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Catching a Man (Valeriel Investigations Book 1) by Elizabeth Corrigan Elizabeth Corrigan Mystery & Thrillers , Sci Fi & Fantasy Pub Date 12 Nov 2014
The 1950s are reimagined in Elizabeth Corrigan’s debut mystery - Catching a Man. I wasn't sure what to expect at first, but I was quickly swept up into the story. Kadin Stone became an investigator’s aid in order to find a husband - a necessity because in Valerial unmarried women must be virgins to have a career, and women who are not married or virgins have no legal income opportunities. Valerial is a harsh world for a woman, but Kadin isn’t bitter. She is determined to do a good job. Her first case is the murder of Queen Callista. The detectives see her as little other than a pretty accessory to make java. What they don’t realize is that she has a sharp mind and just may be the key to finding a surprising killer.
Catching a Man is a great book, serious and funny in the right combination with interesting characters and a richly imagined world. I was impressed. I look forward to reading more novels by Elizabeth Corrigan.
5 / 5
I received a copy of Catching a Man from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
Description There's more than one way to catch a man.
Kadin Stone's life is finally going according to plan. She's starting her new job as a homicide detective's aide at one of the premier criminal investigation companies in Valeriel City, the capital of a 1950’s-style kingdom. Kadin is certain her new position will introduce her to any number of eligible men, so she'll finally be able to get married and stop burdening the brother who insists on supporting her.
On Kadin’s first day, the royal family calls in her team to investigate the murder of gossip-rag cover girl Queen Callista. Kadin’s superiors think it’s an open and shut case. The queen’s jilted lover Duke Baurus DeValeriel had motive, means, and opportunity, but Kadin can’t help but spot holes in their theory.
After checking into a few leads of her own, Kadin inadvertently ends up in the confidence of Duke Baurus. When she tries to share what she knows with the rest of the team, she finds them unwilling to listen to the opinion of a girl who they know is only after a ring on her finger. In order to see justice served, Kadin finds herself doing the last thing she expected when she started working for a homicide detective—solve a murder!