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Pouncing on Murder
A Bookmobile Cat Mystery #4
Laurie Cass

December 1, 2015 / ISBN 978-0-451-47654-8
Mystery/Cozy/Amateur Sleuth

Reviewed by Laura Hinds


Minnie Hamilton is a contented librarian, with a wonderful bookmobile, good friends, and a smart rescue cat named Eddie. It is spring in Chilson, Michigan and the maple syrup is flowing. One of her patrons, Henry Gill, a widower who is a sugarer, gives Minnie and her part-time bookmobile clerk, Julia their own Mason jars filled with his maple syrup. What a great gift!

Several days later Phyllis Chambers is the bearer of bad news. She tells Minnie that Henry Gill is dead. A horrible accident - or so it seems. A tree fell on him! While Minnie is saddened, she still has to carry on. She's in the midst of moving from her aunt's house, where she lives in the winter, to her small houseboat for the warmer months. She also continues her work, and picks up a new stop on the bookmobile route, at the home of the man who was with Henry when the tree fell on him. Adam had a heart-attack on the spot, and while he is recovering, it seems that someone is out to silence the only possible witness to what may have been, after all, no accident. The busy police in town aren't digging deeply enough into Henry's death or the attempts on Adam's life to satisfy Minnie, so she decides to follow the clues and find the truth herself. With, of course, more than a little help from Eddie the cat!

This is the first book that I have read in this series, and it won't be the last. In fact, I intend to go back and read the previous three. The mystery was so good that I couldn't put it down. I didn't figure out who the killer was until the author was ready to share. Minnie's long-distance romance was keeping her from possible love-interests in town, and it was fun to read how things progressed along that front, too.

Of course for me, the ultimate cat-lady, Eddie was the star of the story. Eddie demonstrated intelligence, humor, and love for his person and drew me in from the first time he entered the picture. I loved this book and highly recommend it. Pick up your copy today- you won't be sorry! Four paws up!

Reviews of other titles in this series

Lending a Paw #1
Tailing a Tabby #2
Borrowed Crime #3
Pouncing on Murder #4

Reviewed 2016