Fool's Moon

Fool's Moon

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 worrie...

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Title:Fool's Moon
Author:Diane A.S. Stuckart
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Fool's Moon Reviews

  • Betty

    Shades of Joe Grey and Mrs. Murphy but entirely different with a

    viewpoints 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 a

    viewpoints 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.

  • Kirsti

    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.

  • Caitlyn Lynch

    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.

  • Neil Plakcy

    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.

  • Carrie

    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.

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  • Linda

    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.

  • Sue Em

    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.

  • Lesa

    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.

  • Patty

    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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