Of Murder and Men (Cat Latimer Series #3)

Of Murder and Men (Cat Latimer Series #3)

by Lynn Cahoon
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Of Murder and Men (Cat Latimer Series #3) by Lynn Cahoon

Love is in the air in Aspen Hills, and it’s making a terrible mess of Cat Latimer’s writers’ retreat—especially when blood stains the plot . . .

Ever since her business partner, Shauna, fell for a wealthy landowner in town, Cat has been working double time to keep her writers’ retreat running. And with the January session almost underway, that spells trouble. As if scheduling mishaps aren’t disastrous enough, Shauna skips out on kitchen duties one morning, forcing Cat to serve unsuspecting guests store-bought muffins . . .

But best laid plans really go awry when Shauna discovers her beau missing from their bed. When his body later turns up in the horse barn, they quickly find out the victim’s scandalous lifestyle left many dying for revenge. While balancing an eccentric group of aspiring writers and a suspect list for the record books, Cat soon finds herself on the heels of a killer—and authoring her most deadly conclusion yet . . .

Praise for Lynn Cahoon

“Better get your flashlight handy, A Story to Kill will keep you reading all night.” —Laura Bradford, author of the Amish Mysteries

“Lynn Cahoon has created an absorbing, good fun mystery in Mission to Murder.” —Fresh Fiction

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496704399
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 11/28/2017
Series: Cat Latimer Series , #3
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 128,816
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lynn Cahoon is an Idaho expat. She grew up living the small town life she now loves to write about. Currently, she’s living with her husband and two fur babies in a small historic town on the banks of the Mississippi River where her imagination tends to wander. Guidebook to Murder, Book 1 of the Tourist Trap series, won the 2015 Reader’s Crown award for Mystery Fiction.

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CHAPTER 1

Trust. It was a hard word to put into practice. Especially when you applied it to humans, who — with the little thing called free will — didn't seem to worry about breaking promises.

Cat Latimer sank into the leather chair her ex-husband — well, now deceased ex-husband — Michael had purchased through an online estate sale. The soft leather chair had been advertised as part of Tom Clancy's writing office. She had a feeling that, at the price Michael had paid for the item, it probably was just an old chair. But it was lovely and comfortable, and still, after almost a year, smelled like Michael's aftershave.

The television was turned on to the Cooking Channel and a celebrity chef whom Cat didn't recognize was making cinnamon rolls. Normally, the house would smell like baked goods since they had a new group of writers coming in for the January retreat, but Shauna Mary Clodagh wasn't baking in the kitchen. Her best friend and partner in the retreat business wasn't even in the house. Shauna had promised to be here late tonight so there would be fresh baked goods available as soon as guests started arriving sometime around two. She'd talked Seth into doing the airport runs so all she had to do was cook and manage the lodging part of the retreat.

Cat wasn't holding her breath.

Shauna had moved to Aspen Hills, Colorado, with Cat last summer after Michael died. Because Michael had failed to change his will post-divorce, Cat had inherited the large Victorian she'd walked away from during the divorce. Since she was making okay money at this author gig, putting on a monthly writers' retreat had seemed like an easy way to supplement her cash flow.

The first couple of sessions had been rocky, to say the least, with one guest being stabbed in a second-floor bedroom and in the next, a guest accused of murder. Since then, they had gotten through the December retreat without anyone dying or going to jail. Cat thought they were getting the hang of this guest services business. Or people had been on their best behavior because of the holiday.

Seth Howard, Cat's high school sweetheart and current boyfriend, had become an almost full-time figure during retreat weeks. Which worked for him since his small self-employed business as a handyman often left him without enough jobs to fill a full month, especially in the winter. Seth had always been there. A friend she could trust, even when they weren't a couple.

Cat pulled the crocheted throw closer to ward off a chill as the wind whipped the snow outside the window. Colorado winter weather was completely trustworthy. Snow had covered the ground for months. Spring would be a welcome sight when it finally arrived.

