In the third of her Cate Kincaid files, Lorena McCourtney sends Assistant Private Investigator Cate Kincaid to H&B Vintage Auto Restoration. Not, mind you, on a case, but only to give an employee a lift to a church function. The shootout while she is waiting is purely coincidental. While at first it appears to be a clear-cut case of self-defense, as Cate gets further involved, she discovers that there is more going on beneath the surface than there initially seemed.
I love Cate, the heroine of the series. Still a little awkward and non-stereotypical-PI, Cate has not lost the ability to laugh at herself, and it is fun to see her gain confidence in her abilities as the series progresses. Even in cases where she doesn't figure everything out, her heart is in the right place and she does what is right and legal. She is a somewhat unlikely heroine, at least in comparison to people she meets on assignment, but it adds to her charm.
I can understand Cate's insecurities - soon she will be a full-fledged private investigator, legal to carry a concealed weapon, and working on her own while her aunt and uncle drive off into the sunset. The thought of running her own PI business is an intimidating thought. And Mitch also has big changes coming that will affect Cate, but she does not know exactly where - or if - she will be fitting into Mitch's new life direction. Change is rarely easy, but once through the transition, it often leads to surprisingly good places.
Like the others in the series, this quirky mystery is a fun, fast read. I thoroughly enjoy McCourtney's style of humor, and each book is an utter delight. While not full of heavy spiritual themes, the author does honor God in her works. My main concern is, will there be a fourth novel? Or is this the last of the Cate Kincaid Files? Personally, I think there is great potential for hilarious havoc to come . . .
Thank you Revell for providing a free copy in exchange for a review; I was not required to make it positive, and all opinions are my own.
Cate Kincaid Files
1. Dying to Read
2. Dolled Up to Die
3. Death Takes a Ride