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Book restoration expert Brooklyn Wainwright returns home to San Francisco to teach a bookbinding class. Unfortunately, the program director Layla Fontaine is a horrendous host who pitches fits and lords over her subordinates. But when Layla is found shot dead, Brooklyn is bound and determined to investigate—even as the killer tries to close the book on her for good.


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Book restoration expert Brooklyn Wainwright returns home to San Francisco to teach a bookbinding class. Unfortunately, the program director Layla Fontaine is a horrendous host who pitches fits and lords over her subordinates. But when Layla is found shot dead, Brooklyn is bound and determined to investigate—even as the killer tries to close the book on her for good.

30 review for The Lies That Bind

  1. 4 out of 5

    James

    The Lies That Bind is the third book in Kate Carlisle's Bibliophile Mystery series. Right out of the gate, I will say that I really like this series and waited too long to pick up the first installment. I'll also note that it breaks the traditional cozy mystery rules by adding in more than the norm when it comes to some four-letter words. While it doesn't bother me, if you're looking for a clean and washed over version of a murder mystery, this probably isn't ideal. But it does have fantastic ch The Lies That Bind is the third book in Kate Carlisle's Bibliophile Mystery series. Right out of the gate, I will say that I really like this series and waited too long to pick up the first installment. I'll also note that it breaks the traditional cozy mystery rules by adding in more than the norm when it comes to some four-letter words. While it doesn't bother me, if you're looking for a clean and washed over version of a murder mystery, this probably isn't ideal. But it does have fantastic characters and an intriguing background setting: bookbinding in San Francisco. Who wouldn't love it? I've also read Carlisle's Fixer-Upper series and am current on its new release. That's my goal for this series by the end of this calendar year so that in 2022 I can read the newest when it comes out, or maybe even get an ARC. For now, I'm buying or renting one from the library each month. In May in this book, we've returned from Scotland, and Brooklyn is teaching a course at a local non-profit institution where the beautiful but rich mean girl, Layla Fontaine, is murdered. Back in action, of course, is the relentless Minka, and the sexy but strange Gabriel, as well as Brooklyn's large family. But MIA in the beginning is her pseudo-love interest, Derek Stone. And he might be turning out to be a problem! The mystery is good, perhaps a little simple. There's a new assistant director, Layla's niece, a couple of students with some varying levels of like/dislike for Layla, and mysterious book buyers. Which of them had it out for the woman who thought she could treat everyone like dirt? Brooklyn even threatened to kill her at one point, albeit in her own head, since she wanted to keep her job. I enjoyed getting a glimpse into the lives of two more siblings too... and with names like Savannah and China, the Decker family is quite interesting. Some of the side stories were left open-ended or not re-addressed (I don't think it's germane to the larger story, so it felt like maybe a couple of lines were left out to clarity red herrings). I was glad to see how one side plot ended in this book, and I look forward to picking up the fourth installment next month.

  2. 5 out of 5

    C. (Never msg. Just comment! Email if private.)

    I’m a Kate Carlisle fan despite her series not containing the atmosphere I interpreted from covers: cats and enchanting libraries. Complexity of mysteries and pace gallop ahead of contemporaries. Kate doesn’t write cute subjects into popular backdrops that might pass for mystery. She owns this craft. Her character is likeable, readers know her family well, and there is uniqueness in them and her career; with humour that is uplifting. One aspect I dislike is coveting a group that doesn’t fit a sto I’m a Kate Carlisle fan despite her series not containing the atmosphere I interpreted from covers: cats and enchanting libraries. Complexity of mysteries and pace gallop ahead of contemporaries. Kate doesn’t write cute subjects into popular backdrops that might pass for mystery. She owns this craft. Her character is likeable, readers know her family well, and there is uniqueness in them and her career; with humour that is uplifting. One aspect I dislike is coveting a group that doesn’t fit a story. It reminds me of Adam Sadler keeping friend actors in films. That’s all right if they’re likeable, anticipated personages but in literature pointless cameos don’t work. I get the impression Kate thinks she needs to stick to this style she introduced; that parents, best friend, nemesis, and beau must be squeezed in every time. The result feels contrived. Only one is a veritable sleuthing assistant. With her nemesis very disagreeable, inclusion is grating but not as the disenchanting villain the author might intend. It comes across as an instant drama trick, exhausted in the first novel. Since Derek and Brooklyn came together in Scotland, finding Brooklyn wistful was off. We could do without “does he like me”. I always love best, the lore behind each rare book featured. For instance “Oliver Twist” by ‘Boz’, was released in 1838 without permission granted to Charles Dickens’ publishers. Brooklyn restored the 1838 authorized release, for a mean director insistent on passing it as the first edition. Gabriel fit this adventure at a personal level that I enjoyed acquainting. At last he is human. The most successful component of this adventure is a motive and murderer that really are a mystery. The revelation is a surprise as startling as any reader hopes. Gabriel had the information but others worked to uncover it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Joe

