Sunday, November 11, 2007

Dying To Be Thin - Kathryn Lilley

Dying To Be Thin
A Fat City Mystery
Kathryn Lilley


Television news producer Kate Gallagher has taken a double hit recently: first, she was laid off from her job at the news station; then, her boyfriend dumped her. In re-evaluating her life, Kate decides that her next job will be in front of the camera. Of course, that means that she needs to be incredibly thin. And therein lies the problem. Over the past couple of years, Kate has put on some fifty extra pounds because of stress, late nights, and bad eating habits. But she’s got a plan. She’s going to the Hoffman Clinic in Durham. She’ll be staying there for at least a couple of months to lose the weight. At the same time, she’s managed to snag a part-time job with a local TV station. Her first assignment is to document her own weight loss story.

Arriving at the Hoffman Clinic, Kate notes with a certain amount of pleasure that, compared to most of the other guests, she’s practically svelte. Her first night there, she meets Dr. Hoffman. She is less than impressed, honestly, but the other residents seem to almost revere him despite his imperious behavior. The following morning, she meets Hoffman again. This time, he’s seated on the porch swing. And he’s covered in vomit. And someone stuck fondue forks into his eyes. And he’s dead. Obviously, someone else agreed with Kate’s initial assessment of Hoffman. And this will make a much more interesting story than Kate’s shrinking thighs.

Kate is a great new character. She’s taken some hard knocks recently, but she’s not sitting around feeling sorry for herself. She’s taking action and changing her life. She’s also got a wicked sense of humor about just about everything. There are plenty of suspects around, and it doesn’t take long to figure out that Hoffman had more than enough enemies. The author knows of what she writes. The weight loss in service to an on-camera career is based on her real-life experiences. I’m happy to report that a second Kate Gallagher mystery is planned for next fall.

Rating: 7 ½
October 2007
ISBN# 978-0-451-22240-4 (paperback)


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