Review: Coached to Death
Title: Coached to Death
Series: The Life Coach Mysteries #1
Author: Victoria Laurie
Release Date: October 29, 2019
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
Synopsis from Goodreads: Cat Cooper never imagined selling off her in-demand marketing firm would mean going from the pinnacle of success to a walking hot mess. Gouged from an unexpected divorce, Cat suddenly finds herself struggling through a new career as a business-savvy life coach for the hopelessly adrift in East Hampton and contending with Heather Holland—a spiteful neighbor who will do anything to bully her out of town. But her second act may very well continue behind bars when Heather’s dead body turns up next to a shattered punchbowl . . . and Cat’s pinned as the murderer. But given Heather’s mean girl reputation, any one of the guests at her invite-only luncheon could have committed the crime before planting Cat’s punchbowl next to the body. Determined not to trade designer duds for an unflattering prison jumpsuit, Cat sides with her best friend Gilley to scour chic boutiques and oceanfront mansions in search of the criminal who framed her. With a stoic detective looking to get her in cuffs, it’s up to Cat to catch the real killer and land on her feet once again . . .
My Review: This book is a fantastic start for this series. I loved Cat and her best friend Gilley. I enjoyed the relationship development between Cat and the Sheriff and appreciated that it felt very natural. I’m not quite sure Cat’s business savvy is going to translate well into a life coaching job though. While her life is pretty together her ideas of coaching the one client she has seemed a little bit to helpful. Then again I’ve never had a life coach. I am interested to see where that career choice takes this series though. I found the mystery to be compelling and the manner of death was interesting enough that I googled to read a bit more about the method. Overall I really enjoyed this cozy mystery and I am going to go hunt down Laurie’s other series, which I’ve heard tie in a bit with this one.
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All opinions are my own.*