Death Takes a Ride (Cate Kinkaid Files Series #3)

Death Takes a Ride (Cate Kinkaid Files Series #3)

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by Lorena McCourtney

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Cate Kinkaid arrives at H&B Classic Auto Restorations to give a friend a ride. But, as usual, trouble finds Cate even there--this time in the form of one dead man, one wounded man, and what appears to be a pretty obvious case of self-defense. Owner Matt Halliday wants to hire her, but not for this case. Instead, Cate is charged with finding a man who owns a particular


Cate Kinkaid arrives at H&B Classic Auto Restorations to give a friend a ride. But, as usual, trouble finds Cate even there--this time in the form of one dead man, one wounded man, and what appears to be a pretty obvious case of self-defense. Owner Matt Halliday wants to hire her, but not for this case. Instead, Cate is charged with finding a man who owns a particular motorcycle Matt would like to buy. As her search progresses, she begins to suspect that the shooting in Matt's office may not have been as cut-and-dried as it appeared.

Bestselling and award-winning author Lorena McCourtney takes readers on another wild ride of mystery in this clever cozy mystery, part of her popular series The Cate Kinkaid Files.

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Cate Kinkaid Files Series , #3
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Lorena McCourtney is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of dozens of novels, including Invisible (which won the Daphne du Maurier Award from Romance Writers of America), Dying to Read, and Dolled Up to Die. She resides in Oregon. Learn more at

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Death Takes a Ride: A Novel 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Adam412 More than 1 year ago
Gunshots blast in the car parts center where Cate’s friend works. One man is dead; another critically wounded. The dead man allegedly robbed the place, and the wounded man was one of the owners of the car parts store that specialized in auto and motorcycle restoration. Cate only wanted to help a friend by taking her to a Fit and Fabulous meeting.  As usual, Cate’s pampered deaf cat is among the book’s characters. There’s also a big affectionate dog and Mitch. Mitch is the one who will help Cate get out of a tight spot at the ring a cell phone. Cate, an assistant private investigator, is working on her PI license, but murder investigations are out of her league. Yet with her talent for finding trouble and a curiosity not satisfied until a case is solved, the reader know she’ll be right in the middle of it and she’ll be lucky to escape with her life. But suspense isn’t the only great attribute of Lorena McCourtney’s books. What make them so fun to read is the humorous twists, turns and hilarious thinking of her characters. Death Takes a Ride is another great book by this New York Times bestselling author. Note: The publisher supplied a review copy of this book, that in no way influenced my opinion. 
Writingsof_Rosie More than 1 year ago
Another great addition to the Cate Kinkaid Files!! After loving the previous books spent with Cate, Mitch, and Octavia, I couldn't help myself when the opportunity arose to review Death Takes a Ride. Once again, Ms. McCourtney exceeds expectations as she rises above the common cliches associated with murder-mysteries. Nothing comes easily to Cate. Some might shrug at this, but this truly is what makes this series, particularly Cate, stand out over the ones where the main character always has that convenient friend. Cate grows a little bit more in each book and I'm always excited to spend some time with the tomato-red head. Her quirks and her cat, Octavia really grow on you. Cate comes through so clearly that, though the book is written in third person, there were times I had to remind myself it wasn't first person! I really hope this isn't the last we see of Cate and Mitch (especially after that ending!!), because I would love to read another book. When I sit down to read a mystery, my biggest concern is whether or not I'll be surprised with the ending. This time, I was not surprised but that didn't detract at all from the experience for me. Instead, I felt more of a "I knew it!" avalanche of excitement rather than a "Drat. I was right." disappointment. As I stated earlier in the review, I hope there's another book!! I recommend this novel to readers who enjoy a more relaxed mystery novel over the common suspense/thriller. Things to know: a character is killed by being impaled in the head. I think readers should be at least fifteen or sixteen before diving into this novel. I received this book from Revell in return for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done. Thanks!!
