The streets of San Francisco would be lined with hardcovers if rare book expert Brooklyn Wainwright had her way. And her mentor wouldn't be lying in a pool of his own blood on the eve of a celebration for his latest book restoration.
With his final breath he leaves Brooklyn a cryptic message, and gives her a priceless and supposedly cursed copy of Goethe's Faust for safekeeping.
Brooklyn suddenly finds herself accused of murder and theft, thanks to the humorless, but attractive, British security officer who finds her kneeling over the body. Now she has to read the clues left behind by her mentor if she is going to restore justice
There is lots of information on book restoration and how it's done, as well as the world of rare books which I enjoyed a great deal. Nice storyline, plenty of intrigue, with great character development. I love a good cozy-mystery, and this one qualifies; it's not the best I've read, but it's well above average. The characters were either made you love them or love to hate them. I enjoyed the heroenes adventure both in and outside of the world of bookbinding. The story moved quickly, and the secondary characters were quirky enough to make her the sane, rational one.