main one. I really liked the hidden rooms with all the furniture and other treasures. I had no idea who the killer was, I mean, I had a few thoughts but none of them ended up being correct. Except one, but not in the way I expected! I read this through all in one day, I just couldn’t put it down until I had finished.
I liked Brooklyn, and really enjoyed reading about how bookbinding is done. It was never so in depth that it was boring, giving just the right amount of information, and then going on to something else. I also loved Trudy. She was such a fun character. Not a humorous one, but one that had lived a long time and had lots to say. The description of her home made me want to visit and see all the things she had collected over the years.
If you like mysteries that have secret rooms, and are full of depth, you need to give this book a try.