New Release Books by Kate Carlisle

Kate Carlisle is the author of Dressed to Drill (2023), The Paper Caper (2022), Absence of Mallets (2021), Little Black Book (2021), The Grim Reader (2021) and other 93 books.

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Dressed to Drill

release date: May 02, 2023
Dressed to Drill
Contractor Shannon Hammer has a new mystery on her hands in the latest Fixer-Upper Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Absence of Mallets. . . .

The Paper Caper

release date: Jul 26, 2022
The Paper Caper
San Francisco book-restoration expert Brooklyn Wainwright loves a good book festival except when murder is the main event in this thrilling new addition to the New York Times bestselling Bibliophile Mystery series. Brooklyn is excited to be included in the Covington Library’s first annual Mark Twain Festival. She’ll rebind a rare first edition of The Prince and the Pauper before an enthusiastic audience of book nerds—her favorite people. The festival is the passion project of wealthy media mogul, book lover, and newspaper owner Joseph Cabot, who considers himself Twain’s biggest fan. Brooklyn’s hunky husband, Derek, and his security team once rescued Joseph from a corporate kidnapping attempt. Now Derek and his agents are charged with keeping Joseph and his beautiful young wife safe during the festivities taking place all over town. The centerpiece of the festival is a citywide contest based on The Prince and the Pauper: one lucky look-alike will trade places with Joseph for a few days—with access to all the money and power that Joseph commands. Brooklyn and Derek worry that the contest might be generating some dangerous attention. And when someone is mysteriously poisoned right before Brooklyn’s eyes, she’s not convinced that the victim was the intended target. Now she and Derek must frantically chase clues and suspects through the streets of San Francisco before another murder becomes front-page news. . . .

Absence of Mallets

release date: Dec 07, 2021
Absence of Mallets
Contractor Shannon Hammer steels her nerve to pin down a killer in the latest Fixer-Upper Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Premeditated Mortar. . . . Shannon could not be happier that her hunky thriller-writing boyfriend, Mac, has moved in, and it is a good thing they are living together because they are both busier than ever. Mac is hosting writing retreats at his now vacant lighthouse mansion, while Shannon and her crew build Homefront, a quaint Victorian village of tiny homes for veterans in need. Mac’s latest guests are proving to be a handful though, and Shannon has heard some grumbling from the luminaries of Lighthouse Cove about her latest passion project. But nothing can throw a wrench in their plans except a malicious murder. When one of Shannon’s new friends is found brutally bludgeoned with a mallet near the lighthouse on Mac’s property, the couple hammers out a suspect list and searches for a motive. As they drill deeper for clues, more violence strikes and a new victim winds up in a coma. The pressure is on, and Shannon and Mac will have to move fast to find an unhinged killer dead set on demolishing anyone who gets in their way. . . .

Little Black Book

release date: Jun 29, 2021
Little Black Book
San Francisco book-restoration expert Brooklyn Wainwright is on the case when a rare edition of Rebecca leads to murder in this latest installment of the New York Times bestselling Bibliophile Mystery series. Brooklyn and her hunky husband, security expert Derek Stone, have just returned from a delightful trip to Dharma, where the construction of their new home away from home is well underway, when a little black book arrives in the mail from Scotland. The book is a rare British first edition of Rebecca, and there’s no return address on the package. The day after the book arrives, Claire Quinn shows up at Brooklyn and Derek’s home. Brooklyn met Claire when the two women worked as expert appraisers on the television show This Old Attic. Brooklyn appraised books on the show and Claire’s expertise was in antique British weaponry, but they bonded over their shared love of gothic novels. Claire reveals that during a recent trip to Scotland she discovered her beloved aunt was missing and her home had been ransacked. Among her aunt’s belongings, Claire found the receipt for the package that wound up with Brooklyn and Derek. Claire believes both her own life and her aunt’s are in danger and worries that her past may be coming back to haunt her. But just as Brooklyn and Derek begin to investigate, a man who Claire thinks was following her is found murdered, stabbed with a priceless jeweled dagger. With a death on their doorstep, Brooklyn and Derek page through the little black book, where they discover clues that will take them to the shadows of a medieval Scottish castle on the shores of Loch Ness. Under the watchful gaze of a mysterious laird and the irascible villagers who are suspicious of the strangers in their midst, Brooklyn and Derek must decode the secrets in Rebecca to keep their friend’s past from destroying their future....

