Better Off Read: A Bookmobile Mystery  by Nora Page

Better Off

3 Stars

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for offering me this book in exchange for a honest review.

My Review:

I have always thought that a bookmobile would be a fun job since I am from a small community without a library. I’m also from Georgia, which is the setting for this book.  Cleo’s little bookmobile is in trouble as her primary benefactor is found dead, and the mayor wants to shut her little bus down.  Now, Cleo’s best friend is accused of said murder.  Cleo must use her skills in order to vindicate her friend and hopefully keep her bookmobile rolling. This book had promise, and I really wanted to enjoy it more.  However, I could not connect with Cleo, and the murder victim appeared to be a likeable citizen rather than an unlikeable eccentric benefactor.

Review:

Septuagenarian librarian Cleo Watkins won’t be shushed when an upstart young mayor threatens to permanently shelve her tiny town’s storm-damaged library. She takes to her bookmobile, Words on Wheels, to collect allies and rally library support throughout Catalpa Springs, Georgia.

However, Cleo soon rolls into trouble. A major benefactor known for his eccentric DIY projects requests all available books on getting away with murder. He’s no Georgia peach, and Cleo wonders if she should worry about his plans. She knows she should when she discovers him bludgeoned and evidence points to her best friend, Mary-Rose Garland.

Sure of Mary-Rose’s innocence, Cleo applies her librarian’s sleuthing skills to the case, assisted by friends, family, and the dapper antiquarian bookseller everyone keeps calling her boyfriend. Evidence stacks up, but a killer is overdue to strike again.

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