Lending a Paw (Bookmobile Cat Series #1)

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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 in spite of her efforts to contain her new pal, the tabby sneaks out and trails her all the way to the bookmobile on its maiden...

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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 in spite of 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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Library Journal
12/01/2013
Becoming the Bookmobile Lady is a dream assignment for Minnie Hamilton, an idealistic young librarian determined to bring services to folks throughout Michigan's Chilson Library District. But she never dreamt that the bookmobile's maiden voyage would also include her finding a murdered man in a ditch—the victim had been a major library benefactor. (Actually, her cat Eddie finds the body, but Minnie's more circumspect about that point with the authorities.) The dead man, however, had plenty of enemies, and tracking down the killer takes more research time than the cops can expend. Of course, a curious, impatient librarian and her cat must investigate. VERDICT It's hard to resist a cozy debut featuring a spunky librarian with an impeccable service attitude and her slightly magical cat who rides shotgun on her bookmobile. Well researched, with low-key humor and an intriguing mystery—don't miss this one. Cass also writes as Laura Alden (Curse of the PTA).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451415462
  • Publisher: Signet
  • Publication date: 12/3/2013
  • Series: Bookmobile Cat Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 117,170
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Laurie Cass lives on a lake with her husband and two cats.
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  • Posted December 19, 2013

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    Lending a Paw is the first book in the new Bookmobile Cat Myster

    Lending a Paw is the first book in the new Bookmobile Cat Mystery series by Laurie Cass. It is obvious that the author is a cat lover. The antics of her feline character, Eddie are very entertaining. Readers will enjoy the fact that Eddie isn't magical, he's just a regular curious cat who helps his owner Minnie stir up a mystery. This debut cozy is full of surprises and a lovely small town setting. Chilson, Michigan sounds like a place many readers will want to return to again and again. A great debut in a new series!

    What I liked:

    Eddie the cat, is certainly the star of the show in Lending a Paw. He befriends a local librarian and stows away on the first visit from the new bookmobile. Eddie is just a regular cat, but he finds a lot to get into in this mystery. He finds the murder victim and helps to solve the case. I thought Cass did a remarkable job of making an ordinary cat into an entertaining lead character. Eddie will probably be getting into a lot more in each new book in this series.

    Minnie is a lady after my own heart. She see's a need and sets out to do something about it. Several libraries in the Chilson, Michigan area have closed and Minnie gets funding for a new bookmobile to service the outlying areas. The bookmobile came to my house when I was a kid and came to see my daughters when they were children as well. I loved the idea for the book and for the great librarian that Cass has created. Minnie talks to Eddie, just like I do to my dog. She's a real pet lover, and an advocate for reading. A great overall character.

    I loved the small town setting for this one and many of the great characters that readers will get to meet in Lending a Paw. There was a lot of set up in this one for the series in general, and there are a lot of characters I look forward to finding out more about. I thought Cass did a great job of making Chilson come to life.

    What I didn't like:

    As I said before there was a lot of set up in this one. Cass introduces a plethora of characters and it was a bit confusing trying to keep them all straight. Some characters stood out but others kind of blended in to the background. I liked the mystery in this one and how Minnie saw Stan as a completely different person than most of the town did, but there was a little too much back and forth about the suspects to suit me. 

    Bottom Line:

    This was a great debut, but it lacked a little focus. I think the author will do better in her sophomore effort but there won't be such a need to get the whole series going.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2013

    A Bookmobile, a Cat, a Murder! What's not to like?

    It's always fun to find a new series, and Lending a Paw is a charming find indeed. A lot of it's charm are the protagonists, Mini Hamilton, assistant library director, and Edddie, her adopted cat. Then there is the cast of both quirky and touching characters, Rafe, her repair go to friend and college grad who pretends he doesn't read, to one of her bookmobile customers, a child with cancer. Then there's the bookmobile itself. When budget cuts forced her county to close local libraries, Mini finds a donor, Stan Larraby, to fund a bookmobile. On her first outing, Eddie, who snuck on-board, finds Stan's body. This is a quick, fun, and rousing good read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 20, 2014

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    Pretty good

    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.

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  • Posted July 4, 2014

    I read lots of cozy mysteries because they are one of my very fa

    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!!

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  • Posted February 25, 2014

    This is a story of a Librarian named Minnie. She has a cat named

    This is a story of a Librarian named Minnie. She has a cat named Eddie. The library has obtained a bookmobile from a a very wealthy man. Eddie the cat has managed to get aboard the bookmobile and everyone refers to him as bookmobile cat. While Minnie is out on a run she comes across a murder. Eddie seems to be helping her find the murder. It is enjoyable story. It was fast reading and the characters in the book are also enjoyable. I am looking forward to the next installment of the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2014

    Fawnkit

    She sleeps peacefully.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2014

    Loved it!

    Loved the first book in this new series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2014

    Littlekit

    Whats going on *backs against the wall scared*

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 6, 2014

    Highly recommend

    This book has all the ingredients for a great cozy mystery. I enjoyed reading it and would tell others to also read it. If you love cozy mystery books especially ones with a female sleuth and cats this is a book for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2014

    Roughpaw

    Blah.

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2014

    Puzzykit

    What?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2014

    Bckshadow

    He pads in and trots to the kit, nosing her

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    cute and quick story

    I enjoy any mystery involving animals so this was about what I had expected. It's a cute story and an easy read.

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  • Posted December 12, 2013

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    Eddie, a fabulous furry feline, has absolutely stolen my heart a

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2013

    Scavenger hunt!!!!!!!

    Go to hat res one

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 3, 2013

    Lending A Paw is the first book in the A Bookmobile Cat Mystery

    Lending A Paw is the first book in the A Bookmobile Cat Mystery series. And a fun read it was.

    Minnie Hamilton is the Assistant Director of the Chilson, MI library. What with many of the libraries in the area having been closed, Minnie wants to start a bookmobile service to the outlying areas. The director grudgingly goes along, but only if she finds the funds to pay for it. She finds a local man, Stan Larabee, who has agreed to fund the purchase a bookmobile. The big day has arrived and as she pulls out she finds that her rescue cat, Eddie, has hitched a ride on the maiden run. As she is packing up after the last stop for the day, Eddie takes off running as fast as his four paws will go. Minnie catches up with him at an abandoned farm house, howling at the top of his lungs. Minnie then finds the body of Stan, a victim of a gunshot to the chest.

    Minnie feels the police aren't looking hard enough for the killer and begins to do her own sleuthing. She soon finds that there several residents that aren't sorry than Stan is no longer alive. There is Caroline, a patron of the arts and owner of a art gallery. The owner of the boat docked next to her houseboat has had a prior bad business dealing with him.

    For the fun part of the book, Minnie had a stray cat, Eddie, follow her home one day. Eddie is quite a character and a great sounding board for Minnie's sleuthing. Being a dog owner and more importantly a dog lover, I particularly enjoyed how she talked to Eddie. Yes, I've been known to do that too. My Westie doesn't answer anymore than Eddie does. On the bookmobiles maiden trip, Eddie was able to sneak on to the bookmobile. Of course he quickly became a hit with kids, as well as the adults.

    Looking forward to the next book and more antics of Eddie. Hoping that Stephen, the library director, will allow Minnie to continue taking Eddie on the runs. She might have to make him promise not to find anymore dead bodies.

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    Posted April 11, 2014

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