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Librarian Minnie Hamilton and her clever cat Eddie solve a purr-fect murder, in the newest installment of the delightful Bookmobile Cat Mystery series. Minnie and her rescue cat Eddie can often be found out and about in their bookmobile near Chilson, Michigan, delivering great reads to grateful patrons all over the county. But they always brake for trouble, and when Minnie Librarian Minnie Hamilton and her clever cat Eddie solve a purr-fect murder, in the newest installment of the delightful Bookmobile Cat Mystery series. Minnie and her rescue cat Eddie can often be found out and about in their bookmobile near Chilson, Michigan, delivering great reads to grateful patrons all over the county. But they always brake for trouble, and when Minnie sees a car speeding away down the road, and soon comes upon a dead bicyclist, she assumes she just missed seeing a hit-and-run. Minnie is determined to discover who was behind the wheel, but it soon turns out that things are far more complicated than they seem and there's more to this case than meets the eye. Luckily, this librarian is ready to read the killer his rights.


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Librarian Minnie Hamilton and her clever cat Eddie solve a purr-fect murder, in the newest installment of the delightful Bookmobile Cat Mystery series. Minnie and her rescue cat Eddie can often be found out and about in their bookmobile near Chilson, Michigan, delivering great reads to grateful patrons all over the county. But they always brake for trouble, and when Minnie Librarian Minnie Hamilton and her clever cat Eddie solve a purr-fect murder, in the newest installment of the delightful Bookmobile Cat Mystery series. Minnie and her rescue cat Eddie can often be found out and about in their bookmobile near Chilson, Michigan, delivering great reads to grateful patrons all over the county. But they always brake for trouble, and when Minnie sees a car speeding away down the road, and soon comes upon a dead bicyclist, she assumes she just missed seeing a hit-and-run. Minnie is determined to discover who was behind the wheel, but it soon turns out that things are far more complicated than they seem and there's more to this case than meets the eye. Luckily, this librarian is ready to read the killer his rights.

30 review for Checking Out Crime

  1. 5 out of 5

    Linden

    Minnie is a librarian in Michigan, and drives the local bookmobile with the assistance of her cat, Eddie. When two locals are found murdered, Minnie and her friends decide to investigate, and come up with a list of suspects. Both victims were members of a local cycling club, so Minnie joins the group to question some of the riders. I found the motive for the murder to be a bit farfetched, but a likable choice for fans of cat cozy mysteries. Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the ARC.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    I love this series, from the cast of colorful characters, to the intricate mysteries that always keep me guessing. Minnie Hamilton is one of my top three favorite characters, and Eddie is certainly my favorite fictional cat. Driving the library bookmobile brings so much pleasure to Minnie and the patrons, and getting to visit with Eddie seems to make everyone smile. In Checking Out Crime, Minnie feels the need to investigate when she abruptly finds a body crumpled in the middle of the road. As Min I love this series, from the cast of colorful characters, to the intricate mysteries that always keep me guessing. Minnie Hamilton is one of my top three favorite characters, and Eddie is certainly my favorite fictional cat. Driving the library bookmobile brings so much pleasure to Minnie and the patrons, and getting to visit with Eddie seems to make everyone smile. In Checking Out Crime, Minnie feels the need to investigate when she abruptly finds a body crumpled in the middle of the road. As Minnie embarks on her investigation, she is also wondering where she will live in the upcoming winter months. Rafe is still working on their home, but between his job and other obligations, it isn’t happening fast enough, so Minnie needs to make other arrangements. I have to admit I didn’t want this book to end, I wanted to spend more time with Minnie and Eddie. I’m excited to see what happens next in this fantastic series.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    The ninth installment in the Bookmobile Cat mystery series. Minnie Hamilton is a librarian along with her rescue cat Eddie drives her bookmobile in Chilson Michigan to grateful patrons who enjoy books and cats. When Minnie and her sister Julia along with Eddie are nearly run off the road by a speeding vehicle and avoid running over the dead body of a cyclist who appears to be the victim of a hit and run. Later Minnie learns this is murder and begins to assist in the investigation. She is worried The ninth installment in the Bookmobile Cat mystery series. Minnie Hamilton is a librarian along with her rescue cat Eddie drives her bookmobile in Chilson Michigan to grateful patrons who enjoy books and cats. When Minnie and her sister Julia along with Eddie are nearly run off the road by a speeding vehicle and avoid running over the dead body of a cyclist who appears to be the victim of a hit and run. Later Minnie learns this is murder and begins to assist in the investigation. She is worried over where she is going to live as Rafe her fiancée is still working on the house and she is not going to live on her houseboat in the winter. The house it is! I love the setting as I live in Michigan and continue to enjoy this series. The mystery is solid and keeps you engaged with the culprit totally unexpected. Good series and I look forward to the next installment.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    Nice sleuthing and more. On the back road in the dark in the converted school bus bookmobile Minnie and her sister are talking when a car nearly hits them head on while driving at speed. Shortly thereafter they come upon a man lying in the road and try to resuscitate him. After the sheriff's deputy came they found the man's bicycle and helmet but it way days later that they found out it was murder and needed to sleuth. Add in a library cat with an attitude, an impending move from her houseboat to Nice sleuthing and more. On the back road in the dark in the converted school bus bookmobile Minnie and her sister are talking when a car nearly hits them head on while driving at speed. Shortly thereafter they come upon a man lying in the road and try to resuscitate him. After the sheriff's deputy came they found the man's bicycle and helmet but it way days later that they found out it was murder and needed to sleuth. Add in a library cat with an attitude, an impending move from her houseboat to her fiance's house in mid renovation, deciding on a set of rings, and library politics to keep anyone's interest from beginning to end. I requested and received a free ebook copy from Berkley Publishing Group via NetGalley. Thank you!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nora-adrienne

