Dying to Read, Cate Kinkaid Files Series #1
Fun, quirky mystery
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
August 30, 2013
Quirky humor adds to zany mystery
Would-be private investigator Cate Kinkaid fills in for her uncle and discovers more than she expected. She follows up on a suspicious death with too many suspects and finds her own life may be in danger. Helpful handyman Mitch Berenski comes to her aid and wants to rescue her love life too. A tree-loving lookalike seems to complicate things rather than help find the answers. Will Cate be able to solve this Whodunit?
June 8, 2013
I am so glad that this author is back to writing and that she has come back with a bang! In this new book young Cate Kinkad, who is down on her luck, picks up a job with her uncle who is a private investigator. While on a routine missing person search, Cate runs across a dead body at a book club meeting. Chaos soon follows.
I love the Cate character, she is fun and smart, but with a touch of human insecurity that made her all the more realistic.
Mitch was great and I thought he was a terrific counterpart for Cate. I wish he had a bigger part in this story, but maybe he'll be a bigger part of the story in book # 2.
Other than the fact that I wish the women of the book club were more a part of the story, ( they kinda got pushed into the background) I loved the story. I finished it in a day and half. I couldn't put it down.
February 17, 2013
I'm Dying to Read another Cate Kincaid adventure!
Because I so adore Lorena McCourtney's cozy mystery series featuring Ivy Malone, I will read any new book she authors with excitement. Dying to Read started out a bit slowly, but once I got into it, I had to keep reading.
Cate Kinkaid finds temporary work for her recuperating Uncle Joe as a Private Investigator. For her first assignment, all she has to do is find out if a woman named Willow Bishop lives at a certain house. Simple enough. But when she arrives at the Victorian house, instead of finding Willow, she discovers a suspicious book club of gray-haired mystery readers, a deaf cat, and a dead body.
The situation is pure cozy mystery fare and as an amateur sleuth Cate Kinkaid doesn't disappoint. Added to the list of suspicious characters, are some very bad people. But sometimes it is difficult to tell them apart. Willow Bishop turns out to be a quirky lookalike for Cate Kinkaid. Willow turns out to be my favorite character, although I am not entirely certain I understand her motives. Willow is a free-spritied, outside the box thinker. Not your average character for a cozy mystery. Of course, Cate also meets a handsome guy and before many chapters, this case proves to be the perfect light adventure to read on a chilly winter day.
I thoroughly enjoyed this cozy mystery and hope to read more about Cate Kinkaid in the future.
January 12, 2013