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DYING TO BE THIN is a mystery featuring Kate Gallagher. Kate has just been laid off from her television news producer job and dumped by her boyfriend in the same week. She has resolved to make some changes in her life – lose that extra fifty pounds and land an on-air television position – and is off to a famous fat farm (residential weight loss program, in polite jargon) to start on her goals. To supplement the high cost of the diet program, she is working at a small local television and producing a piece about her weight loss experience.
But when Kate gets to the Hoffman Clinic, she gets the feeling that something isn’t quite right there. One of the staff members says that a lot of the dieters have checked out and that they need the good publicity that Kate’s story will bring the clinic. When Kate finds the body of the clinic’s founder the next day, both her plans and her story idea change. Kate is suddenly on the inside of a major story and her journalistic instincts kick in.
I really enjoyed this book. Lilley is both a former television journalist and fat farm veteran so she gives the reader a detailed look inside both worlds. Kate Gallagher is a great new sleuth who is smart, funny, and very human as she struggles with her diet, her professional ambitions, and how both affect her view of herself. And, of course, there is a little romance in the story as Kate meets two very different and interesting men involved with the case.
Favorite character? Kate – she is personable and easy to relate to. Did I guess it? No. Will I read another? Yes.
Mystery Book Reviews by Liz at http://reviewedbyliz.com ©2007