    After reading exactly 100 young adult nonfiction books between February 1st and November 9th, I needed a break. I've long promised Dave I would read one of his kitty cat cozy mysteries, and when I told him I needed something brainless - irrefutably brainless - he excitedly rushed to the bookcase downstairs and pulled this one for me. I read it. And it was utterly asinine. I guessed the murderer the moment they were introduced and before any murdering had even begun. There are paragraphs devoted t After reading exactly 100 young adult nonfiction books between February 1st and November 9th, I needed a break. I've long promised Dave I would read one of his kitty cat cozy mysteries, and when I told him I needed something brainless - irrefutably brainless - he excitedly rushed to the bookcase downstairs and pulled this one for me. I read it. And it was utterly asinine. I guessed the murderer the moment they were introduced and before any murdering had even begun. There are paragraphs devoted to the intricacies of book-binding, all of which just washed over me - I had spent months immersed in nonfiction and didn't need how-to lessons in anything. There is an insane amount of time devoted to describing food (buttery and well-prepared pop up frequently, though I was particularly fond of ravioli nabbing pillowy as its descriptor). There's so much cock-teasing and breathless panting and mouthy kissing that it nearly slides into Old Lady Porn Territory*. There's New Age shit. There's a lot of wine drinking. And yes, there's a kitty cat. But I forget its name. Something idiotic. So help me god, though. I didn't mind the book. I can't imagine reading them one right after the other the way my darling husband does, but I could probably stomach one every couple of years or so. Especially after reading gobs of nonfiction. In fact, it was the perfect antidote to post-committee work. Now onto my usual bread and butter. * you guys, I don't know what Old Lady Porn Territory is. But I'm pretty sure this book is close. Apologies to Old Ladies everywhere if indeed you like the really kinky stuff.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Brown

    Pretty decent story. I am enjoying Brooklyn and Derek's attempt at a relationship. They had a happy ending in this one but it took awhile. I didn't actually guess any of the ending so that was a good surprise. I have a few other books to read but the next in this series is getting pushed higher on that stack so I know what happens next! Pretty decent story. I am enjoying Brooklyn and Derek's attempt at a relationship. They had a happy ending in this one but it took awhile. I didn't actually guess any of the ending so that was a good surprise. I have a few other books to read but the next in this series is getting pushed higher on that stack so I know what happens next!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Robin Loves Reading

    Brooklyn Wainwright, an expert when it comes to restoring books, has recently returned home to San Francisco after attending a conference in Edinburgh. Her next job will be to teach a bookbinding class. She has several scheduled students for her course, but when the program's director, Layla Fontaine, adds another woman, Alice, for Brooklyn to teach, she is a bit thrown off. This turns out to be the least of her problems, actually, because Layla is found dead. Brooklyn has to stop and think. This Brooklyn Wainwright, an expert when it comes to restoring books, has recently returned home to San Francisco after attending a conference in Edinburgh. Her next job will be to teach a bookbinding class. She has several scheduled students for her course, but when the program's director, Layla Fontaine, adds another woman, Alice, for Brooklyn to teach, she is a bit thrown off. This turns out to be the least of her problems, actually, because Layla is found dead. Brooklyn has to stop and think. This is hardly the first time she has stumbled across a dead body. So, not only does Brooklyn seem bound and determined to figure out what happened to Layla, she runs into security expert Derek Stone. The two had an almost relationship, but it seemed like nothing would ever come of it. The more Brooklyn becomes involved, the more danger she places herself in. Meanwhile, she successfully works with her students and proves to be an intelligent teacher. One reason that I enjoy reading various series so much is because of the continuity. In this case, not only is Derek back, but Robin, Brooklyn's best friend is back. Unfortunately for Brooklyn, her nemesis is back as well, and will also be teaching a class. Her neighbors, chainsaw sculptors, are back too. Of course, Brooklyn's parents make a cameo appearance. I loved the mix of intrigue, friendship and family in this book. I also enjoyed watching the romance bloom between Brooklyn and Derek. Actually, I discovered this series with the 13th book, The Book Supremacy, so I already know how they end up, but it is a delight watching things form. As of writing this review, I have also read the fourth book in the series, Murder Under Cover and look forward to continuing with Pages of Sin and One Book in the Grave.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Peggy R

