Special Guest – Kate Carlisle – Author of The Bibliophile Mysteries – (Giveaway Too!)

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Tropical Hibiscus – a Rum Drink from Mystery Author Kate Carlisle


kate-carlisle-bookshelf-webAward 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.

It was a long, hard winter through much of the United States. I’m from southern California, where “winter” is just a word, but I had readers complaining on my Facebook page (www.facebook.com/katecarlislebooks) of snow in the middle of April! One reader in Wisconsin even said that school was canceled in her town on April 19 because sixteen inches of sleet and snow had fallen overnight.

Sixteen inches! In April! Where were the gentle April showers?

But summer is finally here, and with it, the release of my latest Bibliophile Mystery, A Cookbook Conspiracy. To celebrate both events, I’ve come up with a delicious and refreshing summer drink. I’m calling it the Tropical Hibiscus because just after you pour the cranberry on top of the pineapple juice, the drink has the same beautiful bi-color look as a hibiscus flower in my neighborhood. (In this picture, my husband had stirred the drink, ruining the bi-color effect. What was I to do? Complain? The man was bringing me a drink!)

Before I give you the recipe, here’s a snippet about A Cookbook Conspiracy:

cookbook conspiracyIt’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.


tropical-hibiscusTropical Hibiscus, a Rum Drink Recipe

1 part coconut rum

2 parts pineapple juice

1 part cranberry juice

Pour the coconut rum and pineapple juice over ice. Stir, then add the cranberry juice for that beautiful bi-color effect. Enjoy!



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A Cookbook Conspiracy:
A Bibliophile Mystery

7th in Series
Cozy Mystery
An Obsidian Mystery (June 4, 2013)
Published by The Penguin Group
Jacket Illustration by Dan Craig
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451415967
E-Book File Size: 589 KB
ASIN: B00CC126O8



It’s a recipe for disaster when bookbinder Brooklyn Wainwright is asked to restore an antique cookbook….

Brooklyn is quite a foodie and having a sister who graduated from the prestigious Cordon Bleu school in Paris is fantastic as she isn’t much of a cook herself.

One of Savannah’s classmates, Baxter Cromwell, is opening a new restaurant in San Francisco and he has invited the old gang from Paris to participate in the Grand Opening. Savannah asks Brooklyn to restore an old cookbook that Baxter had given her years ago so she can give it back to him as a gift. Brooklyn realizes the book must be at least 200 hundred years old and it has some strange notes in the margins. This is a book that belongs in a museum but Savannah is determined to give it back to Baxter.

Derek and Brooklyn attend the grand opening and the food is delicious, each and every course. It was a wonderful evening until shortly after the restaurant closes and all the guests have gone. It is then Baxter is found dead, the cookbook is missing, and Savannah is found next to the body with the murder weapon in her hand.

Dollycas’s Thoughts
After reading Peril in Paperback a couple of weeks ago I couldn’t wait to start this book and I devoured it in just a couple of hours.

Savannah has brought Brooklyn a very special cookbook, steeped in history and full of interesting recipes and intriguing information. Information that brings Dexter’s brother, Dalton, to town. Can there really be two hunky handsome guys in this family? Oh my YES! He definitely needs to be in upcoming installments.

The girls “hippy” parents along with the rest of the Wainwright family return. Guru Bob also makes an appearance. I just love their mom with her spells and incantations. Now she is planning to study Exorcism! 🙂  

The authors creates a capricious group of supporting characters as well. Quite a blend of chefs that are so totally different and all of them seem to have secrets.

Kate Carlisle continues to deliver us marvelous mysteries and this is the best one yet. I highly recommend you add this one to your shopping cart today!

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117 thoughts on “Special Guest – Kate Carlisle – Author of The Bibliophile Mysteries – (Giveaway Too!)

    1. Thank you, Ann! Research is most definitely one of the joys of being a writer. I love learning new things, and then finding ways to share what I’ve discovered with my readers, in a way that works for the story. I hope you’ll love A COOKBOOK CONSPIRACY!

  1. I love this series and am looking forward to reading the new book. Thanks for the giveaway!

    1. Hurray!!!! I love being on TBR lists. (Of course, I like being on the “books I’ve read” lists even more, but it all starts with TBR. 😉 )

  2. I’ve been a Brooklyn and crew fan since the beginning and am looking forward to #1. I can not believe Kate worked on The Gong Show and Solid Gold. I bet she has some great stories for parties.

    1. How fun, Tina! I hope you’ll enjoy HOMICIDE IN HARDCOVER. Brooklyn Wainwright and her quirky family are so much fun to write. And her neighbors! They’re a blast. Brooklyn’s career field as a bookbinder is very much linked to the past, but she lives in a modern world. It’s an interesting combination to write.

  3. It still isn’t summer here in Michigan. One day it’s warm enough for shorts, the next requires long pants and sweatshirts. At least Mother Nature decided that one season off for the fruit trees was enough.

    1. The weather here in SoCal is pretty consistent from day to day, but I’ve been hearing from lots of readers who have faced an unusually long winter. I hope you get at least a little summer this year, Peggy!

    1. Thank you, Rita! Hope you’ll love A COOKBOOK CONSPIRACY. As soon as I came up with the idea of killing a celebrity chef, I knew I had a winner! LOL

  4. I can think of no better way to spend a pleasant summer afternoon than sitting outside reading A Cookbook Conspiracy and sipping a Tropical Hibiscus. Sounds like heaven.

