Read on Arrival: A Bookmobile Mystery

Read on Arrival: A Bookmobile Mystery

by Nora Page

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Overview

Death, deadly omens, and a decades-overdue book put senior librarian Cleo Watkins on a collision course with a killer in the second Bookmobile mystery.

Septuagenarian librarian Cleo Watkins believes in gracious manners, sweet tea, and justice— library justice. For over forty years, Cleo has tried every trick in the book to get delinquent patron Dixie Huddleston to return the most overdue volume in Catalpa Springs, Georgia. When Dixie says she’ll finally relinquish the book, Cleo is shocked. She’s even more startled by the reason: superstitious Dixie says she’s seen the signs: she’s about to die and is setting her affairs in order.

Cleo dismisses Dixie’s ominous omens…until she and her gentleman friend, Henry Lafayette, arrive at Dixie’s home to find her dead. Cleo suspects murder. The police agree but promptly list Cleo among the likely culprits. To clear her good name and deliver justice, Cleo uses her librarian skills to investigate, with Henry and her trusty bookmobile cat, Rhett Butler, at her side.

However, the killer has opened a new chapter of terror. Death threats appear around town, and residents start seeing bad luck everywhere, including in Cleo and her beloved bookmobile Words on Wheels. With her bookmobile and legacy on the line, Cleo accelerates her sleuthing. Suspects and clues stack up, but so does the danger. Another death is coming due, and Cleo fears the killer may be about to turn the final page on someone she loves most.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781643850030
Publisher: CROOKED LANE BOOKS
Publication date: 05/07/2019
Series: A Bookmobile Mystery Series , #2
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 260,526
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Nora Page enjoys rainy weather, the perfect biscuit, and quiet evenings in with her husband and cat. You can often find her in the company of books. This is her second Bookmobile mystery.

