This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Cat With a Clue by Laurie Cass
Series: A Bookmobile Cat Mystery #5
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Release Date: August 2, 2016
Purchase at: Amazon
The national bestselling author of Pouncing on Murder returns as librarian Minnie Hamilton and her rescue cat Eddie discover there’s a true crime story unraveling in their own nonfiction section. . . .
Early one morning while shelving books in the library, Minnie stumbles upon a dead body. Authorities identify the woman as an out-of-towner visiting Chilson for her great-aunt’s funeral. What she was doing in the library after hours is anyone’s guess . . . but Minnie and Eddie are determined to save the library’s reputation and catch a killer.
As rumors about the victim circulate through Chilson, the police are in a bind over a streak of baffling break-ins. Luckily, Minnie and Eddie are traveling the county in their bookmobile, and they'll stop at nothing to find the spineless killer before the final page is turned on someone else.
Minnie Hamilton is an assistant library director in the small town of Chilson. Her cat and confidante Eddie is the officially unofficial ambassador of the bookmobile that Minnie and Eddie drive through the county and in his downtime he is a typical cryptic feline out for his own gain. Life in this small town is quaint and typically nothing really happens there. It is full of well meaning neighbors and thanks to the gossip mill there are truly no secrets either. With typical small town life being…well typical, it comes as a shock to Minnie when she shows up early for work one day and find a murdered stranger in her library. Even more compounding is that there is truly no plausible explanation for the situation.
The start of this book is wonderful. We are given just the right amount of details to build a charming town in our minds eye. I can just see myself taking a stroll in this picturesque town with its few blocks of a downtown, old brick buildings mixed in with the newer clapboard buildings painted in a variety of colors. I can see all the storefront owners opening up their shops for the day, advertising their wares. It is a very realistic setting.
News of the murder creates a sense of unease with the local inhabitants. What is more confounding is that the victim is no stranger but a descendant of the local DeKeyser family who’s matriarch had just passed away. A murder in small town incites the local gossip mill with their theories of who done it and why. No one is taking this line of pondering more seriously than Minnie as it happened in her library and has potentially smirched the library’s reputation.
If murder was not enough for her small town, there is now a rash of vandalism taking place throughout the town. It seems that there is more to this story than just foul play. Out to solve the mystery and put an end to the troubles afflicting Chilson Minnie starts tracking down leads. Interacting with many of the local inhabitants gives Minnie much to ponder and she is able to start putting together pieces of this puzzle. Which leads her straight into the arms of danger. In the end it is up to Minnie and her wits to stay alive and bring an end to this mystery.
This was entertaining way to pass the time. In this story the supporting characters are reminiscent of what you find in a small town, and although you do not get to know them with a great degree of intimacy they are very enjoyable. I liked the quirkiness of Minnie, she is well developed and adds humor to the story with her companion and confidante Eddie. From early on I was able to surmise the ‘why’ of the mystery followed shortly after by the ‘who’ but the author does a good job of weaving in some red herrings in the background to make you hang on until the end to see if your assumptions were correct. I would recommend this book as a nice mystery for a beach read or when you are looking for a light and entertaining way to spend a few hours.
*Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group & NetGalley for this ARC of Cat with a Clue*