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Kate McCall, Private Eye [Kindle Edition]

Tina Lencioni
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 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: 1183 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: #43,909 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 24 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 9 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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8 of 8 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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24 of 29 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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11 of 13 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
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time November 1, 2012
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This terrible. Minimal plot line, shallow characters. I found myself disliking the lead character intensely.
Thank goodness I only paid 99 cents.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Irritating personality March 5, 2013
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Kate McCall is given a really silly irritating personality. She is incompetent, gullible and the plot is quite ridiculous in my opinion
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Kate McCall Private Eye October 6, 2012
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I could not keep awake reading this book. Very borring.
I would rather watch paint dry. Will not buy any more of her books.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Goldie
interesting story, though not what I expected. Ending is rather abrupt. Letting cousin stay with you and not contribute financially and you not kicking him out seems a bit... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Ann Sipko
4.0 out of 5 stars What a life!
I liked it but had a hard time understanding why someone would live in poverty when they were capable of working. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Marie
4.0 out of 5 stars not perfect character. I do not like perfect characters
The Kate McCall series is a light , humorous read, with a likable, not perfect character. I do not like perfect characters. She frequently happens into her discoveries. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Marshmellow_too
3.0 out of 5 stars P.I. Pickles
Cute story. I enjoyed reading it. The characters are believable and interesting. I could see the family squabbles and wanting to be involved in one another's lives.
Published 4 months ago by Elizabeth Smith Hanson
3.0 out of 5 stars I would say that it just goes to show you that if you are doing...
The book is okay - Kate McCall, a struggling private investigator, living with her out-of-prison cousin tries for a year to make a living doing what she loves, investigating. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jan
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
I really enjoyed reading this book. I enjoyed the characters and the plot line. The author kept me entertained and looking forward to what was going to happen next.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Kate McCall, Private Eye
A light airy book that was a fun read. Poor Kate no temp office jobs for her, she is a PI, too bad she cant seem to make any money at it.
Published 5 months ago by Linda
3.0 out of 5 stars KATE MCCALL PRIVATE EYE
Published 5 months ago by Marie C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Light humor, har to put down
Published 5 months ago by patricia correa
3.0 out of 5 stars Kate McCall,private eye
I like the character,Kate, but sometimes she is too slap stick like. I don't care for that type of comedy. Maybe she will mature with time.
Published 5 months ago by Pastor Roberta Willson
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Tina Lencioni, a native of Seattle, WA, is the author of the five books in the Kate McCall series, a lighthearted look into the world of a novice private investigator.

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