Assistant private investigator Cate Kinkaid returns for another adventure and discovers an unexpected murder. A lifelike doll victim isn't the only one slain at the crime scene. How does she keep getting into such situations? And she doesn't have her PI license yet so she can't carry a gun.
Cate's concern for others gets her entangled in another complicated case, which again combines alarm with humor. Whom can she trust? The former wife, the current wife who seems out for money, the mother-in-law who is somehow mixed up in this mess, the former husband who reappears, or the vineyard managerâ€”whose presence makes Cate feel nervous?
This rollicking romp includes Cate's pampered inherited cat, so friends of felines will enjoy that added dimension. The characters are unique and captivating. This cozy mystery would make a fine summer read.
Cate Kincaid wants to become a private investigator like her Uncle. One day she receives a phone call from a very frantic women about a triple homicide. Cate decides to go the victims house against her better judgment. She knows that her boyfriend and uncle will not be happy with her decision. When she gets to the lady's house she is met by a donkey braying which makes her more jumpy and alarmed. Once she meets the lady named JoJo, she walks to the room where the murders took place. She is shocked by the scene, three dolls were shot. These were the victims that were murdered.
Cate isn't sure what to think of JoJo. She finds out by questioning JoJo that she has an ex-husband who didn't like her dolls and JoJo assumes he shot them. Cate decides to walk through the house with JoJo and check things out. When they enter the bedroom they find JoJo's ex-husband dead.
Cate decides that this should be handled by the police and hands it over to them. JoJo calls Cate a few days later and wants to hire her to investigate her ex-husbands murder. Cate learns that JoJo's ex has a new young wife and bossy mother in law. Cate becomes a witness to the mother in laws murder, too. She thinks she has every thing figured out and knows who killed the victims but she is wrong. One night she is confronted by the actual murderer who tries to kill her. Thankfully, her boyfriend and friends are near by and help catch the murderer.
If you enjoy mysteries this book will keep you guessing. I think both adults and teens would enjoy. (rev. S.Wall)
.... fast paced, filled with tension and humor make this a fun read. (ACS blogger)
DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy was provided by the publisher, Revell a division of Baker House Publishing, in exchange for our honest review. Opinions expressed are solely those of the reviewer. No compensation was received for this review.
Generally - in my mind - the two words "murder" and "funny" do not fit together.
However, in Lorena McCourtney's 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 "Biker Babe," to solve the murder spree before she no longer has a client. Cate is also a bridesmaid in her boyfriend's brother's wedding, and while trying to keep herself safe, she has her work cut out for her.
Oh! Don't 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?
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
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 Jo's 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 McCourtney's 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, Mitch's 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 won't be sorry!