Title: Going Coastal (A Kate Matthews Mystery)
Author: Jane DiLucchio
Published Date: February 1st 2016
Genre: Cozy Mystery
***THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO NERD GIRL IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
A client dying on her massage table is traumatic enough for Kate Matthews, but when the police declare that death a murder, life becomes more painful for her as she is cast as the major suspect.
None of this is what Kate expected from her move to the peaceful town of Santa Barbara. After a near-fatal heart attack, an early retirement from her Los Angeles law firm, and a change in careers, Kate envisioned a quiet life with her wife, Alicia, and their grown children.
Since the client held a position on the California Coastal Commission, her death becomes a media event. Kate finds herself and her family sucked into the maelstrom. The former lawyer has all she can do to find the truth behind Celia’s death without adding her own name to the body count.
I love mysteries. Books, TV shows, Movies – BUT a lot of the time I can figure out where the plot is going so the “WhoDunnnit” becomes more of a why or how did they do it. This was not the case here with numerous red herrings along the way to keep me nicely off balance.
That being said, I personally found that at times there was too much to try and keep track of. Whilst I appreciated that this story certainly avoided the common pitfalls that cozy mysteries have where things are too laid out – I almost felt that I needed to have my own murder board to fully track the details properly … hey maybe if i HAD done that I would have solved it!
Overall this was a good introduction to this author’s writing for me and I award her 3 1/2 stars (Rounded up to 4 as per my policy)
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