Cat with a Clue (Bookmobile Cat Series #5)

Cat with a Clue (Bookmobile Cat Series #5)

by Laurie Cass

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ISBN-13: 9780451476555
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/02/2016
Series: Bookmobile Cat Series , #5
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 141,044
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Laurie Cass is the national bestselling author of the Bookmobile Cat Mysteries, including Pouncing on Murder, Borrowed Crime, and Tailing a Tabby. She lives on a lake in northern Michigan with her husband and two cats.

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Cat With a Clue 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
MaicaKid More than 1 year ago
Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. As an avid reader since before I started school (Grandma was a teacher...taught me to read when I was four), I was always excited to see the bookmobile. When I saw this series was coming, I looked forward to reading the first installment. Including Eddie the "bookmobie cat" was the cherry on top! I've enjoyed the previous books in this series, and "Cat with a Clue" did not disappoint! Minnie Hamilton is interim library director after the earlier-than-expected departure of the library director. Stephen had told Minnie he was grooming her to be her replacement and she's not sure she's ready. Her staff fears what a "newbie" would do and they are incessant in their pleas for her to apply. She's not sure, but some of the candidates make her think seriously about it...but what about the bookmobile? It's a normal day when Minnie arrives to ready the library for the day...until she finds a body. Soon the building is closed to the public as Detective Inwood and Deputy Wolverson begin their investigation. Who is the mystery woman? Why was she in the library? More important in Minnie's thoughts...Will people fear coming to the library after a murder occurred there? Then the bookmobile and used book sales room are vandalized. Yes, Minnie is on the case! While investigating, she meets a delightful new character, a very bright child named Dana. I look forward to reading more about Minnie's interaction with Dana. As old Chilson family ties are discovered, Minnie's list of suspects grows. Are the cases of vandalism connected to the murder? Is it a case of someone needing money? All the usual characters are here...Aunt Frances (who has some surprises of her own), Kristen, Rafe, and more, including (gulp) Minnie meeting Ash's mother. Add in a hilarious scene connected with Ash's attempts to "broaden Minnie's activity horizons" and it's a most enjoyable read!
momelaine More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. And my honest opinion is that I really enjoyed this book. I have not read any of this series before but I wasn't lost at all. The author did a very good job of introducing the characters in this book without being tedious. I feel that I can go back and read the other books in the series and not feel too out of place. The mystery of who committed the murder and why was nicely laid out and kept me guessing, although there was a hint about the murderer that made that person a bit of a suspect. I do think Minnie needs to pay more attention to the clues Eddie gives her. He is one smart kitty, although I was surprised he wasn't more distrustful of the bad guy. Anyway, I definitely recommend this book and this author and this series.
carol223CS More than 1 year ago
Laurie Cass' Cat with a Clue Minnie Hamilton is the assistant librarian at the Chilson Library who is acting as director in the absence of her boss. One morning, Minnie arrives very early to work. As she is shelving books, she discovers she is not alone. There is a body laying in one of the aisles. A DEAD body!! Someone has been stabbed. After this event, a string of break-ins occur. How is the dead body and the break-ins related??? Very entertaining read!! An assortment of vivacious and quirky characters fit nicely into their roles to add support to the well defined assistant librarian and her rescue bookmobile cat, Eddie. Steady paced, humorous read with good description of the Chilson surroundings. This is the book #5 in A Bookmobile Cat series. It can be read as a stand alone. Thanks to author via The Cozy Mystery Review Crew for
TeresaKander More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of this author and of this series. Cozy mysteries in which cats play a large role are a huge favorite of mine, and this one is very well-written. This time around, Minnie and Eddie are involved in solving a murder which takes place right in the library, as well as a string of break-ins around town. Ms. Cass keeps the reader guessing right up to the final reveal as to the identity of the killer, and keeps building the suspense all the way through the story. I love to see the human characters growing and developing as the series continues, and to see Eddie continue to be the same sassy fellow he has always been. I was saddened to learn that the real-life Eddie passed away on March 18, 2016. Having lost my own furbabies in the past, my heart goes out to Ms. Cass and her family on their loss. **I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.**
SueStory More than 1 year ago
I had never read any of the Bookmobile Cat Mysteries and I was excited to receive a copy in exchange for a honest review of the book. I typically don't read mysteries with a cat as one of the main characters in mysteries as I find cats to have generic personalities in these books. But Eddie was a pleasant surprise. He was spunky and full of life. As for the human characters, I found them likable and well thought out. I found the story had substance and enough depth to keep me interested. Of course, I have missed a good deal of character development given this is the 5th book but the story was deep enough that the book could stand on its own. I still recommend starting with book one but if you really don't want to do that, this is a good story to start with! Enjoy!