VicG More than 1 year ago
Lorena McCourtney in her new book “Death Takes A Ride” Book Three in The Cate Kinkaid Files series published by Revell Books gives us a new adventure with Cate Kinkaid. From the Back Cover:  It’s official. This case is above her pay grade–and Cate’s in over her head. Cate Kinkaid arrives at H&B Vintage Auto Restorations to give a friend a ride. But, as usual, trouble finds Cate even there–this time in the form of one dead man, one wounded man, and what appears to be a pretty obvious case of self-defense. Despite having been merely an unfortunate bystander, Cate finds herself sucked into the case. And the deeper she gets, the more she begins to suspect that the shooting in the H&B office may not have been as cut-and-dried as it appeared. Bestselling and award-winning author Lorena McCourtney takes you on wild ride in this clever cozy mystery that will keep you guessing. Assistant PI Cate Kincaid is back.  Things are falling into place, Cate is waiting for her P.I. license to arrive in the mail and her uncle is going to retire and turn the business over to her.  And it doesn’t involve murder. In her dreams. Cate goes to pick up a friend, gun shots ring out, there is a dead body, of course, and once again Cate is involved in murder.  Ms. McCourtney has given us a prize in Cate Kincaid.  This is a fun read, it is a fast read, however I do not recommend starting this book late at night because it will cost you sleep as you will not want to put it down as you try to figure out who the killer is.  Ms. McCourtney is an excellent writer who knows how to twist your nerve endings as she tightens the suspense.  I recommend this book and I am looking forward to the next book in this series. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Publishers.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
JCMorrows More than 1 year ago
I’m not 100% sure what actually happened here. I think my iPhone is actually responsible for me “requesting” this book. I say that because “Death Takes a Ride”  is nowhere near my usual type of book… but you know that thing that your phone does on an internet page – you tap the screen and it moves just as your finger touches it and you’ve instead selected something halfway down the page from what you were just looking at. Yeah, mine does that all the time. Anyway, apparently my iPhone thinks this is a book worth reading – and Revell sent it to me with certain expectations – so I gave it a try… And DARN IT! Now I have to go hunt down the first two in the series. Because I don’t have enough books… Yes, this is the third book in the series and No, I haven’t read the first two but that would definitely not be a good enough reason NOT to read this book! Lorena McCourtney smoothly brings us up to speed and lets us in on the pattern in these novels with only a few short sentences. And she does it in a way that adds to the story without distracting you one bit from the plot. BRAVO Lorena! As with most Mystery series, you have at least one character who finds themselves in the middle of a sticky situation at least once in each book and this one is no different. I LOVE that Cate’s faith is woven into each scene of the book – helping her get through these tough situations and tricky investigations. I do believe I have found a NEW mystery series that I’m just going to LOVE! Most of you remember my review a few months ago of an Amish Mystery that I did not expect to enjoy as much as I did either. Apparently my problem was that the mysteries I read years ago that almost completely turned me off to the genre were not even remotely inspirational in nature. They relied on inappropriate relationships and believing impossible things about the characters to keep readers interested. This book, like the Amish one, DOES NOT do any of that! Which of course means that I LOVE it and will happily recommend it to EVERYONE! I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
What a fun cozy mystery. This is the third in a series, I haven’t read any of the others but from my reading of this one I think you can jump in at any point and not feel lost. I didn’t at all. Cate Kinkaid is a spunky character who I enjoyed reading about and getting to know. Lorena did a great job with all of the characters in this book giving them each their own distinct personality. Especially the cat and dog, loved them!! This is not a grip-the-pages-because-I-am-so-scared kind of book, which from what I understand of cozy mysteries they’re not supposed to be that way, hence the word “cozy”. But Lorena has definitely written a book you will want to keep reading so you can figure out whodunit. If you like a light mystery with murder thrown in, an ex-wife who seems too eager for insurance money, a little suspense and a dash of romance, then this is a book you will want to grab and probably an author you should really check out. A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
