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With the help of her rescue cat, Eddie, librarian Minnie Hamilton is driving a bookmobile based in the resort town of Chilson, Michigan. But she’d better keep both hands on the wheel, because it’s going to be a bumpy ride… Eddie followed Minnie home one day, and now she can’t seem to shake the furry little shadow. But despite her efforts to contain her new pal, the tabby s With the help of her rescue cat, Eddie, librarian Minnie Hamilton is driving a bookmobile based in the resort town of Chilson, Michigan. But she’d better keep both hands on the wheel, because it’s going to be a bumpy ride… Eddie followed Minnie home one day, and now she can’t seem to shake the furry little shadow. But despite her efforts to contain her new pal, the tabby sneaks out and trails her all the way to the bookmobile on its maiden voyage. Before she knows it, her slinky stowaway becomes her cat co-pilot! Minnie and Eddie’s first day visiting readers around the county seems to pass without trouble—until Eddie darts outside at the last stop and leads her to the body of a local man who’s reached his final chapter. Initially, Minnie is ready to let the police handle this case, but Eddie seems to smell a rat. Together, they’ll work to find the killer—because a good librarian always knows when justice is overdue. FIRST IN A NEW SERIES!


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With the help of her rescue cat, Eddie, librarian Minnie Hamilton is driving a bookmobile based in the resort town of Chilson, Michigan. But she’d better keep both hands on the wheel, because it’s going to be a bumpy ride… Eddie followed Minnie home one day, and now she can’t seem to shake the furry little shadow. But despite her efforts to contain her new pal, the tabby s With the help of her rescue cat, Eddie, librarian Minnie Hamilton is driving a bookmobile based in the resort town of Chilson, Michigan. But she’d better keep both hands on the wheel, because it’s going to be a bumpy ride… Eddie followed Minnie home one day, and now she can’t seem to shake the furry little shadow. But despite her efforts to contain her new pal, the tabby sneaks out and trails her all the way to the bookmobile on its maiden voyage. Before she knows it, her slinky stowaway becomes her cat co-pilot! Minnie and Eddie’s first day visiting readers around the county seems to pass without trouble—until Eddie darts outside at the last stop and leads her to the body of a local man who’s reached his final chapter. Initially, Minnie is ready to let the police handle this case, but Eddie seems to smell a rat. Together, they’ll work to find the killer—because a good librarian always knows when justice is overdue. FIRST IN A NEW SERIES!

30 review for Lending a Paw

  1. 5 out of 5

    Meg

    A quick, easy, enjoyable read. The detectives were a tad condescending for my taste, and the mc's solo outing wasn't the smartest, otherwise I felt that this was a good one. Strong mc with a great best friend plus the wonderful Eddie, adopted stray cat.

  2. 4 out of 5

    ☣Lynn☣

    I need to read more cozy mysteries. I forgot how much fun they are! This one was especially cute because of Eddie, Minnie's cat. I loved their relationship and I loved that Minnie drove a bookmobile. If I had lots of $$ to spare I'd purchase one and drive it all around. :) I don't know when I'll get to the rest of the books though. Probably when there's more than 5 books published in the series. If you love mysteries where you aren't sure who dun it by the end, cats, and books this is the book f I need to read more cozy mysteries. I forgot how much fun they are! This one was especially cute because of Eddie, Minnie's cat. I loved their relationship and I loved that Minnie drove a bookmobile. If I had lots of $$ to spare I'd purchase one and drive it all around. :) I don't know when I'll get to the rest of the books though. Probably when there's more than 5 books published in the series. If you love mysteries where you aren't sure who dun it by the end, cats, and books this is the book for you.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    A light read. Involved a librarian and a bookmobile, so kind of in my wheelhouse. But. Was this really a mystery? Someone was killed early on, but there was not a lot of sleuthing. The plot moved at a pretty slow pace. Mostly the main character just walks around town and works, worries, and talks to her cat like he's a real person. It is not entertaining to hear other people's conversations with their cat. Or, every time, to hear them rationalize talking to their cat. Basically, this felt as repet A light read. Involved a librarian and a bookmobile, so kind of in my wheelhouse. But. Was this really a mystery? Someone was killed early on, but there was not a lot of sleuthing. The plot moved at a pretty slow pace. Mostly the main character just walks around town and works, worries, and talks to her cat like he's a real person. It is not entertaining to hear other people's conversations with their cat. Or, every time, to hear them rationalize talking to their cat. Basically, this felt as repetitious as my own life, and I like my fiction to be more edited and streamlined than that.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kim Galla

