Booking the Crook: 08/21/19
Booking the Crook by Laurie Cass is the seventh book in the Bookmobile Cat mystery series. It's midwinter and the weather has been fierce. The Chilson library has a new director and a new library board chair. While Minnie is worried about the future of her bookmobile, she also has the misfortune of finding one of her regular patrons dead in her driveway.
Rowan's death of course isn't an accident. It was murder by poison. There's a list of about a half dozen people who had a beef with the realtor. Minnie wants to stay out of the investigation but she's asked by family to do her thing.
With so many suspects there are plenty of red herrings to keep one guessing. That said, the clues are there to figure out who has the motive. Early on I spotted the killer but then got so wrapped up in the story that I lost track of them.
This volume also takes full advantage of the winter season, using the variable weather to create suspense and danger. The climax involves a very realistically described blizzard. Although I was reading it during a heatwave, I felt chills.
The eighth book is Gone with the Whisker and is due to be released at the end of March 2020.