Jul 202019
 


It is my pleasure to shine the spotlight on
Laurie Cass’ new book today!


Booking the Crook (A Bookmobile Cat Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
7th in Series
Berkley (July 2, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
ISBN-10: 044000098X
ISBN-13: 978-0440000983
Kindle ASIN: B07J46C512

It’s all paws on deck as a librarian and her rescue cat track down a killer in the newest book in the national bestselling Bookmobile Cat mystery series.

Minnie Hamilton and her rescue cat, Eddie, cruise around lovely Chilson, Michigan delivering happiness and good reads in their bookmobile. But the feisty librarian is worried that the bookmobile’s future could be uncertain when a new library board chair arrives and doesn’t seem too friendly to her pet project.

Still, she has to put her personal worries aside when she and Eddie are out on their regular route and one of their favorite customers doesn’t turn up to collect her books. Minnie, at Eddie’s prodding, checks on the woman and finds her lying dead in her snow-covered driveway. Now it’s up to Minnie and her friends–feline and otherwise–to find the perpetrator and give them their due.

About The Author

Laurie Cass grew up in Michigan and graduated from Eastern Michigan University in the 80’s with a (mostly unused) Bachelor of Science degree in geology. She and her husband live on a lake in northwest lower Michigan. When Laurie isn’t writing, she’s working at her day job, reading, yanking weeds out of her garden, or doing some variety of skiing. Find out more on her webpage here and sign up for her Newsletter.


Written as Laura Allen

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Aug 052017
 


Wrong Side of the Paw
(A Bookmobile Cat Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Setting – Michigan
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (July 25, 2017)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451476562
Kindle ASIN: B01N8OIZDF

As Laurie Cass continues the national bestselling Bookmobile Cat mystery series, librarian Minnie Hamilton is happy to take her bookmobile for a spin with her rescue cat, Eddie—but her tenacious tabby always seems to find trouble…

As the bookmobile rolls along the hills of Chilson, Michigan, Minnie and Eddie spread good cheer and good reads. But when her faithful feline finds his way into the middle of a murder, Minnie is there, like any good librarian, to check it out.

Eddie turns a routine bookmobile stop into anything but when he makes a quick escape and hops into a pickup truck…with a dead body in the flatbed. The friendly local lawyer who was driving the pickup falls under suspicion. But Minnie and Eddie think there’s more to this case than meets the eye, and the dynamic duo sets out to leave no page unturned.

About The Author

Laurie Cass grew up in Michigan and graduated from Eastern Michigan University in the 80’s with a (mostly unused) Bachelor of Science degree in geology. She and her husband live on a lake in northwest lower Michigan. When Laurie isn’t writing, she’s working at her day job, reading, yanking weeds out of her garden, or doing some variety of skiing. Find out more on her webpage here and sign up for her Newsletter.

Written as Laura Allen

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Dec 152016
 

Dead, Bath, and Beyond (Victoria Square Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Setting – New York
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (December 6, 2016)
An Imprint of Penguin Ransom House
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425265994
E-Book ASIN: B01CZCW3K0

 

 

The New York Times bestselling series is back, as Katie Bonner–owner of Artisans Alley in the quaint shopping district of Victoria Square–attempts to solve a murder at a nearby B & B.

Katie Bonner feels like nothing can spoil her perfect day off, sailing Lake Ontario with her good friend, lawyer Seth Lander. Then she runs into her ex-boss Jake on the dock. It was never smooth sailing with Jake, and Katie is only too happy to get away from him as he makes a scene.

Unfortunately, the next day her unpleasant former employer is found drowned in a bathtub at a bed and breakfast in Victoria Square. Who would pull the plug on Jake? When an autopsy reveals lake water–not bath water–in his lungs, Katie quickly finds herself in over her head. She’ll need to race to find the killer before her business and her freedom both go down the drain…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Last week I read and reviewed the previous book in this series, One Hot Murder, that had been on my To-Be-Read shelf since 2013 when it was released. Because of this the delay between books 3 and 4 was not a problem for me. I have to say it is unusual to have a break like this between books especially when it is the same publisher. This book picks up close to where the last one left off so for me the flow was still there.