    I enjoyed this first-in-series read. I liked Minnie, her personality, her snarky sense of humor with people and, her cat. Of course. I can't wrap my brain around having three thousand books in a 31-foot vehicle (bookmobile). But, I'll go along with it. What do I know? ;) -

  5. 4 out of 5

    LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL

    Eddie, a fabulous furry feline, has absolutely stolen my heart and tugged Minnie right in there too! He isn’t magical and doesn’t have any special powers. He just has a delightful “MWR”, snores to beat the band and is just so sneaky. Plus his person, Minnie, talks to him just like all of us pet lovers do. They do understand us you know!! Bookstores have cats so why shouldn’t bookmobiles? What a “purrfect” setting! Laurie Cass has not only introduced us to the life of a bookmobile librarian but cr Eddie, a fabulous furry feline, has absolutely stolen my heart and tugged Minnie right in there too! He isn’t magical and doesn’t have any special powers. He just has a delightful “MWR”, snores to beat the band and is just so sneaky. Plus his person, Minnie, talks to him just like all of us pet lovers do. They do understand us you know!! Bookstores have cats so why shouldn’t bookmobiles? What a “purrfect” setting! Laurie Cass has not only introduced us to the life of a bookmobile librarian but crafted a very interesting whodunit. It is really hard to do this in the first book of a series because there is so much foundation that needs to laid out for the reader to become invested in the characters. She has done this wonderfully. The victim himself was a very interesting character. Minnie saw one side of the man while others saw a completely different side which leads to plenty of suspects. Minnie lives part of the year on a houseboat which sounds like a lot of fun. During the winter she lives with her aunt in her huge house. When tourists season starts Aunt Frances rents out rooms. This also brings some colorful characters to the story. Her boss at the library is another character I want to see evolve. This is a great debut for this series. I am already looking forward to snuggling up and getting cozy with Eddie… oh and Minnie too!

  6. 5 out of 5

    FangirlNation

    Minnie Hamilton, assistant director of the library at Chilson, Michigan, has spent much time and effort in getting a bookmobile for her library and finally succeeds after getting a donation by the 70-something, uber-rich Stan Laraby in Lending a Paw by Laurie Cass. On her first day taking the bookmobile out, Minnie’s rescue cat, Eddie, stows away with her and sneaks onto the vehicle, to the delight of the children who come to check out some books. But at Minnie’s last stop, Eddie runs out of the Minnie Hamilton, assistant director of the library at Chilson, Michigan, has spent much time and effort in getting a bookmobile for her library and finally succeeds after getting a donation by the 70-something, uber-rich Stan Laraby in Lending a Paw by Laurie Cass. On her first day taking the bookmobile out, Minnie’s rescue cat, Eddie, stows away with her and sneaks onto the vehicle, to the delight of the children who come to check out some books. But at Minnie’s last stop, Eddie runs out of the bookmobile, and when Minnie chases him, she finds him by an old, derelict house, sitting next to the murdered body of Stan Laraby. Read the rest of this review and other fun, geeky articles at Fangirl Nation

