Tuesday, November 8, 2016

REVIEW: Borrowed Crime

Borrowed Crime
Author: Laurie Cass

Librarian Minnie Hamilton and her Bookmobile Cat, Eddie, return in this 3rd book in the Bookmobile Cat Mystery series.

Let's just get this out of the way first thing:  I love this series. It ranks right at the top of my "must read'' list of cozy mystery series.

Why? Minnie is an endearing main character. She is a mix of funny, emotional, sweet and feisty. Her almost irrational fear about her boss Stephen discovering she brings her cat along on Bookmobile days just makes me smile. Eddie is an awesome cat and has his fans waiting to see him at each Bookmobile stop. His constant kitty-speak "mrr'' in reply to Minnie (or "MRRRR!!" if he wants attention right now) is just awesome. Eddie is all cat. He isn't portrayed as magical, paranormal or anything other than Minnie's best buddy, who also has a knack for finding clues or helping Minnie as she works to ferret out a killer.

The basics: In Borrowed Crime, just as Minnie starts to panic about finding funding for the Bookmobile, the problem becomes even more serious. A volunteer along on a Bookmobile run is shot to death outside a gas station. Suddenly the library is being sued for negligence. Plus, the library board might terminate Minnie's employment and shut down the Bookmobile. Minnie is on the case once again, working to discover if the shooting was a mere hunting accident or murder.

The mystery portion of the plot was well written and paced. There are some interesting subplots and changes in the main characters in this third installment of the series. No spoilers! :) I can't wait to read the next book to see what happens to all my favorite citizens of Chilson, Michigan!

There are five books in the Bookmobile Cat Mystery series. A sixth book is scheduled for publication in July, 2017.

For more information about Laurie Cass and her books, check out her website: www.catmystery.com

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