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With the help of her rescue cat, Eddie, librarian Minnie Hamilton is driving a bookmobile based in the resort town of Chilson, Michigan. But she’d better keep both hands on the wheel, because it’s going to be a bumpy ride… Eddie followed Minnie home one day, and now she can’t seem to shake the furry little shadow. But in spite of her efforts to contain her new pal, the tabWith the help of her rescue cat, Eddie, librarian Minnie Hamilton is driving a bookmobile based in the resort town of Chilson, Michigan. But she’d better keep both hands on the wheel, because it’s going to be a bumpy ride… Eddie followed Minnie home one day, and now she can’t seem to shake the furry little shadow. But in spite of her efforts to contain her new pal, the tabby sneaks out and trails her all the way to the bookmobile on its maiden voyage. Before she knows it, her slinky stowaway becomes her cat co-pilot! Minnie and Eddie’s first day visiting readers around the county seems to pass without trouble—until Eddie darts outside at the last stop and leads her to the body of a local man who’s reached his final chapter. Initially, Minnie is ready to let the police handle this case, but Eddie seems to smell a rat. Together, they’ll work to find the killer—because a good librarian always knows when justice is overdue.FIRST IN A NEW SERIES!...

Title : Lending a Paw
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ISBN : 9780451415462
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 344 Pages
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Lending a Paw Reviews

  • ☣Lynn☣
    2019-04-25 04:03

    I need to read more cozy mysteries. I forgot how much fun they are! This one was especially cute because of Eddie, Minnie's cat. I loved their relationship and I loved that Minnie drove a bookmobile. If I had lots of $$ to spare I'd purchase one and drive it all around. :) I don't know when I'll get to the rest of the books though. Probably when there's more than 5 books published in the series. If you love mysteries where you aren't sure who dun it by the end, cats, and books this is the book for you.

  • Kim Galla
    2019-05-18 09:09

    I enjoyed this first-in-series read. I liked Minnie, her personality, her snarky sense of humor with people and, her cat. Of course. I can't wrap my brain around having three thousand books in a 31-foot vehicle (bookmobile). But, I'll go along with it. What do I know? ;) -

    2019-05-08 05:20

    Eddie, a fabulous furry feline, has absolutely stolen my heart and tugged Minnie right in there too! He isn’t magical and doesn’t have any special powers. He just has a delightful “MWR”, snores to beat the band and is just so sneaky. Plus his person, Minnie, talks to him just like all of us pet lovers do. They do understand us you know!! Bookstores have cats so why shouldn’t bookmobiles? What a “purrfect” setting!Laurie Cass has not only introduced us to the life of a bookmobile librarian but crafted a very interesting whodunit. It is really hard to do this in the first book of a series because there is so much foundation that needs to laid out for the reader to become invested in the characters. She has done this wonderfully.The victim himself was a very interesting character. Minnie saw one side of the man while others saw a completely different side which leads to plenty of suspects. Minnie lives part of the year on a houseboat which sounds like a lot of fun. During the winter she lives with her aunt in her huge house. When tourists season starts Aunt Frances rents out rooms. This also brings some colorful characters to the story. Her boss at the library is another character I want to see evolve. This is a great debut for this series. I am already looking forward to snuggling up and getting cozy with Eddie… oh and Minnie too!

  • Andrea
    2019-05-09 11:10

    A light read. Involved a librarian and a bookmobile, so kind of in my wheelhouse. But.Was this really a mystery? Someone was killed early on, but there was not a lot of sleuthing. The plot moved at a pretty slow pace. Mostly the main character just walks around town and works, worries, and talks to her cat like he's a real person. It is not entertaining to hear other people's conversations with their cat. Or, every time, to hear them rationalize talking to their cat.Basically, this felt as repetitious as my own life, and I like my fiction to be more edited and streamlined than that.

  • Ronna
    2019-04-24 09:21

    I read lots of cozy mysteries because they are one of my very favorite genres. So first of all I want to say--best use of a pet (cat) as a character ever!!!! Eddie was a stray cat who attached himself to librarian, Minnie Hamilton. Minnie did not choose him, he literally refused to go away, but Eddie soon won Minnie's heart with his very communicative "Mrr". The communication and relationship between these two is very realistic which any cat lover will see immediately when they read this book. Minnie has convinced her reluctant supervisor that their small tourist town of Chilson, Michigan needs a bookmobile for places where libraries have had to close down. Fortunately, a rich benefactor donated a huge check to cover all the costs for this project. On it's maiden voyage, Eddie snuck aboard and then ran off at a neglected farmhouse just to discover a dead body. Now Minnie finds herself deep--too deep--into a murder investigation. Eddie is definitely the leading character in this mystery. All his cat like characteristics come into play, including some small and some elderly patrons' demands for his attention. Minnie talks to Eddie while thinking through her questions and plans, and Eddie very meaningfully "mrrrrs" back, helping her through her thoughts. A terrific human and animal relationship that added so much to this mystery, while driving for solutions to an interesting mystery. Definitely a winner for me and I'm anxious to read the next in this, hopefully, long running series!!

  • Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
    2019-04-21 10:27

    Since I've been reading a lot of cozy mysteries lately, especially the book themed kind like Raven's Murder, A Killer Read, The Vanishing Thief, that come to mind. I wonder what the heroine will be like? Will they be a little different or similar to the rest? With the Bookmobile lady, Minerva "Minnie" Hamilton, she's different. And I'm happy about that. I liked her determination in getting the whole Bookmobile started. She kept at it even though her boss thought otherwise. That is she finds a new friend and new addition to the Bookmobile, in a stray cat she names Eddie. And from there, Minnie finds herself in some interesting situations. In a murder sort of way. Anyway, this was fun. Sad at times but fun as Minnie investigates. What I liked not only the MC but that she actually tells the cops what she's learned so far. With other MC's they either wait till the end of the book or something. Then there's her BFF Kristen who owns a restaurant the Three Seasons. Love their friendship. Along with Minnie's friends. So basically, this was a good start, with an adorable cover and moments with Eddie and Minnie. Looking forward to where Minnie will go next on her Bookmobile adventures.

  • Trish
    2019-05-19 05:28

    Just my cup of tea - books, cats and characters I'd like to see more of.

  • Erin L
    2019-04-27 09:23

    I listened to this on audiobook. Great first book in a cozy series. Eddie made me miss my own cats, and I loved him as a pet character. Minnie is a great main character, and I love the bookmobile concept - something that seems to have disappeared, at least in my area. As Minnie tries to continually justify the existence of the bookmobile, Eddie is digging up trouble and winning over all of the library patrons as he stows away on the bookmobile's maiden voyage. After which, Minnie can't leave him off the bookmobile, but if her boss finds out, he may just use that as a reason to cancel the program.Then she finds the major donor to the bookmobile project dead and suddenly she has a murder to investigate and the mayhem begins. Eddie participates in solving the mystery more than I expected and it was a delight.

  • Kate
    2019-05-12 09:12

    I don't generally like animal mysteries (there must be a genre name for these that I'm avoiding too) but this was a tolerable beginning to a series. Our heroine is a bookmobile librarian, living in a tourist town with plenty of colorful characters to expect in future volumes, a not-too-unbelievable romantic interest, and a fair-enough representation of library work in a small town. The supernatural cat can't talk so I dodged a bullet there. Not dying for a second read but not annoyed at the time I spent reading this one.

  • Vesper
    2019-05-03 10:28

    Three stars and 1½

  • Connie N.
    2019-05-15 07:21

    #1 in the Bookmobile Cat cozy mystery seriesWhat a cute book! This is a new-to-me author, and I really enjoyed her writing style--light, optimistic, and mentioning specific books, authors, plot lines, etc. now and then (Minnie is a librarian after all.) Minnie finds the dead body of the benefactor of her pet project--the bookmobile. When the detectives don't seem to be paying attention to her "help," she takes things on herself and starts investigating. She took a few too many chances, but mostly she was fairly intelligent about her deductions and spent most of her time asking questions rather than taking risks. I loved that she chatted with Eddie the cat as though he were her roommate or something. It was a great method to share her thoughts with the reader as she mused aloud about her investigation. She is a charming person, and the book had a very upbeat feel about it, which left me with a warm and positive feeling. Secondary characters of best friend Kristen, neighbor Louisa, and boss Stephen (not to mention Eddie the cat) added interest and depth to the story. Very fun, and I'm happy to have discovered a new series.

