- File Size: 1874 KB
- Print Length: 345 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1523679441
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: January 9, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01AF2MV86
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,845 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Kicks & Stones (Kate Albertson Mysteries Book 1) Kindle Edition
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This is a funny, light book about Kate Albertson, a cat burglar who is hired to steal a diamond necklace. Simple enough, for her! The entertainment and mystery begin when the tables are turned on Kate, and she must steal the necklace back and return it to the original owner when her dog is dog-napped. Not the dog!
The book was full of fun and excitement! Anyone who loves a light mystery will like this one.
Kicks & Stones is an easy read and has a cozy mystery flare. Fields has a good grasp of female issues and writes in the first person point of view well. The main character is well rounded, and her sidekicks are well developed.
The story opens with a young woman (Kate) who is a thief at a party and trying to maneuver her way around a cast of characters to find the vault with a large diamond. She obtains the necklace and successfully transfers the stone to her broker who pays her handsomely for the job. However, the next day the owner of the jewelry kidnaps Kate’s dog (Whimsy) and wants his diamond back. Now Kate must find the person who purchased the stolen goods to get her beloved dog back.
That is not as easy as it sounds. Kate obtains the necklace, but the model it belongs to dies after the struggle with Kate. Now the cops are after her, and the kidnapper has up the ante and wants another “favor”.
Kate decides to investigate the murder to clear her name, but that journey leads to comical antics that up the stakes. Kicks & Stones is a satisfying read. However, I found the story with her original love interest Terry, and her new beau, Connor empty. There is also an unrequited love interest between Kate and a gentleman named Niles, whom the author mentions several times. The love interests storylines are incomplete. Even so, the men in her life are not a central issue or part of the plot, thus, it’s not a game changer, and the story comes to a full conclusion.
Lastly, for readers that are more conservative, the book has some language peppered throughout, and a mild gay scene at the beginning between two of the cast of characters. Nonetheless, there is no other sex scene or vulgarity in the story.
When you are reading a story based in Hollywood, I guess it's safe to expect a few clichés and stereotypes. But the abundance of them in the start of the book paired with some unnecessarily rich vocabulary here and there may put off a potential reader from the good story that follows. Otherwise, I liked the book and it's a nice read to finish in one sitting.
It's simple, flowy, and fun. The mystery is enough to keep you going, and there are enough characters and their stories to keep you occupied. But it felt pushed in certain places. I liked the play on anagrams and would've liked to see more of it, maybe as a plot device. However, I found a few things to be a little silly. Like why Kate would stay back in Denise's apartment to read her journal rather than leave right away when it’s the house of a homicide victim. At least, she didn’t do it again at Trammel's place. And if the police wanted to catch Kate so badly that they would sit on her house day and night and show up wherever Trammel asked them to, couldn't they have just tracked her cell phone that she was using, oh, so regularly. She was careful to avoid using her car and going to the ATM, but not her cellphone? Maybe Trammel managed to keep the police away from that because he wanted to catch her in the act. Maybe.
Overall, it’s light, funny, steady-paced and without the disgusting elements that a lot of mystery writers are including these days. It's a well-written book for a newbie writer.
It had non stop action, a strong capable heroine, a great mix of characters and lots of humor.
Kate was my favorite character!
She is smart, capable, works to solve a mystery and get her dog back. And did I mention she is also a diamond thief ?
She meets different people during her investigation and finds herself in dangerous situation, but always knows how to handle herself. Her ability to adapt according to the situation.
Karl fields wrote a smart book with a woman as the lead character. He wrote Kate in a believable, intelligent way.
Kate wasn't a caricature but a well thought out character, which added to make this a great read.
That theft starts a rollercoaster of events where Kate becomes a person of interest in a murder with police staking out her house and keeps getting her into more trouble as she investigates to prove her innocence. Kate meets a strange mix of people that add to the drama and mystery of what is going on.
Murder, break-ins, car chases, threats, blackmail and more will keep you reading to find out whodunit.
I heartily recommend this book for those who love quirky, action filled mysteries.
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