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Plot Boiler by Ali Brandon
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Another entertaining Bookshop Mystery. The writing is a little stilted in places but overall a fun read. ( )
  clue | Nov 19, 2016 |
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is interesting, enjoyable and suspenseful. The story is engrossing and engaging, and a little fun. I don't always like mystery books, but I enjoyed this one. ( )
  duelalias | Jul 31, 2016 |
Plot Boiler is the fifth book in the A Black Cat Bookshop Mystery series.

Darla Pettistone is back in her bookshop and is very pleased with the remodeling that took place while she and her black cat, Hamlet, were in Florida. As is Robert, her teenaged clerk, who is now the stores Barista.

The 4th of July is just around the corner and Darla, with the help of some of the other shop owners are planning a block party to celebrate the 4th and hopefully to promote their shops and generate additional revenue for everyone. But George King, owner of Perky's Coffee Shop, is disgruntled about Darla's coffee bar, claiming that is hurting his business. Darla, having overheard some young ballet students of Penelope Winston's dance studio, talking about a “special blend” coffee that Perky's is selling. As the block party is about to wrap up Darla is heading to Perky's to confront them about the possbile illegal substance in their special blend coffee, but instead finds George King's wife is lying dead at the entrance to the shop. Later the body of Penelope Winston is found dead.

With the help of her good friend and PI, Jacqueline “Jake” Martelli, Darla is off investigating before any more shop owners meet their demise.

As in the previous books James, her store manager, is back to do what he does best, manage the store and give Darla the find to sleuth. Hamlet continues to provide Darla with clues and ends up saving the day. Also Darla gets some disturbing news about Reese, the hunky detective that she likes to have little interest in.

Will be watching for the next book in this series. ( )
  FredYoder | Nov 1, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425261557, Mass Market Paperback)

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…

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All the local shop owners are thrilled when Darla Pettistone throws a block party, except for the proprietor of Perky's Coffee Shop who thinks Darla is trying to steal his customers. When Hamlet finds his wife dead, Darla and her cat investigate.

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