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Lending a Paw : A Bookmobile Cat Mystery

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Lending a Paw : A Bookmobile Cat Mystery

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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 shed better keep both hands on the wheel, because its going to be a bumpy ride.

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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 shed better keep both hands on the wheel, because its going to be a bumpy ride. 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.



Series Title
A Bookmobile Cat Mystery
Penguin Publishing Group
Book Format
Original Languages
Number of Pages
Laurie Cass
Publication Date
December, 2013
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
6.81 x 4.19 x 0.93 Inches
Customer Reviews
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Michigan librarian Minnie

Michigan librarian Minnie Hamilton is driving the bookmobile on its inaugural run when she and her rescue cat Eddie come across a body. Turns out Minnie knows the dead man - he donated the money for the bookmobile. Minnie had become friends with Stan Larabee and she feels she must try to find who murdered him. And of course, Eddie is helping. Finding the culprit becomes an imperative when the two police detectives on the case seem zero in on a fellow library employee as the main suspect. Minnie begins snooping - but when she shares her information with the cops they seem uninterested. Is she treading on dangerous ground? Of course she is. That's part of the fun until it's no longer fun. Lending a Paw is a lovely cozy mystery - and Minnie is a GREAT cozy heroine. I picked up four books in the series from the used bookstore at my public library - and plan to do a bit of binge-reading.

When I was young, we live

When I was young, we lived on a farm several miles from town. I remember the Bookmobile coming to our corner and how excited I was. That was my first introduction to the world of books. Imagine my excitement when I find a book that talks not only about bookmobiles, but adds a cat to the story; cats being another passion of mine. There's nothing better than mixing books and cats, so I sat down to read. Little did I know that 7 hours later (at 3:45 AM) I finished Lending a Paw. Yes, it's that captivating. Minnie is a fascinating young woman who lives on a houseboat and Eddie is a priceless feline rescued from the local cemetery. I was so sad when Minnie's benefactor gets murdered, but Eddie's participation in finding the culprit will make you laugh until your sides hurt. Ms. Cass book is humorous, sometimes touching, and always very entertaining. I can't wait to read the next book in the Bookmobile Cat Mystery Series. ~ Linda Thompson, Host of

Idealistic librarian Minn

Idealistic librarian Minnie Hamilton has convinced her supervisor that providing bookmobile services throughout the county will enhance the library's service to the community. But on her first outing, she discovers a body and is thrown into the middle of a murder mystery. Minnie is determined to track down the murderer, but when the bookmobile's tires are shot out while she's driving down the road, it's suddenly very clear that someone wants to halt Minnie's investigation for good. An enchanting cozy, this delightful tale is enhanced by the unflagging determination that drives the ever-resourceful Minnie. And readers are sure to enjoy the escapades of her furry friend, Eddie, the charming, almost-magical bookmobile cat. Recommended.

Lending a Paw is Book 1 i

Lending a Paw is Book 1 in the Bookmobile Cat Mystery series. It was an enjoyable cozy with a believable suspect list and a few red herrings to point me in different directions along the way. Eddie, the mischievous cat, was a lovable character. I liked that he's an ordinary cat with animal instincts and doesn't possess any magical abilities. Here's a little of the plot.... Minerva (Minnie) Hamilton, a Librarian with the Chilson (MI) District Library, drives the Bookmobile with her naughty but decidedly helpful and intuitive cat, Eddie. Eddie followed Minnie home from the cemetery one day, and surreptitiously made his way onto the bookmobile on the day of its maiden voyage. Minnie is reluctant to bring Eddie along on the Bookmobile for health and safety reasons, until Eddie leads her to her friend's dead body. Minnie was fond of Stan Larabee, a major contributor to the library. But further digging uncovers unfavorable accounts of Stan's character and business dealings. Many people hated the man. Who really was Stan Larabee, and why were so many folks' attitudes that of good riddance instead of poor Stan? This is my second book in the Bookmobile series. Admittedly, I had to get well into the book before it truly started to hold my attention. Once it did, I was eagerly anticipating the revealing of the killer. This was an audiobook and the narrator did a pretty good job as Minnie. Her voice sort of reminded me of Jane Fonda, and it took me a little while in the beginning to equate her to 33-yr. old Minnie. But after listening for a time I got used to her voice and it was fine. Overall, I liked this cozy and I would try another book in the series.

