06 May 2014

Today's Read and Giveaway: A Cookbook Conspiracy by Kate Carlisle

A Cookbook Conspiracy by Kate CarlisleWhat if your sister asked you to repair a valuable antique for her ex-boyfriend, who was a total jerk? Would you do it? Brooklyn, professional bookbinder and book restorer, reluctantly agrees to repair the 250-year-old The Cookbook of Obedience Green so her sister Savannah can give it as a gift. Being invited to a fabulous restaurant opening gala might have had a little something to do with Brooklyn's decision.

I don't mind admitting I'm a little obsessed with food. A childhood spent competing with five brothers and sisters at the dinner table will do that to you. I grew up loving good food as much as I love old books, which is saying a lot since I'm a bookbinder and old books are my life's blood.
The Cookbook Conspiracy by Kate Carlisle (Penguin Random House / Obsidian, 2014, p. 1)

Quick Facts
  • Setting: San Francisco & Sonoma wine country; modern times
  • Circumstances: During the highly touted opening of his Mission District restaurant, Baxter Cromwell is found dead in his kitchen, Savannah is found holding a bloody knife, and the rare cookbook is nowhere to be found. Can Brooklyn clear her sister's name and track down the book before someone else is killed or Savannah goes to jail?
  • Characters: Brooklyn Wainwright, bookbinder and amateur sleuth; Brooklyn's sister Savannah, professional chef and restaurant owner; Brooklyn's live-in boyfriend, Derek, who works in security; Baxter, chef, Savannah's ex-boyfriend, victim; Derek's brother, Dalton, who likes solving puzzles; various chefs and restauranteurs; Brooklyn's family members and friends in the book world
  • Genre: Cozy mystery
  • All the good: I loved the great combination of books and food. Poor Brooklyn: she loves to eat but can barely boil water; it's fun to watch her try to learn to cook following Obedience Green's handwritten recipes. This book has a murder mystery and a puzzle associated with the missing rare book; I enjoyed trying to solve them and figuring out if they were connected. I also liked the food and wine descriptions; very tasty reading.
  • Who would like this book: food lovers; book lovers; mystery lovers; anyone looking for a good, light read
  • General thoughts: The Cookbook Conspiracy had everything a good cozy mystery should have: lots of suspects, a good puzzle, a plot with surprises, and a great main character
  • What you need to know: This is the seventh installment in the Bookbinder series, but it was my first introduction to Brooklyn Wainwright. Carlisle provided enough background so I didn't feel lost, but now I want to read the series from the beginning. Don't miss the recipes at the back of the book, they look good and are connected to the story. This book was published in hardcover last year.
The Giveaway

Thanks to the good people at Obsidian, I have one copy of The Cookbook Conspiracy to giveaway to one of my readers. All you have to do to enter for a chance to win is to have a U.S. mailing address and to fill out the following form. I'll pick a winner via random number generator on May 16. Once the winner has been confirmed, I'll delete all personal information from my computer. Good luck!


Silvia 5/6/14, 5:58 AM  

Unfortunately, I can't enter the giveaway because I'm outside US :( but I liked your teaser a lot, thanks for sharing!

Here's my TT.

Anonymous,  5/6/14, 6:00 AM  

Gutted to live in the 'wrong' place but the teaser is great - I like books about food too.

Maya Love 5/6/14, 6:44 AM  

The teaser certainly got my attention and I would read on

Kim@Time2Read 5/6/14, 7:41 AM  

Sounds like a good one! I'd keep reading.
Here's my post!

bermudaonion 5/6/14, 7:59 AM  

You caught my attention when you said books and food!

Sarah (Sarah's Book Shelves) 5/6/14, 8:10 AM  

I'm not a big fan of the cozy mystery genre, but books and food are a good combo!

Juli Rahel 5/6/14, 8:48 AM  

This sounds like THE book for me. If I lived in the US I would totally join your giveaway! Bookbinding and food sounds like my perfect future! Thanks for sharing :) I hope you enjoy the rest of the book!
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grammajudyb 5/6/14, 8:53 AM  

I love a cozy mystery! A mystery with food and books, doesn't get much better than that. I know what a great cook you are, enjoy!

Tea 5/6/14, 9:07 AM  

I really like this Teaser. Like Culinary cozies. And believe it or not, I haven't done my Book challenges. So in the mood for Cozies and Mysteries. Makes me a little sad.(:

Faith Hope and Cherrytea 5/6/14, 10:30 AM  

sounds great! thx for TT posting

Sandra Nachlinger 5/6/14, 10:53 AM  

Sounds like a good culinary cozy. I like the character's explanation of why he/she loves food!

kayerj 5/6/14, 10:55 AM  

I'd keep reading. I'd like to learn more about a book binder. Thanks so much for stopping by today. kelley—the road goes ever ever on

Margot 5/6/14, 11:06 AM  

I like the opening paragraph and I'd keep reading, Food and books? What's not to keep me going,

Literary Feline 5/6/14, 11:08 AM  

I am not much for cooking, but I do like the sound of this book and the series. A friend reviewed another book in the series recently on her blog and it caught my attention as well.

Laurel-Rain Snow 5/6/14, 11:10 AM  

Love the opener...and the setting of the story. This one sounds like my kind of read.

Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

Anonymous,  5/6/14, 11:13 AM  

I'm not entering since I'm UK based, but I enjoyed your teaser - the book looks like fun.

gautami tripathy 5/6/14, 11:26 AM  

Interesting teaser! Happy reading!!

Here is my teaser post!


Here is my Intro post!

Robin Driscoll 5/6/14, 12:43 PM  

Very excited about the books from Kate Carlisle and thanks for the chance to win this one!!

Dark Franny 5/6/14, 1:52 PM  

Oh, I LOVE cookbooks! I like cooking and I always try to buy a cookbook whenever I get the chance. Your teaser looks nice, too bad the giveaway is US only :(
Thanks for sharing this anyway, here's mine: http://darkfrannysthoughts.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/teaser-tuesday-23.html

Heather 5/6/14, 2:10 PM  

Love this series of books! ☺ My teaser: One Hundred Years of Solitude

Paulita 5/6/14, 3:19 PM  

I love the sound of this one. Here's Mine

Unknown 5/6/14, 4:51 PM  

Not sure if it would be the book for me, good luck to all the entrants for the giveaway.

Kathy Martin 5/6/14, 7:41 PM  

That is an interesting teaser. My teasers this week are from Caged Warrior by Alan Sitomer and Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris. Happy reading!

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