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Dying To Be Thin

A Fat City Mystery with Kate Gallagher by Kathryn Lilley

Dying To Be Thin by Kathryn Lilley

Review: Overweight Boston television producer Kate Gallagher, laid off by her station and jilted by her boyfriend, heads to Durham North Carolina, the "Diet Capital of the World", in Kathryn Lilley's debut mystery in this series, Dying to Be Thin.

Kate has been promised a job at Durham's Channel 12 as a news specialist, reporting on a weight loss program and her success in it. Assuming, that is, she succeeds. The spa she chooses is run by Dr. Victor Hoffman who promotes fresh fruit and exercise as part of his diet regimen. On her second day there, she and another dieter are off for a brisk early morning walk when they come across the dead body of Dr. Hoffman, a fondue fork jammed into each eye. Her new boss at the station immediately knows a good story when he hears one, and asks Kate to act as an on-the-scene investigative reporter. When Hoffman's personal assistant is found dead shortly thereafter, Kate discovers that the more learns about the spa, the bigger target she is to the killer.

There is so much going on in Dying to Be Thin that it's easy to forget that this is a murder mystery. The obligatory love interest is (no surprise) the detective investigating the murder, Lt. Reed, who advises Kate to (no surprise) leave police work to the professionals. There's also the distinguished, older gentlemen, the spa's attorney Lou Bettinger, who takes a personal interest in her. It's a bit disingenuous, however, to initially portray Kate as an overweight outcast yet have her appear almost svelte in comparison to the "obese" women at the spa.

Dying to Be Thin is a pleasant enough mystery, though there is little in the way of originality or excitement. The guidelines on eating habits that open each chapter, on the other hand, are well worth taking note of.

Special thanks to guest reviewer Betty of The Betz Review for contributing her review of Dying To Be Thin.

Acknowledgment: Breakthrough Promotions provided a copy of Dying To Be Thin for this review.

Review Copyright © 2008 — Hidden Staircase Mystery Books — All Rights Reserved

Selected reviews of other mysteries by this author

Mystery Book Review: A Killer Workout by Kathryn LilleyA Killer Workout
Signet (Mass Market Paperback), October 2008
ISBN-13: 9780451225351; ISBN-10: 045122535X

Location(s) referenced in Dying To Be Thin: Durham, North Carolina

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Dying To Be Thin by Kathryn Lilley

Dying To Be Thin by A Fat City Mystery with Kate Gallagher

Publisher: Signet
Format: Mass Market Paperback
ISBN-13: 978-0-451-22240-4
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List Price: $6.99

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