Saturday, August 25, 2012

Dying to Read by Lorena McCourtney

The Cate Kincaid Files Book 1

Cate's life seems to be in a tailspin. She loses her job, and her fiance and is having trouble finding a new job. She joins up with her PI Uncle Joe, as a temporary assistant until she can find something better. Having a degree in education, Cate has found she is not a good teacher and really doesn't know where to go from here.

Her first assignment is to find the location of Willow and confirm for a long lost relative who has an inheritance for her. Cate stumbles into the midst of the Whodunit book club members waiting at the door she is to find Willow at. Willow Bishop is employed by Amelia and it is her turn to host this group of mystery readers for lunch. A bunch of grumpy old ladies who love to read mysteries!
What they find in Amelia's house begins a real life mystery. It appears Amelia was pushed down a back stair well and is dead!!! Which one of these lovely ladies took their vengeance out on rich, snobby Amelia?

The autopsy shows traces of sleeping pills in Amelia's blood stream and she is known to sleep walk. The authorities right it off as an accident but Cate is not convinced. She locates tree hugger Willow who happens to look like a younger version of Cate. She likes Willow and doesn't think she killed Amelia, but things aren't adding up. She says she was fired, but finds out she wasn't. She has been working for other women who had jewelry stolen, and she was even employed by someone else who had been killed.

Cate's job is to find Willow, which she does, but she can't help but get more involved in finding out the real life Whodunit! Despite her Uncle Joe and cute handy man Mitch's request to abandon her search. She uses Ameila's cat as her pseudo customer who hired Cate to find out who killed her mistress.
Does Cate have the knack for PI work, or is she just running her self in circles with mysterious killers?

I loved the title of this book, it was enough to draw in a big time reader like myself! Oh these older ladies were so funny, I could picture them sitting around reading books and arguing with each other. There group had members get kicked out over time and I can just visualize this gossip season they have and the investigation skills these women got from reading so many books!

Cate is just a cute lost soul trying to find her way, independently and she certainly doesn't like her Uncle trying to help her out. After being ditched by her fiance she feels that she will never meet a nice man. There is attraction with Mitch, who she keeps having to call and ask to rescue her. She hates doing that!!

I love how the relationship with Cate and Mitch isn't rushed, and I suspect we shall see more of the developing in the next book.
I loved how this was a cozy mystery, not overly suspenseful or scarey!  It was the first I have read by Ms. McCourtney and it won't be the last!!

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

“Available August 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

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