Book Review: Lending A Paw by Laurie Cass

Book 1 in the A Bookmobile Cat Mystery series 

Published in 2013

383 pages

4 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Sypnosis: 

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.

My Review:

This was such a super cute, cozy mystery! After finishing Delia James’ Witch’s Cat mystery series, I was thrilled to learn that there’s an almost endless plethora of cozy mysteries featuring feline companions: I mean, what better than to find all the more books and series to add to one’s TBR, right? I thought I’d start with this one here, I suppose the cover stood out more than others, as well as the sypnosis, I mean does it get better than books featuring cats, as well as the main character working in a library? 

I instantly adored Minnie, or Minerva (what a name, right? Love it!) and her feline pal, Eddie, I feel like anyone that has owned or owns a cat, or should I say, is owned by a cat, will smile fondly at the relationship between these two, I mean, it was too precious! I utterly love how Laurie Cass wrote Eddie, I feel like I could picture his every actions, as well as those cheeky expressions and meows that he often made! 

Minnie, the eyes of whom we see the story through, as I said, was brilliant, she was very naturally written, what with her love of books and how much she enjoyed her job of working in a library, and her passion in driving the bookmobile around to remote towns, ensuring that people’s love for literature is fed, I felt like I could easily relate to her in her work and I even felt myself affected when we hear about the murder of someone who was rather dear to her. 

Which brings us to the murder itself, I found this one to be quite the perplexing whodunnit – and I am going to be vague, as I’m going to avoid spoilers, but right away I was trying to figure out why? Who? The mystery itself remained throughout the novel, and I was forever curious as we learnt more, and I loved the revelations throughout, and especially close to the ending oh my goodness there was one scene where I was proper terrified! I loved the little hints throughout, mind you, I didn’t pick up on them until Minnie reflected back, because I couldn’t see HOW in the name of Shakespeare that would have even come together, but looking back, it makes purr-fect sense! I love how much Eddie featured in this book and the mystery itself, and I’m definitely excited to see what’s in store for Minnie and Eddie next! As I understand, there’s six books in this series, which is exciting! 

If you enjoy cozy mysteries, felines, and books, then this book is definitley for you! 

Happy reading 📚


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