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tari

    I'm so glad I finally started this series that I've heard so much about. I've fallen head over heels for Eddie the bookmobile cat. He definitely has a way with people, and his intuition came in handy a few times for his human, Minnie Hamilton. Minnie is an awesome and interesting character. She lives on a houseboat and drives a bookmobile three days a week. Eddie stowed away the first time, and the people at the book stops loved him so much, Minnie couldn't disappoint them by leaving him behind I'm so glad I finally started this series that I've heard so much about. I've fallen head over heels for Eddie the bookmobile cat. He definitely has a way with people, and his intuition came in handy a few times for his human, Minnie Hamilton. Minnie is an awesome and interesting character. She lives on a houseboat and drives a bookmobile three days a week. Eddie stowed away the first time, and the people at the book stops loved him so much, Minnie couldn't disappoint them by leaving him behind the next time. When the murder of the library's most generous donor rocked the community, Minnie felt she needed to bring closure to this, because even though Stan was known in the town as a miser, he was always nice and generous to the library and had purchased the bookmobile for them. There were plenty of suspects, and I had no idea who was the killer until the clues started falling into place, and Minnie had a good idea of who it was too. There wasn't really a showdown, just an escape from an old musty barn, but Minnie lived to tell the story and was thanked for her tip she'd given the police. Even though Stan's money that he wanted to leave to the library would be tied up indefinitely, a couple of new donors came through. I would never have thought either of these people would donate from how they were at first. It'll be interesting to know what kind of adventure Minnie and Eddie get into next--and if her boss ever finds out about Eddie!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kav

    Squeal! I'm addlepated, twitterpated and cat-e-pated over Eddie, a charming feline that transforms this cozy into the realm of the sublime. The exchanges between Minnie and Eddie are full of wry humour and catisms. Seriously, this author speaks 'cat'. She has all the behaviours down pat -- from the tail swishing to the disdainful glare to the "I'll purr you into submission, hooman!" These cozies are going to turn me into a cat lady yet! :-) I'm enamoured over the bookmobile angle -- especially si Squeal! I'm addlepated, twitterpated and cat-e-pated over Eddie, a charming feline that transforms this cozy into the realm of the sublime. The exchanges between Minnie and Eddie are full of wry humour and catisms. Seriously, this author speaks 'cat'. She has all the behaviours down pat -- from the tail swishing to the disdainful glare to the "I'll purr you into submission, hooman!" These cozies are going to turn me into a cat lady yet! :-) I'm enamoured over the bookmobile angle -- especially since it has a resident cat! Lots of scope for the imagination when it comes to Minnie and Eddie meeting up with quirky and nefarious secondary characters. Including a pair of detectives who aren't keen on Minnie's amateur sleuthing. Plus, Minnie lives on a houseboat! And the whole librarian gig has me in a bibliophile swoon! A solid mystery with plenty of suspects kept me guessing right to the end. There's even the sweet stirrings of a romance on the horizon. A cozy doesn't get much better than this! I listened to the audible edition and Erin Bennett delivers a captivating performance -- she gets Eddie's lines just right. :-) In fact I am so over-the-moon in love with this series that I immediately downloaded the second book and am about to move onto the third. I think I'll be speed listening to the rest of the series...and grinning the whole way through.

  9. 5 out of 5

    nidah05 (SleepDreamWrite)

    Since I've been reading a lot of cozy mysteries lately, especially the book themed kind like Raven's Murder, A Killer Read, The Vanishing Thief, that come to mind. I wonder what the heroine will be like? Will they be a little different or similar to the rest? With the Bookmobile lady, Minerva "Minnie" Hamilton, she's different. And I'm happy about that. I liked her determination in getting the whole Bookmobile started. She kept at it even though her boss thought otherwise. That is she finds a ne Since I've been reading a lot of cozy mysteries lately, especially the book themed kind like Raven's Murder, A Killer Read, The Vanishing Thief, that come to mind. I wonder what the heroine will be like? Will they be a little different or similar to the rest? With the Bookmobile lady, Minerva "Minnie" Hamilton, she's different. And I'm happy about that. I liked her determination in getting the whole Bookmobile started. She kept at it even though her boss thought otherwise. That is she finds a new friend and new addition to the Bookmobile, in a stray cat she names Eddie. And from there, Minnie finds herself in some interesting situations. In a murder sort of way. Anyway, this was fun. Sad at times but fun as Minnie investigates. What I liked not only the MC but that she actually tells the cops what she's learned so far. With other MC's they either wait till the end of the book or something. Then there's her BFF Kristen who owns a restaurant the Three Seasons. Love their friendship. Along with Minnie's friends. So basically, this was a good start, with an adorable cover and moments with Eddie and Minnie. Looking forward to where Minnie will go next on her Bookmobile adventures.