  • Yvonne
    2019-05-19 08:11

    On her way home one day, Minnie Hamilton is followed by a stray cat. She tries to shoo him away, but he’s not having it. He has chosen Minnie as his new human. Minnie isn’t about to argue with a cat. She names him Eddie, but she doesn’t realize what an important role a cat can play in a person’s life.As Assistant Director of the Chilson Library in Michigan, Minnie is determined to institute a new program. Despite the library’s financial difficulties, she fights to have a bookmobile. A wealthy benefactor is willing to fund it and Minnie’s boss gives in. She excitedly takes it on its first run. Eddie manages to sneak on board, too. He fast makes friends at each stop the bookmobile makes, but Minnie is determined to leave him home next time as she’s afraid her boss won’t like a cat in the new bookmobile.On their first trip, Eddie races off to a barn and discovers a dead body. Minnie is horrified to learn he had been murdered, but even more so when she realizes she knows the victim – her benefactor. Several people close to Minnie become the prime suspect in the murder. She decides to help the police in their investigation, not that they ask for her help but their investigation is moving way too slowly for her liking. When her own life is in danger, she realizes she may have been better off staying at home.What a fun mystery! It combines two of my favorite things – cats and books. Eddie doesn’t talk and he doesn’t have any kind of magical powers, but he’s very smart and helps Minnie sort out the murder in his own way. He’s featured throughout the book and was as much a main character as Minnie.This is the first book in “A Bookmobile Cat Mystery” series and I’m so looking forward to the next one. The characters blended well and gave the reader a good feel for a small town. It’s fast-paced and the mystery kept me guessing until the end of the book.FTC Disclosure: The publisher provided me with a copy of this book to review. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.

  • Cheryl Landmark
    2019-05-10 06:17

    This was a fun, light-hearted cozy mystery, which had the added bonus of an animal character that had a lot of face-time in the story. While I much prefer the engaging, loveable charm of dogs instead of the aloof, if-I-feel-like-it-I'll-let-you-pet-me nature of cats, Eddie the bookmobile cat was a very sweet, enchanting feline who captured my heart as much as he did Minnie's.The idea of the bookmobile was great and Minnie met a lot of interesting people while operating it. I really liked the other characters that Minnie interacted with as well (well, maybe not Stephen so much--he was such an annoying, stuffed shirt, negative kind of guy!). Kristen, Minnie's best friend and restaurateur, was a particularly likeable woman, and I enjoyed the banter and camaraderie between her and Minnie.Some reviewers found Minnie's constant conversations with Eddie to be annoying, but my response was the exact opposite. I thought they were what made the book so much fun and entertaining. And, since I do the same with my dog, I didn't find it strange at all! :)While Minnie seemed like a pretty intelligent, sensible person most of the time, there was a point in the book where she did make a rather dumb decision that, of course, put her life in danger. And, the conclusion of the mystery was a little unsatisfactory because there hadn't been a lot of lead-up to the eventual reveal of the culprit and his or her motive.All in all, though, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will definitely continue on with Minnie's and Eddie's adventures on the bookmobile.

  • Randee
    2019-05-13 12:10

    I am on a feline, mystery, cozy kick. This is the fourth series I've tried. Unlike the previous three (Sofie Kelly's 'Magical Cats Mysteries,' 'Sofie Ryan's Second Chance Cat Mysteries' and Janet Cantrell's 'Fat Cat Mysteries') no part of this series is told from the cat's viewpoint. The cat in this series, Eddie, is the companion to a librarian in Michigan, a librarian who takes a Bookmobile out several times a week to allow people in outer counties to have library service. She and Eddie live on a houseboat and she talks to him constantly which allows the reader to know what is on her mind. I still think that Sofie Kelly/Ryan (they are the same person that writes the two different series) is the one to beat so far in my reading on this type of cozy. That said, I liked this very much and will continue reading the series. Cats and books are an awesome combination and I suspect the book would have to be written in crayon for me to truly dislike it.

  • Laura Lee
    2019-05-13 10:03

    This is a five star cozy. Minnie is a librarian who is adopted by a great cat, whom she names Eddie. Eddie cannot talk and is not telepathically sending his thoughts to his owner. He's just a regular smart, intuitive cat who knows what's best for his owner! Also, he's cute and he knows it. Minnie drives the book mobile and people look forward to getting books as well as visiting time with Eddie. First in a series. Fun, quick read and my next Eddie is in the mail. Can't wait to read it.

  • Lisa Kay
    2019-05-17 10:00

    ★★★★½ I loved this book; enjoyed every word. I especially loved Eddie, a silver tabby that adopts Minnie. I liked the way Minnie went about solving the mystery - with the help of Eddie. Both are enjoyable, delightful characters. I loved the small town life, the idea of a bookmobile, and how it plays into the storyline.

  • Karen
    2019-05-06 06:04

    Good cozy mystery.09/23/2017: Read again after I read the 6th book.

  • Shelley Giusti
    2019-04-29 04:06

    This was such a great read! Eddie is adorable and Minnie you will love instantly

  • Candace Davidson
    2019-05-11 05:04

    This is the first time I have read this author. I really enjoyed the book! Looking forward to reading the next in the series.

