A Date to Die
Kay Adler is a hardworking Chicago detective who seeks justice for the victims of murder. She has one close friend, no lovers, and a difficult family. Her life is her work. If she drinks enough on her off hours, it suits her just fine. When people she knows start dying, her team works to track down the killer. He’s a master of disguise and impossible to find, and she must look at uncomfortable parts of her past to find a suspect. She finds two. She’s removed from the case because of her personal involvement and is replaced by Detective Jamie Sidwell, a woman with whom she has a troubled relationship. Their uneasy alliance takes them places they never would have guessed, but their bond is tested when the killer turns his sights on Kay.

A Date to Die Details

TitleA Date to Die
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 17th, 2017
PublisherBold Strokes Books
Rating
GenreMystery, Glbt, Lesbian, Crime

A Date to Die Review

  • Lex Kent
    January 1, 1970
    This was a good mystery/thriller, that kept me reading until the end. Entertaining, with plenty of twists and turns, that any mystery fan should enjoy. This is the second book I have read by Laughlin. While I enjoyed Veritas, I thought this book was even better.I do want to point out, I think this book's blurb gives away a little too much. If you are interested in getting this book, you might want to just skim the blurb, not read it too closely. It doesn't give away anything huge, but this is a This was a good mystery/thriller, that kept me reading until the end. Entertaining, with plenty of twists and turns, that any mystery fan should enjoy. This is the second book I have read by Laughlin. While I enjoyed Veritas, I thought this book was even better.I do want to point out, I think this book's blurb gives away a little too much. If you are interested in getting this book, you might want to just skim the blurb, not read it too closely. It doesn't give away anything huge, but this is a book with twists, it was nice to have them all unfold without me knowing much going into this book.Kay Adler, is a hard working detective. One of the best homicide detectives in her division. She works hard to always bring the killer to justice. When she enters a new murder scene, she realizes she knows the victim. Investigating a case, when it is someone you know, is a lot harder than Kay ever though. Can she keep herself together and stop the killer before it is too late?I love to read books where the main characters are strong, kick-ass women. Kay fits this perfectly. She is an extremely likeable main character. She is not perfect, and not a superhero, but she is tough and will do what it takes to get the killer. I know Laughlin normally writes stand-alone books, but I think this could be a great series. Kay, is strong enough to carry a series, and I would love more books with her.I know a lot of mystery-thriller books that include romance, the romance can suffer. So much time is put to the mystery and action of the book, the romance normally takes a back seat. In a way, that is the case here, but it is not too bad. Yes, the romance is not a huge part of the book, but it is there, and it seemed more realistic considering everything that is going on. So I am actually okay with it this time, and I'm not going to complain too much. The romance is a bit of an enemies to lovers type of story, and I enjoyed it. My only real complaint, we don't get to know Kay's love interest as much as I would have liked. Kay really is the star of the book and she outshines everyone else. If Laughlin decides to turn this into a series, I would love some good POV from Kay's girlfriend.When it comes to the mystery part of this book, it was really good. Lot's of twists and turns and I really enjoyed how everything unfolded. I have read so many mysteries over my 35 years of life, that I can normally solve the mystery very quickly. That was not the case with this book, it really kept me guessing. It was not until almost the 75% mark that I had an epiphany and figured things out. And really it was a lucky guess on my part. This mystery was well done.If you are a mystery-thriller fan, chances are very high that you will enjoy this. It was a good entertaining read, that kept me up reading all night. I don't know if Laughlin reads reviews, but I hope she will write a sequel. Kay needs another story and I would happily read it.An ARC was given to me by BSB, for a honest review.
