First Carlisle book I've read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Brooklyn's parents are Deadheads, never quite outgrew the sixties and moved the entire family to a commune when she was a child. This and learning the book repair and restoration trade from another commune member with a disdain of "formal" university classes, gives her a more down-to-earth personality than you would expect from an expert in her field. (She does see the value of formal training and receives it despite her mentor's opinions.) Brooklyn's family, friends and the staff at the Covington Library are slightly wacky and fun. The mystery was well thought out and I was fascinated by the book repairs described. I will definitely be looking up more in this series.