Fool's Moon (Tarot Cats Mystery #1)
Two magical tarot cats and their tenderhearted human outwit a cruel criminal in South Florida Most days, Ruby Sparks feels like the sign that says Tarot Card Reader Extraordinaire should say Tarot Card Reader Barely Competent. But as challenging as it is to take care of her half-sister's new age shop—and her growing menagerie of mystically inclined pets—Ruby never worries that she's bitten off more than she can chew . . . until a customer wants her to divine the truth about a murder. When her own life is threatened with a double dose of danger, Ruby begins to wonder if she's being played for a fool. Luckily, she has Aphelia and Brandon—sibling black cats with a talent for tarot—and a feisty pitbull friend who all lend a paw in collaring the culprit before Ruby finds herself taking her final cat nap.

Fool's Moon (Tarot Cats Mystery #1) Details

TitleFool's Moon (Tarot Cats Mystery #1)
Author
ReleaseNov 8th, 2018
PublisherMidnight Ink
Rating
GenreMystery, Cozy Mystery, Fantasy, Paranormal, Fiction, Animals, Amateur Sleuth

Fool's Moon (Tarot Cats Mystery #1) Review

  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    Fool's Moon by Diane A.S. Stuckart is the first book in the new cozy Tarot Cats Mystery series. As one might guess the series has a touch of paranormal with the use of tarot but this one is also completely out of the ordinary with the pets in the story getting the job as the narrators. Ophelia and Brandon are two siblings kitties that have just lost their beloved owner when the owner's son tapes them into a box and dumps them. Brandon manages to escape the box but Ophelia gets stuck and luckily Fool's Moon by Diane A.S. Stuckart is the first book in the new cozy Tarot Cats Mystery series. As one might guess the series has a touch of paranormal with the use of tarot but this one is also completely out of the ordinary with the pets in the story getting the job as the narrators. Ophelia and Brandon are two siblings kitties that have just lost their beloved owner when the owner's son tapes them into a box and dumps them. Brandon manages to escape the box but Ophelia gets stuck and luckily human Ruby Sparks comes to Ophelia's rescue. Ruby has been working giving tarot readings in her sister's new age shop when a woman named Luciana comes in for a read. Luciana recognizes Ophelia right away as she used to be the housekeeper for her former owner. What Luciana asks to have the cards answer for her however is quite a surprise, she wants to know if her former boss was murdered. Ok, so as a lover of over the top quirky cozy reads I couldn't have found another that was quite as unique as some crazy critters playing detective. From the two kitties, a loving pit bull and even a koi that gives out prophesies you can't get more unique than coming from their point of view. While I did enjoy this opener of the series I do think it had some slower moments for a mystery, maybe coming from the more simple pet POV but it's certainly an interesting start leaving me to rate this one at 3.5 stars. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/
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  • Betty
    January 1, 1970
    Shades of Joe Grey and Mrs. Murphy but entirely different with aviewpoints of the 21 century, the animals can communicate with each other. The story is told from their viewpoint. The protagonist is a female back cat, Ophelia. Other animals are Brandon, a black cat and is Ophelia's brother, Zuki, a white bulldog with sweet personality, a koi, Philomena who is 50 years of age and a physic and last 3 roosters, one, two and three. It covers the different aspects of animal cruelty and recuse. One com Shades of Joe Grey and Mrs. Murphy but entirely different with aviewpoints of the 21 century, the animals can communicate with each other. The story is told from their viewpoint. The protagonist is a female back cat, Ophelia. Other animals are Brandon, a black cat and is Ophelia's brother, Zuki, a white bulldog with sweet personality, a koi, Philomena who is 50 years of age and a physic and last 3 roosters, one, two and three. It covers the different aspects of animal cruelty and recuse. One comment a cat has good scenting ability as any dog, most humans don't realized this fact. Yes, it has humans, Ruby a budding Tarot Reader and sister to the owner of the shop. Ophelia gets curious and learn the Tarot cards. Her paws touch which turns over another card and it connects with the reading. Luis, the owner of the pawn shop. JoJo, an attorney and best friend of Ruby. There are minor characters, the family of the Black cats' owner and the house manager. The mystery isn't much. The animals return to cat's original home to protect the house manager and determined to know what happened to their human Mom. Don't be mistaken by all the red herring facts as the ending will surprise you. It did me. This is first book of the Tarot Cat series, a paranormal. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND it.