Glancing at the half-emptied desk drawer open to her left, she pushed away her rambling thoughts and returned to the task at hand: cleaning out Michael's study. She'd found out more about the man in the last six months than she'd known in their entire marriage. She had one last drawer to go through and the desk would finally be cleared out. Michael had been an economics professor at the same college where she'd gotten a master's in English and had her first teaching job. Michael had been tops in his field, at least locally. Knowing his potential legacy, Cat didn't want to trash his papers before she'd had a chance to go through them.

And then there was the matter of the side project he'd been working on when he died. A project that could have been the reason for his death. No, it was better all around for Cat to box everything up and take it to her office, where she could go through stuff at her leisure.

"Working hard, I see." Her Uncle Pete stood in the doorway. He walked over and sat in what she always thought of as her chair. "I thought you were getting this room ready for your guests, not learning how to bake."

"I may have to learn if Shauna doesn't stop playing house with Kevin Shield and get back here for the retreat." That had come out harsher than she'd wanted it to. She really needed to learn to hide her feelings, just a bit. "Anyway, I'm almost done boxing things up. The shelves have been cleared of the books I'll be donating to the library, and in a few hours, this room will be a writer's dream."

Cat had moved her craft books down from her personal library for the retreat guests to use while they were there. The one thing this house wasn't shy on was bookcases. Her office upstairs had ceiling-to-floor built-in bookcases across the one wall that didn't have windows. Michael's office — the study, she corrected herself — had a wall of bookcases. Now, with the economics tomes all boxed up and ready to deliver to the library, there was more room for writing books, as well as fiction.

Even with the memories of their brief marriage still floating in the air here and there, the house was room by room becoming her own. She stood and stretched, laying the throw over the leather chair. "What are you doing here anyway?"

"You're always so welcoming." He laughed at the look that must have filled Cat's face. "No response needed — I was kidding. Anyway, I got a call from an Alaskan detective who wanted to let me know she was coming into town. Doing some research on a cold case apparently."

He leaned forward on the chair. "She's one of your writer guests. I was just checking in to see if she'd arrived yet."

"No one's coming in until tomorrow." Shauna had left Cat a schedule of Seth's airport runs and when the guests would be arriving.

Uncle Pete checked his phone. "That's not what I have in my notes. She said her plane was arriving this morning. I guess she was planning on taking a cab out here."

"That's going to cost her a fortune." Cat grabbed her phone. "What time does her flight arrive? I can see if Seth can run into Denver really quick."

"Ten this morning." They both looked at the large clock on the wall. It was three. Even with the possibility of bad roads, the woman should be here any minute.

"Look, she said she had cleared this early arrival with someone here. I guess it was Shauna?" They both looked at the television, where a smiling home chef was explaining how to make muffins. Uncle Pete shook his head. "Maybe you could take her to The Diner for breakfast tomorrow? I'll take her somewhere for dinner tonight, professional courtesy and all."

"Are you sure? I mean, if you're busy, I don't want you to have to babysit our guests because of a mix-up." Cat was going to have a long heart-to-heart with Shauna about at least letting Cat know what was going on. True love or not, she was depending on Shauna to help run this place.

"I wouldn't have offered if I didn't want to. Besides, I'd love to hear what she's working on and if it's connected to Aspen Hills." He let the subject hang in the air as they both knew that the writer's cold case being connected to the small college community wasn't totally unlikely. With the history Cat had just recently discovered about the town where she'd grown up, she knew that "connected" probably had multiple meanings here. It could mean that the victim had a connection here or the suspect had committed the crime here or, more likely, that the incident or the players had Mob connections.

"I believe I was happier before I knew Covington College's little secret." She walked around the desk. "Do you want to stay around to greet her?"

"If you don't mind." He looked around the room. "If you have things to do, I can hang out here. I'm sure I'll find something to read while I wait."

