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Double Booked for Death (A Black Cat Bookshop Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – December 6, 2011
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The cat is just a cat--possibly a smart one, but possibly just a bad-tempered and naughty one. At the end, I concluded that the cat wasn't as smart as I'd thought he was and so he lost some of his charm for me, but Darla concluded the cat was smarter than she'd thought. I suspect I missed the significance of the books he chose to be naughty with (beyond the obvious that they were crime-related).
There weren't really enough real clues to guess whodunit until near the end of the book. Even when it was obvious, I keep expecting another twist because I didn't really understand whodunit's motive even though it was explained. Again, I was left feeling like I missed something.
Despite that, the book was enjoyable. There was some nice detail woven in about the book-selling business. The suspense was created by several strange and creepy happenings. There was a fair amount of explicit cussing and swearing as well as some fake bad words. There were no sex scenes.
After thinking it over a while, I decided part of the reason I was left feeling vaguely dissatisfied with this story was that Darla (and cat and and friends) don't solve the case. They don't know whodunit until the big confession scene, and the case would have been solved even if they did nothing throughout the story.
I received this book as a review copy from the publisher.
Ali Brandon is a pen name for Diane A.S. Stuckart, who wrote the wonderful Leonardo Da Vinci mysteries, and she has come through with flying colors in her first Black Cat Bookshop mystery.
The brownstone is not just a home and garden apartment (Jake's abode,) but also a stylish bookstore. Darla is excited to host a popular author of a ghost series. As over five hundred teenaged fans line the sidewalks attired in black cloaks and red lipstick, Darla senses trouble. She is not wrong.
The Author goes on a smoke break and gets hit by a van of a church group set on protesting her books. Was it murder, an accident or is there more than is quickly evident?
This book has many layers of complexity and interest. I found the novel held my attention and am interested to see how the characters develop. A good debut.
She feels good about her first major event since taking over Pettistone's. Best-selling YA author Valerie Baylor will stop at Pettistone on her tour promoting her third bestselling Haunted High paranormal series. Darla anticipates five hundred or more teen girls attending the signing. She knows the gala has some problems from a person accusing the author of plagiarism and from a fundamentalist church thinking of picketing the bookstore. Those are minor to when Baylor arrives as she dies just outside the shop in what the police declare is a tragic accident. Hamlet the wise thinks otherwise and finds clues that propel Darla and her tenant former cop Jacqueline "Jake" Martelli, to investigate a homicide.
The first A Black Cat Bookshop Mystery is an entertaining whodunit starring a brilliant feline (who does not speak in human tongues), a beleaguered new store owner and an ex cop. The story line is fast-paced as Hamlet uncovers the clues that the two females working the case follow up on. Having an ex cop somewhat mitigates the amateur sleuth paradoxical flaw as fans will enjoy Double Booked For Death.
I loved this cozy mystery! Hamlet reminds me of my big ol' cat, Fidget, who died a few months ago. I laughed until I cried at his shenanigans. Whoever says cats are stupid have never meet Hamlet, Figgie, and my back cat Clyde! Hamlet helps solves the mysterious death of a very popular author - Valerie Baylor. Baylor writes a very popular Young Adult series - Haunted High. Baylor is even hotter than the "Boy Wizard" author. And Darla Pettistone is going to host the famous writer in her bookstore that she inherited from her late great aunt. Before Baylor and her entourage arrive, the lone protestor is still across the street - same garb, but a different sign. The message is similar to the one she carried yesterday. But why is she accusing the bestselling author of plagiarism? Darla's staff aren't too keen on having Baylor at Pettistone Fine Books either. Darla needs sales of the signing - finances are tight at the store right now, and she has her friend and tenant Jake to look after, especially since the older woman is a disabled cop. Jake and her friend Reese - an off duty detective - are providing security for the event, trying to keep everyone in long black capes and a streak of red lipstick in an orderly line.
When Baylor and her entourage finally get to the shop, Darla is dismayed witth the author's behavior. She is rude to everyone. Hamlet likes her and sits with her in the outdoor court yard. After only an hour Baylor announces that needs another cigarette break and goes out to the court yard. A few minutes later, tires screech. Baylor has been hit by a church van driven by Darla's sister friend, Marnie. Yes, Marnie threatened both Darla and the dead author. Was Baylor pushed or accidentally fell into the van's path?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've had this series on my tbr list, so I was pretty excited to get to it finally. I really enjoyed that this story all revolves around the main character and her inherited book... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Nookentine
This was a good cozy mystery with a solid plot and likable characters. I did figure out most of the mystery but there were some interesting twists. Read morePublished 6 months ago by SSpoonster
Ho hum, yet another 'theme' murder mystery series. Nothing offensive, but nothing terribly interesting either. Read morePublished 7 months ago by JKom
Darla Pettistone, East Texan by birth, has inherited her Great-Aunt Dee’s Brooklyn bookstore (complete with upstairs living quarters and basement-apartment tenant, a part-time... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Chrijeff
This is a fun read, and I will read this author again. It's cozy mystery at it's best!Published 12 months ago by Michael Hartley
While the mystery itself was enjoyable, I won't be reading any further books in the series, which is a shame as I adore cat cozies. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Kyrie
The characters are like able and well described. The bookstore setting is interesting. It was just a fun evening read!Published 14 months ago by carrie garms