  • Westminster Library
    2019-05-18 12:11

    Minnie Hamilton, assistant director of the district library in Chilson, Michigan, discovers a dead body on the Bookmobile route. With the help of her friends and Eddie, the cat, Minnie works to solve the crime. She learns a great deal about the life of the victim and Bookmobile sponsor, Stan Larabee, as she detects.Find Lending a Paw at the Westminster Public Library.

  • Sara
    2019-04-22 07:01

    (4.5 Stars) Lending a Paw is, quite simply, an enjoyable and light-hearted, well-written cozy. With a loveable animal sidekick, a charismatic and down-to-earth main character, and a plot supported by the character's growing relationships, this is a cozy you must have on your to-read list. Since I work in a library, I absolutely love the (pretty realistic) depiction of library staff life. Although this may not be a stunning new literary work, Cass' fun romp is one of the best cozies I've read in that it deals with events in a realistic way. Her writing skill is above average, and the mystery kept me guessing until the end (although, maybe I'm just not cut out to be a detective). Not only does Lending a Paw meet the standards I expect from a cozy mystery, it far exceeds!

  • Patty
    2019-05-19 08:17

    Lending a Paw by Laurie Cass is the first book in A Bookmobile Cat Mystery, and I really enjoyed it. Looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the series. If you like cozy mysteries and fun cats, give this book a try.

  • Michelle
    2019-04-22 06:27

    Don't think I've read a Cozy for at least a decade. Life must be very stressful.

  • Janet Riegel
    2019-04-24 04:26

    this is a fun cozy mystery! THe character of Minnie is very fun! It was well writtne and had me guessing to the last chapter.

  • Christine
    2019-05-11 12:14

    This is the first book in the bookmobile cat series. Minnie Hamilton is the assistant director of the Chilson Library and drives the bookmobile around town with her rescue cat, Eddie. On Minnie's first run, Eddie sneaks aboard and runs off at the last stop, which leads to Minnie finding a dead body. I loved the idea of a library that comes to you. It is such an interesting idea. I loved Minnie's cat. Eddie was such a fun character. And I loved how much a part of the story he was and his and Minnie's relationship. Definitely going to continue with this series.

  • Fred
    2019-04-29 07:28

    Lending A Paw is the first book in the A Bookmobile Cat Mystery series. And a fun read it was.Minnie Hamilton is the Assistant Director of the Chilson, MI library. What with many of the libraries in the area having been closed, Minnie wants to start a bookmobile service to the outlying areas. The director grudgingly goes along, but only if she finds the funds to pay for it. She finds a local man, Stan Larabee, who has agreed to fund the purchase a bookmobile. The big day has arrived and as she pulls out she finds that her rescue cat, Eddie, has hitched a ride on the maiden run. As she is packing up after the last stop for the day, Eddie takes off running as fast as his four paws will go. Minnie catches up with him at an abandoned farm house, howling at the top of his lungs. Minnie then finds the body of Stan, a victim of a gunshot to the chest.Minnie feels the police aren't looking hard enough for the killer and begins to do her own sleuthing. She soon finds that there several residents that aren't sorry than Stan is no longer alive. There is Caroline, a patron of the arts and owner of a art gallery. The owner of the boat docked next to her houseboat has had a prior bad business dealing with him.For the fun part of the book, Minnie had a stray cat, Eddie, follow her home one day. Eddie is quite a character and a great sounding board for Minnie's sleuthing. Being a dog owner and more importantly a dog lover, I particularly enjoyed how she talked to Eddie. Yes, I've been known to do that too. My Westie doesn't answer anymore than Eddie does. On the bookmobiles maiden trip, Eddie was able to sneak on to the bookmobile. Of course he quickly became a hit with kids, as well as the adults.Looking forward to the next book and more antics of Eddie. Hoping that Stephen, the library director, will allow Minnie to continue taking Eddie on the runs. She might have to make him promise not to find anymore dead bodies.

