Read on Arrival

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Cleo Watkins is the head librarian of the Catalpa Springs library, which has been undergoing extensive renovations. Cleo has been driving a Bookmobile across the area to serve the patrons and has been enjoying interacting with people in town as well as those in more rural areas. As part of the story, there has been a "cat and mouse" game for over forty years over an overdue library book which Dixie has failed to return after numerous promises to do so. When Dixie calls Cleo to finally promise that she will do so the following morning, she finds Dixie deceased in a swarm of bees. Cleo believes this is no accident and begins her own investigation as to who would want the seventy-something year old realtor dead. 

The author also creates the intentionally annoying character of Belle Beauchamps who drives a gaudy "competing" bookmobile vehicle, though it is more of an entertainment vehicle with as few books as possible. But when Belle gains the favor of a wealthy male board member and is able to get her claws into the main library with visions of the library that don't include many books, Cleo and her co-workers fear what is next. 
Overall, it was a satisfactory read. It started off slow for me but the pace improved. Libraries, bookmobiles and a cat named Rhett Butler sounded very interesting. I liked that the main characters had more life experience than many other cozy mysteries; I could identify with them better. While the murder plot had interesting plot twists, I still had trouble believing that Cleo and others kept focusing on a forty year old overdue library book for so much of the story. 

Thanks to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for an advance digital copy of this book. My review is voluntary.
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This is book 2 in the Bookmobile series and if you love older sleuths, this is for you.  The library is about to have it's grand re-opening since it was damaged last book and the townfolk are mesmerized by the shiny loud techy bookmobile from the next town over.   Cleo is the head librarian and dives the good old bookmobile as well as solves crimes on the side with her friend Henry.  When they head out to get the oldest overdue book (years) from Dixie, they find her dead and the book missing. Cleo becomes the prime suspect. A good story but a little unrealistic about fines and overdue books.  I received a copy of this ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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Librarian Cleo Watkins finds herself dealing with the murder of the local library’s most infamous patrons and an attempt to modernize the library to the point of eliminating ALL books.  

Read on Arrival is the second Bookmobile mystery and is not quite as promising as the first, Better Off Read.  While the murder mystery is well plotted and executed, the sub-plot involving the “Innobrarian” (combination of innovator mixed with librarian) is over-the-top. Perhaps meant to be amusing, Belle Beauchamp and her shenanigans only manage to disrupt Cleo’s sleuthing agenda and prove distracting, if not somewhat irritating, at least to this reader.
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Read on Arrival by Nora Page is the 2nd book in the Bookmobile Mystery, and my first book by this author.  I really enjoyed this book, and plan on going back and read the 1st book, Better Off Read.  Cleo Watkins is a head librarian in Catalpa Springs, Georgia, and she is in her 70's.  For the last 40 years Cleo has been trying to get an overdue book from Dixie Huddleston, when she is murdered, Cleo is determined to find the truth.  I found this book to be a quick read, with well developed story line and characters.  I recommend this book to all cozy book lovers. 

I reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and Crooked Land Books.  Thank you.
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Ebook/Cozy Mystery:  This is book two in the Bookmobile Mystery series.  It is a quick read that I completed in just a few days.  I like the character of Cleo, but a lot of her friends call her Miss Cleo and all I think about is the late telephone psychic from the 1990's.  Other than that, I really liked the character.  She is in her seventies and has no health problems?  I wish. 

There's a murder and Cleo has to find the murderer as she is a suspect.  Even after she is pretty much cleared, the local newspaper taints her reputation.  After all, who wouldn't kill over an overdue book.  (I have personally called someone out on Facebook for not returning a book...and it wasn't even mine)!  
On top of that problem, a new do-gooder comes to town.  Using her feminine wiles, Belle gets the board president to make changes to the re-opening of library, including a rave atmosphere and no books.  

The book was a little slow at parts, but the by the last half of the book, I not only wanted to know who the murderer was, but if Belle could be curtailed.  The book is the usual mystery length so there is no real time to delve into several suspects.  So no, I did not guess the killer.   

I want to thank NetGalley for an advanced copy in lieu of an honest review.
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I wanted to really love this book as I adore cozy mysteries and this one is all about books, but I just didn't love it. I liked it and will probably read more in the series, but I don't know if I will be rushing to do so. I found all the bickering a the beginning to be a little too much. I didn't really get the whole premise of a 40 year overdue book from the library believable either. I guess because she was flashing it around town that it became more of a joke. If you enjoy cozy mysteries and can grab this at your library then give it a try, but it just fell flat for me.
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When delinquent library patron Dixie Huddleston finally agrees to return a book that is forty years overdue, Cleo is surprised but suspicious of Dixie's intentions. But Dixie insists that she's seen signs that she is about to die and is trying to settle her affairs. Cleo and the rest of the town chalk it up to Dixie's superstitious nature, but when she is found dead, Cleo is at the top of the list of potential suspects. With the help of her friends, she sets out to learn the identity of the real killer.

