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In the bookmobile, librarian Minnie Hamilton and her rescue cat, Eddie, roll out great summer reads to folks all over the lake town of Chilson, Michigan. And when real-life drama turns deadly, Minnie makes sure justice is never overdue.   The bookmobile is making its usual rounds when Minnie and Eddie are flagged down by a woman in distress. The woman’s husband, a famous a In the bookmobile, librarian Minnie Hamilton and her rescue cat, Eddie, roll out great summer reads to folks all over the lake town of Chilson, Michigan. And when real-life drama turns deadly, Minnie makes sure justice is never overdue.   The bookmobile is making its usual rounds when Minnie and Eddie are flagged down by a woman in distress. The woman’s husband, a famous artist, needs emergency medical care. After getting him into the bookmobile, Minnie races the man to the hospital in time…but his bad luck has only just begun. After disappearing from the hospital, the artist is discovered slumped over the body of a murdered woman. Minnie knows that her new friend didn’t commit the crime, but the evidence paints an unflattering picture. Now this librarian and her furry friend have to put the investigation in high gear and catch the real killer before someone else checks out.


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In the bookmobile, librarian Minnie Hamilton and her rescue cat, Eddie, roll out great summer reads to folks all over the lake town of Chilson, Michigan. And when real-life drama turns deadly, Minnie makes sure justice is never overdue.   The bookmobile is making its usual rounds when Minnie and Eddie are flagged down by a woman in distress. The woman’s husband, a famous a In the bookmobile, librarian Minnie Hamilton and her rescue cat, Eddie, roll out great summer reads to folks all over the lake town of Chilson, Michigan. And when real-life drama turns deadly, Minnie makes sure justice is never overdue.   The bookmobile is making its usual rounds when Minnie and Eddie are flagged down by a woman in distress. The woman’s husband, a famous artist, needs emergency medical care. After getting him into the bookmobile, Minnie races the man to the hospital in time…but his bad luck has only just begun. After disappearing from the hospital, the artist is discovered slumped over the body of a murdered woman. Minnie knows that her new friend didn’t commit the crime, but the evidence paints an unflattering picture. Now this librarian and her furry friend have to put the investigation in high gear and catch the real killer before someone else checks out.

30 review for Tailing a Tabby

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chatting About

    Love the cat Eddie! The pacing is steady and the mystery kept me guessing. Great cozy mystery. I recommend this series.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Patti

    This is the second in a cozy Bookmobile mystery series. I read it for March Mystery Madness on YouTube, a month of themed challenges surrounding, you guessed it, mysteries! A sweet local librarian, Minnie, travels around Chilson, Michigan in a bookmobile with her gray Tabby companion, Eddie. They encounter an abnormally high amount of murders for such a quaint town, with some literally crossing their path. These are cute and fluffy, even if incredibly unrealistic. Minnie's amateur sleuthing te This is the second in a cozy Bookmobile mystery series. I read it for March Mystery Madness on YouTube, a month of themed challenges surrounding, you guessed it, mysteries! A sweet local librarian, Minnie, travels around Chilson, Michigan in a bookmobile with her gray Tabby companion, Eddie. They encounter an abnormally high amount of murders for such a quaint town, with some literally crossing their path. These are cute and fluffy, even if incredibly unrealistic. Minnie's amateur sleuthing techniques would never work in real life, and were often laughable. Casual interrogations often have the suspect asking outright: "Do you think it's possible I had something to do with the murder?" Not exactly discreet. If you don't analyze these types of stories too deeply and just let them take you on a syrupy journey, you will enjoy them for the candy they are. If you are looking for more realistic relationships and mysteries, this is not going to be your jam! I recommend for cat lovers who want a little book hug every now and then between heavier subjects.

  3. 5 out of 5

    JoAn

    It's been some time since I had read the first book in this series but it didn't take me long to feel comfortable back at the Chilson Public Library with Minnie and Eddie. This was an enjoyable cozy mystery with enough twists to keep guessing and turning the pages.

