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The Twelve Books of Christmas

The Twelve Books of Christmas, November 2023
Bibliophile #17
by Kate Carlisle

Berkley
336 pages
ISBN: 0593637682
EAN: 9780593637685
Kindle: B0BRM5F11S
Hardcover / e-Book
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"Make sure this holiday cozy mystery is on your wish list!"

Fresh Fiction Review

The Twelve Books of Christmas
Kate Carlisle

Reviewed by Annie Tegelan
Posted October 24, 2023

Mystery Cozy | Mystery Book Lover | Holiday

Kate Carlisle is back with another exciting installment to the Bibliophile mystery series. THE TWELVE BOOKS OF CHRISTMAS is the first-ever Christmas mystery in the series, so I was very excited to see what would happen.

As expected, Brooklyn has a mix of warm moments with her husband, Derek. But when a friend calls and tells her that she is getting married and wants them to be their witness in Scotland, they are excited to visit. However, a murder and twelve missing books await them and they have to catch the killer before they strike again.

You can always count on Kate Carlisle to deliver a good book but this one surpasses my expectations. I would’ve been happy with a cozy Christmas mystery set in San Francisco. But the fact that they went to Scotland made this even more special.

I’ve read several Christmas cozy mysteries this year and THE TWELVE BOOKS OF CHRISTMAS is among my favorites. Treat yourself this holiday season and make sure it is on your wish list!

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SUMMARY

The first ever Christmas mystery in the beloved New York Times bestselling Bibliophile Mystery series!

San Francisco book-restoration expert Brooklyn Wainwright and her hunky security-expert husband, Derek Stone, face a locked-room murder mystery during the holidays in Scotland.

In the middle of a wonderful Christmas holiday in Dharma, Brooklyn and Derek receive a frantic phone call from their dear friend Claire in Loch Ness, Scotland. The laird of the castle, Cameron MacKinnon, has just proposed to her! They plan to be married on New Year’s Day, and they want Derek and Brooklyn to be their witnesses. And while they’re visiting, Claire hopes that Brooklyn will be able to solve a little mystery that’s occurred in the castle library—twelve very rare, very important books have gone missing.

Once in Scotland, Brooklyn starts working on the mystery of the missing books but is soon distracted by all of the thumping and bumping noises she’s been hearing in the middle of the night. You’d think the Ghost of Christmas Past had taken up residence. But when one of the guests is poisoned and another is killed by an arrow through the heart, Brooklyn and Derek know this is not the work of any ghost. Now they must race to find a killer and a book thief before another murder occurs and their friends’ bright and happy future turns dark and deadly.


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