Lending a Paw (Bookmobile Cat Mysteries)
by Laurie Cass
Review by Mel Jacob
Signet Mass Market Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780451415462
Date: 03 December 2013 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
An Obsidian mystery, Lending a Paw features a cat and a librarian. When Eddie, the stray cat that adopted Minnie Hamilton, the assistant director of the Chilson Public Library, sneaks aboard the new bookmobile on its maiden run, Minnie has no idea what lies in store for her. Eddie discovers the body of Stan Larabee, the donor who provided the funds for the new service.
While Larabee, a very rich man, had many enemies, he and Minnie became friends, and she is determined to find his killer. Suspects include former business partners and all six of his older sisters and their children. It also includes some female friends.
The police question everyone and especially those who asked the wealthy Larabee for loans, which he refused. One of those is a colleague of Minnie's, Holly Terpening. Holly had not told her husband and she fears the police investigation will anger him. She begs Minnie to solve the murder.
Minnie's Aunt Frances also comes under suspicion despite her claim to not know much about Larabee. When Minnie learns her aunt had an argument with the murdered man, it re-enforces her determination to solve the crime.
Eddie, the bookmobile cat, soon has a lot of fans. Children and the elderly love Eddie. Others have used cats as partners in crime solving as well as librarians and bookstore owners as partners for the cats. Eddie is a hero and likable sleuth.
Cass provides a pleasant read and enough clues so that avid mystery readers will be able guess both the killer and the motive. She doesn't put her heroine through as tough a time as some of the harder edged mysteries, although Minnie has plenty of opportunity to display her talents as a librarian and a spunky investigator. Unlike so many Obsidian mysteries, this is not romantic suspense although romance may lie in Minnieís future if Aunt Frances has her way. Itís a nice introduction for a new mystery series entitled The Bookmobile Cat Mysteries.