Things are going well at Artisans Alley. Former detective Ray Davenport has leased a booth as he waits for his shop Wood U to be rebuilt after the fire. A beauty shop has also opened at the Alley. Her new friends, owners of the B & B, are getting ready to open but they have taken in an early guest. A guest that Katie knows quite well, her former boss, Jake. Katie worked so hard for him and he always took the credit. She wasn’t unhappy at all to leave that job and him behind when she inherited the Alley. She was not happy to see him in her neighborhood, but she didn’t even have time to find out why he was staying at the B&B because his dead body was found in a bathtub soon after he checked in. Of course, she is a suspect, they have a past and she did have a bit of a scene with him the day before, in front of plenty of witnesses.

I really enjoyed this story. I love the characters and the setting. Ms. Bartlett always delivers a top-notch mystery. She is joined this time by another wonderful storyteller in Laurie Cass, author the fun Bookmobile Cat Mysteries.

It was nice to see Ray on the outside of this police investigation and him actually being a sounding board and helping Katie with her sleuthing. They have become friends and Ray’s daughters and I are even hoping for maybe more. That was my only sticky point to this story. Katie and Andy’s romance is going nowhere. They work opposite shifts, they can’t even seem to get together for lunches because something always comes up. She lives above his pizza place so they see each other every day and she steps in to help him when he is understaffed. But they seem to just be staying together just because it is comfortable but not really any fun. I know change would probably impact her living arrangement, but a romantic triangle would sure add some spark to the story. Maybe Andy would step up and make more of an effort in the relationship. Katie does have friends but she needs a man in her life who has time for a life. Maybe in the next book we will see these relationships evolve more.

Beyond Katie’s personal life the story is pretty exciting. She does get in as usual over her head and this time almost literally. The suspense builds so that the pages start to flip pretty rapidly as we see how she is going to get herself out of the mess she got herself into.

I hope we don’t have to wait too long for the next installment of this series. I am so glad it is back!

Dollycas

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 About The Authors

Lorraine Bartlett

The immensely popular Booktown Mystery series is what put Lorraine Bartlett‘s pen name Lorna Barrett on the New York Times Bestseller list, but it’s her talent — whether writing as Lorna, or L.L. Bartlett, or Lorraine Bartlett — that keeps her there. This multi-published, Agatha-nominated author pens the exciting Jeff Resnick Mysteries as well as the acclaimed Victoria Square Mystery series and has many short stories and novellas to her name(s). Check out the links to all her works here: http://www.lorrainebartlett.com



Laurie Cass

Laurie Cass grew up in Michigan and graduated from Eastern Michigan University in the 80’s with a (mostly unused) Bachelor of Science degree in geology. She and her husband live on a lake in northwest lower Michigan. When Laurie isn’t writing, she’s working at her day job, reading, yanking weeds out of her garden, or doing some variety of skiing. Find out more on her webpage here and sign up for her Newsletter.

Thanks to the publisher I have 2 copies to give away!
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Aug 202016
 

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I am excited to have Laurie Cass drop by for a visit!
This is a series I seriously need to catch up on soon!

laura

Where I Get My Ideas
(Post provided by publicist.)

To tell you the truth, I have no idea where the plots of my books originate. Not really. Not even when I’m writing them. For me, a book comes together in chunks. These chunks are of different sizes, ranging from huge (the identity of the killer, say) to very small (the name of a new restaurant in town).

The other thing that keeps me from remembering where I get my ideas is my incredibly poor memory. Case in point: a couple of months ago I was talking to some nice ladies who knew I also wrote the PTA Mysteries under the name Laura Alden. They asked about the motive of the killer in that book and—please believe me when I say I am not making this up—I had no idea who killed the victim, let alone why.

It was not a proud moment in my life, and I’m sure those nice ladies think I’m a nutcase (“You wrote the book and you don’t remember?”) but I truly could not summon up the killer’s name. And I never remembered to go back and look so I still don’t know.

Anyway, CAT WITH A CLUE started with the following idea: What if, one morning, Minnie found a murder victim in the library? Okay, that would work. Now what? Well, then I had to figure out why anyone would be killed in a library in the middle of the night. So it most likely had something about books, right? What on earth could that be?

That’s pretty much how it went for the entire outline. (Yes, I outline my books. I didn’t always, but in the interest of less time spent rewriting, I moved to detailed outlines a number of books ago.) I figure out one thing, which leads to another thing that needs to be figured out, which leads to another thing and umpteen hours of hair-pulling later, the outline of a book is complete. Ta-dah!

cat with a clueI do, however, remember the origins of a couple things in CAT WITH A CLUE. One particular character came out of an information-gathering spurt I’d undergone while working on a book proposal. The main character of this particular novel featured a female conservation officer who had Asperger’s Syndrome. She was on the functional end of the autism spectrum and had never been diagnosed, but developed a friendship with a teenage boy who also had Asperger’s.

