Cate Kinkaid, assistant private investigator for her uncle Joe, isn’t looking for trouble when she stops by H&B Classic Auto Restorations to give someone a ride, but she certainly finds it when shots are fired in the business office. One man is dead and another injured. On the surface, it looks like a simple case of self-defense in a robbery gone bad, but Cate isn’t so sure. In the course of a related investigation commissioned by owner Matt Halliday to locate a man who is selling an antique motorcycle, Cate uncovers more and more information, causing her to suspect foul play.
Third in The Cate Kinkaid Files, this story continues to develop quirky Cate’s persona, her relationship with boyfriend Mitch, and her investigative skills. Happily, Cate’s deaf cat Octavia not only makes several appearances, but is also given an opportunity for growth, having been introduced to a large dog named Clancy.
This cozy mystery is—in a word—cute. While faith is definitely included, there are no weighty concepts to think about. It’s just a fun, clean read with a good plot. I usually have to make myself stop thinking so hard about who the culprit is and just enjoy it, because many times, I can figure it out. Not so here. McCourtney did a great job of misdirection while keeping it believable.
Full disclosure: I’m a long time fan of McCourtney, I have read all of her Julesburg mysteries, the Ivy Malone series, and the first Andi McConnell book. Though Ivy Malone is still my favorite, this series is shaping up to be a good one. I do think I enjoyed the first book in the series, Dying to Read, better, but that’s probably a matter of personal preference. Anyone who enjoys cozies or McCourtney will love Death Takes a Ride.
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