Sep 25, 2012

Dying to Read by Lorena McCourtney

All she wanted was a paycheck. What she got was a murder.

Cate Kinkaid's life is . . . well, frankly it's floundering. Her social life, her career, her haircut--they're all a mess. Unemployed, she jumps at the chance to work for her PI uncle, even though she has no experience and no instincts. After all, she is just dabbling in the world of private investigating until she can find a "real" job.

All she has to do for her first assignment is determine that a particular woman lives at a particular address. Simple, right? But when she reaches the dark Victorian house, she runs into an hungry horde of gray-haired mystery readers and a dead body. This routine PI job is turning out to be anything but simple. Is Cate in over her head?

Lorena McCourtney is the award-winning author of dozens of novels, including Invisible (which won the Daphne du Maurier Award from Romance Writers of America), In Plain Sight, On the Run, and Stranded. She resides in Oregon.

Dying to Read is the first book I have read by Lorena McCourtney, and what a delightful change from the normal genre of books I have been reading lately! I loved the mystery, the humor, and the almost insane excitement, and this one honestly kept me guessing until the very end.

We all have days when everything seems to go wrong, and Cate's life is like that ... all the time. She was unsuccessful in her career, her love life, and basically everything she has tried to accomplish.

Her temporary assignment as a private investigator quickly turned as bad as it could possibly get. However, she didn't back down, and she kept on digging and digging for answers, and her own life is on the line when she becomes a target, more than once.

This book revolves around a group of elderly women who belong to a book club, and also a huge long-haired cat who just happens to be deaf. In Cate's immediate and amateurish opinion, each of the old ladies is a suspect in the bizarre murder of their friend. Her suspect list quickly grows to also include lots of other shady characters.

And for an added bonus, there is some serious tree hugging going on too. This is a fun read that I highly recommend.

Disclosure: 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.

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