The Book Supremacy by Kate Carlisle

The Book Supremacy

Kate Carlisle

Brooklyn will have to delve into the darkest parts of Derek’s past to unmask an enemy who’s been waiting for the chance to destroy everything they hold dear.

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In the latest in this New York Times bestselling series, San Francisco book-restoration expert Brooklyn Wainwright investigates a mysterious spy novel linked to a string of murders...
Newlyweds Brooklyn and Derek are enjoying the final days of their honeymoon in Paris. As they're browsing the book stalls along the Seine, Brooklyn finds the perfect gift for Derek, a first edition James Bond novel, The Spy Who Loved Me. When they bump into Ned, an old friend from Derek’s spy days, Brooklyn shows him her latest treasure.
Once they're back home in San Francisco, they visit a spy shop Ned mentioned. The owner begs them to let him display the book Brooklyn found in Paris as part of the shop's first anniversary celebration. Before they agree, Derek makes sure the security is up to snuff—turns out, the unassuming book is worth a great deal more than sentimental value.
Soon after, Derek is dismayed when he receives a mysterious letter from Paris announcing Ned’s death. Then late one night, someone is killed inside the spy shop. Are the murders connected to Brooklyn's rare, pricey book? Is there something even more sinister afoot? Brooklyn and the spy who loves her will have to delve into the darkest parts of Derek's past to unmask an enemy who's been waiting for the chance to destroy everything they hold dear.

Advance Galley Reviews

Time got the best of me and I didn't have a chance to read this book.

The 13th in Carlisle's Bibilophile Mystery series, this book ticks a lot of boxes -- chick lit, books, cats, chocolate, wine, food, yoga pants, romance, espionage, and murder. Except for the murder, the book contains no violence, sex, or cusswords. I entered the world of book restoration expert Brooklyn Wainwright for the first time with The Book Supremacy, and had no trouble keeping up. The first chapters provide a lot of backstory. It's definitely a book for fans of cozy mysteries, a genre I don't normally read. But cozy was just what I needed after a rough week.

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2 stars. I enjoy the series, but there is always something a little lacking.

I received an advanced copy of this book. This is another book in the life of Brooklyn and Derek. In this one, they start out on their honeymoon in Paris. While there, Brooklyn buys a wonderful edition of The Spy Who Loved Me for Derek. When they get home, an old friend of Derek’s asks to display it in his Spy shop for an anniversary weekend. They say yes, but while on display, someone tries to steal it, and someone gets killed. This is another great book in the series, and definitely one not to be missed! I can’t wait for the next one!

I love this series and this is a great instalment in it. Brooklyn and Derek, married at long last, are finishing their honeymoon in Paris and Brooklyn (of course) buys a book for Derek. And thus begins this cross between a espionage and cozy mystery. The book is The Spy Who Loved Me, appropriate since Derek was a spy, not that he'll admit it. Back home they receive news that Derek's friend Ned has been murdered soon after they left Paris. Is there a connection? This is a really enjoyable read. And I love the detail about restoring books. Can't wait for the next one. They are all great reads.

This is a mystery for book lovers. Brooklyn is a book restoration expert and there is much in this novel about materials and techniques for such restoration. Readers who like great settings will appreciate the places Brooklyn and her new husband visit during their honeymoon in Paris. The plot got off to a slow start. The murder does not happen until nearly half way through. There is no suspense. This is definitely a character driven mystery. Readers who like cozy mysteries including a bit of international flavor might like this one. I did enjoy the romp through an escape room but otherwise did not find the book very exciting.. I received a complimentary egalley of this book through First To Read. My comments are an independent and honest review.

I loved this installment in the series, which was an unusual blend between the espionage and cozy mystery genres. As a result, the pacing of the novel was much quicker and the plot more complex. A nice twist!

I loved the first in the series when I read it several years ago and the newest installment didn't disappoint. Brooklyn is back with her delicious new husband, Derek, as they track a series of killings tied in to a spy shop, SPECTRE, and Derek's former colleagues. The addition of the espionage story line was fantastic. It really upped the suspense and action aspects of the book. Some parts were slightly unbelievable, but it's a cozy mystery so it could slide. The mystery kept me guessing almost to the end. I had mys suspicions, but couldn't see how they tied together, so I was excited to see the how the mystery resolved. Overall, it's a great cozy read and an action packed mystery that's truly enjoyable.

What a wonderful installment. Loved the story.

Fun fast read. Enjoy catching up with Brooklyn, Derek and their families and friends.

I had read the first three books in this series and was pleasantly surprised at how easily I got back into the story with the latest installment. Love the characters and the story was good. I felt like the continued declarations of love/lust by Brooklyn for Derek got a little old after awhile. I enjoyed the descriptions of all the great food the characters was eating, but that was also distracting as it made me hungry! Overall, an enjoyable reading experience. Looking forward to Brooklyn and Derek's next adventure.

I've been looking forward to this book for awhile and it did not disappoint. I really like Brooklyn and Derek as characters and Carlisle does an excellent job with the setting. This story takes a different route than other cozy mysteries as the actual murder doesn't happen until deeper in the book as there is a lot to set-up. Since there is so much backstory, I don't feel like you have to read the previous books to follow this one, though I do recommend the series in general. I was able to figure out the culprit fairly early on, but it didn't ruin my enjoyment of the story. This is an ARC so there were a couple of things that I noticed where the sentences repeated themselves (ex: Brooklyn introduces herself twice to the reader). My only qualm was there was a reveal at the end that was meant to be a surprise to the characters and the readers, but I feel like it was something that was said earlier in the novel so it was anti-climactic. This is my favorite cozy mystery series so I knew that I would like it. I'm already looking forward to the next book.

