Kat's Cradle (Kat Colorado Series #3)

Kat's Cradle (Kat Colorado Series #3)

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by Karen Kijewski

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She's a hard-boiled Sacramento P.I. with a soft  spot for the unlucky, the unloved, and one special  cop named Hank. Her name is Kat Colorado and in  her line of business curiosity can be mre than an  occupational hazard — it can be  murder.

She said her name was Paige Morrell and she  came to Kat


She's a hard-boiled Sacramento P.I. with a soft  spot for the unlucky, the unloved, and one special  cop named Hank. Her name is Kat Colorado and in  her line of business curiosity can be mre than an  occupational hazard — it can be  murder.

She said her name was Paige Morrell and she  came to Kat Colorado hoping to untangle the twisted  mystery of her past. She was a  twenty-one-year-old "orphan," a poor little rich girl on  the verge of inheriting a weathy old river estate —  and some very nasty surprises. But when Kat set  out to solve the case, she found herself following  a thread of lies, greed and deceit that led  straight to the corpse of a key source to Paige's past.  Now the Sacramento private eye was about to learn  that in the California Delta some family secrets  were better left buried . . .because uncovering  them could be murder.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Outstanding among today's female detectives, PI Kat Colorado exhibits conscience and compassion, muscle and wisecracking savvy in an appealing and believable combination. Kat agrees to help presumed orphan Paige Morrell find out about her parents now that her grandmother Florence, who refused to discuss them, has died. Little by little, Kat peels away layers of the past, discovering that Paige's mother, one of twin daughters mistreated by Florence, may still be alive. Enhancing the story and complicating Kat's life as she travels to Lake Tahoe, Calif., and to Omaha are her lover Hank, her ``self-appointed grandmother'' Alma and her unstable best friend Charity, an advice columnist . In taut confident prose, Edgar Award-winner Kijewski ( Katapult ), who is Mystery Writers of American Nor/Cal vice-president, delivers an intricate plot to complete reader satisfaction. (Mar.)
Library Journal
Crisp styling and spunky supporting characters give this series title verve and charm. Narrator Kat Colorado, a socially conscious Sacramento private investigator with a Las Vegas policeman lover, accepts the challenge of finding the birth parents of an ``orphan'' whose autocratic but rich grandmother has just died. Paige Morrell and scruffy boyfriend Paul may be more interested in proving her right to inherit; however, Kat thinks she has a right to know about her folks. A long process of questioning and digging into family secrets eventually achieves results, but not without close calls and further murder.
School Library Journal
YA-- When Paige Morril hires sleuth Kat Colorado to research her family history, it seems like a harmless investigation. But as more and more of the Morril heritage is revealed, murders, lies, and deceit come to light. With Kat comes a cast of memorable characters: her best friend, Charity, who writes a column for the lovelorn and solves her own problems with junk food; a soap opera-addicted grandmother; an adding machine repairman whose bizarre collection of statistics begins each chapter; and marriage-minded, hunk Hank, who loves Kat. These zany cohorts, a twisting plot, and humor make the book a treasure. Watch out Grafton and Paretsky, the competition has arrived!--Katherine Fitch, Lake Braddock Secondary School, Burke, VA

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Random House Publishing Group
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Kat Colorado Series, #3
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4.25(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.67(d)

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Kat's Cradle (Kat Colorado Series #3) 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Title of review: Kat's Cradle by Kijewski Number of stars (1 to 5): 4 Introduction The book Kat's Cradle by Karen Kijewski is part of the Kat Colorado mystery books, a series following Kat Colorado, a born and bred Sacramento based private investigator. Her job is prone to getting a bit iffy, complicated and often dangerous for her. Description and summary of main points The story starts off in Kat's downtown office, where Paige cries her eyes out to Kat; begging her to find out who her parents really were, where she came from, and what happened to them. At first Kat is reluctant to be dragging up things so far back in the past, but after Paige cries her heart out to her, something seems not right, so Kat agrees to take the case. After weeks of digging out old diaries, talking to residents that had lived in the area for decades, more than a few death threats, a few close calls with her close friend death, and two more deaths that somehow are now linked to the case, Kat finally makes a huge break. She finds the two people that could lead her to the truth behind Paige's dark family history. Evaluation The story shows a darker, more imperfect side to people and shows how people can turn on each other for money and power; even the people they care about most. It also shows how desperate and how much people can change when money gets involved in situations. Conclusion The book is very slow paced at the beginning, building up to a huge climax where all the strange details from the beginning and middle parts of the book are all linked. You finally understand why certain things were said and how things actually happened and this is the twist to the story. Your final review In my personal opinion the book is an average read, the beginning part is too slow paced, far too long for my liking, and if not for the fact that it was an assignment to read the book I am confident that I would have surely stopped reading before I reached the climax. If I had, it would be a huge regret because the climax of the story is exactly the opposite, fast paced and full of action showing the true side of the characters which in most cases is the opposite of what you might think. All in all, the wait for the climax is worth it and in turn the book is definitely worth the read.
Sapphire2739 More than 1 year ago
Any of the Kat Colorado series are excellent books. My mother and I found them randomly at a library and were instantly addicted. The stories flow extremely well and the characters are believable, relatable, and entrancing. Thanks to Karen's colorful writing style the stories come to life. The reader feels everything the characters do. Well worth the small expense for such an incredible read.