Black Cat and the Secret in Dewey's Diary: A tale of history, mystery, riddles and gold Paperback – September 6, 2019
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About the Author
- ASIN : B07XJVJ4JL
- Publisher : Elk Grove Publications (September 6, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 264 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1940781256
- ISBN-13 : 978-1940781259
- Item Weight : 13.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.98 x 0.6 x 9.02 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #6,461,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It’s interesting that there are two stories and two plots. Now a lot of books do that today; mysteries with a present and historical past linked by characters in both, or an event that happens in the past that influences the present. Black Cat and the Secret in Dewey’s Diary is not like that, at least to my reading.
These are two unconnected stories, linked only in that Kimberlee, the main character, is in both. The present-day story of the murder of Kimberlee’s neighbor, and the treasure hunt stemming from a diary entry of a WWII incident are not connected and could very well stand alone as novellas (or even be fleshed out into two novels).
That said, the present-day murder mystery was a puzzle that kept me guessing, right to the surprise ending. There was an edge-of-your-seat anxiety that the very worse thing would happen! I rooted for Kimberlee and her family. However, I didn’t like the meanness that she showed towards the murder victim. Maybe here’s where reading the previous books would have helped. In just this book, it made her a less than likable character, in my opinion.
The WWII treasure hunt also had an intriguing and satisfying tie-up of facts. However, it was a bit unbelievable that a wife, mother, and bookstore-owner (with a close murder unresolved) would up and fly to Austria with her police-woman friend to find the treasure mentioned in the diary.
The best feature in the book is the Black Cat with his mate, Angel, who by the way, also had different names in previous books. (Another reason why this book really shouldn’t be a standalone, IMO.) These very personable cats don’t directly interact with the humans in speech, but can, in a variety of real feline actions and antics, let most of their ideas and warnings be known. Another fun factor with the cats is the male and female personalities which are so typical of humans of the opposite sex.
I think I would have enjoyed this book more had it been either two books, or if I had read the previous books in the series. (The reason for the 31/2 stars.)
With Black Cat and The Secret in Dewey’s Diary, you get two mysteries in one. Kimberlee happens upon one of the mysteries when she receives a WWII diary that she didn’t order. Though she’s ready to count it as a loss, Black Cat senses that there’s something in it that Kimberlee needs to see. And what she finds, leaves her intrigued. A hidden treasure and hints about where it is are contained in the diary. However, the treasure is across the globe in Austria. As luck would have it, Kimberlee’s friend Dorian has a work trip in Germany and an extra ticket. I really enjoyed the author’s descriptions of the scenery that Kimberlee saw during her unexpected trip to Germany and Austria. I also liked the way that this particular mystery was resolved.
The mystery in Fern Lake actually consisted of several small crimes and a suspicious death. I think the smaller crimes were supposed to throw us off, and the suspicious death left me questioning Kimberlee’s character since she treated the victim in such a bad way. Through the book, we do see that there were past incidents that must have led to her attitude, but given the fact that she’s so sweet to everyone else and so mean to an elderly lady was a little off-putting.
I like how Black Cat gives people nudges toward clues and alerts them to danger. He and another cat, Angel, talk to each other, but they don’t actually talk to humans. Two of my cats are always talking to each other, and I wonder what they talk about!
I did like the plot line that led Kimberlee to Europe, and I wish more of the book had to do with that rather than the other story. Too many unconnected crimes and mysteries were happening in Fern Lake, and it made the story feel disjointed to me.
I’m hoping that in the following books, one mystery will be given all of the attention. I like following the clues and solving the mystery along the way. It was more difficult to do that with everything that was happening. My favorite parts were definitely the way the author described the settings in the books. If you enjoy cozy mystery books with cats, you should give this series a try. I’d recommend starting with book one since the characters and discussions in this book are tied to the prior ones.
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Kimberlee travels over to Germany and another phase of the story opens up. This part of the story had me on the edge of the bed and yelling at Kimberlee. Meanwhile, at home, there are several events happening that will change Kimberlee's life.
I urge you to read Elaine Faber's, Black Cat and the Secret in Dewey's Diary. You'll enjoy a suspenseful yet loving story.