  4. 5 out of 5

    nidah05 (SleepDreamWrite)

    I forgot how fun these cozy mysteries are. And the covers are adorable. Really enjoyed reading the sequel. I liked the first one but also the second one as well. I think this is my new favorite series right now. I probably said it in the last one but it needs repeating. Pretty good read. Looking forward to the next book in the series and that Minnie stays likeable because you really like her and her determination and that she really does care about the bookmobile, her friends, family, the people I forgot how fun these cozy mysteries are. And the covers are adorable. Really enjoyed reading the sequel. I liked the first one but also the second one as well. I think this is my new favorite series right now. I probably said it in the last one but it needs repeating. Pretty good read. Looking forward to the next book in the series and that Minnie stays likeable because you really like her and her determination and that she really does care about the bookmobile, her friends, family, the people who visit the bookmobile and of course adorable cat Eddie.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Meg

    Great second installment to series.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    Minnie and Eddie are cruising the back roads in the bookmobile when they suddenly spot a woman frantically waving to them on the side of the road. The lady is in need of desperate assistance getting her husband to the hospital since he is suffering from a stroke. Minnie jumps into action and soon realizes that she has helped save the life of Russell McCade, a very famous local artist. The mystery begins when 'Cade' leaves the hospital after receiving a suspicious phone call and is later found ov Minnie and Eddie are cruising the back roads in the bookmobile when they suddenly spot a woman frantically waving to them on the side of the road. The lady is in need of desperate assistance getting her husband to the hospital since he is suffering from a stroke. Minnie jumps into action and soon realizes that she has helped save the life of Russell McCade, a very famous local artist. The mystery begins when 'Cade' leaves the hospital after receiving a suspicious phone call and is later found over a dead body. Minnie knows that she just met this man, but she honestly believes that he is innocent. Can the librarian and her four legged friend collect clues and track down a murderer? I'm really enjoying this series. Minnie and her sidekick Eddie are the perfect partners. Yes, Eddie is just a cat, but he's so incredibly, full of personality. His timing is rather spot on as well. I love the conversations that Minnie carries on with him too. He truly feels like a main character. Who wouldn't love the idea of a bookmobile coming to their area? It sounds like such a fun and personal way for a librarian to connect with the public and bring more awareness as well as excitement back to checking out books. Minnie is a great main character, even if she is a bit naive at times. It's easily overlooked because she has such an infectious personality. It was great to have some characters return for the sequel. I love Minnie's friendship with Kristen, her banter with Rafe, and her antics with her matchmaking Aunt Frances. Dr. Tucker is back as a love interest, but he sure did annoy me a few times throughout this story. The author set him up with having a huge conflict so we will see if he sticks around much longer. I'm more intrigued by Detective Wolverson. Hope he makes it into more of the story line in the next few books. I loved the addition of Cade and his wife. They were the sweetest couple and easily likeable. I enjoyed watching their friendship with Minnie blossom and really liked their "letter" game. I really hope that we run into them and the bunny enthusiast again. Such great, well written characters!! I really enjoyed the mystery. It captured my attention straight from the start when Minnie rushes to get Cade to the hospital. I was already invested in his story so when he was framed for murder it just increased my interest. The author did a great job of keeping you wondering about his character at times and of course adding in a whole list of plausible suspects. I'm anxious to read book three now!!!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Casceil

    A comfortable cozy with two likeable main characters: Minnie, the Bookmobile librarian, and her cat, Eddie, the real brains of the operation. OK, maybe not entirely, but he does make important moves at key moments. The plot is reasonably well put-together, and the pacing is smooth. This is a cozy, not a thriller, and it doesn’t try to keep you at the edge of your seat, but it is consistently engaging. Every scene is there for a reason, and the ending is satisfying. The author avoids the tired gi A comfortable cozy with two likeable main characters: Minnie, the Bookmobile librarian, and her cat, Eddie, the real brains of the operation. OK, maybe not entirely, but he does make important moves at key moments. The plot is reasonably well put-together, and the pacing is smooth. This is a cozy, not a thriller, and it doesn’t try to keep you at the edge of your seat, but it is consistently engaging. Every scene is there for a reason, and the ending is satisfying. The author avoids the tired gimmick of stupid cops. The detectives here are intelligent and take Minnie seriously, though they do not involve her in their investigation. This is the second book in a series, but can stand alone.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Gaele

