Book Review: Booking the Crook by Laurie Cass

Booking the Crook
A Bookmobile Cat Mystery #7
Laurie Cass
Berkley Prime Crime, July 2019
ISBN 978-0-440-00098-3
Mass  Market Paperback

Minnie Hamilton, along with her cat Eddie, works on the library’s bookmobile. There’s a new library director, and a new library board president, and they are asking questions about the library and not including Minnie in the meetings. Is her job being eliminated?

Chilson, Michigan, is a tourist town in the northwest part of the state, and the library is busy during the summer. Minnie discovers one of her customers dead in their driveway. Rowan, a married woman with two college age children, is discovered to have been poisoned. The victim, although well-liked, has crossed swords with the village board members about property development. Rowan’s daughter has broken up with her boyfriend—is he looking for revenge? Her husband has been distant lately—could he have wanted his wife dead?

An engaging cozy mystery in a pleasant setting, with a surprising twist at the end. Seventh in the Bookmobile Cat mystery series.

Reviewed by Susan Belsky, September 2021.