Dying to Read by Lorena McCourtney is the first book in the new “Cate Kinkaid Files” mystery series. Publisher: Revell, August 2012

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 lives at a particular address. Simple, right? But when she reaches the dark Victorian house, she runs into an hungry horde of gray-haired mystery readers and a dead body. This routine PI job is turning out to be anything but simple. Is Cate in over her head?

All Cate had to do was locate a missing person and her first case for her PI uncle would be complete. Who knew a knock on the door would find a dead body and the beginning of a journey that involved meeting a carefree woman, book club members and people set out to do some harm.

This was a good read and I liked how the action took its course as we watched Cate travel down the slippery slope of being a private investigator as she never gave up searching for answers and the truth even when her life was threatened. This light-hearted whodunit was evenly-paced as the author did a good job in keeping me in suspense, especially with the situations that Cate found herself in as the case came to a close. Cate is a likable protagonist surrounded by a good supporting cast in this pleasantly appealing series. This debut mystery series is a great start to what I hope is a long stay.

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