I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.A Story to Kill by Lynn Cahoon
Length: 7 hours and 30 minutes
Published by Kensington on August 30th 2016
Source: Tantor Audio
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Also by this author: If the Shoe Kills, Dressed To Kill, Murder on Wheels, Tea Cups and Carnage, Fatality by Firelight, Hospitality and Homicide, Killer Party, Of Murder and Men, Killer Green Tomatoes (Farm-to-Fork Mystery #2), One Potato, Two Potato, Dead , Slay in Character , Sconed to Death , A Field Guide to Homicide
A new series from the author of the Tourist Trap Mysteries!
Former English professor Cat Latimer is back in Colorado, hosting writers’ retreats in the big blue Victorian she’s inherited, much to her surprise, from none other than her carousing ex-husband! Now it’s an authors’ getaway—but Cat won’t let anyone get away with murder…The bed-and-breakfast is open for business, and bestselling author Tom Cook is among its first guests. Cat doesn’t know why he came all the way from New York, but she’s glad to have him among the quirkier—and far less famous—attendees.
Cat’s high school sweetheart Seth, who’s fixing up the weathered home, brings on mixed emotions for Cat…some of them a little overpowering. But it’s her uncle, the local police chief, whom she’ll call for help when there’s a surprise ending for Tom Cook in his cozy guest room. Will a killer have the last word on the new life Cat has barely begun?
Praise for Lynn Cahoon’s Tourist Trap Mysteries
“Murder, dirty politics, pirate lore, and a hot police detective: Guidebook to Murder has it all! A cozy lover’s dream come true.”—Susan McBride, author of Say Yes to the Death “Lynn Cahoon has created an absorbing, good fun mystery in Mission to Murder.”—Fresh Fiction
What I thought of this book.
Cat Latimer is newly widowed though she was going to get a divorce from her husband she is kind of glad that he hadn’t changed his will yet. Because of him she gets this really nice house back in her hometown and has turned it into a writers retreat.
She figured as an author herself that it would be nice to have some other writers around one week a month, but she never figured on a famous author coming to her retreat, or him being murdered. Now she is worried that her dream of making that house a home and to have monthly retreats is going to end before it got started.
As Cat pokes into the author’s life she also has to deal with some of her own past. She finds a journal of Michaels and being back in his house isn’t helping her deal with how she felt about his betrayal and their crumbling marriage. Not only that but her ex-boyfriend is the man doing the renovations to the house. He seems like he is willing to let the past be in the past and start again and Cat isn’t sure how she feels about it. She does have feelings for him but now they are adults and things are different.
There are several people at the retreat and Cat has to figure out if one of the ones staying in her house is a killer or if it was someone else. Then Tom’s wife shows up and wants a room and things get even more interesting. I really liked the whodunit even though I sort of had it figured out.
I like Cat she is a YA author working on her next in a series and you just have to love cozies involving books and authors! She has doubts about moving back to her hometown and especially into her deceased ex-husband’s home but she really loves it and is renovating it to host a lot of writing retreats. She has brought along her best friend who makes very yummy foods and I really liked her friend, Shauna.
There are some great side characters who I know are going to be a lot of fun. Seth being one of them. He is the ex-love who gets Cat all hot and bothered even though she keeps trying to tell herself she is not interested. Her Uncle Pete who is the local cop might be one of my favorites.
This was a great start to a new series by one of my favorite cozy authors and I can’t wait till the next one comes out!
If you are a cozy fan you need to get this one!
C.S.E Cooney is one of my favorite cozy mystery narrators and she does a great job with this one!
Audio Rating: 4.5 stars