Tea Time Tuesday

Once Upon A Spine

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Welcome back! We took a week off to enjoy a break and now I am excited to share a book that will certainly make you think you are having adventures in Wonderland. Kate Carlisle’s latest mass market book is Once Upon a Spine and it all centers around Brooklyn and Derek’s upcoming wedding. I think I loved that this was about their families and the light hearted side of wedding planning and not just a mystery.

If you are looking for a yummy treat this book hosts so much food you will be craving to eat the pages by the end of it. Read this and eat cake! We have a wedding coming soon!

This Week’s Tea Time Tuesday

Once Upon A Spine

A Bibliophile Mystery, Book 11

by Kate Carlisle

  • Author: Kate Carlisle
  • Publisher: Berkley
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Release Date: Reprint edition (June 5, 2018)
  • I Rate it:    
  • GenreCozy

Book Summary

In this Bibliophile Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Books of a Feather, San Francisco bookbinder Brooklyn Wainwright stumbles through the looking glass in a tale of murder, rare books, and a quest for the perfect pie…

Brooklyn’s oh-so-proper future in-laws are traveling from England to meet her, and if that’s not enough to set her on edge, rumors abound that the charming Courtyard shops across the street may be replaced by high-rise apartments. Their trendy neighborhood will be ruined unless Brooklyn and her fiancé, Derek Stone, can persuade the shopkeepers not to sell.

But with a rare edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland causing bad blood at the Brothers Bookshop and a string of petty vandalism making everyone nervous, Brooklyn and Derek feel like they’re attempting six impossible things before breakfast. Then the owner of the Rabbit Hole juice bar is felled by his own heavy shelves, and the local cobbler lies dead beside him. An accident . . . or something more sinister? Things get curiouser and curiouser when a second priceless copy of Alice is discovered. Will it stir up more trouble within the close-knit community?

As the Brits descend, Brooklyn learns they’re not so stuffy after all. Derek’s dad is won over with chocolate cream pie, and his psychic mum would kill to help Brooklyn solve this murder—before another victim takes a tumble.

<h2><span class="wrap"><span class="inner"> This Week's Tea & Cozy Mystery Author</span></span></h2>

A native Californian, New York Times bestselling author Kate Carlisle worked in television for many years before turning to writing. A lifelong fascination with the art and craft of bookbinding led her to write the Bibliophile Mysteries featuring Brooklyn Wainwright, whose bookbinding and restoration skills invariably uncover old secrets, treachery, and murder. She is also the author of the Fixer-Upper Mysteries featuring small-town girl Shannon Hammer, a building contractor specializing in home restoration.

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Book Review by Bree Herron

I am  not sure if I am suppose to envision the Alice in Wonderland book with this story but I did with a few characters. I really loved that we got to meet Derek’s parents and that things went smoothly, well besides for murder. But truly, I think this book was different from the rest because the author is getting us, the readers ready for the wedding and it is sure to be a beautiful one!


I really got a vibe for Twiddle-Dee and Twiddle- Dumb from Alice in Wonderland with the brothers in this book. I could easily see them acting as these two did in the classic book. We have so many vibrant characters in this book that you could see Brooklyn as Alice and others as characters there. Plus, there is Rabbit a juice making man, see the tea party in your mind yet?  They are all a bit mad in the end of this book but I laughed and smiled through it all.

Enjoyable Moments

Derek and Brooklyn’s parents getting along was a huge hit for me. I really loved that they were able to come together and help plan the wedding with these two. Weddings aren’t easy but it goes easier with family being happy.


Between meeting parents, solving a murder, and saving a book this was one of those quick and easy mysteries to read. It will leave you wanting more not only in the series but also from the food that is thankfully mentioned and given recipes for in the back. So I hope you will enjoy this light hearted read that is sure to get readers ready for the chapel!

I Rate it

**DISCLAIMER: I was provided an opportunity to read this book as an Advanced Reader Copy in return for a fair and honest review.

<h2><span class="inner">Giveaway</span></h2>

What classic book would you love to discover in a rare edition? Share and you could win a copy of Once Upon a Spine!

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  1. Autumn Trapani

    I would love to discover A Wrinkle in Time in a rare edition. Something with notes by Madeline L’Engle in the margins would be ideal. 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. kim

    Moby Dick

  3. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for your review on “Once Upon A Spine” by Kate Carlisle. Love this author, adore the cover and can’t wait to read this book.

    I would love to find a rare, pristine signed copy of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L Frank Baum. My husband I both love these books and never tire of seeing the movie.

  4. KayM

    I would love to have a rare edition of The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner, original published in 1924. I loved that story as a child. Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. johnna smith

    I would love to find a Little House title signed by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Love Kate’s books and can’t wait to read this one

  6. Faith Creech

    I would love to find a rare copy of Little Women. Always loved that book!

  7. Debbie Price

    I would love to find A Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie.

  8. Tari Hann

    Any older Agatha Christie finding would be pretty awesome. Thanks for the entry!

  9. Paula Shreckhise

    I would like to find an early copy of Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier.

  10. Donamae

    Gone with the wind

  11. Peggy Hyndman

    Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë.

  12. Dianne Casey

    I would love to find a copy of “Gone With the Wind”.

  13. Maryann

    Winnie the Pooh for sentimental reasons

  14. Tiffany Hall

    I would love to find a rare copy of Little Women as it has been one of my all time favorites for years!

  15. Ellen Levickis

    Mine would have to be a 1937 The Hobbit.

  16. Kara Vaughan Marks

    I’d love a rare edition of Gone With the Wind. [email protected]

  17. Mary Ann Yedinak

    I have two actually. My first choice would be To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, but at a very close second is Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451.


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