It always makes me sad when a series I love comes to an end, but on the other hand I am so happy for the stories I was able to share with the characters. So it is with mixed feelings I tell you about the six and final part in a series I adore, Twice Told Tail (Black Cat Bookshop Mystery #6) by Ali Brandon.
From the back of the book:
The New York Times bestselling author of Plot Boiler takes us back to Pettistone’s Fine Books, where Hamlet the cat isn’t the only shadowy figure lurking around the Brooklyn brownstone…
As Thanksgiving approaches, Darla Pettistone is preparing for the busiest shopping season of the year. They’ve recently launched their online store, where one anonymous bidder is offering a suspiciously high price for an antique book—and Darla doesn’t need Hamlet’s special senses to know that something isn’t quite right.
However, there’s no time to think about that after Darla’s roped into helping bridezilla Connie Capello get ready for her big day. After looking at wedding dresses, Darla and Connie head to an antique store to find her “something old”—but they find someone dead instead. When Darla learns that the shop carried a copy of the book that her mysterious bidder is after, she suspects she’ll need Hamlet’s help to discover who penned the poor soul’s final chapter, before someone else is read their last rites.
I really have come to love Darla, and Hamlet. Hamlet had my heart from word one. I hung on every word of this story, knowing they would be the last. There were some things that really shocked me, and I wish I could see more of in other parts, like Reese and Connie and Jake's date toward the end. However, I'll just creatively fill in the blanks as I see fit.
The mystery was well paced and so sad. I was heartbroken by who the victim was. Hamlet as is usual had a hand in leading Darla's thoughts in the right direction, even if she didn't solve it. He is such a smart kitty. I am proud to say on this parting mystery I did figure it out. There was a clue that should allow anyone who is paying attention to nail it, but it's not so in your face that it spoils the fun for anyone.
This releases today, I hope you will pick up your copy and make a final visit with Darla and her friends.
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