  5. I’ve been a reader and fan of Kate’s books for a long time now. I’ve been waiting for this book since the title and release date first hit cyberspace. I’d love to add this one to my home library for the family to enjoy.

  6. Congrats on the release Kate! Hi Lori! Kate- what is your favorite dish to make? What is your favorite dish to eat? Thanks- looking forward to reading this book.

    1. Thanks, Anne! Brooklyn’s world is a place of its own, for sure. If you’ve ever been to San Francisco, you’ll know that quirky people are attracted there. I like to think of the Bibliophile Mystery series as smart, funny murder mysteries. I hope you’ll give A COOKBOOK CONSPIRACY a try!

  7. reading this book this summer would be a delight. Congratulations and best wishes.

  8. Looking forward to the next Bibliophile mystery~ love the series! This sounds wonderful and I will be looking forward to reading it as well.

    1. Thank you, Amanda! I’m hard at work on the next Bibliophile Mystery. I adore writing them, and it’s so good to hear that readers love them.

  9. Thanks for the giveaway and especially the recipe. Who doesn’t love a nice rum drink in the summer?

    1. I have yet to meet the person who would turn it away. Oh wait, I guess that’s not true. How about this… I have yet to meet the person who drinks alcohol who would turn it away. It’s delicious and refreshing. I believe I’ll have one this evening to celebrate today’s wonderful blog party!

  10. Not read the author before but food, mystery and history make it sound like a good read

  11. Wish I had a copy now. Would be great to read on this rainy stormy day.

  12. Wow successful at whatever you do ..you sure have the golden touch that is for sure !

  13. To be perfectly honest I haven’t read any of Ms. Carlisle’s books. I know I know, my bad. I have read reviews of her books and am really hoping to win this one. Get me hooked 🙂 I love this kind of book, I’ve read Livia Washburn, Joann Fluke, Diane Mott Davidson and Melinda Wells. Again, I love these kinds of books!!!!!

    1. I’d love to hook you, Carrie! Take a peek at the free excerpts available on my website. You’ve named some wonderful cozy mystery authors, and I’d be proud to share a spot with them on your shelf.

  14. I love this series! Once I pick up one of Kate’s books, I can’t put it down. 🙂

  15. I love Kate’s books — she rocks big-time! I also plan on making one of these drinks this weekend YUM YUM YUM — thanks, Kate! Keep up the outstanding work!

  16. Sounds like a great mystery. I’ve not read any of Kate’s books and look forward to giving one a try. I’ve heard so many good things about her writing.

    1. Thank you, Brenda! It’s so nice to hear that readers are talking about me. If you’d like to “try before you buy,” you’ll find free excerpts on my website.

  17. Just saying “Hi!” and I could use one of those drinks right now! I had a root canal this morning and I am in pain! And thanks for writing such a good book!

  18. This is a great series-I came upon it recently and have enjoyed the connection. That Brooklyn is such a hoot!

  19. Kate, I am so excited for this new book and to read it by the pool this summer!

  20. Wow, I can’t believe all the different jobs you have had. Summer is taking a long time to come in Minnesota, my brother posted a photo of my mom on Facebook and she was wearing a sweetshirt, she lives in Minneapolis thankfully I moved to Texas last July. I cannot wait to read this book.

    1. I’ve seen some ballgames up north where everyone in the stands is bundled up like it’s early March instead of early June. Very strange weather.

      Glad you’re looking forward to A COOKBOOK CONSPIRACY! 🙂

  21. I so love this series! I have read and reviewed all of them on my site. I would love to win so that I can read this sooner rather than later. 🙂

  22. Thanks Kate for writing the stories about Brooklyn. I appreciate the research you do to write authentically about restoring books.

    1. It’s my pleasure, Linda, truly. Bookbinding has been a hobby of mine for many years. I’m nowhere near Brooklyn’s level of expertise, of course, but I do work hard to get the details right in the Bibliophile Mysteries. I hear from so many readers who love learning new things.

    1. I’d love to, Bev! I don’t have anything on my calendar at the moment. In the meantime, you can send me an SASE and include a note requesting a Bibliophile Mystery autographed bookplate. Kate Carlisle, 2633 Lincoln Boulevard, No. 322
      Santa Monica, CA 90405

  23. I love this series! This on eis on eh top of my “To Read” list!

  24. I love this series – Brooklyn and her family are so much fun and then there’s sexy Derek. Looking forward to reading this next adventure. Thanks!

  25. Can’t wait to read Brooklyn’s next adventure! Thanks for the recipe and info on Kate–the Dating Game gig could probably write a book itself!

    1. I don’t want to give away any surprises, but I will tell you that I’m using a bit of my TV experience in writing the next Bibliophile Mystery. Read A COOKBOOK CONSPIRACY so you’re all caught up!

    1. Thank you! It’s such fun coming up with titles for the Bibliophile Mysteries. One of my favorite things. The other is naming characters… I’ve invited readers on my Facebook page to help name a kitten. If you’re interested, share your ideas at Facebook.com/KateCarlisleBooks

  26. Can you make the drink without alcohol? I’m allergic. The book sounds terrific!

    1. I don’t know why not. You’d just be combining two delicious fruit juices. Enjoy! And thanks for your kind words about A COOKBOOK CONSPIRACY!

  27. Congratulations on the new book! Love the cover. The Bibliophile Mystery series sounds interesting. Will be adding it to my TBR list. Thanks for sharing.

  28. New series for me, thank you for sharing this treat. The recipe for the drink sounds yummy, never heard of coconut rum before, almost as intriguing as the read, but not quite ;=D

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