Dolled Up to Die, Cate Kincaid Files Series #2
Murder and humor in the same book? Yes!
Generally - in my mind - the two words "murder" and "funny" do not fit together.
However, in Lorena McCourtneyÃ¢ÂÂs newest book, Dolled Up to Die, they do fit together to make a most interesting book to read. Not that murder is funny; it never is, even in fiction books, but the situations Cate gets into as she tries to solve the mystery and keep herself alive, are amusing.
But really, murdered life size dolls, a deaf cat who can hear the phone ring before a human does, an over-protective boyfriend? Go figure! :)
Kate is an Assistant Investigator. She hopes someday to get her license to become just an investigator, but that is still off in the future. Meanwhile, her uncle is teaching her all she needs to know about the investigator business.
An investigator needs to think. Why would someone be killing the people around Kim? What could Cate do about it? She tries, in between becoming a Ã¢ÂÂBiker Babe,Ã¢ÂÂ to solve the murder spree before she no longer has a client. Cate is also a bridesmaid in her boyfriendÃ¢ÂÂs brotherÃ¢ÂÂs wedding, and while trying to keep herself safe, she has her work cut out for her.
Oh! DonÃ¢ÂÂt forget there are two tattooed suspects. As I said, this is an amusing book with plenty of twists and turns.
I think that I especially enjoyed Dolled Up to Die, because the setting is in a town I know well. Lorena McCourtney even has her heroine get a mocha at my favorite coffee kiosk! Now, where can I get a copy of book one in the series?
September 11, 2013
Another hilarious mystery
Meet Cate Kinkaid, Private Eye. Or, more officially, Assistant Private Detective of Belmont Investigations. Having found her love and calling, Cate is officially working toward getting her private detective license as her uncle phases out into retirement. Aside from getting herself involved accidentally in a murder investigation on her first case, Belmont Investigations doesn't do violent crime; however, when a woman calls frantically that Lucinda, Marianne, and Toby have all been shot and the police aren't responding immediately, what is Cate to do? Granted, it turns out that those three poor souls weren't alive to begin with, being extremely life-like dolls, but the body in the workroom, on the other hand . . . Once again, between delivering subpoenas and trailing secretive husbands, Cate gets thoroughly embroiled in a murder investigation in Lorena McCourtney's second Cate Kinkaid novel, "Dolled Up to Die."
I don't think I'm really throwing out spoilers to say this, but I really liked the ending - it is much more believable and realistic than so many mysteries where the villain Confesses All. Rather, evidence and actions point to the killer, and the murderer does not explain away every last detail of the crime. Even after putting the villain behind bars, Cate has to use "informed deductions" in addition to the facts while filling out the case file, since some of the reasoning and methods of the crimes are not explained by the alleged murderer. Huzzah for the sensible villain who doesn't waste precious minutes gloating over every evil deed when that time could be used to finish off the main character! (Not that they ever succeed anyway, but at least they use their brains.)
Cate is a great, realistic character. She is not perfectly coiffed, super highly accomplished, or out-of-this-world brainy, but she has sense, maintains meaningful relationships, and trusts God - an ordinary woman who could live next door or be one's best friend. Just as she is easy to relate with, so is her relationship with Mitch - both a good friend and an attentive boyfriend, she can call on him to rescue her from any trouble, and he can depend on her to be up for everything, even helping old men from church clean out their closets. He is a good guy who loves her and wants to protect her but knows when to let her go her own way and not stifle her.
Another great comedic mystery by McCourtney, I laughed out loud while reading the novel. The situations she sticks them in, Cate's quirky thoughts - it is a wonderful piece of literature. There isn't a big Christian message or lesson, but we can see progression in Kate and especially Mitch from the first novel, "Dying to Read," as he is growing stronger in his beliefs. It is a fun book. 4 out of 5 stars
September 3, 2013
Dolled Up to Die is an exemplary sequel to Dying to Read, the Cate Kincaid Files. Here is a young woman who has a penchant for finding herself in dangerous situations no matter how hard she tries to avoid them. Kate is an associate private investigator working for her uncle and caretaker of Octavia the cat. In Dying to Read, you will learn about the adoption of the cat by Kate as well as how the young lady ends up in a profession filled with risks at every turn.
Dolled Up to Die is a continuation of the escapades of Kate as a P. I. along with a possible budding romance with Mitch, who is a computer genius and in business partnership with his friend Lance in the computer field. It is part mystery with a twist of humor sprinkled throughout the novel, along with Kate learning to listen to the voice of the Lord as she helps people. A murder has been committed and at first, the owner of the house makes it sound like an emergency when she calls Kate. However, as it turns out, Jo makes lifelike dolls and hers were destroyed. As the two women walk through JoÃ¢ÂÂs house, a human body is located.
Added into the mix is a mother in-law who uses unconventional methods in her business that come to full light when she is later discovered to be a victim of murder too. Now Kate has two murders without a single clue or person standing out amongst many other characters. Throughout the story readers will get entangled in the various twists and turns of the plot finding, themselves cracking up at the occasional funny one liners.
I really enjoyed Dying to Read and the author Lorena McCourtneyÃ¢ÂÂs writing was brand new to me. When the sequel, Dolled Up to Die, was available to read, I grabbed it in anticipation of continuation of the characters I was introduced to before. The humor adds a touch of reality as sometimes Kate finds herself in awkward situations, thinking thoughts many of us would probably be thinking too. I hope the author continues to write about Kate and Mitch so I can see where their relationship might be heading. Not only is Kate a daredevil so is Mitch when he takes Kate for her first ride on a motorcycle in some unpleasant weather. To top it off, Lance, MitchÃ¢ÂÂs business partner is getting married in a few days when everything that was setup months in advance begins to fall apart. Read these well written and entertaining novels; you wonÃ¢ÂÂt be sorry!
August 28, 2013
Another good book from Lorena McCourtney
Dolled up to Die
When I heard Lorena McCourtney had a new book coming, I had to read it. No one else writes with the same down-home humor mixed with mystery and murder.
But a book that starts off with life-sized dolls riddled with bullets?
When I waded into this book I froze with a chill of wonder. What happened that this author would wrap a mystery around dolls that were dead to begin with? Then the bottom slipped out of my skepticism and I was over my head with a cold gape-mouthed body that bled red blood instead of stuffing.
Lorena creates characters that are lovable, usually in love with a handsome sometimes helper, and this heroine is loaded with snoopiness and a flimsy reason for trailing murderers, finding bodies, and barely escaping death herself.
Half the fun in Dolled Up to Die, is Cate Kincaid doesnÃ¢ÂÂt take herself too seriously, and always tries to identify herself as assistant private investigator. Will she untangle the mystery in this book?
Finding out is what makes the book a great read.
Note: I was provided a review copy of this book.
August 6, 2013