The Lies That Bind: A Bibliophile Mystery by Kate Carlisle.*
Brooklyn Wainwright has an enviable life, having grown up in a loving and supportive, if eccentric, family. She is also financially secure, thanks to an inheritance received from her mentor Abraham Kartovsky (whose violent and untimely death was the subject of Homicide in Hardcover, the first of the Bibliophile mysteries).
In The Lies That Bind, the third in the series, Brooklyn is freelancing as a rare book expert. She's looking forward to teaching bookbinding classes at Bay Area Book Arts, even though BABA director Layla Fontaine's unpleasantness is legendary. So when Layla is found fatally shot in her own office, there is a long list of suspects. Thankfully, Brooklyn was not alone when she discovered the body.
But when other accidents happen to people close to Brooklyn, she begins to worry that either she is the target, or some sort of death magnet. Desperate to prove that she is neither, she's unsure whether to be pleased when the sexy, mysterious Derek Stone reappears.
Brooklyn is already beginning to feel like an old friend, and the release of her next adventure, Murder Under Cover in May 2011 is eagerly anticipated.
*Many thanks to the publisher for the review copy.