"I'll just run upstairs and make sure at least one of the rooms is ready. What did you say her name was?" Cat frowned. She really needed to be more on top of the guest list, especially with Shauna's new interests.

"Shirley. Shirley Mann." He stood and crossed the room, pausing to give her a hard stare as he did. "Don't tell me you didn't have Harry Bowman run a background check this session. I thought it was going to be a standard practice?"

"Don't lecture me. Besides, I did get the checks." She flushed, envisioning the envelope on her desk upstairs, unopened. "I just didn't read the report yet."

Her uncle sighed. "One of these days, you're going to regret not being more careful. You realize you had a murderer masquerade as a writer just a few months ago, right? You could have hindered his access if you'd at least read the report before letting him into the house."

"I'll read it this evening. I suppose I can trust the woman who used to be a cop, right? The others, I'll read their background checks before Seth puts them in the shuttle tomorrow." She followed him to the doorway. "Besides, my uncle is the police chief. What kind of trouble can I get into?"

"Seriously?" He gave her a quick hug. "You are kidding me, right?"

Cat shut the door to the study behind them. "You'd think. Go get some coffee and hang out in the living room. Let me know when Shirley arrives."

She grabbed a welcome kit out of the hall closet and took the stairs to the second floor two at a time. Shauna had cleaned the rooms last week, but typically they did a quick run-through together before the guests arrived. The welcome kit held a map of the town, one of the college, a notebook with the retreat's name on the front, pens, and an assortment of local treats including teas and hot cocoa. Shauna had put a plate of fresh cookies in everyone's room during the last retreat, but Shirley was going to have to deal with the Colorado delicacies in the basket if she wanted any snacks. At least until tomorrow, when the chef-in-residence would actually be back in residence. Cat checked the towels and bath items and fluffed the pillows. Walking over to the window, she opened the drapes to let the sunshine in. She glanced around. The room looked lovely. She hoped Shirley would arrive before the sun disappeared for the day.

The writers' retreat was the one way she could continue to pay the utilities and the remodeling loan on the Victorian. She'd sunk most of her savings into the furniture and other amenities that the retreat needed. If she had to hire someone to take over Shauna's role, she didn't know how she could afford to pay for all the things that her friend took care of now.

"No use worrying about something that hasn't happened yet," she told the reflection of herself in the mirror. She pushed her brown hair back behind her ears and peered at her image. A quick shower, some makeup, and some clean clothes might make her look a little more like a professional author. An image she didn't feel totally comfortable with, at least not yet. If they really wanted to meet the author persona, she should wear yoga pants, a cami, and her old sweat jacket. That's what she typically wore, especially when she was on deadline, like she had been a few weeks ago. Now, she had a few weeks before she had to start up a new story. Time to let it percolate in her head.

She headed upstairs to her room and quickly got ready for her new guest. On the way back downstairs, she heard laughter coming from the living room. Cat put on a smile and took a deep breath. Time to be perky and cheerful for another week.

Or at least friendly.

Uncle Pete sat on the couch. Shauna sat next to him and waved Cat over. "There you are."

"I've been here. You're the one that's been MIA." Cat bit her tongue, hoping the words wouldn't come out as a complaint. "Did you know we had a guest showing up today?"

Shauna's eyes widened. "Oh, no. Shirley's coming in early. I totally forgot. Did Seth pick her up at the airport yet?" She glanced at her watch, then back up at their faces. "Did I forget to ask Seth to go get her too?"

"Apparently, she's getting her own transportation." Uncle Pete patted Shauna's knee. "I chatted with her last night on the phone and the woman seems to have a solid head on her shoulders. I think she'll be fine."

"That's not the point." Shauna stood. "I need to set up her room."

Cat sat down. "I already did. I could use some help with the food for tomorrow morning though. Uncle Pete says he's taking her out to dinner, so we just have to have a breakfast ready for her."