    Another amazing adventure with a rather and diverse cast of characters.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dani(elle)

    This would have been better if I didn't work for a city and could see all the problems. This would have been better if I didn't work for a city and could see all the problems.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Gina

    Hard to believe we've been on the bookmobile with librarian Minnie and Eddie nine times already. "Checking Out Crime" is the latest Bookmobile Cat mystery by Laurie Cass. This time out, they run into, almost literally, a member of the local biking club, who is dead in the road. Minnie starts to sleuth, and soon has a second biker's death to investigate. She also has her hands full trying to get her future home in order so that she and her fiancé can get married before the snow flies. Since it's Hard to believe we've been on the bookmobile with librarian Minnie and Eddie nine times already. "Checking Out Crime" is the latest Bookmobile Cat mystery by Laurie Cass. This time out, they run into, almost literally, a member of the local biking club, who is dead in the road. Minnie starts to sleuth, and soon has a second biker's death to investigate. She also has her hands full trying to get her future home in order so that she and her fiancé can get married before the snow flies. Since it's October, and she's in Michigan, time's running out. Eddie, as usual, helps her find clues, and steers her down the right (bike) path. Minnie also has a new sleuthing buddy, who I hope will be in future installments, as she's a great addition to the series. I'll frankly admit that Minnie's emotional outbursts in the last couple of books had begun to grate a bit. She's still gets a bit feisty in this one, and excuses it by saying it's "normal" behavior, but it was much toned down in this story. The story itself was good, and I enjoy how Minnie interacts with her friends, family, and the community. She's very much an integral part of the town of Chilson's fabric, and is more of a liaison than a busybody. The plot? Well, the motive for the murders was a bit far-fetched, and unsatisfying, but the characters balanced out the story and this was an enjoyable read. I received an advance copy from NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Myarn

    Checking Out Crime by Laurie Cass (A Bookmobile Cat Mystery #9) 5 stars or 5 paws Can you be a victim of your own success? Minnie Hamilton and the Library bookmobile may be too successful, because there are patrons that are asking for more stops. After a very long day, Minnie and her part-time assistant Julia are driving back home, when a car nearly forces them off the road. After avoiding collision, Minnie nearly runs over a body on the road. Minnie tries to perform CPR, but the victim is alread Checking Out Crime by Laurie Cass (A Bookmobile Cat Mystery #9) 5 stars or 5 paws Can you be a victim of your own success? Minnie Hamilton and the Library bookmobile may be too successful, because there are patrons that are asking for more stops. After a very long day, Minnie and her part-time assistant Julia are driving back home, when a car nearly forces them off the road. After avoiding collision, Minnie nearly runs over a body on the road. Minnie tries to perform CPR, but the victim is already dead. This sets up a story that will have more dead bodies, mysterious motives and several suspects. In the midst of these events, Minnie will also have to deal with a change of abode (finally moving in with her fiancee) and additional work pressure. This is the next book in this series following 2020 "Gone with the Whisker". It is always great to visit this world and I enjoy my annual visit. The plot had a few twists and turns that I didn't expect. I suspected the killer about 3/4 into the book. As always the dialogue between Minnie and Eddie, her cat was a fun part of the book. What Eddie can say with a "Mrrr" is extraordinary. This series just keeps getting better and better and I hope the wedding will happen in the next book. Thank you Netgalley and Berkeley Publishing Group for this ARC.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Michelle

    I held off on this one for awhile because 1. the last one wasn't great for me, and 2. I was waiting for the bestie to get it so we could read it together [since she is the one who forc...ah, I mean asked me to start these so I could read them with her] and all I can say is, I shouldn't have worried, because ohhhhhhh, this was good. MUCH better than the last one [for me]. It would have been a 5 star read for me if I hadn't figured out who the killer was early on and was working on the why when th I held off on this one for awhile because 1. the last one wasn't great for me, and 2. I was waiting for the bestie to get it so we could read it together [since she is the one who forc...ah, I mean asked me to start these so I could read them with her] and all I can say is, I shouldn't have worried, because ohhhhhhh, this was good. MUCH better than the last one [for me]. It would have been a 5 star read for me if I hadn't figured out who the killer was early on and was working on the why when the killer was revealed. And what a reveal it was; that was one of the best I have read in any cozy in awhile. And I also had a lot of the other book figured out (view spoiler)[ knew that Kristen was preggo the first time she was "cranky" and that Rafe was finishing the house "on the sly" and why Mia was hesitant to move in with Josh (hide spoiler)] , so that really nailed the 4 star rating for me. That said, the writing was very good, kept me engaged, even when I knew what was going on, and everything and everyone has just really gelled for me and I feel like that a pretty solid, fun, group and it made for a very enjoyable read. Well done. Thank you to NetGalley, Laurie Cass, and Berkley Publishing Group for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    M. [storme reads a lot]