My reading in the summertime tends to be of the lighter variety. A good cozy mystery is just the right thing on a long summer evening. The Cate Kincaid Files are especially nice because they strike the right balance of being a light story that has just enough substance to keep you interested. Death Takes a Ride is the third in the series. Dying to Read and Dolled Up to Die are the first two, but each one can be read as a stand alone. There is an underlying story that threads through each of the novels but each story contains a new mystery that doesn't really hinge on the previous ones. When the story begins Cate is anxiously awaiting the arrival of her official license that will propel her from being an Assistant Investigator to a full fledged Investigator. When that happens it is expected that she will take over the agency so her Uncle Joe can retire and travel. Cate is also trying to patiently wait for Mitch to take their relationship to the next level as in marriage. Unfortunately Mitch and his business partner have been offered a lucrative proposal that will take Mitch to another city. Cate begins to wonder if the relationship means more to her than Mitch. Will he ever get over his aversion to her being a PI? As was the case in the two previous novels Cate didn't go looking to become involved in a murder investigation but it surely sought her out. To say that she was just in the wrong place at the wrong time is putting it mildly. At first it looks like a robbery gone bad, but then things just don't add up. The deeper Cate digs into a different matter involving the murder victim the more her intuition tells her that there is more to it than they first suspected. The characters are just quirky enough to add humor to the serious theme of murder. Add in a big slobbery dog and a persnickety cat and you have the makings of a story that will amuse you as you try to figure out who the real culprit is.  I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
Wanda_Barefoot More than 1 year ago
Mitch looked into Cate's eyes. Then he dipped his head and kissed her, long and thoroughly. She couldn't hear Clancy barking now. Cate wrapped her arms around Mitch's neck and kissed him back. "I think we lost the battle," Mitch murmured. "Clancy still isn't dry, and he has the towel again." "Who cares?" Cate stretched up for another kiss. When Mitch finally set her down, he said, "I believe we'll have to dry the dog off more often." I really loved this book. This is the third book in the "The Cate Kinkaid Files" mystery series. Cate Kinkaid is a 30-year-old, 5' 4" feisty redhead who is an assistant P. I. for Belmont Investigations. She also has a love interest in Mitch, a computer geek who co-owns his company. This is a true cozy mystery that will appeal to mystery lovers at heart. Although Cate seems to keep finding herself in the middle of murder investigations by accident, she continues to find her way out of them and always solves the crime with the finesse of a seasoned P. I.. One of the things I really loved about this book is the addition of Clancy, a big, rambunctious oaf of a dog that will worm his way right into your heart just as he did Cate's and Mitch's. Cate also owns a deaf cat named Octavia that she swears has the ability to help her solve cases. The plot was very engaging as I didn't want to put the book down and the characters were well developed and endearing. I haven't read the previous books in this series, and they don't have to be read in order to be able to follow the storyline, but after reading Death Takes a Ride I look forward to going back to the beginning of the series. Lorena McCourtney is a favorite of mine. Her Ivy Malone series is still my top cozy mystery series and she has really out done herself in this series as well. If you love cozy mysteries or investigative plots you'll love this book! I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review and no monetary compensation was received.
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
More Cate Kincaid Murder Mishaps....   Death Takes a Ride    The Cate Kincaid Files #3    By Lorena McCourtney Cate is back with yet another murder case that she has yet again literally fallen into.  Well, she didn't fall into it - more  like she was offering a ride to a friend of her Aunt Rebecca and was there for the actual event.  In Cate's case the falling comes later. But this is a time of change as Cate awaits her license making her an official private investigator and she'll be able to get rid of her assistant add-on.  And then there is Uncle Joe who is talking retirement (Yikes!  Is Cate ready to be on her own???)   And her maybe-boyfriend Mitch might not be around much longer to be her Knight-on-a shiny-motorcycle when she needs rescuing. At least Octavia is her one constant.  Always knowing when the phone is going to ring and managing to find clues and facts that Cate never would have.  This is one kitty with a personality to be reckoned with. There are funny moments throughout Death Takes a Ride but I think this also the least funny of the series.  It is a bit more serious as Cate works through the upcoming and possible changes in her life.  There are plenty of suspects and not much to go on.  And if Cate's not careful she may be taking a ride with death herself, especially if she can't discover who is in danger and who is the threat.   Spoiler: Cate (like Frodo) lives so we can hopefully expect a fourth book in this delightful series in the not to distant future. I hope!!! Sit back and get ready to enjoy another Cate Kincaid murder mystery.  This would be a great book club discussion book as you work alongside Cate to solve the case.  Good clean fun with a murder mystery thrown in. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher Revell in exchange for my honest review.