The Grim Reader

release date: May 04, 2021
The Grim Reader
San Francisco book-restoration expert Brooklyn Wainwright was hoping for a fun, relaxing weekend at a local book fair, but a murderer made other plans in the latest in this New York Times bestselling series. Brooklyn and her new hunky husband, Derek, are excited to be guests at Dharma's first annual Book Festival. The entire town is involved and Brooklyn's mom Rebecca is taking charge. In addition to all of her other event related duties, she's got Brooklyn doing rare book appraisals and is also staging Little Women, the musical to delight the festival goers. If that wasn't enough, she and Meg--Derek's mom--will have a booth where they read palms and tarot cards. Brooklyn couldn't be prouder of her mom's do-it-all attitude so when a greedy local businessman who seems intent on destroying Dharma starts harassing Rebecca, Brooklyn is ready to take him down. Rebecca is able to hold her own with the nasty jerk until one of her fellow festival committee members is brutally murdered and the money for the festival seems to have vanished into thin air. Things get even more personal when one of Brooklyn's nearest and dearest is nearly run down in cold blood. Brooklyn and Derek go into attack mode and the pressure is on to catch a spineless killer before they find themselves skipping the festival for a funeral.

Premeditated Mortar

release date: Dec 01, 2020
Premeditated Mortar
Contractor Shannon Hammer investigates a murder in a spooky old asylum in the latest Fixer-Upper Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author Kate Carlisle. . . .

The Book Supremacy

release date: Apr 28, 2020
The Book Supremacy
Brooklyn finds a first edition James Bond novel for Derek during their honeymoon in Paris. Once home they loan the book to a spy shop for a display. Then things happen: a letter arrives announcing the death of their friend, and someone is killed inside the spy shop. Brooklyn and Derek will have to delve into the darkest parts of his past to unmask an enemy who's been waiting for the chance to destroy everything they hold dear.

AN INNOCENT IN PARADISE Vol.1

release date: Feb 01, 2020
AN INNOCENT IN PARADISE Vol.1
Mandy and her guide, Renzo, are hiking in the Alps when a huge avalanche traps them inside an old mountain lodge. On the brink of life and death, their feelings for each other awaken and they spend the night in each other’s arms. However, the next day, the floor crumbles away and, as Renzo attempts to save her, he falls to the depths of the valley! Mandy is rescued, but he is nowhere to be found. After spending the next two years in the depths of despair, she suddenly finds a newspaper article about Renzo. He is alive and the CEO of a large Italian company. Mandy is shocked and has to know why he never told her he was still alive!

Shot Through the Hearth

release date: Oct 29, 2019
Shot Through the Hearth
Contractor Shannon Hammer is measuring murder motives in the latest Fixer-Upper Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of A Wrench in the Works and Eaves of Destruction... Shannon's good friend and retired tech billionaire, Raphael Nash, is loving his new retired life but he can't stay unoccupied for too long. He's started the Marigold Foundation that helps fund small companies and individuals who do humanitarian work around the world. It's an exciting time in Lighthouse Cove as Raphael hosts the first ever global conference inviting big thinkers from every area of industry to give presentations on eco-living. Raphael's old business partner arrives in town with a grudge and a plan to steal him away from his important new passion project. Shannon knows her friend has no intention of giving up Marigold and is proud of Raphael for sticking to his guns. But when his former associate winds up dead, all signs point to Raphael. It's up to Shannon to hammer out the details of the murder before her friend gets pinned for the crime...