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  • Jem
    January 1, 1970
    I've been sitting on this review for a week now because I'm not sure if it's gonna do the book justice. I wanted to see if I'd feel better about the book after a while. I don't. As I see it, I think my feelings about the book, and consequently my rating is a victim of the high expectations I had based on the blurb, or this is a case of me being in a glass-half-empty mood, so excuse the rants. Anyway, here goes my thoughts from last week, immediately after reading: The biggest reason I read lesfi I've been sitting on this review for a week now because I'm not sure if it's gonna do the book justice. I wanted to see if I'd feel better about the book after a while. I don't. As I see it, I think my feelings about the book, and consequently my rating is a victim of the high expectations I had based on the blurb, or this is a case of me being in a glass-half-empty mood, so excuse the rants. Anyway, here goes my thoughts from last week, immediately after reading: The biggest reason I read lesfic is the depth of emotion I get to experience whenever I pick one up, whatever the sub-genre. Even more so than the romance and sex. It's such an intrinsic part of lesfic that I've always just assumed that it's gonna be there. It's my personal connection to the characters. Without it, I'd feel about as much pleasure as reading a fancy restaurant menu. This book is a police procedural, and as such it is competently written. But the main character is a stoic, which, in lesfic, as I realized after the end of the book, might as well be the emotional equivalent of asexual in an erotica book :)Let's see. Kay is a thirty something hotshot senior detective. She's legendary for having the highest rate of cleared cases. And there's a good reason for that. Aside from being smart, thorough and dogged, she's fiercely stubborn and can be downright reckless in the pursuit of bad guys. However, Kay picks up a case where her relatives and friends are being targeted. The only connection seems to be Kay herself. The usual suspects are the exes in her life. In this case, an ex-husband and an ex-felon she helped put away. The police procedures are commendably thorough as clues and suspects are methodically chased down and eliminated. The wiliness of the perpetrator also helped to put the detectives and the reader constantly on their toes. I could see why Kay had to be so emotionally detached as the victim count kept rising and case spiraled closer and closer to her. However Kay is so stoic every time her emotions well up or she finds herself on the verge of tears, the walls come up and the reader is effectively shut out of her psyche. I know she is written like that but there's no fun (and character development) if the ice queen never thaws. Not even when she was hit by love from the most unexpected direction. It might be because that the love interest is another stoic, as Kay wryly observed. These two ladies are the epitome of cool and hardass. No histrionics, no tears, no vulnerability. At least, none that lasted longer than a sentence or two.What was perplexing (for me) was the racecar-like speed with which their romance went--from zero to 100 mph in like, 4 seconds flat. From intense rivalry to grudging coop to....bed. Fast enough to cause whiplash on lesfic readers like me used to a more realistic pace. And these two are supposed to be stoic! I guess the silent ones do run the deepest. Or in this case, the fastest. :)On paper, I should have loved the two ladies. The idea of cool, sexy, knight in shining armor Jamie swooping in to rescue proud, independent, stubborn Kay from the many dragons in her life is the stuff of which great romance is made of. But this is first and foremost a crime thriller. The dry, serious tone employed in the storytelling was just too matter-of-fact and well, too flat. Still, even assuming this was intended as a crime thriller with an understated romance, it would have been nice if reader could feel some emotional connection with the characters. In addition, we are told both Kay and Jamie come with lots of baggage but there was never any serious attempt to resolve or explore their issues. There are occasional touches of wry humor, though the moments are rare.The case itself, while generally believable, felt a bit like it's....I don't know... rigged, somehow. But very subtly. Contrived seems too strong a word. You know, like it's been carefully plotted by an invisible hand to be just bad enough but not too horrific. For example, (view spoiler)[the people who were murdered, coincidentally, weren't particularly close to the lead character. The ones dearest to her were spared the worst fates. The consequence being that Kay was spared the kind of heartbreaking grief that can melt even the most stoic of readers. I also found it hard to believe how easily Kay and Jamie dispatched their respective targets at the end of the book. (hide spoiler)]Bottom line, this book had a lot of potential to be a good read or at least, an entertaining one. But the execution just fell flat for me. Read as a straight police procedural though, it's solid. 3.4 starsARC from Netgalley and BSB