Readanygoodbookslately More than 1 year ago
Lorena McCourtney has added to The Cate Kinkaid Files with a murder mystery that even J.B. Fletcher would have a hard time solving. McCourtney's main character, Cate is truly the girl next door. However, she finds herself in some pretty dangerous situations. From the first chapter, Cate is entangled in an attempted robbery, murder, and self-defense shooting that keeps the reader engaged from page one. I love the fact that Cate is the hero, yet she is still very real and vulnerable. McCourtney fills the book with a Christian perspective that is inspiring. The main character's practice a lifestyle that is consistent with the teachings of the Bible. Lorena McCourtney is also able to weave her love of pets into the drama which makes the reader want to read while snuggled up to a furry friend. This book is a great summer read that I highly recommend. I will be looking for other books in this series.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
DEATH TAKES A RIDE by Lorena McCourtney is an interesting Christian Mystery. #3 in "The Cate Kinkaid Files", but can be read as a stand alone. Once again, we found Cate Kinkaid in over her head in this mystery. All is not as it seems at the H&B Auto Restorations. With one man wounded, one dead, what more could possibly go wrong, as Cate gets pulled into this mystery. If you are looking for a fast paced, heart-thumping story, this is not it, at all. What it is, is charming, fun, not over the top tale with humor, tension, mystery and a great whodunit. Very entertaining with interesting characters and a well thought out plot. An enjoyable read! Received for an honest review from the publisher. Rating: 4 Heat Rating: Sweet Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
parmilespages More than 1 year ago
This is a contemporary mystery involving Cate Kincaid, an assistant private investigator working for her uncle’s firm.  When Cate goes to pick up a friend for a Fit and Fabulous meeting, she hears a gun shot.  As she runs into the office of H&R Vintage Auto Restorations, she sees a man sprawled on the floor inside the door and another man holding a gun.  From first appearances, it seems the shooting was an act of self-defense.  As Cate fumbles her way to gathering information about other details pertaining to the murder, she finds everything rather confusing and not what it appears.  The story has suspense, a bit of danger as well as humor, creating a good balance.  I thought the author did a nice job of developing the story and leaving clues about whom the murderer is, but maintaining the mystery until the end of the book.  The large clumsy dog, Clancy, was my favorite character. Although a by-product of the murder, he was endearing and added comedy.   This is the third book in a series but can also be read as a stand-alone book.  However, reading Dying to Read gives background into Cate and why she became a private investigator as well as background about Mitch and Octavia.   I would recommend this book to anyone liking a light mystery.    received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Books in exchange for an honest review.