    AudioBook Review: Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 3.5 Second in the series, but easily read out of order, Eddie and his erstwhile owner Minnie are traversing the Michigan countryside when they are stopped by a frantically waving woman, desperate for help. Her husband is desperately in need of medical care, and Minnie and Eddie shift into “helpful’ mode, getting the man to the hospital. Soon Minnie discovers that the man is renowned artist, Russel McCade, and a friendship of sorts is formed fr AudioBook Review: Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 3.5 Second in the series, but easily read out of order, Eddie and his erstwhile owner Minnie are traversing the Michigan countryside when they are stopped by a frantically waving woman, desperate for help. Her husband is desperately in need of medical care, and Minnie and Eddie shift into “helpful’ mode, getting the man to the hospital. Soon Minnie discovers that the man is renowned artist, Russel McCade, and a friendship of sorts is formed from her actions. But after Cade leaves the rehab center after his stroke, he’s found slumped over a body – and is the first, primary and only suspect. Minnie knows that he’s not a murderer – and she’s determined to find the real culprit. Off she and Eddie go, conversations and Eddie’s apparent ‘nose’ for clues leads them in several different investigative directions, all highlighted with the conversations that bring Eddie to the forefront, as Minnie works out her ideas, questions and conclusions. Different from other cozies in that Minnie is obviously an amateur, but rather than the police ignoring her input, they actually glean information from her – resulting in some lovely interactions with Wolverson. Like the first, the storyline is gently implausible, but wholly engaging, although there is a touch of ‘overuse’ of descriptive that occasionally feel overworked and trying too hard. The return of secondary characters, from Minnie’s BFF Kristin, her Aunt Frances and a rather questionable ‘love interest’ in Dr. Tucker all add some depth – and the budding friendship with Barb and Cade, including their ‘letter game’ brings another level of atmosphere to the story – all overseen by Eddie – the cat with his Main Character personality and plenty of input into nearly every scene. Again the narration is provided by Erin Bennett, and she’s got Minnie and Eddie perfectly represented, full of the emotions, camaraderie and even a solid ‘voice’ for Eddie – amazingly so as he’s not said a word. Friends and acquaintances are also present and clearly distinct: from the ‘all business’ approach of the police, to the rather frantic, at first, Barb, and the quietly outrageous Aunt Frances, the characters all have a subtle, or not so, influence on the storyline and progression, as well as some quickly introduced and forgotten suspects. This is a series that returns the ‘fun’ to cozies: a candy-floss tidbit of sweetness, clever, engaging and utterly perfect to put a smile on your face. 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

  9. 4 out of 5

    R.B.

    I didn't like the mystery in this one as much as in the first, she was much more insistent in her investigation and confrontational with the detectives (without any real reason). Following a number of suspects even after they showed alibis. I couldn't guess who the killer was though. (view spoiler)[In the end it was someone so briefly introduced I had forgotten about him entirely, can't think of any clue either. And the black SUV was never explained, it only scared Minnie and almost killed her w I didn't like the mystery in this one as much as in the first, she was much more insistent in her investigation and confrontational with the detectives (without any real reason). Following a number of suspects even after they showed alibis. I couldn't guess who the killer was though. (view spoiler)[In the end it was someone so briefly introduced I had forgotten about him entirely, can't think of any clue either. And the black SUV was never explained, it only scared Minnie and almost killed her while she was trying to escape from someone who just happened to own one. (hide spoiler)] It was enforced Ed's apparent ability to sense danger, and more generally to direct Minnie to people she should talk with. While still being a recognizable cat, and Minnie's comments are funny. An enjoyable read, but the first was a lot better.