    This is another series that has been on my TBR list for way too long. Earlier this year I finally started the series and enjoy it. It is a little edgier than some of the cozy mysteries out there, in terms of the language. There is swearing, which I know some cozy readers find objectionable. I love that this is book related and that Brooklyn has a unique occupation - she is a bookbinder and she repairs/restores old books. She is probably one of the most unlucky main characters of any series I've This is another series that has been on my TBR list for way too long. Earlier this year I finally started the series and enjoy it. It is a little edgier than some of the cozy mysteries out there, in terms of the language. There is swearing, which I know some cozy readers find objectionable. I love that this is book related and that Brooklyn has a unique occupation - she is a bookbinder and she repairs/restores old books. She is probably one of the most unlucky main characters of any series I've read. If there is a dead body, there is a 100% chance that she will find it or stumble across it. There is a large cast of secondary characters, and I really like it when the reader gets a chance to visit with her family. There are all unique and add to the flavor of the story. I like that Brookly is a bit self-deprecating, but I would love to see a bit more growth in her characters and little less focus on herself. I like her romance with Derek and hope they they will settle a bit more in future books so the romance isn't so prominent. I thought the mystery was solid and that the author provided sufficient suspects and clues to keep the reader guessing. I have the next two books on my bookshelf and will hopefully get to those in the near future.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Ok, I realize that it is my own fault for even purchasing this book but it is far and away one of the WORST books I have ever read. Had I even opened the book and just looked at the names of some of the characters, I would have never bothered to bring it home. I thought I would try a new genre just for fun and so I picked this up. The writing was so incredibly simplistic it was painful, it was tacky, ridiculous and childish. The "murderer" was obvious and the main character was a twit. I am floo Ok, I realize that it is my own fault for even purchasing this book but it is far and away one of the WORST books I have ever read. Had I even opened the book and just looked at the names of some of the characters, I would have never bothered to bring it home. I thought I would try a new genre just for fun and so I picked this up. The writing was so incredibly simplistic it was painful, it was tacky, ridiculous and childish. The "murderer" was obvious and the main character was a twit. I am floored that there is an entire series that people are willing to read. I could write down an entire list of one liners that this author used and each time I went "Really, are you serious???" I am the first to admit I am not a huge fan of contemporary fiction but a book like this leads me to believe that even a math oriented analytical person such as myself could write a book and people would buy it. Unbelievable.

  8. 5 out of 5

    JoAn

    The Lies That Bind by Kate Carlisle was a fun cozy mystery with twists that I never saw coming and wonderful historical info about a Charles Dickens' copy of Oliver Twist. I like that as Brooklyn was teaching a class for beginning bookbinding that the information of the different tools and processes was "dumb downed" for those of us who are just entering into Brooklyn's world. A few scary moments, a fast paced plot, red herrings and so many suspects kept me turning the pages. The Lies That Bind by Kate Carlisle was a fun cozy mystery with twists that I never saw coming and wonderful historical info about a Charles Dickens' copy of Oliver Twist. I like that as Brooklyn was teaching a class for beginning bookbinding that the information of the different tools and processes was "dumb downed" for those of us who are just entering into Brooklyn's world. A few scary moments, a fast paced plot, red herrings and so many suspects kept me turning the pages.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Amy N

