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?
The way Cate Kinkaid ends up in the middle of a murder mystery, when all she wanted was part time work with her uncle’s PI firm, is quite humorous. I enjoyed “Dying to Read” because it wasn’t page-grippingly intense, yet it was so intriguing that I couldn’t stop reading!
Lorena McCourtney was able to weave suspense and a thick plot together in this novel with humor and romance, while still keeping the pace light. The characters each had enough mystery wrapped around them to keep me guessing. I enjoyed debating back in forth in my mind about the culprit/ culprits, and I was happily surprised at the storyline’s culmination.
I was impressed with Lorena McCourtney’s writing style. This novel left me in a good mood with the satisfied feeling of a mystery well solved. While I love a good mystery, some murder mysteries leave a distaste in my mouth from the gory details and disgustingly, evil villains.
Lorena’s refreshing style reminds me of the “good ole” mysteries that I grew up reading/ watching, like Agatha Christie’s “Hercule Poirot” stories or my all-time favorite “The Thin Man” films. A good murder mystery doesn’t have to equal a nauseating, savage storyline. I’d prefer a good plot to gore any day.
Now that I’ve finished “Dying to Read”, I’d love to read Lorena’s “Ivy Malone Series”; I’m sure each one is another home run.