Read on Arrival: A Bookmobile Mystery (Hardcover)
Death, deadly omens, and a decades-overdue book put senior librarian Cleo Watkins on a collision course with a killer in the second Bookmobile mystery.
Septuagenarian librarian Cleo Watkins believes in gracious manners, sweet tea, and justice—library justice. For over forty years, Cleo has tried every trick in the book to get delinquent patron Dixie Huddleston to return the most overdue volume in Catalpa Springs, Georgia. When Dixie says she’ll finally relinquish the book, Cleo is shocked. She’s even more startled by the reason: superstitious Dixie says she’s seen the signs: she’s about to die and is setting her affairs in order.
Cleo dismisses Dixie’s ominous omens...until she and her gentleman friend, Henry Lafayette, arrive at Dixie’s home to find her dead. Cleo suspects murder. The police agree but promptly list Cleo among the likely culprits. To clear her good name and deliver justice, Cleo uses her librarian skills to investigate, with Henry and her trusty bookmobile cat, Rhett Butler, at her side.
However, the killer has opened a new chapter of terror. Death threats appear around town, and residents start seeing bad luck everywhere, including in Cleo and her beloved bookmobile Words on Wheels. With her bookmobile and legacy on the line, Cleo accelerates her sleuthing. Suspects and clues stack up, but so does the danger. Another death is coming due, and Cleo fears the killer may be about to turn the final page on someone she loves most.
About the Author
Nora Page enjoys rainy weather, the perfect biscuit, and quiet evenings in with her husband and cat. You can often find her in the company of books. This is her second Bookmobile mystery.
Praise for Read on Arrival:
“Splendid...Skillful plotting and lively prose elevate this well above the average cozy.”
“One of the best cozy mysteries [this year]. Spectacular humor, a chilling murder, a plethora of suspects, and a heroine who would give Miss Marple a run for her money all make Read on Arrival a must-read for cozy mystery fans.”
"I highly recommend getting lost in this series."
—Cozy Mystery Book Reviews
Praise for Better Off Read:
“Funny [and] fast-paced...A dynamo of a lead in Cleo, who drives with a lead foot and refuses to back down from anything or anyone, including bullies and murderers.”
“Outstanding...A delightful cast of characters and an engaging amateur sleuth in Cleo, this mystery is a page-turning whodunit that will have readers longing for another volume featuring this intrepid librarian.”
—Jenn McKinlay, New York Times bestselling author of the Library Lover’s mysteries
“Better Off Read by Nora Page is, indeed, a page turner, and so much more! Librarian Cleo Watkins and her mobile library, Word on Wheels, will roll right into your heart as Cleo uses her clever smarts to solve a perfectly plotted mystery. You’ll love every moment you spend with Cleo and her friends in Catalpa Springs, Georgia.”
—Paige Shelton, New York Times bestselling author of the Scottish Bookshop mysteries
“A spunky heroine, a furry side-kick with ‘cat-itude’, and plenty of southern charm. What more could readers want?”
—Lucy Arlington, New York Times bestselling author of the Novel Idea mysteries
“Who wouldn’t want to get on the bookmobile with Cleo Watkins, the librarian who just never quits?...A fun and witty read with the perfect blend of action, humor, romance and a twisty mystery. Great fun!”
—Victoria Abbott, award-winning author of the Book Collector mysteries
“A delightful mystery with quirky charm, the fight for the environment, and the love of books.”
—San Francisco Book Review