"No problem. I can whip up something before I head back to the ranch." Shauna sank back onto the couch. "All you'll have to do is heat it up in the oven."

"You're going back to the ranch tonight?" Cat rubbed her eyes, feeling the stress build.

"I have to. I told Kevin I'd be there for dinner so we can celebrate." Shauna smiled and held out her hand. A large diamond twinkled on her ring finger. "He asked me to marry him. Can you believe it? I thought we were breaking up over Christmas — I didn't see him at all. And then out of the blue, he asks me to marry him."

Cat's breath caught. She didn't want to burst Shauna's bubble, but Kevin had been a total jerk to her friend the entire time they'd dated. And now, he wanted to marry her? "But you've only known each other a few months."

"Six months, exactly." Shauna stared at the ring. "I didn't quite say yes, not yet. But he told me to wear the ring anyway. I think he wants me to get attached so I have to say yes to keep it."

"Do you want to marry him?" Cat was still in shock. All the things she'd worried about were happening. She was losing her friend and her partner in the retreat.

Shauna didn't look up. "I'm not sure."

"Well, I'm happy for you, no matter what you decide. It's about time Kevin manned up and did something right. Although, you know, if he hurts you, I'll be there to put him in his place." Uncle Pete pulled Shauna into a hug. "We're very happy for you, dear. Aren't we, Cat?"

Cat met her uncle's gaze and saw his warning not to be a jerk to her best friend about the proposal. "If you're happy, I'm happy."

Shauna turned toward her and hugged Cat. "I'm so glad to hear that. I was so worried you'd be upset."

"How can I be upset when you're getting married? We'll figure things out with the retreat. And I can deal with breakfast tomorrow as long as you can do the rest of the time." She patted Shauna's back and rolled her eyes in her uncle's direction.

Shauna pulled away and wiped her eyes. "I better get in the kitchen and get the muffins started. I'll do a breakfast casserole and start some soup for your dinner tonight."

"I can feed myself, you know." Cat smiled as Shauna stood and focused on her ring, again. "The ring is pretty."

"I know, right? For once, Kevin did good." Shauna smiled and disappeared into the hallway.

Uncle Pete and Cat sat on the couch, not talking for a few seconds. Then he shook his head. "That boy's going to break her heart, you know that, right?"

Cat nodded. "I'd lay money on it. But if he does, I'm going to make him pay."

CHAPTER 2

Before Uncle Pete could lecture her about leaving things, especially relationships, alone, Cat heard the front door open. A strong female voice called out, "Hello? Is anyone here?"

"Sounds like our guest is here." Cat popped up and started walking to the front lobby.

Uncle Pete caught up with her and put a hand on her arm, stopping her. "Cat, you need to let Shauna deal with this engagement. Good or bad, it's her life."

Cat pressed her lips together and nodded. She didn't like it, but her uncle was right. Nothing good would come of her trying to keep Shauna away from Kevin. She would just have to pick up the pieces once he blew up Shauna's life and walked out the door. "I'll be nice."

"I'll believe that when I see it." Uncle Pete released her arm. "Let's go meet our new friend. I have a feeling she's going to be very interesting."

Shirley Mann stood at the counter, her bags at her feet. She had steel-grey hair, cut shorter than Cat's, and deep blue eyes that watched as Cat and Uncle Pete walked toward her. Cop's eyes.

"Looks like I'm in the right place. The cab driver didn't realize there was even a bed-and-breakfast here in town."

"We're not really a bed-and-breakfast — we're only open for the writers' retreat. I don't know if I could deal with a house full of people all the time. I'd never get anything done." Cat held out a hand. "Shirley? I'm Cat Latimer, and this is my uncle, Pete Edward."

They shook, and Shirley turned toward Uncle Pete. "I enjoyed talking with you last night. Thank you, again, for letting me visit your lovely town. I never want to just walk in without permission from the local law enforcement department. I would have expected the same courtesy when I was on the job."

