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It’s a recipe for disaster when bookbinder Brooklyn Wainwright is asked to restore an antique cookbook…. Brooklyn has always been a little obsessed with food, but it was her sister Savannah who became a chef, graduating from the prestigious Cordon Bleu culinary school in Paris. She and her classmates all went on to successful careers, but none of them achieved culinary supe It’s a recipe for disaster when bookbinder Brooklyn Wainwright is asked to restore an antique cookbook…. Brooklyn has always been a little obsessed with food, but it was her sister Savannah who became a chef, graduating from the prestigious Cordon Bleu culinary school in Paris. She and her classmates all went on to successful careers, but none of them achieved culinary superstardom, like Savannah’s ex-boyfriend Baxter Cromwell. When Baxter invites the old gang to participate in his new restaurant’s gala opening in San Francisco, Savannah looks forward to seeing her friends, and even asks Brooklyn to restore a tattered cookbook—an old gift from Baxter—as a present for him. But Brooklyn immediately recognizes that the book, which has strange notes and symbols scrawled in the margins, is at least two hundred years old. She thinks that it probably belongs in a museum, but Savannah insists on returning it to Baxter. Shortly after receiving the gift, Baxter is found dead, with Savannah kneeling over him, bloody knife in hand, and the rare cookbook has disappeared. Brooklyn knows her sister didn’t kill him, and she suspects the missing cookbook might lead to the real villain. Now Brooklyn will have to turn up the heat on the investigation before Chef Savannah finds herself slinging hash in a prison cafeteria.


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It’s a recipe for disaster when bookbinder Brooklyn Wainwright is asked to restore an antique cookbook…. Brooklyn has always been a little obsessed with food, but it was her sister Savannah who became a chef, graduating from the prestigious Cordon Bleu culinary school in Paris. She and her classmates all went on to successful careers, but none of them achieved culinary supe It’s a recipe for disaster when bookbinder Brooklyn Wainwright is asked to restore an antique cookbook…. Brooklyn has always been a little obsessed with food, but it was her sister Savannah who became a chef, graduating from the prestigious Cordon Bleu culinary school in Paris. She and her classmates all went on to successful careers, but none of them achieved culinary superstardom, like Savannah’s ex-boyfriend Baxter Cromwell. When Baxter invites the old gang to participate in his new restaurant’s gala opening in San Francisco, Savannah looks forward to seeing her friends, and even asks Brooklyn to restore a tattered cookbook—an old gift from Baxter—as a present for him. But Brooklyn immediately recognizes that the book, which has strange notes and symbols scrawled in the margins, is at least two hundred years old. She thinks that it probably belongs in a museum, but Savannah insists on returning it to Baxter. Shortly after receiving the gift, Baxter is found dead, with Savannah kneeling over him, bloody knife in hand, and the rare cookbook has disappeared. Brooklyn knows her sister didn’t kill him, and she suspects the missing cookbook might lead to the real villain. Now Brooklyn will have to turn up the heat on the investigation before Chef Savannah finds herself slinging hash in a prison cafeteria.

30 review for A Cookbook Conspiracy

  1. 5 out of 5

    Robert Schneider

    It was the slowest of the series so far. Never realized the main character was so whinny before. It was definitely padded. Never read a book which rehashed what's happened so far so many times in great detail. Glad I got it cheap but it wasn't worth hardcover status in the series.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    I was hungry a lot listening to this book, it seems that if the author is good at what she describes I want to eat it. I guess I'm like a Hobbit wanting my second breakfast and all.(view spoiler)[ Savannah was a great main suspect in the murder, you knew right off that Brooklyn would have to find the murderer and save her vegetarian sister. (hide spoiler)]

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)