    Minnie Hamilton is one of my favorite characters, and Eddie is certainly my favorite feline. Driving the library bookmobile brings so much pleasure to Minnie and the patrons, and getting to visit with Eddie seems to make everyone smile. Minnie feels the desideratum to investigate when she abruptly finds a body crumpled in the middle of the road. As Minnie embarks on her investigation, she is additionally wondering where she will live in the upcoming hiemal months. Rafe is still working on their Minnie Hamilton is one of my favorite characters, and Eddie is certainly my favorite feline. Driving the library bookmobile brings so much pleasure to Minnie and the patrons, and getting to visit with Eddie seems to make everyone smile. Minnie feels the desideratum to investigate when she abruptly finds a body crumpled in the middle of the road. As Minnie embarks on her investigation, she is additionally wondering where she will live in the upcoming hiemal months. Rafe is still working on their habitation, but between his job and other obligations, it isn’t transpiring expeditious enough, so Minnie needs to make other arrangements. Looking forward to the next book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Haddock

    This is a mass market I borrowed from the library, but I had purchased the previous books in the series - I love them from the start! A different plot, but excellent, and Minnie (with some help from cat Eddie) and a new, awesome character do the sleuthing. If you love books, libraries, librarians, bookmobiles, cats, small towns, Michigan, and plain old well-written, well-paced cozies, give this series a try! The books stand alone, but I always suggest reading a series in order - no matter how ma This is a mass market I borrowed from the library, but I had purchased the previous books in the series - I love them from the start! A different plot, but excellent, and Minnie (with some help from cat Eddie) and a new, awesome character do the sleuthing. If you love books, libraries, librarians, bookmobiles, cats, small towns, Michigan, and plain old well-written, well-paced cozies, give this series a try! The books stand alone, but I always suggest reading a series in order - no matter how many or few titles there are.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Valerie

    I enjoyed this book. It has great characters including a great cat Eddie. It was good catching up with their lives. The mystery is interesting and the bad guy unexpected, especially the reason the the killings. The middle does get a little slow but overall it's a fast read. CheckingOutCrime #NetGalley I enjoyed this book. It has great characters including a great cat Eddie. It was good catching up with their lives. The mystery is interesting and the bad guy unexpected, especially the reason the the killings. The middle does get a little slow but overall it's a fast read. CheckingOutCrime #NetGalley

  13. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Minnie drives the bookmobile for her library, she is waiting for her boyfriend to have his house finished so she can move there. Right now she lives on a houseboat in the summer and a boarding house in the winter. She is also trying to find a way to make more stops with her bookmobile. One day and she is driving, she sees a man lying in the road dead. When another person dies she gets involved in solving it. A person who really likes cats would be more interested in all her talking about her cat Minnie drives the bookmobile for her library, she is waiting for her boyfriend to have his house finished so she can move there. Right now she lives on a houseboat in the summer and a boarding house in the winter. She is also trying to find a way to make more stops with her bookmobile. One day and she is driving, she sees a man lying in the road dead. When another person dies she gets involved in solving it. A person who really likes cats would be more interested in all her talking about her cat.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Anna Fox

    This is my favorite bookmobile themed mystery. I like Minnie and Eddie. Minnie has settled in nicely to the town and has a number of friends. The mystery kept me guessing. Thank you to the author, publisher and NetGalley for my eARC in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    OpenBookSociety.com

