In this adorable cozy mystery we meet Brooklyn Wainwright.
Brooklyn works as a bookbinder in San Francisco, California.
Brooklyn's quiet life is turned upside down she discovers
that the Covington Library has somehow obtained a copy of a
book that once belonged to her but was stolen. The classic
edition of Beauty and the Beast was once a part of
Brooklyn's impressive book collection, but when her friend
Max Adams became engaged, Brooklyn gave him the book to give
his fiancee. Before the wedding, Max died in an accident and
the book Brooklyn gave Max's fiancee, Emily was stolen when
her apartment was broken into. Now the book has resurfaced
at the Covington Library and Brooklyn won't rest until she
finds out how it got there.
Brooklyn has no trouble finding out how Covington obtained
her book. The book came from a bookseller named Joe, who
owns an antique bookstore. But when Brooklyn pays his store
a visit, she discovers more than book lined shelves.
Kate Carlisle has penned a delightful treat for bookworms
about a bookworm with one heck of a problem on her hands!
There is just one word to describe ONE BOOK IN THE GRAVE: A
BIBLIOPHILE MYSTERY - fun! Brooklyn's spunky attitude
provides comic relief throughout the book. I did feel " the
bad guys" were too stereotypical, almost cartoon-like. There
also wasn't much suspense throughout the book, since there
are only two people who are thought of as suspects. Brooklyn
don't feel the need to look elsewhere for a suspect, which
brings the excitement level down in the novel. But Carlisle
still manages to keep the readers highly amused and finishes
the novel with a clever little twist.
Brooklyn's chance to restore a rare first edition of
Beauty and the Beast seems a fairy tale come true-until
she realizes the book last belonged to an old friend of
hers. Ten years ago, Max Adams fell in love with a
stunning beauty, Emily, and gave her the copy of Beauty
and the Beast as a symbol of their love. Soon afterward,
he died in a car crash, and Brooklyn has always suspected
his possessive ex-girlfriend and her jealous beau.
Now she decided to find out who sold the book and return
it to its rightful owner-Emily. With the help of her
handsome boyfriend, Derek Stone, Brooklyn must unravel a
murder plot-before she ends up in a plot herself...