A Wrench in the Works

release date: Nov 06, 2018
A Wrench in the Works
Lights! Camera! Homicide! Contractor Shannon Hammer has to dig through murder suspects in the latest Fixer-Upper Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Eaves of Destruction and Once Upon a Spine. Don't miss the Hallmark Movies & Mystery Originals starring Jewel, based on the Fixer-Upper Mystery series! Shannon Hammer’s younger sister, Chloe, left Lighthouse Cove after high school to make it big in Hollywood. And she did it! Chloe is the cohost of a popular home repair show on the Home Builders Network. Now, after ten years, she has returned to their quaint coastal hometown to film several shows featuring her sister, Shannon, along with some special mini-segments on Victorian style and design. But Shannon quickly realizes that things are not exactly blissful in TV land. Bree, the executive producer of the show, has a knack for stirring up sticky situations, and when she’s found dead, Chloe and the entire crew are under suspicion. Shannon, her thriller writer boyfriend, Mac, and their crime-solving friends soon unearth the real reason Chloe left home. Is that ten-year-old secret connected to Bree’s death? And can Shannon track down the real killer before her beloved sister becomes the next victim?

Buried in Books

release date: Jun 26, 2018
Buried in Books
In the latest in this New York Times bestselling series, matrimony and murder collide as San Francisco book-restoration expert Brooklyn Wainwright walks down the aisle... Brooklyn has it all covered. She's triple-checked her wedding to-do list, and everything is on track for the upcoming ceremony with the love of her life, security expert Derek Stone. Not everyone has been as lucky in love as Brooklyn. Her old library college roommates Heather and Sara lost touch twelve years ago when Sara stole Heather's boyfriend. Brooklyn was caught in the middle and hasn't seen her former besties since their falling-out. When they both arrive in town for the annual librarians' convention and then show up at her surprise bridal shower, Brooklyn is sure drama will ensue. But she's touched when the women seem willing to sort out their differences and gift her rare copies of The Three Musketeers and The Blue Fairy Book. Brooklyn's prewedding calm is shattered when one of her formerly feuding friends is found murdered and Brooklyn determines that one of the rare books is a forgery. She can't help but wonder if the victim played a part in this fraud, or if she was targeted because she discovered the scam. With a killer and con artist on the loose, Brooklyn and Derek—with the unsolicited help of their meddling mothers—must catch the culprit before their big day turns into a big mess.

SHE'S HAVING THE BOSS'S BABY

release date: May 07, 2018
SHE'S HAVING THE BOSS'S BABY
Ellie, who has secretly had feelings for her boss, Aidan, for years asks for some time off so she can get artificially inseminated. She dreamed of love and marriage after seeing her parents’ unhappy life together. But after realizing that she’ll never love anyone more than Aidan, she decides to give up on her one-sided love and start a new life as a mother. When she tells Aidan about her plans, however, he offers to help her conceive…the traditional way. Why on earth would he say that? Does he just want to ensure she stays on the island for the sake of his company? Or could there be a hidden reason behind his actions?

Eaves of Destruction

release date: Nov 07, 2017
Eaves of Destruction
Murder is on the to-do list when construction contractor Shannon Hammer looks for a killer in the fifth Fixer-Upper Mystery... Don't miss the Hallmark Movies & Mystery Originals starring Jewel, based on the Fixer-Upper Mystery series! At the annual Victorian Home and Garden Tour, Lighthouse Cove, California’s premier contractor, Shannon Hammer, realizes that the competition is about to turn deadly.... Shannon is in high demand among rival homeowners, who will do anything to win Best in Show. One-upmanship and even espionage break out among neighbors, construction crews, decorators, and landscapers. Thanks to several new hires, Shannon is sure she can handle the extra load—until murder throws a wrench in the works. The small town’s corrupt building inspector is found dead on one of Shannon’s jobsites, and soon plenty of suspects are coming out of the woodwork. When another body is discovered, Shannon calls on her team of close friends and devilishly astute thriller writer Mac to help her nail down the details and build a case against the killer before the door shuts on someone else—for good.