tmurrell2 More than 1 year ago
Cate has dropped by H&B Vintage Auto Restorations to give someone a ride to church. What she doesn't expect is a murder. Cate is still a waiting on her P.I. license to arrive, so technically she isn't supposed to investigate a murder. But when the business partner asks her to investigate another issue she gets pulled into everything before she realizes what she's into. I hadn't had the pleasure of reading anything by this author before. I didn't know what I was missing. I could not put this book down. It was funny, entertaining, and well written. The author did a great job of mixing a little bit of romance, lots of mystery and intrigue, and subtle mentions of God. I haven't read the first two books in the series, but was still able to enjoy this book. I enjoyed the author's sense of humor that she infused into the story. The main female character was quirky and klutzy, but endearing. I can't wait to get the first two books. I received this book free of charge from Baker Publishing in exchange for my honest review.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
Death Takes A Ride, and our favorite PI is in the midst of a murder, and all she wanted to do was pick up someone for a ride to a church event. Cate was just helping out, but bodies seem to find her, or she is the next victim? If you love mystery and suspense, with a bit of romance, this is for you, and it won’t disappoint. Poor Cate is finally achieving her goal of becoming a fully licensed PI, just waiting for it to arrive in the mail. Of course, her relationship with Matt maybe fully jeopardized, as he does not like her line of work, and the danger that seems to follow her around. Now that her Uncle is finally retiring and turning the business over to her, she has more life decisions to make. Some decisions seem to really fall into her lap. She sure has some heart stopping events happen to her, and you never expect where help will come from, at least I didn’t. I have read the first two books in this series and they are equally as good, and I highly recommend that you read them. This book can stand-alone, we get caught up with a lot of the information that is presented to us. Love the end of this book, and hope that there will be more in this series, hate to say goodbye. I received this book through Revell’s Blogger’s Tour, and was not required to give a positive review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Death Takes a Ride by Lorena McCourtney – A Book Review      The first book I read on my Kindle was Invisible by Lerena McCourtney.  I enjoyed it so much, I purchased the other three books in the series about the insuppressible little old lady, Ivy Malone, and read them in quick succession.  So, when I had the opportunity to read and review Death Takes a Ride by Ms McCourtney, I jumped at the chance.        The leading lady and sleuth in this story, Cate Kinkaid, who is moving in on middle age, does not find herself in quite the same types of dangerous yet hilarious predicaments as her predecessor, little old lady Ivy Malone. Yet this mystery provided enough twists and turns to keep me interested in the story line. I have always been a big mystery fan, and I enjoyed this cozy mystery that kept me awake nights wanting to know what was coming up next, not checking the doors and jumping at bumps in the night.        Death Takes a Ride is the third in the Cate Kinkaid series.  However it worked fine as a stand alone read.  Through implications within the text, I was able to infer that throughout the series Cate typically finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time, or as an assistant PI, was that the right place at the right time?  While her uncle’s private investigation agency did not typically handle murder cases, it seems Cate often has a way of finding herself alongside a dead body.  The reader of this book does not have to get far into the story before just such a situation manifests itself.  The story also includes enough romance between Cate and her “Computer Dude” boyfriend, Mitch, to keep romance novel lovers interested, while there doesn’t seem to be any love lost between Cate’s cat and the dog Mitch is fostering for the victim of an attempted robbery.  Or was it attempted murder?  No spoilers here, you will have to read the story to find out, and also to enjoy the wonderful ending with the sweet, and ketchupy, surprise.       If you are looking for a cozy mystery that is enjoyable without overtaxing your own inner sleuth, this book is for you.  I would give it four out of five smoking guns for reading pleasure.  I thank Revell Publishers and Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for providing Death Takes a Ride for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are strictly my own.   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good cate kincaid mystery. Keeps moving. Lots of humoe in her characters. They Are not perfect.
