Priced to Kill

Priced to Kill

by Catherine Bruns

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BN ID: 2940152871487
Publisher: Gemma
Publication date: 04/18/2016
Series: Cindy York Mysteries , #2
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 125,940
File size: 610 KB

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Catherine lives in Upstate New York with a male dominated household that consists of her very patient husband, three sons, and assorted cats and dogs. She has wanted to be a writer since the age of eight when she wrote her own version of Cinderella (fortunately Disney never sued). Catherine holds a B.A. in English and is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.

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Priced to Kill 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
KathleenC55 More than 1 year ago
“Priced to Kill” earns 5/5 Cold Case Conundrum…Clever! Binging is so much fun! I just finished book one of the Cindy York Mystery series “Killer Transaction” and didn't have to wait months to move right on to the next adventure…and what an adventure! New boss, new company, better success for Cindy York, but her past comes knocking…well, phoning. Twenty-five years ago Cindy was devastated to discover the body of her high school friend Paul Steadman; authorities labeled his tragic death a suicide. And now? Paul’s older/surviving sibling Ben, is hosting the twenty-fifth High school reunion dinner and is personally extending an invitation reminding her of the time capsule they plan to open. He also hopes she will take the lead to sell the family’s Victorian, the same house in which she found her dear friend’s body. Wow! Fans will be thrilled and newbies will be hooked when the circumstances surrounding Paul’s death turns from suicide to murder. And Cindy is determined to uncover the truth! Catherine Bruns has penned an exciting sequel. Karma has been on hold, biding it's time for the killer to be brought to justice. But better late than never, I always say! Cindy is still juggling family and career, and after the unfortunate circumstances with her previous real estate office, her BFF/colleague Jacques Forte has invited her to join him in his spin-off, Forte Realty. The cold case was very engaging with a wonderful first-person narrative and descriptive style that Catherine’s fans, like me, enjoy. But she doesn't rely only on the narrative as she includes delightful dialogue and interactions with her loving husband, hand-full twins, typical teenage daughter, and the epitome of a “monster-in-law”! Karma is a common theme in Bruns’ work for us to vicariously enjoy, but when is the mother-in-law going to be served a big dose! She desperately needs it! I highly recommend this second book, but to enjoy the character growth don't pass up the first book in the series “Killer Transaction.”
KathleenC55 More than 1 year ago
“Priced to Kill” earns 5/5 Cold Case Conundrum…Clever! Binging is so much fun! I just finished book one of the Cindy York Mystery series “Killer Transaction” and didn't have to wait months to move right on to the next adventure…and what an adventure! New boss, new company, better success for Cindy York, but her past comes knocking…well, phoning. Twenty-five years ago Cindy was devastated to discover the body of her high school friend Paul Steadman; authorities labeled his tragic death a suicide. And now? Paul’s older/surviving sibling Ben, is hosting the twenty-fifth High school reunion dinner and is personally extending an invitation reminding her of the time capsule they plan to open. He also hopes she will take the lead to sell the family’s Victorian, the same house in which she found her dear friend’s body. Wow! Fans will be thrilled and newbies will be hooked when the circumstances surrounding Paul’s death turns from suicide to murder. And Cindy is determined to uncover the truth! Catherine Bruns has penned an exciting sequel. Karma has been on hold, biding it's time for the killer to be brought to justice. But better late than never, I always say! Cindy is still juggling family and career, and after the unfortunate circumstances with her previous real estate office, her BFF/colleague Jacques Forte has invited her to join him in his spin-off, Forte Realty. The cold case was very engaging with a wonderful first-person narrative and descriptive style that Catherine’s fans, like me, enjoy. But she doesn't rely only on the narrative as she includes delightful dialogue and interactions with her loving husband, hand-full twins, typical teenage daughter, and the epitome of a “monster-in-law”! Karma is a common theme in Bruns’ work for us to vicariously enjoy, but when is the mother-in-law going to be served a big dose! She desperately needs it! I highly recommend this second book, but to enjoy the character growth don't pass up the first book in the series “Killer Transaction.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
EllenParker More than 1 year ago
Grab a cup of tea and get COZY. When real estate agent Cindy York is given a chance to list the largest mansion in her upstate New York town, it’s worth attending a high school reunion. She’s not set foot in the mansion for 25 years, since the day she discovered her best friend dying of apparent suicide. And then the complications begin. High school classmates toss accusations in her direction. A letter from the victim is included in the class time capsule. Motive disappears faster than the evidence got contaminated years ago. Ms. Bruns guides us on a search for the truth of the day in the past. Along the way we get acquainted with Cindy’s loving, chaotic family, her boss, and some of those high school classmates.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
CozyMysteryBookReviews4U More than 1 year ago
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 ??
mysterychickie More than 1 year ago
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.
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
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!
Melody_H More than 1 year ago
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!
Nancy0708 More than 1 year ago
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.
Dee123DD More than 1 year ago
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!
singneon More than 1 year ago
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!!!
dspinlexo More than 1 year ago
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.