Friday, September 23, 2016

LENDING A PAW by Laurie Cass [Book recommendation]

Book obtained from: Library e-book [2013]

Description: Minerva “Minnie” Hamilton and Eddie, the cat that followed her home one day and wouldn't leave, drive a bookmobile and solve a murder.

Plot:  Eddie sneaks aboard the bookmobile on its first day of service, delighting the patrons.  At their last stop of the day, he leads Minnie to a body.  Unfortunately, Minnie knows the victim, and it appears many of her friends are suspected of killing him.  So Minnie “helps” investigate the crime.

Characterization:  The characters could have been more developed.  I had a sense of who they were, but none of the “jumped out at me”, except for Eddie who was cute and funny and well-done.  Sometimes I lost track of who was who, but oddly it didn't seem to matter much.  I still enjoyed the story.

Setting:  Southwestern Michigan.  Nicely described, I was able to picture every scene.

Other:  The main character pondered the clues so much, and gave their specific significance, that there were none that the reader could miss.

Overall:  This was a cute cozy mystery, very good for readers who don't really want to think too much, they just want a cute story with a well-stated conclusion.

Grade: B

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