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Kate McCall, Private Eye (Kate McCall Book One) [Kindle Edition]

Tina Lencioni
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Kate McCall, Private Eye is the first of a series featuring a novice private investigator with more spunk than sense.

Confident and optimistic, Kate McCall is convinced she can make a success of her private investigation business despite the fact that she hasn’t had a single case. Not so optimistic are the members of her big Irish family, especially her sisters, who are there at every opportunity to point out Kate’s dire financial state and to encourage her to find a steady office job. When three investigations suddenly fall into her lap Kate grabs onto this windfall, and in just a few short days unravels the secrets behind the collapse of a high school athlete, the theft of her ex-boyfriend’s pastry recipes, and a question of paternity posed by a querulous old man. Tagging along as reluctant assistants are Kate’s charming, unemployed cousin Nick, and Pickles, her little dog of indeterminate breed. Teenagers with attitude, a tempestuous French chef, a mysterious handbag designer, and a peculiar, ever-present neighbor join other quirky characters in places as diverse as a haphazard commercial bakery, a Latino nightclub, and a run-down sports bar to provide Kate with vital information and clues. Every step of the way her financial state worsens and someone in her extended family interferes, but no matter how empty her bank account, how loud her family protests, or how much she annoys her clients, Kate refuses to be distracted from her goal: finding the truth in every case.

Fast paced and very funny, Kate McCall, Private Eye is a fresh, character-driven story featuring a fearless and impulsive young woman absolutely determined to make a success of her business on her own terms and in her own way. Written for fans of humorous fiction, as well as those who like imperfect female PIs and quirky cases, this lighthearted series will also appeal to anyone who enjoys a great read, memorable characters and a happy ending.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1182 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Publishing (January 18, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,387 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book April 4, 2012
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I really enjoyed this book. Enjoyed it so much that I read all three in a weekend.
I love Kate and I love the dynamic with her cousin Nick. Yes, there are some loose ends but that is because the book is a series. We will find out everything eventually. And most of the loose ends are already explained in the next two books.
Kate is not a smart, savvy private eye. However, she has a strong moral compass and she is tenacious. She is determined to become a smart, savvy private eye.
One of the best .99 books I've read in a while.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the better series in a long time. April 10, 2012
By Misty
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This is without doubt one of the better series I have read in a long time. Very very very much like Janet Evonvich's Stephanie Plum. I found this book (and the series) to be quick paced, funny and believable. I will continue to read this series for as long as it is written.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Evanovich-inspired series June 3, 2013
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As a long time reader of throwaway mysteries, I have to confess I've grown weary of the Evanovich knock offs. I don't mind a good derivative; after all very little is new under the sun, but only good imitations are really flattery. The eponymous heroine of Kate McCall, Private Eye has some surface similarities to Stephanie Plum, always broke with car trouble, wacky family, inept skills, however enough differences exist that I wasn't thinking every other page "wow JUST like SP." Furthermore, the plot rivals any of the sticky situations Evanovich ever stuck SP in. In fact, I'd say that the book borrows as much from Carl Hiaasen's "wacky mystery" playbook as it does from Evanovich's plucky one.

I don't want to give too much away, but suffice it to say, we meet Kate, who resides in Washington State (home to author Tina Lencioni), struggling to get her private investigator business off the ground. She has a hilarious sidekick, a recently paroled, con man cousin, and a mysterious mentor with a storied past who also happens to be her much feared landlord aunt's ex. The "mysteries" take the form of her first cases, allowing the author to take McCall into a range of settings and situations with minimal contrivance and to introduce new characters rather seamlessly.