  10. 4 out of 5

    R.B.

    This book has been in my to-read list longer than I can remember, and the reason I picked it up now was that I had an uninteresting read and wanted a change before continuing it. It was a coincidence, I could have picked another book, but when I started I couldn't put it down. Minnie the librarian and her cat Eddie, a very average cat (for the most part) but so well described, are lovely and funny characters. The rest of the cast was a little harder to get into, and the author also took longer to This book has been in my to-read list longer than I can remember, and the reason I picked it up now was that I had an uninteresting read and wanted a change before continuing it. It was a coincidence, I could have picked another book, but when I started I couldn't put it down. Minnie the librarian and her cat Eddie, a very average cat (for the most part) but so well described, are lovely and funny characters. The rest of the cast was a little harder to get into, and the author also took longer to describe them, but they were still relevant and of course the protagonist gets more space. The mystery part wasn't so bad, I just thought the clues were a bit weak. (view spoiler)[Also, why would he shoot at her? That seem very stupid and unnecessary. (hide spoiler)]

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mom2triplets04

    Listened to this book on audio. My favorite character was Eddie. He is the cat in the story. The main character is a woman who rides around in a book mobile and she is constantly talking to Eddie. Eddie purrs and meows throughout the audio. One day they stumble across a dead body. So they are trying to find out who was involved in the murder. It was an enjoyable audio book. Hope my library has the next book to this story.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Christine (KizzieReads)

    I thought it was really good. I loved Eddie the cat. Eddie followed Minnie home one day and stayed. He is very pushy when it comes to what he wants. Very vocal as well. Minnie starts a bookmobile service from her library to the outlying counties in Michigan. Her boss doesn't like it, but can't do anything as the library got a huge donation in order to get it started. On the maiden voyage of the bookmobile, Eddie decides to be a stowaway and on their last stop, gets out of the bookmobile and take I thought it was really good. I loved Eddie the cat. Eddie followed Minnie home one day and stayed. He is very pushy when it comes to what he wants. Very vocal as well. Minnie starts a bookmobile service from her library to the outlying counties in Michigan. Her boss doesn't like it, but can't do anything as the library got a huge donation in order to get it started. On the maiden voyage of the bookmobile, Eddie decides to be a stowaway and on their last stop, gets out of the bookmobile and takes off. He runs to an abandoned farmhouse, Minnie chases him and stumbles upon the benefactor of the donation dead with a gunshot would to his heart. Now, she needs to find out what happened to him, and why everyone hates him. It was great to see some book references as well as locale references. Even though Minnie's town is fictional, the area is not and living close by, I recognized and been to a few of those places. I can't wait to dig into the rest of this series. What's not to like about cats and books?? :D

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ronna

    I read lots of cozy mysteries because they are one of my very favorite genres. So first of all I want to say--best use of a pet (cat) as a character ever!!!! Eddie was a stray cat who attached himself to librarian, Minnie Hamilton. Minnie did not choose him, he literally refused to go away, but Eddie soon won Minnie's heart with his very communicative "Mrr". The communication and relationship between these two is very realistic which any cat lover will see immediately when they read this book. M I read lots of cozy mysteries because they are one of my very favorite genres. So first of all I want to say--best use of a pet (cat) as a character ever!!!! Eddie was a stray cat who attached himself to librarian, Minnie Hamilton. Minnie did not choose him, he literally refused to go away, but Eddie soon won Minnie's heart with his very communicative "Mrr". The communication and relationship between these two is very realistic which any cat lover will see immediately when they read this book. Minnie has convinced her reluctant supervisor that their small tourist town of Chilson, Michigan needs a bookmobile for places where libraries have had to close down. Fortunately, a rich benefactor donated a huge check to cover all the costs for this project. On it's maiden voyage, Eddie snuck aboard and then ran off at a neglected farmhouse just to discover a dead body. Now Minnie finds herself deep--too deep--into a murder investigation. Eddie is definitely the leading character in this mystery. All his cat like characteristics come into play, including some small and some elderly patrons' demands for his attention. Minnie talks to Eddie while thinking through her questions and plans, and Eddie very meaningfully "mrrrrs" back, helping her through her thoughts. A terrific human and animal relationship that added so much to this mystery, while driving for solutions to an interesting mystery. Definitely a winner for me and I'm anxious to read the next in this, hopefully, long running series!!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl Landmark