    https://openbooksociety.com/article/c... Checking Out Crime A Bookmobile Cat Mystery #9 By Laurie Cass ISBN 9780593197714 Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Jeanie Synopsis: Librarian Minnie Hamilton and her clever cat Eddie solve a purr-fect murder, in the newest installment of the delightful Bookmobile Cat Mystery series. Minnie and her rescue cat Eddie can often be found out and about in their bookmobile near Chilson, Michigan, delivering great reads to grateful patrons all over the county. But they alwa https://openbooksociety.com/article/c... Checking Out Crime A Bookmobile Cat Mystery #9 By Laurie Cass ISBN 9780593197714 Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Jeanie Synopsis: Librarian Minnie Hamilton and her clever cat Eddie solve a purr-fect murder, in the newest installment of the delightful Bookmobile Cat Mystery series. Minnie and her rescue cat Eddie can often be found out and about in their bookmobile near Chilson, Michigan, delivering great reads to grateful patrons all over the county. But they always brake for trouble, and when Minnie sees a car speeding away down the road, and soon comes upon a dead bicyclist, she assumes she just missed seeing a hit-and-run. Minnie is determined to discover who was behind the wheel, but it soon turns out that things are far more complicated than they seem and there’s more to this case than meets the eye. Luckily, this librarian is ready to read the killer his rights. Review: This series has captivated me since the first mystery, Lending a Paw. Checking Out Crime is another exciting novel with the very likable Minnie and her best buddy, Eddie, the gorgeous cat that adopted her when she moved to Chilson. It is a delight to learn more about Minnie and her friends who the author brings to life in the early autumn days of northern Michigan. I also enjoyed Minnie’s new friend, who I hope will be a very welcome addition in future mysteries. This mystery has numerous twists and turns that kept me actively engaged throughout. Minnie has been the assistant librarian in Chilson for about three years. One of her accomplishments has been successfully getting a bookmobile that reaches people in the county who have few opportunities to come into town. It is also the part of her job that she loves the best. Eddie has been a regular on the bookmobile since stowing away on the maiden trip; enough children and adults have loved the feisty feline that the library sees how valuable he is. Minnie and Julia are returning late from a bookmobile run and meeting. First, a speeding car almost sideswipes the bookmobile, requiring every skill Minnie has to keep it on the narrow road. Moments later, Minnie had to suddenly brake, not an easy fete either, but a man wearing bicycling attire was lying in the road and she didn’t want to hurt him. The wheels stopped two feet from the man, who had no signs of life. Minnie performed CPR until the EMTs arrived, but it was too late. When Eddie escaped from the bookmobile and ran into the woods, he led them to a bicycle that probably belonged to the dead man. They assumed at first that the man had a heart attack. The actual cause of death, however, was a fractured skull. Brown, a recent retiree, had been murdered. When another bicyclist was found dead, it quickly becomes one of the most complex crimes Minnie felt compelled to solve. The characters couldn’t be improved on if one tried. Minnie is a pure delight; she is someone I would enjoy having as a friend. Her conversations with Eddie are fun to hear and reminiscent of some I have with my cats, even if his response is usually limited to mrr. In the absence of another human, Eddie provides a sounding board, who doesn’t hesitate to remind her who the superior being is. Him. I adore Eddie, without whom the series would just not be the same. Minnie rolls with the changes she is presented with and is very personable and intelligent. Her friends and beloved Aunt Frances are also defined as well as needed for their roles. I especially enjoyed meeting Tabitha this time, and hope we see more of her in the future! For anyone who hasn’t read the series in order, the author provides sufficient backstories on Minnie and other characters. There is a perfect balance between the mystery, Eddie, and Minnie’s work and relationships. The mystery is finely plotted and executed with excellence. Plot twists lend a complexity that made the novel even more enjoyable, and Minnie’s collaboration with her “new” aunt brought another intelligent and fun person to the mix. This is one of the few times that I did figure out the solution before Minnie. Overall, I was very satisfied with the ending, and am looking forward to the next in series. I highly recommend this mystery and series!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jeanie