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    This was quite an enjoyable read. There is lots of action and even some surprises. I am notorious for being easily fooled while reading...and I was fooled more than once. There is some romance but it is secondary to the police investigation.The main character is a unapologetic badass and respected for it. Her love interest, while not quite as bitchy, is hard core in her own right. I enjoyed them bouncing off each other.All in all a book that grabbed me from the beginning and kept me interested t This was quite an enjoyable read. There is lots of action and even some surprises. I am notorious for being easily fooled while reading...and I was fooled more than once. There is some romance but it is secondary to the police investigation.The main character is a unapologetic badass and respected for it. Her love interest, while not quite as bitchy, is hard core in her own right. I enjoyed them bouncing off each other.All in all a book that grabbed me from the beginning and kept me interested the whole way through.A solid 4 star read.I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Agirlcandream
    January 1, 1970
    A Date to Die is a solid police procedural. Kay Adler is a no-nonsense detective determined to track down the person responsible for killing people she knows and threatening those close to her heart. When she is pulled off the case due to a conflict of interest, another detective, Jamie Sidwell is tasked with finding the killer. She may not be part of the official investigation team but Adler does not sit idly by and continues her own investigation into the murders. I enjoyed following the inves A Date to Die is a solid police procedural. Kay Adler is a no-nonsense detective determined to track down the person responsible for killing people she knows and threatening those close to her heart. When she is pulled off the case due to a conflict of interest, another detective, Jamie Sidwell is tasked with finding the killer. She may not be part of the official investigation team but Adler does not sit idly by and continues her own investigation into the murders. I enjoyed following the investigation and guessing who had their sights set on Kay. Adler is larger than life and well developed unlike her love interest, Jamie Sidwell. She is one dimensional and relies on Kay to help her hunt down the killer. The ending was telegraphed and not as suspenseful as it could have been. ARC received with thanks from BSB via NetGalley for review,
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  • Aj Smith
    January 1, 1970
    Kay Adler is a total bitch and I fucking love her! In some ways she's a bit of a stereotypical cop in that she's seriously committed to her job and somewhat warped by the fact that she accidentally killed a suspect's wife when a bullet went through a wall during an arrest early in her career. Despite all of this she's not a clichéd alcoholic and is a highly respected homicide detective. One reason I loved this book is that it constantly managed to surprise me, I consistently failed to predict wh Kay Adler is a total bitch and I fucking love her! In some ways she's a bit of a stereotypical cop in that she's seriously committed to her job and somewhat warped by the fact that she accidentally killed a suspect's wife when a bullet went through a wall during an arrest early in her career. Despite all of this she's not a clichéd alcoholic and is a highly respected homicide detective. One reason I loved this book is that it constantly managed to surprise me, I consistently failed to predict what would happen next and I genuinely did not see the endgame playing out the way it did. There is a romance element to it, however, it takes a back seat to the murder investigation, which is compelling and extremely well written. I haven't read any of Anne Laughlin's other books but I will soon be rectifying this. As far as I know, all of her other novels are standalones but I really hope that Detective Adler gets a series.
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  • Kennedy
    January 1, 1970
    Detective Kay Adler is a solid and believable character with an interesting dynamic between her and her parents. Kay is focused and determined to be the best. This read is about how she handles people she loves and cares about being pursued. Detective Jamie Sidwell is a determined and caring person with baggage of her own. If you like strong capable leads with a dogged determination to catch people doing wrong, this is the read for you. I thought the storyline itself was interesting as well as e Detective Kay Adler is a solid and believable character with an interesting dynamic between her and her parents. Kay is focused and determined to be the best. This read is about how she handles people she loves and cares about being pursued. Detective Jamie Sidwell is a determined and caring person with baggage of her own. If you like strong capable leads with a dogged determination to catch people doing wrong, this is the read for you. I thought the storyline itself was interesting as well as engaging. The hook up was quick which to some extent I can understand but the ending was not very satisfying. Generally speaking, I expected more detail and background about the main characters.Read provided via Netgalley from Bold Strokes Books.
