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?
The main character in this story is a likeable and serious author who has decided to supplement her income by turning her home into a writer’s retreat – a proposition that turns out to be more challenging than she expected. The participants in the first retreat range in age and background, with distinct personalities and quirks. And, of course, one of the writers turns up dead. Motivated by curiosity and a concern for the impact of the murder on her future earnings, she joins forces with her uncle, the local police chief, to solve the case. Although the writer’s murder is solved, there is a subplot that remains unresolved – I assume this cliffhanger will be resolved later in the series.
All in all, it was an enjoyable and fast paced read, with many a twist and turn that should appeal to mystery lovers.
FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book as part of this blog tour. This has not affected the content of my review in any way.
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About the Author
New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, Lynn Cahoon is an Idaho native. If you’d visit the town where she grew up, you’d understand why her mysteries and romance novels focus around the depth and experience of small town life. Currently, she’s living in a small historic town on the banks of the Mississippi river where her imagination tends to wander. She lives with her husband and two fur babies.
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