    This has been one of my all-time favorite cozy mystery series since Eddie’s first Mrr in the first novel! The author has taken an intelligent, slightly introverted library professional and plunked her into the beautiful NW lower peninsula of Michigan with her beloved Aunt Frances, a cat’s cat, new and summer childhood friends, and a bookmobile. Each time I read a new novel in the series, there are new things to learn about the characters, and endearing new behaviors from Eddie. Eddie is the tabb This has been one of my all-time favorite cozy mystery series since Eddie’s first Mrr in the first novel! The author has taken an intelligent, slightly introverted library professional and plunked her into the beautiful NW lower peninsula of Michigan with her beloved Aunt Frances, a cat’s cat, new and summer childhood friends, and a bookmobile. Each time I read a new novel in the series, there are new things to learn about the characters, and endearing new behaviors from Eddie. Eddie is the tabby cat that adopted Minnie when she first came to Chilson to be the assistant director at the library. There is also a fresh, new, complex mystery that Minnie gets involved with. The variety of well-defined, 3-D personalities, all of whom fit together well, are fabulous. Minnie’s recently re-married Aunt Frances, her new friend Tabitha, and long-time besties Rafe and Kristen, are among those closest to her. I enjoy each of them as well as Eddie’s cat-sonality. The first time he chose to go home with Minnie, nothing would dissuade him, and his traits include some I‘ve enjoyed in cats I’ve been owned by. I would welcome Minnie as a friend, co-worker, or neighbor, and love her conversations with Eddie. Eddie has been a regular on the bookmobile since he snuck on board for the inaugural trip. Children and adults alike enjoy visiting Eddie as much as looking for new books. Julia, a retired stage actress, is intelligent, personable, and a great bookmobile clerk. Minnie loves the bookmobile days of her week best due to being able to help the patrons they serve and Julia’s company. They didn’t plan to find a man lying in the street this cool September evening, or that the man was beyond CPR before Minnie attempted it. Nor did they expect the man, clad in bicycle riding gear, had been murdered, although they did find his bicycle and helmet hidden nearby. The sheriff’s office is used to Minnie’s her help, especially her ex-boyfriend Ash, now in training to be a detective, and Hal, the once-retired detective from downstate. The only difference now is that they have seen her abilities to learn useful information, although she may have taken research to the limit this time as she begins to ride with bicycle enthusiasts who bike together for enjoyment and companionship. Within days, another woman is found dead, this time with her bicycle visible near her. This mystery has unique elements, including a motive that almost eluded me. There are plot twists and turns that kept me engaged. Minnie doesn’t miss a beat of investigating, even with challenges at the library or wondering where she will live in a couple weeks when it is too cold to stay on her houseboat. While I did figure out the solution, I was surprised to have done so! The end is fully satisfying, with all loose ends tied up and a couple big surprises from her besties. I highly recommend this to those who appreciate well-written cozy mysteries, cats, libraries, and amazing characters. From a thankful heart: I received a complimentary copy of this novel, and this is my honest review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    This series has been a favorite of mine since book one and it hasn't disappointed me. Spending time with Minnie and Eddie (Minnie had named him Alonzo after she found him next to the headstone of Alonzo Tillotson but Eddie put a stop to that name) is always a fun reading escape. This time Minnie is a bit distracted due to the fact that Rafe has proposed but her finder remains bare of a ring and winter is coming and she needs to figure out her living arrangements - she can't continue to live on t This series has been a favorite of mine since book one and it hasn't disappointed me. Spending time with Minnie and Eddie (Minnie had named him Alonzo after she found him next to the headstone of Alonzo Tillotson but Eddie put a stop to that name) is always a fun reading escape. This time Minnie is a bit distracted due to the fact that Rafe has proposed but her finder remains bare of a ring and winter is coming and she needs to figure out her living arrangements - she can't continue to live on the boat in the cold weather. She is used to making the shift every year but this time her options have changed. Rafe is still working on their house but will it be habitable for them soon enough? All of these thoughts are swirling in her head as she, Eddie and her assistant, Julia take to the road in the book mobile to deliver books and friendship to their patrons in the county. Julia and Minnie make a great team. When Julia retired from a very stellar career in acting, she came back to her roots and she is more than an assistant. She and Eddie have become best buddies and it's fun to hear her conversations with him. All in your average day working for the local library for Minnie. Even the occasional murder to solve is not unexpected so when Minnie comes across a dead body in the road and it turns out to be a homicide she decides to do her usual sleuthing. It isn't long before the body of his wife turns up. Strange indeed. Minnie and the rest of my favorite characters are joined by a new person - Tabitha Inwood, Detective Hal Inwood's wife of 43 years and she is a delight. I hope she gets lots of time in future stories. The mystery is, as usual, well developed and satisfying with plenty of clues to keep me guessing wrong to the end. Ir works fine as a stand alone and is perfect for biblioholics and cat lovers. My thanks to the publisher, Berkley Books and to NetGalley for giving me an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Annie

    Originally posted on my blog: Nonstop Reader. Checking Out Crime is the 9th book in the Bookmobile Cat cozy mystery series by Laurie Cass. Released 6th April 2021 from Penguin Random House on their Berkley imprint, it's 352 pages and is available in large print hardcover, paperback, audio, and ebook formats. It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats lately. This Originally posted on my blog: Nonstop Reader. Checking Out Crime is the 9th book in the Bookmobile Cat cozy mystery series by Laurie Cass. Released 6th April 2021 from Penguin Random House on their Berkley imprint, it's 352 pages and is available in large print hardcover, paperback, audio, and ebook formats. It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats lately. This series has been a consistent winner in the librarian-cat-cozy-murder-smalltown-mystery sub-subgenre. The murders are off-scene and mostly bloodless, there's no graphic content, the language is clean, the characters are likeable and mostly intelligent. The narrative arc is well controlled and the plot moves along at a good pace. I never found my interest flagging at any point in the read. There are a number of side-plot and backstory threads which also progress in this book, so readers might want to read some of the earlier books or risk having some plot developments spoiled somewhat. It does work well enough as a standalone that readers won't have any trouble keeping the characters or their interrelationships straight if they read them out of order. The climax and denouement are well done, but I admittedly found the murder motive pretty thin/unrealistic. That being said, it is a fun cozy and full of the things which we all love about small-town cozies (with cattitude!). Four stars. Highly recommended to fans of the genre. Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    Checking Out Crime by Laurie Cass is the 9th A Bookmobile Cat Mystery. It can be read as a standalone for those new to the series. Minnie Hamilton is a librarian in Chilson, Michigan who drives around the county with assistant librarian clerk, Julia Beaton and Minnie’s cat, Eddie. They deliver good cheer, treats, and cat cuddles along with books. After a long day in the bookmobile, Minnie is driving home when she rounds a corner and finds a man lying in the middle of the road. When Minnie learns Checking Out Crime by Laurie Cass is the 9th A Bookmobile Cat Mystery. It can be read as a standalone for those new to the series. Minnie Hamilton is a librarian in Chilson, Michigan who drives around the county with assistant librarian clerk, Julia Beaton and Minnie’s cat, Eddie. They deliver good cheer, treats, and cat cuddles along with books. After a long day in the bookmobile, Minnie is driving home when she rounds a corner and finds a man lying in the middle of the road. When Minnie learns the man was murdered, she begins investigating with help from a new friend. I just loved the addition of Detective Hal Inwood’s wife, Tabitha. She is a delight and pairs well with Minnie. The mystery was interesting. The reason for crime was unique (at least for me). There are a couple of suspects along with misdirection. I like how Eddie helps with the investigation by steering Minnie toward clues. Investigating the crime is interspersed with library duties, dates with Rafe, time spent with family, cuddling with Eddie, and worrying about where she is going to live before the snow flurries arrive. There is also much discussion about Minnie’s lack of an engagement ring. I like the cast of characters in this series. It was nice to catch up with Minnie’s family, her co-workers, friends, and the rest of the townspeople (Eddie too). I love how Minnie chats with Eddie and his adorable little responses. You can tell that the author is a cat owner. I enjoyed the heartwarming ending of Checking Out Crime that left me smiling. Checking Out Crime is a sweet cozy mystery with mysterious murder, a chatty cat, cycling cramps, a loquacious assistant, a housing predicament, and a bounty of books.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Coil

