By Kate Carlisle, author of A COOKBOOK CONSPIRACY
Award winning author Kate Carlisle spent over twenty years working in television production as an Associate Director for game and variety shows, including The Midnight Special, Solid Gold and The Gong Show. She traveled the world as a Dating Game chaperone and performed strange acts of silliness on The Gong Show. She also studied acting and singing, toiled in vineyards, collected books, joined a commune, sold fried chicken, modeled spring fashions and worked for a cruise ship line, but it was the year she spent in law school that finally drove her to begin writing fiction. It seemed the safest way to kill off her professors. Those professors are breathing easier now that Kate spends most of her time writing near the beach in Southern California where she lives with her perfect husband.
A lifelong love of old books and an appreciation of the art of bookbinding led Kate to create the Bibliophile Mysteries, featuring rare book expert Brooklyn Wainwright, whose bookbinding and restoration skills invariably uncover old secrets, treachery and murder. Find Kate online at www.katecarlisle.com.
I can’t believe it! Oof! Baxter “the Cad” Cromwell is coming to San Francisco, and my sister Savannah seems excited about seeing him again. She is too darn nice for her own good. Granted, I think she’s more excited about seeing all of their other friends from their Le Cordon Bleu days, and about cooking in Baxter’s new gourmet restaurant, but still… she shouldn’t be rolling out the red carpet. He was NOT nice to her when they were dating. And when I visited Paris, he tried to sleep with me. His girlfriend’s sister!
Now she’s even talking about giving the man a gift! She mentioned it to me, said she had a favor to ask, so I’m sure it’s a book of some sort that she wants to restore for him. I’ll do anything for my sister, even if I’m filled with resentment while doing the restoration.
Yeah, I don’t like the guy. You got that, right?
I could never bring myself to watch his TV show. Have you seen it? It infuriates me that he earned millions because he behaved so badly, yelling at people, throwing dishes. Even a 30-second promo for the show has me on edge. All his life, he’s been rewarded for being a jerk.
Mom would tell me to chill. She’d light some incense and cleanse my chakras. “Karma will take care of him some day,” she would say. But I say he better watch out, or he’s going to hurt someone who will give karma a helping hand.
I’m going to keep a careful eye on Baxter while he’s here. I don’t trust him. I don’t think Savannah would be foolish enough to fall for him again, but he could still hurt her. She’s a gentle soul. Frankly, I’m not sure he’s been nice to anyone his whole life. He has racked up more enemies than there are knives in that fancy kitchen of his.
When Baxter is discovered dead – murdered – in A COOKBOOK CONSPIRACY, Brooklyn isn’t completely surprised. Except that Savannah is the prime suspect. Brooklyn will do anything to prove her sister’s innocence – even put her own life on the line.
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