Aug 052016

On Flashback Fridays I will share with you the books I missed when they were first
released that have been screaming at me from my To-Be-Read bookshelf.

The medication I am taking for my sciatica has been literally knocking me out and my Flashback Fridays are paying the price. I am writing this on Wednesday. Last night my husband found me sound asleep with a book in my lap before 10 o’clock. A book I have been loving and should have finished by Monday. I have been staying up late to read even before my son’s death last year. It is common for me to stay until 2 or 3 in the morning so I stay on my reading schedule. The last couple of weeks I am lucky to make it to midnight but 10 o’clock is just nuts. I am hoping that I start to wean myself off these pills and get back to my abnormal self soon.

So for this week I am digging into my TO-BE-READ stack and flashing back to 2012!
a novel way to die

A Novel Way to Die (A Black Cat Bookshop Mystery)
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (November 6, 2012)
Published by The Penguin Group
2nd in Series
Cozy Mystery
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425251690
E-Book ASIN: B008EXO66O

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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ALI BRANDON is the national bestselling author of DOUBLE BOOKED FOR DEATH, the first in her new Black Cat Bookshop mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime. Writing as DIANE A.S. STUCKART, she’s also the author of the popular Leonardo da Vinci mysteries, which have received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, as well as a Florida Book Award Silver medal. Under the names Alexa Smart and Anna Gerard, she published several critically-acclaimed historical romances from Pinnacle Books. A native Texan with a degree in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma, Diane now lives in South Florida. Visit her at or for more info.

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  9 Responses to “Flashback Friday – A Novel Way To Die by Ali Brandon – #Spotlight / #Giveaway”

  1. Enjoyed your post & review. Now I really have to push this author and series up my list. Thanks for the giveaway and I pray that you feel better soon.

  2. I enjoy following your blog and your reviews you post. There are so many new books each month and it is great to have a blog to turn to to find out a synopsis of a book and it’s author. Thank you for offering this service.

  3. I just love bookstore cozy mysteries….especially those involving cats! It’s my dream to own a bookstore with lots of cats!

  4. What a great storyline, inheriting a bookstore and a cat. Can’t wait to read this series.

  5. Cats and cozies– all I need then is a cottage on the beach and I am set for life! Thanks for the chance to win!

  6. Yeah! Another new cozy series for me! You have been feeding my cozy addiction for some time, Lori. LOL

  7. Thanks for the intro to a most interesting read. So hoping it will be sooner rather than later

  8. […] Today I am sharing another wonderful story from Ali Brandon! I just found book 1 in this series on another shelf! Be sure to enter the giveaway for A Novel Way to Die, the 2nd book in the series that I featured last week here. […]

  9. Sounds really good and another Author I have not read.

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