    Thank you NAL Hardcover for providing me a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review! 4.5 Sold Stars! Brooklyn is back in the seventh installment of A Bibliophile Mystery! Brooklyn was always obsessed with food, unfortunately her cooking skills are sub-par and nothing ever comes out right. It was her sister Savannah who managed to attend of the most prestigious culinary schools in Paris, Cordon Bleu. Savannah and her friends graduated on top of their class, but it was Savannah's ex-boyfrie Thank you NAL Hardcover for providing me a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review! 4.5 Sold Stars! Brooklyn is back in the seventh installment of A Bibliophile Mystery! Brooklyn was always obsessed with food, unfortunately her cooking skills are sub-par and nothing ever comes out right. It was her sister Savannah who managed to attend of the most prestigious culinary schools in Paris, Cordon Bleu. Savannah and her friends graduated on top of their class, but it was Savannah's ex-boyfriend Baxter Cromwell who went out and became famous for his 'skills' When Baxter turns to open a restaurant in San Francisco, he invites all the old gang from school to his opening gala where they will all be cooking for the restaurant that night. As a gift to Baxter, Savannah asks Brooklyn to restore one of the old tattered cookbooks that Baxter had once given to Savannah as a gift. A cookbook that is at last two hundred years old, with historical significances. Brooklyn cannot help but feel instantly drawn to the book and the woman behind it. When the book is restored and gifted to Baxter, shortly after he is found dead and the cookbook is missing! Woo what a ride. Thoroughly enjoyed this one! I loved Brooklyn, she was so passionate about everything that she does, including restoring older books. I couldn't even comprehend how much work and care goes into restoring books until I read this one. The author and Brooklyn sure know their stuff and we get a glimpse of that through the story. I loved the mystery, it had left me guessing until the very end. With all of the chefs being the possible suspect, the question of who killed Baxter and stole the cookbook hung tightly in the air. I couldn't help but wonder why they did it. With so many character, it wasn't hard to keep up. We get a glimpse of all of them as Brooklyn speaks to them and a little background from her time with them in Paris while she was visiting. It reminded me a little of Clue the game the way it was handled, heh It was very fun and exciting! Derek was just wonderful and I love his relationship with Brooklyn and the way it progressed. Brooklyn knows she has a lot going on with her, especially since she keeps stumbling into dead bodies. But Derek is supportive, and loving and generally concerned for her. A wonderful swoon worthy male! I loved this cozy mystery, it was a great read to put your feet up on. Filled with interesting characters. Including Brooklyn's mother, who is learning New Age tricks in hopes of helping protect Brooklyn. It was kind of amusing. I really enjoyed the way this book progressed and the way to mystery flowed. With so much more going on, we get to glimpse into Brooklyns life, family and her job. A wonderful read that left me wanting more. Cannot wait for the next book in the series. Kate Carlisle sure knows how to write a mystery with memorable character!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    Ah, fluffy fun. This is part of series of Bibliophile mysteries and this is the only one I've read so far. I couldn't resist a mystery about a cookbook! It was unbelievable but a fast, easy read that was totally stress free. I actually think I'll read another in this series. Sure, I like to read The Great American Novel every now and then and I like a book that kills off all the characters (every now and then) but sometimes you have to have a book that you know will have a happy ending without t Ah, fluffy fun. This is part of series of Bibliophile mysteries and this is the only one I've read so far. I couldn't resist a mystery about a cookbook! It was unbelievable but a fast, easy read that was totally stress free. I actually think I'll read another in this series. Sure, I like to read The Great American Novel every now and then and I like a book that kills off all the characters (every now and then) but sometimes you have to have a book that you know will have a happy ending without too much romance. (I'd rather people get killed off than get swept off their feet.) So, although this had a tad too much sappiness and happily-ever-afterness, I give it a 3 star. Seriously, though, the lack of knowledge the main character has about certain bookish things is a bit amazing. I think she would be smarter. But then that makes me feel good, doesn't it? Maybe it's the author's ploy to give me that "I know more than you" superior feeling as I read. You also know it's a bit chick lit when there are sentences such as "I am so not going in there". Ah, well, it must have worked. I am so going to read the first book in the series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    4.25 stars Brooklyn's sister Savannah, a world renowned Chef, is being featured in a new restaurant being opened by an old friend. As a thank you to him, she wants Brooklyn to fix up an old cookbook so she can give it to her friend as a gift. In fact, it was a book he had once given her, back in their culinary school days. Savannah is trusting and a little naive, but Brooklyn knows her "friend" Baxter is not a good person. So it is not surprise to us that he ends up murdered in his own restaurant 4.25 stars Brooklyn's sister Savannah, a world renowned Chef, is being featured in a new restaurant being opened by an old friend. As a thank you to him, she wants Brooklyn to fix up an old cookbook so she can give it to her friend as a gift. In fact, it was a book he had once given her, back in their culinary school days. Savannah is trusting and a little naive, but Brooklyn knows her "friend" Baxter is not a good person. So it is not surprise to us that he ends up murdered in his own restaurant. The suspects? All of his old culinary school "friends". Or are they really friends? We quickly find out that there are long histories between Baxter and all the characters...and he is truly a manipulative and calculating guy. Though none of them can believe that one of their friends is a killer....someone must have murdered him. And why? Brooklyn of course jumps at the chance to investigate to help clear Savannah's name. She is reluctant to believe any of the culinary friends are the murderer, but she efficiently looks into each one as a suspect. I wish Derek was by her side for more of her investigating, because I LOVE HIM. I also adore her family, I would love to visit Dharma and live with them. I would happily take a protection spell from her mother. I was actually not very surprised by the identity of the killer. (view spoiler)[ Raoul seemed almost too good to be true. To nice, too emotional, too upset by all the deaths. It actually seemed in character for him to commit these acts to protect his family...in his mind the only way to do so. (hide spoiler)] I also liked how the mystery revolved someway around the cookbook and learning more about it's secrets. This is one of my favorite series because of the awesome characters. Brooklyn is funny and strong and I love learning more and more about old books and book binding. Derek and her family and friends are amazing recurring characters and I feel like I really know many of them. I can't wait to continue this series

