Dying to Read (Cate Kinkaid Files Series #1)

Dying to Read (Cate Kinkaid Files Series #1)

by Lorena McCourtney

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Cate Kinkaid is just dipping her toe into the world of private investigating until one of the many résumés she has floating around lands her a real job. All she has to do is determine that a particular woman lives at a particular address. Simple, right? When the big and brooding house happens to contain a dead body, this routine PI job turns out to be anything but simple. Is Cate in over her head?

Readers will be hooked from the very first chapter of this fast-paced and witty romantic mystery from bestselling and award-winning author Lorena McCourtney.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441238221
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/01/2012
Series: Cate Kinkaid Files Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 112,129
File size: 937 KB

About the Author

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) and Dying to Read. She resides in Oregon.
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 www.lorenamccourtney.com.

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Dying to Read: A Novel 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 147 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lorena McCourtney is a mystery writer I love to read. Her characters are interesting and at times, downright funny. She keeps it on the light side which I like. Good reading.
SherrieV More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge fan of Lorena McCourtney's books. Her imagination is unlimited when it comes to new plots and this book is no exception. I always try to guess whodunit as I read along and everytime she fools me and gives me an unexpected surprise and twist. Keep it up Ms. McCourtney. I can hardly wait for the next book in the Cate Kincaid series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is it fair to the author to rate down a book because you dont like a reviewer? Rate the book not the reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Decent read. I wish somewhere it mentioned the overabundance of religion. Even being a person of faith, I found it a bit preachy. Wont be bying anymore of her books for that reason.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have no issue with religion generally and especially where it fits into the story. But here, the characters would be in a tense situation and suddenly they would have some existential crisis that required random prayer. It was annoying because the story was well paced and interesting otherwise. I don't mind the characters being Christian - just try to make it fit into the story in a less distracting manner the next time.
Bobbie6 More than 1 year ago
Cate has bounced from job to job and failed at each one. She takes a part time job for her private investigator uncle and from an easy assignment of finding a woman, becomes embroiled in a murder mystery. The web of deceit seems to be everywhere, how do you know who to believe and who you can trust? Enters the knight in shining armor, who seems to be the armor bearer, but who comes to her rescue several times. Her reluctance to accept help plays havoc with the romance. There are many interesting characters throughout the story, they often are not what they first seem, which keeps the reader interested in the story. It is a fun read with lots of humor interspersed with the mystery. The romance is real and happens in realistic moments.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very good writer, but the frequent, and unnecessary, references to God and prayer leave the reader with an uneasy feeling of being unwantedly proselytized. Regrettably, I will avoid this author in future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story is ok. I wish it would have been labeled a religious story so that I could have passed. A little too preachy for me.
Kimberly0 More than 1 year ago
Cate heads out on what seems to be an easy assignment and ends up discovering a dead body. What follows is a sometimes humorous, and sometimes nail biting escapade for this novice investigator as she tries to determine the identity of the murderer. I thought this story was well written and think anyone who enjoys a great mystery will like Dying to Read. I especially enjoyed watching her grow as a person as an investigator.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The fact that this book has a Christian bent to it should have been disclosed in the overview. I don't personally need praying in a mystery novel. I stoppef teading at the first "let us pray.". Waste of my money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book, but had to suspend belief that a character trying to be a P.I. could be so gullible...a little hard to swallow - as were some of the story turns...but it was an o.k. read, not great, but o.k.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good book.
JoHuddleston More than 1 year ago
Move over, Janet Evanovich! An unemployed Cate Kincade’s life is a mess: her social life, career, and haircut. Her PI uncle hires her to do her first assignment as an inexperienced private investigator. All she has to do is locate someone. But, of course, after she finds the person she can’t walk away. She goes from one predicament to a more complicated predicament and on and on. Some kooky characters, a murder mystery, and a budding romance move this cozy mystery along. The dialogue is witty and the action is snappy, making this a page-turner. The laugh-out-loud moments are delightful. Cate Kincade will be around for a long time. Can’t wait for her next adventure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The description seemed like a good read but this should be in the religious romance category. I am not a fan of churchy/preachy books. I read up to page 42 and that was more than enough.