One of my favourite series. Always good to visit with Brooklyn and her family and friends.

This is the kind of book that justifies the "cozy" in the Cozy Mysteries subgenre. Despite the plot being turn-the-page engaging and the mystery really reeling you in, this is all about the quiet times and the little details in the relationship. It's also about a love of books and their restoration, so I was guaranteed to like it just for that. Both leads have their charms and Brooklyn is a convivial character to lead you through the mystery and murders surrounding her. Derek is also fantastic if still slightly enigmatic, but I get that that's a big selling point of his character so I'm not complaining too much about that. My only down point would be a (slightly) obsessive need with naming streets in San Francisco. I get trying to set the location, but I kept wondering if the constant street name dropping would be of any use or interest to anyone who'd never lived in/visited the city.

I enjoyed reading this book. A very fast, fun, and light mystery. I could tell there were plenty of stories that come before this one. I will be on the lookout for them to read.

The Book Supremacy is the thirteenth book in the Bibliophile Mystery Series. I don't usually read a book this far in a series if I haven't read any of the previous books, but I decided to take a chance. I love cozy mysteries, and I kept hearing wonderful things about this series.  Indeed the plot was great! The mystery was good and not at all predictable. The pacing was just right with a narrative full of dynamic dialogues that made the story flow really smoothly. Brooklyn and Derek were great characters. Their relationship was cute--I just wished I knew more about their back story. I loved the fact that this book started in Paris and for the first chapters, I was really hooked. Having just visited Paris, it was a bit bitter-sweet for me, but Carlisle's excellent descriptions of la Ville des Lumières really transported me back to one of my favorite cities in the world. Unfortunately, as the story went on, I just wasn't as invested. The book has so many characters, friends, co-workers, and family members that had already been introduced in other installments, and since I'd never got to know these characters before, I had a hard time picturing them. I see why some people think this can be a standalone book. This book is a not a continuation of a previous story, per se, but I believe that for you to get into the story and appreciate these characters, you should read the earlier books in the series.

This book was impossible for me to read because the copy was incomplete. There were blank pages and sentences that spanned two pages but the next page was a whole other part of the story. I was so excited to read this book but just couldn't do it, unfortunately. I will try to read again once its published and the errors have been fixed.

This is my first book in the series. I loved it. So many characters and a great plot. From Paris to CA the book is easy to follow. I enjoyed all the secrecy and intrigue. I had no idea an old book could be so valuable and cause such chaos. I highly recommend this book.

Great cozy mystery for the book and fine arts lover. The book is like many of the genre, with a multi-faceted main character who happens to be friends with a detective. Book arts aren't my field, so I can't confirm the accuracies of the objects mentioned in the book. But, the descriptions feel authentic, though not didactic. The book was a good mystery with a little obfuscation and a solidly satisfying ending. I will definitely read other books by the author.

Recently I saw a t-shirt in a bookstore that said “Emotionally Attached to Fictional Characters” That is how I feel about The Bibliophile Mystery series. I have grown to love Brooklyn, Derek, their families and friends. The Book Supremacy opens with Brooklyn and Derek on their honeymoon in Paris. Derek has a chance meeting on the street with an old friend whose death a few days later has implications for their lives back in San Francisco. In this book we find out a little more about Derek’s background. Kate Carlisle has put in just enough suspects and red herrings to make the mystery interesting. Yet I am in it for the interplay between the characters I have grown to love. Another winner from Kate Carlisle.

This is, hands down, my favourite cozy series of all time! Every book, I want to rush through and absorb everything; I love their quirky families and friends, the town of Dharma, all the little details like what they, eat and everything about bookbinding. This particular book was different from the others in the series though, having them only visit Dharma once for the day. Additionally, while some of the family was mentioned, they mostly didn’t factor in to this story. I missed them all, but it was great to learn a bit more about Derek’s background and his employees. Definitely 2 thumbs up from me!

I have liked this entire series. This book was fun, especially the part about the trip to France and the James Bond references. There was a bit of repetition but I’m sure that will be edited out. The mystery was a little over the top but still it was an enjoyable story. I look forward to more of the bookbinder series.

One of my favorite series and this does not disappoint. Too little of the kooky relatives but lots of friends and coworkers to make up for that some. After bumping into an old friend on honeymoon in Paris, they return and look up another old coworker who runs a local spy shop. As a book is of course required to be a center, Brooklyn found a first edition James Bond for a gift to Derek on honeymoon and that is then loaned to an event at the shop. After an attempted theft and a murder, Brooklyn and Derek get in deep to solve this and protect the book. Meanwhile Derek has drama with the awful Lark at work and Derek's friend is dead after leaving Derek a list of suspects. Bigger focus on new folks than usual but still wonderful addition

I loved this book! I’ve read all the other books in the series and it just keeps getting better! Can’t wait for the next book!

Not my usual type of book I tried to get interested but i couldn't get interested in any of the characters

I've read every book in this series and it doesn't get old. I loved it.


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