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Review 🔍 To Coach a Killer by Victoria Laurie

August 27, 2020
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Soaking up a luxurious new chapter alongside her saucy bestie, Cat Cooper plans on emerging as the premier life coach in East Hampton by summertime. All she has to do is survive an offseason replete with desolate beaches, slow business, and murder . . . 
 
As the Hamptons drags through early spring, Cat’s shot at becoming the toast of the town in time for Memorial Day is dwindling—and fast. The only client she can find has been housebound for decades and claims to be the victim of a devasting curse. Then there’s the matter of Detective Shepherd’s intense jealousy over Maks Grinkov, the handsome bad boy who approaches Cat with an unusual offer she can’t stop thinking about. Havoc finally breaks loose when a string of murders rocks the coastal community, landing Maks on the hook as the culprit . . . 
 
While the body count rises, Cat goes from life coaching to sleuthing for the truth about Maks’s less-than-wholesome background. But after digging deeper, she questions if Detective Shepherd had an unwitting hand in a related homicide case after tangling with the wrong people. With a storm approaching shore and no one to trust, Cat and her sharp-tongued best friend, Gilley, must solve a client’s curse and a series of violent deaths before a killer sends them all sailing to their doom . . .


Release Date: Aug 25, 2020
Series: Cat & Gilley Life Coach
Book: 2
Publisher: Kensington
Price: $12.99


 

Business has been slow for Cat Cooper’s new career as a life coach in the Hamptons. She and her best friend and assistant, Gilley Gillespie, currently only have one client. The young man seeking help has a unique problem – he believes his life is cursed. When not helping Willem, Cat and Gilley have plenty of free time to spend investigating the murder of the ex-wife of Cat’s friend and possible love interest, Detective Steve Shepherd. However, the investigation gets complicated and dangerous when they uncover possible connections with another man to whom Cat is attracted, the mysterious Maks Grinkov.

This is the second book in the Life Coach mystery series which features Cat Cooper, the sister of the main character in the author’s Psychic Eye series, and Gilley Gillespie from her Ghost Hunter series. I like Gilley so much better in this series which emphasizes his intelligence, sense of humor, and big personality without being too over-the-top. Cat is less snooty in this series and acts more like her sister Abby than she used to. Together, the two friends make a great team, calling each other out when needed but always there to support each other when it counts. It’s not necessary to have read either of the other series, but it might help to read the first book in this series since it sets up some of what happens in this book.

As in the prior book, paid assassins and the Russian mob play a big role in the story. That isn’t my favorite kind of plot and the story sometimes gets too complicated. After a lot of sleuthing and several dead ends, Cat and Gilley start to piece everything together. However, they end up in an extremely dangerous situation before it’s all over. Alternative explanations are offered, but this installment includes a hint of the supernatural regarding Cat’s new client, Willem. Cat even consults with Gilley’s former colleague, Heath, for advice on dealing with the possible curse. I wasn’t sure how it could be done, but the author cleverly merges the two storylines, leading to a dramatic and very satisfying ending to the book. I like the direction the potential love triangle for Cat, Steve, and Maks seems to be heading. I hope we get to know Gilley’s husband Michel better in future installments. Overall, this is an enjoyable mystery featuring interesting characters who are fun to be around.

~ Christine

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