Having also read my share of Kindle published mysteries I'd be remiss if I did not note that not only is this one well written with almost no grammatical errors, clunky sentences or bizarre word choices that smack of thesaurus abuse (although still typos geez is proofreading a lost art?), but also it is bargain priced. I'd be curious to know if the .99 price increases the volume sufficiently to compete with the more common $2.99. Snap up all four in the series for your vacation reading as these are quick reads!
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No Stars March 5, 2012
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This book is just plain awful. I bought it because of the glowing reviews, which must have been written by the author's friends and family. Kate McCall is a private investigator. However, she isn't smart nor analytical, and she has no skills - she just felt like being a private investigator because she doesn't want an office job. Characters and situations are not well-defined. Most of the characters, Kate including, are annoying and unlikeable. The author tries very hard to imitate Janet Evanovich; instead of Stephanie Plum's quirkiness, Kate is just a loser and a mess. Skip this series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Kate McCall, Private Eye June 3, 2012
By Shirl
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Sorry, I can not recommend this book, it was terrible. I like to try new authors but this won't be one I every try again. The main caracter was pathetic. She was whinny, weak and let her family push her around. I want a main caracter that has some semblance of smarts and strenght of will. I never stop reading a book before I finish it, but I had to make an exception with this one, I just counldn't go on, I wanted to kill her off myself. Wish I had my money back. Dumb me, I also had ordered the second book at the same time. Won't do that again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooray! June 10, 2012
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. A strong fun female lead character who you want to succeed in her quest to be a private investigator. Her family is a hoot who give her grudging support. I've bought all of her books based on this one and haven't been disappointed. Thanks for some kick-A entertainment and inspiration too!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book May 19, 2012
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I got book one and two and couldnt put them down. It made me feel like I was living next door to this crazy adventure which I throughly enjoyed. Some would think the family dynamics were far fetched but now I know that reality of this does live next door!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't stop laughing! September 20, 2013
By J. Joan
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Kate McCall is having some trouble getting her private-eye business off the ground. She dives into some (unpaid) cases for her mom and for a friend--and suddenly the action and the laughs are non-stop. Kate is a nut case but she does have a certain bulldog tenacity and somehow she's asking the right questions. The characters in this book are pretty true to life--the charming cousin, the family who's in her face about her lack of income--and the situations seem like they could happen--but only to Kate. Well-written, well-rounded fun. I just bought the next three books in the series, and I look forward to more surprises from this plucky private investigator.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars really liked it!
looking forward to more of her escapades, quite entertaining book. a fun read, light and fluffy, becoming one of my favorites.
Published 1 day ago by Joyce Bush-Ray
4.0 out of 5 stars Kate McCall private eye
Loved the characters. It was a welcomed change from the usual p.l. and the cop boyfriend. Kate and Nick make a fun pair. Funny without trying too hard. Enjoyable. Read more
Published 2 days ago by chistmas angel
5.0 out of 5 stars Kate McCall, Private Eye
Hilarious! Good story line; fast paced; believable situations & conversations..Excellent 1st book in the series. Can't wait to read the next one!
Published 4 days ago by neenee#1
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a book I would recommend.
I did not enjoy this book. The character (McCall) was a dingbat and we are too believe everything just fell into place and came together. Read more
Published 9 days ago by karen
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable
If you enjoy mysteries, you will enjoy this fun, quick read. I am looking forward to the next Kate McCall adventure.
Published 18 days ago by ljo
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay for light reading
This was her first book and I was looking for soft mysteries. She tends to write too slow for me but her books are clean and free from some of the words and descriptions found in... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Leaves you wanting more.
Easy read and entertaining. The plot was light but kept my curiosity going to the end. Makes you want to find out what's next in Kate McCall's goofy life as s detective.
Published 22 days ago by Marilyn Fitzgerl
4.0 out of 5 stars Looking forward to the next one
I liked the book, but the main character was a little annoying. This is a series, however, so I am hoping to see her mature in the next ones.
Published 26 days ago by Patricia McCormick
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
This was a fun and awkward and throughly enjoyable read. It needs some proofreading, but I liked it so much that I ordered the next book , mystery # 2.
Published 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Hopefully better to come.
This first book in the series was very slow. It took forever for it to develope the individual stories within the book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Patsy L. Lee
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More About the Author

Tina Lencioni, a native of Seattle, WA, has been writing stories since she could hold a pencil. With an employment history as diverse as her heroine Kate McCall, Tina has worked in a fireworks factory, in healthcare, in a family-owned bakery, for the British government, and for a biomedical research facility. All of those experiences have been fodder for her novels, but in the Kate McCall series, Tina has fully mined her jill-of-all-trades past.

When she isn't writing, Tina spends her time in her other favorite pursuits: negotiating contracts, playing with her dogs, and laughing with friends and family.

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