Title: Ripped From the Pages
Author: Kate Carlisle
Release Date: June 2, 2015
Pages: 294 pages
Genre: Cozy Mystery
“When book-restoration expert Brooklyn Wainwright temporarily relocates to her parents’ place in Northern California, she finds that wooden barrels aren’t the only things buried in the wine caves of Sonoma….
Excited to explore the secrets of wine country, Brooklyn attends an excavation of the caves hidden deep under her parents’ commune—and the findings are explosive. A room is unearthed, and it contains a treasure trove of artwork, rare books, a chest of jewelry…and a perfectly mummified body.
A closer examination of the murdered man’s possessions reveals a valuable first edition of Jules Verne’s A Journey to the Center of the Earth. Hidden in the book is a secret map that unveils an even greater hoard of treasures brought to California by French winemakers fleeing the Nazi invasion with the commune leader’s grandfather, Anton, among them.
As reporters and art appraisers flock to Sonoma to see the precious bounty, questions begin to rise—did Anton hide these items to protect them, or did he steal them for himself? Who is the mysterious man left for dead inside the cave? But not all crime is buried in the past. When a new presence threatens the town’s peace, Brooklyn decides to do a little excavating of her own and solve the mystery of the treasure before anyone else is written off.… ”
Last summer when I recieved a bunch of books from Berkley, this was one of them.
I loved the idea of this book. I mean look at that cover, how bookish does it look? amazing!
Then the idea of a character who loves books as well. What’s not to love?
The characters. Again maybe it’s because I read the 9th book in the series instead of the very beginning but I could not get into the characters at all. I didn’t understand their relationships with one another. I didn’t understand why their dialogue was so blah. But to be fair, I’m sure if I read from the beginning I would have loved it.
It was still a decent read because it had the elements of a cozy mystery that I do like. The small town feel. They go exploring in caves which I thought was pretty cool. It did remind me a lot of sims. I don’t know if any of you have played sims before, but the one where you can go exploring the catacombs and what not. All I could think about was the characters in the caves as sim characters.
The plot was good too. The mystery was something I have not read in a cozy mystery before. It was more ancient and trying to figure out a really old unsolved mystery.
The plot and setting make up for the lack of character depth.