  6. 4 out of 5

    JoAn

    A Cookbook Conspiracy by Kate Carlisle was another intriguing mystery in this series. I loved learning small facts about code encryption in this one from Derek's brother Dalton. I do enjoy this series and waiting impatiently for my library to send me the next one in audio book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Lester

    Kate Carlisle returns to her Bibliophile Mystery series with A Cookbook Conspiracy. Readers who love food, as well as, books will be especially happy with this installment. With a combination of history, mystery and culinary craftiness this book offers a little something for everyone. The restoration of a valuable cookbook takes center stage and lands Brooklyn's sister, Savannah in some hot water. A great new whodunit to add to any readers collection. What I liked: Being a voracious reader for pra Kate Carlisle returns to her Bibliophile Mystery series with A Cookbook Conspiracy. Readers who love food, as well as, books will be especially happy with this installment. With a combination of history, mystery and culinary craftiness this book offers a little something for everyone. The restoration of a valuable cookbook takes center stage and lands Brooklyn's sister, Savannah in some hot water. A great new whodunit to add to any readers collection. What I liked: Being a voracious reader for practically all my life makes me really enjoy books about books. The Bibliophile Mysteries satisfy that part of me that loves to learn about books, libraries, collections, and restoration. Carlisle generally uses a particular book in each of her mysteries to draw the reader in and lend authenticity to each story she creates. In her latest book, it's a very valuable cookbook that needs to be restored and which plays a big part in the murder that Brooklyn needs to solve. I loved the information about the book and where it came from, the secret code that provides a lot of evidence and all things related to the restoration, however there was a little less of that in this book than usual for a Bibliophile mystery. Kate Carlisle likes to add a bit of history to her mysteries and that always entertains me well because I am a history buff myself. Using the 240 year old cookbook also gave this book a different avenue of interest. Since Brooklyn's sister is a chef, and she is the one having the cookbook restored readers get to learn a lot about the behind scenes culinary world as well. I thought this was a great way to add new interest in the series and I think new and old readers a like will enjoy this part of the book. Baxter Cornwall was a real piece of work, or so I think. Readers don't get to understand the true evil of this villain because he doesn't have any dialogue in the book. He is killed very early on and the reader is left to find out how bad he was and what he was capable of through the eyes of other characters in the book. It was hard to form a connection to a character who was such a huge part of the story, but is not really present in the book. His connection to Savannah carried that part of the story, but I found myself wanting a little more where the villain was concerned. The mystery aspects of the story were quite well written. Carlisle used the cookbook to create a very intriguing situation in which Baxter is killed and the 240 year old cookbook holds the key to figuring out a current murder. I loved the combination of the past meeting the present in such a dramatic way. Carlisle never disappoints when it comes to keeping the reader in the dark. I didn't figure this one out until Brooklyn did. What I didn't like: I felt there were a few problems with this one but as usual they may just be my own hangups and not the general consensus. So take it with a grain of salt and read it and find out what you think. This book was more centered on the culinary elements than the book restoration and bibliophile aspects the series is known for. The villain was a bit uninspiring because the reader did not get to know him and why he was evil. There were also parts of the story that felt a piecemeal, or stitched together, including the visit from Brooklyn and Savannah's parents. It felt like it was only added so that the quirky family was present and not central to the story. Bottom Line: There were good points and bad points to this one. I loved the theme and idea behind the cookbook and the way it was represented on the story, but I wanted more relation to books and restoring them than to chefs and culinary interests. The combination of mystery and history really works, but the details were not there for this one. Not a bad book, but not my favorite of the series either.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Overall I thought this was the poorest showing in the series (2 star for series, 3 for the genre). It was disappointing, especially after the move to hard cover. I felt that the story wasn't as interesting as in the past, the characters participation in the story wasn't as 'necessary', and there were a number of character things that didn't appeal to me. All this lead to my it just feeling 'ok' to me. What I didn't like: Missing staple characters: No Vinny, Suzie, Gabriel, Ian, Minka, or other n Overall I thought this was the poorest showing in the series (2 star for series, 3 for the genre). It was disappointing, especially after the move to hard cover. I felt that the story wasn't as interesting as in the past, the characters participation in the story wasn't as 'necessary', and there were a number of character things that didn't appeal to me. All this lead to my it just feeling 'ok' to me. What I didn't like: Missing staple characters: No Vinny, Suzie, Gabriel, Ian, Minka, or other neighbors; no Robin to speak of (but that's ok b/c she lost her interesting factor shacking up with the brother.) Brook (& Derek) actually participating in the mystery: She & Derek were mostly just passive observers to the whole mystery in my opinion. In fact no one really did any investigating. There was a little half-hearted searching but nothing I thought was consequential to how things revealed/played out. Savannah: I had my fingers crossed by about 25% that she'd get offed. her attitude sucked, she was ungrateful to Brooke, seemed selfish and a bit dense. Unfortunately it got worse and she helped derail what could have been an interesting character addition in Dylan. Adding a cat: SO cliche. I'm writing a book where the crime is people killing cats. I'm so sick of them showing up in cozy mysteries. :) Hand-holding/kissing in lieu of plot: Felt like the point of this book was to mention all the times that Derek might hold Brooke's hand or kiss it or kiss her forehead or her neck or her head... in the course of a 2-3 week period. That's not substantive character development, it's not relevant to the plot, its boring when its the main focus. What I liked: Family at a minimum: Excluding Savannah there was minimal other interaction with her family. There was just enough in this book - a couple pages is all that is really bearable. Execution was well done and fit in well with the whole story. Brooke & Derek's relationship at the beginning and the end: The bit with them having breakfast in the morning and their fight in the end, discussing renovations, that showed nice character development. Big miss on not having more of her with Dylan and how she'd fit in his family or how his family thought of her. Maybe to come? Book restorer/Food lover/San Francisco: Like the character's profession, a bit of description of it and her appreciation of food and wine. I'm glad there was something towards the end about her concern about gaining weight. No woman her age who doesn't exercise could remain slender with that food consumption! Like the location. Brooke & Derek: Great characters and they've actually matured throughout the series and evolved as a couple. That is HUGE in the cozy genre. Brooke's growing awareness of how the whole murder/witness business worked and passing it along was great. She's learning! I'm hoping and expecting the next book to take place in France while Brooke is at a conference mentioned in this book. So, there's promise that we won't be saddled with her family, the cat will stay home, and Gabriel will help her with some wacky capers.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Barb