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  • Lesa
    January 1, 1970
    Diane A.S. Stuckart, who writes the Black Cat Bookshop mysteries as Ali Brandon, kicks off the Tarot Cats series with Fool's Moon. It features anthropomorphic cats, dogs, and even a prophesying koi named Philomena. It's not for every mystery reader.Ophelia and Brandon are black cats, sister and brother, owned by a wealthy philanthropist in Palm Beach. When their owner drowns in her swimming pool, the cats are forced into a box by the woman's son, and thrown out of the car. Brandon runs to get he Diane A.S. Stuckart, who writes the Black Cat Bookshop mysteries as Ali Brandon, kicks off the Tarot Cats series with Fool's Moon. It features anthropomorphic cats, dogs, and even a prophesying koi named Philomena. It's not for every mystery reader.Ophelia and Brandon are black cats, sister and brother, owned by a wealthy philanthropist in Palm Beach. When their owner drowns in her swimming pool, the cats are forced into a box by the woman's son, and thrown out of the car. Brandon runs to get help, and while he's gone, the dying Ophelia is rescued by Ruby Sparks. Ruby attends grad school while reading tarot cards and tending her half-sister's New Age Shop. When she reads cards for a woman named Luciana, Ophelia recognizes her as the housekeeper for her previous owner. Luciana has a question. Was her boss murdered by the woman's son?With the help of Zuki, Ruby's pit bull, Ophelia tracks down Brandon at a nearby pawn shop. Reunited, and with mysterious clues from the koi, the trio travel by truck to try to find the truth. Unfortunately, before they can investigate, there's another tragic death. Now, they'll need a little help from Ruby and Luciana's son, Luis, to find a killer.When I said Fool's Moon isn't for every mystery reader, I meant it wasn't for me. While I like Chet the dog as a narrator in Spencer Quinn's mystery series, Chet is still a dog who acts like a dog. Cats who consult koi, team up to travel, read tarot cards, just don't work for me. But, fans of Rita Mae Brown's Mrs. Murphy books or the Joe Grey mysteries by Shirley Rousseau Murphy may appreciate this book much more than I did.
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  • Neil Plakcy
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not big on talking animals, but Ophelia, the black cat narrator of this book, sucked me in. I enjoyed listening to her voice and getting a cat's eye view of Palm Beach, Florida. The book takes place in a tarot shop, and Ophelia turns out to have a knack for turning and interpreting the cards herself. All very clever and well-written, and the promising start to what could be a very enjoyable series.
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  • Kirsti
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!This one has been on my radar for a while, thanks to the fact it is written by one of my favorite cozy authors. I absolutely adored the Black Cat Bookshop series by Ali Brandon, and I was so disappointed to see that they were ending due to publishing difficulties. But Ali/Diane writes under different names, and when I heard this was coming out....huzzah!It's a little different for a cozy, with the cats and dogs able to com Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!This one has been on my radar for a while, thanks to the fact it is written by one of my favorite cozy authors. I absolutely adored the Black Cat Bookshop series by Ali Brandon, and I was so disappointed to see that they were ending due to publishing difficulties. But Ali/Diane writes under different names, and when I heard this was coming out....huzzah!It's a little different for a cozy, with the cats and dogs able to communicate with each other and solve the mystery without being able to read much or fully understand the motives of the humans around them. At times the writing in simple, as if trying to show the less complicated views of the animals, and I found myself liking this style. It was harder to pin down a motive for the murder, because the animals weren't sure and the human investigating was further removed from the situation too. All these things came together for a slightly quirky but very fun cozy.If you're waiting for this one then you won't be disappointed. Another awesome series from a talented writer! Five stars.
