A Field Guide to Homicide review

This is the sixth book in the Cat Latimer series by Lynn Cahoon, one of my personal favorite series. I’ve always loved the intrigue that surrounds the college town and a lot of things going on there. This book definitely lived up to all my expectations and then some.

The retreat writers were a bit different at first, but eventually they became more like the usual groups Cat had before (except none of them got killed this time lol). The murdered man was someone that Seth knew from his Army days, something that Cat had never had any luck getting him to talk about. I think these books could do fine as stand alone stories, but I recommend reading them in order, since the earlier books do build on future ones and it helps bring readers close to the characters getting to know them from the beginning, at least that’s how it is for me.

My Goodreads review:

A Field Guide to Homicide (Cat Latimer Mystery #6)A Field Guide to Homicide by Lynn Cahoon

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Just as I’ve found with all of this series, I absolutely loved this book! It was the best combo of crazy family, writing guests, suspense, action, happy ending and a great mystery all rolled into one. I wasn’t sure what direction the story was headed into when it involved Seth’s army buddy being murdered, and I was just a bit worried there might be an ongoing thing involving army days, which I can always handle an ongoing if it’s fairly minor. But everything was great and was explained even more after the perp was caught.

The showdown was awesome, and Shauna got her chance to shine–along with also being in the spotlight a little with her upcoming cookbook. I really like Uncle Pete’s girlfriend Shirley and was glad to see her returning for a visit. I know I always say this, but I can’t wait for the next book!

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Sconed to Death–review

Sconed to Death is the fifth book in the Cat Latimer series by well-known cozy author Lynn Cahoon, and it has definitely become one of my favorite series. I’m actually up to date in reading it. I liked that this book was as Ms. Cahoon had described, more Shauna-centered, since Shauna has finally gotten interested in publishing a cookbook, and she’s planning a trip to meet up with her estranged brother. Shauna is an awesome character and with Cat and Seth, they really make the best working team.

My Goodreads review:

Sconed to Death (A Cat Latimer Mystery Book 5)Sconed to Death by Lynn Cahoon

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I always love visiting the Warm Springs Writers’ Retreat in this series! Cat always gets involved somehow in a murder, but this time she was lucky enough not to have found the body. However, her natural curiosity and wanting to help people took over and she did end up stopping a killer in their tracks.

I liked that this group of writers were cozy mystery authors. It was fun to hear them toss around their ideas and enjoy being at the retreat. The side story about Shauna planning to go visit her estranged brother in NYC was good. I wasn’t sure if she’d be able to pull it off, since she does enjoy cooking for Cat even when there’s not a retreat. It was cute to see her being a mother hen and wanting to make sure that both Cat and Seth had enough food in their houses and food made ahead for the week after the retreat. I wasn’t totally sure about who the killer was, and I didn’t have the reason down, but the showdown was pretty good. Cat seems to be getting a little cleverer and more careful with each case. It was pretty awesome when she took down the killer. I saw that the next book is scheduled for February and I’m happy that at least this is one series that I’m caught up in.

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Of Murder and Men–review

This is the third book in the Cat Latimer series by Lynn Cahoon. I had just finished the second book and was really anxious to see how things progressed so I did something I usually don’t do which is read more than one book from a series, right after one another. I’m glad I did. This book was kind of like a conclusion to a trilogy although I still have a couple of things I’d love to ask the author but I’m hoping she’s saving them for the next book or books.

My Goodreads review:

Of Murder and Men (A Cat Latimer Mystery)Of Murder and Men by Lynn Cahoon

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh my goodness was this a good book! I guess a book is really something when you read past the 20% warnings on your Kindle and the battery just dies on you. Luckily, I own a backup Kindle 😉

Cat Latimer has her January writers’ retreat people coming. Since we didn’t have a book for December, we find out that the retreat for that month actually went on without incident. Cat’s friend and business partner, Shauna, has fallen for a local landowner and isn’t going to be at the retreat much this time but she’s still got everything under control especially after Cat confesses to her that she forgot to turn the oven on to bake a breakfast casserole.

Shauna later gets the news that her boyfriend, recently turned fiance’ was found dead in his horse barn after having gotten up in the middle of the night to answer a text. Meanwhile Cat is still looking into Michael’s murder and now she feels like she needs to look into Kevin’s as well.

The stand out visiting character in this book was Shirley, a retired police detective who is on the retreat so she can write a police procedural. I just got the biggest kick out of her. On one hand she really likes Uncle Pete but she tries to brush it off as a professional friendship. She also grabs onto the whole Michael murder mess and won’t let go until she finds something useful. I really hope we do get to see more of Shirley.

I liked the little character cross-over that the author did from her Tourist Trap series. Cross-overs are fun, like introducing one set of your friends to another set. And that’s how I feel about the characters in this series as well as the Tourist Trap series. It’s always fun to go back to visit them.

I was glad to see some of the items that had not been resolved since the first book finally put to rest. I think Cat will always have questions about Michael but her main issues are at peace now. I’m anxious to see how the different things that Shauna, Shirley and Seth have suggested they do for the retreat turn out as well. Long live the writer’s retreat!

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Fatality by Firelight–review

This is the second book by Lynn Cahoon in the Cat Latimer Mystery series. Just a quick backstory, Cat has inherited a huge Victorian house that she and her ex-husband bought and planned to fix up. In the meantime, she divorced him then found out he was killed. The house reverted to her, mortgage-free. Cat holds writers’ retreats and is starting the second retreat in this book. Lots of mystery and even mentions of the mob are happening in this book.

I would honestly recommend that anyone interested in this series read the first book first. I think you’ll enjoy this one a lot more if you do, and it will make a lot more sense even though the author does a great job of filling in some things that happened at the first retreat.

My review on Goodreads:

Fatality by Firelight (Cat Latimer Mystery, #2)Fatality by Firelight by Lynn Cahoon

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Cat Latimer and her friends Shauna and Seth (actually he’s her boyfriend now) are gearing up for another hopefully successful writer’s retreat. All Cat wants is a nice week with no murder or crazy excitement going on during the retreat. Apparently that was too much to hope for because while she and her guests are at the first day’s activity, skiing, a local man is found murdered in one of the ski resort’s rooms. Uncle Pete, Cat’s uncle who is with the police department seems very interested in one of the guests who was last seen with the dead man.

Meanwhile a couple of mysterious men are spotted around town, one of which seems to be most interested in Cat herself. She can’t help but think that this man could possibly have some connection to her deceased ex-husband, Michael.

This book was just as exciting as the first one was. Basically, it was one I didn’t want to put down. I do love the idea of Cat trying to move past Michael’s death by using his study more, and also that she’s now in a good place with Seth. He seems so perfect for her. Shauna was her usual fun self and I just love Uncle Pete! The guests were definitely a group of diverse and interesting characters. They will have you wondering (like I did) whether one of them is actually a killer. Or could it be someone from the outside?

I like that some things from the first book are continued through this one, some explained, some not but that’s kind of fun, like a nighttime serial drama. There were a couple of side mysteries and I was right about one of them. I wasn’t totally sure about the killer though but I’m glad it wasn’t the person I had suspected.

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