Publication Date: 03/03/2015
Publisher: Penguin Group
Imprint: Obsidian Mystery
Genre: Cozy Mystery
(Received for an honest review from Obsidian Mystery)
Purchase: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Indiebound, itunes
Laurie Cass on the WEB: website, facebook, goodreads
Books in the series:
Bookmobile Cat Mystery
1. Lending a Paw
2. Tailing a Tabby
3. Borrowed Crime
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Excerpt from Borrowed Crime, courtesy of Amazon's Look Inside feature
Librarian Minnie Hamilton spreads the joy of reading throughout Chilson, Michigan, with her bookmobile, but she doesn’t ride alone. Her rescue cat, Eddie, and a group of volunteers are always on board to deliver cheer—until one of her helpers gets checked out for good...
When Minnie loses a grant that was supposed to keep the bookmobile running, she’s worried her pet project could come to its final page. But she’s determined to keep her patrons—and Eddie’s fans—happy and well read. She just needs her boss, Stephen to see things her way, and make sure he doesn’t see Eddie. The library director doesn’t exactly know about the bookmobile’s furry co-pilot.
But when a volunteer dies on the bookmobile’s route, Minnie finds her traveling library in an even more precarious position. Although the death was originally ruled a hunting accident, a growing stack of clues is pointing towards murder. It’s up to Minnie and Eddie to find the killer, and fast—before the best chapter of her life comes to a messy close…
Readers looking for a great series featuring not only cats, but books, will love the Bookmobile Cat Mystery series. Laurie Cass brings readers the latest book in the series, Borrowed Crime. The fate of the bookmobile is in danger and there's murder afoot. Minnie and her cat Eddie must figure out who the killer is and how to keep the bookmobile going. This is a great new addition to the series. Cass gives readers an eclectic mix of characters and an interesting set of problems in this small town mystery!
This series has some of my favorite things in it. I loved the idea of the series featuring a library and bookmobile. As a child the bookmobile was a special treat for me. I became an avid reader at an early age and the library is one of my favorite places in the world, so the setting for this one was perfect for me. Books, books and more books. For someone who loves the written word this would make a great series.
I am not a cat person, yes I said it. I like dogs. However, in cozy mystery writing more times than not the primary pet that ends up in the series is a cat. And to be honest there are some really good ones. Eddie, in the Bookmobile Cat Mystery series is an interesting cat. I like the fact that Minnie considers him like she would a child. She talks to him and makes him a part of everything she does, but if her boss found out that would probably be the end of the bookmobile. I liked the fact that the fate of the bookmobile gave readers a secondary focus, besides the mystery in this one as well.
The mystery was top notch in this one. Roger, takes his wife's place as a volunteer on the bookmobile, and then he ends up dead. Shot in an apparent hunting accident. When it turns out that it isn't an accident at all, Minnie and Eddie are on the trail of a killer. I thought Cass was very thoughtful with how she presented the clues. It was easy to follow the trail right along with the heroine and that is nice, sometimes they just get too complicated. Cass proves that simple is sometimes best here.
This is a great book and a great series. I like the interactions between the characters and the secondary focus of the bookmobile and the library. There is a lot to love here and if you are cat person, it's right up your alley. Give this one a try, you'll be glad you did!
Borrowed Crime is available NOW from your favorite bookseller.
I'm giving this one 5 out of 5 apples from my book bag!
About the Author:
Laurie Cass, the national bestselling author of Lending a Paw and Tailing a Tabby, lives on a lake in northern Michigan with her husband and two cats. At the moment, she is busy working on the next Bookmobile Cat Mystery and even busier picking Eddie hair off her clothes.
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