Deck the Hallways by Kate Carlisle
The whole town of Lighthouse Cove has turned out to turn an old Victorian mansion into apartments for homeless families. Shannon Hammer, contractor extraordinaire, is leading the rehab and her volunteers include friends, a whole brigade of Santa Clauses, and even her father, Jack, who’s supposed to be retired. But the festive mood is dimmed when a dead body shows up at the work site killed with one of Jack’s tools. Shannon must find the culprit before her father spends Christmas in jail. Kate Carlisle’s stories are filled with quirky characters and interesting storylines. Deck the Hallways is a fun mystery that will help you get in the holiday spirit!
Ripped from the Pages by Kate Carlisle
Kate Carlisle is one of my favorite authors. She really knows how to create a good, casual mystery. Brooklyn Wainwright, bookbinder extraordinaire and unfortunate dead body magnet, is back for another murder mystery this time in her hometown of Dharma. When the family winery begins an excavation of one of their storage caves, no one expects to find a 70-year-old dead body along with priceless treasures. Of course, Brooklyn and her hunky ex-MI6 boyfriend Derek are on the case. Ripped from the Pages is an easy summer read with a few twists to keep it interesting. I love the characters of Brooklyn and Derek and how they have evolved through the series. If you like mysteries, give Kate Carlisle a try!
A High-End Finish by Kate Carlisle
This is another gem that includes everything that I’ve come to expect from Kate Carlisle. Like her Bibliophile series, “A High-End Finish,” the first in her new Fixer-Upper Mystery series, revolves around a whip-smart, independent woman mixed-up in a satisfying murder mystery. The protagonist, Shannon Hammer, owns a general contracting business that refurbishes old Victorian-style homes in the small Northern California town of Lighthouse Cove. The writing is funny and polished. Ms. Carlisle’s characters are well-rounded and compelling. I couldn’t put it down and recommend “A High-End Finish,” as well as all of Kate Carlisle’s other mystery novels.
A Cookbook Conspiracy by Kate Carlisle
Review: Another entertaining Brooklyn Wainwright mystery involving blackmail, British spies during the American Revolution and a ton of gourmet food. I enjoy Ms. Carlisle’s mysteries immensely. Her characters feel real and unique.
In honor of the first day of summer, enjoy a list of some great beach reads!
15 Reads for a Summer Day at the Beach (in no particular order)
- A Rather Lovely Inheritance by C.A. Belmond
- Pride & Prescience by Carrie Bebris
- The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde
- Chasing Shakespeares by Sarah Smith
- Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie
- The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour
- Club Dumas by Arturo Perez-Reverte
- Homicide in Hardcover by Kate Carlisle
- Stardust by Neil Gaiman
- The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
- The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen by Syrie James
- Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
- The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
- A Salty Piece of Land by Jimmy Buffett
- The Boy Next Door by Meg Cabot
Peril in Paperback by Kate Carlisle
Total Reading Time: 3.75 hours
Review: Kate Carlisle’s latest addition to her Bibliophile Mystery series is entertaining as always. Heroine Brooklyn Wainwright is funny and accessible and her man, Derek Stone, is a modern-day Mr. Darcy without the haughtiness. I especially like Brooklyn’s predilection for good food. It was very enjoyable. On a side note, I’ve decided that I’m a good consumer of mysteries because I sorta just go with the flow and therefore end up always surprised at the ending. Or maybe I’m just a bit dim in this area… can’t tell. Either way, I enjoy a good whodunit.