    This one made me laugh more often due to the sexual rension building up. The surprising twist of whodunnit was a fun mystery to solve. I can't wait to start the 4th book in the series. I recently purchased the entire collection so I have plenty to read while on bedrest at 8 and a half months pregnant! I just wish I could get a signed copy of the newest in this series or a signed copy of her other fixer upper series. I must say Kate Carlisle has definitely made a new book geek fan with me! This one made me laugh more often due to the sexual rension building up. The surprising twist of whodunnit was a fun mystery to solve. I can't wait to start the 4th book in the series. I recently purchased the entire collection so I have plenty to read while on bedrest at 8 and a half months pregnant! I just wish I could get a signed copy of the newest in this series or a signed copy of her other fixer upper series. I must say Kate Carlisle has definitely made a new book geek fan with me!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Heidi Prockish

    I loved this one! Why did I wait so long to read this series?!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    I give this 3 1/2 stars. A good storyline, but I would prefer that Brooklyn not find, or be witness to every hurt or dead person in the book. Also, a few editing issues. But that could just be me.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Brooklyn goes to San Francisco to teach a bookbinding class. The director is an awful woman who wants Brooklyn to lie about a book being a first edition. Later the director is found dead and her past is mixed up with Brooklyn’s beau things gets serious.

  13. 4 out of 5

    LORI CASWELL

    Brooklyn Wainwright is the master when it comes to restoring rare and antique books. In this third installment of the series, she is teaching a class on bookbinding at the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Book Arts, BABA. The director of the center is a real witch and has recently hired another teacher, a former classmate that Brooklyn absolutely hates, but Brooklyn loves what she does and loves to share it by teaching others, so she decides she can endure their presence for a few weeks. Unfortu Brooklyn Wainwright is the master when it comes to restoring rare and antique books. In this third installment of the series, she is teaching a class on bookbinding at the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Book Arts, BABA. The director of the center is a real witch and has recently hired another teacher, a former classmate that Brooklyn absolutely hates, but Brooklyn loves what she does and loves to share it by teaching others, so she decides she can endure their presence for a few weeks. Unfortunately the center is not the safest place to be, first the former classmate is assaulted in the hallway and then the director is found dead. Brooklyn starts to believe she is a dead body magnet as bodies seem to keep turning up wherever she is. The only good thing is that Derek Stone keeps turning up too and if things would just stop going wrong their passionate kisses could actually turn into a relationship. But first she must find out how Derek's relationship with the director is bound into the rest of the story, a story that leads to a murderer. I LIKED IT!!!! This was a brand new series for me and not only did I enjoy the mystery parts but I also learned a lot about bookbinding and restoring old and rare books. It is not only the mystery that keeps the pages turning but you find yourself rooting for Derek and Brooklyn to finally get together. Time after time just when things look promising, a phone rings, someone knocks on the door, or another lead needs to be followed. Maybe that is why I didn't love this book, I was getting frustrated for them, but the good thing is that the next book, Murder Under Cover, will be out in May 2011, and while I know there will be a body or two, I am hoping that just maybe Brooklyn and Derek can actually go on an entire date, and maybe more, without any interruption. The other characters in this series, especially Brooklyn's mom and dad, a couple of real life hippies, may make you laugh out loud. I really don't want to give too much away but if you are not familiar with this series start with Homicide in Hardcover, then If Books Could Kill and The Lies That Bind, each book builds on the last and each book is better than the one before. To find out more about Kate Carlisle, the other books in the series, and more about Brooklyn's world be sure to check out Kate's Website. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free Obsidian, .a division of Penguin Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 19s 16 CFR, Part 255 : 1CGuides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. 1D

