Coached to Death

Coached to Death

by Victoria Laurie


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When Catherine Cooper settles in the Hamptons on the heels of a nasty split from her long-time husband, the luxurious coastal community turns out to be the perfect place for murder . . .
Cat Cooper never imagined selling off her marketing firm would mean going from the pinnacle of success to a walking hot mess. Gouged from an unexpected divorce, Cat suddenly finds herself struggling as a life coach for the hopelessly adrift in East Hampton and contending with Heather Holland—a spiteful neighbor who will do anything to bully her out of town. But her second act may very well continue behind bars when Heather’s dead body turns up next to a shattered punchbowl . . . and Cat’s pinned as the murderer.
But given Heather’s mean girl reputation, any one of the guests at her invite-only luncheon could have committed the crime. Determined not to trade designer duds for an unflattering prison jumpsuit, Cat sides with her best friend Gilley to scour chic boutiques and oceanfront mansions in search of the criminal who framed her. With a stoic detective looking to get her in cuffs, it’s up to Cat to catch the real killer and land on her feet once again . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496720337
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 10/29/2019
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 113,149
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

VICTORIA LAURIE is a real‑life psychic and the New York Times bestselling author of the Psychic Eye Mysteries, including Fatal Fortune and Sense of Deception, and the Ghost Hunter Mysteries, including No Ghouls Allowed and The Ghoul Next Door. She lives in suburban Michigan and is currently working on the next Cat & Gilley Life Coach mystery.

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Coached to Death 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
FadedPages 10 days ago
4/5 stars Ahh, I loved returning to this author's world with a brand new series featuring Cat and Gilley! For those that don't know, Cat is the sister to Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye and Gilley was the techy assistant to M.J. Holliday from the Ghost Hunter mysteries. You don't have to read either series before this story. However, if you find you love these two main characters, then I highly recommend you find time to dive into both series one day. Characters Cat and Gilley are back and just as entertaining as always! These two were my favorite side characters from the old series. Cat is the impulsive, strong willed business woman and Gilley is the plucky, drama queen, techy amateur sleuth. Both make horrible or dangerous decisions at time and I can't wait to see what trouble they get into next. I really liked the addition of Detective Shepherd, Sunny and reappearance of Maks. However, I feel like this series might be setting up a love triangle for the recently divorced Cat and I'm still not sure if I like it. I'm normally not a triangle trope fan, but I'll definitely wait and see what happens. Pacing & Points of View The overall pacing for this story was good and I loved how everything flowed smoothly. Overall Overall I really liked this story. It's hard to believe this is the first in a series! Everything fit together nicely and Cat and Gilley were the perfect mystery solving pair. Any future books are bound to be filled with hilarious mystery solving adventures just like this one. I will definitely be reading and looking forward to the rest of the series! Thank you so much to NetGalley and Kensington publishing for allowing me the opportunity to read this digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.
neptune75 25 days ago
I have read all the other series by this author. While reading this I found myself expecting to be reading a continuation of one of those series. Subconsciously, I think. I was pleased when I realized that this series is different enough to stand on its own and that Cat is a completely different character not a revised personality from one of the other series. Because of this it was fresh and that is why I am giving it higher marks. The author goes to the effort of creating a new personality instead of recycling old ones. Some of the events that happen in the book are questionable but imaginative. I enjoyed the book and will look forward to the next one.
PrincessGlor 3 months ago
This was an interesting read. There were elements of the story I didn’t love and and elements I did. It seemed a little “more” then a typical cozy mystery to me for whatever reason. The mystery was good and I liked the characters as well as the humor sprinkled throughout. It definitely leaves some some of the mystery open and I look forward to having those things revealed in later books hopefully. All in all, the book was enjoyable and I will give more books in this series a try, I received this book from NetGalley and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Victoria Laurie has done it again !! I didn't know how I would take a series about Cat , but man did Victoria knock it out of the park . She is my favorite author and I'm so happy that she continues to write even when she is confronted with obstacles. I can't wait until the next book in the series !
Anonymous 3 months ago
I was laughing out loud and I love the characters. Can't wait for the next book to come out.
