Coached in the Act: 03/03/22
Coached in the Act by Victoria Laurie is the third of the Life Coach mysteries. This mystery takes place in the time between the initial COVID lockdowns in New York and the more recent omicron surge. Cat's business is booming even in the times of COVID, but she's worried about her friend, Gilley. His marriage seems to be on the rocks.
To give Gilley a well needed distraction, Cat takes him to the one woman show: "Twelve Angry Men." When Cat decides to skip the second act she's in the right (or wrong place) at the time to witness events leading up to a murder. Meanwhile, Yelena Galanis, is murdered during the intermission. Are the two related? If so, how?
Much of the investigation into both murders hinge on who the twelve former lovers were. The question then is, how many of them are genuine clues vs red herrings? An observant reader, though, will see through all the subterfuge to who actually committed the crime and why. Despite all that I really enjoyed this mystery. It was a nice departure after the previous two with the hitman plot.
Of recently published books I read, Coached in the Act was a departure in how the plot was built around COVID. I've seen it in some television series — NCIS and NCIS New Orleans, for example, but this was the first mystery I've read to include it.
The fourth book is Coached Red-Handed which releases June 28th, 2022.