Sunday, July 20, 2014

Death Takes A Ride

Author: Lorena McCourtney
Publisher: Revell
July 2014
ISBN: 978-0800721602
Genre: Cozy Mystery

It's official. This case is above her pay grade--and Cate's in over her head.

Cate Kinkaid arrives at H & B Vintage Auto Restorations to give a friend a ride. But, as usual, trouble finds Cate even there--this time in the form of one dead man, one wounded man, and what appears to be a pretty obvious case of self-defense.

Despite having been merely an unfortunate bystander, Cate finds herself sucked into the case. And the deeper she gets, the more she begins to suspect that the shooting in the H&B office may not have been as cut-and-dried as it appeared.

DEATH TAKES A RIDE is book three in Ms. McCourtney's The Cate Kincaid Series. It easily stands alone, but readers will want to read the first two, Dying to Read and Dolled Up to Die to find out how Cate got into investigation and the story of the cat.

I have mixed feelings about DEATH TAKES A RIDE. I didn't find it as engaging as the first two books in the series and it didn't hold my interest as well. I also figured out "who-dun-it" early on in the book, so the only real reason to keep reading was to find out why and that seemed obvious.

I did like the unexpected investigation skills of the dog that ends up in Cate's life. That was fun. I will keep reading Ms. McCourtney's books since I loved all her previous ones, but this one didn't quite cut it for me. It may be one you love though. It was good, just not great. 4 stars. $14.99. 336 pages. 

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