  10. 5 out of 5

    FangirlNation

    Minnie Hamilton drives the Bookmobile that is popular among the community in Chilson, Michigan for her bringing along her cat, Eddie, in Tailing a Tabby by Laurie Cass. One day as Minnie is driving home, she screeches to a stop when a distraught woman hails her from the road. She helps the woman drag her husband, who is having a stroke, to the Bookmobile and rushes him the half an hour to the closest hospital. Only then does Minnie learn that the man is Russell McCade, a highly famous artist. Vi Minnie Hamilton drives the Bookmobile that is popular among the community in Chilson, Michigan for her bringing along her cat, Eddie, in Tailing a Tabby by Laurie Cass. One day as Minnie is driving home, she screeches to a stop when a distraught woman hails her from the road. She helps the woman drag her husband, who is having a stroke, to the Bookmobile and rushes him the half an hour to the closest hospital. Only then does Minnie learn that the man is Russell McCade, a highly famous artist. Visiting him in the hospital a couple days later, Minnie becomes close to Cabe and his wife, Barb. Read the rest of this review and other fun, geeky articles at Fangirl Nation

  11. 5 out of 5

    Zoe

    4/5 I enjoyed this and I’ll definitely be reading the next one!

  12. 4 out of 5

    ♡AbbyBooks♡

    This book was everything. It had mystery. Some romance. Eddie was more loveable them ever. The characters the new characters. Everything was truly good. Just as good as the first book (: (sadly the library doesn't have the next books in the series) I really enjoy this read thought.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ronna

    My favorite "cozy mystery" cat, Eddie, returns with his owner, "the bookmobile lady", Minnie Hamilton, to travel over the roadways and marina in Chilson, Michigan. All Minnie wants is to get books to folks who live a long way from a local library. All Eddie wants is......well, whatever suits his fancy at any time. And riding on the bookmobile, against the rules is one of his joys in life. Everybody seems thrilled with the cute fuzzy purring kitty's wishes but the head librarian. In the first boo My favorite "cozy mystery" cat, Eddie, returns with his owner, "the bookmobile lady", Minnie Hamilton, to travel over the roadways and marina in Chilson, Michigan. All Minnie wants is to get books to folks who live a long way from a local library. All Eddie wants is......well, whatever suits his fancy at any time. And riding on the bookmobile, against the rules is one of his joys in life. Everybody seems thrilled with the cute fuzzy purring kitty's wishes but the head librarian. In the first book- LENDING A PAW, Eddie leads Minnie right to a dead body. This time a frantic woman stops the bookmobile because her husband is having a heart attack. They rush, as fast as a bookmobile can rush, this famous wealthy artist to the hospital where he is admitted . Trouble comes when he leaves the hospital only to be found over a dead body. Is he the murderer? The police seem to think so, but Eddie and Minnie have other thoughts and they set off to prove his innocents. But keeping Minnie alive then becomes one of Eddie's challenges! Eddie is definitely a cat lover's dream, and makes these mysteries a purrrrrfect treat for cozy readers! His "murr" communicates a thousand thoughts in a most realistic way. The rest of this books characters are a treat too!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Betty

    In the second book of this series Eddie is becoming a local celebrity on the Bookmobile. There subplots that are loosely joined together by Minnie. A local man who Minnie and Eddie saved by using the Bookmobile to rushed to the hospital. The death of a young girl that turned to be murder and accidents happening men had befriended the murder girl. Minnie starts investigating the girl's life. Minnie romance with Dr Tucker is ongoing with problems occurring. Eddie has some delightful and funny acti In the second book of this series Eddie is becoming a local celebrity on the Bookmobile. There subplots that are loosely joined together by Minnie. A local man who Minnie and Eddie saved by using the Bookmobile to rushed to the hospital. The death of a young girl that turned to be murder and accidents happening men had befriended the murder girl. Minnie starts investigating the girl's life. Minnie romance with Dr Tucker is ongoing with problems occurring. Eddie has some delightful and funny actions. I would recommend this book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    09/25/2017: I read this a few years ago. I don't know if I will re-read the whole series, but I am enjoying this second book again.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Pumpkinpuddy