    I always learn so much about bookbinding from reading one of Kate Carlisle's books. Plus, each one is centered around the restoration of a different antique volume. In A COOKBOOK CONSPIRACY the book in question is a handwritten cookbook from the time of the Revolutionary War, and there are dozens of hilarious quotes concerning the preparation of some pretty odd victuals. Then we have the chefs: eight old friends who graduated from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. The settings are vividly described, the I always learn so much about bookbinding from reading one of Kate Carlisle's books. Plus, each one is centered around the restoration of a different antique volume. In A COOKBOOK CONSPIRACY the book in question is a handwritten cookbook from the time of the Revolutionary War, and there are dozens of hilarious quotes concerning the preparation of some pretty odd victuals. Then we have the chefs: eight old friends who graduated from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. The settings are vividly described, the characters are believable, the plot is amazing. There's actually a connection between the old cookbook and the murderous events. And a new romance pops up for Brooklyn's sister, Savannah. We spend more time with the residents of Dharma, as well as hanging out at Brooklyn and Derek's San Francisco apartment. Kate Carlisle is writing some of the best cozy mysteries available today, and this book is a perfect example of the quality of her craft.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Srivani

    This book did not deliver on any of its promises - 1) Its a terrible murder mystery. 2) It didn't have any interesting tidbits about bookbinding. 3) Even though one of the protagonists was a chef and the book was titled 'Cookbook Conspiracy' it didn't have anything about food other than everybody getting together for dinners all the time while chefs from the group were dropping dead like flies. 4) The quotes from the cookbook in question is about the only saving grace of this book. The plot of the c This book did not deliver on any of its promises - 1) Its a terrible murder mystery. 2) It didn't have any interesting tidbits about bookbinding. 3) Even though one of the protagonists was a chef and the book was titled 'Cookbook Conspiracy' it didn't have anything about food other than everybody getting together for dinners all the time while chefs from the group were dropping dead like flies. 4) The quotes from the cookbook in question is about the only saving grace of this book. The plot of the cookbook itself is very thin. 5) The protagonist who is supposed to be the crime-solver does nothing to actually solve the crime. She doesn't even read the 200 year old cookbook that she thinks is so awesome and valuable. I didn't come out liking any of the characters. The writing is not the worst, but not far from it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    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 kill 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.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey

