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Dying to Read

Dying to Read is a humorous mystery novel, and the first in the Cate Kinkaid Files, by Lorena McCourtney.

Out of work longer than she expected, a messily broken engagement, nearing that dreaded “30” and a really bad haircut are what bring Cate Kinkaid to accept a temporary job from her PI uncle.

She has absolutely no experience in the world of private investigating – and no instincts that she’s aware of (or else how would she have ended up in her current life situation). But her uncle assures her that all she’ll be doing is routine, unexciting, uncomplicated assignments until she can find work elsewhere.

Cate’s first task sounds simple enough: find out whether a certain woman named Willow lives at a certain address. No biggie. Even Cate should be able to complete that job successfully.

But when she arrives at said address, a fairly spooky looking old Victorian, she discovers a rather snarky group of ravenous mystery novel lovers quite disgruntled at having their book group meeting delayed… and a dead body.

And no Willow.

Suddenly, Cate begins to wonder if her “routine” PI job is going to be anything but…

I’ve always loved a good whodunit! Problem is, so many of the books out there are crime fiction instead of cozy-feeling mysteries. And, okay, I know that there is something really weird about finding a book about murder “cozy”, but any of you whodunit-loving bibliophiles will know what I’m talking about.

Dying to Read lit all kinds of lights that hadn’t been lit for me in a long time!

Besides the awesome title, Dying to Read immediately grabbed me with the snappy, modern, fun-sounding voice of our narrator, Cate. I loved the fiery, vivacious personalities popping off the page from the get-go, ranging from our protagonist to multiple secondary characters.

Along with reminding of why I was such a fan of a good sleuth murder mystery, Dying to Read had me laughing very quickly and very often. I was invested in our relatable, likable, ordinary gal PI in no time!

There’s lots of clues and suspects in this truly puzzling, entertaining mystery – and happily kept me guessing all the way through.

To be honest, this was probably one of my most enjoyable reads this year – featuring a ton of memorable, hilarious scenes, a splash of romance, and fantastically awesome moments of Cate referring to a cat for advice – and more!

Alright, I can see already that I’ve been throwing the word “awesome” around like a hyper pre-teen. But I can tell you truthfully that I am “dying to read” book two!!

Yes, I went there.

If you’re a fan of Meg Cabot’s Size 12 is Not Fat series or any other fun mystery novels, Dying to Read will be a great addition to your bookshelf!

*Available August 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

*I received a copy of Dying to Read from the Baker Publishing Group. Their generosity in no way influenced, nor sought to influence, my opinion of the novel.


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