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  • Caitlyn Lynch
    January 1, 1970
    Brother and sister, Ophelia and Brandon are a pair of black cats who are dumped by the roadside after the tragic death of their owner, a wealthy old lady. Ophelia is rescued by Ruby, a Tarot reader standing in for her sister (a Santeria priestess) at her shop. With the assistance of Ruby’s friendly pitbull Zuki, and a fish named Philomena, Ophelia and Brandon are reunited, but their adventures are only just beginning as it comes to light that their former owner may have been murdered.Told mostly Brother and sister, Ophelia and Brandon are a pair of black cats who are dumped by the roadside after the tragic death of their owner, a wealthy old lady. Ophelia is rescued by Ruby, a Tarot reader standing in for her sister (a Santeria priestess) at her shop. With the assistance of Ruby’s friendly pitbull Zuki, and a fish named Philomena, Ophelia and Brandon are reunited, but their adventures are only just beginning as it comes to light that their former owner may have been murdered.Told mostly from the lights of view of Ophelia and Ruby, this is a delightful start to a new cozy mystery series called Tarot Cats. Ophelia discovers something of a talent for reading Ruby’s Tarot cards, leading her to realize a friend may be in danger and need her help. My romance-loving soul was a little disappointed that no potential love interest appeared on the scene for Ruby until well over halfway through the book, and then further that Luis and Ruby didn't even get so much as a kiss, but I guess I'll have to read some more books in the series to find out whether or not their relationship progresses. Which will be no hardship, because I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Five stars.Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review through NetGalley.
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  • Patty
    January 1, 1970
    Fool's Moon by Diane A.S. Stuckart, ( aka Ali Brandon), is the 1st book in the Tarot Cats Mystery series, and a great start. This book is unique since it is told from the point of view of the animals. When Ophelia and Brandon's human died, her mean son put both black cats in a box and taped it shut. Next he took them out and abandoned them on the side of the road, left to die in the heat. Ruby Sparks is filling in for her half-sister at the Tarot Card Reader shop, when her dog, finds Ophelia, in Fool's Moon by Diane A.S. Stuckart, ( aka Ali Brandon), is the 1st book in the Tarot Cats Mystery series, and a great start. This book is unique since it is told from the point of view of the animals. When Ophelia and Brandon's human died, her mean son put both black cats in a box and taped it shut. Next he took them out and abandoned them on the side of the road, left to die in the heat. Ruby Sparks is filling in for her half-sister at the Tarot Card Reader shop, when her dog, finds Ophelia, in the taped box. Ruby nurses the cat back to health, but Ophelia is worried about her brother Brandon, and what could have happened to him. What will happen to all these wonderful animals and their humans? There is wonderful twists and turns around every corner. I loved this book, and thought about it for days. I can not wait for the next book in the series. I strongly recommend this book for animal and cozy mystery lovers. I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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  • Sue Em
    January 1, 1970
    Utterly fun and charming cozy written from the perspectives of the animals. Brandon and Ophelia, two little black kitties, are abandoned after the death of their owner. Ophelia shows an aptitude for finding the correct tarot card when she is adopted by Ruby Sparks who is filling in as tarot reader for her vacationing sister. With the help of other animals, Ophelia gets reunited with her missing brother and they all go on to help Ruby solve their original owner's death.Thanks to netgalley and the Utterly fun and charming cozy written from the perspectives of the animals. Brandon and Ophelia, two little black kitties, are abandoned after the death of their owner. Ophelia shows an aptitude for finding the correct tarot card when she is adopted by Ruby Sparks who is filling in as tarot reader for her vacationing sister. With the help of other animals, Ophelia gets reunited with her missing brother and they all go on to help Ruby solve their original owner's death.Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review. I'll be looking forward to the next installment in this series.
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    Ophelia and Brandon, two black cats who were abandoned, find a new home with Ruby, a Florida tarot card reader. With the help of Ruby’s pit bull, Azucar, aka Zuki, they help to solve the mystery of two deaths and some missing money. I know that some of the books featuring talking animals are irritating, but I really liked this one--suspend disbelief and enjoy this fun talking animal mystery.