ValerieL More than 1 year ago
I would actually give this 4.5 out of 5 stars, but most places just won't let me do that in my reviews. 4.5 out of 5 stars. "Cat with a Clue" is the 5th installment of the Bookmobile Cat mysteries by Laurie Cass, and I have to say that I think this one is my favorite in the series so far. The basic synopsis is that strange things are happening in Chilson and in its library. We start off with our heroine, Minnie, finding a dead body in the library and then there are a series of strange break-ins, both at the library and at other places around town. It's up to Minnie to help the Sheriff's Department to figure out who's behind all this crime. Well, okay, technically it's up to the Sheriff's office alone, but Minnie thinks it's her job too. I thoroughly enjoy the characters in this series for the most part. They're complex, well-developed and realistic. Minnie, like the rest of us, has trials just dealing with the stress of life sometimes (and don't we all!). Since the two characters I didn't really like left the series in the 4th book, including Minnie's long-distance boyfriend, this book was even more fun for me to read! Minnie's new love interest looks promising as well. Laurie Cass has a very fluid writing style. The story line flows easily from section to section. The transitions of scenes are nearly flawless and I've never felt that the story line drags on and on. It moves at a steady pace throughout the whole book. I will admit that I'm slightly biased on the descriptions of the settings, since it takes place in one of my favorite parts of Michigan. It's a small town set on a small lake in the northwest portion of the Lower Peninsula, one of those places that Michiganders tend to refer to as "Up North". I love reading all the descriptions of the scenery and the places in the book since I'm familiar with the area. I feel like the descriptions aren't too wordy (which is something I really don't like), but as I said, I'm a bit biased on that front. The only reason this book does not receive five stars is because it didn't have a huge "wow" factor for me or an emotional hook for me, which is part of my criteria for a 5 star book. It is still a wonderful cozy mystery and I highly recommend it and the rest of this series! [I received a free copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for my fair and honest review. My review was not influenced by this, nor was I compensated for my review. All opinions and conclusions are my own.]
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The writing is hard to follow . Other minnie and eddie the cat mysteries were written better
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
A real page turner, CAT WITH A CLUE will leaving you purring for more! I can’t believe we’re already up to book five in this fan-cat-stic series. It feels like yesterday that I picked up the first book, LENDING A PAW, and fell in love with Minnie, Eddie, and their wonderful bookmobile. This fifth book in the Bookmobile Cat Mysteries is the second best book in this series (I’ll always have a soft spot for the first book). Author Laurie Cass continues to up her game with strong, more intricate mysteries. CAT WITH A CLUE kept me guessing the entire way through, and I had no idea of the who or the why until all was revealed. If you’re looking for a book with mystery, excitement, and fun . . . oh, and a sassy feline, look no further! Check out the back of the book where you’ll find a sneak peek of the newest book coming up in this fun series! RIP Eddie – The “real” Eddie passed away in March 18, 2016. My condolences to author Laurie Cass on the loss of her sweet furbaby. Eddie will live on forever in our hearts and on the pages of this series.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
I took my time reading this one. 5 books in and already the series is still pretty good. And I also like that we getting some character development as the characters are moving forward with each book. Like that the covers stay consistent so that's nice. Can't get enough of this cozy series. Looking forward to the next Minnie and Eddie bookmobile mystery.
