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Checking Out Crime A Bookmobile Cat Mystery By Laurie Cass: Review/Giveaway


FROM THE 2021 Articles,
andCynthia Chow,
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by Cynthia Chow

Details at the end of the post on how to enter to win a copy of Checking Out Crime and a link to order it from Amazon and an independent bookstore.

Minnie Hamilton adores her job as the assistant director for Lower Michigan’s Chilson’s District Library. She loves even more driving the Bookmobile throughout the lakeshore town, and it’s a testament to her success that her boss and patrons are requesting additional stops throughout the week. While bookmobile cat Eddie serves as an added attraction for patrons and reluctant readers, Minnie and her bookmobile clerk Julia Beaton are already running themselves ragged with their current schedule. They are forced to make another unexpected stop when they come across the body of a bicyclist lying in the road as another car speeds away. Despondent after her attempts at CPR fail to revive the victim, Minnie is even more shocked to learn that the death of Brown Bernier was not due to an accident.

Minnie and Eddie have a history conducting their own side investigations into the crimes of their small town, but the lead detectives waste little time advising her to stay out of their way. That’s going to be impossible, of course, not just because Minnie attempted to save Brown but because he happened to have been a friend of her own bestie’s father. At first it seems that the former City maintenance worker had no enemies and was beloved by all, but another death by bicycle indicates that something is definitely afoot. Further keeping Minnie occupied is a plea by her library assistant to intervene in his relationship with his girlfriend, not to mention Minnie’s own fluctuating living situation. Living on a houseboat is ideal only during the warm months of the year, and with her and her fiancé’s home still in the midst of construction her residential plans are definitely in flux and causing no small amount of stress.

This ninth in the series is an absolute delight as it allows readers to settle in and relax with the genial, supportive residents of Chilson. Minnie’s library staff have become a part of her family, which is why she struggles to make her bookmobile a success despite there being not enough resources nor time for her to do it without much needed help. Her one-sided consultations and conversations with Eddie are hilarious, as he responds with appropriately feline snores and the occasional purr. Minnie finds a new ally in the form of a detective’s retired, but still very capable, wife and Detective Hal Inwood may regret both introducing the women and ignoring their suggestions. The personal lives of Minnie and her friends are just as compelling as the mystery, which swerves on an unexpected path towards a very clever conclusion. Readers will revel in Minnie and Eddie’s bookmobile visits to loyal patrons, who reward her not only in praise but with information. Library lovers, cat aficionados, and cozy mystery fans will adore the latest in this always entertaining series.

To enter to win a copy of Checking Out Crime, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “checking,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen May 29, 2021. U.S. residents only, and you must be 18 or older to enter. If you are entering via email please include you mailing address in case you win, it will be deleted after the contest. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & mystery short stories in our mystery section. And join our mystery Facebook group to keep up with everything mystery we post, and have a chance at some extra giveaways. Be sure to check out our new mystery podcast too with mystery short stories, and first chapters read by local actors. A new episode goes up next week.

You can use this link to purchase this book from indie bookstore Mysterious Galaxy, and KRL gets a portion of the sale:

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Cynthia Chow is the branch manager of Kaneohe Public Library on the island of Oahu. She balances a librarian lifestyle of cardigans and hair buns with a passion for motorcycle riding and regrettable tattoos (sorry, Mom).

Disclosure: This post contains links to an affiliate program, for which we receive a few cents if you make purchases. KRL also receives free copies of most of the books that it reviews, that are provided in exchange for an honest review of the book.

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Carol Knudtson May 22, 2021 at 11:47am

This is one of my very favorite series. Thank you so much for the chance to win this.


2 Nancy May 22, 2021 at 12:43pm

This sounds like a fun and enjoyable mystery read!


3 Sue Stoner
Twitter: @Sue
May 22, 2021 at 5:42pm

Great series!


4 Nora-Adrienne Deret
Twitter: @NoraAdrienne
May 22, 2021 at 10:58pm

I’m a fan of the series and own five of the books. I’d love to add this one to my library
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5 Elaine M Faber May 23, 2021 at 8:48am

I won a ‘library’ contest with this short story about my first experience with a bookmobile. You can read it on my website. Check below.



6 Alicia May 23, 2021 at 10:33am

Always a good time returning to this series.


7 Dianne Casey May 23, 2021 at 2:19pm

Would really like to read. Thanks for the chance.


8 Glen Davis May 23, 2021 at 6:57pm

Sounds interesting! Count me in!


9 Teresa Warner May 25, 2021 at 8:57am

New series for me, sounds good! tWarner419(at)aol(dot)com


10 Mary Holshouser May 26, 2021 at 9:06am

Love this series. As a retired
librarian, it would have been
fun to visit folks with the
bookmobile. thanks.


11 Sherry Brown May 28, 2021 at 7:16am

This series is new to me. Would love the chance to win your giveaway!!!


12 Linda Herold
Twitter: @Linda
May 28, 2021 at 7:07pm

I would love to win this book–print copy. Thanks for the chance lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com


13 Christy Maurer
Twitter: @christy41970
May 30, 2021 at 7:10pm

I have not read any of her books yet but this one looks so good!


14 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
June 1, 2021 at 11:35am

We have a winner!


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