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Homicide in Hardcover

Homicide in Hardcover
New York Times Bestseller!

1st Bibliophile Mystery

Murder is always a bestseller.

Brooklyn Wainwright is a skilled surgeon. Sure, her patients might smell like mold and have spines made of leather, but no ailing book is going to die on her watch. The same can't be said of Abraham Karastovsky, Brooklyn's friend and former employer.

On the eve of a celebration for his latest book restoration, Brooklyn finds her mentor lying in a pool of his own blood. With his final breath Abraham leaves Brooklyn with a cryptic message, "Remember the Devil," and gives her a priceless—and supposedly cursed—copy of Goethe's Faust for safe-keeping.

Brooklyn suddenly finds herself accused of murder and theft, thanks to Derek Stone, the humorless—and annoyingly attractive—British security agent who found her kneeling over the body. Now she has to read the clues left behind by her mentor if she is going to restore justice and save her own life...

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Kate's book trailer features a uniquely bound version of Goethe's Faust, the book at the center of the mystery behind Homicide in Hardcover, and is the creation of master bookbinder Don Taylor of Toronto.


  • Finalist for the 2009 National Readers Choice Award
  • #1 Independent Mystery Booksellers Association Bestseller for February 2009
  • RT Book Reviews nominee for Reviewer's Choice award for Best First Mystery Novel of 2009

"This first in a new series is going to launch Carlisle to a bestselling position and have readers looking forward to the next installment of delightfully eccentric characters, droll dialogue and a meticulously planned crime. Bibliophile heroine Brooklyn Wainwright is brilliant, feisty and funny."
   —RT Book Review Magazine (4.5 stars)

"Let's just say it up front—I really enjoyed this book. For once I am very happy this is part of a series because I want more. This book is unusual in that it has both a strong mystery and unique, well-created characters...Thank goodness for Kate Carlisle"
   —Front Street Reviews

"The bare bones of the book are quite good and the story is pleasantly readable...The premise was interesting."
   —Reviewing the Evidence

"Kate Carlisle. Remember that name. I have the feeling you'll be seeing it a lot in years to come. Carlisle bursts onto the publication scene February 3rd with her debut release, Homicide in Hardcover, a bibliophile mystery that kicks off what I hope will be a very long-running series."
   —PJ Ausdenmore, RNTV (read the full review)

"HOMICIDE IN HARDCOVER is a fun, fast-paced mystery that is laugh-out-loud funny. Even better, it keeps you guessing to the very end. Sure to be one of the very best books of the year! Welcome Kate Carlisle, a fabulous new voice in the mystery market."
   —New York Times Bestselling Author Susan Mallery

"Brooklyn is my kind of detective! She loves books, wine, chocolate—and solving mysteries! Kate Carlisle has crafted a fabulous new series with great food, great books and lots of fun."
   —USA Today Bestselling Author Maureen Child

"A cursed book, a dead mentor, and a snarky rival, send book restorer Brooklyn Wainwright on a chase for clues—and fine food and wine—in Kate Carlisle's fun and funny delightful debut."
   —New York Times Bestselling Author Lorna Barrett, author of BOOKMARKED FOR DEATH

"Beautiful and brilliant Brooklyn Wainwright thought bookbinding was a low-risk occupation but she soon discovers her mistake in Kate Carlisle's smart and sophisticated page-turner."
   —Leslie Meier, author of THE CANDY CANE MURDER (the Lucy Stone mysteries)

"Who'd have thought book restoration could be so exciting? When Brooklyn Wainwright inherits the job restoring the priceless copy of Goethe's Faust from her murdered mentor, her studio is ransacked, she's stalked, and the bodies pile up around her. Is it the famous Faust curse? I'm not tellin'. But, trust me, you'll have fun finding out. Homicide in Hardcover is good reading in any binding."
   —Parnell Hall, author of the Puzzle Lady crossword puzzle mysteries

"Welcome to the fresh and funny world of bookbinder Brooklyn Wainwright. A delicious mix of San Francisco, book restoration and a lingering counterculture best by murder. Who knew leather and vellum could be so captivating!"
   —Jo Dereske, Author of the Miss Zukas Mysteries

"Saucy, sassy, and smart—a fun read with a great sense of humor and a soupcon of suspense. Enjoy!"
   —Nancy Atherton, author of the Aunt Dimity mystery series

Signet, Paperback, February 2009, ISBN: 978-0451226150