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Read on Arrival: A Bookmobile Mystery 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
JamminJenny 6 months ago
I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I liked this cozy mystery set in Georgia. The MC is the local librarian, Cleo, and near the beginning of the story there is a murder. Cleo sets out to try and help find who the murderer is. I guessed who it was right before Cleo did, so that's always fun for me to outwit the amateur sleuth. A fun read for a cozy mystery.
EdnaG 10 months ago
A Southern Cozy mystery. It was funny in spots and a tad unreal. But, the book is not bad I am sure the cozy mystery reader will enjoy it. Thank you, NetGalley for advancing me a copy.
KrisAnderson_TAR 10 months ago
Read on Arrival is the second novel in A Bookmobile Mystery series. While it can be read alone, I believe it is best to indulge in Better Off Read first. Read on Arrival is nicely written with steady pacing and unique characters. Cleo Watkins is 75 ¾ and has no intention of retiring from her position as head librarian at Catalpa Springs Library. She has discovered she enjoys tootling about the countryside in her bookmobile-Words on Wheels. Cleo has Leanna, her assistant, to keep an eye on things at the library for her. There are a variety of quirky characters in the story ranging from Cleo’s gentleman friend, Henry to Deputy Gabby Honeywell to Rhett, the bookmobile’s Persian cat mascot. Catalpa Springs is a typical small Southern town where gossip spreads faster than maple syrup on a hot stack of pancakes and there are some unusual residents like Dixie. Humor is rampant throughout the story. It reminded me of the slapstick comedy reminiscent of I Love Lucy and The Three Stooges. There is plenty of activity in Read on Arrival with Dixie’s murder, death threats on coffin shapes items, Cleo investigating, and Belle trying to ruin the library. I did have to remind myself that this was a work of fiction (reality cannot be applied). Someone cannot get away with keeping a book checked out for 40 years today (twenty years ago, but not now). The situation with Belle is also unrealistic. Libraries do wish to attract readers, but they will not toss out their books to accomplish it (or rip off the covers because the colors do not match their color scheme). The mystery was straightforward, and I easily identified the killer (it was a piece of cake). There are pointed clues and a limited number of suspects. My favorite phrase from Read on Arrival is “don’t wake the slumbering human bed” from Rhett, the cat. Read on Arrival is a lighthearted, humorous cozy mystery with killer bees, death threats, a delinquent book, mimes, two dead bodies, a sleuthing librarian, an “innobrarian”, and a mascot named Rhett.
BeagleGirl123 11 months ago
All Cleo Watkins wants is for her beloved library to re-open and to get her hands on the delinquent library book Dixie Huddleston has taunted her with for the last 30 years. When Dixie turns up dead in her pantry, and newcomer Belle sets her eye on completely restructuring the library, Cleo certainly has her hands full. A nice returning set of characters and the mystery was fun to solve. Senior sleuth + library + nice story = 5 stars!!!
Karen-Hollins 11 months ago
“Read on Arrival” is the 2nd installment in the Bookmobile mystery series by Nora Page. Death, deadly omens, and a decades-overdue book put senior librarian Cleo Watkins on a collision course with a killer in the second Bookmobile mystery. Septuagenarian librarian Cleo Watkins believes in gracious manners, sweet tea, and justice—library justice. For over forty years, Cleo has tried every trick in the book to get delinquent patron Dixie Huddleston to return the most overdue volume in Catalpa Springs, Georgia. When Dixie says she’ll finally relinquish the book, Cleo is shocked. She’s even more startled by the reason: superstitious Dixie says she’s seen the signs: she’s about to die and is setting her affairs in order. Cleo dismisses Dixie’s ominous omens…until she and her gentleman friend, Henry Lafayette, arrive at Dixie’s home to find her dead. Cleo suspects murder. The police agree but promptly list Cleo among the likely culprits. To clear her good name and deliver justice, Cleo uses her librarian skills to investigate, with Henry and her trusty bookmobile cat, Rhett Butler, at her side. However, the killer has opened a new chapter of terror. Death threats appear around town, and residents start seeing bad luck everywhere, including in Cleo and her beloved bookmobile Words on Wheels. With her bookmobile and legacy on the line, Cleo accelerates her sleuthing. Suspects and clues stack up, but so does the danger. Another death is coming due, and Cleo fears the killer may be about to turn the final page on someone she loves most. Protagonist Cleo makes an interesting amateur sleuth, I like when characters are seniors but show that that are still up for anything. This can be read as a stand-alone, I was able to follow along without reading the first book but do recommend reading “Better Off Read”. Cleo is a small town librarian in Catalpa Springs, I really liked the small town southern setting and would love to have a bookmobile in my neighbourhood. The character development is growing nicely and I love quirky characters. The plot (murder of Dixie) was good but I also liked plots involving the library board and the competition between BOOK IT! and Words on Wheels bookmobiles. All of this kept me entertained and interested in the story, I read in one sitting. I am looking forward to the 3rd installment in the Bookmobile mystery series I requested and received an Advanced Readers Copy from Crooked Lane Books and Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my OWN.
CozyOnUp 11 months ago