Anonymous 3 months ago
I thought that this book about (non-psychic) Cat Cooper , Abbie Cooper(super Psychic abilities) was gonna be blah but man was I wrong! Please tell me this will get turned into a series & that she & hot detective Shepherd are gonna get together to not only be a couple but fight crime & with the help of Cat's funny BFF/sidekick Gillie Gillespie! Can't wait!
Anonymous 3 months ago
I loved the story. I am so excited this is book 1 of a new series. the characters are wonderfully likable and you can truly root for them. the story is fast-paced and very exciting.
StrategicSerendipity 6 months ago
Coached to Death is the first in a new series by Victoria Laurie. Cat sold her business, divorced her husband, bought some land in East Hampton and is building a new life. Gilley lives in her guest house and helps her with her new life coach business. And everything else. When Cat’s temper gets the better of her and explodes over a woman who humiliated her, and the woman is dead hours later, Cat is the prime suspect. After a public arrest, she and Gilley decide they need to find the real murder to clear Cat’s name. The story twists and turns so many times and keeps you interested and trying to figure out who did what and how it is related. I truly enjoyed this book and look forward to going back and reading the author’s prior series while I wait for the next installment in the Life Coach’s Mysteries series. I am thankful for the electronic copy of this book I received from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. I just reviewed Coached to Death by Victoria Laurie. #CoachedToDeath #NetGalley
jltrhines 6 months ago
I loved this first book in a new series by one of my favorite authors. I was already familiar with the main characters but this book gives a new look at them. Gilly is much more in control of himself and Cat is more independent. There were some interesting new characters that will be fun to see develop. The mystery had lots of action and twists. I didn't see the reveal coming. There is also a healthy dose of humor. I can't wait to see what hi-jinks these two get into next.
TheCozyReview 6 months ago
Series: Cat Cooper Mysteries – Book 1 Author: Victoria Laurie Genre: Cozy Mystery/ Armature Sleuth /Career Publisher: Kensington Books Page Count - 352 A new series from Kensington Books comes Victoria Laurie’s first book in the “Cat Cooper Mysteries” cozy series, Coached to Death. Cat is starting all over in her life, divorced, a new business, a new home, and new enemies. She has everything the main character in a cozy series needs to make things interesting. The problem is, she isn’t at first very likable. As the story progresses, she becomes a far more believable character with human flaws, fears, and a personality that will have readers smiling and frowning at the same time. Cat takes some getting used too, but by the end of the book, she is almost lovable. The setting of the Hampton’s is a great location for a cozy series, and it reminds readers that there are places in this world where money is the only way of life, and if you haven’t got it, you won’t enjoy your time visiting, even with plenty of it you still might not have fun. The wealthy residents of the town look down their noses at anyone who can’t or won’t play their games and kowtow to those who think they are superior. Cat is wealthy, but she makes an enemy almost from the moment she steps into the picture. Unfortunately, that enemy ends up dead, and Cat is the #1 suspect. The situations that Cat, and her best friend, Gilley, find themselves involved in can be humorous and intense. The police investigation and the lead detective add spice to an already volatile situation. Other characters such as Erma are delightful; I hope they continue to play a big part in this series, which is also what has readers turning the page and wanting to read the next addition. This is a cozy series set to become a favorite. The writing is flawless, and the author experienced in how to make a series successful. I am happy to recommend Coached to Death.
katyshouse 6 months ago
I loved it! What a shocking ending! There was no way to see it coming. This author is an amazing writer. It was wonderful to see familiar faces again in this new series. Gillie is a blast and hasn't changed a bit. It's hysterical seeing him screeching alongside Cat. I'm looking forward to the next book!