This is the second book of the Bookmobile series, and I enjoyed it more than the first one, perhaps because the primary characters were already established and there wasn't as much background information necessary. While I've never spent time in a small southern town, it seems that small towns are small towns, no matter where they're located. Everyone knows everyone else's family, business and dirty little secrets. The recurring characters are an interesting mix of people, and I'd love to get to know them better. The librarian in me would also enjoy browsing through Catalpa Springs' newly renovated library and its bookmobile. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in this series!
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I really liked this story.  Cleo is a more "mature"  amateur sleuth.  She is the librarian in her small town.  She has big plans for her library,  including who will take over after the remodel.  One of her obsessions is to retrieve a 40 years overdue library book.  The guilty borrower is mean and not very well liked.  Surprise! She is murdered.  Now Cleo is on the hunt for an extremely cruel murderer.  Is the murderer the one leaving on the little coffin messages around town.  Who will be next.  

The characters are likeable, even the annoying ones.  The writing is easy to read and the story moves along at a nice clip.  I wasn't sure who the murderer was.  So it was fun to start going through the clues.  Enjoyable and a nice escape!
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This series is a lot of fun. I appreciate the senior characters that are the main focus of the story. It’s refreshing to find senior characters portrayed in a sprightly manner , but not being ridiculously so over active that they aren’t true to their respective ages. 
They are funny, entertaining but have their aches and pains  as any person of age would..
The language is clean, and is a quick read with lots of twists. Very enjoyable.
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I enjoyed this book. It has good characters and a good setting. I never would have guess who the bad guy was. #ReadOnArrival #NetGalley
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Readers who love small town characters and twisty interactions should enjoy this book about a library, sleuthing librarians, books, and cranky problematic patrons.
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I am glad I took a chance on this book.  I could not get into the first book in the series but this was really good.
The characters were enjoyable and the whodunit was rock solid.
I highly recommend this book.
I look forward to reading the next in the series.
I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
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3.25 stars

This mild and old-fashioned cozy is a pleasant read. Librarian Cleo Watkins has been at the Catalpa Springs, Georgia library for 50 years. Currently she is not only director but also chief operator of their bookmobile, Words on Wheels. Their idyllic community is threatened by an interloper -- the flashy and branding-obsessed Belle Beauchamp. Belle works at a neighboring town library and drives a glitzy and pretty much book free bookmobile. She soon counts the head of Cleo's library board as an admirer and the ideas start to fly -- many of them totally against Cleo's traditional views on what a library should be.

When local Dixie Huddleston, long a thorn in Cleo's side due to a way overdue book, is found murdered, Cleo starts to investigate.

This is a comfortable read for cozy fans who don't mind if police procedures are not always followed and plotting can be fanciful. Thanks to Net Galley and the publisher for providing an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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READ ON ARRIVAL by Nora Page is the second book in Ms. Page’s Bookmobile Mystery series, and my first read in the series. The mystery stands alone and it is not necessary for you to read the first book to catch up with the secondary relationships between characters. If you are planning to read the series, you might prefer to begin with the first book as there are some relationships that appear to be growing as the series continues.
In this mystery, Cleo Watkins, the 70 something head librarian and driver of the bookmobile, is confronted with a library board member who has met and become smitten with a woman who drives a “souped up” bookmobile. The catch? No books. She considers herself an innovator and the board member is 100% behind hiring her as a consultant to bring their library into the new millennium. The problem for Cleo? That means getting rid of all the books since they are dirty and old, painting everything with almost neon vibrant colors, and sponsoring things like bubble blowing and pony rides. Pretty much everything Cleo, who has been nurturing a young woman to become her successor,  believes will irreparably affect the library.
 In the midst of all this, Cleo’s classmate and former nemesis is murdered in her home. The killer locked her in her pantry with an open honeycomb and a swarm of bees. She was deathly allergic to bee stings and the killer had also swapped the medicine in her epi-pen for saline, so it was ineffective.
Some people think Cleo must be the killer, and she feels compelled to solve the murder with the help of her neighbor who is a sheriff's deputy along with her “gentleman friend”who has recently added a little spice to her life. Both the deputy and the gentleman friend are carry-over characters from the first novel, along with Cleo’s library protege. Ms. Page does a good job of fleshing out their relationships with Cleo so that the reader can understand their relationship with Cleo without having read the book.
While much of the book borders on almost slapstick humor, the mystery itself is solid. When the killer is revealed the reader can look back and see where there were some clues and some red herrings.  The question is whether or not the reader likes a heavy handed dose of humor and characters whose behavior is almost caricature like in parts. The book comes across more as humor with a strong mystery element rather than a mystery with a large dose of humor.
Thanks to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for providing me with an advance digital read copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. The opinions stated here are completely my own.
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Librarian Cleo Watkins, who is approaching her fiftieth anniversary at the Catalpa Springs, Georgia, Public Library, has a couple of issues to deal with. First of all, Dixie Huddleston has finally agreed to return the book she borrowed 40-some years earlier. Second, a new resident named Belle Beauchamp has come to town and seduced the head of the library board with her new, innovative ideas. She seems to want a bookless library and he's fallen for her charms and her ideas.

