Reasons to Read “Once Upon a Spine”

Kate Carlisle is one of those authors that seem to be everywhere on my “To Be Read” list. Her books have always appealed to me, but this is the first opportunity I have had to sit down and read one. And I’m so glad I did. This was such an enjoyable book.¬†

This is the 11th book in the Bibliophile Mystery Series. It follows Brooklyn Wainwright through her life in San Francisco as a bookbinder. This was the first book I have read in the series and I didn’t feel I was late to the party at all. It was easy to follow and connect with the story and the characters.

Here are my top reasons why you should pick up a copy of Once Upon a Spine for yourself.

Crime Fighting Couples are Super Cute!

Many times the protagonist has to keep her amateur sleuthing from her love interest. It is just the opposite in this book. Brooklyn’s fianc√©, and former law enforcement officer himself, serves as a partner in crime on her adventures. He is concerned about her safety, but also gets right in and helps solve the case along with her. It adds a nice dynamic to their relationship.

The Title Fits the Book

Sometimes the title of a cozy mystery is catchy, but has nothing to do with the book itself. This title fits the book. I didn’t know much about the art of bookbinding and enjoyed the “behind the scenes” look into this profession as Brooklyn does her thing.

I Didn’t Guess the Killer

In fact, I was way off! Author Kate Carlisle does a nice job of taking the reader along and allowing you the opportunity to solve the crime right along with Brooklyn and Derek. It was a fun surprise that I was wrong on the killer, but appreciated that I felt like I “had a chance” to solve it myself as I read.

If you are looking for a charming read with lovable and relatable characters, then Once Upon a Spine might be just the book for you.

The book can stand alone, however it nicely sets up future installments of the series. I can’t wait to see what adventures Brooklyn and Derek are off to next!

Have you read any of Kate Carlisle’s Bibliophile Mysteries? What do you think of the series?

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are mine alone. This review also contains affiliate links. A small portion of any purchase made through a link goes back to support the blog. The support is greatly appreciated!

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Diane Wing
4 years ago

I loved the first book in the Bibliophile mystery series, Homicide in Hardcover, and then ordered the second, If Books Could Kill. Learning about books while being entertained with a good story is the best reason to read this series. Discovering a series that’s already far along is great because then I have a bunch of books to look forward to!