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jenna

    Poor Brooklyn & Derek. they just want some time alone in order to move their relationship to the next level. (becoming intimate) but they keep getting interrupted just as they start which adds humor to the story. unfortunately, b/c i've done a later book, i already knew who the culprit was in the story which ruined the element of surprise for me. but it was still a good story. lots of red herrings to lead the reader onto suspect tangents. As i started this series out of order, i'm going back now & Poor Brooklyn & Derek. they just want some time alone in order to move their relationship to the next level. (becoming intimate) but they keep getting interrupted just as they start which adds humor to the story. unfortunately, b/c i've done a later book, i already knew who the culprit was in the story which ruined the element of surprise for me. but it was still a good story. lots of red herrings to lead the reader onto suspect tangents. As i started this series out of order, i'm going back now & catching myself up. it's good b/c i'm trying to fill in the holes left by things mentioned in the later books.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    I was prepared to love this series about a bookbinder who seems to attract murder, because I'm an amateur bookbinder myself. However, the characters are pretty one-dimensional and everyone is categorized by how beautiful or attractive they are. Seemed pretty shallow to me, so even though the crime story was mildly interesting, I'm walking away from this series. I was prepared to love this series about a bookbinder who seems to attract murder, because I'm an amateur bookbinder myself. However, the characters are pretty one-dimensional and everyone is categorized by how beautiful or attractive they are. Seemed pretty shallow to me, so even though the crime story was mildly interesting, I'm walking away from this series.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Susan W

    This was a decent installment of Brooklyn Wainwright and her escapades with hunky Derek Stone. I've fallen behind in the series, and while I'm up-to-date with my purchases, I've got a lot of reading to go to catch up to the current book. I'm looking forward to "hanging out" with Brooklyn and Derek and making a few more trips to Dharma to interact with her family. So, the nuts and bolts: the mystery was solid, interesting and while I had an inkling who the killer might be, it still kept me guessin This was a decent installment of Brooklyn Wainwright and her escapades with hunky Derek Stone. I've fallen behind in the series, and while I'm up-to-date with my purchases, I've got a lot of reading to go to catch up to the current book. I'm looking forward to "hanging out" with Brooklyn and Derek and making a few more trips to Dharma to interact with her family. So, the nuts and bolts: the mystery was solid, interesting and while I had an inkling who the killer might be, it still kept me guessing. I wish she delved a bit more into "Oliver Twist" – what I'm saying will be apparent after you read – angle but at the same time, as a news writer myself, I can appreciate that this could have lead to a confusing tangent. I also wish there was more depth to Layla and Naomi's characters. For being centralized figures, we really didn't get to know them very well. What were their motives for their behavior. It didn't need to be much, just maybe some "show" as to why their personalities lead them to their current states. Also, the familial relationship between Layla and Naomi wasn't good - why? Perhaps we'll get to know more about Naomi in future installments? I don't know ... but I have a feeling most all of Kate Carlisle's other loyal readers already know the answer to that question. One of the things I've always enjoyed about this series is Brooklyn's friends and family. Her friends are wacky and her commune family is new agey crazy. The author has managed to give us an in depth feel for each of them and in my case, I've grown to absolutely adore them, and wish I had devoted and dedicated friends and family just like them - quirks and all!! I also hope to "see" more of Gabriel ..... ****** Spoiler of sorts****** Dang, I'm glad Brooklyn and Derek did the deed finally. I was hoping this wasn't going to go on book after book!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    The Lies That Bind 4 Stars Book restorer, Brooklyn Wainwright, is caught up in another mystery when the director of the center hosting her class is murdered. The victim, Layla Fontaine, was rude, manipulative and deceitful, so it is no surprise when the suspects start piling up. Nevertheless, Brooklyn is determined to investigate, especially when someone close to her is targeted. A definite improvement on book #2. Brooklyn is a likable heroine although she has one or two questionable moments in this The Lies That Bind 4 Stars Book restorer, Brooklyn Wainwright, is caught up in another mystery when the director of the center hosting her class is murdered. The victim, Layla Fontaine, was rude, manipulative and deceitful, so it is no surprise when the suspects start piling up. Nevertheless, Brooklyn is determined to investigate, especially when someone close to her is targeted. A definite improvement on book #2. Brooklyn is a likable heroine although she has one or two questionable moments in this installment. The fact that she was willing to (view spoiler)[overlook Layla’s blatant fraud scheme (hide spoiler)] put me off her character somewhat. The developments in her romance with Derek are entertaining and it looks like they are finally getting somewhere. Gabriel’s character is also very intriguing as more details concerning his past are revealed. The mystery and investigation are well-developed and the victim certainly had it coming. That said, the identity of the villain is obvious mainly due to the fact that there is something off about them from the start. In terms of the writing, the information on book binding techniques is interesting, especially for a book lover, but there are times where it feels overdone and seems like unnecessary filler. Moreover, the dialogue can be clunky. Eileen Stevens’ narration is good although she really needs to pick up the pace. All in all, the cozy mystery plots, quirky characters and light romance make the Bibliophile Mystery series an entertaining experience.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    The Lies That Bind by Kate Carlisle Brooklyn Wainwright is teaching a bookbinding course at Bay Area Book Arts Center created and maintained by a woman well on her way to being her number two nemesis, Layla Fontaine. Unfortunately, Fontaine is how she actually got the job, so sucking it up falls well into her job description. Then worse gets worser when her number one nemesis is hired in to teach, too. Minka LaBeouf is known for being about the worst bookbinder in the business, so it’s perplexing The Lies That Bind by Kate Carlisle Brooklyn Wainwright is teaching a bookbinding course at Bay Area Book Arts Center created and maintained by a woman well on her way to being her number two nemesis, Layla Fontaine. Unfortunately, Fontaine is how she actually got the job, so sucking it up falls well into her job description. Then worse gets worser when her number one nemesis is hired in to teach, too. Minka LaBeouf is known for being about the worst bookbinder in the business, so it’s perplexing that she winds up at a school to teach. During a break that first night, Brooklyn heads out to talk to Layla and walks into an oddly dark hallway to her office and stumbles over the knocked out and bloody body of Minka, unconscious and quite bloody, but alive. There is also a reunion with British security hunk, Derek Stone, who appears to be soon a permanent character in this series. It’s into his arms she runs when later finding Layla shot dead, but not during their planned date later that very evening, which, alas, happens receptively through the book. Bullets and bodies, usually quite connected, pile up and appear to be tied to a (not so) rare first edition of Oliver Twist. But wait, that’s not all. A slew of forged antiquarian books seem to be the scam and my first assumption (always stick to first) came true in the end. It was a fun ride with a few pit stops, but that’s what makes for a fun read. On to the next.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kris McClanahan

