Book Review: Coached to Death by Victoria Laurie @Victoria_Laurie @KensingtonBooks

Coached to Death
A Cat & Gilley Life Coach Mystery #1
Victoria Laurie
Kensington Books, November 2019
ISBN 978-1-4967-2033-7
Hardcover

Fresh from an unexpected divorce after selling her lucrative marketing business – half the profits of which were claimed by her ex, Catherine Cooper (“Cat”) decided to remake her life, become a life coach, move to the Hamptons, and build a house.  Unfortunately for Cat, her neighbor, Heather, is furious about how Cat got to purchase the property and apparently is dedicating her life to making Cat’s life miserable.  Having invited Cat to a luncheon at her home, Heather sets out to make Cat the object of ridicule by the other women at the luncheon – and succeeds.  Furious, Cat storms out of Heather’s home vowing that if Heather wants to take her on, we’ll see who “ends up a bloody mess.”

So, when Heather is found dead later that day in her own home, with the remains of Cat’s shattered punch bowl smashed over her head, Cat is suspect number one.  After being questioned by a surly detective but not arrested, Cat thinks she’s probably not in the clear and she is proved right when the detective arrests her while she is on a date in the town’s swankiest restaurant, thus humiliating her in front of most of the “beautiful people” in town.

After being bailed out and fearing that the detective will ignore anything that does not point to her as the killer, Cat and her best friend, Gilley, decide to investigate and find the real killer themselves.  However, their investigation becomes dangerous when an assassin becomes involved.  Is the assassin looking for Cat or the real killer?  And, is the detective really as much of a jerk as he seems to be?  And, oh yeah, the security system in Cat’s guest house adds a bit of fun to the story.

I enjoyed this quick read and I would like to see more of Cat, especially as she actually does some work as a life coach.  By the way, for those who are familiar with the author’s two other series, one involving a psychic and the other involving ghosts, this series has neither of those.

Reviewed by Melinda Drew, September 2020.

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