Thursday, December 3, 2015

Plot Boiler by Ali Brandon

Caffeine, books, a murder to solve, and a black cat with a cattitude; what's not to love? The Black Cat Bookshop Mystery series seems almost custom made for me. The latest installment, part five, Plot Boiler is all win.

From the back of the book:

The New York Times bestselling author of Literally Murder returns to Pettistone’s Fine Books, where the silence of Hamlet the cat speaks volumes about two mysterious deaths…

It’s almost Fourth of July, and to boost customer traffic in their Brooklyn neighborhood, bookseller Darla Pettistone decides to throw a block party. All the local shop owners are thrilled—except the proprietor of Perky’s Coffee Shop, who thinks Darla is trying to poach his customers by selling her own caffeinated brew in her new bookshop café.

But when Hamlet comes upon the owner’s not-so-perky wife, it’s clear a killer has crashed the party. And when a second local business owner shuffles off this mortal coil—as Hamlet’s namesake would say—Darla and her curious cat must perform some fancy footwork to shine a spotlight on a secret worth killing for…

My thoughts:

First, we all get to see and love Hamlet again. Second, there's more than one dead body to content with! Oh, let's just stop numbering because there is so much love about this book! The characters are all so much fun, well, aside from those with a nasty habit of making murders to solve.

The mystery has enough turns and complexity to make it difficult to solve and the means of murder was an interesting bit as well. I found that I was turning pages fast trying to figure things out. I wish Hamlet had more time in this part but I was glad to get new characters to meet and really look forward to the next part. 

Take some time to browse the other great mysteries available from Berkley Prime Crime. While you are there, you can sign up for the newsletter so you never miss a new release. I must warn you though, after browsing my wish list is longer than I could probably read. You can also connect with them on Twitter where you can happen across a fun giveaway as well. 

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