It’s a recipe for disaster when bookbinder Brooklyn Wainwright is asked to restore an antique cookbook in this novel in the New York Times bestselling Bibliophile Mystery series.
Brooklyn’s sister Savannah and her former culinary school classmates all became successful chefs, especially Savannah’s ex-boyfriend Baxter Cromwell, who went on to culinary superstardom. When he invites the old gang to the gala opening of his new restaurant in San Francisco, Savannah asks Brooklyn to restore a rare antique cookbook as a present for him.
The night they all gather, Baxter is found dead, the cookbook has disappeared, and Savannah becomes the suspect du jour. But Brooklyn knows her sister is innocent, and there are plenty of old grudges simmering among this backstabbing bunch. Now she’ll have to turn up the heat on the investigation before Chef Savannah finds herself slinging hash in a prison cafeteria.
In chapter one of Carlisle s well-plotted seventh bibliophile mystery (after 2012 s Peril in Paperback), book binder Brooklyn Wainwright agrees to repair a handwritten cookbook dated 1774 for her sister, Savannah. Savannah plans to give it to her former boyfriend, celebrity TV chef Baxter Cromwell, at the opening of his new San Francisco restaurant. Baxter originally gave the rare volume to Savannah while they were both students at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris years before. To Savannah s surprise, the gift upsets Baxter, who excuses himself from the opening festivities. Soon after, Brooklyn discovers Savannah in the kitchen kneeling over Baxter s body with a bloody knife in her hand. Confident of her sister s innocence, Brooklyn sets out to find the real killer. She must also locate the now-missing cookbook, which may hold an important clue. Carlisle keeps the suspense high as Brooklyn sleuths her way through a host of chefs and other suspects to the satisfying resolution.