    Reviews Of Unusual Size - Re: Brooklyn Wainwright is teaching a bookbinding class and having lots of internal monologues about her feelings when a co-worker drops dead, another is assaulted and two dreamy men from her past appear. Are any of them connected? Will there be more murders? Did the people in her class pay to take it? Cause if they did, they've gotta be feeling ripped off. Outstanding: The art of bookbinding and repair is vividly detailed and more interesting that I would have guessed. Reviews Of Unusual Size - Re: Brooklyn Wainwright is teaching a bookbinding class and having lots of internal monologues about her feelings when a co-worker drops dead, another is assaulted and two dreamy men from her past appear. Are any of them connected? Will there be more murders? Did the people in her class pay to take it? Cause if they did, they've gotta be feeling ripped off. Outstanding: The art of bookbinding and repair is vividly detailed and more interesting that I would have guessed. The idea for the series and it's location - San Francisco, is pretty cool. Unacceptable: There was just so much time spent yammering on about how assorted people felt about other assorted people and how they were either annoying or sexalicious. The entire side trip to the Dharma Hippie commune felt tacked in and out of place. Summary: This was the first "Cozy Mystery" that I've read and while I can certainly see the appeal - it's a kind of light romance/ lighter mystery hybrid - it didn't hit the spot at all. Carlisle has an upbeat and easy writing style, yet it took me weeks to finally finish. 2/5 Notes: Although her Bibliophile series suffers from a bad case of clip-art painting, they're pretty appealing. The same can not be said for her romance covers, which are truly horrid. http://reviewsofunusualsize.blogspot....