    This was a fun, light-hearted cozy mystery, which had the added bonus of an animal character that had a lot of face-time in the story. While I much prefer the engaging, loveable charm of dogs instead of the aloof, if-I-feel-like-it-I'll-let-you-pet-me nature of cats, Eddie the bookmobile cat was a very sweet, enchanting feline who captured my heart as much as he did Minnie's. The idea of the bookmobile was great and Minnie met a lot of interesting people while operating it. I really liked the oth This was a fun, light-hearted cozy mystery, which had the added bonus of an animal character that had a lot of face-time in the story. While I much prefer the engaging, loveable charm of dogs instead of the aloof, if-I-feel-like-it-I'll-let-you-pet-me nature of cats, Eddie the bookmobile cat was a very sweet, enchanting feline who captured my heart as much as he did Minnie's. The idea of the bookmobile was great and Minnie met a lot of interesting people while operating it. I really liked the other characters that Minnie interacted with as well (well, maybe not Stephen so much--he was such an annoying, stuffed shirt, negative kind of guy!). Kristen, Minnie's best friend and restaurateur, was a particularly likeable woman, and I enjoyed the banter and camaraderie between her and Minnie. Some reviewers found Minnie's constant conversations with Eddie to be annoying, but my response was the exact opposite. I thought they were what made the book so much fun and entertaining. And, since I do the same with my dog, I didn't find it strange at all! :) While Minnie seemed like a pretty intelligent, sensible person most of the time, there was a point in the book where she did make a rather dumb decision that, of course, put her life in danger. And, the conclusion of the mystery was a little unsatisfactory because there hadn't been a lot of lead-up to the eventual reveal of the culprit and his or her motive. All in all, though, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will definitely continue on with Minnie's and Eddie's adventures on the bookmobile.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Randee

    I am on a feline, mystery, cozy kick. This is the fourth series I've tried. Unlike the previous three (Sofie Kelly's 'Magical Cats Mysteries,' 'Sofie Ryan's Second Chance Cat Mysteries' and Janet Cantrell's 'Fat Cat Mysteries') no part of this series is told from the cat's viewpoint. The cat in this series, Eddie, is the companion to a librarian in Michigan, a librarian who takes a Bookmobile out several times a week to allow people in outer counties to have library service. She and Eddie live o I am on a feline, mystery, cozy kick. This is the fourth series I've tried. Unlike the previous three (Sofie Kelly's 'Magical Cats Mysteries,' 'Sofie Ryan's Second Chance Cat Mysteries' and Janet Cantrell's 'Fat Cat Mysteries') no part of this series is told from the cat's viewpoint. The cat in this series, Eddie, is the companion to a librarian in Michigan, a librarian who takes a Bookmobile out several times a week to allow people in outer counties to have library service. She and Eddie live on a houseboat and she talks to him constantly which allows the reader to know what is on her mind. I still think that Sofie Kelly/Ryan (they are the same person that writes the two different series) is the one to beat so far in my reading on this type of cozy. That said, I liked this very much and will continue reading the series. Cats and books are an awesome combination and I suspect the book would have to be written in crayon for me to truly dislike it.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Erin L

