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Lending a Paw

(A Bookmobile Cat Mystery #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  3,117 ratings  ·  505 reviews
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 despite her efforts to contain her new pal, the tabby s
Mass Market Paperback, 344 pages
Published December 3rd 2013 by NAL
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Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick, easy, enjoyable read. The detectives were a tad condescending for my taste, and the mc's solo outing wasn't the smartest, otherwise I felt that this was a good one. Strong mc with a great best friend plus the wonderful Eddie, adopted stray cat. ...more
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 f
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 repet
Kim Galla
Jul 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: cat cozy readers
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? ;)

Dec 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2013
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 cr
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Minnie Hamilton, assistant director of the library at Chilson, Michigan, has spent much time and effort in getting a bookmobile for her library and finally succeeds after getting a donation by the 70-something, uber-rich Stan Laraby in Lending a Paw by Laurie Cass. On her first day taking the bookmobile out, Minnie’s rescue cat, Eddie, stows away with her and sneaks onto the vehicle, to the delight of the children who come to check out some books. But at Minnie’s last stop, Eddie runs out of the ...more
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm so glad I finally started this series that I've heard so much about. I've fallen head over heels for Eddie the bookmobile cat. He definitely has a way with people, and his intuition came in handy a few times for his human, Minnie Hamilton. Minnie is an awesome and interesting character. She lives on a houseboat and drives a bookmobile three days a week. Eddie stowed away the first time, and the people at the book stops loved him so much, Minnie couldn't disappoint them by leaving him behind ...more
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Squeal! I'm addlepated, twitterpated and cat-e-pated over Eddie, a charming feline that transforms this cozy into the realm of the sublime. The exchanges between Minnie and Eddie are full of wry humour and catisms. Seriously, this author speaks 'cat'. She has all the behaviours down pat -- from the tail swishing to the disdainful glare to the "I'll purr you into submission, hooman!" These cozies are going to turn me into a cat lady yet! :-)

I'm enamoured over the bookmobile angle -- especially si
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Aug 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wishlist-read
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 ne
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has been in my to-read list longer than I can remember, and the reason I picked it up now was that I had an uninteresting read and wanted a change before continuing it. It was a coincidence, I could have picked another book, but when I started I couldn't put it down.

Minnie the librarian and her cat Eddie, a very average cat (for the most part) but so well described, are lovely and funny characters. The rest of the cast was a little harder to get into, and the author also took longer to
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Listened to this book on audio. My favorite character was Eddie. He is the cat in the story. The main character is a woman who rides around in a book mobile and she is constantly talking to Eddie. Eddie purrs and meows throughout the audio. One day they stumble across a dead body. So they are trying to find out who was involved in the murder. It was an enjoyable audio book. Hope my library has the next book to this story.
Christine (KizzieReads)
I thought it was really good. I loved Eddie the cat. Eddie followed Minnie home one day and stayed. He is very pushy when it comes to what he wants. Very vocal as well. Minnie starts a bookmobile service from her library to the outlying counties in Michigan. Her boss doesn't like it, but can't do anything as the library got a huge donation in order to get it started. On the maiden voyage of the bookmobile, Eddie decides to be a stowaway and on their last stop, gets out of the bookmobile and take ...more
May 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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.

Cheryl Landmark
May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 oth
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 o ...more
Erin L
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-books, cozy-pets
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
Shelley Giusti
Dec 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was such a great read! Eddie is adorable and Minnie you will love instantly
Just my cup of tea - books, cats and characters I'd like to see more of.
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New to me author and series that starts a bit slowly, as we have to establish place, people and the initial obstacles that help to build the story. Minnie Hamiliton is convinced that their small town would benefit from a bookmobile to reach patrons lost to the multiple library closures in the area around their small Michigan town. Her bosses aren’t so sure: but Minnie is determined to find the funding, perhaps securing her own position as th
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well I could not be more clear! I absolutely loved it, the mystery, I had no idea who done it until Minnie got that crucial piece of information. The murder was well written, not too gruesome and not expected that it was this person.

I also loved the idea of a bookmobile and well, Eddie the cat..... He's amazing! I have a Joep and a Frits, but I would also love an Eddie.
Also the interaction with Minnie and Eddie is wonderful to read, and I really like it that Eddie is a Bookmobi
Jun 04, 2017 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great start to a new series for me. Although I liked the idea of a cozy about a bookmobile, the whole package was very entertaining: characters, starring role for a pet, and mystery that kept me guessing. I will continue on with this series, and look forward to it!!
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book got me hook. The mystery the books. The library. The small town . The people it was such a good start to a series hehe
Connie N.
#1 in the Bookmobile Cat cozy mystery series

What 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 mostl
Sep 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 be
Aug 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, read-in-2014
Before I begin this review, let me state a few things: First, I drive the bookmobile for my library. Second, I have several cats (although they are all outside, praise the heavens above). So this would be the perfect book for me, right? Haha, no. I picked it up because as the bookmobile librarian, I just had to read it, but I really dislike cozy mysteries. Like SUPER dislike. It drives me nuts that anybody feels they could do a better job than the cops to find a murderer. The main character, Min ...more
May 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Minnie Hamilton is the assistant librarian in the small resort town of Chilson, MI. She has spent the last year working on her pet project of a bookmobile and, on the maiden voyage, her cat Eddie stows away on the bookmobile. Then, he finds a body that turns out to be he main benefactor for the bookmobile. Eddie quickly becomes a main attraction of the bookmobile and Minnie has little choice but to let him tag along on the rides and hide the fact from her boss.

This was a great beginning for a se
Laura Lee
May 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Lisa Kay
★★★★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.
Dec 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Good cozy mystery.

09/23/2017: Read again after I read the 6th book.
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Laurie Cass is the national bestselling author of the Bookmobile Cat Mysteries, including Wrong Side of the Paw, Cat With a Clue, and Pouncing on Murder. She lives on a lake in northern Michigan with her husband and two cats.

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A Bookmobile Cat Mystery (9 books)
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