Saturday, August 11, 2012

Dying to Read



All she wanted was a paycheck. What she got was a murder.

Cate Kinkaid's life is . . . well, frankly it's floundering. Her social life, her career, her haircut--they're all a mess. Unemployed, she jumps at the chance to work for her PI uncle, even though she has no experience and no instincts. After all, she is just dabbling in the world of private investigating until she can find a "real" job.

All she has to do for her first assignment is determine that a particular woman lives at a particular address. Simple, right? But when she reaches the dark Victorian house, she runs into an hungry horde of gray-haired mystery readers and a dead body. This routine PI job is turning out to be anything but simple. Is Cate in over her head?

My Review:

An engaging mystery with no end of false trails and intriguing subplots. I have to admit this armchair sleuth (a graduate of the Nancy Drew/Trixie Belden School of Sleuthing) was hard pressed to solve the murder before heroine Cate Kinkaid.

Fascinating and amusing characters provide lots of scope for mayhem as Cate catapults herself into the thick of things. Loved Cate's pithy point of view -- and the whole story is from her perspective. Snappy dialogue mixed with Cate's unique insights provide humour in nearly every scene but that doesn't stop drama from unfolding too. Both professional and personal angst counter Cate's witty asides and make for a well-rounded and captivating read.

Oh -- and watch out for the kitty diva, Octavia. Doesn't every supersleuth need a little help from a familiar now and again?

And let's not forget about the dragon-slaying knight in shining armour hero - a cute guy but what an annoying habit! Cate wants to slay her own dragons, thank you very theory anyway. This light romance sealed the deal for me -- and I'm hoping Dying to Read is just the beginning of a promising new cozy mystery series.

Giveaway Opportunity:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of  Dying to Read, please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday August 19 2012. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".


  1. This one sounds fun! A bad haircut and a dead body at a mystery club? I love the cover too! Sign me up for this one!


  2. I'm a graduate of the Nancy Drew School of Sleuthing as well!

  3. Isn't the cover great? Love the green background. So glad to make the acquaintance of a fellow sleuth graduate! Good luck Liz!

  4. This sounds great... a nice divergence from my normal historical/Amish fiction. Thanks!


  5. I love light mysteries! Count me in!

  6. Sounds like a really fun book! Please enter me. :) Thanks! Have I mentioned recently that I love your reviews? They always cover everything of importance.
    Btw, I just acquired the three book series that Lynette Eason wrote with the yellow spines...CANNOT wait to read them! You got me hooked on her when I won "When the Smoke Clears" here. :)

  7. Kav, i guess i'm another Trixie Beldon/Nancy Drew sleuth. i was just in my library and saw my shelf of the Trixie Beldon series. If you didn't come up with so many good novels, i would have something to fall back on! Thanks for the chance to win!


  8. thanks for the chance to read this fabulous mystery :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot co

  9. This looks like a fun mystery. Love to read it.

  10. I love Lorena's humor, I can't wait to read Dying to Read. Me,me... pick me! :) Thanks for a chance for another terrific book.

  11. I love to read mysteries and this one sounds like a lot of fun. Would love to read it!

    Thanks for the review also.

  12. This book sounds like a fun read! A little departure from the historical fiction that I normally read.


  13. This book is on my wish list. I love mysteries and this sounds like a fun one. Thanks for the giveaway.


  14. Still clocking computer time at the library, hence fewer responses from me. Glad I converted you to Eason, Charity U and glad I'm enticing people to venture out from their reading comfort zone! :-) Good luck everyone!

  15. This sounds like a wonderful, fun read. Thanks for entering me. avonmathews(at)yahoo(dot)com