    Minnie is a librarian and bookmobile driver. Her rescue cat Eddie is a bookmobile fixture and she has great help from Julia on the bookmobile as well. She got engaged to Rafe not long ago and things seem great in Minnie’s world. On the bookmobile route they almost run into a person lying in the road after a near collision with a speeding car. Upon closer inspection the person is cyclist who’s already dead. Minnie assumes it was a hit and run accident but when the detectives reveal it was murder Minnie is a librarian and bookmobile driver. Her rescue cat Eddie is a bookmobile fixture and she has great help from Julia on the bookmobile as well. She got engaged to Rafe not long ago and things seem great in Minnie’s world. On the bookmobile route they almost run into a person lying in the road after a near collision with a speeding car. Upon closer inspection the person is cyclist who’s already dead. Minnie assumes it was a hit and run accident but when the detectives reveal it was murder Minnie can’t help but sink her teeth into another investigation. This time she has the help of a new and unlikely friend and of course her smart cat-titude feline, Eddie. Minnie’s sleuthing will prove that this is no ordinary murder and things are way more complicated and twisted than she could’ve ever realized. Minnie’s determination is as present as ever. She searches for the answers no matter where they lead her even if it’s into trouble. She has a warm heart and I love the way she interacts with her friends and family. Her relationship with Eddie is relatable to anyone with a feline companion and laugh out loud hilarious. Eddie helps Minnie repeatedly solve crimes by showing her clues but somehow despite her intelligence she still overlooks it. The people of Chilson, Michigan are an eclectic and fun group who bring more enjoyment to the book. I was stumped at first on who the killer was and why but slowly I did figure it out. I discounted my theory as too far fetched. The author wove a who done it interlaced with so many red herrings that when the killer and motive were finally revealed I was surprised to be right. Cozy mystery fans and cat lovers will enjoy all the aspects of this book and the humor it brings to an intricate mystery.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lizz Axnick

    I have read all the books in the bookmobile cat mysteries and they never disappoint. This one is probably one of the best in the series in terms of the murder mystery setting. No spoilers in this review! Minnie Hamilton is stretched thin lately. Her job as bookmobile librarian is going very well, so much so that her new boss wants to add more hours and there is only one Minnie. When she stumbles across a dead body driving the beloved bookmobile, she learns that a well loved man with no enemies ha I have read all the books in the bookmobile cat mysteries and they never disappoint. This one is probably one of the best in the series in terms of the murder mystery setting. No spoilers in this review! Minnie Hamilton is stretched thin lately. Her job as bookmobile librarian is going very well, so much so that her new boss wants to add more hours and there is only one Minnie. When she stumbles across a dead body driving the beloved bookmobile, she learns that a well loved man with no enemies has been murdered. When another body turns up dead, Minnie is trying to put the pieces together before another person is killed. Again finding herself in harm's way, Minnie stops at nothing to solve the crime. This book was extra wonderful with the addition of Tabitha Ingram, detective Ingram's wife. While she has not appeared in previous books, which we learn was deliberate on the detective's part, she is a delightful character and a definite match for Minnie in wits and curiosity. I do hope she starts to make regular appearances in the series. Honorable mention goes to Mr. Eddie, Minnie's feline companion, and his never ending chorus of Mrr! Someday we will learn what goes on in that little brain of his. Until then I am happy to disappear into these mysteries for hours at a time. I do hope there will be more!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Desiree

    When Minnie narrowly misses running over a dead body lying in the road, she cannot help trying to solve the mystery. This is one of my favorites series. After all, it has a library, a bookmobile, a houseboat, and a bookmobile cat. And the cat is known for giving clues to solve the murder. I have to admit I solved this one pretty early on. But I really didn't mind, even though I normally prefer to have the outcome harder to guess. I have read this series starting with the first book and was really When Minnie narrowly misses running over a dead body lying in the road, she cannot help trying to solve the mystery. This is one of my favorites series. After all, it has a library, a bookmobile, a houseboat, and a bookmobile cat. And the cat is known for giving clues to solve the murder. I have to admit I solved this one pretty early on. But I really didn't mind, even though I normally prefer to have the outcome harder to guess. I have read this series starting with the first book and was really too engaged with how the story was playing out. (I also guessed the other major thing that happened at the end of the book.) The appeal to this series is the engaging characters. I also appreciated the author's acknowledgment of the trauma that would be caused by finding a dead body. Another appealing thing about this series is the healthy relationships. They aren't always perfect, but the main characters treat each other with respect. Minnie's fiancé and ex-boyfriend are not only civil, they are friendly. While her ex-boyfriend doesn't exactly appreciate her involvement in trying to solve his crimes, he listens to her (for the most part) when she comes to him with a theory. Thanks to the publisher and to Net Galley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ferne

