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Twice Told Tail
Black Cat Bookshop #6
Ali Brandon

Berkley Prime Crime
November 1, 2016/ ISBN 978-0-425-26160-6
Mystery/Cozy/Amateur Sleuth

Reviewed by Laura Hinds


Darla Pettistone owns Pettistone’s Fine Books in Brooklyn, NY, where she relocated following a divorce. She inherited the bookstore and the store cat, Hamlet, who is no ordinary cat and helps her in her new environment.

Next door to the book store is Bygone Days, an antique shop run by brother and sister Mary Ann and Bernard Plinski. While helping her ex-almost-boyfriend’s fiancée, Connie Capello, with shopping for something old for her wedding, they discover Mr. Plinski, who is elderly, dead as a doornail in a chair in the antique shop. He must have died of old age, right? Nope. He was murdered! Smothered with an embroidered pillow which reads, “Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May.” Who in the world would have murdered such an old gent and why?

Darla has a nose for sniffing out clues and finding killers, having dealt with these situations several times since she moved to New York from Texas. It’s not something she seeks out, but luckily Hamlet helps with cases by knocking relevant books off the shelves in the bookstore. This time, the books are about wills and estates and feuds between brothers. Working together, along with human friend PI Jake, and employees Robert and James, the killer will be unmasked. Will it be in time to stop him from striking again?

I’ve loved every book in this series, and can’t recommend it highly enough to cozy lovers. You’ve got a strong independent protagonist, a bookstore, a cat, friendships, conflict, an antique shop, a bridezilla and a clever killer. The plot is tight and well-written, and it is as much a whydunnit as a whodunnit. The characters are multi-layered and the characters engaging. Of course, Hamlet the cat is my favorite, and the addition of a mystery stray look-alike added to the intrigue.

I am so disappointed that this is the last book in the series. I will count my blessings that we’ve had six wonderful books to savor. Please get a copy of every book in the Black Cat Bookshop Mystery Series. You won’t be sorry. Read them all, and enjoy every page! Thank you, Ali Brandon, for sharing your characters and stories. I will miss Darla and Hamlet and the gang.


Reviewed 2016