The star of Lorena McCourtney’s Dying to Read is literature’s newest amateur sleuth, Cate Kinkaid. Actually, Cate’s an assistant—not a full-fledged detective. She sees herself as either “an overage Nancy Drew, underage Jessica Fletcher, or clueless Stephanie Plum.” Clueless because at the age of 29, all she has to show for her life is a “dead-end job situation, a bad haircut, a bank balance that looks like a ten-year-old’s piggy-bank savings, and a fizzled romantic relationship.”
Cate concludes, “If God had a plan for her life, it was as invisible to her as the calories in a plate of brownies.”
No wonder Cate’s so eager to succeed at her job in Uncle Joe’s detective agency. Her first assignment seems simple enough: verify the whereabouts of a young woman named Willow Bishop. But when Cate shows up at Willow’s last-known address, her task is complicated by the eccentric ladies of the Whodunit Club, a deaf cat named Octavia, and the dead body she finds on the stairs.
Klutzy, well-meaning Cate, embarks on an adventure of self-discovery as she attempts to solve the murder mystery—to which Willow holds the key. And when Cate eventually locates Willow, she discovers that Willow is her double. They share the same red hair, same blue eyes, and some of the same struggles. Maybe that’s why Cate feels compelled to prove Willow innocent and save her from herself.
For me, this story had the feel of a lighthearted old movie. I thoroughly enjoyed picturing some wholesome girl-next-door actress like Sandra Dee or Hayley Mills playing out Cate Kinkaid’s zany antics. And the ever-faithful Mitch, who stays in the background until needed to rescue Cate, would be played by . . . I’m not sure? Dean Jones? Any ideas out there?
If you’re looking for a charming story with many humorous scenes—plus a few poignant ones—grab this book today. You can purchase your copy at this link. ***Thanks to Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, for providing a copy of Dying to Read for me to review.
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About the author: Lorena McCourtney is a long-time resident of Southern Oregon and enjoys using Oregon settings in her books. She wrote numerous short stories for children before moving on to romances and now to mysteries, often with a bit of humor. She won the American Christian Fiction Writer’s Mystery Book of the Year and twice won the Daphne Du Maurier Award of Excellence.