Books and cats! That sounds like a recipe for fabulous. Added to it, a suspicious death and I am in for the afternoon, nose in the fourth part of the Bookmobile Cat Mystery by Laurie Cass, Pouncing on Murder.
From the back of the book:
Curl up with the latest from the national bestselling author of Borrowed Crime...
Springtime in Chilson, Michigan, means it's librarian Minnie Hamilton's favorite time of year: maple syrup season! But her excitement fades when her favorite syrup provider, Henry Gill, dies in a sugaring accident. It’s tough news to swallow...even if the old man wasn’t as sweet as his product.
On the bookmobile rounds with her trusty rescue cat Eddie, Minnie meets Adam, the old man's friend, who was with him when he died. Adam is convinced Henry’s death wasn’t an accident, and fears that his own life is in danger. With the police overworked, it's up to Minnie and Eddie to tap all their resources for clues—before Adam ends up in a sticky situation...
The setting is so well imagined on the page that even though I have never been, or even seen a picture, I was daydreaming about a visit. The characters are very sweet and easy to like and Minnie feels like a friend to me, I have plenty of friends and I, myself, talk to my cat so I found that trait endearing. The cat was very much a cat, it wasn't portrayed as a little human, which I loved.
I found it a refreshing change that the mystery was squeezed in around her busy life as it understandably would be. The mystery itself wasn't too complex but very enjoyable, easy reading. I read this in a lazy, hazy afternoon and look forward to the next part which was excerpted in the back.
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