Book Review : Dying to Read

Next book up, which I get to review is Dying to Read by Lorena McCourtney.  While Ms. McCourtney has written many other books, this is the first book by her that I have read. 

Dying To Read - Lorena McCourtney

This is the first book in a series called the Cate Kincaid Files, and it tells the story of Cate Kincaid.  She is a young adult who has not been able to hold down a steady job that keeps her interest.  So, she is living with her Uncle Joe and his wife Rebecca; while living with them she agrees to help Joe out with a bit of low profile Private Investigator (PI) work.

I found this book very entertaining.  I have to confess though, I am a recovering Janet Evanovich & Stephanie Plum addict.  While I loved those stories years ago, I seem to be in a place that I cannot get too into them now.  The language has gotten worse and so have the relationships.  So, I was thrilled to find this new series.  While Cate is no Stephanie Plum, I think I like her just as much, and would be proud to read all her stories!!  I love that for once our heroine is a Christian and is not the one to have the coming to faith encounter. (I really enjoyed that in this book)


I loved the development of Cate from a young woman who is really just running an errand, to really feeling a tug in the career PI direction!  There is also some very light romance in this first book, which I fully expect that Ms. McCourtney will develop further in her next books. 

I really felt like I could relate to Cate and understand why she did the things she did throughout the story.  I enjoyed how she seemed to be at the wrong place a lot, but how her friend always came in to save the day, whether it was Willow or Mitch.  I enjoyed getting to know both of those characters too, however I loved how Willow (her new girlfriend) really kept you guessing about what was going on in her mind and what was really true.

I recommend this book without hesitation.  I enjoyed it and think anyone who enjoys a light fiction story would too!  I look forward to the next novels about Cate to come out!!

A little bit more about the book…

DYING TO READ is Book #1 in the new Cate Kinkaid Files mystery series. Cate, desperate for a job, goes to work as an assistant private investigator for her Uncle Joe’s Belmont Investigations. Her first assignment is supposed to be easy and uncomplicated, no danger or mayhem, definitely no murder. All she needs to do is make certain a woman named Willow Bishop is living at a certain address. Instead, she finds herself up to elbows in Whodunit ladies, a paint-blobbed hunk, a deaf white cat – and killers!

Lorena McCourtney - Christian Author

About Ms. Lorena McCourtney

My husband and I live in southern Oregon. For many years we lived on rural acreage, lots of space and country peace and quiet. But a few months ago we decided it was time to make the move to town.

I have one son and a granddaughter. Jim has two daughters and three grandchildren. Our family is fairly well scattered, so we do not see them as often as we’d like.

I started writing in the fifth grade. All my stories were about horses. This love of horses carried me through a degree in agriculture from Washington State University. My first job out of college, however, was with a big meat-packing company in the Midwest, where I quickly discovered that writing about hogs and sausage making was not my life’s calling.

Marriage and motherhood intervened, and by the time I got back to writing, I knew fiction was what I wanted to write. I started out doing short stories for children and teenagers, mostly for Sunday-School publications. Then, primarily because of financial pressures, I wrote women’s short stories and romance novels, all the time promising the Lord I would get back to Christian writing. Finally, after 24 published romance novels, the Lord made plain that it was time to make good on that promise. It was time to become a Christian author and write exclusively Christian fiction. The first 6 of these books were with the Palisades line of Christian romance, but with my 7th book of Christian fiction, WHIRLPOOL, I turned to a stronger emphasis on mystery.

One of the nicest perks of being a Christian author is hearing from readers, and I’d be delighted to hear from any of you. Contact me at

NOTE : I was offered a copy of Dying to Read, at no cost, in exchange for an honest review, from Revell Publishers.


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