Once Upon a Spine by Kate Carlisle

Setting: San Francisco
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: June 6, 2017

Once Upon a Spine is clearly not the first in the series, so I did it again. I am glad that despite this late introduction to all the characters, I never felt like I'd missed pertinent details. I am intrigued and want to read other books in the series, however.

Brooklyn's future in-laws and parents are all coming for a visit at the same time. It's hard enough preparing for what could be a very stressful week of visitors, but there's also the squabble between the brothers at Brother's Bookstore over what could be a very rare copy of Alice's Adventure in Wonderland. On top of that, the local shoe repair guy is killed in what first appears to be a tragic accident but is actually another murder.

With a killer on the loose, Brooklyn and her fiance, Derek, start investigating the neighborhood's shop owners. They need to figure out who wanted the shoe repair guy dead and why. When all four parents arrive, Brooklyn soon learns that her crime solving stories intrigue all four parents, and they really want to join in for this latest caper.

I found Once Upon a Spine to be completely delightful. The characters are quirky, the descriptions of foods and businesses made me want to be there, and the mystery was engaging. I found myself wanting to join Brooklyn on her investigations.

I've been a fan of cozy mysteries for years. I'm always looking for another well written, humorous series to enjoy, and with Kate Carlisle's series, I've found myself eager to catch up.


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