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Dying to Read (Cate Kinkaid Files #1)

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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. ...more
Kindle Edition, 321 pages
Published August 1st 2012 by Revell (first published January 1st 2012)
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Ivonne Rovira
Apr 01, 2014 Ivonne Rovira rated it liked it
Recommends it for: open-inded fans of funny mysteries
Recommended to Ivonne by: Frankfort Public Library
Nothing’s going right for Cate Kinkaid: Her erstwhile fiancé has find himself a new love, she’s between jobs and filling in as an assistant to her private detective uncle, and, at 29 years of age, she has no idea what to do with the rest of her life. But the snobby widow Amelia Robinson is much worse off: She’s dead, fallen off the back steps that she rarely used. Was it murder? Cate suspects as much.

The vain and overbearing Amelia wasn’t much beloved by the catty elderly members of the Whodunit
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Jodie
Sep 02, 2012 Jodie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Unemployed Cate decides to work for her PI uncle, despite the fact she has no experience in detective work, after all she's just helping out a little until she can get a "real" job. But, when her first assignment sends her to a book club meeting and a dead body, Cate quickly realizes she may just be in over her head.

The title of the book and the lines "All she wanted was a paycheck. What she got was murder" immediately drew me in. Even as I read the first few chapters, I was pulled in. However,
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Casey
Aug 12, 2012 Casey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s a quirky, cozy mystery with a heroine that has just the funniest sense of dry humor she brings into her brand-new PI profession.

From the first chapter I knew Cate would be a blast to spend the next three hundred pages with. She brings a personality to the page that kept me reading just for the sake of hearing some quip she would come up with next.

I wish there had been more dialogue. Much of the novel was through the thought process of Cate, and her humor kept moving it forward, but a bit
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Allison Kohn
Feb 25, 2015 Allison Kohn rated it it was amazing
A good read

This mystery was so much fun. I laughed a lot and held my breath a lot and was grateful for a crime solving female in a book who is a lot more like the real people I have met in this life than the spoiled unreasonable female sleuths from some books I've read.
Robin
Mar 29, 2013 Robin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I feel like with some authors humor...good humor...comes naturally, with others as in this case it's a bit worked. Kinda over worked in my opinion. It...the whole book seemed like a super cheesy tween detective story. I'm not sure it was necessarily meant to be a tween book, I don't know maybe even younger than tween...eh but that's just me.

Cate Kincaid works as an assistant P.I. to her uncle that is laid up in the hospital. A routine address check turns into a found dead body and the bumbling
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Nitzan Schwarz
2015 tbr challenge

It's was an okay story, but it wasn't anything outstanding.

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Jerry
Jun 27, 2016 Jerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable and exciting start to what seems to be a fun mystery series.
Gane
This is not a mystery novel. There was a murder and a painfully naive, curious, immature, and stupidly stubborn girl got herself into dangerous situations. Was I supposed to understand that acting before thinking proves you're self-assertive ? Cate Kincaid was supposed to be 29 years old but I felt like I was reading about a 14 year-old all along.
There was only one legitimate investigating part : she interviewed people and they told her things.
So, this was probably a romance novel. Well, there w
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Molly (Cafinated Reads)
This is the first book by Lorena McCourtney that I've had the pleasure of reading. I have to say that she is extremely talented and definitely knows what to give her readers when it comes to captivating, page-turning mystery! From start to finish, Ms. McCourtney held my attention and didn't let it go for anything! Cozy mysteries are always the best and this book is definitely a wonderful cozy mystery, along with being a great start to a sure-to-be exciting series!

Mx. McCourtney introduces us to
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Christian Fiction Addiction

Dying to Read is one of those books that you simply don't want to put down because the character is so utterly likable, as human as you or I, and you have to find out how they are going to get out of the mess they find themselves in! Cate Kinkaid is a fun character, one who refuses to give up on her life despite one disappointment or dead end after the other, and who as a result ends up discovering her real passion in life. This mystery isn't one of those suspense books where you don't want to t
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Ada Brownell
Aug 01, 2012 Ada Brownell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I’ve read every book in the Ivy Malone mystery series by Lorena McCourtney I could get my hands on so jumped at the chance to enjoy Dying to Read, a novel that revolves around the Whodunit Book Club and a murder.
Job hunting, Cate Kincaid was hired to help her private investigator uncle while he recovers from surgery. Cate’s assignment is to find a granddaughter so the she can collect her inheritance. At the first stop—a place where the granddaughter previously was employed, Cate stumbles on a b
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Jess
Oct 02, 2015 Jess rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
There should be a warning on books that mention god a LOT if it's not readily available in the description on the back of the book. Cate was such an annoying character and all the christian references just brought the plot to a screeching halt. Then again, its MARC Record does say "Christian Fiction", but it's not anywhere on the cover of the book. I picked it up because the premise of a book club murder mystery seemed interesting, but the book club barely made an appearance. It went from book c ...more
Margarida
Uma bem disposta busca pela verdade e pelo assassino de uma milionária idosa que pertencia a um clube de leitura. É esta a única ligação com o título.
É um suspense com vários twists na história e a leitura é agradável.
Carol
I am not a fast reader, but I read this in two days! That is a rave review for me in itself. I cannot wait for Book Two. As cozy mysteries go, this was the best one I have read in a long time. Cozy without being slow. Sometimes cozy means short on action but not this book. I highly recommend!
Vannetta Chapman
Sep 07, 2015 Vannetta Chapman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I nice, clean, fun mystery!
Enjoyable for ages 8th grade up.
Krissy
May 27, 2016 Krissy rated it did not like it
Just couldn't get into this so I gave up.
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About this book:

