Dying to Read

A Novel

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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?


"With each new mystery series Lorena McCourtney skillfully creates a unique sleuth--and Cate Kinkaid is no exception in Dying to Read. I loved all the witty prose and the laugh-out-loud moments I've come to expect when reading McCourtney's mysteries. Seasoned with romance and a fascinating collection of peculiar characters, this clever tale will keep you guessing about more than murder. Never a dull moment, Dying to Read is a winner!"--Elizabeth Goddard, author of Carol Award-winning The Camera Never Lies

"Lorena McCourtney has fashioned a fun and engaging mystery that begs to be solved. And just when I thought I had figured it out, I realized she had added another layer. Mystery lovers, kick off your shoes, curl up somewhere comfortable, and prepare to be entertained! Dying to Read will keep you fully engrossed and guessing."--Kathy Herman, author of The Baxter series, Seaport Suspense series, and Secrets of Roux River Bayou series

"I adore Lorena McCourtney books. She's one of my favorite authors. Dying to Read adds a delightful new tale to her stack of engrossing and entertaining mysteries seasoned with her signature wry humor. The fun and intriguing plot is populated by interesting characters with fascinating quirks, foibles, and challenges. McCourtney keeps the pages turning with fresh developments in a case that lures rookie PI Cate Kinkaid ever deeper into skin-tingling danger. I can hardly wait for the next book in this exciting new series!"--Jill Elizabeth Nelson, award-winning author of Reluctant Burglar

"The beginning of a new mystery series featuring naive but loveable Cate Kinkaid and a hero definitely worthy of the title 'Knight in Shining Armor,' Dying to Read keeps one guessing until the very end."--Ruth Axtell, author of The Moonlight Masquerade and Hometown Cinderella

"Cate Kinkaid is trying to get her life together. Until that happens, she takes on a part-time job as an assistant private investigator for her uncle and instantly finds herself caught up in a messy murder mystery. Crisp, witty writing spins this amateur sleuth tale into a late-night page-turner."--Suzanne Woods Fisher, bestselling author of the Lancaster County Secrets series

"Lorena McCourtney's lively cozy mysteries hit all the right notes for me and her newest, Dying to Read, doesn't miss a chord. A quirky, likable heroine, a handsome guy and oh, a murder. Don't miss Cate Kinkaid's first case as a PI. It's a killer."--Lyn Cote, author of La Belle Christiane

"In Dying to Read, Lorena McCourtney has again given us likable characters and aggravating characters, as well as eccentric and devious characters. This smorgasbord of intriguing people is served up with delicious romance and a tantalizing mystery. I'm dying to read it again, savoring all the spices of a seasoned author."--Donita K. Paul, bestselling author of the Dragon Keeper Chronicles and the Chiril Chronicles

"Dying to Read lends an exciting definition to 'cozy mystery.' When Cate Kinkaid sets out to find a missing housekeeper, she plunges headlong into the murder of the hostess of a book club. Or is it murder? Dying to Read will keep you turning the pages to learn whodunit."--Eric Wiggin, author of Skinny Dipping at Megunticook Lake and Blood Moon Rising

The Author

  1. Lorena McCourtney

    Lorena McCourtney

    Lorena McCourtney is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of dozens of novels, including Invisible (which won the Daphne du Maurier Award from Romance Writers of America), Dying to Read, and Dolled Up to Die. She...

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"Fans of McCourtney's Ivy Malone Mystery series will quickly get the clue that the Cate Kinkaid Files will be just as quirky, charming, and fun. Myriad suspects, plot twists, good dialogue, romance: mystery fans will find it all in good form."

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