    I listened to this on audiobook. Great first book in a cozy series. Eddie made me miss my own cats, and I loved him as a pet character. Minnie is a great main character, and I love the bookmobile concept - something that seems to have disappeared, at least in my area. As Minnie tries to continually justify the existence of the bookmobile, Eddie is digging up trouble and winning over all of the library patrons as he stows away on the bookmobile's maiden voyage. After which, Minnie can't leave him I listened to this on audiobook. Great first book in a cozy series. Eddie made me miss my own cats, and I loved him as a pet character. Minnie is a great main character, and I love the bookmobile concept - something that seems to have disappeared, at least in my area. As Minnie tries to continually justify the existence of the bookmobile, Eddie is digging up trouble and winning over all of the library patrons as he stows away on the bookmobile's maiden voyage. After which, Minnie can't leave him off the bookmobile, but if her boss finds out, he may just use that as a reason to cancel the program. Then she finds the major donor to the bookmobile project dead and suddenly she has a murder to investigate and the mayhem begins. Eddie participates in solving the mystery more than I expected and it was a delight.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Shelley Giusti

    This was such a great read! Eddie is adorable and Minnie you will love instantly

  18. 4 out of 5

    Trish

    Just my cup of tea - books, cats and characters I'd like to see more of.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Gaele

    AudioBook Review: Stars: Overall 3 Narration 4 Story 3 New to me author and series that starts a bit slowly, as we have to establish place, people and the initial obstacles that help to build the story. Minnie Hamiliton is convinced that their small town would benefit from a bookmobile to reach patrons lost to the multiple library closures in the area around their small Michigan town. Her bosses aren’t so sure: but Minnie is determined to find the funding, perhaps securing her own position as th AudioBook Review: Stars: Overall 3 Narration 4 Story 3 New to me author and series that starts a bit slowly, as we have to establish place, people and the initial obstacles that help to build the story. Minnie Hamiliton is convinced that their small town would benefit from a bookmobile to reach patrons lost to the multiple library closures in the area around their small Michigan town. Her bosses aren’t so sure: but Minnie is determined to find the funding, perhaps securing her own position as the ‘librarian behind the wheel’. When a local man donates the funds, Minnie has her dream – and the bookmobile is born. Carefully choosing volumes, routes, routines and plans, she’s being shadowed. Shadowed by a very determined and unshakable little cat – turning up at each stop, sneaking aboard and letting her know, in no uncertain terms, that she has been rescued by his presence. She’s got to keep his presence a secret though – the bookmobile wasn’t a favored idea among her bosses, and adding a cat to the mix could just end the program entirely. But soon, there are more things to worry about: first, the cat needs a name – and Eddie seems to be the one he responds to best. But, Eddie soon wanders off from one of the regular stops, only to lead Minnie to a body – a body that just happens to be the person responsible for the funds that made the bookmobile possible. Of course, she’s drawn to investigate the murder, and while she’s looking, the man she knew turns out to be far different – with large numbers of potential suspects. Minnie is a thinker, although not always completely logical – so while she does expend much energy discussing her ideas and questions with Eddie (who hasn’t done this with a pet?) she’s also not particularly quick at recognizing danger for herself, or putting all the pieces together. And, if Eddie could talk, I’m sure much of the meandering paths that Minnie heads down would have been limited, even with the apparent dismissal, or perhaps condescending attitudes of the detectives. Still, the obstacles seem to fuel her desire to continue on, all while spreading access to books, recommendations and conversations with patrons. Narration for this story is provided by Erin Bennett, a solid performance that presented Minnie solidly in the story – a pleasant tone, appropriate adjustments for questions, self-doubts, history recounts, you name it. In addition, she manages to present Eddie’s “Mmmrrr” responses as well - each given a tone and pitch that seemed to ‘fit’ with Minnie’s question or statement. Other characters had similar distinct moments, easy to distinguish as they appeared. Where I did find that some over-working of adjectives and descriptions to be tiresome, and a seeming repeat of the ‘grin’ that everyone seems to wear – I still found the story interesting and engaging, and the lovely inset of family, friends and a very personable cat added to the overall enjoyment. A lovely start to a new series, with a clever reveal in the end. I received an AudioBook copy of the title from Tantor Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. Review first appeared at I am, Indeed