    This book was just good, which is sad as I had such high hopes for it. I think the move from a paperback to a hardcover really hurt the quality. There was just so much filler that wouldn't have been there in a paperback.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Joe

    Lighter than her usual story. Fun. I never felt any danger. The food sounds good. Not enough clues. A good visit with fun characters-friends.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Heidi Burkhart

    A little fluffy, but the main character is a book binder. Who can resist her descriptions of mending valuable old books! Perfect light summer reading.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lesley Looper

    This was an entertaining installment in the Bibliophile Mystery Series. I liked the cookbook and how it was incorporated throughout the storyline. The characters were pretty interesting, too.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kari Anderson

    From Amazon: It’s a recipe for disaster when bookbinder Brooklyn Wainwright is asked to restore an antique cookbook…. Brooklyn has always been a little obsessed with food, but it was her sister Savannah who became a chef, graduating from the prestigious Cordon Bleu school in Paris. She and her classmates all went on to successful careers, but none of them achieved culinary superstardom like Savannah’s ex-boyfriend Baxter Cromwell. When Baxter invites the old gang to participate in his new restauran From Amazon: It’s a recipe for disaster when bookbinder Brooklyn Wainwright is asked to restore an antique cookbook…. Brooklyn has always been a little obsessed with food, but it was her sister Savannah who became a chef, graduating from the prestigious Cordon Bleu school in Paris. She and her classmates all went on to successful careers, but none of them achieved culinary superstardom like Savannah’s ex-boyfriend Baxter Cromwell. When Baxter invites the old gang to participate in his new restaurant’s gala opening in San Francisco, Savannah looks forward to seeing her friends, and even asks Brooklyn to restore a tattered cookbook—an old gift from Baxter—as a present for him. But Brooklyn immediately recognizes that the book, which has strange notes and symbols scrawled in the margins, is at least two hundred years old. She thinks that it probably belongs in a museum, but Savannah insists on returning it to Baxter. Shortly after receiving the gift, Baxter is found dead, with Savannah kneeling over him, bloody knife in hand, and the rare cookbook has disappeared. Brooklyn knows her sister didn’t kill him, and she suspects the missing cookbook might lead to the real villain. Now Brooklyn will have to turn up the heat on the investigation before Chef Savannah finds herself slinging hash in a prison cafeteria. My Thoughts: I listened to this book on audio book – and it was a great driving read. I always opt for murder mystery books when I am driving. They keep me paying attention, as I am constantly trying to pin the killer. This one definitely kept me on my toes. However, this is the 7th installment of the series, so I am a little behind. Carlisle did a good job of making this a stand-alone book, but I could have done with some more background on some of the characters and their relationships. As OCD as I am about starting a series at the beginning, with audio books it doesn’t bother me as much. I loved the characters in this book… especially some of the males… they can cook and have accents from across the country. Carlisle nailed it with the characters in this one! I was also fascinated with Brooklyn and her career as a bookbinder. I’m sure the previous six books have more information on how she got into that, which to me is worth going back and reading them. There was a bit of the binding in this book, but I would have loved to hear more. Total book nerd. Anything bookish. I’m hooked. What an awesome job!! I give A Cookbook Conspiracy 4 out of 5 bookmarks and will definitely look for more of these books in the future.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Carrie ♠

    Was looking for a book to listen to on trip to Ottawa (about 8 hour drive for me). This wound up being the perfect choice. I finished it just before arriving at my destination. It was a nice and light fun read. I have never read any of Kate Carlisle's books. Considering I started in the middle of the series, there was no problem with understanding any former storylines, as it seemed to me the author did a nice job of weaving facts/events into the current story. The only thing that made this more Was looking for a book to listen to on trip to Ottawa (about 8 hour drive for me). This wound up being the perfect choice. I finished it just before arriving at my destination. It was a nice and light fun read. I have never read any of Kate Carlisle's books. Considering I started in the middle of the series, there was no problem with understanding any former storylines, as it seemed to me the author did a nice job of weaving facts/events into the current story. The only thing that made this more like a 3.5 and not a 4 was that I would have enjoyed just a little more character development--and perhaps once I am more invested with the main characters after reading a few more books in the series, that could easily change. I really did enjoy the mixture of the old cookbook by 'Obediance Green' and the Revolutionary War and sending secret messages within the pages of this so-called cookbook. Definitely a very nice surprise for me since I like those types of historical fiction stories (well historical fiction in general). The main reason I first choice this was that it takes place in the San Francisco Bay area. After seeing a few other readers' comments about this book being slower/not quite as good as her other books, I'm definitely game to give another shot at reading all about Brooklyn. Hopefully, I will be able to find some other audiobook copies. The narrator wasn't too bad either...definitely not one of my favorites like Scott Brick, but I would certainly listen to her again