Deck the Hallways

release date: Nov 01, 2016
Deck the Hallways
In the fourth novel in the New York Times bestselling Fixer-Upper Mystery series, contractor Shannon Hammer must restore the Christmas spirit by clearing her father's name... Don't miss the Hallmark Movies & Mystery Originals starring Jewel, based on the Fixer-Upper Mystery series! Even during the holidays, Shannon is more spackle than sparkle, which is why she leaps at the chance to transform a grand old Victorian mansion into ten charming apartments for homeless families. Filled with the spirit of the season, all of Lighthouse Cove turns out to help—including her best friends, a troupe of far-from-angelic Santa Claus impersonators, and her father, Jack. But their merriment is soon dashed by a heated scuffle between Jack and the miserly president of the bank who’s backing the project. When the man is murdered, all eyes are on Jack, and visions of prison time dance in Shannon's head. Now, she needs to pull off a crime-solving miracle, before her father’s Christmas goose is cooked...

Tropical Temptation Collection

release date: Dec 01, 2020
Tropical Temptation Collection
The Tropical Temptation Collection from Mills and Boon

Books of a Feather

release date: Jun 07, 2016
Books of a Feather
In this novel in the New York Times bestselling Bibliophile Mystery series, San Francisco book-restoration expert Brooklyn Wainwright’s latest project is for the birds, but it may have her running for her life. . . . Brooklyn’s friend runs the Covington Library, which is hosting an exhibit featuring John James Audubon’s massive masterpiece, Birds of America. During the gala celebrating the book, she is approached by Jared Mulrooney, the president of the Bay Area Birdwatchers Society, to repair a lesser known book of Audubon drawings. At the same party, Brooklyn is flying high after she’s asked to refurbish a rare copy of Poor Richard’s Almanack when Mulrooney’s body is discovered in the library. Soon more troubles ruffle Brooklyn’s feathers. Her parents pop in for a visit with an unsavory friend in tow, and there’s a strange man on her tail. With danger beginning to circle Brooklyn’s every move, it’s clear she must find answers before things really go south. . . .

Ripped from the Pages

release date: May 03, 2016
Ripped from the Pages
CRIME & MYSTERY. While Brooklyn temporarily stays with her parents in Northern California, she visits the caves hidden deep under their commune. A room is unearthed, revealing a treasure trove of artwork, rare books and cases of wine, a chest of jewellery. and a perfectly mummified body. They also find a secret map leading to even more valuables. Word of the explosive find draws in reporters, art appraisers, questions and complications. Soon Brooklyn decides to do a little excavating of her own and solve the mystery of the treasure before anyone else is written off.

Tropical Temptation: Exotic Affairs

release date: Apr 16, 2020
Tropical Temptation: Exotic Affairs
Welcome to Paradise Khalis Tannous has spent years eradicating every hint of corruption and scandal from his life. But when Grace Turner arrives at Khalis's private Mediterranean island to view his family's stolen collection of priceless art, he is tempted by her beauty. Yet she, too, has her secrets, but will she risk it all for a night in his bed? * Self-made Millionaire Logan Sutherland is captivated by Grace Farrell from the moment she steps onto his tropical island. But when he discovers she's there under false pretenses, he orders her to leave. Faced with her refusal, the cynical bachelor offers a deal... he'll let her stay--in his bed! * Dr. Jacob Wolff had built a wall around his heart until Hollywood beauty Ariel Dane asks for help, Jacob to pose as her lover. But weeks on location with the young, sexy extrovert torture the reclusive doctor. Ariel hired him to protect her, not bed her. And now Jacob finds himself in an untenable situation--lusting for the one woman he can never have.

