The Paper Caper
The Paper Caper by Kate Carlisle has Brooklyn Wainwright and Derek Stone enjoying the first annual Mark Twain Festival sponsored by Joseph Cabot. The event includes a lookalike contest with the winner looking amazing like Joseph. Joseph and the winner switch places for the rest of the festival. When someone close to Joseph ends up dead, Brooklyn and Derek wonder if the murdered killed their intended target. The Paper Caper is the sixteenth A Bibliophile Mystery. While it can be read as a standalone, you will be missing out on some background information. I have read every book in this series for booklovers. I look forward to a new A Bibliophile Mystery each year. Brooklyn Wainwright is a book restorer and lover of books. She is one of my favorite fictional characters (if she was real, I could see us being friends). I did find her to be a little off in this book. She seemed squeamish which is unexpected for someone who has been involved in over a dozen murders. She also became scared and paranoid at one of the events. Brooklyn is normally levelheaded. Derek Stone is her strong, handsome husband who is protective. There are times when I feel that Derek treats Brooklyn like a child. It is infrequent, but I found it irritating. Brooklyn is a clever, talented woman who has helped Derek solve many cases. She is observant with good deductive skills. Brooklyn and Derek are a cute couple (still very much in love).
I enjoyed the first annual Mark Twain Festival which benefited the Covington Library. There were some fun events. The Prince and the Pauper is the book featured in The Paper Caper. Brooklyn restores a copy for the Covington Library. I love learning about Brooklyn’s trade as a book restorer. The mystery was straightforward. It does not begin until almost the halfway point. By the time the murder occurs, I already knew the solution. I admit that I enjoyed how the deed was done. It is certainly unique. We get to catch up with Brooklyn’s family as well as Ian and his partner. Detective Lee, of course, is in charge of the case. There is rumor that she will be getting a new partner. There is humor sprinkled throughout the story. There is some mild foul language (just to let you know). I hope the next A Bibliophile Mystery will have more substance and a trickier whodunit. I like Kate Carlisle’s casual writing style. It is like you are visiting old friends when you open A Bibliophile Mystery. The Paper Caper is a delightful tale with a pulsating prince, a pleasant pauper, an animated marketing maven, a Swedish bombshell, a disagreeable butler, a malicious mother, a debonaire Derek, and a busy Brooklyn.
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