A fun mystery: My review of "Dying to Read" by Lorena McCourtney

Dying to Read


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?


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.


 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.