It’s been a while since I read a cozy mystery. There was a time when I inhaled them, owned every Agatha Christie and feasted on books by Elaine Viets, Denise Swanson, and the Mrs. Murphy series. How delightful to find books of the same caliber that also have a focus on faith. And New York Times best-selling e-book, Dying to Read, by Lorena McCourtney had romance in it as well. Bonus!
I really enjoyed this first book of the Cate Kincaid files, even though it’s not my normal reading fare nowadays. I liked the character of red-headed Cate Kincaid. What can I say? Redhead’s charm the tar out of me. She’s a CRUSADER archetype who can’t hold down a job. When her uncle gives her a task under the guise of “Assistant Private Investigator,” she’s determined to complete the task. Just locate a lady and report the address. Simple.
Finding a dead body at the site of her lead is an unfortunate complication. More for the dead person than for Cate, but she feels she must stay with the job and looks into the curious “accident” as well as continues her original search for the missing woman. To say she stumbled through haphazard investigations of the both situations embellishes the truth. She placed herself in unnecessarily dangerous situations again and again.
As I said, she’s a crusader. She acts in the interest of the person she found dead. She helps a FREE SPIRITED WAIF archetype who can’t seem to tie her shoelaces without help. She even protects her uncle by hiding the truth from him so he won’t worry. Intentions full of excellence, even if the execution left much to be desired.
And for all of her noble-minded behavior, she’s funny as all get out. Great lines, perfect timing, even some physical comedy. And her interaction with her hero gives this story a touch of romantic possibility.
An enthusiastic four stars for a light, comfortable read with a mixture of tension and a well-constructed mystery. (Yes, I did know the culprit early on, but the story worked well.)
I’d love to hear your take on this story! And don’t forget to come back on Wednesday to “meet” the author, Lorena McCourtney. Should be GREAT fun!
Your Turn: What was the best mystery you ever read?