When Cleo and her gentleman friend Henry go to collect the book, they find that Dixie has been murdered by being locked in her pantry with a swarm of bees and her Epi pens which have had the medicine switched out for sugar water. Since Cleo had recently featured in a newspaper article about her hunt for long overdue books, the local sheriff is sure that she is the one who murdered Dixie.

However, her neighbor who is the department's newest deputy is convinced that Cleo had nothing to do with the crime. But Cleo along with Dixie's hypochondriac best friend Pat begin an investigation to find Dixie's killer. 

Meanwhile, someone is spreading terror around town by leaving coffin shaped notes with death threats which is leading to a lot of fear and suspicion. 

I like the setting of this mystery and the many over-the-top characters. There are a lot of suspects for Cleo to sort through including Dixie's son and daughter-in-law who are mimes and Dixie's estranged daughter who left town after high school and hasn't returned since. Then there's the artist who has a grudge against realtor Dixie for selling her a house infected with mold. 

And while Cleo is investigating, she also has to find a way to derail Belle's plans for her beloved library. Belle is also a suspect since Cleo's best friend overheard a heated argument between Belle and Dixie.

This was a fun cozy. I liked that the heroine was an older woman with old-fashioned Southern manners and a love for pie..
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Another excellent edition to a wonderful series! Full of twists and turns that leaves you wanting more and enjoying each moment until the end when the killer is caught.
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Read on Arrival is the second bookmobile mystery.  I really liked this story is well written, the mystery is well done and the characters are so likeable.  I read it with pleasure from the first word to the last.  I cant wait for book 3. Netgalley and the publisher supplied an arc of this book in exchange for this my honest review.
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Cleo Watkins is looking forward to the reopening of her beloved library.  She loves her bookmobile but she wants the library to be back and better than before the damage. Everything seems to be on schedule and the only black mark on their reopening in Cleo's eyes is the forty-year-old overdue book. Cleo hopes she can get Dixie to return the book before the opening. Dixie, however, is superstitious and believes the book has given her good luck all these years. Finally, Dixie agrees to return the book because she believes her luck has turned and want to make amends. When Cleo arrives to get the book they find Dixie dead. Cleo doesn’t believe Dixie’s death is an accident. 

This is the 2nd book in Bookmobile Mystery Series but my first book. I had no trouble following the storyline or understanding the characters relationships. This book can definitely be enjoyed as a stand-alone mystery. Most of the characters were likable or you understand why you don’t like the ones you don't. However, there were a couple of characters that I felt where a little too needy and there was a little too much bickering at the beginning of the story. Having said that the mystery was well written with quite a few well-placed red herrings. I didn’t really start to think for the culprit as even possibly a suspect until the reveal. I would recommend this book to cozy mystery fans. 

 I voluntarily agreed to read a copy of this book supplied by Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own and in no way have been influenced.
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This was a very entertaining book and was made more enjoyable by the heroine - who is not your standard bright young thing.  She is in her seventies and a librarian.

The author portrays the modern 'deep South' of America very well, including lots of its yummy comfort food.  Cleo is a gracious and mannered southern lady, with a charming 'gentleman friend' Henry, but she is also very determined and has to fight off the unwanted 'innovations' offered by Belle, supported by Mercer Whitty, who clearly is under her spell.

Dixie has enjoyed baiting Cleo for years, and has kept out a library book for 40 years on the pretext that its possession gave her good luck.  When she dies in mysterious circumstances, and paper coffin-shaped threats are delivered around town, the suspects come in thick and fast, including Dixie's unlikeable family.

Its up to Cleo, Henry and Rhett and Mr Chaucer (their pets) to find out who is terrorising their friends.  It makes for a fun and enjoyable read.

Thank you to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for allowing me access to the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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Did not like the person who was killed.! The murder kept me guessing. It did take me a little longer to get into than the previous books. 

Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for my eARC in exchange for an honest review.
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