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  • Cozy Cat Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    Ali Brandon aka Diane Stuckart is one of my favorite all time cozy authors who also penned the fabulous Black Cat Bookshop series that has a large following among cozy readers. I was thrilled to receive this for review from the publisher as this is a debut cozy series by this wonderful author . The author knows cats and her writing is so detailed and well crafted that you cannot help but fall in love with this new series ! This series is catnip for all cat lovers and those that enjoy the author' Ali Brandon aka Diane Stuckart is one of my favorite all time cozy authors who also penned the fabulous Black Cat Bookshop series that has a large following among cozy readers. I was thrilled to receive this for review from the publisher as this is a debut cozy series by this wonderful author . The author knows cats and her writing is so detailed and well crafted that you cannot help but fall in love with this new series ! This series is catnip for all cat lovers and those that enjoy the author's writing. In "Fool's Moon" we are introduced to two black cats, who are brother and sister. They have been abandon after their elderly owners tragic death by a evil relative. They were taped inside a box and thrown out on a busy road. One cat, the male is stronger and able to get them out of the box but they are sadly separated . For those of us that love cats this is heartbreaking to read but very realistically written and has a happy ending for both cats. Ophelia is rescued by Ruby, a Tarot reader . Ruby’s friendly pit bull Zuki, and a fish named Philomena then help Ophelia to be reunited with her brother Brandon. Its endearing how the author writes each animals part with such detail and mannerisms to perfection. Thrilled to be together and safe the cats settle into their new life and new owners life. The story is told mainly from their point of view. Its the "purrfect" start to this delightful new series. Ophelia discovers something of a talent for reading Ruby’s Tarot cards, leading her to solve mysteries and perhaps solve the mystery of her first owners death. The plot involves many clues and twist and turns. This reader was thrilled not to figure out the ending and be surprised at the whodunit. This is a five star read that I enjoyed cover to cover and finished in one sitting. This is a charming delightful series that I hope will become a long standing cozy series ! (Hint to publisher!) The writing is well crafted, the details of each animal is written to perfection and the plot and introduction to the series charcters is entertaining and enjoyable to read . I loved Ruby the Tarot reader and the paranormal aspect as she stumbles a bit through life but is devoted to her pets and is a good person. This series has much potential for the future and I cannot wait to read the next in series. Cross posted. on Good Reads and Amazon. Very well done to the author. Thank you for the ARC which does not influence my review.
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  • Kathy Martin
    January 1, 1970
    I've read a lot of cozy mysteries where the amateur sleuth had a pet, but this is the first one I've read for a while where the pet, or in this case pets, were the detectives and carried most of the narrative.Black cats Ophelia and Brandon were the beloved pets of Mrs. Hazel Givens, an elderly Palm Beach socialite, until she was found floating in her swimming pool. Mrs. Givens' son is allergic to cats and gets rid of them by stuffing them in a banana box and dropping them off in a distant part o I've read a lot of cozy mysteries where the amateur sleuth had a pet, but this is the first one I've read for a while where the pet, or in this case pets, were the detectives and carried most of the narrative.Black cats Ophelia and Brandon were the beloved pets of Mrs. Hazel Givens, an elderly Palm Beach socialite, until she was found floating in her swimming pool. Mrs. Givens' son is allergic to cats and gets rid of them by stuffing them in a banana box and dropping them off in a distant part of town. Brandon manages to make his escape by Ophelia almost dies before being rescued by Ruby and her pit bull Zuki. Ruby adopts Ophelia and takes her to live with her in the occult shop she is managing for her older sister. Ophelia joins Zuki, three roosters that were destined to be animal sacrifices but rescued by Ruby, and a giant psychic koi named Philomena. She is determined to find her missing brother but isn't quite sure how to manage it. Coincidentally, Luciana who was Mrs. Givens' housekeeper drops in for a psychic reading because she is suspicious about Mrs. Givens' death. Ruby does the reading which doesn't confirm Luciana's suspicions but still raises questions. After Luciana leaves, Ophelia turns over a couple more cards that show Luciana is in danger.Meanwhile, after a prophecy from Philomena and a dangerous excursion in the neighborhood, Brandon is located in a nearby pawn shop. The owner has taken him in. All three pets find their way to Ruby's. Then Luciana dies and her nephew Luis, who happens to own the pawn shop, comes to see Ruby to find out why a message to her was the last thing on his aunt's phone. Then he spots Brandon and wants his cat back. Ophelia, Brandon, and Zuki hitch a ride in the back of Luis's truck when he goes to the same area where Mrs. Givens lived so that they can investigate. They are pretty sure that the son is somehow responsible for both death since he was mean to them. I liked the story but felt that the mystery wasn't resolved as completely as most cozy mysteries I've read. I liked the cats and the dog as main characters. I thought that the author did a good job keeping them realistic in what they cared about and noticed. The ending leaves it open for Ophelia, Brandon and Zuki to have more adventures.
