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Dying to Read by Lorena McCourtney

Reviewed by Dale Lewis

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"You’ll be engaged and laughing from page one."

Cate Kincaid’s resume overflows with odd jobs ranging from playing the role of Christmas elf to stuffing flyers under windshield wipers, and everything in-between. And yet she remains without direction or purpose. Cate is just waiting for her first real job. In the author’s words, “If God had a plan for her life, it was as invisible to her as the calories in a plate of brownies.”

On her first assignment with no experience as a private investigator, Cate is asked to locate a granddaughter so that she can collect an inheritance. Well, when the overly ornate Victorian home she visits houses a dead body at the bottom of the stairs, simple becomes complicated beyond words. The boring PI routine becomes curiously chaotic as she encounters a crazed collection of book club fanatics waiting for lunch.

The wanted poster in the Eugene, Oregon Post Office increases exponentially in size with each introduction of a new character. Revealed clues continue to cause Cate to question the official police ruling of accidental death. And she finds herself getting sucked into solving the murder against the wishes of her PI mentor uncle Joe and handyman/computer expert Mitch.

Dying to Read calls all amateur sleuths to join Cade (and Mitch) in their harried pursuit of answers amongst half-truths with the guarantee that there will never be a dull moment.

Lorena McCourtney, author of the Ivy Malone mystery series, has given us a whimsical whodunit overflowing with lighthearted, laugh-out loud moments. Her precise prose, creatively penned, will keep you guessing about more than murder. McCourtney instills a desire—a readied willingness for the reader to laugh at real life through her stories.

My only minuscule disappointment was that her quirky descriptions and clever dialogue became too cutesy at times.

So if you love a charming mystery that'll keep you weaving through plot twists with eager abandonment, pick up a copy of Dying to Read, the first in the new Cate Kincaid series. You’ll be engaged and laughing from page one.

Dale Lewis now mans the front desk at the EFCA (The Evangelical Free Church of America) National Office in Minneapolis, MN. He was the graphic designer/pre-press production artist for over twelve years before being asked to step into this new role. Prior to that, he was the publications manager at his alma mater, Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN in the public relations office as well as the adviser to the college’s yearbook. He's a director/actor/writer for the Hope Church (Oakdale, MN) adult drama worship team and was the senior editor of the church newsletter. He's also written two collections of poetry, “Whispers of Assurance” and “On Life: Constant Communion Without Ceasing” as well as a devotional entitled “Eternal Education.” He and his family live in Oakdale, Minnesota.