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Wrong Side of the Paw: 11/01/17

Wrong Side of the Paw by Laurie Cass

Wrong Side of the Paw by Laurie Cass is the sixth book in the Bookmobile Cat Mystery series. There's a new director and Minnie Hamilton is under pressure to cut the budget of her very successful bookmobile program. Meanwhile, she's turned up another body on her route — this time the estranged father of one of her friends.

This book was another case of the right book at the right time. The big mystery in this one is centered on Chilson's real estate market. The dead man was the owner of one of the construction companies. He also has some of the worst ratings — shoddy work, unsafe conditions, cutting corners, missing deadlines, etc.

I read this book in the lull between closing on the sale of our apartment and the funding of our house. Both pieces required working with contractors — some who were good and some who were exasperating. None of them were as bad as this dead contractor was described at his worst — but I still found myself drawn in more to the mystery than I would have been at any other time.

I suspect as this series progresses, Minnie will end up as the library director. It's well established that she's qualified for the position and that her coworkers want her to be the director. In the meantime, I think we'll have the director of the week — a new foil for Minnie as she's trying to be a bookmobile librarian and an amateur detective. I hope though that the new director doesn't become a cliche or a crutch for this series.

Four stars

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