    Just reread this for a book club. Don't know why, but I liked it better the second time around. Fun read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Brooklyn Tayla

    I was definitely excited about this book, for, in Lending A Paw, I found not only an utterly fabulous and oh so relatable Librarian narrator and main character in Minnie, but a purr-fectly adorable and witty sidekick in Eddie, Minnie’s rescue cat. So you could definitely say this second installment felt like meeting up with old friends and I loved every moment! I found this book to be more fast paced than it’s predecessor, because it felt like the introductions to Minnie and Eddie and the story o I was definitely excited about this book, for, in Lending A Paw, I found not only an utterly fabulous and oh so relatable Librarian narrator and main character in Minnie, but a purr-fectly adorable and witty sidekick in Eddie, Minnie’s rescue cat. So you could definitely say this second installment felt like meeting up with old friends and I loved every moment! I found this book to be more fast paced than it’s predecessor, because it felt like the introductions to Minnie and Eddie and the story of how the bookmobile came to fruition were all discussed in book 1, which was great, but, this book definitely got to the mystery element sooner than thought and it all starts when a rather frazzled lady flags down the bookmobile when she finds her husband is suddenly violently ill! From what happened onwards definitely left me dying to know whodunnit! One of the many things I love about these books is that I feel like I can easily put myself in Minnie’s shoes, I mean who doesn’t love a librarian with a passion for delivering books to patrons, ensuring everyone’s love for literature is filled! And to top that, she has the best and cutest bond with Eddie, throughout the book, Kristin (Minnie’s best friend), comments how weird it is that Eddie can seemingly understand Minnie (the feline often replies to his human’s musings with a meow or two), before proceeding to purr violently if she’s feeling frazzled, it just makes me so happy to read, these amazing moments between the two! They’re definitely an amazing partnership! I love the natural flow of scenes that takes place in the library as well as the bookmobile, seeing Minnie interact with the customers and seeing the bookmobile patrons interact with Eddie was just great, like, Minnie makes a joke that Eddie is more famous than her, it definitely made me laugh! (it may or may not be true). This was just such an addictive read, I couldn’t get enough! I found myself wholly addicted to this book, and hard to put down! It is just so light and cozy but equally mysterious and I easily recommend it to anyone who loves a good whodunnit!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tari

    I was long overdue for a visit to Chilson, Michigan and a ride along with Minnie and her bookmobile cat Eddie. As always, there was no shortage of adventure. when a famous artist who along with his wife became new friends of Minnie's, she felt compelled to help when the man practically begged her to help prove his innocence in a murder where he was set up to take the fall. There were definitely a lot of suspects and at times I have to admit I got a little bit confused. I thought the cooking show I was long overdue for a visit to Chilson, Michigan and a ride along with Minnie and her bookmobile cat Eddie. As always, there was no shortage of adventure. when a famous artist who along with his wife became new friends of Minnie's, she felt compelled to help when the man practically begged her to help prove his innocence in a murder where he was set up to take the fall. There were definitely a lot of suspects and at times I have to admit I got a little bit confused. I thought the cooking show guy was quirky and funny, and I really liked the new character of Ivy, the artist's mother-in-law who offered to help out on the bookmobile when Thessie, the regular volunteer had a college visit out of town. Aunt Frances who was usually known for her spot-on matchmaking was having a little dilemma of her own, and Minnie's grouchy boss kept on her to solve an issue at the library that Minnie honestly didn't see as an important issue. I loved the trap that Minnie and Cade set for the killer, and the showdown was pretty exciting. Minnie's love life with cute doc Tucker seemed to be progressing. At least when he had an issue, they were able to talk about it and resolved it quickly. I hope he stays a part of her life. Even though he's not in this book a whole lot, he's still a really nice guy. All the regular characters are so different and fun it's hard to pick exact favorites! I hope to continue sooner with the third book soon. I love that this series is still going on, in fact I got the most recent one when it came out.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kav

