A Novel Way to Die (Black Cat Bookshop Series #2)

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Darla Pettistone may have inherited her great aunt Dee’s Brooklyn bookstore, but it’s the store’s mascot—an oversized black cat named Hamlet—who acts like he owns the place. And when someone turns up dead, Hamlet smells something rotten in Brooklyn…
 
As the owner of Pettistone’s Fine Books, Darla is settling nicely into her new life, even reaching an uneasy truce with Hamlet. Unfortunately, when she needs to hire a new clerk, the finicky ...
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Overview

Darla Pettistone may have inherited her great aunt Dee’s Brooklyn bookstore, but it’s the store’s mascot—an oversized black cat named Hamlet—who acts like he owns the place. And when someone turns up dead, Hamlet smells something rotten in Brooklyn…
 
As the owner of Pettistone’s Fine Books, Darla is settling nicely into her new life, even reaching an uneasy truce with Hamlet. Unfortunately, when she needs to hire a new clerk, the finicky feline decides to lend a paw to the hiring process. He chases away applicants who don’t meet his approval, finally settling on an unlikely candidate: Robert, a book-loving Goth kid who has a secret only Hamlet knows.
 
And Hamlet can’t seem to stay out of trouble. One of the bookstore’s regular customers, a man who is renovating a local brownstone, claims he’s seen Hamlet prowling the neighborhood. When the man’s business partner is found dead, Darla discovers that Hamlet may have been the only witness to what could be murder. With the crafty cat’s help, she wonders if they just might be able to pounce on a killer...
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What People Are Saying

From the Publisher

“Make sure the new Black Cat Bookshop series is on your bookshelf.”—Elaine Viets, national bestselling author of the Josie Marcus Mystery Shopper Mysteries
"Brandon's light, easy style welcomes readers into the cozy confines of Pettistone's Fine Books. ... A fun mystery that kept me guessing to the end!"—Rebecca Hale, New York Times bestselling author of the Cats and Curios Mysteries
From the Publisher
“Make sure the new Black Cat Bookshop series is on your bookshelf.”—Elaine Viets, national bestselling author of the Josie Marcus Mystery Shopper Mysteries
"Brandon's light, easy style welcomes readers into the cozy confines of Pettistone's Fine Books. ... A fun mystery that kept me guessing to the end!"—Rebecca Hale, New York Times bestselling author of the Cats and Curios Mysteries
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425251690
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 11/6/2012
  • Series: Black Cat Bookshop Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 230,645
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Ali Brandon is the pen name for Diane A. S. Stuckart, author of the Leonardo da Vinci Mysteries, as well as several acclaimed historical romances and numerous works of short fiction under the names Alexa Smart and Anna Gerard. Born in the West Texas town of Lubbock, she earned her degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma. She now lives in South Florida with her husband, Gerry, and a menagerie that includes their two orange tabby boys, Butch and Sundance…neither of whom consented to be in her author photo! 
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2012

    Great Read!

    Ali Brandon has written a great second book in what I hope is a long series. What I liked is that it had some twists that kept me guessing until the end. The charactors were believable especially Hamlet the cat. I highly recommend this book.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 16, 2012

    this second book in the series is every bit as good as the first

    this second book in the series is every bit as good as the first if not better. darla has inherited a bookstore in brooklyn, n.y., and has moved there from texas. culture shock aside, she has managed to make this place her new home. a man renovating a place across the street is murdered and her friend is suspected of it. darla investigates and nearly loses her life. her black cat is her saviour. hamlet the black cat is a picky cat, doesn't make friends with just anyone. the mixture of books, cat, friends, and mystery make for a very interesting read. don't miss it!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 19, 2013

    Cute/quaint/cozy/quick read. Liked it for what it is.

    Cute/quaint/cozy/quick read. Liked it for what it is.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    Cute, cozy mystery.

    Love the story line and the cat is so funny, and true to cat behavior.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2013

    Even better than the first!

    Enjoyed this second in the series from beginning to end. Had an unpredictable cat like that and could relate to the unexpected antics as though I were there. Keep up these great mysteries! I look forward to the next one.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2013

    Cats

    Hey awesome book

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2013

    Joe the second most wanted

    Is amused.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2013

    C

    Cat panted for a moment, going limp. "I can't...hurts too much..."

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2013

    A cozy bookstore setting

    I am a cozy mystery reader. This is the best setting for a mystery (besides a castle during a storm)..a bookstore with a persnickety black cat.

    The pro's of this story....good characters including a black cat who enjoys a good book; a great setting; a decent plot.
    The con's of this story....a main character who is obsessed with local crimes and can't help but include herself into the drama even when it doesn't directly affect her AND suspects everyone closest to her EXCEPT the actual murderer. This makes for a "dumb" main character which gets to be a little disappointing. No one wants a main character that can't see what is right in front of her face.

    The "dumbing down" of the main character in this #2 in this series made this a slightly disappointing read.

    I recommend that you read #1 of this series....it was much better!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2013

    A

    This was a quick and very enjoyable read. I couldn't help but to love Hamlet and his pal the goth dude! I hope there will be many more to this series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2014

    Keeps you guessing...

    Plenty of suspects and enough twists to keep you guessing. Another well-written mystery that is truly engrossing and hard to put down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2014

    I enjoy all the central characters in this series

    Robert is my favorite new character I so enjoy murder mysteries but these books also have endearing characters With so many possible choices as to who the murderer actually is

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2013

    thoroughly enjoyable

    This book kept my interest all the way through. I felt the characters were believable and I enjoyed the setting of the bookstore and the neighborhood. The cat's character is well done.

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    Posted August 27, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Goodread Good D Good read

    Enjoyable second installment in a promising series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2013

    Darkestnight

    You arent my mate he growls and runs out

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    Mace

    I take aim and fire

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    Train Heartnet

    Ok *i pull out my gun* first try to hit this can. *i throw a can in the air really slowly

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted January 7, 2013

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    Posted January 5, 2013

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