  18. 5 out of 5

    Judy

    This series takes me back to the beginning of this very blog. My review of Homicide in Hardcover, the first book in the Bibliophile Mystery series was one of the first on my blog. Okay, it was technically the fourth review I did. Back in the days when I had zero followers and was writing them for myself. No schedule, just randomly posting. I wasn't even giving them ratings. And now look, book 6 in the series and 2 exciting years later. We've both come a long way. It has been awhile since I last s This series takes me back to the beginning of this very blog. My review of Homicide in Hardcover, the first book in the Bibliophile Mystery series was one of the first on my blog. Okay, it was technically the fourth review I did. Back in the days when I had zero followers and was writing them for myself. No schedule, just randomly posting. I wasn't even giving them ratings. And now look, book 6 in the series and 2 exciting years later. We've both come a long way. It has been awhile since I last spent time with Brooklyn. But it was very easy to catch back up and I enjoyed visiting with her. This time it wasn't Brooklyn who found a dead body, but her younger sister Savannah. In an eerily similar manner to how Brooklyn found her first body in Homicide in Hardcover. Luckily for Savannah, Brooklyn was first on scene and able to be by Savannah's side. Plus she now not only has contacts she trusts, but the experience to know how the investigation will go. I liked seeing how culinary challenged Brooklyn was and her failed experiments with making a syllabub (or as I like to think of it, drunk pudding). The clues and suspects were varied and kept me guessing and second guessing. Brooklyn's, and in reflection the author's, fascination and respect for old books continues to shine through the story. This was another wonderful addition to the series, and I really need to find the next book, The Book Stops Here, as it is out and available. I found this book a 4 star read.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lorraine

    This was fun! Met Brooklyn's sister, blad by choice Savannah and Derek's cryptographer brother, Dalton and these two get along very well from the word go! Savannah who is a Cordon Blle chef requests that Brooklyn rebind a very old cookbook that her ex-boyfriend and chef, Baxter Cromwell, gave her. She just wants it gone! Brooklyn attempts to explain to Savannah that this cookbook is so old that it is extremely valuable. Savannah does not care. She just wants it rebound or whatever so she can giv This was fun! Met Brooklyn's sister, blad by choice Savannah and Derek's cryptographer brother, Dalton and these two get along very well from the word go! Savannah who is a Cordon Blle chef requests that Brooklyn rebind a very old cookbook that her ex-boyfriend and chef, Baxter Cromwell, gave her. She just wants it gone! Brooklyn attempts to explain to Savannah that this cookbook is so old that it is extremely valuable. Savannah does not care. She just wants it rebound or whatever so she can give it to her ex, Baxter and be done with it. Brooklyn gives in, but she decides to read it first. Obedience Green is the author of this very old cookbook and she happens to originate from a small English village, the same village from which 3 of the chefs in Savannah's class had grown up. And to make it more cozy, no pun intended, Baxter is opening a restaurant in S.F. And all of the other chefs are invited to showcase their individual talents. Of course , there has to be a murder and one of the chefs is the 1st. Yes, there are more, but I am not telling! With Savannah and Dalton, Brooklyn and Derek, 2 of the chefs are married to each other, another pair had been together, but now they are not, it is all pretty crazy, but I definitely enjoyed myself. 4 1/2 stars. A well done & highly recommended cozy mystery added to The Bibliophile Mysteries.