    I'm so deliriously excited about this new-to-me series that I immediately started in on this second book right after I finished listening to the first one. Eddie is such a feline rock star! I'm giddy just thinking about the way he can control a scene. Too bad Minnie hasn't quite caught on to the significance of his 'catty' wiles. He makes a great Watson to her Sherlock...or should that be the other way round? Great pacing between mystery, romance and relationships. Sometimes a cozy can get bogge I'm so deliriously excited about this new-to-me series that I immediately started in on this second book right after I finished listening to the first one. Eddie is such a feline rock star! I'm giddy just thinking about the way he can control a scene. Too bad Minnie hasn't quite caught on to the significance of his 'catty' wiles. He makes a great Watson to her Sherlock...or should that be the other way round? Great pacing between mystery, romance and relationships. Sometimes a cozy can get bogged down in too many mundane details but Cass keeps the pace moving ahead while providing enough descriptions to bring the story to life. Will definitely be starting in on book three later this week.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    This is the second book in the bookmobile cat series. Minnie is driving the bookmobile when she is flagged down by a woman whose husband, a famous artist, has had a stroke and needs to get to a hospital. Minnie helps her get her husband into the bookmobile and takes them to the hospital. Minnie strikes up a friendship with the wife, Barb, and she is the one Barb calls when the police think her husband left the rehab facility he was in and killed a woman. Minnie doesn't believe that he committed This is the second book in the bookmobile cat series. Minnie is driving the bookmobile when she is flagged down by a woman whose husband, a famous artist, has had a stroke and needs to get to a hospital. Minnie helps her get her husband into the bookmobile and takes them to the hospital. Minnie strikes up a friendship with the wife, Barb, and she is the one Barb calls when the police think her husband left the rehab facility he was in and killed a woman. Minnie doesn't believe that he committed the crime and searches for answers. This series is quickly becoming a new favorite of mine. The characters are lovable and the mystery is good. I love Eddie and his antics and how Minnie treats him like a person. The side characters add so much color and fun to the story that it is hard not to love them. And her Aunt Frances matchmaking is so fun. I will definitely be reading more in this series.

  21. 4 out of 5

    River Benson

    I felt like there was less filler in this book than in the first, maybe because I enjoyed the secondary characters more. I am hoping that we have a lot less of matchmaker-aunt in the next book, because I am 10000% with Ivy in what the real problem there is. There's enough heteronormative bs with the mains.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Christine (KizzieReads)

    I wish goodreads would include half stars. I would give this a 3.5. I found it a bit flat for some reason. Not sure if it's because I'm not feeling well right now but I just didn't find myself anxiously waiting to find out the ending. I'm still going to read them as I really do love Eddie and Minnie and can't wait to see what they get up to next.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Vesper

    Three stars and ½, because the motive of the killer is weak, the investigation doesn't bring enough useful informations and the final is a bit quick and messy. But i enjoyed all the rest, as usual.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Erin L

    It's amazing how much I love these series with seriously anthropomorphized animals in them. But Eddie is just delightful and definitely steals the show in this series.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Meadows

    I like the theme of this series and Eddie the cat is definitely my favorite character.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Joy

    4.5 stars

  27. 4 out of 5

    Margie

    Really quick and enjoyable reads.

