Generally - in my mind - the two words "murder" and "funny" do not fit together.
However, in Lorena McCourtney’s newest book, Dolled Up to Die, they do fit together to make a most interesting book to read. Not that murder is funny; it never is, even in fiction books, but the situations Cate gets into as she tries to solve the mystery and keep herself alive, are amusing.
But really, murdered life size dolls, a deaf cat who can hear the phone ring before a human does, an over-protective boyfriend? Go figure! :)
Kate is an Assistant Investigator. She hopes someday to get her license to become just an investigator, but that is still off in the future. Meanwhile, her uncle is teaching her all she needs to know about the investigator business.
An investigator needs to think. Why would someone be killing the people around Kim? What could Cate do about it? She tries, in between becoming a “Biker Babe,” to solve the murder spree before she no longer has a client. Cate is also a bridesmaid in her boyfriend’s brother’s wedding, and while trying to keep herself safe, she has her work cut out for her.
Oh! Don’t forget there are two tattooed suspects. As I said, this is an amusing book with plenty of twists and turns.
I think that I especially enjoyed Dolled Up to Die, because the setting is in a town I know well. Lorena McCourtney even has her heroine get a mocha at my favorite coffee kiosk! Now, where can I get a copy of book one in the series?
My husband and I live in southern Oregon. I traveled a rather unlikely route to becoming a mystery writer. There was no mystery in my earliest, fifth-grade writing. Those stories were always about horses (and quickly rejected by magazine editors, who were not impressed with my youthful “talent.”) The love of horses carried me through a degree in Agriculture from Washington State University, although by then I had a vague idea of combining horses and writing. My first job out of college, however, turned out to be with a big midwestern meat-packing company. I quickly learned that writing about raising hogs and making sausage was not my life’s calling.
Marriage and motherhood intervened, and by the time I got back to writing I knew fiction was what I wanted to write. I started with short stories for children and teenagers, mostly for the Sunday School publications. Then I added women’s short stories and romance novels, all the time promising the Lord I would get back to Christian writing eventually. Finally, after 24 published romance novels, the Lord made plain it was time to make good on that promise. It was time to become a Christian author and write exclusively Christian fiction. I prefer a more lighthearted approach to mystery writing.
Readers seem to like the lighthearted books too. I’ve now done four books in my Ivy Malone Mysteries series, two in the Andi McConnell Mysteries (the lady with a limousine), and there will be three in the new Cate Kinkaid Files series.
Dolled Up to Die is available as of July 15, 2013 at your favorite bookseller - from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
I received a copy of this book for review, but was not compensated financially in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based solely on my experiences while reading this book.
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