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Amina's Voice by Hena Khan
Bad Housekeeping by Maia Chance
Black Hammer Volume 1: Secret Origins by Jeff Lemire
The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken
Bow Wow by Spencer Quinn
A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold
Field Trip by Gary Paulsen and Jim Paulsen
The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez
Ivy by Katherine Coville
Lumberjanes Volume 3: A Terrible Plan by Noelle Stevenson
Miles Morales by Jason Reynolds
Mrs. Saint and the Defectives by Julie Lawson Timmer
Otis by Loren Long
Our Hero by Jennifer L. Holm
Outside In by Jennifer Bradbury
Queen and Country Volume 1 by Greg Rucka
Through the Grinder by Cleo Coyle
A Woman's World Tour in a Motor by Harriet White Fisher
Wrong Side of the Paw by Laurie Cass

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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (November 06)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (November 13)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (November 20)
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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



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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