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Biscuits and Slashed Browns by Maddie Day Cat Trick by Sofie Kelly and Cassandra Campbell (Narrator)
To Coach a Killer by Victoria Laurie
Deadly Daggers by Joyce Lavene and Jim Lavene
Double or Muffin by Victoria Hamilton and Margaret Strom (Narrator)
Elegant Yokai Apartment Life Volume 3 by Hinowa Kouzuki and Waka Miyama (Illustrator)
Fatal Cajun Festival by Ellen Byron and Amy Melissa Bentley (Narrator)
Hearse and Gardens by Kathleen Bridge and Vanessa Daniels (Narrator)
The House of Brides by Jane Cockram
Kill the Farm Boy by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne
Little Black Book by Kate Carlisle
Miles Morales: Shock Waves by Justin A. Reynolds and Pablo Leon (Illustrations)
More to the Story by Hena Khan
Muffled by Jennifer Gennari
Mulled to Death by Kate Lansing and Brooke Hoover (Narrator)
Paladin's Hope by T. Kingfisher
A Pocket Guide to Pigeon Watching by Rosemary Mosco
Restaurant to Another World Volume 4 by Junpei Inuzuka and Katsumi Enami (Illustrations)
A Study in Murder by Callie Hutton and Rosie Akerman (Narrator)
Super Late Bloomer: My Early Days in Transition by Julia Kaye
Teen Titans: Beast Boy Loves Raven by Kami Garcia and Gabriel Picolo (Illustrator)
There's a Ghost in This House by Oliver Jeffers
Thor & Loki: Double Trouble by Mariko Tamaki and Gurihiru
The Witch King by H.E. Edgmon

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To Coach a Killer: 12/03/21

To Coach a Killer

To Coach a Killer by Victoria Laurie is the second book in the Life Coach mystery series. Cat and Gilley are trying to coach a literally cursed client. Meanwhile, they are also trying to solve the murder of Detective Shepherd's wife.

Of course the moment you start investigating something, someone ends up dead. And if you mention a curse, a cursed thing happens. So this book has a lot of both. All of this is set against an impending storm which adds tension and suspense.

In the long run, To Coach a Killer reads like it's the back half of Coached to Death (2019). There really isn't a motivating factor or event to set the plot in motion. The unsolved murder from the first book is the narrative hook.

The climax of this mystery has the emotional and visceral punch of Condominium by John D. MacDonald (!977). This climatic turn of events is broadcast early and frequently throughout the novel. That said, it still hits hard when it does. Had the climax turned out differently, I would have dropped my rating.

For readers who aren't fans of love triangles, you might want to skip this book. Cat has her way with the two men in her life. Both scenes are well written and entertaining. I'm not normally a love triangle person, but it works here.

The third book is Coached in the Act (2021).

Five stars

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