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    I LOVE THIS BOOK. Well I could not be more clear! I absolutely loved it, the mystery, I had no idea who done it until Minnie got that crucial piece of information. The murder was well written, not too gruesome and not expected that it was this person. I also loved the idea of a bookmobile and well, Eddie the cat..... He's amazing! I have a Joep and a Frits, but I would also love an Eddie. Also the interaction with Minnie and Eddie is wonderful to read, and I really like it that Eddie is a Bookmobi I LOVE THIS BOOK. Well I could not be more clear! I absolutely loved it, the mystery, I had no idea who done it until Minnie got that crucial piece of information. The murder was well written, not too gruesome and not expected that it was this person. I also loved the idea of a bookmobile and well, Eddie the cat..... He's amazing! I have a Joep and a Frits, but I would also love an Eddie. Also the interaction with Minnie and Eddie is wonderful to read, and I really like it that Eddie is a Bookmobile Cat and he loves to tag along. Well written, not too difficult to follow or too many characters. I would highly recommend this one and I can't wait to read the next one.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    I don't generally like animal mysteries (there must be a genre name for these that I'm avoiding too) but this was a tolerable beginning to a series. Our heroine is a bookmobile librarian, living in a tourist town with plenty of colorful characters to expect in future volumes, a not-too-unbelievable romantic interest, and a fair-enough representation of library work in a small town. The supernatural cat can't talk so I dodged a bullet there. Not dying for a second read but not annoyed at the time I don't generally like animal mysteries (there must be a genre name for these that I'm avoiding too) but this was a tolerable beginning to a series. Our heroine is a bookmobile librarian, living in a tourist town with plenty of colorful characters to expect in future volumes, a not-too-unbelievable romantic interest, and a fair-enough representation of library work in a small town. The supernatural cat can't talk so I dodged a bullet there. Not dying for a second read but not annoyed at the time I spent reading this one.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Pamela

    Great start to a new series for me. Although I liked the idea of a cozy about a bookmobile, the whole package was very entertaining: characters, starring role for a pet, and mystery that kept me guessing. I will continue on with this series, and look forward to it!!

  23. 5 out of 5

    ♡AbbyBooks♡

    This book got me hook. The mystery the books. The library. The small town . The people it was such a good start to a series hehe

  24. 4 out of 5

    Connie N.

    #1 in the Bookmobile Cat cozy mystery series What a cute book! This is a new-to-me author, and I really enjoyed her writing style--light, optimistic, and mentioning specific books, authors, plot lines, etc. now and then (Minnie is a librarian after all.) Minnie finds the dead body of the benefactor of her pet project--the bookmobile. When the detectives don't seem to be paying attention to her "help," she takes things on herself and starts investigating. She took a few too many chances, but mostl #1 in the Bookmobile Cat cozy mystery series What a cute book! This is a new-to-me author, and I really enjoyed her writing style--light, optimistic, and mentioning specific books, authors, plot lines, etc. now and then (Minnie is a librarian after all.) Minnie finds the dead body of the benefactor of her pet project--the bookmobile. When the detectives don't seem to be paying attention to her "help," she takes things on herself and starts investigating. She took a few too many chances, but mostly she was fairly intelligent about her deductions and spent most of her time asking questions rather than taking risks. I loved that she chatted with Eddie the cat as though he were her roommate or something. It was a great method to share her thoughts with the reader as she mused aloud about her investigation. She is a charming person, and the book had a very upbeat feel about it, which left me with a warm and positive feeling. Secondary characters of best friend Kristen, neighbor Louisa, and boss Stephen (not to mention Eddie the cat) added interest and depth to the story. Very fun, and I'm happy to have discovered a new series.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne

