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Kate McCall, Private Eye by [Lencioni, Tina]
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  • File Size: 1183 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Publishing (January 18, 2012)
  • Publication Date: January 18, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006ZAGYEK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,879 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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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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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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By TLT on 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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This book.is 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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