Black Cat and the Secret in Dewey’s Diary: A Tale of History, Mystery, Riddles and Gold.

 by Elaine Faber

My REVIEW of this book is at the bottom of the post. Scroll down to read it.

Black Cat and the Secret in Dewey’s Diary:
A Tale of History, Mystery, Riddles, and Gold.
by Elaine Faber

About Black Cat and the Secret in Dewey’s Diary

Black Cat and the Secret in Dewey’s Diary:
A Tale of History, Mystery, Riddles and Gold.

Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Publisher: Elk Grove Publications (September 6, 2019)
Paperback: 264 pages
ISBN-10: 1940781256
ISBN-13: 978-1940781259
Digital ASIN: B07XSJQ5HF

In this dual tale of mystery, lost treasure, and riddles, while Black Cat narrates the exciting events in Fern Lake, Kimberlee discovers a cryptic clue in a diary about a hidden treasure, and heads to Austria to solve the puzzle.

When Kimberlee and Dorian arrive in Austria, they attract the attention of a stalker determined to steal the diary in hopes the clues will lead him to the treasure first. On a collision course, it is inevitable that Kimberlee and the stalker meet in Hopfgarten.

Black Cat and Angel’s lives are endangered with the arrival of Kimberlee’s grandmother in Fern Lake, and the return of a man presumed dead for twenty-five years. With both arrivals, emotional and financial difficulties loom for Kimberlee’s family. Since their return to Fern Lake, Angel seems reluctant or unable to adjust to her new home. Does she regret leaving Texas and Grandmother? And, when the opportunity arises, will she decide to leave Black Cat and Fern Lake?

About Elaine Faber

   Elaine Faber lives in Northern California with her husband and feline companions. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, California Cat Writers, and Northern California Publishers and Artists. She volunteers with the American Cancer Society Discovery Shop. She enjoys speaking at public venues, sharing highlights of her novels. Her short stories have appeared in national magazines and multiple anthologies.

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Black Cat and the Accidental Angel, Black Cat and his companion are left behind following an MVA. Taken in by a family facing personal and financial disaster, Black Cat and Angel encounter danger and a spiritual encounter.

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My REVIEW – 3.5 stars

   Black Cat and the Secret in Dewey’s Diary (a Tale of History, Mystery, Riddles and Gold) by Elaine Faber has a very intriguing title and cover picture. The Tuxedo B&W cat with the castle in the background will make you want to pick it up and read. But the book is more than the cat and the castle. I believe it ties up the loose ends about characters from previous books.

   It’s interesting that there are two stories and two plots. Now a lot of books do that today; mysteries with a present and historical past linked by characters in both, or an event that happens in the past that influences the present. Black Cat and the Secret in Dewey’s Diary is not like that, at least to my reading.

   These are two unconnected stories, linked only in that Kimberlee, the main character, is in both. The present-day story of the murder of Kimberlee’s neighbor, and the treasure hunt stemming from a diary entry of a WWII incident are not connected and could very well stand alone as novellas (or even be fleshed out into two novels).

   That said, the present-day murder mystery was a puzzle that kept me guessing, right to the surprise ending. There was an edge-of-your-seat anxiety that the very worse thing would happen!  I rooted for Kimberlee and her family. However, I didn’t like the meanness that she showed towards the murder victim. Maybe here’s where reading the previous books would have helped. In just this book, it made her a less than likable character, in my opinion.

   The WWII treasure hunt also had an intriguing and satisfying tie-up of facts.  However, it was a bit unbelievable that a wife, mother, and bookstore-owner (with a close murder unresolved) would up and fly to Austria with her police-woman friend to find the treasure mentioned in the diary.

   The best feature in the book is the Black Cat with his mate, Angel, who by the way, also had different names in previous books. (Another reason why this book really shouldn’t be a standalone, IMO.) These very personable cats don’t directly interact with the humans in speech, but can, in a variety of real feline actions and antics, let most of their ideas and warnings be known. Another fun factor with the cats is the male and female personalities which are so typical of humans of the opposite sex.

   I think I would have enjoyed this book more had it been either two books, or if I had read the previous books in the series. (The reason for the 31/2 stars.)


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3 thoughts on “Black Cat and the Secret in Dewey’s Diary: A Tale of History, Mystery, Riddles and Gold.

  1. Thanks for the chance to enter your contest! I can’t wait to read the newest Black Cat story and adventures! And Happy Valentine’s day to you!

  2. Thanks Veronica. Hope you will read one of the four Black Cat novels. In this book, I shared two stories, which I hoped to weave together into another Black Cat mystery. It was a novel-writing experiment which has pleased most readers. At $3.99 for an e-book, it is a reasonably priced way to spend 4-5 hours of Kitty-entertainment, with a European mystery thrown in for free. 🙂

  3. Pingback: Guest Post: The Formulaic Mystery Template by Elaine Faber – I Read What You Write!

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