Mimi_We More than 1 year ago
I received this book as a gift for a review on this site. I can't tell you enough how much I enjoyed this book. The characters are likable and fun. Minnie Hamilton and her bookmobile Cat Eddie, are great together. All Eddie says is Mrr. but that does stop Minnie from talking to him all the time and asking him questions that she knows he will not answer with anything but "Mrr" Minnie is dating a cop, Ash Wolverson who gets involved in the murder of the lady that Minnie finds in her library on a Saturday morning. Minnie is the Assistant Director at the town library. When Minnie and Eddie decide that the police are not working fast enough, Minnie gets involved more and decides to look into the death deeper than she needs too. She discovers that there is a book involved and she looks it up on the internet and finds out that the book is worth a lot of money. She helps the cops so much that the murderer is found and she and Eddie were there, but got away. The book is well worth the read and well researched and I will recommend it to anyone who needs a good book and a new series to read. Well done Laurie! I will look for more! (less)
Kuzlin More than 1 year ago
Murder has once again come to Chilson, this time when Minnie actually rips over the dead body in the stacks of the library before the library opened. Minnie and her bookmobile cat, Eddie, are on the lookout for clues because this is now personal. Then, someone vandals both the bookmobile and the used book room of the library. Can there possibly be a connection with this murder? This is an enjoyable series with an adorable cat as part of the cast of characters. I like how Minnie has extensive conversations with her cat, bouncing ideas and questions to him, and interpreting his answers ("mrr"). This is a great way to bring the reader into the heroine's frame of mind, keeping up with the clues and how the mystery is progressing. I also enjoyed the other characters, as her relationship with Ash continues to grow and of course, her continued support of her aunt. I look forward to the next book in this series. Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Jani8 More than 1 year ago
Eddie is back and I love him. Minnie is back, too, as the delightful, efficient sized Librarian Extraordinaire. Together they travel several days of the week in the bookmobile, her pride and joy. And find dead bodies. This time she finds the body in the library. (Good name for a book.) Ms. Cass has given birth (so to speak) to some engaging characters, including Eddie the cat. The dialogue is lively. The suspense builds up to the final confrontation and had me guessing. All in all this series is highly entertaining. I recommend it wholeheartedly.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Cat with a Clue by Laurie Cass is the fifth in A Bookmobile Cats Mystery series. Minnie Hamilton is the interim Director of the Chilson Public Library since the director left for a better position. She is still driving the bookmobile as well. Minnie arrives two hours early for work to get ahead and starts by shelving books. Minnie is naturally reading while walking to the shelves (and not watching where she is going) and stumbles. She looks down to find the body of a woman with a knife sticking out of her. Minnie immediately calls 911 from the reference department phone. The Chilson Police Department Chief of Police is happy to turn the case over to Detective Inwood and Ash Wolverson (who is training to be a detective). Minnie is happy to see Ash and get a little comfort (he is her boyfriend which is mentioned frequently throughout the novel). The woman is Andrea Vennard who is related to Talia Dekeyser who just passed away. Why was Andrea in the library after hours? Minnie knows this will cast a pall over the library and make patrons (as well as staff) a little afraid of her beloved library. Minnie cannot let this happen and is determined to find the killer. Then the Friends of the Library sale room is broken into and disturbed. Nothing seems to have been taken, but it is hard to tell (they do not keep records). After the local antique store is broken into, Minnie begins to notice the pattern. The killer is looking for (spoiler)! Minnie just has to find out what (spoiler) they are looking for and find it before the culprit. The staff at the library is trying to get Minnie to apply to be the permanent director of the library. But Minnie is not sure she wants the responsibility full-time. After the board interviews each candidate, the pressure is increased. Will Minnie apply for the position? Cat with a Clue is a cute story. Minnie was a little too spacey (instead of quirky) in this novel (more than normal). She seemed to always be walking, wandering, or riding her bike and not paying attention. Her employees even commented that she seemed to have checked out at work. The book is nicely written and easy to read. But I found more of the book devoted to Minnie talking to her cat, Eddie, than to the mystery. The mystery was not complicated (I kept hoping for a curveball) and I knew who did it as soon as the character was introduced. I give Cat with a Clue 3 out of 5 stars (it was okay). I have read all the books in the series and Cat with a Clue is my least favorite. I just expected more. While Cat with a Clue is the fifth book in A Bookmobile Cats Mystery series, it can be read alone. The author updates the reader on Minnie’s background (how she came to the town, opened bookmobile, etc.). There is some romance in the book. Aunt Frances being squired about by Otis Bingham and Minnie dating Ash (we get details on their dates—kayaking, water skiing, etc.). Will I read the next book in this series? Probably. I hope that there will be character development and a more complex mystery. We need more development of Minnie’s character. It is time for her to stop daydreaming (she can still daydream some) and decide what she wants (her work goals and maybe a permanent home). I received a complimentary copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review. The comments and opinions expressed are strictly my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great who done it. Liked the new caricatures.I have been binge reading the series. Looking forward to what's next . Great cozy read. Had me guessing until the end :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book sucks