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  • Susan Johnston
    January 1, 1970
    Princess Fuzzypants here: I just finished reading Fool’s Moon and Diane has done it again. I loved Hamlet in her old series and now we have Ophelia, and her brother, Brandon- black cats all and rather adept at solving mysteries and murders. Whereas Hamlet was more the silent type, leaving clues and leaping to the rescue, Ophelia is more paws on. In fact, she has a nifty skill in that she reads tarot cards and she is even more accurate than her human mom, Ruby.The book opens with them being trapp Princess Fuzzypants here: I just finished reading Fool’s Moon and Diane has done it again. I loved Hamlet in her old series and now we have Ophelia, and her brother, Brandon- black cats all and rather adept at solving mysteries and murders. Whereas Hamlet was more the silent type, leaving clues and leaping to the rescue, Ophelia is more paws on. In fact, she has a nifty skill in that she reads tarot cards and she is even more accurate than her human mom, Ruby.The book opens with them being trapped in a box and abandoned by the son of their elderly human who has died. He is clearly a bad human and the two are separated when Brandon goes to find aid for his sister who is dying in the box of heat exhaustion. The two humans who rescue them confront each other when the siblings reunite with the help of their pit bull sister. The three are a pawsome trio who work together to keep Ruby safe and to find out what happened to their first mom and the kind lady who worked for her. I loved the way all the characters were brought together and I think this has the makings of some interesting interactions between Ruby and Brandon’s rescuers.There are lots and lots of clues and double blinds and twists. In fact, almost to the end, the reader is not 100% sure who is a good guy and who is a bad guy. It keeps the reader hopping and highly entertained. Especially in the purrsonalities of Ophelia and Brandon. While humans cannot understand them, they are able to communicate with other animals regardless of species. Even there, sometimes an animal that seems to be villainous is not always what they first appear.Welcome Ophelia and Brandon. I will be watching for future adventures. Five purrs and two paws up.
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  • Book
    January 1, 1970
    Delightfully different describes Diane Stuckart’s new mystery, Fool’s Moon, in which four unusual characters join forces with Ruby Sparks to investigate murder.Ruby is minding her half-sister’s New Age shop, Botanica Santa Rosa, and taking care of Zuki, a sweet-tempered pit bull who understands the ways of the world and the neighborhood, and Philomena, a 50-year-old psychic koi living in the courtyard pond out back. In a complicated sequence of events, Ruby adds Ophelia and Brandon, sibling blac Delightfully different describes Diane Stuckart’s new mystery, Fool’s Moon, in which four unusual characters join forces with Ruby Sparks to investigate murder.Ruby is minding her half-sister’s New Age shop, Botanica Santa Rosa, and taking care of Zuki, a sweet-tempered pit bull who understands the ways of the world and the neighborhood, and Philomena, a 50-year-old psychic koi living in the courtyard pond out back. In a complicated sequence of events, Ruby adds Ophelia and Brandon, sibling black cats, to her family which completes the four very special characters.As this story progresses, Ophelia and Brandon try to help Lucinda, the housekeeper from their first home who suspects her mistress was murdered for her money. Lucinda’s nephew, Luis, who runs a pawn shop close to Botanica gets involved when his aunt is killed under suspicious circumstances. So now, Ophelia, Brandon and Zuki, having found a way to escape Botanica at night, are investigating based on clues offered by Philomena the psychic. And, yes, these are well developed characters with engaging personalities and a great sense of adventure. In parallel efforts, Ruby and Luis begin looking into how his aunt died.Ms. Stuckart’s creativity is amazing. Imagine a koi who offers psychic readings in verse. A black cat learning to read Tarot cards to help Ruby. A friendly female pit bull helping two black cats learn the ropes in their new home. This is a complex mystery weaving together the efforts of animals and humans to uncover what happened. The story is told with humor, insight and great skill. Suspend disbelief and enjoy a captivating tale in which animals are convincing primary characters. Let’s hope Ms. Stuckart is finishing the next Tarot Cats Mystery soon.