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The Book Supremacy: 08/07/19
The Book Supremacy by Kate Carlisle is the thirteenth book in the Bibliophile mystery series. Brooklyn and Derek have enjoyed their honeymoon in France but end up being followed home by trouble in the form of a first edition copy of The Spy Who Loved Me and an assassin who is murdering old colleagues of Derek.
As this book is the thirteenth and it's the first glimpse of the couple as newlyweds, the narrative emphasis is more on their relationship and romance, and less on the murder. The actual murder takes up maybe a third of the book. The romance takes up another third.
And that leaves a floating third of the book that is there to segue between the two but reads as filler in some unfortunate places. The murder is tied to a spy shop that Derek's friend runs on Pier 39. The shop happens to also run some of those escape rooms that have become popular.
Granted, the escape rooms do become narrative relevant later in the book, once the mystery is in full swing. At the time when they are first introduced, a good fifty pages is spent following Brooklyn and her friends as they escape one of the rooms. You can literally skip the lengthy scene and not miss anything.
Despite the filler, I enjoyed the book. By this late in the series, I'm invested in the characters.