Book Review: Going Coastal (A Kate Matthews Mystery #1) by: Jane DiLucchio


Publisher:  Regal Crest Enterprises/Quest Books

Publication Date:  February 1, 2016

Origins:  From Publicist for Review

Synopsis:  A client dying on her massage table is traumatic enough for Kate Matthews, but when the police declare that death a murder, life becomes more painful for her as she is cast as the major suspect.

None of this is what Kate expected from her move to the peaceful town of Santa Barbara. After a near-fatal heart attack, an early retirement from her Los Angeles law firm, and a change in careers, Kate envisioned a quiet life with her wife, Alicia, and their grown children.

Since the client held a position on the California Coastal Commission, her death becomes a media event. Kate finds herself and her family sucked into the maelstrom. The former lawyer has all she can do to find the truth behind Celia's death without adding her own name to the body count.

Review: Kate Matthews was a full-time attorney when she had a heart attack. Based on the urging of her wife, Alicia, and their children Kate retires and becomes a licensed massage therapist. When one of her clients dies on the massage table, apparently poisoned, Kate is the prime suspect. As a member of the California Coastal Commission, Celia Tucker’s death becomes a media circus. Now it’s up to Kate to find out the real perpetrator before Kate and/or her family become the next victims. GOING COASTAL is a charming and well-written mystery. I loved Kate and her family, although their daughter Sarah was a bit of a handful regarding her upcoming nuptials. Since Kate cares both about her clients and about not being accused of murder, she goes digging for answers. GOING COASTAL has layers of interconnectivity between characters, both obvious and hidden. GOING COASTAL is an enjoyable and quick read!

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