Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Death Takes A Ride by Lorena McCourtney

It’s official. This case is above her pay grade—and Cate’s in over her head.

Cate Kinkaid arrives at H&B Vintage Auto Restorations to give a friend a ride. But, as usual, trouble finds Cate even there—this time in the form of one dead man, one wounded man, and what appears to be a pretty obvious case of self-defense.

Despite having been merely an unfortunate bystander, Cate finds herself sucked into the case. And the deeper she gets, the more she begins to suspect that the shooting in the H&B office may not have been as cut-and-dried as it appeared.

Bestselling and award-winning author Lorena McCourtney takes you on wild ride in this clever cozy mystery that will keep you guessing.

Book Excerpt

[Cate Kinkaid, assistant private investigator, has gone to pick up a friend where she works for a company that restores vintage cars. The friend is called into the main office, and Cate is waiting in the warehouse for her.]
A yell from the office area interrupted Cate’s contemplation of the unidentifiable car parts on the maze of shelves. Then a muffled bang. Gunshot? Nah. This place restored vintage vehicles. Backfire bangs were probably commonplace. Although a backfire after hours in the office didn't seem likely—
Another boom. Cate ran for the office door. Clancy bounded past her when she opened the door. His toenails screeched as he skidded around the corner, but Cate stopped short.
A body sprawled in the doorway. Male, big and brawny in dark pants and hoodie. Face covered with a garish blue and red ski mask, gun on the floor near his hand. Bloody wound in his chest.
Cate stared in disbelief. The disbelief deepened when her gaze lifted to the far end of the metal desk in the office.
Another body slumped in a chair, blood trickling from a wound in his head, blood-spattered papers littering the desk in front of him. A wide-brimmed cowboy hat upside down on the floor.
She’d heard two shots. Now there were two bodies. The raw scents of blood and a just-fired gun hung in the air.
Her new friend Shirley and a man in khaki coveralls stood behind the office desk. Shirley still had an inventory sheet clutched in one hand, eyes wide with shock. The man held a gun. A frozen tableau, without sound or movement. Cate was a part of it, she realized, as if even time had momentarily stopped for all of them.
Clancy was not frozen, however. He jumped over the body on the floor and thrust his nose into the hand dangling from the body in the chair at the end of the desk.
Then the man with the gun behind the desk moved too. He  looked down at the gun in his hand as if he didn’t know how it had gotten there.

“I-I shot him,” he croaked. He looked between the two bodies, then at the gun again, his expression as disbelieving as Cate’s own. 

About Lorena

Lorena McCourtney started out with a degree in agriculture and the intention of raising cattle and horses and writing non-fiction on agricultural subjects. But, as with many plans, life went in a different direction, and her writing turned into a career in fiction. She first wrote numerous children's stories, then short stories for women. Romance novels followed, then a switch to Christian romances, and now she feels she's found her real home in Christian romantic suspense and cozy mysteries.

Lorena and her husband live in southern Oregon, where their only livestock now is one eccentric cat.

To purchase Lorena's book:

Lorena McCourtney is giving away a copy of Death Takes A Ride.  The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You may enter the book giveaway twice -- once on each spotlight post. (It's not too late to go back and leave a comment on yesterday's post.)

Off to read another great book!
Sandra M. Hart


cjajsmommy said...

Definitely want to read this book! cjajsmommy (at) gmail (dot) com
Deb R.

apple blossom said...

Would love to win. thanks for the chance.

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Patricia Bradley said...

What a great excerpt! Can't wait to read the whole thing! pat at ptbradley dot com

Linda Kish said...

Now I want to know more. I'd love to read this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Donna Reimel Robinson said...

I've always enjoyed reading your books, Lorena. My favorite is the romance book about a girl named Silver. Excellent writing! I've read several of the mystery books too.

Anonymous said...

What a mystery you have conjured up in my mind. I have to know the rest of the story.
Joyce Guard Carney, MI

Charity Lyman said...

Please enter me. Thanks so much!!

Anonymous said...

Count me in! Sounds intriguing.
Joyce Guard

Merry said...

Death Takes a Ride sounds great, please add me!
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Oooh! A mystery - I love them.
Joyce Guard

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