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Murder Under Cover

A Bibliophile Mystery
Murder Under Cover: A Bibliophile Mystery. Signet: NAL. May 2011. c.280p. ISBN 9780451233516. pap. $7.99. M
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OrangeReviewStarBrooklyn Wainwright (The Lies That Bind), San Francisco's bookbinder-cum-crime solver, steps away from her desk again in this smart and intriguing cozy. Steeped in San Francisco culture and characters, including the hippie commune parents and requisite gay and lesbian friends, this beach read has the bonus of spy intrigue built into its plot, and not just in Brooklyn's James Bond-like boyfriend, Derek Stone. BFF Robin has just returned from a trip to India bearing a valuable book for Brooklyn to restore. A handsome Ukrainian guy Robin met spends the night—but then he's murdered execution-style in her bed. Now the bad guys are after Brooklyn, too, but why?
VERDICT There is a high body count here for a cozy, but rest assured, all killings are done off-scene. A terrific read for those who are interested in the book arts and enjoy a counterculture foray and ensemble casts. Great fun all around!

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