Tropical Temptation: Exotic Affairs: The Darkest of Secrets / An Innocent in Paradise / Impossible to Resist

release date: Apr 16, 2020

Forever Always/The Man She Could Never Forget/Backstage with Her Ex/Second-Chance Seduction

release date: Jul 01, 2019
Forever Always/The Man She Could Never Forget/Backstage with Her Ex/Second-Chance Seduction
A love that never fades... The Man She Could Never Forget - Meredith Webber Returning to her island home is a bittersweet experience for nurse Caroline Lockhart. This paradise is where she spent many happy years, but it stopped feeling like home the moment her first love, Keanu, walked out of her life, breaking her innocent young heart. Doctor Keanu Russell is stunned to see Caroline again, and distressed to see the pain in her eyes. He can't change the past, but maybe he can convince Caroline that they do have a future... Backstage With Her Ex - Louisa George Hiding out in the gents' toilets backstage is not the way Sasha imagined bumping into her ex. Especially when that ex is famously wild rock god Nate Munro! She has a massive favour to ask him, but one glimpse of his sinfully dark eyes and all she can think about is that he's seen her naked! Nate's used to women doing anything to get his attention, but he never pictured bubbly schoolteacher Sasha as the groupie type. So when the paparazzi get a hint of their reunion, it's scandal all the way. In this showdown between the girl next door and rock-and-roll royalty, who's going to come out on top? Second-Chance Seduction - Kate Carlisle Connor MacLaren never forgave Maggie Jameson for leaving him. Ten years later, his former sweetheart's back in their California town, desperate for the Scottish businessman's help. And he knows just how to get her out of his system once and for all... Agreeing to temporarily pose as Connor's girlfriend is deja vu. After only a few minutes alone with the rugged Highlander, Maggie's breathless with desire. Of course, this was Connor's intention...until his plan backfires, leaving them both wanting much more.

Crowned and Moldering

release date: Nov 03, 2015
Crowned and Moldering
Don't miss Concrete Evidence, a Hallmark Movies & Mystery Original starring Jewel, based on Crowned and Moldering—the third novel in the New York Times bestselling Fixer-Upper Mystery series! When Mac Sullivan—famous thriller writer and Shannon’s new beau—first moved to Lighthouse Cove, California, he bought the historic lighthouse mansion that the town is named after. Mac needs help cleaning up the place, and Shannon is more than happy to get her handywoman hands on the run-down Victorian. But during demolition, a grisly discovery is made among the debris—the bones of a teenage girl who went missing fifteen years ago. Locals had always assumed Lily Brogan ran away from her difficult life, but it seems her troubles followed her to the grave. If Shannon has any chance of getting her renovation back on track, she’ll need to tackle the cold case. But with new suspects coming out of the woodwork every day, she’ll have to be careful to pry the right secrets and clues from the poor girl’s problematic past...

This Old Homicide

release date: Jan 27, 2015
This Old Homicide
Don't miss Framed For Murder, a Hallmark Movies & Mystery Original starring Jewel, based on This Old Homicide—the second novel in the New York Times bestselling Fixer-Upper Mystery series! Valentine’s Day is approaching, and while contractor Shannon Hammer is delighted to be friends with not one but two handsome men, not everyone in Lighthouse Cove, California, is feeling the love. After her elderly neighbor Jesse Hennessey fails to make his daily appearance at the local diner, Shannon swings by his place to check on him. Not only does she find Jesse dead—of an apparent heart attack—but she also realizes that his home has been ransacked. Someone suggests that a thief was searching for a priceless necklace Jesse claimed to have retrieved from a capsized sailing ship, but Shannon doesn’t believe it. Everyone knows Jesse had a penchant for constructing tall tales—like the one about him having a hot new girlfriend. But his death is soon ruled a homicide, and shady suspects begin popping out of the woodwork. When another victim turns up dead, Shannon is convinced she must find the killer before someone else gets nailed...