"We do have a set of codes, don't we? Anyway, I'd love to come visit Alaska someday. I never seem to take a vacation from the job though. You know how it is." He leaned against the registration desk. "I'd like to take you to dinner tonight, if you're feeling up to it. The place isn't fancy, but it has good beer and an excellent steak dinner and we can talk about that cold case you're looking into."

(Continues…)



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Of Murder and Men (Cat Latimer Series #3) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series of books are interesting in plot and characters. Not to heavy for a nice get away.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read with enjoyable characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast moving cat latimer mystery
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. It answered a lot of questions.
GratefulGrandma 6 months ago
Cat Latimer has her January writers' retreat people coming. This is her fourth retreat, but only one has gone off without a hitch. This time, the partners are back in the middle of a murder investigation. Cat's friend and business partner, Shauna, has recently gotten engaged and is spending a lot of time at Kevin's ranch. She heads over for dinner, taking a pot of stew for dinner. After returning to the house, she does not trust Cat to get breakfast ready, she is woken in the middle of the night by Cat's Uncle Pete. Kevin is dead, he was poisoned and the poison was in the stew. Not only is Shauna devastated, but she is also a suspect, especially since she recently bought rat poison at the local hardware store. Cat is now investigation Michael's death (her ex-husband) and Kevin's. Will she be able to find the real murderer before something happens to Shauna? Will she be able to find out what happened to Michael without putting herself in danger? I really enjoyed Shirley, a retired police detective who is on the retreat so she can write a police procedural. She was so funny. You could tell she really liked Uncle Pete, but she tells everyone it is a professional relationship. There is a lot of teasing going on there. She also helps Cat with her investigation of Michael's death and they do some sleuthing together. I hope she sticks around in the next few books as a love interest for Uncle Pete. The other members of the retreat didn't play much of a role in this book, except for the College Student who was there in the college spot. I really enjoy the relationship Cat, Shauna and Seth have in these books. They are partners and best friends, almost like siblings, although Seth really wants to rekindle the high school romance he had with Cat. I was glad to see Michael's murder solved, but I think there is still a bit more for Cat to find out. It is fun to visit Cat and her gang in Colorado and I look forward to my next visit.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Great easy read
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Anonymous 12 months ago
Facts repeated multiple times. Very wordy with little importance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love every book I have read by Lynn Cahoon. As soon as I see a new book by her I immediately order it. Great story teller??
ethel55 More than 1 year ago
Another month, and another session of writers are descending on Cat Latimer's writer's retreat in Aspen Hills, Colorado. Cat's right hand and partner Shauna is enveloped in a new relationship, causing moments of stress for Cat about the new session. After Shauna's new boyfriend is killed, she is an obvious suspect. The guests this time aren't the focus of the investigation, but it does intrigue an ex-cop turned writer from Alaska. She also serves as a friendly interest for Cat's Uncle Pete, and with both their investigative minds at work, the mystery is solved in a collaborative fashion. I am a fan of how this series has been progressing, both with the characters development and the eventual resolution of the death of Cat's ex-husband Michael.
SewWrite More than 1 year ago
Cat finds herself wondering if Shauna will leave the writing retreat business when Shauna becomes engaged to her rich boyfriend and falls behind on her retreat kitchen duties. Much to their shock, Shauna's fiance disappears from her bed one night and is found the next day in his barn, dead. Shauna is quickly cast out of her fiance's house by his assistant and becomes a suspect in many peoples eyes. This is not what they need on retreat week. Not only does Cat feel the need to clear Shauna's name so the retreat can get back to normal, she also has to deal with more information about her deceased ex-husband, Michael. I have enjoyed watching the characters in this series grow and bond. In this book in particular, I enjoyed the experience of the retreat and felt like I was a part of it. I hope that continues in future books in this series. I was happy to have more of a conclusion about the death of Cat's ex-husband. That story line has been interesting to follow but, I was glad to see there was an ending so that Cat can move forward with her life and plans to grow her business. I'm looking forward to see where life takes these characters in future books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Always intertaining! I love all of her books. I can hardly wait to get home, so I can treat myself with a few more chapters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Author continues to write great stories with nice continuity of characters and storyline.