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    I was so sad when Ali Brandon's previous series, The Black Cat Bookshop mysteries, was dropped. When I saw that she was starting a new series with not one but two black cats, I couldn't wait to read it. Boy, not what I was expecting as her black cat bookshop cat, Hamlet, was the silent and clever sort of cat. Now we have a pair of lovely black cats, brother and sister named Brandon and Ophelia who communicate with other animals and are the detectives. Ruby, their new human has her part in the in I was so sad when Ali Brandon's previous series, The Black Cat Bookshop mysteries, was dropped. When I saw that she was starting a new series with not one but two black cats, I couldn't wait to read it. Boy, not what I was expecting as her black cat bookshop cat, Hamlet, was the silent and clever sort of cat. Now we have a pair of lovely black cats, brother and sister named Brandon and Ophelia who communicate with other animals and are the detectives. Ruby, their new human has her part in the investigating but it's the animals who get the job done. Add a dog and a Koi fish and it's quite a group of animals.Ruby is alerted to Ophelia trapped in a box and not long for this world. Her brother, Brandon, had been able to escape and they luckily are reunited. Ruby wants to know who would be so horrible to dump a cat by the side of the road to die? It's a match made in Heaven when Ophelia turns out to have a knack with Tarot cards. Ruby is doing Tarot readings as a favor to her half sister while she is on vacation. One thing leads to another and they start investigating the death of Brandon and Ophelia's previous owner, found dead in her pool. Accident or murder?If you like cozies and can accept talking animals who can do the detecting and you love black cats (I sure do) then give this mystery a try. It's clever and different and I had no trouble giving it five stars.My thanks to the publisher Midnight Ink and to NetGalley for giving me an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Kat Lebo
    January 1, 1970
    Fool's Moon, Tarol Cats Mystery #1by Diane A.S. StuckartThis book was an enjoyable read featuring feisty cats and dogs, as well a fully fleshed out human characters. I was a big fan of Stuckart's "Black Cat Bookshop" series, written under the pen name of Ali Brandon, so I'm sure I approached this novel with overly optimistic expectations that it couldn't satisfy. Yes, I very much miss Hamlet!In any event, this book had no real editing or proofing errors -- although the cover art showed a one-sto Fool's Moon, Tarol Cats Mystery #1by Diane A.S. StuckartThis book was an enjoyable read featuring feisty cats and dogs, as well a fully fleshed out human characters. I was a big fan of Stuckart's "Black Cat Bookshop" series, written under the pen name of Ali Brandon, so I'm sure I approached this novel with overly optimistic expectations that it couldn't satisfy. Yes, I very much miss Hamlet!In any event, this book had no real editing or proofing errors -- although the cover art showed a one-story house which was described in the actual novel as having stories. There was no cliffhanger ending. The dialogue was well done, the interaction of pets with people interesting, the plotting and pacing well done, and the action and suspense was excellent. I enjoyed the fact that Stuckart owns IRL cats named Ophelia and Brandon Bobtail, and that she used the first name of one of them (Brandon) as the surname of her pen name (Ali Brandon -- Black Cat Bookshop). Still, I just didn't get the "I'm hooked!" feeling from this first in the series that I got from the Black Cat Bookshop series. And, the Kindle edition, after taxes, was over $11.00, which I thought was a bit expensive for a first in the series novel. I follow very few series on Kindle that cost over $10 and I didn't enjoy the book enough to warrant paying that high a price for a digital reproduction. So, for those of you looking for a series with anthropomorphized animals, this one may be what you are looking for.
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  • Darcysmom
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley and Midnight Ink for free in exchange for an honest review. Fool's Moon is the first book in the Tarot Cats Mysteries series. It is an excellent start to a series which I will continue reading. Diane A.S. Stuckart has very successfully pulled off a difficult trick: she has written sentient animal characters that are engaging and personable and interact well with the human characters. Fool's Moon introduces us to Ophelia and Brandon Bobtail, mischievo I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley and Midnight Ink for free in exchange for an honest review. Fool's Moon is the first book in the Tarot Cats Mysteries series. It is an excellent start to a series which I will continue reading. Diane A.S. Stuckart has very successfully pulled off a difficult trick: she has written sentient animal characters that are engaging and personable and interact well with the human characters. Fool's Moon introduces us to Ophelia and Brandon Bobtail, mischievous black cat siblings, who are adopted by Ruby after the death of their original owner. Ophelia and Brandon join Azucar the pitbull, a mystical koi, and three roosters in Ruby's household. Ruby reads tarot cards, manages her sister's mystical supply store, and is working on her master's degree in literature. When the housekeeper from the cat's former home comes in for a reading, Ruby and the animals are drawn into investigating the housekeeper's suspicions about her boss's death.Fool's Moon is a strong start to the series - the characters and storyline are excellent and the mystery was well written.
