The second book in the Fat City Mystery series is another fun read. Kathryn Lilley spins a great story about Kate Gallagher's weight loss pursuit, weaving some characters from the previous book "Dying to be thin" into this tale. We learn more in this book about why Kate's father is so protective of her - her mother was killed in a armed robbery of a bakery -(can this lead to the next book?)
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When I read the first installment of the Fat City Mystery series, I had some second thoughts about Ms. Lilley's abilities as a mystery author. She proved me wrong with this second novel featuring Kate Gallagher, investigative reporter.
Whereas previously there were a lot of plot points that were very easy to pick out from the very beginning, in A Killer Workout that was not the case. Ms. Lilley managed to throw enough curveballs to keep me guessing with this one.
I really liked the fact that this wasn't a straight "who killed whom" mystery story. The added layers of insurance fraud, arson and narcotics rings served to provide the reader with plenty to contemplate.
As before, Kate didn't disappoint in the humor department either. She delivered several one liners that forced me to laugh out loud, causing my husband to give me several strange looks from the opposite end of our couch.
And, best of all, her romantic involvements took a turn for the better in this book (at least in my mind). Here's hoping that this particular pairing holds firm the next time we see Kate during her Fat City antics.
It is not easy being a plus size female TV reporter as Kate Gallagher knows first hand from the not so supple hints about her weight from the suits. She decides to trim down so goes to Body Blast run by her old South Boston friend Riley Matthews whose partner is his lover Kahn.. The place is run like a boot camp more than an exclusive exercise spa, but Kate finishes the obstacle course. Her roommate Marnie Taylor fails. The next morning, Kate awakens to find Marnie gone though her bed looks used.
Marnie's body is found on the wall in the obstacle course. Although the evidence points heavily towards murder, the authorities treat the incident as an unfortunate accident. Kate sees the connection between the death of her "body buddy" and another woman who died lat year; the latter's parents sued Body Blast for negligence. Kate asks questions even as someone goes through her things in her room. Kate remains determined to solve what she now believes is two homicides although by continuing to sleuth she could end upping the murder count with her death.
It is fascinating to learn how a television news story comes together even before the on screen journalist gives the report on the air. Late is a complete professional who knows she needs to lose weight if she wants to move on to the big city TV news shows, but isn't panicking to do so as she is overall comfortable with herself as she is. Her investigation is fun to follow as she uses her investigative news skills in search of a killer.
She's back and this time our friend Kate Gallagher is determined to lose the unwanted weight even if it kills somebody. Kate is a lovely auburn haired, blue eyed, full figured investigative reporter who would love to move to a bigger market and become an anchor. She has the talent, the wit and even the looks from the neck up for the job, but lacks one thing--being a size 2 or smaller. Even her most loyal viewers are now trying to help with her weight issues by giving her unwanted advice. They email and call in their advice on what they think will help in her audience approval ratings.
As with some of us, Kate sometimes uses food as comfort, but as she struggles to drop the weight, she decides that she needs more than some fancy smacy spa. She needs to work it off in a no holds barred workout situation, and she knows just the place, boot camp. Her longtime friend Riley and his partner Kahn run Body Blast a no nonsense boot camp that Kate feels will whip her into shape. Little did she know that a weekend at Body Blast would be like spending the weekend with the Marines.
As with her first book, the author Kathryn Lilley inserts little interesting diet tidbits. She also infuses laughter along with the suspense.
In the first couple of chapters we learn more about Kate's background, and how her self- image has been molded by life circumstances. This book has murder, in fact it has two murders, a home break in, a pot growing business, embezzlement and much more which seems like a lot, but Ms. Lilley keeps it all straight and easy to follow.Read more ›