Fantasticalbooklover 7 months ago
Another great tale spun by Victoria Laurie!! Catherine “Cat” Cooper, new;y minted millionaire and recent divorcee hits the Hampton’s to start a new life. Along for the ride is Gil Gillespie, her bestie, freshly retired from the ghost busting business. Cat opens a life coaching business that stumbles a bit getting started. But, like her sister, Abby, she ends up finding herself arrested and in the middle of a murder investigation. She decides to figure out who the real killer of a local bully is before she’s jailed for the crime or she becomes a victims herself. Characters from both the Ghost Hunter and Psychic Eye series come together along with a new cast of characters to start a new series with Cat and Gilley as the protagonists. Hi jinx and hilarity are liberally sprinkled all through this fun who-dunnit.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Victoria Laurie has created another winning series with the first book Coached to Death. Taking secondary characters from two of her beloved series, Psychic Eye Mysteries and Ghost Hunter Mysteries, she has created a new world that is funny, intriguing, and has twists and turns enough to keep you guessing "who done it" until the last page. I highly recommend you try this first in a series starring Cat (Abby Cooper's sister) and Gilley (MJ's former partner in crime), a match made in Heaven!
diane92345 7 months ago
The sister of the Psychic Eye cozy series, Cat, pairs up with the sidekick from the Ghost Hunter Mysteries, Gilley, in the first book in the Life Coach Mysteries, Coached to Death. Heather is what happens when a bully grows up. She becomes even more vindictive and vicious. After all, what had Cat done other than build her new mansion next door? Heather decides to return the favor by humiliating Cat at a party with all of the East Hampton socialites in attendance. At least, Cat has a dinner date with the suave Maks, who is also her newest tenant. Plus she has her first client’s messed up life to fix. Unfortunately, when Heather is bashed in the head with the punchbowl that Cat brought to the party, handsome Detective Steve suspects Cat. It could be because Cat threatened to leave Heather “a bloody mess” before storming out. I’ve read every book in the Ghost Hunter series. My favorite part is Gilley, whose humorous take on life is the best part of any book he is in. It was a sad day for me when he mentioned that M.J. and her new husband, Heath, have given up ghost hunting. However, this new series has the same humor and distinct characters. It’s just missing the paranormal subject matter. Coached to Death is a good first book in this new cozy mystery series. I believe it is the only cozy exploring life coaching. Also, Cat is a strong female lead with a backstory of starting and running a successful marketing firm. Plus she is rich, which always helps. Still, the star here is Gilley. He is still fluttery and anxious. But he seems more adult and less frantic with no ghosts to worry about. Of course, his over-the-top humor is always welcome. If you like funny cozy mysteries, you should pick up this book. 4 stars! Thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Coached to Death by Victoria Laurie is the first book in a new mystery series that features two characters from her other two series, the Psychic Eye series and the Ghost Hunters series. I have read many of the author's other series and always enjoy her well crafted fast paced mysteries. I highly recommend this new series for your reading enjoyment. Thank you to Net Galley and to the publisher for the opportunity. My review opinion is my own. My review is cross posted across review platforms. Ms. Laurie has introduced Catherine Cooper, Abby Cooper's sister from the Psychic Eye series. She is a smart savvy independent woman that is working toward a new life in the in the Hamptons as a life coach to the wealthy and emotionally needy residents of the Hamptons. Her nemesis is trying to drive her out of town when she is suddenly murdered and Catherine is the prime suspect. As she delves into her own investigation,, she finds out that she was not the only enemy of the woman and other clues abound as suspects fall into place. I loved the multi layered clues of the sleuth. The twist and turns kept me guessing to the end. The setting is sublime and well described by the author. The protagonist is likable and I appreciate that she is independent of family and men making a living on her own. All in all a successful first in series and I look forward to the next in series.
Anonymous 7 months ago
completely wonderful to get to know Cat and Gilley better. I hope there's more soon.
PenKay 7 months ago
I’ve been a fan of this author for a very long time, so I was excited to hear she had a spin-off series in the works. Cat and Gilley are two of my favorite side characters, and it’s wonderful to see them again. In this series-starter, Cat has had to start over in a new place since her divorce, but it doesn’t take long to realize she isn’t well-liked because of one resident. Unfortunately, that one resident dies, and Cat is the prime suspect. I really enjoyed this book. The author’s trademark excellent writing, fun style, and interesting characters all make a comeback on this book. The only thing that didn’t strike an excellent chord with me was Cat at times. I’ve never seen her as dippy or easily flustered like she seemed in this book; she always seemed more unflappable to me. However, that didn’t detract much at all from my enjoyment. This was a fun, cozy-ish mystery that I do recommend! I received a complimentary copy which I voluntarily reviewed.