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  • Cindi
    January 1, 1970
    A Great First Installment in a New Cozy SeriesOphelia and Brandon are two black cats that were living the life of luxury until their human mother died and they were dumped on the roadside. But they find a new human Mother who is a tarot card reader and Ophelia finds that she has a knack for the cards as well.When their past life crosses with their new life, the cats and their new family find that their first human Mom might not have died accidentally. Chao ensues and the kitties are on the case! A Great First Installment in a New Cozy SeriesOphelia and Brandon are two black cats that were living the life of luxury until their human mother died and they were dumped on the roadside. But they find a new human Mother who is a tarot card reader and Ophelia finds that she has a knack for the cards as well.When their past life crosses with their new life, the cats and their new family find that their first human Mom might not have died accidentally. Chao ensues and the kitties are on the case!This is an adorable new series that reminds of of the movie Homeward Bound, as it is told from the perspective of the animals. An enjoyable read and a wonderful cozy that does not follow the standard cozy cookie cutter model of female main character and a law enforcement love interest. A refreshing change!
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  • Nancy
    January 1, 1970
    Fool’s Moon, Book 1 in the Tarot Cats Mysteries, is told from the unique viewpoint of a cat and her furry friends. Ophelia the feline is predominantly the sleuth and pet to a tarot card reader. She hangs out in Ruby’s shop and listens in on conversations among humans. Her haunches rise when the housekeeper to her former owner hints that the old lady had been murdered. How can Ophelia prove it? Enlisting the aid of her pet pals, including a memorable Koi fish, she sets on the trail of a killer be Fool’s Moon, Book 1 in the Tarot Cats Mysteries, is told from the unique viewpoint of a cat and her furry friends. Ophelia the feline is predominantly the sleuth and pet to a tarot card reader. She hangs out in Ruby’s shop and listens in on conversations among humans. Her haunches rise when the housekeeper to her former owner hints that the old lady had been murdered. How can Ophelia prove it? Enlisting the aid of her pet pals, including a memorable Koi fish, she sets on the trail of a killer before he finds her for a last meow. Fool’s Moon is a fun, whimsical, and lighthearted romp with a twisty plot. It kept me guessing until the end. A cute and clever mystery with cats, canines, and tarot cards. Disclosure: I received an advance reading copy from the author and freely give this honest review.
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  • Cuppa
    January 1, 1970
    I love mysteries that have just a touch of magic or a bit of a paranormal flavor. I also love mysteries that have pets as characters. I'm used to the pets being pets, but author Diane A. S. Stuckert chose to anthropomorphize her animal characters and show us the world from their point of view. This is not my favorite thing but Stuckert did a great job with it. Told mainly in alternating points of view between Ruby, the human main character and Ophelia, the cat main character, this is a cute and I love mysteries that have just a touch of magic or a bit of a paranormal flavor. I also love mysteries that have pets as characters. I'm used to the pets being pets, but author Diane A. S. Stuckert chose to anthropomorphize her animal characters and show us the world from their point of view. This is not my favorite thing but Stuckert did a great job with it. Told mainly in alternating points of view between Ruby, the human main character and Ophelia, the cat main character, this is a cute and humorous mystery filled with great characters. It is the gentlest of cozy mysteries, where the victim is unknown to the reader and has already passed away before the start of the story. The villain is easy to hate and pretty much everyone else is fun and interesting.It's a lighthearted confection of a story that's perfect for an afternoon or evening's relaxation.
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  • Cindy
    January 1, 1970
    This is a different sort of cozy mystery and the sleuths are two sibling black cats! Ophelia and Brandon team up with their adopted owner Ruby and her pitbull Zuki to solve the mysterious death of their former owner. At first I was put off by talking cats that could read tarot and plot adventures to try and solve human crimes. Yet, the more I read the more I found myself falling for the little guys and for Ruby their tarot reading new owner. I thought the plot reveal was a little sloppy, having This is a different sort of cozy mystery and the sleuths are two sibling black cats! Ophelia and Brandon team up with their adopted owner Ruby and her pitbull Zuki to solve the mysterious death of their former owner. At first I was put off by talking cats that could read tarot and plot adventures to try and solve human crimes. Yet, the more I read the more I found myself falling for the little guys and for Ruby their tarot reading new owner. I thought the plot reveal was a little sloppy, having to include the cats made for a lot of logistical explaining and I felt the mystery suffered. I was still invested enough to keep reading and I would pick up book 2 in the series. I don't know if this format would appeal to everyone, but I gave it 3.5 stars!