“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 live
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Hyacinth
I adored this book. Cate reminded me of Lucy with all of her mishaps and misfortunes. The comedy and suspense in this whodunit kept me up and down. I was surprised to find out who the real killer was. I loved Uncle Joe and Rebecca; they felt like family.
LORI CASWELL
Jan 16, 2016 LORI CASWELL rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012
Cate Kincaid's life is not turning out as she had hoped. Her career, her social life, even her haircut is a mess. After several dead end jobs she is again unemployed. She decides to go to work as an assistant for her private investigator uncle. How hard can it be? It will at least tide her over until she finds a "real job".

Her first assignment is a simple one, find a current address for a woman. Instead when she reaches the most current address on record she finds a "hungry horde" of mystery rea
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Paula-O
Lorena McCourtney's Mystery "Dying to Read"

This is my first Mystery by Lorena read because my sister loves her series of the Ivy Malone Mystery....

This is the story of Cate Kinkaid a young woman out of a job looking for work who stumbles into this job with her uncle "just to have a paycheck" while she still looks for something better.
She has a simple job-to verify wherabouts of one woman named "Willow"and she stumbles into mayhem and murder and meets a wonderful little group of older women calle
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Cara Putman
Oct 01, 2014 Cara Putman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book of this author that I've read. I was in the mood for a light detective novel, and this fit the bill. Cate Kincaid is a young woman who hasn't quite found her place in life. While she's trying, she takes a part-time P.I. job with her uncle. In what should be a simple matter of confirming whether someone lives at a home, she instead stumbles on a dead body. The police may believe it was an accident, but she doesn't. Where most people would walk away, Cate keeps finding peop ...more
Michele
Jan 07, 2015 Michele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a light hearted murder mystery which will have you shaking your head in wonder! How can one girl stumble onto some much murder and mayhem when all she is trying to do is help her uncle who is a P.I.? The case he gave her should have been simple--get someone's address--------well she gets a whole lot more then that, including a guy who has to keep running to her rescue and a domineering cat! And then there is the woman who could be her twin and has a slight problem with the whole truth an ...more
Betty
Jan 13, 2015 Betty added it
Learning On The Job

My copy was a mass market print edition from my library ant I went add a review I found ebook edition free from Amazon. This first book in the series which I have enjoyed. Cate is unemployed and having problems finding work. Her Uncle Joe is a PI and gives her job to find a girl who has received a recent inheritance. Cate goes to the address and find the body of the elderly owner dead. The girl she is looking has left. Cate becomes interest in Amelia death and takes her cat Oc
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Julia
Feb 18, 2015 Julia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cate Kinkaid isn't particularly great at anything, although she has tried a great many things. Currently between jobs (again) she agrees to help her Uncle Joe - a private investigator - with a simple verify-this-address job. Only it turns out to be much more complicated than they realize.

I think Lorena McCourtney may one of the best kept secrets around. I have read all the books in her Ivy Malone series, and now this first of the Cate Kinkaid series. Her writing is good, stories are solid (even
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C.J. Darlington
Jan 27, 2015 C.J. Darlington rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
A delightful cozy mystery. If you enjoyed McCourtney's Ivy Malone series, this one is up to par and offers its own unique flavor. Full of funny quips and eccentric characters (including a deaf cat), this one's for fans of cozies everywhere.
Diane Perry
Apr 15, 2015 Diane Perry rated it really liked it
Cute! Fun! Great mystery

A perfect cozy mystery. After reading several intense novels, I needed this lighthearted story. A great mix of humor and mystery with interesting characters.
Kelly
Feb 25, 2015 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First book in the series. Cate is a spunky, off-beat assistant PI to her uncle. I love mysteries without blood and gore and this one fits the bill. Clean and exciting read.
Baratang
The book was an easy to read fiction, with an easy plot, even though it seemed like the author wanted it to be a real suspense with complicated and reverting twists and turns.

The title was a bit misleading though, since what happened there had nothing to do with reading or the book club ladies. What I liked was the humour; there was plenty of it in the book. The repeated reminders about how much Cate and Willow looked alike were seriously distasteful and as far as I was concerned, didn't add an
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LLA
Nov 16, 2016 LLA rated it liked it
Wish you could award half-stars, because I am feeling very two-and-a-half-ish about this one. Ultimately, though, it was a cute book, so will err on the side of giving the additional half star.

My quibble with this book was that it seemed to be an attempt to blend too many genres: Dectective, Romance, Contemporary Christian Fiction. For me, the author should have picked two and run with that. (And, I probably would have suggested Dectective + Romance as being enough.)

Ultimately, Cate is an enjoya
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Lori Robinett
Nov 15, 2016 Lori Robinett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was looking for a light mystery and this story fit the bill. Cate, employed as a temporary assistant for her uncle, a private investigator dealing with health issues, finds herself pulled into a murder mystery while on a simple skip-trace sort of case. In spite of her best efforts to keep out of trouble, she's drawn deeper into the case and finds herself helping the very person she was sent to find. I enjoyed Cate and appreciated the fact that she struggled a bit, but was smart enough to put p ...more
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