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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (411 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: K. J. Larsen Narrator: Vanessa Hart Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Cat DeLuca Mysteries Release Date: September 2010 ISBN: 9781455199143
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Caterina DeLuca, burned by her run-around now ex-husband, Johnnie Ricco, took the skills she mastered during marriage and opened her own private-eye agency. Now she’s armed with a camera, ready to print the evidence on 8 × 10 glossies for use in divorce court. The men in her big, crazy family, all Chicago cops and one a crook, aren’t sure what to make of Cat’s career choice. But hey, it’s serve and protect!

Then one Rita Polansky retains Cat. Rita’s liar-liar husband is the mysterious but seriously hot Chance Savino. Cat is in fact hot on his heels when an exploding building hurls her out of her stilettos and into the hospital. The FBI claims Savino was killed in the fireworks, but Cat’s memory replays a different scenario.

She escapes the hospital to meet with her client, another liar. When Rita doesn’t show, Cat breaks into her home to find a dead Rita, a knife in her chest, and two clues at the murder scene: a clutch of Starburst candy wrappers—and Chance Savino, rummaging through Rita’s drawers.

As one surprise after another piles up and no one else sights Savino, everyone around Cat thinks she’s nuts—everyone except a determined killer who has put her on his “kill” list. Botched attempts force Cat to suspect Johnnie Ricco, or liar-liars from her earlier cases, or a Chicago power broker.

Can Cat, catcher of cheaters, catch a killer? And even if she does, this is Chicago, so what would she do then?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Larsen surrounds her heroine with lots of Italian food, handsome men, and resourceful family members. Things turn deadly serious when a client turns up dead, and someone wants Cat off the case permanently. Larsen (the pen name for sisters Julianne, Kristen, and Kari Larsen) should appeal to fans of Janet Evanovich and Lisa Lutz.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Hart’s…comedic timing is spot-on, and she draws out the suspense through Cat’s encounters with murder, mistaken identity, explosions, and her family. Further, Hart’s manageable pace drives the story through the action scenes and the complicated romance between Cat and Chance.”

    AudioFile

  • “Packed with action and wonderfully funny characters, this series debut is a masterstroke of hilarity…and is sure to appeal to fans of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum.”

    Library Journal

  • “Packed with action and wonderfully funny characters, this series debut is a masterstroke of hilarity. Cat De Luca is smart and charming in a scorned-woman-turned-to-avenging-all-cheated-upon-women way and is sure to appeal to fans of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum.”

    Library Journal

  • “Fans of Jennifer Crusie will appreciate Larsen’s debut, full of breezy comebacks and characters that come off the page.

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Library Journal Best Book  • Mystery & Detective 2010 

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annette | 2/3/2014

    " Fun detective story! It had a little language in it but all in all fun book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 2/3/2014

    " It was a Fun, quick, silly and easy read. I liked the characters very much all though it didn't give you much on the bad guy to really build a hate for him. I couldn't believe all the printing mistakes in this book. I don't think it was proof read very well which is really strange because this is such a short book that I wonder if people were getting lazy. I know that might be a petty thing to mark down a book, but it really bugged me. Plus the story wasn't new, the characters were and I really loved Cat's spunky-ness but I felt like I had read this book many times before where the names, title and characters were changed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick | 2/3/2014

    " This was very, very Stephanie Plumesque, with the biggest difference being Cat has money. I didn't dislike it, but it was just too similar. The author (3 sisters writing together) does list Janet Evanovich as an influence. Probably won't read the next one...but you just never know. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arianna | 2/1/2014

    " This book was good for what it was. It's an easy read about a Chicago girl trying to solve mysteries. Her family is hilarious and there are handsom men trying to protect her. There are definitely a few laugh out loud moments, but nothing too complex. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda | 1/26/2014

    " I listened to the audio version and the reader sounded way too old for the main character. The female main character just turned 30 and the reader sounded over 50. It was very distracting. I had to keep telling me the women was only 30. I am not too sure that reading the book would have made my rating any higher. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn Crocker | 1/24/2014

    " This new sleuth-with-an-agenda (get the liars and cheats and find happiness), the brainchild of a three-sister writing team, is a smart, sassy, clothes horse with heart. When a standard cheating husband surveillance explodes in her face, Cat DeLuca finds herself tangled with the FBI, Chicago politics, and arms trafficking, not to mention the resurrected "dead man" hunk who keeps appearing-- only to her. Her fast-paced murderer-chase is a bit of a stretch, but fun throughout in a promising debut. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 1/14/2014

