16 July 2014

Death Takes a Ride by Lorena McCourtney

About the Book

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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.

Bestselling and award-winning author Lorena McCourtney takes you on wild ride in this clever cozy mystery that will keep you guessing.

Lorena McCourtney’s Death Takes a Ride is certainly an exciting ride. No doubt about that. From nearly the first page, private investigator Cate Kincaid (along with the readers) finds herself thrown into an ostensibly simple, yet utterly confounding murder mystery. As McCourtney revealed more and more clues, characters and connections, I continually reevaluated my guessed solution – only to wait until the very end to truly understand all the complexities. Quite the stumper.

I greatly appreciated that even with murder as a major plot point of the novel, the prevalent feeling and tone is not overly dark or sinister. While maintaining the mystery, McCourtney manages to keep her writing light, sprinkling in humorous moments when necessary. It works perfectly for a fun read on a lazy weekend.

Overall, this addition to the Cate Kincaid Files is tricky and delightful. I loved it – even without having reading the two previous novels starring Cate Kincaid. While I am sure those novels help in understanding the personalities and backstories of several characters, as well as minor, passing comments, I never felt I read with a disadvantage. It is able to be read on its own – though I am definitely planning to read the other two when I have the chance.

Thanks to Revell Reads, I received a copy of Death Takes a Ride and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

About the Author
Lorena McCourtney is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of dozens of novels, including Invisible (which won a Daphne du Maurier Award from Romance Writers of America), Dying to Read, and Dolled Up to Die. She resides in Oregon. Learn more at her website.

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