  20. 5 out of 5

    Monica

    The Lies that Bind is the third book in Kate Carlisle’s Bibliophile Mysteries featuring book conserver Brooklyn Wainwright. Almost immediately Carlisle deals with the absurd element of all stories involving amateur sleuths, the ridiculous death toll that surrounds these individuals. In this case it is Brooklyn herself who ponders whether she is a magnet for murder and mayhem when she find her nemesis Minka LaBoeuf bleeding in the hall at the Book Center where they both teach a class. Soon other The Lies that Bind is the third book in Kate Carlisle’s Bibliophile Mysteries featuring book conserver Brooklyn Wainwright. Almost immediately Carlisle deals with the absurd element of all stories involving amateur sleuths, the ridiculous death toll that surrounds these individuals. In this case it is Brooklyn herself who ponders whether she is a magnet for murder and mayhem when she find her nemesis Minka LaBoeuf bleeding in the hall at the Book Center where they both teach a class. Soon other victims are added to the list and Brooklyn sets out to find what they had in common other than her. The dashing and British private security agent Derek Stone, is conveniently in town to assist Brooklyn. He is on assignment to guard an artist who has received death threats and just happens to be making an appearance at the Book Center. Carlisle attempts to add humor into the narrative through the many futile attempts Brooklyn and Derek make trying to spend an evening together, although this device is used perhaps one time too many. Overall this is an enjoyable mystery set around antique books. It was the perfect diversion for the weekend and a quick read.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    More of a 4.5 I read this book in 2 sittings as the snow fell outside. This series is really growing on me, I think Brooklyn is growing up a little and coming into her own. I really enjoyed this one and loved the setting of Brooklyn teaching a book binding class. As for the attacks and murders, there seemed to be a lot of possible suspects, but only 2 that really seemed plausible. I suspected the real killer before Brooklyn because (view spoiler)[ Alice's character just seemed so over the top she More of a 4.5 I read this book in 2 sittings as the snow fell outside. This series is really growing on me, I think Brooklyn is growing up a little and coming into her own. I really enjoyed this one and loved the setting of Brooklyn teaching a book binding class. As for the attacks and murders, there seemed to be a lot of possible suspects, but only 2 that really seemed plausible. I suspected the real killer before Brooklyn because (view spoiler)[ Alice's character just seemed so over the top she was almost a cartoon. Between the outfit, the exclamations, and her constantly hold/rubbing her stomach I knew there had to be something off about her. I suspected her stomach issues were fake, but had no idea she was an international criminal. It was smart how she changed her whole persona. I also thought the book fraud ring was an interesting touch. I love Derek and hope he and Brooklyn figure something out asap. <\spoiler> I really like all the "surrounding characters" like Brooklyns friends and family and hope to see even more of them (especially Robin and Brooklyns sisters) in the future books. (hide spoiler)]

  22. 4 out of 5

    Waffles - Kelsey

    Brooklyn has had some strange things happen to her lately.....accused of murdering on of her best friends and mentor...accused of murder again....finds dead bodies....gets shot at...gets kissed by strange handsome men....and has been able to work on the finest books ever created. You would think Brooklyn wants a vacation. Wrong. She returns home to set up her bookbinding class and everything seems to fall right back into place. When I mean everything falls back in to place, I mean that Brooklyn ha Brooklyn has had some strange things happen to her lately.....accused of murdering on of her best friends and mentor...accused of murder again....finds dead bodies....gets shot at...gets kissed by strange handsome men....and has been able to work on the finest books ever created. You would think Brooklyn wants a vacation. Wrong. She returns home to set up her bookbinding class and everything seems to fall right back into place. When I mean everything falls back in to place, I mean that Brooklyn has yet again found a dead body. She is involved with the investigations, she has that hunk of a security guy Stone falling her around with maybe a few sparks flying around them. This time, the body is someone who EVERYONE hated and loathed. No love loss there, but still, a human being died and Brooklyn will do whatever she can to make sure the killer is brought to justice. Even if that means saving some that SHE hates and loathes. Keep a watchful eye on Brooklyn Wainwright...you never know what you are going to get!!!!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Patty

    I love the bibliophile mysteries and love the fact that Brooklyn restores old books. This is the third in the series and I'm still very excited to read each book. This time round Brooklyn is teaching bookbinding at Bay Area Book Arts (BABA)where she has to deal with the director Layla, her assistant Alice and her niece Naomi as well as her class of students. There are returning characters including Derek, Gabriel and the hated Minka as well as Brooklyn's family. When Minka is attacked and then Layl I love the bibliophile mysteries and love the fact that Brooklyn restores old books. This is the third in the series and I'm still very excited to read each book. This time round Brooklyn is teaching bookbinding at Bay Area Book Arts (BABA)where she has to deal with the director Layla, her assistant Alice and her niece Naomi as well as her class of students. There are returning characters including Derek, Gabriel and the hated Minka as well as Brooklyn's family. When Minka is attacked and then Layla is killed Brooklyn and Derek set out to help the San Francisco police solve the crimes. These books are easy reads but the mystery stays complicated in most cases. This one I did guess the bad guy but wasn't positive and certainly had no idea of reason! Looking forward to #4

