Dying To Be Thin by Kathryn Lilley

Being a woman who is on the other side of thin, I have two reactions to heroines who are “plus size”: I either love them or hate them. I can’t stand a whiny woman who carries on about her weight as if it alone is responsible for whatever is going on in her life. Don’t get me wrong, if a woman wants to lose weight, I say “go for it.” But please, could you stop bitching about it along the way?

Kate Gallagher is firmly in the “love her” category.

Kate lost her job as a news producer in Boston and gets dumped by her boyfriend, both in the same week. She has saved some money, so she has some time to decide what to do next.  Actually, it isn’t so much what she wants to do as how she is going to get there. She has been told that she “has the face for TV” but it’s evident that her weight is keeping her off camera.  She wants to be on-camera, so that means she has to lose weight.

Her solution is to go to a weight loss clinic to lose weight.  Being enterprising, she pitches a diet story to the local network and they take her up on it.  So, she is going to go on camera and weigh in – so the entire Durham, NC market will know how much she weighs.  Only slightly nerve-wracking, right?

Kate is barely at the clinic when its director is murdered.  Of course, Kate can’t stay out of it, so she investigates. Investigating gets her into a lot of trouble, naturally, but it also gets her a whole new life in Durham, NC.


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