Laurie Cass returns to the blog today with the fourth in her Bookmobile Cat Mystery series, narrated by Erin Bennett. Please read on for my review of
Pouncing on Murder
Possibly my favorite in this series featuring Eddie and his human, Minnie and their bookmobile in the Michigan countryside. This story, is a mix of both mystery (who killed Henry Gill, and wants to eliminate Adam) and some ‘life moments’ as Minnie juggles her first book fair, a long distance relationship that isn’t really working, and traversing her normal route all while trying to discover who murdered Henry and why. Eddie is also prominent and vocal, as Minnie’s constant conversations with him add a veracity to the characters (particularly Eddie) that will warm your heart.
There are tons going on here, and plenty of new characters are introduced, as well as Minnie’s interactions with those we’ve come to know, and the ‘out of hibernation’ relief from many as spring is coming and the promise of sunshine and warmth have people optimistic and ready to see new faces. But, with things not feeling quite “right” with her long distance boyfriend Tucker, she does bite the bullet and end it. Perhaps Deputy Ash is the underlying reason? Oh sure, there are twists and turns, and while the resolution was a bit predictable, with the murderer continuing to be a threat to the end, the story has developed a nice overall plotting arc that gives readers a sense of the place, a librarian’s woes, and the relationships that can develop when one isn’t always looking. Minnie is solidly helpful and not overly ‘nosy’, and she isn’t dropping everything to head off and investigate – in fact, the curiosity in these stories belong to Eddie – his knack for landing in the right spot, or pushing the plot forward is adorably clever – and while Minnie states she’s glad he chose to live with her – I can second that. Clever, fun and not particularly stressful, these are cozies without blood, gore, or foul language – perfect for people who appreciate character-driven tales.
Narration for this story is provided by Erin Bennett, and she just continues to improve with each one. Her knowledge of the characters and plot combine in ways that manage to carry a distinct tone and voice for each, while allowing for some growth and the feeling that communication between Eddie and Minnie has evolved: his every murr, purr and meow are tinged with meaning, a meaning that Minnie has learned over the time they’ve spent together, and he’s never short of something to say. Grab this series if you want to just enjoy a story for what it is – clever, cat centric and utterly endearing.
Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 5
Title: Pouncing on Murder
Author: Laurie Cass
Series: A Bookmobile Cat Mystery #4
Also in this series: Lending a Paw, Tailing a Tabby, Borrowed Crime
Genre: Contemporary Cozy Mystery
Narrator: Erin Bennett
Published by: Berkley, Tantor Audio
Published on: 17 April, 2018
Source: Tantor Audio
Audio Length: 9 Hours: 26 minutes
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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...
A copy of this title was provided via Tantor Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.