CozyUpWithKathy More than 1 year ago
a well balanced novel OF MURDER AND MEN by Lynn Cahoon The Third Cat Latimer Mystery Cat Latimer is certain that her third Writers' Retreat will be quiet and uneventful, although her partner is driving her to distraction paying more attention to her boyfriend than her responsibilities to their business. When Shauna announces her engagement, Cat is even more worried. Will Kevin start treating Shauna better? Will Shauna quit? The retreat gets underway and despite Shauna's lapses is running smoothly, the guests getting along well and bonding. Yet things don't remain uneventful. Kevin goes missing during the night and is found murdered on his property. Has Kevin's past come back to haunt him, or was it his future? The Cat Latimer mystery series looks at the reality of authors' lives today, juggling the creative and business aspects of the working writer. OF MURDER AND MEN deals with themes of family and love. We see differences and similarities in the relationships between biological relationships and the families people choose. We see romantic love in many forms as well. In addition to the newly engaged couple, we get the possible bud of a new relationship for Cat's uncle. We also see Seth's growing importance in Cat's life, if also a bit of annoyance. Seth is the good guy high school sweetheart, Cat's first love. But there is also the intrigue of the mysterious well meaning mobster. OF MURDER AND MEN is a well balanced novel combining dual mysteries with a touch of romance amid an intriguing backdrop. FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a copy of this book in the hopes I would review it.
Missisue4 More than 1 year ago
Okay so in the first book in the Cat Latimer Mystery series by Lynn Cahoon a guest of the writer's retreat was murdered and in the second book of the series someone from the town was murdered but a guest of the retreat was involved. And in both of those books Cat was trying to wrap her head around her ex-husband Michael's death. So in the third book, Of Murder and Men, it should be smooth sailing .....right ???? Well most everything with the guests for the retreat do run smoothly, actually pretty well. Cat has a group of writer's that get along and have fun when they are not getting their word count in for the day. And one of the guests, Shirley ( a retired Alaskan cop ) seems to be getting along very well with Uncle Pete....and providing her expert job experience looking into Michael's death. Unfortunately death does hit the writer's retreat and it hits very close to home. Shauna's very rich on/off boyfriend, Kevin, has finally made up his mind with their relationship and pops the question !! But before she can decide what she wants to do he is found dead in the horse barn on his elaborate estate. When the cause of death is determined that he was poisoned and Shauna was the one to cook him his last meal, Uncle Peter has a lot of questions. Even though everyone knows that Shauna wouldn't do anything to hurt anyone, Cat still feels the need to find out who did kill Kevin. Cat always has her hands full running the writer's retreats but always makes time to help others out and when her best friend needs her, she will stop at nothing to be there for her..... Of Murder and Men is my FAVORITE book so far in this series !! Not only are we really getting to know Cat, the business, the town and it's residents but we finally see closure in Michael's murder. Even though there is closure, I'm sure that will not be the end of the Michael aspect of the books. Especially seeing as Cat found out some things at the bank and through Dante, Michael's college friend who happens to be a member of a mob family. I look forward to where Cahoon is going to take this part of the story. There is so much to say about Of Murder and Men and Lynn Cahoon but as with a lot of my reviews, I really only want to give you the extra push needed for you to pick up the book and find out for yourself what is going on in the story. I highly recommend that with the Cat Latimer series......there are so many things to love about Aspen Hills with only one thing to dislike.....that it's not a real place. But hey it's a great place to visit with Cahoon and you don't have to leave the comfort of your couch.....
