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Dying to Read (Cate Kinkaid Files #1)

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  1,047 ratings  ·  198 reviews
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 3 of 5 stars
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
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,
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
Allison Kohn
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.
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
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
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
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
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 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
Ada Brownell

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
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
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
Diane Perry
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.
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
Carol Piner
With Cate, we have yet another aspiring assistant Private Investigator. It seems to be a burgeoning genre so I will simply have to get used to my mysteries being solved by female assistants instead of grizzled old, worn out, highly introspective, former detectives. That's quite a lot to ask.

Although I do not understand what in the world led to the title, I enjoyed spending time in somebody elses' head for awhile. McCourtney was very good in her use of Cate's thought processes, although a good ma
Cate Kinkaid is just dipping her toe into the world of private investigating until one of the many resumes 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. Is Cate in over her head?
Readers will be hooked from the very first chapter of this fast-paced and witty romantic mystery fro
Beckie Burnham
When I read and reviewed Death Takes A Ride last month, I knew I had to go back to the scene of the crime, er, first book in the series. Dying to Read, book 1 in Lorena McCourtney’s Cate Kincaid Files is a great place to start for those who love cozy mysteries. Cate, who is new to the PI business, gets her man, along with getting into life threatening situations. But this is a cozy series, so you know that the good guys always prevail and that there will be a good dose of humor as well.

Cate has
Debora Wilder
A very enjoyable Christian mystery novel!

Cate is a sweet bumbling PI. She fell into the job working for her uncle. With no training and his assurance that the assignment he has given her is routine she heads out. She only has to determine that a certain woman lives at a particular address. When she arrives at the house though, she is dismayed to discover a dead body. Is there really a mystery to solve or is her imagination running away with her.

This is how the merry chase for information begins
Linda  Branham Greenwell
If you are looking for a light mystery - this is a good one. I gave it 4 stars for they type of book it is. It does measure up to Kellerman, Koontz, Verdon etc.
Cate was hired to help her private investigator uncle while she is looking for a regular job.Right after hiring her he falls and has hip surgery - so he is unable to help her while he is in recovery. Cate's assignment is to find Willow, hired by Jeremiah Thompson, so that Willow can collect her inheritance. At the first stop--a place wher
Mary Hamilton
I thoroughly enjoyed Lorena McCourtney's Ivy Malone series so I was excited to read this new series. It too promises to be a fun easy read, the kind you can just escape into without having to think too hard (except to figure out whodunit). Cate Kinkaid stars as a young private eye apprentice, thrown into the middle of a murder mystery when her PI uncle sends her to check on a current address for a client. Uncle Joe soon becomes incapacitated, and Cate just can't leave well enough alone, even whe ...more
Light mystery featuring a young woman who is given a fill-in job by her uncle, a private investigator. Her assignment, while her uncle recuperates from a broken hip, is to find another young woman living in the same town who stands to inherit some money if she will only contact a certain relative. But, alas, all is not as it seems, or we wouldn't have much of a mystery would we? A cute story that can be read in an afternoon. If you are attracted to the story because of the title you face certain ...more
Rebecca Maye
Great Read!

Humor, suspense, romance, and just the right amount of Faith; this novel felt completely believable and relatable to various different trials in life (minus the murderous plots). The author was able to transport me into her story, gave me some bouts of uncontrollable laughter, and caused me to reflect on the awesome ways in which God works without being overly, unrealistically preachy. There were also few to no grammatical errors, which is so very rare in today's e-books. I absolutely
Dana Jones
The plot: Cate can't find a job she likes. She agrees to help out her uncle, a P.I. Her first assignment-find the granddaughter of a wealthy family named Willow. At the last known employer of Willow, Cate discovers a dead body of a well-to-do widow, Amelia. Where is Willow? Who is really trying to find Willow-and what will they do to her when they find her? Who
killed Amelia?

This is a Christian-laced light-hearted cozy, cute but not predictable. The “God message” is slight enough not to offend m
Oct 23, 2014 Margaret rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Margaret by: Donna Hausler
Shelves: revell, cozy-mystery
Different older review on blog:

I have to admit I’m loving these titles! Mystery was my original genre of choice and while I’m often more likely to be found reading a historical, a good contemporary might find it’s way on my shelves from time to time. Much like I enjoyed Peggy Darty in years past with her Christy Castleman series, I feel a very similar enjoyment to Lorena McCourtney’s Cate Kinkaid Files.

When I was younger I loved mysteries. I love to read
Cate Kincaid is in search of a job—any job—when her uncle hires her as an assistant PI in his detective agency. Her assignment is simple: find the address where a certain young woman is living. But as readers learn in this entertaining mystery, nothing Cate Kincaid does is simple.
When Cate goes to the address she’s been given, she finds a gaggle of ladies of a certain age grouped on the porch of a stately older home. They, too, are expecting to see the same young woman. She works for a member o
Clair’s career has not been who one would call successful. She’s been a gardener (a few days), an elf at the Mall (a few weeks) worked as a teacher (hated giving lessons!) and she’s nearly thirty! So, when her Uncle Joe takes pity on her and hires her as an assistant PI she’s a little nervous. That nervousness turns into full terror when she tries to find the young lady involved in her first (and only!) case.
Clair knows Willow Bishop is living with an elderly lady as cook and companion. She has
The Cate Kincaid Files Book 1

Cate's life seems to be in a tailspin. She loses her job, and her fiance and is having trouble finding a new job. She joins up with her PI Uncle Joe, as a temporary assistant until she can find something better. Having a degree in education, Cate has found she is not a good teacher and really doesn't know where to go from here.

Her first assignment is to find the location of Willow and confirm for a long lost relative who has an inheritance for her. Cate stumbles int
Cate Kincaid is working as an assistant to her Private Investigator uncle. Her first assignment - verify the address of a woman for a client. What she thought would be a simple task turns into anything but simple. She arrives at the address to find a group of hungry elderly mystery lovers, a deaf cat, the woman she's looking for having disappeared, oh and a dead body. Cate's list of suspects includes the entire group of ladies from the book club along with the missing woman and a few other uniqu ...more
Cate Kinkaid is ...ummm....going through a career crisis. She always intended to be a teacher, but after graduating from college with a degree in education, she discovered that she just isn't a good teacher. She has had some interesting jobs since then, but nothing permanent. While waiting for something to turn up, she has accepted an offer from her uncle to work in his PI firm. Nothing too exciting; just an address confirmation. But when the address confirmation turns up a dead body and a long ...more
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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