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The Broken Bell

(Markhat #6)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  159 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Ask not for whom the wedding bells toll…

The Markhat Files, Book 6

There’s no way Markhat can turn away his newest client. Who is he to refuse the woman he loves—especially when she bribes him with breakfast?

This time it’s Darla’s friend Tamar Fields, whose fiancé vanished days before the wedding. His wealthy family insists Carris Lethway is simply away on urgent business. T
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Published December 1st 2011 by Samhain Publishing
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Milda Page Runner
Dec 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Milda by: carol.
3.5 *
I'm not sure what to think of such a fast technological progress. Other than that - it's another fast'n'fun book in the series that I thoroughly enjoyed. Lovely ending.
Mr. Matt
Jun 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Markhat is back for another adventure. Dark forces are gathering to bring Rannit down to its knees, and it's up to Markhat, Evis, Gertriss, Mama Hogg and the Corpsemaster to save the day. Of course, it's also up to Markhat to see to it that a young woman, Tamar, successfully weds her intended. It turns out he is missing and trouble follows Markhat as he tries to unravel the case.

This book has everything that the other Markhat books have to offer - great characters, amusing writing and a mystery
May 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, fantasy
Loved it. Markhat is an excellent character - he's got his flaws and he makes his mistakes but he's got his head on straight and he aims himself at his goals and gets there no matter what. With some chuckles and head shaking for the reader along the way. Good twisty mystery with a satisfying ending. And of course Mama Hog had her little part. Good stuff. I'm reading out of order on these now as I can get them so how he got to this point is a bit of a mystery to me but that is ok, it doesn't matt ...more
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, flintlock, snarky
Ahhh, the Romeo and Juliet trope with just enough changed to turn it in to a detective story and what a story Frank Tuttle weaves around a lost fiance, a business mogul, a baker, and the war!

Gertriss is permanent part of Markhat's business, he's proposed to Darla, Mamma Hog is still shaking taxidermied birds at everything, and Buttercup keeps walking through walls. It'd almost be just as satisfying if Tuttle turned this in to a comedy series with Markhat and Darla setting up house and wrote it l
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction-fantasy
A doozy of a tale. The Corpsemaster, impending war, a feud involving Mama Hog, a wedding and just maybe a blooming romance. Just another day for Markhat. I love these stories, they're fun, lighthearted - even through the horrors Markhat faces, there's always humor with a lot of sass! Another fun escape. I look forward to reading more.
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
I'm loving these. The characters are unique, interesting, and continue to develop. The threats feel very real, and the responses are satisfying. An excellent series, even more so because each book stands alone. Better, of course, to read them in sequence, but Tuttle gives you the info you need to enjoy each book on its own if you haven't.
Tony-Paul Vissage
Oct 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
From the moment I read the first line, I was hooked. What a bunch of wonderful characters Mr. Tuttle has created! Markhat is smart-mouthed, brash, a tough-guy but very likable...and the people of Rannit ? The “good guys’ are equally odd and likable , and the villains are black-hearted and thoroughly unredeemable. Mama Hog is a hoot, Darla is level-headed but lovable, and Evis is a good friend to have around, even if it is only when the sun isn’t shining too brightly. There’s even a little pooch ...more
Jul 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I love the Markhat series, Frank's fantasy-noir about a finder. The Broken Bell has it all mystery, espionage, curses, war, destruction, turmoil, death and a bit of steampunk added in!

The multiple plots are twisted, dark and intriguingly wonderful. We learn a lot more about several of the characters and Markhat himself. Lives are changed forever in this book and Rannit will never be the same.

I was very happy with the length of this book; it is a much longer more complex story than the other inst
Judy Eldawy
May 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome story

I am a new fan of Frank's. I started with his All paths of Shadows and was directed to his Markhat series. I am reminded of Glen Cook's Garret files series but as I quite enjoy them, it's not an issue. My only complaint is that Frank here has started this series with short stories instead of real novels. This would be better if they were all complied into one book. Better yet,given out free. I hate that 79 or so pages are marketed as the first and second in a series......grrr. So I
May 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really wanted to give this 5 stars, and for a long time i was determined that i would.
I've been so thrilled to find a series of this caliber, in this particular genre, that i've been rooting for it all the way.
It's enjoyable, it's fun, and detective noir-ish urban fantasy is just my thing..

However! And this is a general trend in the series - Markhat is just too much of a boyscout, never selfish, always puts the case first, have no ambitions of his own, and if he earns money he search for gri
Maria Schneider
May 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Another Markhat--Loved it!
Jan 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am just about to start this book. Very excited to have another Markhat book to read!
Love this group of characters. Great dialogue/narrative. Looking forward to many more in the series.
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