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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?
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2011-10-17
- Reviewer: Staff
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.)