Read on Arrival–review

This is the second book in the Bookmobile Mystery series by Nora Page. I just love the idea of an old school bus refurbished into a bookmobile and had read the first book last year. I loved both of the books and can definitely say that Cleo and Henry are two of my favorite cozy couples. Mary-Rose is a great bestie. She’s not quite the ride-along type of sidekick some besties are, but she keeps Cleo informed. Gabby the deputy and Cleo’s favorite neighbor is a sweetheart, who wouldn’t love her for a neighbor? I had a great time reading this one and just like before, I’m really looking forward to the next book!

My Goodreads review:

Read on Arrival (Bookmobile Mystery #2)Read on Arrival by Nora Page

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I just loved this book! Cleo and Henry have got to be the most adorable couple, and Cleo is the most loyal and brave friend that anyone could want. The library’s grand opening was coming soon when the library board president brought in a lady named Belle with crazy and outrageous ideas–like that books were clutter (this woman really bugged me, I was hoping she’d be offed or the perp lol). I’d say the author did her job well, because I could not stand Belle and her Airstream flashing-lights bookless-mobile. When the town diva and the patron with the longest overdue book was found dead in her home by Cleo and Henry, Cleo was one of the suspects. She did manage to get to the bottom of everything and restore her good name. I guessed the killer because of cleverly-placed clues by the author, but it was a lot of fun to see Cleo track the perp down. I have to hand it to Cleo, because she doesn’t do anything alone, and she’s very good about alerting the local deputy, who happens to be her neighbor, Gabby. I can’t wait for the next book!

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Lending a Paw–review

This is the first book in the Bookmobile Cat series by Laurie Cass and published in 2013. I was glad to hear that a new one coming out later this year, although I won’t be surprised if I’m not caught up by then. I really enjoyed this first book and plan to continue the series. The characters are all interesting, but I hope we get a little more fleshed-out versions of them in future books. I’m sure we will, although at this point, I can’t really say I know any of them well enough yet to want to be friends. Well, except for Eddie the cat, lol. He is really the star of the book, so I guess it makes sense that he’s the one I feel closest to at this point. I love the idea of a bookmobile cat, and I sure hope that Minnie’s grouchy boss doesn’t find out!

My Goodreads review:

Lending a Paw (A Bookmobile Cat Mystery, #1)Lending a Paw by Laurie Cass

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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 the next time.

When the murder of the library’s most generous donor rocked the community, Minnie felt she needed to bring closure to this, because even though Stan was known in the town as a miser, he was always nice and generous to the library and had purchased the bookmobile for them. There were plenty of suspects, and I had no idea who was the killer until the clues started falling into place, and Minnie had a good idea of who it was too. There wasn’t really a showdown, just an escape from an old musty barn, but Minnie lived to tell the story and was thanked for her tip she’d given the police. Even though Stan’s money that he wanted to leave to the library would be tied up indefinitely, a couple of new donors came through. I would never have thought either of these people would donate from how they were at first. It’ll be interesting to know what kind of adventure Minnie and Eddie get into next–and if her boss ever finds out about Eddie!

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Better Off Read–review

This is the first book in a new series released May 18 by Nora Page. If you like senior sleuths that are very similar to Jessica Fletcher, then you will love this book! Cleo and her friends are pretty amazing and I can’t wait to read more of their sleuthing adventures! I just loved Cleo’s cat, Rhett Butler and Henry’s little pug, Mr. Chaucer.

I voluntarily read and reviewed this book which was provided via NetGalley and Crooked Lane Publishing. Thanks going out to them for this opportunity!

My Goodreads review:

Better Off Read (Bookmobile Mystery #1)Better Off Read by Nora Page

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh my goodness, I loved this book! I haven’t read such an enjoyable senior sleuth since Jessica Fletcher. Cleo is just awesome and this was an amazing first book for what I hope is a long series–so much fun!

Cleo Watkins drove the bookmobile bus in Catalpa Springs, GA a lot more now that a storm caused major damage to her beloved library. A local curmudgeon who wasn’t well liked but was a library supporter had basically assured her he had a plan. But someone else had a plan for him, murder. Cleo and her gentleman friend Henry, who owned an antiquarian bookstore, set out to investigate along with the help of her college-age assistant Leanna. There were plenty of suspects and when another body turned up, Cleo realized she had to prove her own grandson’s innocence along with finding the first killer. She was convinced the killer of both was one and the same.

The mystery did get wrapped up very satisfactorily. I like how all the little odds and ends were addressed at the end. The take down was pretty epic…let’s just say Rhett Butler, Cleo’s cat and the skunks living in the library were heroes!

I really enjoyed reading about Cleo and all her friends, especially sweet Henry who was ever the gentleman. All the characters that were good were so interesting–Adelaide was hilarious (a neighbor at Happy Trails retirement village). I didn’t guess the killer at all, was completely fooled but that’s okay, that’s the name of the mystery game. I’m so anxious for the next book!

I voluntarily read and reviewed this book courtesy of NetGalley and Crooked Lane, thanks going out to them.

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