Dolled Up To Die


Title: Dolled Up To Die
Series: The Cate Kinkaid Files
Author: Lorena McCourtney
Publisher: Revell
Published: July 15, 2013
Pages: 320


When Assistant Private Investigator Cate Kinkaid gets a frantic call about a triple homicide, Cate goes to the scene of the crime against her better judgment. After all Belmont Investigations doesn’t do murders. Only, the victims aren’t what she expected. Now she has a new rule and three shot dolls and no way of knowing why someone would shoot this nice lady’s dolls.

Just when Cate is ready to leave this to the police she finds another victim, this time an actual person. Cate wants to leave it in the hands of the police but her client and her PI instincts get in the way of her letting this one go. So she goes on the hunt for the killer and with an endless amount of suspects, she knows it isn’t going to be easy to track down the killer or his weapon.

As Cate narrows down her suspects and tries to solve this crime, she finds she always ends up at the scene of a crime. But when she and the killer have an altercation, Cate knows she doesn’t have long before he either recognizes her or she recognizes him and she needs to nail him before then. Join Cate on another adventure as she tries to solve yet another murder with her deaf cat and all the hilarious hi jinx that come along with her.

Can Cate manage to catch another killer or will this one grab her before she grabs him? Will Cate’s client end up being the killer or will she find out who really did it in time? Can Cate manage to not get kidnapped like last time or will she yet again be nabbed and held hostage? Will Mitch have to come to the rescue again or will Cate be able to catch a killer by herself?

I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in this series and was excited to get the chance to read the second book in this hilarious mystery series. And I must say that the hi jinx and clumsy encounters just get even funnier. This book made me week and was easy to get hooked on. Though, for me it was a bit too easy to figure out the killer, I still enjoyed watching Cate try and figure out just who did what.

This book is a mixture of humor and mystery with a dash of romance and I loved every minute of it. As far as romance goes, this book is a follow-up on the first and made up for the lack of romance in the first with showing the reader their little quirks and interactions as a couple in this one. It allowed me to really see them become close emotionally. Also, the added humor in this book not only lightened it up when it needed to but also added a bit of character to the story and characters, making this story memorable.

The murder mystery was interesting. Though I figured out the killer about halfway through the book, with such a wide array of characters as suspects, I spent most of that time trying to figure out if my guess really did do it. I liked that. It made me feel like I was just starting out again. I also loved how the story played out and the motive behind the killings. It gave the story a whole new air of mystery to it.

The thing I loved most about this book, though, was Cate. She’s clumsy, sometimes naive, and she always manages to get herself in sticky situations but that’s what makes her so lovable. I love watching her become an even better PI as the series goes along and I love the fact that she always uses Mitch as a bodyguard/tech geek, because I would too. Her character is fallible, literally, yet sound in her beliefs and I love her. She’s the real reason I pick up these books.

The author captured my attention with her mysteries in the first book in this series, but she really grabbed me in this one. I can see why she’s award winning and is a best selling author. I look forward to reading more in this series and seeing how many books there will be. I can’t wait to see what other adventures I will go on with this author. This author, series, and book come highly recommended.

Overall, I loved this one. It’s the perfect mixture of humor, mystery, and romance. I recommend this book to people who like a good mystery with a comical twist. I think this book is perfect for teens, adults, and Tweens with adult supervision. I give this book a four and a half out of five.

*I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.*