Center Point brought out

Center Point brought out their large print edition of book two, TAILING A TABBY, first. I'd liked it, so I was glad to snatch LENDING A PAW from the new large print mysteries shelf. Assistant Library Director Minnie Hamilton has the misfortune to work for a bean counter who believes in a centralized library. I didn't like her boss, Stephen Rangle, much in the second book. In chapter three we learn that he convinced the library board that e-book lending meant they could shut down all of their small outlying libraries, I wanted to yell at the twit that he was disenfranchising patrons who didn't have cars or internet access. That the Chilson Library District has a bookmobile at all is thanks to Minnie and a generous donation from an elderly rich developer friend, Stan Larabee. Is Rangle grateful? No, he's looking for an excuse to get rid of the bookmobile. Minnie's handsome cat, Eddie, sneaks into the bookmobile on its maiden run. She's sure her boss will have kittens (pun intended) if he finds out, but the patrons like Eddie. Minnie intended it to be a one-time deal, but a sick little girl's longing to meet Eddie changes her mind. It's Eddie who discovers a murder victim. Eddie is very helpful about clues. Too bad Minnie isn't good at picking that up. Still, with her beloved aunt thinking she may have set up the victim through good intentions, and her best friend on the library staff high on the suspect list, Minnie is doing her best. Too bad the two local detectives on the case don't seem interested in the information Minnie brings them. There hasn't been anything going on the romance front for Minnie since she moved to Chilson, Michigan to take up her job. Neither of the matchmaking attempts made on her behalf have struck any sparks. One of them did land her a handy friend who just might be her ticket to meeting Mr. Right, assuming that Mr. Right doesn't turn out to be that good-looking deputy she meets during the investigation. There is a first date in chapter 14 that had me chuckling. Plenty of Minnie's encounters with locals and library/bookmobile patrons did that for me, too. Notes: 1. Minnie calls her little microwave the 'Eddie Safe' because her cat loves bread and it's the only place she can keep hers safe. (No room for a bread box?) Chapter 1 (That's the same chapter where we find out what's on Cookie Tom's bakery sidewalk sign. It made me smile.) 2. Look in chapter 10 for some of Stan Larabee's other donations to worthy causes. 3. The oldest headstone in the Lakeview Cemetary is that of Mary Alvord, who was born in London, England in 1815, and died in Chilson, Michigan in 1877. Chapter 10 (Well, the cemetary is named in chapter 1, and nothing indicates that there's more than one cemetary in Chilson.) 4. Aunt Frances knows Gwen, daughter of Stan Larabee's oldest daughter. Chapter 13 5. Stan's full name was Stanley Warren Larabee. He weighed seven pounds and ten ounces (3.458 kilograms) when he was born at home. His parents were named Silas and Belinda Larabee. Chapter 14 (Read further for Minnie's reaction to Stan's high school graduation photo, not to mention another newspaper announcement.) 6. Stan's six older sisters were/are Sarah, Shirley, Stella, Sadie, Sylvia, and Sophie. Chapter 14 (The same chapter tells us that Audry Brant lives at 17981 Valley Road. The Brants' farmhouse has a 'Centennial Farm' sign out front.) 7. See chapter 18 for a tidbit about Stephen Rangel's family. That's also where we learn that he never comes in on a Saturday and his reason for that. 8. The answer to where Onaway potatoes originated is also in chapter 18. The only part about this cozy that I didn't like was Minnie's Aunt Frances Pixley's fretting over her latest matchmaking attempts not going as planned. I didn't like that in the second book, either. I wish I had book two in hand because a breakfast scene I remember from it seems to be contradicted by a sentence early in chapter 5. I mildly regret that Ms. Cass never channeled that 1955 Bugs Bunny cartoon, 'Hare Brush,' and informed us that Stan Larabee was a millionaire. He owned a mansion and a yacht. (No yacht mentioned, alas.) The Bookmobile Cat Mysteries are a pleasant way to pass some time. I look forward to book three.
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