    I have loved Minnie since the first moment I met her as librarian at a public library in Chilson, Michigan. And how could anyone not fall in love with Eddie from the first moment he decided the bookmobile routes needed his supervision and assistance so became a stowaway that led to him being a permanent rider for all bookmobile travels? He has the most adorable and responsive Mrrs! As with any book in the series it can be read as a stand-alone but I would highly recommend reading this series in o I have loved Minnie since the first moment I met her as librarian at a public library in Chilson, Michigan. And how could anyone not fall in love with Eddie from the first moment he decided the bookmobile routes needed his supervision and assistance so became a stowaway that led to him being a permanent rider for all bookmobile travels? He has the most adorable and responsive Mrrs! As with any book in the series it can be read as a stand-alone but I would highly recommend reading this series in order as then the changes for Minnie, family and friends will be ever more meaningful and they were definitely worth the wait! As mentioned in my book review of "Tailing a Tabby" the 2nd book in the series, "The joy of this book is truly cover-to-cover as although the book cover doesn't have to impress me to capture my attention to a novel or to draw me in to the story, in this series, they are definitely a bonus feature of enchantment and pleasingly colorful." As soon as my pre-order arrives I can't wait to read it but then I also want to savor the time as now it will seem an eternity until the next visit. It's simply one of those favorite series that you want to go on forever.

  24. 5 out of 5

    T K Nelson

    Huge improvement from the past few in this series. -- Minnie has a new partner in sleuthing that is a wonderful addition to the series. -- Eddie’s still seemingly clairvoyant but it’s not emphasized. As a matter of fact, it’s not explained at all, it’s up to the reader to notice and connect the dots. -- Kristen’s situation is evident from the first but the reveal is wonderful. -- Rafe’s covert plan is also obvious but with everything going on it’s also reasonable the Minnie might not notice. -- In th Huge improvement from the past few in this series. -- Minnie has a new partner in sleuthing that is a wonderful addition to the series. -- Eddie’s still seemingly clairvoyant but it’s not emphasized. As a matter of fact, it’s not explained at all, it’s up to the reader to notice and connect the dots. -- Kristen’s situation is evident from the first but the reveal is wonderful. -- Rafe’s covert plan is also obvious but with everything going on it’s also reasonable the Minnie might not notice. -- In the end readers are given a plausible reason for murder (assuming the murderer has little or no ethics which is a safe bet with any premeditated murder). A minor quibble is both this book and the previous have Minnie finding solutions for acquaintances’ love life problems. Has she inherited Aunt Frances’ match-making gene? There are some plotlines left dangling. Who will Minnie’s new bookmobile assistant be? What will come of Cousin Celeste’s plans? When will Minnie and Rafe get married? I’m ok with these questions not being answered. It means we can look forward to more Bookmobile Mysteries.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Juli

    I have loved this series since book one! Checking Out Crime is the 9th book in the Bookmobile Cat cozy series. This time around Librarian Minnie Hamilton, and her kitty sidekick Eddie, witness the aftermath of what appears to be a hit-and-run. A bicyclist is dead, and Minnie is on the case to find the killer. Turns out, things are much more complicated than a cyclist ran down with a car....and the killer isn't going to stop at just one dead body! I love the characters in this series, especially I have loved this series since book one! Checking Out Crime is the 9th book in the Bookmobile Cat cozy series. This time around Librarian Minnie Hamilton, and her kitty sidekick Eddie, witness the aftermath of what appears to be a hit-and-run. A bicyclist is dead, and Minnie is on the case to find the killer. Turns out, things are much more complicated than a cyclist ran down with a car....and the killer isn't going to stop at just one dead body! I love the characters in this series, especially Eddie. :) The plots are always entertaining, and I enjoy how the characters develop more in each book. The mystery in this newest book is engaging....plenty of sleuthing, the murder happens early getting the investigation rolling from the start, and just enough small town intrigue rounds out the story. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit with Minne and Eddie! Can't wait for the next book in this series! **I voluntarily read a review copy of this book from Berkley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Gray

    Minnie, Julia, Eddie, and the bookmobile are nearly run off the road! Then, after they collect themselves and drive on, they find a body - a bicylist who has been hit. Did the speeding car kill him? Well, Minnie, our intrepid protagonist, and her nifty cat Eddie (along with her sister Julia) find themselves investigating what turns out to be more than one murder. Yes, I said cat but don't worry- he doesn't talk exactly, only contributes a meow now and then. Minnie's got a personal problem as wel Minnie, Julia, Eddie, and the bookmobile are nearly run off the road! Then, after they collect themselves and drive on, they find a body - a bicylist who has been hit. Did the speeding car kill him? Well, Minnie, our intrepid protagonist, and her nifty cat Eddie (along with her sister Julia) find themselves investigating what turns out to be more than one murder. Yes, I said cat but don't worry- he doesn't talk exactly, only contributes a meow now and then. Minnie's got a personal problem as well- her finance Rafe hasn't finished working on the house and she's sure what's going to happen foe the winter. I don't know how I've missed this series, especially since I have such fond memories of a bookmobile that visited my neighborhood when I was a kid. It was a delightful standalone for me and I bet fans will be satisfied as well. Thanks to netgalley for the ARC. The mystery is nicely twisty, the characters are spritely, and it's a fun read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Deanne Patterson

