Cat With a Clue
Author: Laurie Cass
Cat With a Clue is the fifth book in the series. It isn't necessary to read them in order. A reader could jump in with this book and still enjoy the story. To fully know the background of all the characters, it's best to start at the beginning of the series but Cat With a Clue doesn't really depend on any monumental occurrences in previous books for its plot.
The basics: Minnie comes into work one morning to shelve books. While she's puttering around inside the library, she nearly trips over a dead body. The woman is lying on the floor with a knife sticking out of her chest. Andrea Vennard had recently come to town to attend the funeral of her great aunt. But how did she get into the library before it opened? And who killed her? Before the police really even get started on their investigation into the murder, a baffling string of break-ins begin around town. Even the bookmobile is broken into. The common denominator is books. Minnie wonders if the murder and the break-ins are related somehow, but isn't sure what the murderer might be looking for. Can she and Eddie solve the case before someone else gets hurt or killed?
Since this is my favorite cozy series, I knew I was going to enjoy this book before I even read the first page. :) The mystery was engaging and there were plenty of suspects and surprises. I always enjoy the side plot of Minnie's aunt matchmaking for her summer boarders, and her aunt's lovelife with neighbor, Otto. All in all, this is another fun addition to the series!
To learn more about the author and this series, check out her website at: http://catmystery.com/
The next book in the series, Wrong Side of the Paw, will be coming out in late July! :) I can't wait!!