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Kate McCall, Private Eye [Kindle Edition]

Tina Lencioni
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 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: #24,927 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 20 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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10 of 11 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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6 of 6 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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20 of 25 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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6 of 6 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth 99 cents March 20, 2013
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This book was so awful that I stopped reading it at chapter 8. I agree with the critic T Reader about how bad this book is. I returned the other books by this author that I bought thinking this would be like Janet Evonavichs Stephanie Plum. Will never buy anything from her again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good premise, lousy execution March 7, 2013
By kbiesen
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It ended with absolutely no resolution. One of the lamest books I have ever read. Not even worth the .99. Not worth the time even if it were free.
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3 of 3 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun reading
Fun book, easy reading, very witty and creative Loved the series
Published 5 days ago by Midwest Grandmother
4.0 out of 5 stars A Likable P.I.
What can one person do when they are female, virtually broke, jobless, and part of a boisterous, opinionated Irish family, with a charming, unemployed cousin who constantly flirts... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Joyce Metzger
4.0 out of 5 stars I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked this book
Having only paid .99 cents, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked this book. I read multiple books a week, many a similar style to this one, and really enjoyed the... Read more
Published 11 days ago by shanclif
2.0 out of 5 stars somewhat interesting but almost unbelievable that someone would not...
A female struggling to become a P.I., Story is weak , somewhat interesting but almost unbelievable that someone would not see how she is not doing a good job to support herself,... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Babi
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
Quirky characters and a good plot. Good book for fun reading. I read another in the series and enjoyed it too.
Published 13 days ago by Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars KATE McCall
It was funny and kept .my attention. I would recommend this book to my friends. I will read more by this author.
Published 19 days ago by beverly gorman
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Cute story. Might read more.
Published 21 days ago by ME
5.0 out of 5 stars there are alot of laughs in this book. I ...
there are alot of laughs in this book.I bought 3 more in the series. it reminds me a little of Janet Evanovich
Published 23 days ago by Lisa Samborski
1.0 out of 5 stars Whiney and stupid
Katie doesn't know anything about doing the job she wants to follow she spends all of her time feeling sorry for herself and she lets her cousin take advantage of her. Read more
Published 25 days ago by cindy brody
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Great author, great story, great characters! I love it so much that I can't wait to see if there another book specially a continuation of the characters involved.
Published 26 days ago by Olga
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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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