a_hartman 7 months ago
Victoria Laurie took two of her supporting characters from her Psychic Eye Mysteries and Ghost Hunter Mysteries and has creating a whole lot of fun wrapped around a solid mystery. Cat (sister to Abby) and Gilley are a wonderful combination and the result is hilarious. They find themselves embroiled in proving Cat's innocence in a murder of a not-very-nice-person in her neighborhood - one that is set out to embarrass and humiliate Cat. Along with Gilley, and some mysterious, but wonderful help from Abby's past, Cat learns about how strong she really is and to trust herself. It's a fantastic read - and I cannot wait to see what Ms. Laurie cooks up for these two next. Thank you!!
P-Lopez 7 months ago
Coached to Death (The Life Coach Mysteries #1) by Victoria Laurie is the first book in a new series.  I went back and forth on whether I liked the main character, Cat Cooper. In the end, she was just "okay" for me. I did like her best friend, Gilley. He had a great personality and quick wit that shined through the pages. Coached to Death is a good start in the cozy mystery/amateur sleuth genre. The story and plotline mostly held my interest, and the resolution was satisfying. I would give this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars. I may check out more books by this author to see if her other series pique my interest.
SparklingReviewer 7 months ago
I don’t know how to describe this book. It’s not quite a straight mystery and not quite a cozy mystery. At least not in the way I think of those two genres. For me, a cozy has an amateur sleuth—which this does—and takes place often in a small town where everyone knows everyone. This takes place in the posh Hampton’s in New England. It’s a place of Ferraris, BMWs, mansions, and designer clothes. And our amateur sleuth—Catherine—is ultra-rich. Okay, I can accept that. It’s different. Unique. Interesting. But… the murder and the bad guys are more in line with a standard thriller—Russian mafia, professional assassins, mysterious people showing up, multiple murders. And the one thing that frustrated me—two heavy threads left dangling. Oh, the initial mystery was solved. We know who murdered the main victim and why, but the rest… we’re left with questions that will (hopefully) be answered in later books. Catherine (Cat) is a rich divorcee with twin fourteen-year-old sons (away at boarding school). She made her money by running a successful marketing business, sold it, and now works as a personal life coach. She bought land in the Hampton’s and is building a big house there. Meanwhile, she’s living in the guest house with her best friend, Gillie while his husband is traveling. When Cat’s neighbor is murdered, she becomes the prime suspect thanks to a very public threat she made earlier when the woman humiliated Cat. It’s up to Cat and Gillie to prove her innocence, but they have to deal with a surly detective, a mysterious—but delicious—man who flirts with her, and more. Things I liked: Sebastian! The house electronic “butler” who does everything a computer can do for her. I want Sebastian! I am in love with him. I like the unique setting, the fact that Cat is not your standard amateur sleuth in that she’s uber-rich. She’s different and interesting. And I love Gillie too! He’s so sweet. What I didn’t like: the two huge threads left dangling (no, I won’t say what they are – that’s cheating). I don’t mind a small thread or two in a cozy—like the continuing relationship between the sleuth and someone (usually a law person)—which we have here—but I was highly frustrated by the two unknowns that will continue (I assume). When I turned the last page, I was actually angry. I tried to page on past to see if it finished, but it didn’t. I had to be satisfied with the ending I got—and I wasn’t. Yes, we solved who killed the main victim. But… yeah, not happy. Recommendation: This is a darker, heavier “cozy” that is a good story at its base, but be prepared for heavier subjects like Russian mob and professional assassins. If that’s okay with you, also understand that there are two major threads (and a minor one or two) that do not get solved. As long as you’re aware of that, the ending is okay then. Overall, though, it was a good story, which is why it got four sparklers. I did enjoy it right up to the end. If I were true to myself, I would have downgraded it, but… it’s a decent story. I’m just one of those readers who likes things tied up in neat bows and this one left the ribbons dangling.