coramdeo540 More than 1 year ago
Death Takes a Ride Lorena McCourtney Book Summary: Cate Kinkaid arrives at H&B Classic Auto Restorations to give a friend a ride. But, as usual, trouble finds Kate even there--this time in the form of one dead man, one wounded man, and what appears to be a pretty obvious case of self-defense. Owner Matt Halliday wants to hire her, but not for this case. Instead, Cate is charged with finding a man who owns a particular motorcycle Matt would like to buy. As her search progresses, she begins to suspect that the shooting in Matt's office may not have been as cut-and-dried as it appeared. Review: I loved this book! It is a great series and at the same time a standalone book. Easy to read and a brisk storyline make for a suspenseful mystery! I did figure out the who and the why but it was so much fun to see it all come together that I could not put it down. I loved Cate and Mitch - they make a great team. I am hopeful for more stories but if this was the last in the series I can see them working together to track down hackers and other suspects. This was my first book of the series and I can not wait to read the other ones. I was predisposed to like this series when I started it because of Ms. McCourtney’s other books but to me this book was culmination of series she wrote. The suspects were realistic and memorable. Well written overall and believable. This PI was what you would really expect - rote work, occasional excitement and stumbling on things no one wants to be part of. These are all the elements wonderfully blended to make the story seamlessly written. Candy, Lily, Andy, Matt and Shirley were realistic people caught up in life. I really liked the parts with Candy and Cate together. They made a funny duo, it is the humor of these things that were tastefully blended throughout the story that made the entire book five stars! I would like to thank Net Galley and Revell  for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was very disappointed in this book. Before I was half way through, I already knew who the killer was and why. I found the subplot romance between Cate and Mitch to be predictable as well. It is time to end this romance or move to the next level because it is becoming sappy at this point and lacks any hint of originality. It is too "Harleqiun romance". Don't waste your money.
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Kimberly0 More than 1 year ago
I like the feel of McCourtney's books. I don't read many mystery books, but I find McCourtney's to be light and an easy read. The cat cracks me up, and the addition of a dog was fun. As for the mystery, I probably don't read many because I'm too good at figuring them out and then I read the end to see if I'm right midway through the book. This book was no exception, but what I liked about it was that that it's more than a mystery. The characters are engaging and I care about them. I look forward to the next book in the series. No worries, if you haven't read any of the other books. They all stand alone. I was given this book by the publisher for review purposes. I was not required to give a positive review. This is my honest opinion.
AngieArndt More than 1 year ago
Cate Kincaid's latest case is even better than her first two. As usual, she finds herself in the right place at the wrong time -- or is it? Is this a clear-cut case of self defense or is it something more? Quirky Cate has to rely on her wits, her faith and her own (handsome) personal computer guy, Mitch, to solve this mystery before someone else gets hurt. Let me just start by saying I LOVE all of Lorena McCourtney's mysteries. Whether it's Ivy Malone or Cate Kincaid, I'm a big fan. In Death Takes a Ride, McCourtney mixes the perfect proportions of puzzle, action/thriller, romance, hilarity and faith to make this latest installment of the Cate Kincaid Mysteries her best.   If she ever decides to teach a mystery writing class, I'm right there because she's one of the best! Many to the publisher for my copy in exchange for my fair and impartial review.
JoHuddleston More than 1 year ago
Cate Kincaid, Assistant Private Investigator, steps into a crime scene when she goes to H&B Vintage Auto Restorations to give someone a ride to church. This crime scene involves murder, which Cate hasn’t investigated before. She works for her uncle who has assigned her cases of mundane things like serving papers and doing background checks. Not believing this is a cut-and-dried shooting, Cate begins snooping around and follows the clues. McCourtney writes a fast-paced story laced with humor and tension to keep you turning pages.
inspiremichelle More than 1 year ago
Death Takes a Ride, The Cate Kinkaid Files by Lorena McCourtney Doing a good deed takes an mysterious turn when Cate Kinkaid shows up at H&B Vintage Auto Restoration to give a ride to friend of her aunts. When shoots are fired one life is ended, one hangs in the by a thread, while yet another is riddled with guilt. The detective in Cate can’t help but be curious as to why it was done because it is fairly obvious it was self-defense. But nothing is as it seems. Author Lorena McCourtney did an outstanding job of bringing the characters to life. I found Death Takes a Ride to be entertaining, funny and a fast paced clean read. It is a Christian romance with lots of mystery. I truly enjoyed this 5 star book. It is part of a series but can be read as a stand alone. I want to give a high-five to the author Lorena McCourtney and publisher Revell for bringing compelling Christian books that are entertaining and give hope to the reader with stories of faith. I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review and I am so grateful for the authors and publishers generosity.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Comfort classics family rated new classics rinehart rated a rex stout an ESG non grafic (no x violence sex language)