Double Booked for Death (Black Cat Bookshop Series #1)

Double Booked for Death (Black Cat Bookshop Series #1)

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by Ali Brandon
     
 

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Darla Pettistone left Texas for New York after unexpectedly inheriting her Great-Aunt Dee’s Brooklyn bookstore. She didn’t know that the store’s mascot—Hamlet, an oversize black cat with a personality to match—was also part of the deal. And he may be more trouble than Darla bargained for…
 
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Overview

Darla Pettistone left Texas for New York after unexpectedly inheriting her Great-Aunt Dee’s Brooklyn bookstore. She didn’t know that the store’s mascot—Hamlet, an oversize black cat with a personality to match—was also part of the deal. And he may be more trouble than Darla bargained for…
 
As the new owner of Pettistone’s Fine Books, Darla Pettistone is determined to prove herself a worthy successor to her late great-aunt Dee…and equally determined to outwit Hamlet, the smarter-than-thou cat she inherited along with the shop.
 
Darla’s first store event is a real coup—the hottest bestselling author of the moment is holding a signing there, which brings hordes of fans and some protestors. But when the author meets an untimely end during the event, it’s hardly good for business, even though it’s  ruled an accident…until Hamlet digs up a clue that seems to indicate otherwise. Now Darla fears a killer might be lurking about… Can the interfering Hamlet point the paw at the culprit without losing one of his own nine lives?


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This cutesy first in a new cozy series from the pseudonymous Brandon (Diane A.S. Stuckart) introduces Darla Pettistone, owner of Brooklyn’s Pettistone’s Fine Books, and Darla’s imperious cat, Hamlet. To Darla’s delight, YA author Valerie Baylor will be making Pettistone a stop on her tour for her third book in her bestselling Haunted High paranormal series. With an expected crowd of 500 excited teenage girls, Darla has to worry only about a lone protester, who accuses Baylor of plagiarism, and a nutty letter from a fundamentalist, whose fellow church members may picket. When Baylor meets an unexpected end outside the shop, Darla and her tenant, ex-cop Jacqueline “Jake” Martelli, do a little investigating on their own, prompted by unusual and enigmatic clues provided by Hamlet. Those who like clever animals but draw the line at talking cats will feel right at home. (Dec.)
From the Publisher
“A fun mystery that kept me guessing to the end!”—Rebecca M. Hale, New York Times bestselling author of the Cats and Curios Mysteries

“An engaging new series…most definitely the start of something great.”—Sandra Balzo, award-winning author of the Maggy Thorsen and Main Street Mysteries
 
“A charming, cozy read.”—Elaine Viets, author of the Dead-End Job Mysteries

Library Journal
After inheriting a Brooklyn bookstore from her great-aunt Dee, Texas gal Darla Pettistone moves to New York City. She scores a coup by nabbing hot YA author Valerie Baylor (think Twilight fervor) for a store signing. Trouble is, there's a pesky protestor on site, potential religious activists threatening to disrupt things, and a less-than-charming support team traveling with Valerie. Still, all is going well until Valerie steps outside for a smoke and her ultimate death. A hit-and-run case or an accident? Determined to get to the bottom of the incident, Darla helps hunky police detective Reese investigate. Naturally, Darla also learns to pay attention to Hamlet, her bookstore cat who points out clues. VERDICT You can't argue with the magical cats formula: Hamlet is a winner, and so is his owner. The literary references in this endearing debut will make readers smile, and the ensemble characters hold promise for fun titles to come. Brandon is the pen name of Diane A.S. Stuckart, author of the Leonardo da Vinci mysteries (A Bolt from the Blue).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101559000
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/06/2011
Series:
Black Cat Bookshop Series , #1
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
42,496
File size:
463 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Ali Brandon is the New York Times bestselling author of the Black Cat Bookshop Mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime, including Literally Murder and Words with Fiends. Writing under her real name, Diane A.S. Stuckart, she penned the popular Leonardo da Vinci historical mystery series, which received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, as well as a Florida Book Award. A native Texan with a degree in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma, Diane a/k/a Ali now lives in South Florida. She’s a member of Mystery Writers of America and the Cat Writers Association, as well as caretaker to three spoiled felines.


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Double Booked for Death 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
WhimsicalCats More than 1 year ago
For a first in a series, this book shows promise. I liked the characters and hope to learn more about them in the next in the series. They seem like an odd mixture to have become friends, but that just adds to the enjoyment in my mind. I think you have to have owned a cat to really appreciate Hamlet and his antics. I laughed out loud in many places where Hamlet was expressing himself. (If you are well read enough to appreciate the many literary references found throughout you will enjoy it even more). I look forward to book number 2.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellently written mystery with a black cat that pulls out all of the clues needed to solve the murder. Thoroughly entertaining and fast reading - Hard to put it down.
catshade13 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I though I had it figured out who the killer was, but was surprised at the end. I love the way the author has Hamlet the cat giving clues. Also there is some really good humor in it.
mysteriesformeCA More than 1 year ago
Good writing, great mix of characters, and a cat who is as independent as they come. Hope this is going to be a long and successful series.
Michelle1948 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book! Its a great cozy mystery set in a bookstore with its own prowling feline who has a great taste in books. The characters and story are well-written. The ending (i thought) was going in one direction but then took a good turn to discover the true murderer. If you enjoy Carolyn G Hart's series with "Annie Darling" and the bookstore in the Carolina's (minus all the mystery novel trivia), then you will enjoy this first in a NEW series! I highly recommend it.
catladyPJ More than 1 year ago
Good book, enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a fun read. I am looking forward to the next book.
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CozyFan2014 More than 1 year ago
Liked the cat... I enjoyed the book until I got to the part where the protagonists were starting to unravel the mystery.  I don't want to give away any of the plot, so what I say from here on will be necessarily vague.  Suffice to say that I found it disheartening that one of the characters was portrayed using stereotypes that are aimed at discrediting survivors of domestic abuse (and also reinforced some mean-spirited attitudes towards people with mental health issues). I don't think the plot was advanced at all by writing the character that way - it wasn't necessary, in my opinion.  I couldn't get into the book after that.  There are so many really good cozy mysteries out there, I won't miss this author's works.  Just sorry I wasted money on it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have to get a new nook be back soon lov ya haha
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Night my love.