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A Cookbook Conspiracy: 08/30/17
A Cookbook Conspiracy by Kate Carlisle is the seventh in the Bibliophile Mystery series. Brooklyn is excited about a new restaurant opening in San Francisco. Her sister Savannah is one of its chefs and will be planning one of the menus for the opening week. Savannah has also brought Brooklyn her newest project, an old handwritten diary and cookbook from the revolutionary era.
After opening night, the owner of the restaurant is found murdered by a fish knife — one of those long nasty ones used for skinning and filleting. The carefully restored cookbook and its ornate box is missing. Brooklyn wants to discover who committed the crime and recover the missing book.
I enjoyed the murder mystery — one where everyone had a reason to want the man dead. It was also thankfully mostly set in San Francisco, rather than the fictional hippie compound that normally features prominently in these books.
What I didn't get — given Brooklyn's usual care and expertise with books — is why she would blindly jump into the project before checking the book's provenance. A handwritten journal and cookbook with ties to big names in the revolutionary war would probably be a known thing.