Tangen 7 months ago
murder-investigation, law-enforcement, amateur-sleuth, verbal-humor, situational-humor, laugh-riot What a fun read! The mystery is a good one, too. I don't come with baggage on this as I have never read anything by this author. Wealthy former high powered business woman Cat and her bestie, Gilley, have relocated to The Hamptons to start a new business. The business has Cat meeting a new dishy tenant and an unusual young woman who desperately needs a life coach. The new home has Cat dealing with a totally obnoxious neighbor (you know right away that this toad will be the murder victim), a dishy but weird homicide detective, and being arrested for murder very publicly in a very exclusive restaurant. Let the sleuthing begin! Great read! I requested and received a free ebook copy from Kensington Books via NetGalley. Thank you!
CozyOnUp 7 months ago
Cat Cooper is settling into her new life in East Hampton after her divorce. Her new home is complete and her new business has her first client. If only she had a little more luck with the next door neighbor and could make some new friends. When she is invited to the neighbor’s house for lunch she soon discovers she was set up to be humiliated and treated as the help. Expressing her displeasure and storming out, Cat finds herself arrested for the woman’s murder. Not one to sit by and take things lightly, Cat and her BFF Gilley decide to find the true murderer. But before Cat knows it, she’s face to face with an assassin. With three men that want to keep Cat safe and a female assassin, will she and Gilley be able to solve the case before Cat is silenced once and for all? While this is the first in a new series, it is based on characters from one of her previous series. It is the first book I have read by the author and I am hooked! Love when you find an author with a complete set of books that you can enjoy and consume, so I’ll be checking out her other books while I wait for the second one in this series to drop.
PatriciaWhite 7 months ago
Coached to Death is the first book in a new series by Victoria Laurie. Catherine Cooper is Abbie Cooper’s sister. Gilley Gillespie is MJ’s partner from the Ghost Hunters series and is Cats best friend. I absolutely love Gilley just the way he was, flamboyant and over the top. He is way more subdued in this book. Please bring back the old Gilley.I have read all the Ghost Hunters books and loved them. But I only read the first book in the Physic Eye series so I really don’t know anything about Cat. I love her as the lead character in this book. She’s feisty as hell and doesn't-let anyone run over her. There is a kind of love insist but we’ll see where that goes in the future.A change of pace from all the serious stuff. This book was just super fun and a great mystery and I’m looking forward to where this series goes.
TarynLee 7 months ago
In this first book of the series Cat Cooper has sold off her marketing firm and has decided to become a Life Coach for people who feel all is hopeless. Now that she is divorced Cat feels like she needs to start over and reinvent herself. Her first client could really use her help so she puts all her effort I to helping the young woman and looks forward to seeing what progress she will make. Meanwhile she is invited to her neighbor Heather's house for a luncheon the only problem she soon learns that she has been set up and made to look like a fool in for t of all the guests. Cat immediately leaves and decides to soak her horrible day away along with drinking a few glasses of wine. Cat soon learns that Heather was killed and it looks like the punch bowl that Cat brought to the party is the culprit. With all the changes going on in her life right now she isn't sure if she can deal with being a murder suspect. Cat knows that if she wants to clear her name she herself must investigate and reveal who the killer is. This was a great start to what I hope is a long series, I've read this authors other series and I'm happy that she pulled Cat from one of those and given her, her own series!!!
nataliaramlal21 7 months ago
After a messy divorce, Catherine Cooper moves to the Hamptons for a fresh start as a life coach. Unfortunately, things are off to a rocky start. While attending her neighbor Heather's lunch party, they get into a heated argument in front of all the guests. When Heather is found dead hours later, she immediately becomes the main suspect. With the help of her friend Gilley, Cat is determined to catch the real murderer before she ends up in jail. Coached to Death is a fantastic start to a new series. The plot is engaging, complex, and nicely paced. Cat was a feisty, likable main character. Her friendship with Gilley was one of my favorite things about this book. Gilley was such a lovable character. He had me laughing out loud a couple of times, and I loved his fun, over the top personality. The last few chapters of the story were action-packed and kept me on the edge of my seat. The ending left off on a bit of a cliffhanger and I can't wait to get my hands on the second book. I recommend this book to readers looking for a slightly darker and unique cozy mystery. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.