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  • Alicia
    January 1, 1970
    What a delightful and enjoyable mystery! The book is set in West Palm Beach and Palm Beach, Florida. West Palm Beach is the home to the Bontanica Santa Rosa where Ruby Sparks lives upstairs and works downstairs as a Tarot Card reader. In her spare time she is a part-time grad student. She adopted Ophelia and later her brother Brandon shows up. Ruby already had Zuki the dog, several roosters and a pond with Philomena the resident Koi. The humans talk to one another and to the animals however the What a delightful and enjoyable mystery! The book is set in West Palm Beach and Palm Beach, Florida. West Palm Beach is the home to the Bontanica Santa Rosa where Ruby Sparks lives upstairs and works downstairs as a Tarot Card reader. In her spare time she is a part-time grad student. She adopted Ophelia and later her brother Brandon shows up. Ruby already had Zuki the dog, several roosters and a pond with Philomena the resident Koi. The humans talk to one another and to the animals however the animals only talk to each other. Black cats Ophelia and Brandon used to live in Palm Beach but their owner Mrs. Givens died and her son dumped both cats in a box in West Palm Beach. But how did old Mrs. Givens die? Did she drown while swimming in her pool or was she murdered?
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  • Kathleen Gray
    January 1, 1970
    This is a very different sort of cozy as it features animals who are both psychic and capable of interspecies communication. Ruby, the human protagonist you would expect to be the amateur detective, is less interesting than the black cats Ophelia and Brandon, Zuki the pit bull, and Philomena the koi but she along with Luis investigate the murder of Luis's aunt Lucinda and her former employer, the owner of the cats. Phew. That's a lot for a first installment in a series but oddly it all makes sen This is a very different sort of cozy as it features animals who are both psychic and capable of interspecies communication. Ruby, the human protagonist you would expect to be the amateur detective, is less interesting than the black cats Ophelia and Brandon, Zuki the pit bull, and Philomena the koi but she along with Luis investigate the murder of Luis's aunt Lucinda and her former employer, the owner of the cats. Phew. That's a lot for a first installment in a series but oddly it all makes sense. There are some twists, some turns, and you need to suspend logic for bits of it (especially that koi fish can tell cats and dogs how to find a killer). Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. A good read.
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  • Jan
    January 1, 1970
    A different kind of fun cozy! The protagonists are pets, the positive humans are kind but unexpected, the negative humans are. . . well, that would be spoiling things. There are plenty of red herrings and the twists are real surprises, with the Tarot theme setting up some interesting dilemmas. The publisher's blurb is pretty good at giving hints, and being a pet lover means that I truly enjoyed having them narrate this fun whodunit set in Florida. I requested and received a free ebook copy from A different kind of fun cozy! The protagonists are pets, the positive humans are kind but unexpected, the negative humans are. . . well, that would be spoiling things. There are plenty of red herrings and the twists are real surprises, with the Tarot theme setting up some interesting dilemmas. The publisher's blurb is pretty good at giving hints, and being a pet lover means that I truly enjoyed having them narrate this fun whodunit set in Florida. I requested and received a free ebook copy from Midnight Ink via NetGalley.
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  • Sharon
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced readers copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.I have a black cat so I couldn’t pass up reading this book.I thought that this was a very cute and fun cozy mystery.I would definitely read the next book in the series.
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  • Debbie
    January 1, 1970
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  • Robert Alvarez
    January 1, 1970
    I was given the honor and pleaure of receiving an advance copy of this Cozy Mystery, the first in the "Tarot Cats Mystery" Series by Diane A. S. Stuckart, also known as Ali Brandon, also known as Anna Gerard.
  • Marie
    January 1, 1970
    Good start to a new series. Usually with a first book in a series there's more character description however what I really liked about this one was the way the characters were introduced.Good story line and the buildup to the conclusion kept me turning the pages.All in all, a very good read.
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