    On her way home one day, Minnie Hamilton is followed by a stray cat. She tries to shoo him away, but he’s not having it. He has chosen Minnie as his new human. Minnie isn’t about to argue with a cat. She names him Eddie, but she doesn’t realize what an important role a cat can play in a person’s life. As Assistant Director of the Chilson Library in Michigan, Minnie is determined to institute a new program. Despite the library’s financial difficulties, she fights to have a bookmobile. A wealthy be On her way home one day, Minnie Hamilton is followed by a stray cat. She tries to shoo him away, but he’s not having it. He has chosen Minnie as his new human. Minnie isn’t about to argue with a cat. She names him Eddie, but she doesn’t realize what an important role a cat can play in a person’s life. As Assistant Director of the Chilson Library in Michigan, Minnie is determined to institute a new program. Despite the library’s financial difficulties, she fights to have a bookmobile. A wealthy benefactor is willing to fund it and Minnie’s boss gives in. She excitedly takes it on its first run. Eddie manages to sneak on board, too. He fast makes friends at each stop the bookmobile makes, but Minnie is determined to leave him home next time as she’s afraid her boss won’t like a cat in the new bookmobile. On their first trip, Eddie races off to a barn and discovers a dead body. Minnie is horrified to learn he had been murdered, but even more so when she realizes she knows the victim – her benefactor. Several people close to Minnie become the prime suspect in the murder. She decides to help the police in their investigation, not that they ask for her help but their investigation is moving way too slowly for her liking. When her own life is in danger, she realizes she may have been better off staying at home. What a fun mystery! It combines two of my favorite things – cats and books. Eddie doesn’t talk and he doesn’t have any kind of magical powers, but he’s very smart and helps Minnie sort out the murder in his own way. He’s featured throughout the book and was as much a main character as Minnie. This is the first book in “A Bookmobile Cat Mystery” series and I’m so looking forward to the next one. The characters blended well and gave the reader a good feel for a small town. It’s fast-paced and the mystery kept me guessing until the end of the book. FTC Disclosure: The publisher provided me with a copy of this book to review. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    Before I begin this review, let me state a few things: First, I drive the bookmobile for my library. Second, I have several cats (although they are all outside, praise the heavens above). So this would be the perfect book for me, right? Haha, no. I picked it up because as the bookmobile librarian, I just had to read it, but I really dislike cozy mysteries. Like SUPER dislike. It drives me nuts that anybody feels they could do a better job than the cops to find a murderer. The main character, Min Before I begin this review, let me state a few things: First, I drive the bookmobile for my library. Second, I have several cats (although they are all outside, praise the heavens above). So this would be the perfect book for me, right? Haha, no. I picked it up because as the bookmobile librarian, I just had to read it, but I really dislike cozy mysteries. Like SUPER dislike. It drives me nuts that anybody feels they could do a better job than the cops to find a murderer. The main character, Minnie, thought that near the beginning of the book, but then she decided to go stick her nose into the investigation anyway. (view spoiler)[I was actually glad that the cops figured it out in the end. (hide spoiler)] Plus, Minnie talked to her cat WAAAAAAAAAAAY too much. I felt like the ending was very non-climatic. It was just like "Oh, and I've reached a certain amount of pages, and I'll just end it." I know a lot of my prejudice comes from my dislike of cozies, but still, as a mystery book, the ending was very unsatisfying. I won't be reading the rest of the series, mainly because I also can't see how an average person keeps coming across murders. I mean, I'm 31 and have seen ZERO murdered people, but some of the characters in these books have run into 20+. It makes no sense.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Laura Lee

    This is a five star cozy. Minnie is a librarian who is adopted by a great cat, whom she names Eddie. Eddie cannot talk and is not telepathically sending his thoughts to his owner. He's just a regular smart, intuitive cat who knows what's best for his owner! Also, he's cute and he knows it. Minnie drives the book mobile and people look forward to getting books as well as visiting time with Eddie. First in a series. Fun, quick read and my next Eddie is in the mail. Can't wait to read it.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Kay

    ★★★★½ I loved this book; enjoyed every word. I especially loved Eddie, a silver tabby that adopts Minnie. I liked the way Minnie went about solving the mystery - with the help of Eddie. Both are enjoyable, delightful characters. I loved the small town life, the idea of a bookmobile, and how it plays into the storyline.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Good cozy mystery. 09/23/2017: Read again after I read the 6th book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Candace Davidson

    This is the first time I have read this author. I really enjoyed the book! Looking forward to reading the next in the series.

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