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  • Illustrious Illusions
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first book I've read by the author and look forward to more. A Date to Die has several good twists, a few moments when I wondered why the main character was being so stupid, and then even more twists. A very enjoyable read that grips you and moves at a fast pace.
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  • Andrea
    January 1, 1970
    ARC from Netgalley and Bold Strokes BooksI liked the premise and the blurb of the book but the story itself kind of left me disappointed. I couldn’t connect with the main character, Kay, from the beginning and she annoyed me. For someone who was pro trained over and over as not having relationships or dating or even liking people, she was awfully quick with both romantic encounters. First Diana- she didn’t even know her and there was a strong bond between them? And Jamie, their relationship went ARC from Netgalley and Bold Strokes BooksI liked the premise and the blurb of the book but the story itself kind of left me disappointed. I couldn’t connect with the main character, Kay, from the beginning and she annoyed me. For someone who was pro trained over and over as not having relationships or dating or even liking people, she was awfully quick with both romantic encounters. First Diana- she didn’t even know her and there was a strong bond between them? And Jamie, their relationship went from hating each other to love in like 4 seconds. All of that seemed odd to me and made it so that I didn’t really enjoy the book.
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  • Laurie Beemer
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoy reading books full of mystery, suspense and thrills; this book did not disappoint. What happens when there is death at every step and no one knows if they are safe? This book keeps you at the edge of your seat, guessing and wondering until the end. I enjoy reading books with strong female leads and Detective Kay Adler is not a disappointment. Thank you NetGalley and Anne Laughlin for allowing me to read this ARC and write a honest review.
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    A date to die for is a well written police thriller. It is exciting, entertaining and gripping. Kay Adler is a passionate and committed detective, who is realizes the connection to her recent murders is herself. She sets her sights on catching the person responsible for killing the people she knows. Detective Jamie Sidwell is brought in to take over the case, despite Kay's disapproval and reluctance to give up the case. Although she is officially off the case, it does not stop her from working i A date to die for is a well written police thriller. It is exciting, entertaining and gripping. Kay Adler is a passionate and committed detective, who is realizes the connection to her recent murders is herself. She sets her sights on catching the person responsible for killing the people she knows. Detective Jamie Sidwell is brought in to take over the case, despite Kay's disapproval and reluctance to give up the case. Although she is officially off the case, it does not stop her from working it. After initial clashes with Jamie, she starts to share intel and allows Jamie to do her job without making it harder for her. Throughout the book Kay and Jamie's relationship grows and it is nice to see understanding between them. The chemistry is intense, and they are both likable characters in their own way. This book as a whole was well written and each page you read had you turning to find out more. The plot and the twists were enjoyable. The only thing I would have liked to read more about is information about our main characters and also the growing relationship between both detectives. If you like police thrillers, with a little bit of romance, then you will undoubtedly enjoy this book.
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  • R
    January 1, 1970
    A Date to Die is a fast pace adventure, mystery, and romance story. The characters are complex and intriguing. The main character, Detective Kay Alder, is on an emotional seesaw throughout the story. This intensity, whether hate, fear, anger, or love, can just as quickly be replaced by a stoic persona. Kay needs this type of personality in her line of work, especially since people in her life are either murdered or hurt by a deranged killer intent on seeking revenge. The problem with Kay is trus A Date to Die is a fast pace adventure, mystery, and romance story. The characters are complex and intriguing. The main character, Detective Kay Alder, is on an emotional seesaw throughout the story. This intensity, whether hate, fear, anger, or love, can just as quickly be replaced by a stoic persona. Kay needs this type of personality in her line of work, especially since people in her life are either murdered or hurt by a deranged killer intent on seeking revenge. The problem with Kay is trusting people to bring this person to justice. She gradually, albeit stubbornly, allows Jamie into her world and eventually, her heart. I did enjoy the police related plot of this story. However, certain relationship plots-Kate’s parents and her artist brother, seem to be a bit underdeveloped. I was left wondering why they reacted the way they did or were absent from Kay’s life during pivotal moments. Other than this, it was a good read, especially it you enjoy police drama.
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