“The Lies that Bind” is the third of six books in the Bibliophile Mystery series by Kate Carlisle. Kate is a New York Times Bestselling Author and the recipient of the Golden Heart and Daphne du Maurier Awards.

 I was completely fascinated by the occupation of the lead character, Brooklyn Wainwright who specializes in book arts.  Brooklyn has an MFA in Book Arts and a MS in Archives and Preservation. I never realized how much was involved in this profession. I enjoyed reading about the class and how they learned to do book binding.

The story begins with Brooklyn teaching a bookbinding class at Bay Area Book Arts in San Francisco. This fictional center is loosely based on the real–life San Francisco Center for the Book. In other words the concept of a book center – not the characters or story.

Layla Fontaine, the Executive Artistic Director known for her “hair-trigger temper and ruthlessness” hires Minka La Boeuf as an instructor. Minka is well known to Brooklyn and her worst nightmare. During a break in class, the nightmare continues as Brooklyn finds Minka’s body crumpled in the hall near Layla’s office, calls 9-1-1 and saves her life. Brooklyn decides to investigate who injured Minka, along with her sometimes boyfriend, Derek Stone, a deliciously handsome British security agent and ex Commander in the Royal Navy and Intelligence officer. More intrigue develops and the story takes us on a twisting path to find the villain.

I strongly recommend this book. I love books where I have fun reading and learn something along the way. The characters have intriguing personality. Brooklyn’s parents live on a commune in California and are Grateful Dead fans. They had six children and named them all after places where they heard the Dead play. The plot was solid and the pace of the book was fast. I read it in one sitting. I also enjoyed the humor, it wasn’t over the top but I smiled often reading it.

Five Stars out of Five.

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In accordance with FTC guidelines for reviewers, I would like to clarify that this book was provided to me by the publisher free of charge.  I am not compensated by the author or publisher for my review. All they expect is an honest review of the work