Saturday, July 20, 2013

Dolled Up To Die by Lorena McCourtney

It’s fun to be a part of a virtual book tour for author Lorena McCourtney as the second installment in her Cate Kinkaid Files, DOLLED UP TO DIE, is released.

I’ll share my thoughts on the book and a bit about the author.

DOLLED UP TO DIE by Lorena McCourtney

When a book begins with three gunshot victims, you know it’s going tocover be intriguing. When those victims turn out to be life-size dolls, you know you’re in for a zany cozy mystery.

That’s the case in DOLLED UP TO DIE when Cate Kinkaid, an assistance private investigator, gets a frantic call from a woman about a triple homicide. Knowing her uncle, owner of the P.I. business, doesn’t want the agency involved in a murder investigation, Cate can’t help herself and goes to see if she can assist the woman in some way.

But when she arrives, she discovers there’s no flashing lights from cop cars and no officers canvassing the scene. Why, because the victims aren’t human but handmade realistic-looking dolls. Someone did, however, shot them and the owner wants Cate to find out who. Within minutes of taking the case, Cate does find a real dead body. It’s in the homeowner’s work room and it’s her ex-husband.

Tension and suspense mount as Cate tracks down the killer of the doll killer.

Author Lorena McCourtney once again mixes humor and suspense for a delightful murder mystery. The story moves at a steady pace pulling the reader in and holding them spellbound until the killer is revealed. With a few twists and turns along the way, readers will be hard-pressed to put the book down.

McCourtney has created likable characters that are well-developed and realistic. The zany secondary characters add flavor to the story. The setting has the feel of a small-town atmosphere with detail descriptions that places the reader among the characters.

DOLLED UP TO DIE is the second installment in the Cate Kinkaid Files, but can be read on its own. Returning fans will enjoy following the continuing story, while new fans won’t be left in the dark by events from the previous story.

This is an intriguing tale that will have you laughing and shaking your head as you follow amateur sleuth Cate Kinkaid on her latest adventure.

Dolled Up To Die by Lorena McCourtney, Cate Kinkaid Files Book 2, Revell, @2013, ISBN: 978-0800721596, Paperback, 320 Pages 

Available July 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

FTC Full Disclosure - I requested this book as part of a virtual book tour and it was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.

Lorena McCourtney is the award-winning author of dozens of novels, including DYING TO READ (Cate Kinkaid Files Book 1), INVISIBLE (which won a Daphne du Maurier Award from Romance Writers of America), IN PLAIN SIGHT, ON THE RUN, and STRANDED

McCourtney resides in Grants Pass, Oregon. For more on McCourtney and her writing, find her online at and on Facebook

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have you seen life-size dolls that look like children? They are adorable.


  1. I have added this on goodreads! Sounds good. Okay, I actually added the first in the series, but it sounds really good!

  2. Mason - Oh, now that's an interesting way for a story to begin! It's a very effective way to get the reader's attention, that's for certain. And it sounds like a fun story too.


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