Lending a Paw by Laurie Cass (Audiobook-Tantor Audio)

⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 3.5 stars

Lending a Paw is Book 1 in the Bookmobile Cat Mystery series. It was an enjoyable cozy with a believable suspect list and a few red herrings to point me in different directions along the way. Eddie, the mischievous cat, is a lovable character. I liked that he’s an ordinary cat with God-given animal instincts and doesn’t possess any magical abilities.

Here’s a little of the plot….

Minerva (Minnie) Hamilton, a Librarian with the Chilson (MI) District Library, drives the Bookmobile with her naughty but decidedly helpful and intuitive cat, Eddie. Eddie followed Minnie home from the cemetery one day, and surreptitiously made his way onto the bookmobile on the day of its maiden voyage, and subsequently lead her to her friend’s dead body. Minnie was fond of Stan Larabee, a major contributor to the library. But further digging uncovers unfavorable accounts of Stan’s character and business dealings. Many people hated the man. Who really was Stan Larabee, and why were so many folks’ attitudes that of good riddance instead of poor Stan?

This is my second book in the Bookmobile series. Admittedly, I had to get well into the book before it truly started to hold my attention. Once it did, I was eagerly anticipating the unveiling of the killer. This was an audiobook and the narrator did a pretty good job as Minnie. Her voice sort of reminded me of Jane Fonda, and it took me a little while in the beginning to equate her to 33-yr. old Minnie. But after listening for a time I got used to her voice and it was fine. Overall, I liked this cozy and I would try another book in the series.

Thank you, Tantor Audio, for a free download of Lending a Paw. In exchange I have provided an honest review.

Have a great week everyone. Thanks for stopping by.


10 thoughts on “Lending a Paw by Laurie Cass (Audiobook-Tantor Audio)

  1. I have this series on my TBR and am looking forward to it. Despite a slower start it does sound fun. It drives me crazy when the narrator age just doesn’t gel with the character. I once listened to a YA book where the narrator had this really adult voice and I never could get past it. The book wasn’t for me anyway but I don’t think that helped.

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    • That’s so true Katherine. A narrator’s voice can make or break a book.

      I like this series, but I’m not in love with it yet. Since I have a couple of others, I’ll see if that changes. Thanks for your comment. 😊


  2. Thank you Carla.
    Of the two books I’ve read the cat is just normal, which I happen to like. I don’t know if he develops any uncanny abilities in other books in the series, but I hope not because that’s not my thing.
    So far this series has been just good, not great for me. I have enjoyed other cozies more.
    I thought the narrator’s voice sounded a bit mature for the character, but she wasn’t bad. The narrator can make a world of difference. Some cozy series have EXCELLENT narrators, so I’m a bit spoiled.
    Thanks for stopping by. It’s always good hearing from you. 😊


  3. Great review Laurie. I have looked at this series a couple of times. I like that the cat has no magic as well. Maybe I will give it a try. I definitely agree with you about the narrator. Considering I am only starting to enjoy audio books the narrator has to be good or I will give up and try a different book.

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  4. Ah, your comment on the narrator’s voice sounding a bit too old for a 33 years old reminded me of After I Do that I listened to a few weeks ago. I also found the narrator’s voice didn’t match a character of 30 years old, it took me a while to get used to. Cute cover!

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    • Yeah….the narrator’s voice can have a lot to do with my enjoyment of the book. I had to get used to her voice. But with this particular book, I think that even if I’d read it, my thoughts on it would have still warranted a 3.5-star rating. But some books I’ve tried to read were really greatly improved when I listened instead.
      I agree about the cute cover. I have a couple of other books in this series. I think the covers suck me in!
      Thx. for your comment. Have a great day. 😊

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