  20. 4 out of 5

    ❂ Jennifer

    My favorite current series and this one did not disappoint. I'm so attached to these characters and Dharma. The best bits of this book: meeting Derek's brother and NO MINKA!! I loved the whole sub-plot about Obedience Green and the Civil War. And of course, I can't get enough of the bookbinding/restoration details. I find them fascinating, although I realise this might not be the case for everyone. Still, I don't think they are overdone in any way. The plot line revolves around Brooklyn's sister My favorite current series and this one did not disappoint. I'm so attached to these characters and Dharma. The best bits of this book: meeting Derek's brother and NO MINKA!! I loved the whole sub-plot about Obedience Green and the Civil War. And of course, I can't get enough of the bookbinding/restoration details. I find them fascinating, although I realise this might not be the case for everyone. Still, I don't think they are overdone in any way. The plot line revolves around Brooklyn's sister Savannah and a reunion of sorts of Savannah's classmates from Le Cordon Bleu. The villain was a bit unexpected, although I wasn't totally stunned. (view spoiler)[the whole 'person-you'd-least-suspect' route, while effective, isn't always surprising. (hide spoiler)] Overall, I found nothing to nitpick about this book and plenty to love. My only complaint is that I read it too fast and now I have to wait until next year for another fix. Boo, hiss and boo.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    A COOKBOOK CONSPIRACY by Kate Carlisle Once you have suspended credulity, this is a fun read. The twists and turns continue almost to the last page when you discover who has committed the murderers. In between you will meet a bevy of cooks, two handsome Brits (one a former spy, or is he still a spy?), a mother who is a witch and several police officers (who don’t solve the crime). Bookbinder extraordinaire Brooklyn and her chef sister Savannah are alternately the chief suspects and the chief crim A COOKBOOK CONSPIRACY by Kate Carlisle Once you have suspended credulity, this is a fun read. The twists and turns continue almost to the last page when you discover who has committed the murderers. In between you will meet a bevy of cooks, two handsome Brits (one a former spy, or is he still a spy?), a mother who is a witch and several police officers (who don’t solve the crime). Bookbinder extraordinaire Brooklyn and her chef sister Savannah are alternately the chief suspects and the chief crime solvers. Discovering why they have the names they do is just one of laugh out loud episodes in this quick read. A good book for a lazy afternoon or two, this engaging mystery filled with likeable characters will keep you guessing through two mysteries in this continuation of the Bibliophile mystery series. Book groups may want to do some research in Revolutionary War era spies, chat about food, try a recipe or two and talk about police procedures.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Madonna

    Another strong entry in the series. Liked it a lot. I did find their wandering around crime scenes and Brooklyn's looking for the cookbook box she made was a bit unreal. I feel she and the detective are not close, yet she seems to boldly "intrude" on the scenes. Of course, her sister is closely involved and she's often with Derek Stone, so there is an explanation for her being there. This series appeals to me on several levels. I like learning about books and I like learning about the content of Another strong entry in the series. Liked it a lot. I did find their wandering around crime scenes and Brooklyn's looking for the cookbook box she made was a bit unreal. I feel she and the detective are not close, yet she seems to boldly "intrude" on the scenes. Of course, her sister is closely involved and she's often with Derek Stone, so there is an explanation for her being there. This series appeals to me on several levels. I like learning about books and I like learning about the content of the books used in the mysteries. I enjoyed the recipes in this book. I'm waiting for the next one.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Melodie

    This is one of my favorite cozy series and it has yet to disappoint me. Love Brooklyn, her wacky family, especially her mom, and her boyfriend, Derek. And this time his overuse of the "darling" endearment was kept to a minimum so I didn't have to throw the book across the room! YAY!! I was wrong about the killer and am always pleasantly surprised when that happens. I am not a stickler about reading in order, but would not start this series with this book as several past cases are referenced in t This is one of my favorite cozy series and it has yet to disappoint me. Love Brooklyn, her wacky family, especially her mom, and her boyfriend, Derek. And this time his overuse of the "darling" endearment was kept to a minimum so I didn't have to throw the book across the room! YAY!! I was wrong about the killer and am always pleasantly surprised when that happens. I am not a stickler about reading in order, but would not start this series with this book as several past cases are referenced in this one. RECOMMEND!!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Meg

    Kate Carlisle has done it again. A frothy a fluffy mystery that will keep you up well in to the wee hours of the night. Not every book needs to be weighed down, sometimes you just want something fun to read. If you enjoy a lighthearted mystery, definitely check out this series. Plus this book comes with recipes.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sharyn

    A cute fluffy mystery. The most interesting parts of the book for me are the book binding descriptions. I also like Derek, but it is difficult to see what he sees in Brooklyn. I know they are just characters in a book, but I do get invested when it is a series. Wrapped up the murder a little too quickly at the end. I probably will continue to read if I can find the next in the series.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Charleen

    Listened to this. Might have been better to read. Did not like the various voices of the characters, especially Savannah

  27. 5 out of 5

    Saskia

    Fun, light read that has a historic cookbook in the mix.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jane Lump

    A waste of time. Shallow characters, weak plot, awkward style. I finished it because I was raised Catholic and that's what I do, but it was, as I sad, a waste of time.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kate Berry

