Even though Dolled Up to Die stands alone well, I think, I would still strongly recommend that you read the series in order. So, if you haven’t already, go read Dying to Read. It’s hilarious, and I loved it!!! You can also check out my review of Dying to Read here.
Onto the brief synopsis of Dolled Up to Die:
Cate is starting to get a better handle on being an assistant private investigator. Emphasis on assistant. After her rather eventful, turn-for-the-worse earlier case, things have calmed down and been more like what her uncle originally described for the job.
That wasn’t meant to last long.
After receiving a disturbing phone call frantically telling her about a triple homicide, Cate can’t help but show up at the caller’s home. After all, the lady said that the police were taking their sweet time – which Cate found highly odd – and Cate just couldn’t ignore the woman’s need for help.
Upon arriving though, having steeled her stomach for a gruesome scene, she finds something wholly unexpected. The three murder victims?
Victimized, vandalized dolls? Yes.
But still dolls.
But not long after their discovery, Cate realizes there may be a victim in the house that did at one time have a pulse.
Despite continually being told to stay out of murder cases, Cate already senses she’s being pulled into another one…
Oh my goodness, this was fun!
Cate Kinkaid is a smart, likable, clumsy heroine that is working to do well at her new career after many life changes and a stint in unemployment. She’s grounded in faith in God, yet that doesn’t drown the story, which I appreciate. It’s enough for the narrative to show an awareness of her belief without hitting us over the head with it!
Oftentimes laugh-out-loud funny, Dolled Up to Die starts off with a hilarious bang and doesn’t stop there! I loved Cate’s sleuthing, the large, varied cast of characters (including her cat Octavia), and those moments of true suspense to ratchet up the stakes a bit.
One thing I think could get stronger is Cate’s boyfriend Mitch. There’s nothing wrong with him, really, but with such a colorful cast of suspects and clients he tends to fall a bit flat. His personality maybe needs to come across stronger? Not sure. But I still like him, and his relationship with Cate was not a detriment to the plot whatsoever.
Not perhaps as surprising as Dying to Read, Dolled Up to Die is a delight to read and just a pure bibliophile pleasure!
I’m hoping there’s more than one book left in this series, as I’m ready to follow Cate for a long time to come!! Especially if the comedy element keeps up like it has so far!
What are you waiting for? Go grab your copy and be ready to laugh!!!
*Available July 15, 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
*I received a copy of Dolled Up to Die from the Baker Publishing Group. Their generosity in no way influenced, nor sought to influence, my opinion of the novel.