4.5 and Two 4 Stars for Going Coastal (A Kate Matthews Mystery) by Jane DiLucchio #F/F #Mystery


Title: Going Coastal
Author Name & Publisher: Jane DiLucchio (Regal Crest Enterprises/Quest Books)
Publication Date & Length:  February 1st 2016- 180 pages


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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A really passionate and at times emotive novel. One of the things I admired most about this book was the way it dealt with family life, it could have been about any family, this one just happened to be two women and their children. The author treated the ups, downs, conflicts, resolutions and everyday life no differently, made no exceptions, it was about a family, any family.
The characters had their good points and not so good points, totally human and believable. The heart warming, yet at times very poignant handling of the wedding was both touching and empathetic, ok it made me cry!!!
Along side this beautifully told tale of family life was the compelling interest in who committed the murder!
The only reason I did not award five stars was I would have liked the intrigue of the murder to have been a little more gripping.
A really well written novel which I would certainly recommend.
Kate, ex-lawyer and now a massage therapist, lives on the beautiful Californian coast with her wife, Alicia. When one of her clients dies and Kate is No.1 suspect, she goes into detective mode in an attempt to clear her name.
I enjoyed this book and found the background of environmental activism and politics quite interesting. There were a lot of red herrings – enough to keep me guessing right until the end. I liked the character of Kate and found her multi-faceted. Her past as a lawyer came into play a lot. The family element of the story was well written and came across as very true and the grown up kids certainly added to the tale.
The ending was very satisfying and well thought out. I look forward to reading more of Kate, Alicia and their life together. Hopefully they will have many more adventures.
~Kitty Kat
Wow. This book certainly took me on a roller coaster ride. It was fast-paced and tightly plotted, and definitely kept me guessing until the final reveal. I’m really not a mystery fan, mostly because they end up making me feel kind of stupid because I usually don’t have a clue whodunnit. This book didn’t make me feel nearly as bad, even though I still had no clue. And truthfully, there were quite a few things going on in the book which made it kind of busy and packed, and a little messy in the end. But sometimes things just can’t be wrapped up in a neat little bow, and the writing here reflected that. At the same time, there weren’t many things that couldn’t be explained in the end, when the tangle of secrets and motivations was finally picked apart. I found the book an easy read, that was engaging and kept my interest. Every time I put the book down, I found myself inventing reasons why I should pick it back up. And it totally made me take a look at DiLucchio’s other works. More for my to-be-read list.
Amy P


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Jane DiLucchio is the author of the Diega DelValle Mystery and Kate Matthews Mystery series. She spent many years as a teacher, at both the elementary school and community college levels, a massage therapist, and an amateur farmer before giving in to the little voices that kept sounding off in her head. Since there’s a thin line between a psychotic and a writer (psychotics try to convince everyone that the voices they hear are real; writers write it down and tell everyone its fiction), Jane finally decided to give in to the voices rather than undergo intensive psychotherapy.

Jane and her partner, Sue, are raising their two cats (Murphy and Shania) in a loving home in Southern California.


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