  28. 5 out of 5

    JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)

    Minnie and Eddie the cat are out for another day in their bookmobile when she sees a woman flagging her down in the road. When she stops it turns out the woman is Barbara McCade, and it seems her husband Russell, a famous artist, has had a stroke and she needs help. She broke her cell phone and has no way to reach 911, so Minnie helps her get him into the bookmobile and they take him to the nearest hospital. Later on, after making friends with the couple she receives a frantic call from Barb. It Minnie and Eddie the cat are out for another day in their bookmobile when she sees a woman flagging her down in the road. When she stops it turns out the woman is Barbara McCade, and it seems her husband Russell, a famous artist, has had a stroke and she needs help. She broke her cell phone and has no way to reach 911, so Minnie helps her get him into the bookmobile and they take him to the nearest hospital. Later on, after making friends with the couple she receives a frantic call from Barb. It seems her husband has left the hospital on his own and was found in the home of a woman recently murdered, and they think he's responsible. After hiring a high-priced attorney, it appears that Cade, as he's known, may be in the clear, but he's still a suspect, so Minnie decides to help find the murderer. But it seems the woman wasn't discreet when it came to affairs - even though Cade and Barb tell Minnie that they barely knew the woman - yet Minnie still needs to find a murderer if she doesn't want her new friend to wind up in prison. With a little help from Cade and, of course, her loyal cat Eddie, Minnie might be able to discover the truth... The rest of the review has many spoilers so I have hidden it all: (view spoiler)[I started this book because I read the first in the series and love cats. But it almost lost me at the beginning. It's awfully convenient to the story line to say that she broke her phone, can't find her husband's and they don't have a landline. Anyway...Minnie has a cell phone, but she thought it would be better to bounce a stroke victim around on the dirty floor of a bookmobile (people walk all over it) than use her cell to call the paramedics? I guess she has all kinds of medical equipment in the bus that we didn't know about. What would she do if there were problems on the way to the hospital? Watch him die on the floor? That was just sloppy writing. As far as her Aunt Frances' matchmaking goes, it all seems too pat for me. Did she only invite people who lived in the same cities? I can't imagine anyone just picking up their life so easily to move in with someone or get married. Leave your job? Sure! I have a partner now! Leave your home and family? Why not? No one makes a decision like that over the course of a few weeks unless their life is going bad anyway and they have nothing to keep them...but then again, if they can afford to be "boarders" for a few months, they probably aren't working anyway. Sorry, but Aunt Frances is a busybody who needs to find a boyfriend of her own and stop interfering in other people's lives. These people didn't sign up for a matchmaking service. She's an unlikable character. As much as I love Eddie, I find it odd that a man who just had a stroke and his wife is worried about his health - would start a conversation with, "How's your cat?" I can't even imagine how that would occur to someone. No one has ever started a conversation with me asking about my cat. Ever. Then there's the interesting part about the candy jar. People were making entries based on the number of original candies they saw in the jar; not a new amount that was less because of children digging their hands in the jar because a mother never taught her kids any better than to just take something without asking. (One of these kids was pretty smart-mouthed so I'm assuming they were old enough to learn manners). So even "averaging out" the number would have been a cheat because of this. She should have stopped the contest then and there and picked a winner from the people who had entered thus far; but Minnie doesn't seem to have a lot of common sense anyway. I say this because she's a pretty bad sleuth. She just walks up to strangers and asks them about the dead woman - and they just tell her what she wants to know. They offer up unsolicited alibis without knowing why she's asking. ("Oh, I have a friend who's a suspect in a murder and I'm trying to find someone else for the police to turn to instead"). Really? Now, I know people can develop allergies out of the blue, but it's hard to believe that a 35-year-old man has never been in close contact with a cat at least once in his life. Never had a patient who owned cats and had fur on their clothes or petted their cat before seeing the doctor? Never had a relative who owned a cat - aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, etc.? (Her response about never petting a llama was ridiculous - honestly, how many people own llamas that you know as opposed to how many cat owners there are in the US?) Even if you have an allergy to dogs, chances are you would have come across a few in this lifetime; and peoples' allergies can actually disappear over time. Will she choose Tucker or Eddie? Gee, that's a tough one to figure out. Then there was the problem of Mitchell, who was hanging around the library because he didn't have anywhere else to go, and somehow it became Minnie's problem to tell him he wasn't welcome there anymore. (Actually, it was kind of creepy how he just hung around all day). She didn't really do anything about it, it sort of resolved itself and she actually came off as a bad employee. So the police couldn't prove the phone call to Cade - the one drawing him away from the hospital - was ever made? They must be the most inept police ever. It's nice to know hospital phone calls aren't monitored - like when someone calls a hospital and has to ask for a patient and they get the nurses' station and the nurse has to transfer them to the room. But this hospital doesn't do that? They have no records of phone calls to a specific room on their logs? The telephone company doesn't keep records of this information? These might seem minor details to some, but it is the minor details that make up the whole of the book, and I always notice details. If a book has one or two incidents that don't make sense I will let it go; but if there are too many - and there were others I didn't list - then in all conscience I can't ignore it and I won't give a good review if the book doesn't deserve one. Sorry, but there it is. At the last, there were way too many people in the book, and because of this, no real clues to the murderer until the very last pages. There was no indications at all about this person, so to say it was a surprise is an understatement. However, I will read the next in the series in the hopes that it will improve. (hide spoiler)]

