Brilliant read for some fun entertainment. I have a young baby who wakes me up a lot at the moment and it was nice to have a book that was light reading and entertaining to keep me company through the night feeds!
I found this to be a very enjoyable book. It does have a lot of twists and yet is very easy to read and follow. It has some extremely funny lines. I was always saying to my husband listen to this - you'll like it.
If you like a mystery that is light and just pleasant to read, you will like this book.
Cate is a very likable person who truly tries to do what is right but sometimes she is very foolish - but then aren't we all.
Cate is a sweet bumbling PI. She fell into the job working for her uncle. With no training and his assurance that the assignment he has given her is routine she heads out. She only has to determine that a certain woman lives at a particular address. When she arrives at the house though, she is dismayed to discover a dead body. Is there really a mystery to solve or is her imagination running away with her.
This is how the merry chase for information begins. In addition to having no training Cate finds another problem in that she has no instincts for the work.
It was a lot of fun to meet Cate and the other characters in this book. Lorena developed a wide variety of personalities along with their crazy quirks. I loved seeing what all trouble Cate managed to get into, much of it was her own making. Just as enjoyable was finding out how she got out of each situation.
I'm looking forward to reading the other novels about Cate, as well as, the other series Lorena McCourtney has written. I highly recommend this book.
Meet Cate Kincaid - private eye. Or at least temporary help for her retiring private investigator uncle until she finds a real job. On her first assignment, all she must do is verify the current address of a young woman who is receiving an inheritance - simple right? Until she encounters the Whodunit Book Club and a dead body at the residence. Then things get a bit more complicated in the first of Lorena McCourtney's Cate Kincaid Files - her mystery novel, "Dying to Read."
For all those twenty-somethings who are out of college and can't find jobs in their respective career fields or discover it's not exactly what on wanted to do after all, this book is most appropriate - through a rather self-deprecating comedy, it speaks to the longing to find a job one loves, to the discontent of being stuck and not really going anywhere in life, and to the resulting desperation to do just about anything to finally do something with one's life. Cate is stuck in this stage of life: her job, her love life, her haircut - nothing has been going right. While the author may not be a twenty-something herself, she definitely must have some in her acquaintance to capture the feel so well.
While a number of the characters are on the eccentric side, making for a delightfully colorful cast, Cate is fairly down-to-earth (aside from taking advice from an overweight, deaf cat; but then who doesn't do something odd now and then?) and easy to connect with. I found myself agreeing with her about characters she liked and wanting to believe the best of them, much like real people - when I like someone, I want them to always do the right thing, to live up to their potential. Sadly, humans are broken creatures in a broken world, so no one can meet our expectations all the time. Fiction mirrors life in that aspect.
Like her wonderful Ivy Malone mysteries, "Dying to Read" is a quirky cozy mystery that is full of humor. There's no big lesson to be learned in the book, but Cate is obviously a believer who is willing to "do the prayer thing" for the people in her life who don't want to be preached at but need some help. It is a highly enjoyable read for any time one is in the mood for a lighthearted piece of inspirational fiction. 4 out of 5 stars