Thursday, March 5, 2015

Book Review & Giveaway: Borrowed Crime by Laurie Cass


About the book: Librarian Minnie Hamilton spreads the joy of reading throughout Chilson, Michigan, with her bookmobile, but she doesn’t ride alone. Her rescue cat, Eddie, and a group of volunteers are always on board to deliver cheer—until one of her helpers gets checked out for good...

When Minnie loses a grant that was supposed to keep the bookmobile running, she’s worried her pet project could come to its final page. But she’s determined to keep her patrons—and Eddie’s fans—happy and well read. She just needs her boss, Stephen to see things her way, and make sure he doesn’t see Eddie. The library director doesn’t exactly know about the bookmobile’s furry co-pilot.

But when a volunteer dies on the bookmobile’s route, Minnie finds her traveling library in an even more precarious position. Although the death was originally ruled a hunting accident, a growing stack of clues is pointing towards murder. It’s up to Minnie and Eddie to find the killer, and fast—before the best chapter of her life comes to a messy close…


I love the Bookmobile Cat mysteries as much as I love cats and books! Whenever I find a mystery series that merges the two things I am most passionate about I just could not be happier.

In this third book in the series Minnie and Eddie have moved into her aunt's boarding house for the winter. Back on the bookmobile Minnie is stuck dealing with volunteer-extraordinaire and uber-annoying Denise riding shotgun. Days later Denise sends her husband Roger out in her place and before the day is over he's gunned down when the bookmobile stops to make a pit stop. It's the beginning of hunting season and the blame initially falls on an irresponsible hunter, but Minnie soon begins to wonder if Denise had been the intended target. Roger's sister decides to sue the library and the library board threatens to park the bookmobile permanently, leading Minnie to hunt for the killer herself in order to save her beloved livelihood.

In addition to the mystery Minnie is dealing with relationship issues with her ER doc boyfriend (I really don't understand what she sees in him...he's allergic to cats, for crying out loud!) and a new neighbor across the street from her aunt's boarding house who acts very strangely. She's also forced to seek help from her library co-workers to find out if her boss Stephen has discovered that Eddie is a fixture on the bookmobile. Borrowed Crime was a fast-paced page-turner that had me guessing until the last dramatic scenes.

If you're like me and find your bliss in cats and books, this is a series that will make you purr with delight.

Check out Truffles' interview with Eddie here.

Giveaway: Leave a comment by noon eastern on Wednesday, March 11th, for your chance to win a copy of Borrowed Crime. (US entries only, please.)

41 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have got to check this series out! I think I might like these! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I have got to check this series out! I think I might like these! Thanks!

Helen Kotowske said...
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Helen Kotowske said...

I love libraries, cats and cozy murder mysteries.

Jen Scott said...

Bookmobile Cat mysteries are new to me, and Borrowed Crime sounds great. I will have to check out the books in this series. Thank you for the review and giveaway.
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Anonymous said...

WOWZERS....that sounds like a great series! Thanks for telling us about it..........we too love combining kitties and mysteries - it's a GREAT combo!

Hugs, Sammy

Lisa Brown said...

Love the mobile book theme to the story; thanks for the chance to win it :)
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Acemommy said...

This sounds awesome! sarah2323 at gmail dot com

holdenj said...

Even though they've stopped at a boarding house, sounds like the bookmobile mystery is still on the move! Thanks for the chance to win.
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Laura Collins said...

This sounds like an awesome book, I am adding it to my wish list. Thanks for a chance to win it. weluvdopey@sc.rr.com

skkorman said...

I love cozy mysteries that include cats—thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book!

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Anonymous said...

I love, Love, LOVE this series! I already bought "Borrowed Crime", so don't include me in the giveaway. I just wanted to say it's a wonderful series, love Minnie and Eddie. Plus, the real-life Eddie has his photo posted on Laurie Cass' Facebook page, every Friday... https://www.facebook.com/bookmobilecat

Rita said...

Sounds good, I can't wait to read it.

petite said...

A great cozy which would be enjoyed. Love the cover. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

oneponychick66 said...

I read everything Cats!! Am fostering 3 right now and mine will remain anonymous!!!!!! Good cover!!!!!

Robin Mudge said...

This sounds like a really fun series of books! I love that photo of Truffles too. She is sooo cute! :)

traveler said...

What an intriguing feature and giveaway. Just ideal. thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Nerissa said...

Oohhh... That book sounds wonderful! I'll have to get the peep to check it out (no pun intended), for sure.

Purrs,
Nissy

PS. Please don't enter me in the contest on account of my bein' a Canadian kitty and all. purrs

Karen B said...

Love the idea of a bookmobilem This series is on my wishlist.
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Debbie S said...

I am finishing up the first one right now and loving it, I have the next one lined up to read and can't wait. I love Minnie's conversations with Eddie, I have many of these same comments with my cats, LOL.
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NoraA said...

I love the bookmobile series but this time I think they bollixed up the cover. The book bus looks more like a food truck and is a bit on the short side.

But, cover aside I'd love to win the book so I can read the story.

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Unknown said...

I think all libraries benefit from the addition of a cat. And a library that is on wheels? Absolutely needs a cat!
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Robin Coxon said...

A job on a bookmobile has been on my list of jobs I would like to do. My love for cats too only makes this book even more desirable. Thanks for a wonderful review.

Janel Flynn said...

Sounds intriguing. Love to read the whole series.

Shannon M said...

Thanks for the giveaway! The book sounds great!

Fish Mom said...

Thanks for the chance to win. Love the cover kitty looks like my boy.

Verna Gass said...

Sounds like a good read..yummy!
Would love to win!!

Clickner said...

Have to check this series out. sclickner@juno.com

Sharon Braswell said...

I SO enjoyed your review! I'm new to this series, and this one does sound very fast paced! I love Cozies, cats, and books too, so I'm with you on the boyfriend. Maybe he at least takes allergy meds! :)

Sue said...

Why would someone even consider a boyfriend who is allergic to cats??? This is a fun series---I'd love to win this book
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Brooke Bumgardner said...

Oh, this sounds like such a lovely series!! :)

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pilch92 15andmeowing said...

Sounds like a nice book, I need to look into the first 2. pilch92@aol.com

Anita Yancey said...

I like the idea of the bookmobile, and the cat Eddie. It sounds like a fun and witty read. Thanks for having the giveaway.

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Fiona L. Woods said...

Love the idea of the bookmobile. We used to have one here where I live, but as with one of the threads in this book budget cuts did away with it. We did not however have a cat riding shotgun (wish we did though).

Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.

Fiona (fionalwoods(at)yahoo(dot)com

servedogmom said...

Our village used to have a bookmobile. Memories! The Bookmobile Cat mysteries are new to me, and Borrowed Crime sounds great. My favorite mysteries are those with dogs/cats and/or recipes. . Thank you for the review and giveaway. servedogmom@yahoo.com

Kim said...

This sounds like a really good series. I love the little side romance to cozy mysteries.
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ezreader said...

I'd love to read this. It would be my first by this this author. I hope an ebook is offered.
Kathy Meik
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katsrus said...

This sounds like a good series. Love the cover.
Sue B
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Barbara T. said...

A bookmobile sounds like the perfect job to me. Bobbipad at gmail dot com

Kaye Killgore said...

I would love to read this book.

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Carol M said...

This sounds like a book I would enjoy! Thank you for the giveaway!
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