Book Review: Going Coastal by Jane DiLucchio

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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.

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After all those serial killer reads (which I absolutely love to read), reading a cozy mystery was like going on a real vacation. Nice, warm, cozy mystery, perfect for chilling on a February rainy day.
When your famous client dies on your massage table, you are in trouble! Celia Tucker, California Coastal Commissioner, is rich and famous and very picky as a client. But Katherine Matthews has nothing against her, she is just a client. When Celia dies during the massage, Katherine is the one who is suspect for a murder. It seems that Celia dies of anaphylactic shock caused by the oil rubbed during the massage. But Katherine knows that it is not possible. She has a specific bottle of oil for each client made by her son, Ben. She cares for her client’s needs and possible allergies. So, she starts her own investigation, to clean her own name and save her son.

In the meantime, her daughter’s wedding is going on and off all the time. Small disagreements rise and fall, and details change from one minute to another. Sarah is a real bridezilla that seems to care only for herself, but aren’t all brides-to-be like that?
With a wedding to attend and murder above the head, Katherine doesn’t lose her strength. With a little help from her wife and her son, she goes further into the game of playing detective. Her discoveries might change not just her life, but many others. Is she ready for the big change?
This is my first book from Ms. DiLucchio and I must say I quite enjoyed the story. Katherine is a charming character and easy to follow into her adventures. With a light dose of humor, the author sets a plot where a murder has to be solved and other mysteries to be uncovered. I enjoyed this light read and will be in search of other cozy mysteries from this author.
My opinion: 4 / 5.

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