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Publication Order of Bibliophile Mystery Books

Homicide in Hardcover (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
If Books Could Kill (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lies That Bind (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder under Cover (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pages of Sin (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
One Book in the Grave (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Peril in Paperback (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Cookbook Conspiracy (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book Stops Here (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ripped From the Pages (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Books of a Feather (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Once Upon a Spine (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Buried In Books (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book Supremacy (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Grim Reader (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Little Black Book (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Paper Caper (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Twelve Books of Christmas (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Duke Brothers Books

The Millionaire Meets His Match (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sweet Surrender, Baby Surprise (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
How to Seduce a Billionaire (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Island Paradise Duet Books

An Innocent in Paradise (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
She's Having the Boss's Baby (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of MacLaren's Pride Books

Second-Chance Seduction (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Fixer-Upper Mystery Books

A High-End Finish (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
This Old Homicide (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crowned and Moldering (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Deck the Hallways (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Eaves of Destruction (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Wrench in the Works (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shot Through the Hearth (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Premeditated Mortar (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Absence of Mallets (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dressed to Drill (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Knife Before Christmas (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Promophobia: Taking the Mystery Out of Promoting Crime Fiction(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Bestselling author Kate Carlisle has won a number of awards for her writing, including the Golden Heart and Daphne du Maurier Awards. Therefore, it’s hard to believe her pre-novel writing years featured twenty years in various production jobs with a number of television variety and game shows, including working as a Dating Game date chaperone and occasionally appearing on the Gong Show to perform ridiculous acts. She also worked on music programs such as Solid Gold and The Midnight Special.

Through all of this, her love of writing sat on the shelf, as she worked in vineyards, sold chicken, modeled and worked for a cruise line. Finally, after a year of law school, she wandered into the world of fiction writing, where she’s been ever since. And she’s done well for herself.

Her recent activity is not her first time creating books. According to Carlisle, as a young girl of six, she would make books out of a piece of cardboard and a stack of notebook paper, all held together with string. While these early attempts were crude, she later took some bookbinding classes and learned a lot. In fact, it was these bookbinding classes, combined with her years of experience a collector of antique books, inspired her to create the character, Brooklyn Wainwright, a book restorer at the heart of several of her Bibliophile Series, including “Homicide in Hardcover” and “If Books Could Kill,” among others Unlike Brooklyn, however, her fascination with books has not resulted in anyone being killed.

The Bibliophile Mystery Series of books center on Brooklyn and her constant efforts to bring rare books back from the brink of death in her bookbinding workshop in San Francisco. For some reason, however, it seems as if every rare book she attempts to restore happens to be associated with a mysterious death. The Bibliophile books are humorous at the same time they attempt to give readers insight as to book restoration as an art form.

For example, in One Book in the Grave, which was released in February 2012, someone has asked Brooklyn has been asked to restore a badly weathered, illustrated copy of Beauty and the Beast. But as soon as she lays eyes on the book, she realizes that it’s one that once belonged to a friend who died under mysterious circumstances years earlier, and remembers that it was stolen almost immediately after her death. So, she’s forced to ask why it’s suddenly reappeared on the marketplace. When she goes to ask the shop owner who hired her, she finds him lying in a pool of his own blood. Of course, Brooklyn has no choice but to figure out who is killing people associated with this book, and she has to do so before she becomes the next victim.

Much of Carlisle’s most interesting character development comes from her life. For example, Brooklyn Wainwright’s parents are members of a commune run by a spiritual leader named Guru Bob. It turns out she spent several years living in what she refers to in an interview as a “spiritual and artistic community” in Northern California. That community also featured a vineyard and a winery. She also spent some time tagging along with her older brothers to quite a few Grateful Dead concerts and took away a number of very sharp observations regarding the Deadhead subculture. All of those experiences combined to inspire the creation of the Wainwright parents and Guru Bob.

It is Carlisle’s mixture of romance and mystery that makes her writing unique and interesting to a wide variety of readers, including readers of either genre, who wouldn’t normally be caught dead reading the other. According to Carlisle, she learned that aspect of her craft by reading Nancy Drew mysteries, and from Agatha Christie’s Tommy and Tuppence. She claims she loves writing dialogue and flirtatious banter between various characters, especially between Brooklyn and her beau, Derek Stone, is fun to write, meaning it should be fun to read. She also likes her books to be fun; if she makes herself laugh, it’s been a great day.

Being a hardcore literary geek and book collector, the irony was not lost on Carlisle that the first Bibliophile Mystery, Homicide in Hardcover, was published in paperback only. She prefers to think of books as physical objects that become works of art, and she would love to put together beautiful leather-bound, gilt-edged, illustrated versions of her books. On the other hand, just having her stories in people’s hands,so they can read them is a great thing, as she sees it. Her book, Pages of Sin, was only available as an eBook, but the fact that readers are able to download free software with which to read them makes her quite happy. She also loves the fact that readers can download a small excerpt from each of her novels to sample.

Having fun is a major aspect of Kate Carlisle’s writing, which one would expect from someone who appeared on the Gong Show and escorted people who barely knew each other on the dates they won on The Dating Game. She likes to have fun, and she likes for her characters to have fun as well. According to her website biography, her parents figured she would become a telemarketer because of her excellent phone voice, a bookie, because of her love of horses, or a sales person because of her early success selling chocolate bars to sailors. But they are very happy she’s a published author. Her mother and other family members even like to go to Barnes & Noble and make sure her books are on the shelf and facing forward.

In addition to her signature series, Kate Carlisle has also written several romance novels for Harlequin, and she is currently writing for several blogs every month, in order to write something interesting daily. She says she’s attempting to organize her life to eliminate as many deadlines as possible, at the same time she promotes her current work. She doesn’t expect to be successful.

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7 Responses to “Kate Carlisle”

  1. Diana: 3 months ago

    Hi I have really enjoyed your fixer upper mysteries.
    I hope there is more to come.
    Thank you

  2. Jodie endicott: 9 months ago

    I love the fixer-upper mystery series.
    Book number 10 came out in may 2023. Will there be a book number 11?.

  3. Mary Pierce: 2 years ago

    I have enjoyed your bibliophile series very much. I prefer the audio books and just love hearing Susie Berneic narrate your stories. That being said, I was rather disappointed that a different narrator read The Paper Capers. Loved the story, but miss listening to Susie’s voice. She brings all the characters to life, especially Derek & Gabriel! I do hope you will have more coming to this series!

  4. Charlotte Haralson: 2 years ago

    I love your books I’m looking forward to reading paper caper & hope another follows it.

  5. Ellen Beth Smith: 2 years ago

    I look forward to both the bibliofile and the fixer upper books every year.

  6. Lynn Anner-Bolieu: 2 years ago

    Sarah Graves’ séries on her home fixer-upper stories are very good.

  7. Maureen F Platt: 3 years ago

    Will there be any more bibliophile books? I am reading this series and cannot begin to tell you how much I enjoy Brooklyn and Derek adventures. I have been an advent reader all of my life, and am a great fan of books that are series based, so when I happen across a writer who keeps me walking beside the characters and can picture the scenes that there are in I tend to become over joyed. So I hope that I can look forward to more of Brooklyn and Derek, I have just started to read Ripped from the pages.


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