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This one was a slog. While I didn't hate the ending the same way that I hated the previous one, I think a lot of it was just sort of...blah. Also, it retroactively irritated me even more about the previous one - there was this weird twist set up of Vinnie and Suzie inheriting a child and then they didn't even show up in this one. I felt like this was a bit of a rehash with Brooklyn's sister finding the dead body, touching it, and then being the prime suspect. Almost this exact thing happened with This one was a slog. While I didn't hate the ending the same way that I hated the previous one, I think a lot of it was just sort of...blah. Also, it retroactively irritated me even more about the previous one - there was this weird twist set up of Vinnie and Suzie inheriting a child and then they didn't even show up in this one. I felt like this was a bit of a rehash with Brooklyn's sister finding the dead body, touching it, and then being the prime suspect. Almost this exact thing happened with Robin (but done better) in a previous book. And yes, Brooklyn acknowledged it, but that doesn't really excuse it. The addition of Derek's brother did nothing to enhance the plot and actually made it weirder. First of all, the way the author has started adding in side-romances that are almost-but-not-quite-incestuous is a little...icky. First there's Robin -best friend since childhood who spent most of her time at Brooklyn's house and is like a fourth sister- hooking up with Brooklyn's brother and then Derek's brother Dalton (really? your parents named both of you D names? does every family in this universe have a weird theme for their children's names?) hooking up with Brooklyn's sister. To me, sisters dating brothers is just weird, but I suppose there isn't anything technically wrong with it, per se... In addition to that, in both those cases, the relationships go from 0 to 100 immediately. I don't care how attractive you find someone, it is weird immediately after being introduced to ask if you can touch their bald head and then spend the next several hours awkwardly stroking it in company. Also, I'm starting to get annoyed by the way every man that comes across Brooklyn's path seems to both be drop dead gorgeous and subtly (or not so subtly) interested in her. Savannah's naivete is annoying instead of endearing. And she is stupid about pretty much everything not the least of which is dismissing Brooklyn's search for the cookbook, especially considering a valuable book could easily be a motive for murder. Brooklyn and Derek were just sort of there; they didn't do much investigation. Plus, the whole woo-woo factor has increased in the last few books - Brooklyn's mom's spells, rather than being an example of her weirdness, have been "working" and the reason Brooklyn finds so many dead bodies is that she is "Nemesis" and finds justice for the dead, for some reason. I think at this point, she really should transition to being a PI or something because it's starting to get really far-fetched. I suppose this is a familiar issue in cozy mysteries; if the heroine is someone who does a job where they should rarely (if ever) come across a dead body, after the first few murders there must start to be a reason. Other series do a better job of either explaining it or making it seem so natural that you no longer question it or have their friends start coming to them with problems because they solved 2 murders on their own or something like that. Things I'm glad about - Derek has stopped calling Brooklyn "darling" so much - which feels condescending. Gabriel did not pop up (although Dalton was an equally irritating substitute). The mystery itself was pretty entertaining, but I think it could have been done better and with about 75 less pages. I'm debating whether or not to keep reading this series...I hate not finishing, but I don't really like them anymore...

  30. 5 out of 5

    Peyton

    Brooklyn is a young bookbinder who seems to have a habit of coming across dead bodies, to the point that she has the San Francisco Homicide deactivate on speed dial. Brooklyn’s work is amazing to read about and I get completely engrossed when she beings talking about her work. “A Cookbook Conspiracy” centers on Brooklyn’s sister, Savannah, and her chef friends. The new characters are interesting and reading about the masterly prepared food is fun. There is less attention paid to the book at the Brooklyn is a young bookbinder who seems to have a habit of coming across dead bodies, to the point that she has the San Francisco Homicide deactivate on speed dial. Brooklyn’s work is amazing to read about and I get completely engrossed when she beings talking about her work. “A Cookbook Conspiracy” centers on Brooklyn’s sister, Savannah, and her chef friends. The new characters are interesting and reading about the masterly prepared food is fun. There is less attention paid to the book at the center of “A Cookbook Conspiracy”, but instead the focus is on the author and her story. It is quite interesting and takes a different approach than the other Bibliophile Mysteries. Overall, it was another cozy read and I look forward to tackling the next book in the series. I was a little disappointed with “A Cookbook Conspiracy”. I found it lacking in comparison to the others I have read in the Bibliophile Mystery series. The characters were interesting, but not enough to make me want to learn more about them. They functioned as plot devices, but not much more. Savannah was fun to compare with Brooklyn, until she developed interest in Dalton. Then I lost all interest in her as a character. Shame. Dalton brought little to the story as well. He is a Derek look-a-like, which is to be expected from siblings, and he is a cryptographer for MI6. Nothing about him interested me. I like Inspector Lee. She keeps her spunk throughout the series. Oh, and Bootsie. Bootsie is awesome and perfect in every way. I was upset when Brooklyn didn’t go into much detail about her work with Obedience Green’s cookbook. I would have loved to hear more about the condition the book was in and how she repaired it. Instead, it is given away and then Dalton uses photocopied pages to study code. Very disappointing. I hope that the next book has a lot more detail about Brooklyn’s work; it is my favourite part of the story. “A Cookbook Conspiracy” was another cozy read, but I feel it is the weakest in the Bibliophile Mystery series, so far. I hope that there is improvement as the series continues because I am enjoying it and want to keep on reading.

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