Small town head librarian Cleo Watkins captains the library’s book mobile, Words on Wheels, and is looking forward to the grand reopening of the library proper. What would make the grand reopening fantastic for her is to get back a forty year over due book. While she’s tried to recover the book from Dixie Huddleston for years, Dixie, who claims the book is her lucky charm and the secret to her success, just taunts Cleo and keeps the book. When Dixie sees signs and omens, she believes death is coming for her, and promises to return the book to make amends. While Cleo isn’t counting on it, she does go to collect the book from Dixie, but what she finds is Dixie’s body. No book. With so many people Dixie wronged over the years, the list of suspects is broad...and Cleo is on the list! Whoever killed Dixie obviously knew her secrets, her attachment to to the book, and he fears…and Cleo is going to find out who did Dixie in. Small town life provides a variety of characters, each is unique and provides a different view of the town, the victim, and library science. life. I did not see the murdered until the reveal, which makes this even more fun to read and try to figure out whodunit. An enjoyable read and series.
Nancy0708 11 months ago
I enjoyed the imaginative and fun sides to this story along with the colorful descriptions. I really enjoyed the police chief who had recently attended a workshop and came back to work using very unique tactics in handling a suspect. The author also did a good job of making the unlikeable characters truly unlikeable. What I had trouble with was the obsession that Cleo Watkins, librarian, had with getting back a library book that had been checked out over 40 years ago. It seems she has obsessed over and been taunted by this one book for decades. Even when she found a dead body that book was on her mind. This is Bookmobile Mystery #2 but is could also be read as a stand alone. Thanks to Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for an ARC. The opinions expressed are my own.
BookloverUT 11 months ago
Seventy-five year old librarian, Cleo Watkins believes in good manners, respect, and justice. She has been trying to get Dixie Huddleston to return the book she borrowed over forty years ago. When Dixie apprises Cleo that she will return the book, Cleo is skeptical. Dixie has fooled her before. When Dixie states that she has lost all her luck and asks Cleo to meet her, Cleo is hopeful. When Cleo arrives, she finds Dixie’s body riddled with bee stings, dead. Can Cleo find the culprit before she’s the one arrested for murder? I really liked this novel. It had juicy characters that you couldn’t figure out if they were the murderer or not. It had a plot that was twisty enough that the pages kept turning. I loved the main character and her determination to find the killer and protect her friends. The only drawback with this story was that it was a little drawn out, in my opinion. It slowed the pace of the book. I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and am voluntarily reviewing it.
Tangen 11 months ago
Southern, cozy-mystery, amateur-sleuth, women-sleuths, seniors, librarian If you like Southern cozies with seniors, a librarian, a cat, and a diabolical murder you will do the happy dance over this one! I almost gave up early over all the squabbling that comprised the backstory at the beginning, but that would have been a *criminal* mistake. All that mess really was essential to a very interesting and twisty tale full of red herrings and characters who truly are. The publisher's blurb is pretty good and there is no need for spoilers. Just don't let the very beginning cloud your judgment as there are real clues hidden there! I requested and received a free ebook copy from Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley. Thank you!
ArizonaJo 11 months ago
Read on Arrival by Nora Page is the second book in the Bookmobile Mystery series and an intriguing addition that kept me turning the pages. Cleo's beloved library is almost ready to be re-opened in Catalpa Springs. Cleo and Leann are both devastated when a new "innobrarian" is hired by the library board president to update the image of the library. Belle Beauchamp, the "innobrarian" hasn't a clue about libraries and what patrons want and need. Then a top realtor in this small town is murdered and Cleo is at the top of the suspect list - again. A tightly woven plot that is swiftly paced with twists and turns and plenty of suspects kept me intrigued until the dramatic reveal. I really enjoy Cleo with her southern manners, her sharp mind and determination for justice. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.
Marshathereader 11 months ago
Read on Arrival by Nora Page is the second installment in the Bookmobile Mystery series. This was the first one I have read but was able to up to date quickly. Senior librarian, Cleo, is waiting for the reopening of her library, the only thorn in her side is a book that has been over due for 40 years. The book is about luck and a realtor, Dixie, has kept it out saying it is her lucky charm. The luck has worn off since Cleo finds Dixie dead from an allergic reaction. Cleo goes to the top of the list of suspects. There are plenty of twists and turns that will have you wondering until the end. The characters and setting are enjoyable. You have friendship, loveable pets, and humor. Overall this is an easy to read cozy. I really enjoyed that the majority of the characters are senior citizens. I was given an ARC by Netgalley for an honest review.
Chatting-About-Cozies 11 months ago
