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Hiss and Tell
A Sunny and Shadow Mystery #4
Claire Donally

Berkley Prime Crime
May 5, 2015 / ISBN 978-0-425-27606-8
Mystery/Cozy/Amateur Sleuth

Reviewed by Laura Hinds


Former reporter Sunny Coolidge returns to her journalistic ways in Hiss and Tell, as she collaborates with Ken Howell, editor of the Harbor Courier, the local paper, and her former boss/beau Randall MacDermont of the New York Standard to cover the upcoming nuptials of Priscilla Kingsbury and Carson de Kruk. The couple is from powerful families with money and politics running the show.

When a guest at the Kingsbury estate is killed, the reporter stint Sunny agreed to evolves to that of embedded local reporter, providing a colorful blog about the wedding plans, with her actual mission being to help uncover the killer before he can strike again. Naturally, Sunny's brilliant cat, Shadow, stows away in her suitcase and provides some much needed assistance in solving the case.

This is one of my favorite series, and I enjoyed Hiss and Tell very much. There is one peccadillo that bothered me some. The author shared Sunny's thoughts quite often, and somewhat overused the concept of Sunny's “irreverent alter ego” and similar terminology. It wasn't enough to annoy me, but as a huge fan of this series, I hope that in the next book this is less noticeable.

Mystery lovers who enjoy a cozy, small town story, with a lot of local color, interesting characters, and a fantastic feline can't go wrong with Hiss and Tell, the fourth entry in the Sunny and Shadow series. This is a great beach read, or perfect for a day relaxing in a hammock with a cold iced tea.

Reviewed 2015