Cate Kincaid is a private-eye-in-training, who stumbles upon the body of a who-done-it mystery bookclub member. Cate finds clues and escapes numerous perils in this cozy mystery novel.
I've never read a book classified as a true mystery before, I've read suspense and action, but never a true mystery. And to my surprise I found that I enjoyed it--alot!
This book had a wonderfully, full cast of characters with multiple suspects that kept me guessing till the end. I loved how the characters were well developed and I really liked the friendship that was developing between Mitch and Cate. I really liked seeing them together, I thought that they intereacted very well. Mitch was a really great guy, who made a great side-kick!
I really liked how Cate wasn't a perfect main character in that she was far from perfect and she realized it. There were a few times when I questioned her actions but I came to see latere why she acted the way that she did.
Overall I loved how there was alot of action and things were always happening so that there was never a dull moment, the story was engaging with a intricate plotine, and there were tons of characters that were all very full and developed. I haven't read a ton of mysteries like this one before, but after reading this one, I'm thinking that I'll have to read some more!
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
Cate has bounced from job to job and failed at each one. She takes a part time job for her private investigator uncle and from an easy assignment of finding a woman, becomes embroiled in a murder mystery. The web of deceit seems to be everywhere, how do you know who to believe and who you can trust? Enters the knight in shining armor, who seems to be the armor bearer, but who comes to her rescue several times. Her reluctance to accept help plays havoc with the romance.
There are many interesting characters throughout the story, they often are not what they first seem, which keeps the reader interested in the story. It is a fun read with lots of humor interspersed with the mystery. The romance is real and happens in realistic moments.
Dying to Read is one of those books that you simply don't want to put down because the character is so utterly likable, as human as you or I, and you have to find out how they are going to get out of the mess they find themselves in! Cate Kinkaid is a fun character, one who refuses to give up on her life despite one disappointment or dead end after the other, and who as a result ends up discovering her real passion in life. This mystery isn't one of those suspense books where you don't want to turn off the lights or you find yourself holding your breathe as you watch a scene unfold. In fact, I had to suspend my belief quite a bit at the end as Cate finds herself in some life threatening circumstances that resolve themselves a bit too neatly. But I had such fun reading this book, and it's one of those mysteries where I turned the last page satisfied by the story and yet wanting to return to the world of Cate Kinkaid to see what other mischief she finds herself in. The plot definitely has some twists and turns that held my interest, and I absolutely loved how the situation with the cat turned out! (I won't say more for fear of ruining the book for you).
So, if you are looking for a fun mystery with stellar characters, and even a bit of romance to keep things interesting, then this is the book for you. I award this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
I chose this book, because I wanted to find out what a â€˜cosy mystery' is. Since â€˜cosy' is not a word I would associate with mystery, I was always intrigued when I saw the phrase. So, I learned that â€˜cozies' include amateur detectives, take place in a small community, have quirky character and violence is often toned down by humour. (Hope I got all that right.) And this book has a whole lot of quirky.
The storyline in this book didn't really keep my eyes glued to the page, but just piqued my interest enough to keep reading. I also didn't come away yearning for the next book in the series. I did however enjoy the quirky characters, especially the ladies in the Whodunit Club and Cate Kincade, a clueless, but lovable private investigator wannabe. Octavia, the cat, who also falls under â€˜quirky' is a good fit with the other characters. With all the lies dished out in this tale, I was eager to find out â€˜whodunit'.
I would have loved to see more dialogue - much of the story is Cate's thought process. But it is an interesting way to get to know a main character, I suppose. If you like a slow-paced, peculiar and amusing read, this one will do. As for me, if it's a mystery, I like the characters who solve it to be professionals in the field.
"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".
Dying to Read by Lorena McCourtney is a cute, cozy mystery featuring the trials of Cate Kinkaid as she steps up to help her uncle and take on her first case as a private investigator. I had high hopes for the novel after reading only a few pages. McCourtney had me laughing and certain that I would enjoy getting to know Cate over the next 300 pages. Unfortunately, the novel moved along slowly and I had trouble staying motivated to read. The last 70-80 pages picked up, though, and the novel ended with a bangâ€”including an ending to the mystery that was unexpected (in a good way). By the end, I had also warmed up to Cate's character.
This novel didn't totally click with me, but many of the other reviews have been singing McCourtney's praise for this cozy. [2.5 stars]
I received a free copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my fair and honest review.
Available August 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.