To develop those characters, I read up on Asperger’s, talked to a number of people, etc., and learned a tremendous amount. Then I wrote character studies of the main character and her young friend, incorporated their personalities into a detailed synopsis, wrote fifty pages of the book, and sent it off to my agent, who was excited about the whole concept.
Sadly, no publishing house agreed, and the novel was never completed. But no research is ever wasted, right? When CAT WITH A CLUE needed a secondary character who happened to have a bizarre amount of knowledge about a particular thing, I knew exactly what kind of character to create. Hooray!

The other thing I know for sure about CAT WITH A CLUE is where I got the idea for the layout of the historical museum. Though it isn’t exactly the same as the museum in the small northwest lower Michigan town in which I work, there are a tremendous number of similarities.

Bottom line, as I said at the beginning, I basically have no idea where I get the ideas for my books. I spend a lot of time staring at the computer and thinking and, with any luck, something that isn’t complete crap will transfer itself from my head to the laptop.

In many ways, the act of writing is itself an adventure. Every single time you sit down to write you never know exactly what’s going to happen, not for sure, and that’s a big part of the fun.

~Laurie

cat with a clue

Cat With a Clue
(A Bookmobile Cat Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Obsidian (August 2, 2016)
An Imprint of New American Library
Penguin Random House Group
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451476555
E-Book ASIN: B01839Q3Y6
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The national bestselling author of Pouncing on Murder returns as librarian Minnie Hamilton and her rescue cat Eddie discover there’s a true crime story unraveling in their own nonfiction section. . . .

Early one morning while shelving books in the library, Minnie stumbles upon a dead body. Authorities identify the woman as an out-of-towner visiting Chilson for her great-aunt’s funeral. What she was doing in the library after hours is anyone’s guess . . . but Minnie and Eddie are determined to save the library’s reputation and catch a killer.

As rumors about the victim circulate through Chilson, the police are in a bind over a streak of baffling break-ins. Luckily, Minnie and Eddie are traveling the county in their bookmobile, and they’ll stop at nothing to find the spineless killer before the final page is turned on someone else.

 

About The Author

Laurie Cass grew up in Michigan and graduated from Eastern Michigan University in the 80’s with a (mostly unused) Bachelor of Science degree in geology. She and her husband live on a lake in northwest lower Michigan. When Laurie isn’t writing, she’s working at her day job, reading, yanking weeds out of her garden, or doing some variety of skiing. Find out more on her webpage here and sign up for her Newsletter.

Written as Laura Allen

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Dec 112013
 

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Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

I am excited today to welcome Laura her to tell you about her brand new cozy series!!

The Necessity of Research

by Laurie Cass

 

lauraAfter I came up with the idea of writing a mystery series that centered on a young bookmobile librarian and her rescue cat, I danced around for awhile, congratulating myself on dreaming up such a genius mastermind idea, excited about the concept, thrilled with the possibilities, and generally geeked about life in general.

Then I sat down and started to write.

When I wasn’t even a chapter into the manuscript, I realized that I didn’t know anything about bookmobiles. The handful of times I’d been on board a bookmobile when I was six years old was not going to be enough knowledge. What had I been thinking, to come up with a genius book idea but not be able to actually, you know, write the book? How dumb was that?

I took a deep breath. Took another one. Then another. Research, I told myself. You’re going to have to do some research.

The problem is, I have an odd relationship with doing research for my books. Basically, I’ve avoided it as much as humanly possible. I recognize the need for accuracy in fiction, but once I start researching a topic, I turn up something else that needs to be explored, then something else, then another thing, and before you know it, the deadline to deliver a manuscript is looming and you’ve only written half the book.

lending a paw decThis is not a good thing. Trust me.

In the past, I’ve done my best to write mostly familiar things into my books, thus avoiding the necessity of research. (Lazy or efficient? You decide.) But the bookmobile idea? Well, if I wanted to write the book properly, and I did, it was time to dig deeply into research.

