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Book Review – Bookmobile Cat Mystery Series by Laurie Cass

Who knew riding in a bookmobile could be so exciting?! Apparently Laurie Cass did because she’s based an entire mystery series around a bookmobile and a short librarian who drives it named Minnie. Minnie also lives on a house boat, which is not something I’ve come across in any mystery series so far. I love finding unique aspects to a book series that help it to stand out!

In the first book of the series, Lending a Paw, we meet Minnie and Eddie. Minnie is a librarian and she is just getting the library’s new bookmobile ready to go out. What Minnie doesn’t know is that her lovely new bookmobile is about to be entangled in a murder mystery! I enjoyed this book because it’s the first bookmobile mystery I’ve read. I think the idea of a bookmobile offering access to books for those not near a library is itself a fantastic idea! To see such an amazing resource involved in a good mystery is just extra fun!


Tailing a Tabby is the second book in the series and also the most recent to be released. Sadly this means another whole year before we get to read another one. In this mystery Minnie and Eddie are enjoying their success with the bookmobile. Things seem to be going very well for this interesting pair – until they are entangled in another murder mystery! Minnie has another mystery on her hands as well as some personal issues she has to worry about.

Minnie and Eddie make an interesting a loveable team. Minnie has determination and stubbornness that help, and sometimes hurt her, in her quest for justice. She has a strong sense of right and wrong and she is always willing to help others. She’s the kind of character you can depend on and see the best in. The other characters in the book always add an interesting flair of the unusual and the complicated. And Eddie? Well he’s just as Eddie as usual!

This is another good cozy mystery series that keeps you entertained and interested without all the graphic violence and gore I find so unnecessary. I’m looking forward to the third installment so I can see what new adventure the bookmobile takes Minnie and Eddie on!

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Book Review – A Novel Idea Mystery Series by Lucy Arlington

Buried in a Book

I am a big mystery novel fan. I don’t like my mysteries gory, super violent, graphic, or too far out that the concept hurts my brain. I like mysteries with good character exploration and a complicated enough plot that it not only leaves me guessing till the end, but it also hold my interest so much so that I cannot put the book down. I’ve found that most definitely in A Novel Idea Mystery series by Lucy Arlington!

Buried in a Book Amazon

I first started off with Buried in a Book, which is the first in the series. Here we meet our main character Lila Wilkins, who has a teenage son and a quirky mother all causing ups and downs in her life. Lila is about to embark on a new path in life and it ends in a fantastic mystery.

I really enjoyed this book! I love discovering a new series that is immensely enjoyable to read, it’s like discovering a rare new species of animal! I wasn’t feeling well when I started reading it but boy it sure took my attention off how I felt in no time! I won’t be giving anything away because I want you to read her book! I immediately went online to get the next 2 books in the series so I could read them as soon as possible.

Every Trick in the Book

The second book in this series is Every Trick in the Book (A Novel Idea Mystery). Here we are following up on Lila Wilkins and her latest life event – a book and author festival. Unfortunately for Lila and company, this event turns deadly. I settled down with this little gem for the long haul, knowing it wouldn’t get put down until finished. The second mystery had me just as enraptured as the first, and it was great to follow up with characters I was beginning to know so well!

Books, Cooks, and Crooks Amazon

The third book in this series is also the latest one out, which left me groaning because I hate waiting to read the next book a whole year later! In Books, Cooks, and Crooks (A Novel Idea Mystery), Lila Wilkins is now involved in a cookbook fair to end all – in a most deadly way! Poor Lila, it seems like death and mayhem just follow her. Understandably so though, since this is a mystery series after all. Here we know Lila and her family pretty well, and we understand the things going on in their lives and commiserate with them over the choices to make. Again, I couldn’t put this one down!

I am very hooked on this series. I love a good mystery but they aren’t as easy to find, despite how many books are put out these days. I like a specific style of writing and plot ideas. Lucy Arlington continues to keep the series interesting and addicting so you want to get the next book that comes out. I like the way she writes because she holds my attention, she goes into just the right amount of detail of characters, surroundings, and happenings, without going into waaaaay too much detail. I don’t want to spend the first 30 minutes of a book meeting two characters and reading how they are described over meaningless conversation. And yes, that has happened in books I’ve tried before!

I also enjoy the fresh ideas in her books. With any tamer mystery, or cozy style mystery, there will be some similarities. It’s a pleasure to find creativity and uniqueness in a book series because it helps them to stand out. I have a good 15-20 series I really like so it’s important to me to find the stand out points in them. I find A Novel Idea books to offer that and more. I really felt like I could connect and relate to the character, something else I value in a book. While I may not be in the same age bracket just yet, I can relate to a lot of what she goes through as a woman and a mother. I like characters that seem realistic and have traits you can see in real life people.

All in all, I definitely recommend this series! If you read them, tell me what you thought in the comments below! 🙂

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