Little Black Book by Kate Carlisle

Book: Little Black Book

Author: Kate Carlisle

Genre: fiction; cozy mystery

Publisher: Dreamscape Media

Publication Date: June 29, 2021

Format: audiobook

Length: 11 hours, 11 minutes

The most recent addition to the Bibliophile Mystery series finds bookbinder Brooklyn Wainwright and her ex-spy husband Derek Stone in the middle of another murder investigation. Naturally, it all started with a book.

Derek receives a mysterious package from Scotland containing a rare edition of Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. Soon afterward, Brooklyn’s former colleague Claire shows up on their doorstep with multiple thugs hot on her trail. Even worse, her aunt (who happens to be Derek’s former colleague) has gone missing from her home in Scotland.

Previous books in this series have been set in San Francisco, Dharma, and Scotland. This is the first book to follow the characters in all three locations within the same story.

I enjoyed returning to Brooklyn’s world with antique books, her former-spy husband, her wacky family, and a couple dead bodies. I liked the concept of taking a minor character from a previous book and bringing her to the forefront in this story. The ancient Scottish castle was also fun to read about.

One thing that did bother me about the book is that the story seemed too obligated to the previous 14 books in the series. By which I mean that several of the events in the book (i.e.: Alex making cupcakes, hiding out in Dharma for all of 48 hours, mentioning the martial arts instructor in Dharma, mentioning Vinnie and Suzie, etc.) felt like they were include more for nostalgia than for the purpose of this particular story. For me, those details felt a little superfluous.

The audiobook is narrated by Susie Berneis. She once again did a great job of bringing Brooklyn and her adventures to life.

Thank you to NetGalley and Dreamscape Media for an Advanced Reader Copy audiobook.

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