The Grim Reader by Kate Carlisle [Book Review]

The Grim Reader by Kate Carlisle

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Title: The Grim Reader

Author: Kate Carlisle

Publisher: Berkley

Publish Date: June 2, 2020

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Series: Bibliophile Mystery #14

My Rating: 4/5

The Grim Reader by Kate Carlisle


San Francisco book-restoration expert Brooklyn Wainwright was hoping for a fun, relaxing weekend at a local book fair, but a murderer made other plans in the latest in this New York Times bestselling series.

Brooklyn and her new hunky husband, Derek, are excited to be guests at Dharma’s first annual Book Festival. The entire town is involved and Brooklyn’s mom Rebecca is taking charge. In addition to all of her other event related duties, she’s got Brooklyn doing rare book appraisals and is also staging Little Women, the musical to delight the festival goers. If that wasn’t enough, she and Meg—Derek’s mom—will have a booth where they read palms and tarot cards.

Brooklyn couldn’t be prouder of her mom’s do-it-all attitude so when a greedy local businessman who seems intent on destroying Dharma starts harassing Rebecca, Brooklyn is ready to take him down. Rebecca is able to hold her own with the nasty jerk until one of her fellow festival committee members is brutally murdered and the money for the festival seems to have vanished into thin air.
Things get even more personal when one of Brooklyn’s nearest and dearest is nearly run down in cold blood. Brooklyn and Derek go into attack mode and the pressure is on to catch a spineless killer before they find themselves skipping the festival for a funeral.

The Grim Reader by Kate Carlisle


Brooklyn is back in The Grim Reader, the 14th book in the Bibliophile mystery series. Brooklyn is a book-restoration expert who occasionally gets involved with a murder mystery. In this book, Brooklyn and her husband are visiting Dharma, a small town in California’s wine country. They are gearing up for Dharma’s first book festival, and Brooklyn’s mother is organizing the event. Everything seems to be going well… until someone on the festival committee is murdered. Brooklyn is on the case to find the killer.

Likable characters in a charming setting. I haven’t read all of the books in this series, but it is one I try to read in order. As with most series, it helps better understand backstories. Still, The Grim Reader can be read as a standalone.

An engaging and entertaining cozy mystery. I enjoy cozies that involve books, so I usually like the books in this series. In addition to books, there is also a lot of talk about wine in The Grim Reader. A recommended read for fans of cozies featuring books and wine. Delightful and fun.

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Books in the Bibliophile Mystery Series:
  1. Homicide in Hardcover
  2. If Books Could Kill
  3. The Lies that Bind
  4. Murder Under Cover
  5. One Book in the Grave
  6. Peril in Paperback
  7. A Cookbook Conspiracy
  8. The Book Stops Here
  9. Ripped From the Pages
  10. Books of a Feather
  11. Once Upon a Spine
  12. Buried in the Books
  13. The Book Supremacy
  14. The Grim Reader
  15. Little Black Book
  16. The Paper Caper
  17. The Twelve Books of Christmas

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