A Novel Way to Die

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Penguin, 2012 - Fiction - 293 pages
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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 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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User Review  - murderbydeath - LibraryThing

I wasn't sure about the first book in this series, Double Booked for Death, but it had enough elements I enjoy - cats, bookshops, mystery with a chance of paranormal, that I gave this second book a ... Read full review

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User Review  - bgknighton - LibraryThing

Nice, enjoyable cozy, she is getting a feel for the characters and building a nice neighborhood. Hate to know her, though; like Jessica Fletcher in Maine, knowing her is dangerous for your health. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
14
Section 3
26
Section 4
40
Section 5
49
Section 6
63
Section 7
79
Section 8
86
Section 14
170
Section 15
182
Section 16
189
Section 17
202
Section 18
214
Section 19
227
Section 20
238
Section 21
248

Section 9
99
Section 10
115
Section 11
131
Section 12
144
Section 13
156
Section 22
259
Section 23
273
Section 24
286
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About the author (2012)

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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