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 . . .

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

★ 09/23/2019

Catherine “Cat” Cooper, the narrator of this superior series launch from bestseller Laurie (the Psychic Eye mysteries), embarks on a new career as a life coach in East Hampton, Long Island, after selling her marketing firm for $50 million—and her husband of 16 years leaves her for another woman. To Cat’s dismay, her first client, Erma Kirkland, “a mess both financially and socially,” admits she’s been skipping car payments in order to afford Cat’s services. At least Erma is friendly, in contrast to Cat’s neighbor, Heather Holland, who keeps complaining to the town board about the construction of Cat’s new house. When Heather is found with her head bashed in by a crystal punch bowl owned by Cat, Det. Steve Shepherd of the East Hampton PD regards Cat as the chief suspect. Aided by her best friend, Gilley Gillespie, Cat sets out to find the real culprit. A mysterious new tenant in Cat’s office building, Maks Grinkov, adds some romantic heat, and Cat’s AI butler, Sebastian, serves as an unusual supporting player. Cozy fans will embrace this intelligent heroine with plenty of backbone. Agent: Jim McCarthy, Dystel, Goderich, & Bourret, Literary Management. (Nov.)

Kirkus Reviews

The Hamptons heat up when a life coach has to turn detective to exonerate herself in the death of a frenemy.

Now that she's proven herself a successful businesswoman, Catherine Cooper, sister to Laurie's Psychic Eye series heroine Abby Cooper (A Panicked Premonition, 2017, etc.), is interested in helping others in her role as a life coach. Even though her first client, Erma, is a hot mess, Cat's sure she can help Erma turn things around. It's not for nothing that Cat has earned her new East Hampton home, so maybe Erma can follow her lead, though Cat isn't successful in all ventures. Take her relationship with neighbor Heather Holland, which is lukewarm at best. Cat thinks things may be warming when Heather invites her to a luncheon, but Heather clearly has other plans, arranging things so that Cat's mistaken for the help. Cat simply leaves, thinking she's seized the upper hand by opting out, but Heather once again one-ups Cat by getting killed at the luncheon and leaving Cat as the No. 1 suspect. Not only that: Cat is arrested publicly while on a date with handsome, albeit mysterious, Maks Grinkov, who may just be one of the most perfect men she's ever met. Heather would have been thrilled. To recoup her freedom and perhaps her love life, Cat teams up with Gilley, her housemate and sassy friend extraordinaire, to figure out who would want to kill Heather and would have the guts to pull it off. The clueless but resourceful pair are up against Detective Steve Shepherd, who seems to have picked Cat as his one and only suspect. If Cat and Gilley can stay out of trouble long enough, they just might solve the crime.

Laurie's new series focus pays off in her hallmark flairs of fun without the baggage of long-term character building.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496720351
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 07/28/2020
Series: Cat & Gilley Life Coach Series , #1
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 40,857
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.20(d)

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