    Love cozy mysteries and cats? Well then you're going to want to add this series to your to read list. It's fantastic!---- Minnie Hamilton is the town's bookmobile librarian near Chilson, Michigan. The town's folk always look forward to the books she brings. Things are going so well that her boss wants to add more hours. I loved seeing her relationship with her rescue cat Eddie and his endless chorus of Mrrr's. His cattitude will have you purring with delight. He's got his own mind and does what he Love cozy mysteries and cats? Well then you're going to want to add this series to your to read list. It's fantastic!---- Minnie Hamilton is the town's bookmobile librarian near Chilson, Michigan. The town's folk always look forward to the books she brings. Things are going so well that her boss wants to add more hours. I loved seeing her relationship with her rescue cat Eddie and his endless chorus of Mrrr's. His cattitude will have you purring with delight. He's got his own mind and does what he wants. While Minnie is all for bringing the books to those who want them but when she stumbles upon the body of a bicyclist whom she assumes is on the receiving end of a hit and run accident after she sees a car speeding from the scene. She is doggedly determined to get to the bottom of this case. Fast past very enjoyable book! #CheckingOutCrime #NetGalley Pub Date 06 Apr 2021 I was given a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia Moore

    I always look for the next release in this series. I love to read about Minnie and Eddie. Well, especially about Eddie. This one did not disappoint. It was so nice to read a book that I didn't want to rush through just to finish it ( I have read some stinkers lately). This one held my interest all the way through. The characters fit well with each other and even when introducing someone we haven't seen in awhile, the author is able to gently remind you who it is without a huge recap. I am glad t I always look for the next release in this series. I love to read about Minnie and Eddie. Well, especially about Eddie. This one did not disappoint. It was so nice to read a book that I didn't want to rush through just to finish it ( I have read some stinkers lately). This one held my interest all the way through. The characters fit well with each other and even when introducing someone we haven't seen in awhile, the author is able to gently remind you who it is without a huge recap. I am glad that there is finally some resolution to the housing problem. It is one of those situations that is funny for a bit but then can get tedious if drawn out too long. The mystery itself was a new twist that I don't think I have seen before, so that was a good surprise. The only disappointing thing is that now I will have to wait awhile for the next one.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Olivia Blacke

    Checking Out Crime is the perfect cozy. Set in autumn in Upper Michigan, Minnie the librarian is driving the bookmobile when she discovers a dead body in the middle of nowhere. Together with her absolutely lovely friends and townsfolk (and the companionship of her very vocal cat, Eddie), she launches an investigation that takes her right into the crosshairs of a killer. The bookmobile brought back amazing childhood memories, the bike rides made my legs ache in sympathy, the elaborate meals made m Checking Out Crime is the perfect cozy. Set in autumn in Upper Michigan, Minnie the librarian is driving the bookmobile when she discovers a dead body in the middle of nowhere. Together with her absolutely lovely friends and townsfolk (and the companionship of her very vocal cat, Eddie), she launches an investigation that takes her right into the crosshairs of a killer. The bookmobile brought back amazing childhood memories, the bike rides made my legs ache in sympathy, the elaborate meals made my mouth water, and Eddie the cat had me in stiches. The mystery was always at the forefront and came to a very satisfying conclusion after investigating a variety of potential suspects and motives. All of the subplots were neatly resolved with a flourish. I highly recommend Checking Out Crime for anyone in need of a safe vacation with new friends (and don’t we all need that???)

  30. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    I love a visit to Chilson, Michigan with Minnie Hamilton and her bookmobile. Minnie is the town librarian and drives the bookmobile. She is driving the bookmobile back to the library when she comes across a body in the road. She tries to save the person but is not successful. She looks into the murder with a new friend of hers, I have to say I loved the addition of Tabitha. She is Detective Inwood's wife and it was so great to finally meet her. I loved her personality. I thought she fit in so we I love a visit to Chilson, Michigan with Minnie Hamilton and her bookmobile. Minnie is the town librarian and drives the bookmobile. She is driving the bookmobile back to the library when she comes across a body in the road. She tries to save the person but is not successful. She looks into the murder with a new friend of hers, I have to say I loved the addition of Tabitha. She is Detective Inwood's wife and it was so great to finally meet her. I loved her personality. I thought she fit in so well with the town and all its quirky characters. The mystery aside there were so many wonderful moments in this book. The mystery was well done and didn't figure out the killer until the end. Also as always, Minnie's cat, Eddie, steals the book. He is such a character. I love how Minnie talks to him. I can't wait to read more in this series.

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