A High-End Finish

release date: Nov 04, 2014
A High-End Finish
THE FIRST NOVEL IN THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING FIXER-UPPER MYSTERY SERIES! Don't miss the Hallmark Movies & Mystery Originals starring Jewel, based on the Fixer-Upper Mystery series! In the seaside town of Lighthouse Cove in northern California, everyone knows the best man for the job is actually a woman—contractor Shannon Hammer. But while her home-renovation and repair business is booming, her love life needs work. On a blind date with real estate agent Jerry Saxton, Shannon has to whip out a pair of pliers to keep Jerry from getting too hands on. She's happy to put her rotten date behind her, but when Jerry’s found dead in a run-down Victorian home that she’s been hired to restore, the town’s attractive new police chief suspects that her threats may have laid the foundation for murder. Determined to clear her name, Shannon conducts her own investigation—with the help of her four best friends, her eccentric father, a nosy neighbor or two, and a handsome crime writer who’s just moved to town. But as they get closer to prying out the murderer’s identity, Shannon is viciously attacked. Now she’ll have to nail down the truth—or end up in permanent foreclosure...

A Night In His Arms: Captive in the Spotlight / Meddling with a Millionaire / How to Seduce a Billionaire (Mills & Boon By Request)

release date: Jul 01, 2017
A Night In His Arms: Captive in the Spotlight / Meddling with a Millionaire / How to Seduce a Billionaire (Mills & Boon By Request)
There are many consequences to just one night of passion...

Bound By Passion: No Desire Denied / One More Kiss / Second-Chance Seduction (Mills & Boon By Request)

release date: Jul 01, 2017
Bound By Passion: No Desire Denied / One More Kiss / Second-Chance Seduction (Mills & Boon By Request)
Nothing can stop the sizzling attraction within these three stories

The Book Stops Here

release date: Jun 03, 2014
The Book Stops Here
Bookbinder Brooklyn Wainwright discovers that some treasures are worth killing for in this novel in the New York Times bestselling Bibliophile Mystery series. Brooklyn is thrilled to be appearing on the hit TV show This Old Attic as a rare-book expert and appraiser. Her first subject is a valuable first-edition copy of the children’s classic The Secret Garden. After the episode airs, a man storms onto the set claiming that the owner of the book, a flower seller named Vera, found the book at his garage sale, and he wants it back—or else. Afterward, Randolph Rayburn, the show’s host, confides in Brooklyn that he’s terrified by the man’s threats and fears that he is being stalked. When several violent incidents occur on the set, Brooklyn and her security expert boyfriend, Derek, are shaken. But Brooklyn’s discovery of Vera’s corpse in her flower shop convinces her she has to find the killer—before her chance at prime time and her life are canceled...permanently.

Best of Man of the Month - Set 1 of 3

release date: Apr 15, 2014
Best of Man of the Month - Set 1 of 3
Four alpha heroes for one amazing price Antonio Medina, Stetson-clad royalty, has been living—and loving—as a common Texas shipping magnate, so what will happen when his lover finds out he's been hiding his princely heritage… Jericho King, ex-marine, had once promised to help his friend Daisy with anything she needed. How was he to know she'd be asking for a baby? Rodrigo Valderrama, wealthy Spanish surgeon, has vowed to protect a pregnant young widow…never letting her know his true feelings—or his true role in her pregnancy… Adam Duke, business-focused CEO, only wants to escape his mother's matchmaking, so he seduces his secretary…not knowing she has her own agenda for wanting him in her bed! Satisfy your longing for sexy heroes with this Man of the Month collection featuring four full-length contemporary romances! The Maverick Prince by Catherine Mann The Last Lone Wolf by Maureen Child Billionaire, M.D. by Olivia Gates The Millionaire Meets His Match by Kate Carlisle
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