aeynera More than 1 year ago
Well, even Nancy Drew does better than Cate Kinkaid. And she's smarter, too. I really had to force myself to not put this one down and delete it. I think, actually, I did delete it after I finally finished it. Let's see-- ditzy pathalogical liar? Check. Bumbling moron who wants to be a PI after a string of unsuccessful jobs? Check. Decent guy who's probably going to get the short end of the stick if he remains in a relationship with bumbling moron? Check. If that's your flavor of choice, go ahead and take a peek.
Sourdough More than 1 year ago
Fairly interesting but I scanned through a lot of excess verbiage. The main character's frequent use of prayer and references to God were overdone. Without the proselytising, the story would have been measurably better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I picked this one up because of the Ivy Malone book, but I'm sorry I wasted my time with it. Cate Kincaid is barely a character, and what there is of her is not at all interesting. Even more irritating are the stylistic issues of the writing, namely loads of disconnected fragment-phrases trying to masquerade as sentences. I'm just glad this one was free.
Anonymous 3 months ago
this is a great cozy mystery. the story line is interesting and there are twists and turns that kept my interest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This read was fun, funny with some real silliness. I really enjoyed losing myself in it.
macygma on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Clair¿s career has not been who one would call successful. She¿s been a gardener (a few days), an elf at the Mall (a few weeks) worked as a teacher (hated giving lessons!) and she¿s nearly thirty! So, when her Uncle Joe takes pity on her and hires her as an assistant PI she¿s a little nervous. That nervousness turns into full terror when she tries to find the young lady involved in her first (and only!) case.Clair knows Willow Bishop is living with an elderly lady as cook and companion. She has the address and off she goes, hopes high. They fall a bit when she finds the entire Whodunit Book Club clustering at the front door of Amelia Peabody¿s home. Amelia isn¿t answering the door and, when they do get in it¿s obvious why ¿ she¿s dead at the bottom of the back stairs. The cook, Willow is nowhere to be found and suspicions rest on her. Although a total ¿witch¿ at times, Amelia is rich ¿ and Willow¿s reputation is a bit tarnished, shall we say?Clair dives into who killed Amelia. Each and every lady in the Book Club has motive, Willow doesn¿t seem to, there¿s a ¿sorta¿ fiancé who¿s not a nice guy¿who to follow? On top of this, Clair goes looking for Willow at her old places of employment and meets Beverly, a wheelchair bound matron who seems to be missing her wedding ring. Beverly¿s handyman Mitch is luscious and `way too interested in Clair to pay much attention to crimes. This book was so enjoyable! Funny, a bit romantic, good guys, bad guys, badder guys and Octavia ¿ the totally white, deaf cat of Amelia¿s who knows nothing but contributes everything to Clair¿s peace of mind. There are great characters- good plots, no cursing and no real bloodshed ¿ if you don¿t count the body at the end of the stairs. A good read for summer or any other time.
Tammy.Ford.Cuevas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cate Kinkaid is ...ummm....going through a career crisis. She always intended to be a teacher, but after graduating from college with a degree in education, she discovered that she just isn't a good teacher. She has had some interesting jobs since then, but nothing permanent. While waiting for something to turn up, she has accepted an offer from her uncle to work in his PI firm. Nothing too exciting; just an address confirmation. But when the address confirmation turns up a dead body and a long list of suspects, Cate finds her temp position to be more exciting than she ever imagined.Yay! This "cozy little mystery" turned out to be good! Certain phrases often worry me, and that's one of them. And to perfectly honest, I often worry about Christian fiction. Anyone who has read my reviews in the past already knows that, but I just have to say it; in the past, authors have had a hard time combining Christian values with either romance, murder, or dishonesty. They usually went heavy handed with the values and soft-soaped the "bad stuff". NEWS FLASH: It's a real world and bad stuff happens. So, when an author comes along like Ms. McCourtney and manages to realistically portray Christians in a real world, I'm happy. I know it's still fiction, and it's still a "cozy" mystery, but it's not too cozy. And that's the way I like my mysteries. 5 stars¿Available August 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.¿Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell. 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading the ivy malone series, and this one was a very fun read also
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable to read. The characters all had differing personalities, each with their own crazy lives. This book was fun, but not a favorite for me.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Many twists & turns but enjoyable...