Catherine lives in Upstate New York with a male dominated household that consists of her very patient husband, three sons, two cats and dogs. She has wanted to be a writer since the age of eight when she wrote her own version of Cinderella (and fortunately Disney never sued). Catherine holds a B.A. and dual major in English and Performing Arts. She has worn several different hats over the years, including that of secretary, press release writer, newspaper reporter, real estate agent, and most recently auditor. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, shopping, and of course, a good book.
Priced to Killby Catherine Bruns
Real estate agent and super sleuth, Cindy York, has always been haunted by thoughts of her childhood friend, Paul Steadman, who committed suicide 25 years ago. A high school reunion and the prospective sale of his former home-where Cindy was the one to discover his lifeless body-bring the memories back in full force.
Some secrets aren't meant to stay buried forever.
Real estate agent and super sleuth, Cindy York, has always been haunted by thoughts of her childhood friend, Paul Steadman, who committed suicide 25 years ago. A high school reunion and the prospective sale of his former home-where Cindy was the one to discover his lifeless body-bring the memories back in full force. New boss and best friend, Jacques Forte, pleads with her to accept the listing as their agency is going through some rough financial times.
But Cindy gets more than she negotiated for when new information comes to light that convinces her Paul's death was anything but self-inflicted. Vowing justice for her friend, Cindy's meddling only leads to further complications with the Steadman family as she quickly uncovers hot details to a very cold case. Cindy needs to close the deal and find a killer-before she too winds up six feet under!
Cindy York Mysteries:
Killer Transaction - book #1
Priced to Kill - book #2
What critics are saying:
"Lock up your house before you begin Killer Transaction. You'll want no interruptions once you start this fast-paced tale of murder, family issues, and competitive real estate sales. A quick, enjoyable read!"
-Nancy J. Cohen, bestselling author of the Bad Hair Day Mysteries
"Catherine Bruns closes the deal with this fantastic cozy. I loved everything about this story from the characters to the plot, the setting and the pace. I cannot wait to see what adventures Cindy gets up to next. If you enjoy your cozy with strong heroines and interesting circumstances this is a must read."
-Night Owl Reviews, Top Pick!
"Killer Transaction is killer fun! With a heroine I couldn't help routing for and a plot that kept me guessing until the end, Catherine Bruns has penned another winner!"
-Gemma Halliday, New York Times & USA Today bestselling author
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Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite Priced to Kill by Catherine Bruns is an exciting sleuth mystery that will keep the reader on the edge of their seat. Cindy York, a struggling real estate agent, receives an unsettling phone call from an estranged friend from her past. She is invited to a dinner for her twenty-fifth high school reunion, being held at the mansion where Cindy had discovered her best friend covered in blood. She had not returned to it since that day, nor had she any desire to go there now, but accompanying the dinner invitation was an invitation to add the mansion to her listing. Because the prestige of having such a valuable listing would be a profitable boost for the office where she is employed, she accepts. Reluctantly, Cindy attends the reunion, accompanied by her best friend and boss, Jacques. While dessert is served, the Senior Class Time Capsule is opened and hidden within its contents is a letter written to Cindy by her friend the day before he died. The stunning information sends Cindy and Jacques searching for the culprit of a twenty-five-year-old murder. Priced to Kill by Catherine Bruns kept me on the edge of my seat until the final page. I thoroughly enjoyed reading a book with a happily married heroine who maintains a family alongside her sleuthing. Her family issues are realistic and make a good background for her character, adding to the drama that is unfolding, and combining Cindy's sorrowful past with the present. I fell in love with her boss and best friend, Jacques, and found his character to be delightful. Although Cindy can be flighty and a little clumsy, Jacques balances her out. The surprise in the end has me looking forward to future sleuthing with Cindy and Jacques.
A woman who has been married 18 years to the same guy who seems to really love her, shouldn't have to put up with a mother in law who is mean, says cruel things and criticizes everything you do. Cindy needs to sit hubby & mom in law from hell down together & hash it out as it annoyed me throughout the book. While the mystery itself wasn't bad, the inept was Cindy went about solving it was ridiculous, She not only sabotaged her job, she was so blatantly dense about the fact that she was putting herself in harms way made it tough to continue to the end. Give your heroine some backbone and a bit of brain and this could be worth another read.
I fell in love with Cindy York and the author Catherine Bruns with her first book, Killer Transaction, in the Cindy York Mystery Series. Catherine has such a knack with drawing the reader in from page 1 until the end and then she leaves you wanting more ! ! ! I loved the story line with Cindy trying to solve her best friend's death....from 25 years ago ! The story that Paul had committed suicide did not make sense to Cindy and she has never been able to let it go. Even though she married, had kids and had a career, she always held doubt. Then when she goes to a reunion at the house where Paul had taken his life by invitation of his brother, Ben and his wife things change drastically. Now Cindy has proof that he couldn't have killed himself. How far will Cindy go to solve the case and finally be able to lay her best friend in peace ? How far will the murderer go to keep this 25 year old secret from being solved ? I don't want to say more, even though I would love to. You will want to read this book yourself. If you aren't already a huge fan of Catherine Bruns and her books, what are you waiting for ??
Catherine really creates vibrant characters! There's humor, drama and action! This kept me up late because I just couldn't put it down. I am hoping for another one especially with the surprise at the end.
A wonderful follow-up to the first book in this series, PRICED TO KILL was a fast read that kept the intrigue going right up until the end. Cindy York is a likable protagonist. It’s a refreshing change of pace to the lead character married, and with children. This fact does not hold the story back in anyway. It enhances it. Also different to PRICED TO KILL from other cozies, there is no murder in this book, but rather a cold case that Cindy wants to solve. This made for a very interesting read. Great writing, enjoyable characters, and a mystery that really kept me guessing, PRICED TO KILL was a hard book to put down. It certainly has me looking forward to the book in the series!
Priced to Kill is the second book in this series and is an excellent read. The characters are well developed and there is just the right mix of humor and mystery. The story kept me engrossed and it was fun trying to figure out who done it. I would highly recommend this book!
When Ben Steadman contacts realtor Cindy York about selling his mansion it comes with a big hitch. It is also where his brother Paul, Cindy's best friend, killed himself 25 years ago. Cindy soon finds out that things are not always as they seem and the suicide is looking more like a murder. Cindy's quest to find out what really happened leads her to find out some disturbing facts that may also be putting Cindy in danger. I really enjoyed this story and found the characters to be very relatable. It is the second book in the Cindy York Mysteries series but could be easily read as a stand alone.
Great addition to the series! Who knew that a HighSchool Reunion would lead to a Mega listing, and lead Cindy on a journey back in time to relive the death of her friend, and in the process realize that he did not commit suicide. She then embarks on another investigation to determine the killer, and find justice for her friend. There are many twists and turns as Cindy struggles to get to the bottom of this case, and that is her one and only focus. You will be on the edge of your seat as all is revealed!
Cindy (& Jacques) does it again!! Great addition to the series. Cindy is a go-getter when it comes to solving a mystery, too bad it's not helping her "career" though, lol. Engaging story which is hilarious as usual and addictive, I couldn't put it down!!!
A page-turner to the end! The series continues with the real estate business picking up when Cindy gets a wonderful listing to sell a mansion that could put her over the top. Things get a little skewed when she finds a letter from an old friend that passed away some time ago by suicide. The letter raises all sorts of questions, not only about her past relationship, but also about the way the friend passed away. Cindy, being the sleuth she is, begins to dig into her friend’s death. Once again the author takes you through the case from Cindy’s perspective. Many twists and turns throughout the book, with one final twist at the end.