Brooklyn Wainwright is thrilled to be appearing on the San Francisco edition of the hit TV show "This Old Attic" as a rare-book expert and appraiser. Read more...
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Brooklyn Wainwright is thrilled to be appearing on the San Francisco edition of the hit TV show "This Old Attic" as a rare-book expert and appraiser. Her first subject is a very valuable first-edition copy of the classic children s story "The Secret Garden," which is owned by a flower vendor named Vera.
Once she hears what her book is worth, Vera is eager to have Brooklyn recondition it for resale. But after the episode airs, a furious man viciously accosts Brooklyn, claiming that Vera found the first edition at his garage sale, and he wants it back or else. Brooklyn is relieved that she s put "The Secret Garden" in a safe place, but Randolph Rayburn, the handsome host of "This Old Attic," is terrified by the man s threats. He confides in Brooklyn that he fears he is being stalked. He doesn't know who might have targeted him, or why.
In the days that follow, several violent incidents occur on the set, and Brooklyn is almost killed, leaving both her and her security expert boyfriend, Derek, shaken. Is someone after Brooklyn and the book? Or has Randolph s stalker become more desperate? And then Brooklyn visits Vera s flower shop and discovers her dead. Is the murderer one of the two obvious suspects, or is something more sinister even bizarre going on? Brooklyn had better find the clever killer soon or more than her chance at prime time may be canceled permanently."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-04-07
- Reviewer: Staff
In Carlisle’s captivating ninth Bibliophile mystery (after 2013’s A Cookbook Conspiracy), bookbinder Brooklyn Wainwright joins This Old Attic as the traveling TV show’s rare-book expert. Brooklyn’s first guest on the show, which is currently taping in San Francisco, is Vera Stoddard, owner of “a limited first edition” of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 1911 children’s classic, The Secret Garden, which Vera says she recently bought at a garage sale for $3. Brooklyn tells Vera that an antiquarian book dealer would pay between $20,000 and $25,000 for this rarity. Vera agrees to let Brooklyn restore it to increase the value. Later, in the studio parking lot, a thug accosts Brooklyn, claiming the book is his and threatening violence if she doesn’t give it to him. Meanwhile, the show’s handsome new host, Randolph Rayburn, who’s spooked by the man’s threat, is convinced he’s being stalked. The action builds to a surprising final showdown. Agent: Christina Hogrebe, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (June)