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nora-adrienne

    I finished reading "The Lies That Bind" by Kate Carlisle about 2 weeks ago. I'm finally catching up with my finished books and posting here since I opened my Goodread's account. This is the 3rd book in the Bibliophile Mystery series. I can honestly say that if I hadn't fallen asleep with it in my lap I would have been up all night finishing it. Lies That Bind is Carlisle's best to date. Brooklyn's life keeps getting more and more complicated and she really has to be at the top of her form. READ I finished reading "The Lies That Bind" by Kate Carlisle about 2 weeks ago. I'm finally catching up with my finished books and posting here since I opened my Goodread's account. This is the 3rd book in the Bibliophile Mystery series. I can honestly say that if I hadn't fallen asleep with it in my lap I would have been up all night finishing it. Lies That Bind is Carlisle's best to date. Brooklyn's life keeps getting more and more complicated and she really has to be at the top of her form. READ THIS BOOK!!!! This book was borrowed from the Brooklyn Public Library for reading and reviewing purposes

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I really have enjoyed this series of cozy mysteries. The 4th in the series won't be out until May 2011 but I'll be ready. I love all the great information about bookbinding, but more than that, I love the main character, Brooklyn, who is at once a force to be reckoned with and an absolute hoot at other times. I enjoy her rather unorthodox family and friends. Even her enemy, Minka is entertaining. A really great cozy read in a series I hope to continue following. I really have enjoyed this series of cozy mysteries. The 4th in the series won't be out until May 2011 but I'll be ready. I love all the great information about bookbinding, but more than that, I love the main character, Brooklyn, who is at once a force to be reckoned with and an absolute hoot at other times. I enjoy her rather unorthodox family and friends. Even her enemy, Minka is entertaining. A really great cozy read in a series I hope to continue following.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tilia

    Really bad. Murder mystery with antiquarian bookbinder and hunky British detective quasiboyfriend at center, which is a cute concept but miserably executed. Unforgivably clunky writing, inauthentic and unbelievable characters, and the protagonist is too stupid to live. (Alerts the killer to her whereabouts by shoving books on a shelf. What are the odds they would all fall on her?)

  27. 5 out of 5

    Massanutten Regional Library

    Robin, North River patron, July 2017, 4 stars: An enjoyable light read, but not a particularly plausible situation and a bit too much emphasis on wanting to sleep together, which was unnecessary for the story. I did learn a bit about book binding and what makes a first edition of an antique book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    ❂ Murder by Death

    I absolutely love this series and I thought this book was excellent. Great characters and setting, and the book conservation subject fascinates me enough to look for classes here in Melbourne. Can't wait for the next book! I absolutely love this series and I thought this book was excellent. Great characters and setting, and the book conservation subject fascinates me enough to look for classes here in Melbourne. Can't wait for the next book!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Melodie

    I knew who the "bad guy" was in this one from the minute they showed up, but it detract from my enjoyment of this book. The characters are what pull me in with these books and that held true with this one, too. Here's wishing Brooklyn & Derek a long, happy & hot sex life! I knew who the "bad guy" was in this one from the minute they showed up, but it detract from my enjoyment of this book. The characters are what pull me in with these books and that held true with this one, too. Here's wishing Brooklyn & Derek a long, happy & hot sex life!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    Poor Brooklyn. She doesn't really find dead bodies wherever she goes. Really. It just seems that way. I'm in love with this series. The books are fast-paced and the bookbinding information is very interesting. I really like the characters that Carlisle has created in this series. Poor Brooklyn. She doesn't really find dead bodies wherever she goes. Really. It just seems that way. I'm in love with this series. The books are fast-paced and the bookbinding information is very interesting. I really like the characters that Carlisle has created in this series.

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