Review: A Cooking Conspiracy by: Kate Carlisle

by - Saturday, March 30, 2019

Title: A Cooking Conspiracy
Author: Kate Carlisle
Publisher: NAL
Series: Bibliophile Mystery #7
Pages: 305
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library

Description:

It’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 culinary 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. 

My Thoughts: 

This book follows Brooklyn local book binder and her spy boyfriend Derek Stone as they are involved in the world of cooking and cuisine.  In this one Savannah, Brooklyn's sister and her cooking friends are helping one of their own with his grand opening.  Baxter Cromwell has arrived in San Francisco and opening his new restaurant with the help of his friends from college.  

Brooklyn finds herself restoring a book for Baxter that Savannah wants to give back as she is sick of holding on to the book.  On the opening night he's stunned and not in a good way when Savannah gives him the book back all restored.  Later on Baxter is found dead with Savannah standing over him with the bloodied knife in her hands.  Who killed Baxter and why?

This book was definitely a continued wonderful addition to the series.  In this one Brooklyn really has her work cut out for her as she keeps having to remind her sister that someone among them may be a killer.  Which is a job in itself.  

I really enjoyed this the writer pulls you in and won't let go until the story is over.  Totally worth the mystery and unraveling the clues.

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