  29. 5 out of 5

    Melanie Smith

    Laurie Cass does an excellent job with this cozy mystery series. It is hard not to like Minnie and love Eddie. What a great pair! Minnie is the assistant director of the library in Chilson, Missouri, but best of all, she gets to drive the bookmobile around. Of course, what is a bookmobile without a cat, right? Patrons are loving Eddie and signing up for library cards left and right. On the way to another stop, Minnie encounters a lady that needs help. You would think that this is where the myste Laurie Cass does an excellent job with this cozy mystery series. It is hard not to like Minnie and love Eddie. What a great pair! Minnie is the assistant director of the library in Chilson, Missouri, but best of all, she gets to drive the bookmobile around. Of course, what is a bookmobile without a cat, right? Patrons are loving Eddie and signing up for library cards left and right. On the way to another stop, Minnie encounters a lady that needs help. You would think that this is where the mystery starts, but it is just an introduction to the real mystery. Cade, an artist, has had a stroke and Minnie and Eddie help to get him to the hospital and doing so, starts a new friendship with Cade and his wife. This is where it starts to get interesting. Cade is going through physical therapy to get his mobility back in his left side so that he can continue to paint and gets a phone call. Da da da dum...... I just love this series and you know it is a good book when you do not want it to end. I got so excited because I could not figure out "whodunit" and I wanted to read faster, but I did not want it to end. I just wanted to go on to the next adventure with Minnie and Eddie. My advice is to high tail it on down to your local bookstore and get to know Minnie and Eddie. You will be glad to tag along for the ride.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mystereity Reviews

    Short of it - 2.5 stars. Halfway between meh and ehh... First book was better. Long of it - Cute and funny series, and I have to say I missed the big clue until the end. A few too many characters in the story without any real purpose for being there, except possibly for future storylines. The plot meanders around and loses focus in some parts, and I find it far-fetched how Minnie digs up information (who walks into an office with a flimsy excuse, drops the dead girl's name and gets an unsolicited Short of it - 2.5 stars. Halfway between meh and ehh... First book was better. Long of it - Cute and funny series, and I have to say I missed the big clue until the end. A few too many characters in the story without any real purpose for being there, except possibly for future storylines. The plot meanders around and loses focus in some parts, and I find it far-fetched how Minnie digs up information (who walks into an office with a flimsy excuse, drops the dead girl's name and gets an unsolicited alibi? Maybe the police should try that, it'll prevent them from suspecting the wrong people.) and after all this, still can't figure out who the bad guy is. The ending was anti-climatic and involved the usual confession dump. By the time I got to the end I was skimming, just wanting it to be over.

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