In this action packed southern cozy mystery, head librarian Cleo Watkins encounters competition for her Bookmobile when Belle Beauchamp shows up in a loud and flashy converted Airstream and seems gung ho to take over the whole library. Horror of horrors—if Belle has her way, the library will be bookless! Soon after, a local realtor’s luck runs out along with her Epi-pen’s effectiveness and the death scene is suspicious, to say the least. Cleo’s inquiring mind wants to know why this woman was set up to die. Author Nora Page has written a clever plot with unexpected twists and a plethora of likely suspects for readers to mull over. A deranged killer is messing with the townspeople’s minds and has them imagining gloom and doom in everything they encounter! I won’t give away the specifics, but I thought the way the threats were left was original and fit right in this mystery. It’s both humorous and a shame to see how the perpetrator manipulates their minds. I had two characters in my mind as the possible killer and one guess was correct. Cleo’s group of close friends and allies are one of the most appealing things about this series. Following the library’s grand re-opening is fun, too! I enjoy practical and gutsy protagonist, Cleo, and her handsome Persian, Rhett Butler. An added bonus to the story’s end is a delicious pie recipe featured in the novel. I reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and Crooked Lane. Thank you.
BobbieLCLA 11 months ago
I received a free copy of READ ON ARRIVAL (Book 2 of the Bookmobile Mysteries) by Nora Page in exchange for an honest review. Septuagenarian head librarian Cleo Watkins is looking forward to the grand reopening of her library. When the party happens, she’ll silently be celebrating her fiftieth year working for the Catalpa Springs Public Library. Cleo happily anticipates stepping back to a part-time position and allowing her young protégé take on some of her responsibilities. There is only one thing that could make this celebration perfect: the return of a four-decades delinquent book by an unrepentant patron, Dixie Huddleston. When Dixie makes an appointment to turn the book over to Cleo, Cleo is expecting to, again, be disappointed, but she’s not expecting to find Dixie’s corpse. At the beginning of the investigation, the chief of police treats Cleo like a suspect, so with a prior mystery-solving success behind her, Cleo embarks on a new investigation. However, Dixie had so many enemies, how can Cleo possibly narrow the suspect list? Meanwhile, a wealth man on the board of directors gives his new crush carte blanche to muddle Cleo’s carefully-planned library renovation. Though I didn’t read the prior book, I had no problem connecting with the characters. I enjoyed this novel. The only possible negative was that some of the things the library board was allowing the “consultant” to get away with was outrageous enough to make my cringe. I recommend this book to people who enjoyed the prior book and also to those who enjoy cozy mysteries with senior sleuths, libraries, illicit snacking, and sweet little animals. #ReadOnArrival #NetGalley
Mama_Cat 11 months ago
I enjoyed this second novel in the Bookmobile Mystery series. The colorful and whimsical cover is inviting, and I appreciate having a variety of ages for the primary characters, especially being just past middle-aged. The characters are realistic and likable, and the mystery intriguing and challenging. Cleo is head librarian at Catalpa Springs Library. At 75, her 50th anniversary of being the longest-serving “biblio-professional” in town is weeks away, sharing the library grand re-opening. It is undergoing renovations due to a downed tree earlier in the year. Cleo and her assistant Leanna oversee the renovations, and Cleo drives the repurposed school bus known as Words on Wheels, the library bookmobile, with her pal and library mascot, a gorgeous orange Persian, Rhett Butler. She loves delivering books to a halfway house, senior living communities, and places where folks simply get to the library during business hours. Along comes Belle, with her bubble-headed ideas that are foreign to library lovers, but sound innovative to those without a clue. Mercer Whitty, president of the library board, is one who doesn’t have a clue. Belle drives the bookmobile from a neighboring town. Except for one little, tiny problem. The silver Airstream is towed by her red pickup truck and graced by her miniature pony, Lilliput. But There. Is. Only. One. Book. Propping a window open. Clean lines, sparkling counters, check. Books for children, non-fiction, community history, too messy. Mercer is enchanted by this fast-talking innovator who wants to consult at Cleo’s library to make it fun. Mercer will pay from his foundation to keep Belle in his library and life. Even when she wants to remove bookshelves and books. I have great empathy for Cleo! If there is any other bane to her life, it is Dixie. Dixie checked out a book, “Come Home with Lady Luck” that she has refused to return or pay the overdue fines of 40-plus years. Dixie stopped by in a panic, convinced her luck had run out because of omens and signs, insisting that Cleo meet her to collect the book. Cleo took her gentleman friend Henry, but Dixie didn’t answer the door. Going around the porch, they smelled smoke, and dashed into her kitchen to find a fire on the stove. After putting that out, they try to find Dixie. She was locked into her pantry from the outside, with a threatening coffin note, Dixie dead on the floor with a room full of bees. Later it is discovered that her epi-pens had been tampered with. Dixie’s son and daughter in law were going to be kicked out of the cottage in back, so they were suspect. As is Cleo, whose determination to get the overdue book back was well-known. Dixie’s estranged daughter shows up, and her best friend, Pat, wants Cleo to help her find who killed Dixie. The story was riveting, and I appreciate Cleo, best friend Mary-Rose, Leanna, and Henry. Seeing the ladies vie for attention, especially Belle with her ideas, led this reader to have sympathy for Cleo. The mystery was almost secondary! The author skillfully kept it at the forefront, and it was a true challenge. I followed a couple of the red herrings, but finally saw the light…only a couple beats ahead of Cleo. I highly recommend this surprising, funny, compelling read to those who appreciate well-written cozy mysteries, libraries, and … books! From a thankful heart: I received an ARC from the publisher through NetGalley and this is my honest review.