What does a writer, or anyone, do these days when faced with a question? Go to the internet, of course. It didn’t take me long to find the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services. ABOS is a wonderful and supportive group of librarians, and their listserv has been an invaluable help. Becoming an ABOS member was one of the smartest research things I did – and it was a little bonus that attending their 2013 conference in Baton Rouge taught me the joys of jambalaya 🙂

But while having access to a couple of hundred bookmobile and outreach librarians was great, I was still having problems visualizing the interior of the bookmobile. Where, exactly, were the doors? And how many doors were there? What about steps? How many books would be on the bookmobile? How long would it be? Would my librarian need a commercial driver’s license? So many questions and how would I find the answers?

Yup. More research.

siniiI contacted a number of bookmobile manufacturers. All were helpful, but Barb Ferne of OBS talked to me at length and even sent me pictures and sample floor plans of the 31-foot long vehicle we decided would be perfect for my book.

For another few chapters I wrote with the floor plans in front of me. I knew where the doors were, I knew where the engine was, I knew that there were two computer desks and a wheelchair lift and 3000 books. Hooray! I could finish writing the book!

Only…I couldn’t. Because although, thanks to ABOS, I was learning about the trials, tribulations, and joys of bookmobiles, and although I knew what my bookmobile looked like inside and out, I didn’t know what it felt like to be a bookmobile librarian. And if I didn’t know that, how on earth could I write these books properly?

Huh. Now what?

I contacted bookmobile manufacturers again, and soon I had the name of a not-too-distant library that had recently purchased a bookmobile. I contacted the library, and lo and behold, less than two weeks later I had the tremendous pleasure of spending an entire day on their bookmobile.

Research bliss! I wrote down pages and pages of notes, took scads of pictures, and had a tremendously good time. Best of all, I finally got a solid feel for what it meant to be a bookmobile librarian. Finally, I could finish writing the book and have confidence that I was getting it right.

Without doing the research, I would have missed a million and a half critical details about bookmobiles. I wouldn’t have learned about generator problems, I wouldn’t have known about having to clean books, and I wouldn’t have had a clue about lobby stops or traffic counts or floating vs. dedicated collections.

But most of all, if I hadn’t’t taken that research plunge, I wouldn’t have seen how close the relationship between bookmobile librarians and their patrons can become.

Research. It’s not the necessary evil I once considered it to be. It’s a journey of discovery, a journey that, if you’re lucky, can take you to places that you never even knew existed.

Happy trails!

~Laurie

About Laurie Cass

Laurie Cass grew up in Michigan and graduated from Eastern Michigan University in the 80’s with a (mostly unused) Bachelor of Science degree in geology. Currently, Laurie and her husband share their house with two cats, the inestimable Eddie, and the adorably cute Sinii. When Laurie isn’t writing, she’s working at her day job, reading, yanking weeds out of her garden, or doing some variety of skiing. Laurie also writes the PTA Mystery Series under the name Laura Alden.

To find out more about Laurie check out her website here and here on Facebook.

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Lending a Paw:
A Bookmobile Cat Mystery

Brand New Series!!
Cozy Mystery
Obsidian (December 3, 2013)
An Imprint of New American Library
Published by The Penguin Group
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451415462
E-Book File Size: 1523 KB
ASIN: B00C5QUM0U
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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 in spite of her efforts to contain her new pal, the tabby sneaks out and trails her all the way to the bookmobile on its maiden voyage. Before she knows it, her slinky stowaway becomes her cat co-pilot!

Minnie and Eddie’s first day visiting readers around the county seems to pass without trouble—until Eddie darts outside at the last stop and leads her to the body of a local man who’s reached his final chapter.

Initially, Minnie is ready to let the police handle this case, but Eddie seems to smell a rat. Together, they’ll work to find the killer—because a good librarian always knows when justice is overdue.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

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 crafted a very interesting whodunit.  It is really hard to do this in the first book of a series because there is so much foundation that needs to laid out for the reader to become invested in the characters. She has done this wonderfully.

The victim himself was a very interesting character. Minnie saw one side of the man while others saw a completely different side which leads to plenty of suspects.  Minnie lives part of the year on a houseboat which sounds like a lot of fun. During the winter she lives with her aunt  in her huge house. When tourists season starts Aunt Frances rents out rooms. This also brings some colorful characters to the story. Her boss at the library is another character I want to see evolve. 

This is a great debut for this series. I am already looking forward to snuggling up and getting cozy with Eddie… oh and Minnie too!

a perfect escape

5 STARFISH

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Thanks to the people at Penguin I have w copies to give away!

Contest is open to anyone over 18 years old
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