“I don’t mind admitting I’m a little obsessed with food. A childhood spent competing with five brothers and sisters at the dinner table will do that to you. I grew up loving good food as much as I love old books, which is saying a lot since I’m a bookbinder and old books are my life’s blood.”


Brooklyn repairs an ancient COOKBOOK which she feels belongs in a museum for her sister. Savannah gives the book to Chef Baxter in public. The BOOK causes quite a stir among the chefs gather there. Later Savannah is found standing over Baxter holding the bloody knife that killed him. Derek discovers that the margins of the BOOK have codes written on them. Brooklyn needs to find the killer in order to clear her sister’s name. There recipes for dishes mention in the book.

BOOK #12

“The air inside the old bookshop was thick with the heady scents of aged vellum and rich old leathers. Heaven. I breathed in the lovely pulpy odors as I climbed the precarious rolling ladder up to the crowded top shelf to start cataloging books. The aisles of the shop were narrow, barely three feet wide, which meant I could reach out and touch the volumes on both sides of the aisle—if I was willing to let go of the wobbly handrail, which I wasn’t.”


An exuberant and exciting visit with Brooklyn and Derek who have returned to their remodel home. The Coventon Library is holding an open house to open an exhibit on Audubon’s BIRDS OF AMERICA. There Brooklyn is handed two special books BIRDS IN THE TREES and a POOR RICHARD ALMANAC for repair. That evening event began to go wrong with the death of the owner of one of the books. Several attempts are made to enter their new home. Brooklyn’s Parents are there first visitors who offer a homeless man a night’s shelter. The next morning he is found with a knife in the stomach. Derek increases the security, but still, attempts are made to enter the place occur. Who wants what books Brooklyn has is a mystery? An answer must be found before there are more deaths.

Disclosure: I received a free copy from Berkley Publishing Group through NetGalley for an honest review. I would like to thank them for this opportunity to read and review the book. The opinions are my own.

About bettylouise31 Member of NetGalley and Edelweiss Senior Citizen and been reading and sharing my thoughts on books most of my life. I read for my pleasure. I have been married for over 60 years. We have a Bengal Cat, Kato. Interests include reading, dogs, cats, gardening, knitting, crocheting. I have a strong interest in North American native plants. A word on my reviews. Books review are from my public library, brought, many from Netgalley, a few from Edelweiss, occasionally from an author or from friends. The opinions are my own. I represent no publisher, author or any other source​. My reviews can be found on Amazon, Tumblr, Goodreads, Google+, and Twitter. I have no Facebook account. Thanks for reading my blog.
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  1. Happy Friday!

    My first lines come from A Twist of Faith by Pepper Basham……

    PHD WAS NOT SUPPOSED to smell like this. Adelina Roseland dropped a box of research articles onto the floor and stifled a deep breath as the strong aroma of naturally fertilized farmland wafted in from the open window.

    Have an awesome weekend and happy reading!!😊💕🎃

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