    " A really good first novel by 3 sisters who have always loved mysteries and decided to write their own. If future books in this proposed series are as good as this one, they have a hit on their collective hand. There is a great deal of wit and humor in the book, so if you are looking for something really serious, look elsewhere. At times I laughed out loud at what I was reading, and that I do not do easily. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dev | 12/31/2013

    " Light, quick, and funny read for the summer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 12/15/2013

    " I enjoyed this funny book about a private investigator living in Chicago. The writing wasn't always the best, but I liked enough to want to read her next one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 12/6/2013

    " Funny and fast paced. Romance with no skin. And a stereotypical big Italian family of cops/mobsters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine | 11/28/2013

    " A fun mystery. Very reminiscent of Stephanie Plum. I listened to the audio book and while the reader read well, she seemed a lot older than the 29 that Cat was supposed to be, which threw me a little. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy | 9/25/2013

    " I downloaded the audio to listen to at the gym. It was barely okay for that. But folks who like breezy, lots of Italian jokes, and frequent lips brushing hair etc might like it more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 9/20/2013

    " Very funny. Similar to the Stephanie Plum books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sonia Ashby | 8/3/2013

    " This was a Reader's choice nominee for the SL County Libraries. I am voting for this fun, sexy story. I will be checking out more Cat DeLuca mysteries in the future. This was a great fast paced read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 5/1/2013

    " spunky PI girl with large family "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debra Crosby | 4/5/2013

    " Cat Delucky Deluca was a lucky girl. I had to stay up to get to the end. Liked the relationship with Max. Chance did not have enough scenes. Would love to read more Cat adventures "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cynthia | 3/7/2013

    " Funny. I liked it. Found it very similar to Janet Evanovich. Hopefully they will stay different. We need more female detectives that are crazy and with crazy family members. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louise Parr | 11/19/2012

    " Lots of fun, in the Spellman files vein. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renee | 9/18/2012

    " Story is interesting with lots to twists. Very funny, characters are memorable. If you like Janet Evanovich you will enjoy reading this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Grant | 12/20/2011

    " It has a bit of a Janet Evanovich feel. Enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carole | 12/8/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. Fans of Evanovich, Carolyn Haines, Shelly Fredman, Pamela Dumond will be entertained by this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 10/15/2011

    " A fun read reminiscent of Stephanie Plum. I really enjoyed the large family that added to the shenanigans as Kat tried to solve the murder she stumbled into. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 6/22/2011

    " For Janet Evanovich fans. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie Maxine | 4/10/2011

    " Extremely derivative of Janet Evanovitch and others, but a good entertaining read. "Pants on Fire Detective Agency" cracked me up.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/14/2011

    " I liked this book, but I had a problem connecting to the characters. I wanted to connect, but it was a surface connect only. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 3/12/2011

    " This was a fun cozy with a lot of cute little quirks, like Cat only using Dr. Pepper lip gloss. I enjoyed this but only a beach read level... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorraine M. | 2/5/2011

    " This is a fun read...along the line of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum. I will definitely be reading the next Cat adventure "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 1/10/2011

    " Really funny! Similiar to the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louise | 11/29/2010

    " Lots of fun, in the Spellman files vein. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 M | 11/23/2010

    " Similar to Lisa Lutz and Evanovich's Stephanie Plum. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 11/17/2010

    " Stephanie Plumesque, just slightly more believable. It's not a great book, but it is pretty well written and entertaining. "

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About the Author

K. J. Larsen is the pen name for three sisters who, linked by a voracious love of mysteries, set out to write their own. Julianne, Kristen, and Kari Larsen—horse trainer, minister, and irreverent baker—cowrite the Cat DeLuca Mysteries. Their debut novel, Liar Liar, was named a Library Journal Best Book of 2010 in Mysteries. The three sisters live in the Chicago area and the Pacific Northwest, with a shameless menagerie of dogs, cats, horses, and one misbehaved rabbit.

About the Narrator

Vanessa Hart (1959–2014) narrated dozens of award-winning audiobooks in her career. She was a finalist for the 2009 Voicey Award for Best Female Voice and was a finalist in the 2008 Audie Awards.