Saturday, September 1, 2012

Blog Tour: Dying To Read (Review)

The tagline and the initial description for "Dying To Read" caught my eye.

"All she wanted was a paycheck. What she got was a murder."

I thought. Cool. It's a book that might be a "clean" Stephanie Plumb-like novel.

A fun to read, novel about a young woman who decides to work for her uncle as a PI.

While I like Stephanie Plumb's premise (a female bounty hunter), I wanted a, ok cleaner version to recommend to some of the younger (teen) readers who cross my path.

I thought Dying to Read, the new series by Lorena McCourtney might do the trick.

I was slightly disappointed.

Here's what I like: McCourtney is a good writer - in that she can craft a story that has an interesting premise. I mean, a book club full of mystery readers and a dead body, on the surface again, it caught my attention.

Unfortunately, it didn't keep my attention.

To use a fishing analogy, I was "hooked" on the bait (description and premise), but the novel failed to "reel" me in. (I just didn't stay interested - in fact I didn't finish it.)

Without realizing it at the start, this is the second novel I've read by McCourtney. I stumbled across one of her earlier works - the first book in the Ivy Malone series. Another good series, that also failed to "hook" me into a) wanting to finish the book and b) leave me wanting more.

I hate giving less than "glowing" reviews, but in an effort to keep things honest. Here's what I think.

If you are looking for a fun (albeit slow paced), light and easy to read novel, then McCourtney's writing style just might trip your trigger. If you are wanting something more "Stephanie Plumb-like" you can probably find it elsewhere. (In fact, the PJ Sugar novels by Susan May Warren come to mind.)

On my scale of one to five, I give this novel a two. Not my favorite read, but one that I could pass along to fellow  mystery readers without qualms - to at least give a try.

More About The Book

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?

More About The Author
Lorena McCourtney is the award-winning author of dozens of novels, including Invisible (which won the Daphne du Maurier Award from Romance Writers of America), In Plain Sight, On the Run, and Stranded. She resides in Oregon.

Online Resources
Buy it at Amazon
Check out the online excerpt
Download the reading group guide

Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.

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