Book Review: Dying to Read

29 Aug

721580Cate Kinkaid is just dipping her toe into the world of private investigating until one of the many resumes she has floating around lands her a real job. All she has to do is determine that a particular woman lives at a particular address. Simple, right? When the big and brooding house happens to contain a dead body, this routine Pi job turns out to be anything but simple. Is Cate in over her head?

 

 

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Lorena McCourtney is a long-time resident of Southern Oregon and enjoys using Oregon settings in her books. She wrote numerous short stories for children before moving on to romances and now to mysteries, often with a bit of humor. She won the American Christian Fiction Writer’s Mystery “Book of the Year” and twice won the Daphne Du Maurier Award of Excellence.

 

My Impressions:

When I read and reviewed Death Takes A Ride last month (review HERE) I knew I had to go back to the scene of the crime, er, first book in the series. Dying to Read, book 1 in Lorena McCourtney’s Cate Kincaid Files is a great place to start for those who love cozy mysteries. Cate, who is new to the PI business, gets her man, along with getting into life threatening situations. But this is a cozy series, so you know that the good guys always prevail and that there will be a good dose of humor as well.

Cate has her first assignment from her uncle’s PI agency — find the current address of a young woman for her family. But right from the start, Cate knows she is in over her head. A dead woman, a book club full of suspects as well as a tree-hugging missing housekeeper keep Cate looking into the mystery long after she discovers the address. Along the way Cate is continually mistaken for one of the suspects and finds herself in trouble and a budding romance. A lovable deaf cat also plays a big role in the action.

Cate is a great character. She has had some disappointments in life and love and is unsure where to go next. Her PI gig is only temporary, or so she thinks. But her inner instincts keep Cate going. Maybe she really should be a PI! The other characters add color and enough quirk to be funny, but not so much that they strain credibility. Moral issues, such as one character’s problem with telling the truth, are death with in a tongue in cheek naturalness that is never preachy. Cate’s faith is also natural — just the way she lives her life.

So if you are looking for a fun cozy mystery, start with Dying to Read. You won’t be sorry, especially since there are two more books in the series!

Audience: Older teens to adults.

(I purchased this book for my Kindle. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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