    2019-05-13 11:27

    Title: Lending A PawAuthor : Laurie CassSeries: Book 1 in A Bookmobile Cat MysteryPublisher: SignetFormat: ebookSource: Purchased from AmazonReviewed by : TinaBooks and cats.... what bibliophile and animal lover could not love them, not me for one and neither could librarian, Minnie Hamilton in the first book of a bookmobile cat mystery. She stumbles upon a stray cat whom she names Eddie and his antics throughout the book had me in stitches. Minnie dreams of getting a bookmobile for the library up and running but with limited funds to do so, she turns to Stan Larabee, richest business man in town and not well liked. On the very first run of the bookmobile Minnie finds that Eddie snuck on the bookmobile and is loved by all the patrons that come aboard.Eddie then daringly jumps off the bookmobile and Minnie then finds him an abandoned farmhouse along with too Minnie's surprise the body of a murdered, Stan Larabee. It seems Minnie is the only person that has seen the good in Stan as the townspeople even the police don't seem to be taking the murder seriously, so Minnie decides to take justice into her own hands and tries to find who killed Stan. Stan having had the reputation of a bad business man had alot of people out for his blood.Eddie seemed to have a sixth sense of when Minnie was in trouble and the way that Minnie and Eddie interacted in the book kept me reading, I often find myself talking to my cats the way she did and I found it comical the similarities between Minnie and Eddie and myself and my cats. I love to read first in a new series books because of the promise of a new series, new characters, and a new storylines and this book didn't disappoint especially if you love books and cats like I do !!!And in the wise words of Eddie "Mrrr"

  • Linda Langford at Chatting About Cozies
    2019-05-02 07:02

    Minnie Hamilton is the assistant librarian at the Chilson Library in Chilson, Michigan. She lives on a houseboat part of the time; the rest she spends with her Aunt Frances in her big house. Minnie recently adopted Eddie, a stray cat who is verrry talkative!! MRR! A wealthy benefactor and Minnie's friend, Stan Larabee, donated a small fortune to the library so a luxury Bookmobile could be purchased and stocked. Minnie drives it to small towns with no library branches; to schools; senior centers; and to home bound people. On the first trip, Eddie stows away, but is a huge hit with patrons, although Minnie worries she'll lose her job if her boss finds out her cat is tagging along. At day's end, Eddie escapes the Bookmobile and leads Minnie to an old farmhouse where, to her horror, she finds Stan Larabee dead of a gunshot wound.Lots of folks didn't like Stan. Minnie grieves for her friend, and feeling like the two detectives on the case aren't investigating quickly enough, she starts nosing around and asking questions on her own. If Stan's murder wasn't enough to deal with, her houseboat neighbors aren't all that friendly either, and act suspicious to Minnie.Everyone is wondering who will inherit Stan's fortune. The library will receive a sizable chunk, but is there estranged family somewhere out there who want their piece of Stan's estate? Is Minnie in danger?You'll be on the edge of your seat as secrets are revealed in this great first cozy in a new series, "A Bookmobile Cat Mystery".

  • JessicaSinn (Books and Trouble)
    2019-05-02 08:09

    Read more at Chick Lit Café! love this series for several reasons. One: the picturesque Upper Peninsula setting invoked my happiest summertime memories at Mackinac Island. Oh how I was craving homemade fudge while reading this thing!Two: the leading lady, Minnie Hamilton, is a cat-rescuing, bookmobile-driving, crime-solving librarian. Enough said.Three: Minnie’s rescue kitty plays a big role in nabbing the killer. I’ll stop right there before giving anything away, but I will say that this little hero has some seriously impressive sleuthing skills. It’s also very amusing when he responds to his humans with a resounding “merr.”Four: There’s a twinge of spookiness when Minnie discovers her houseboat neighbors might be potential killers. How very Cape Fear! Okay, so maybe there isn’t a blood-soaked Robert De Niro clinging to the undercarriage of her car, but there’s still something very creepy about sleeping alone in a houseboat with a killer on the loose!And need I say that the story revolves around a library on wheels? What more could any cozy fan ask for?So there you have it. Two incredibly paw-some cat-infused mysteries that are bound to make you purr as you’re whizzing through the pages. Gizzy says, “GOW.” In translation that means, “You’re welcome.”

  • Teri-K
    2019-05-16 04:07

    I used to read tons of cozies, they were my favorite genre by far. Then they got so predictable and the characters so one-dimensional that I stopped reading them all together, except for the occasional reread of my old favorites. I've recently dipped into them again, but I've still found that most of the new ones I'm trying don't hold up well. This one does.The MC is neither disagreeable, stupid or too cute for words. Instead she's fairly well-rounded and realistic. She's a pet owner, which is very popular these days in books like this, but her relationship to her pet feels pretty normal. Though the cat does help her solve the case just a bit, in "The Cat Who..." style, it worked for me. There are some cute kids involved, but they're written decently and their presence makes sense since our heroine drives a bookmobile. Also, the bookmobile angle isn't just a cute idea but an actual part of the plot. The victim is someone I can care about, and more importantly I can understand why the MC cares and her motivation for getting involved in the case is good. And the police aren't idiots or corrupt misogynists. All of this adds up to a readable story.Towards the end the reader will expect what's coming, but it unfolds in a clever and believable way. Overall I enjoyed this cozy and will look forward to reading another some time. Finally one I actually wanted to finish. :)