ArizonaJo More than 1 year ago
Of Murder and Men by Lynn Cahoon is the third in her Cat Latimer Mystery series and the best one yet. Ms. Cahoon as written a cozy mystery that is both complex and deeply emotional for both Cat and Shauna. The writers retreat introduces us to a charming new crew of hopeful new authors, including Shirley, a retired Alaska detective who has captured Uncle Pete's attention. The murder of Shauna's boyfriend/fiance' sends Cat into Nancy Drew mode to help Uncle Pete investigate who wanted Kevin dead. There is also the continuing story of Michael's past and who wanted him dead and why. There were so many suspects, twists and layers to each of the murders that I just had to keep turning the pages. A smoothly paced plot and well developed characters that have continued to grow throughout the series makes this a favorite of mine. Ms. Cahoon's descriptive writing of Aspen Hills makes me wish I could visit Cat and Shauna. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Kensington via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.
bluegreen91 More than 1 year ago
If you're a fan of the Cat Latimer series, you won't be disappointed in this third book! We learn more about Cat's deceased ex-husband and Shauna's boyfriend Kevin, and of course meet the new group of writers at Cat's writer's retreat. When another murder hits too close to home, Cat starts to feel like she and her retreat are cursed, but she persists in delving into the recent murder and the death of her ex-husband. New readers of Lynn Cahoon's books will find this story a rich mystery within a mystery, with both likeable and not-so-likeable characters. Though part of a series, I feel this book can easily stand on its own, providing just enough background to catch a new reader up to speed, without giving away too much about the previous books. I found this story easy to read and hard to put down. In fact, I read it in one day, something I haven't done in a long time. I suspected several people of being the murderer throughout the book, but I didn't really guess the culprit until the end. The only thing I didn't really like about the story was Cat's lukewarm attitude toward her "boyfriend" Seth... maybe because she's still processing her feelings about her ex-husband. We didn't see a lot of Seth in this story, and I'm hoping we'll see more of him in the future. I was so excited to get an advance copy of this book and am happy to provide my honest review.
dezzy33 More than 1 year ago
Of Murder and Men is the third book in Lynn Cahoon’s Cat Latimer Mystery series. Cat is hosting another Writer's Retreat at her home in Aspen Hills, Colorado, and everything is going fine except her partner, Shauna keeps disappearing to be with her fiancee. Then one morning Shauna arrives extremely late for her cooking duties, only to reveal that he has disappeared. Later, Uncle Pete the sheriff finds him dead in the barn. In the meantime, Cat is dealing with cleaning out her ex-husband's study and reviewing his papers, still ruminating on the true cause of his death. I liked the two separate mysteries, although the answer to Michael's seemed a bit anti-climatic. The reveal of Kevin's was completely the opposite though! My one complaint is that having never read a book from this series before, I hated Shauna straight out of the gate. I understand that Cat would be annoyed with her. But the way it was presented immediately in the first chapter, it was hard for me to like Shauna later. Also, I never did understand the animosity between Shauna and Sean. Both people vvying for Cat's attention? But Sean was very ready to believe she killed him... Overall, great characters and an interesting plot. Good read.
CozyMysteryLover1 More than 1 year ago
Stepping into a book by Lynn Cahoon is like stepping through the door into a good friend's house. Cat Latimer is the perfect host for authors who want to become part of the writer's retreat. Cat's life changed drastically with the death of her ex husband and the mystery surrounding his death continues to nag Cat. As Cat is preparing for the next retreat, she begins to wonder if her friend and partner Shauna has the time to devote to the retreat and the guests. Her new boyfriend has taken up a lot of her time and Cat is worried about being able to carry the work load. Luckily for Cat, she has Seth, her high school sweetheart who has since become a special part of her life. When tragedy strikes close to home, Cat is once again embroiled in another mystery. I could not put this book down. From the moment I read the first line, I knew the exceptional Lynn Cahoon would keep me on the edge of my seat and would lead me into a story filled with good friends, entertaining characters and a mystery full of twists and turns. Fans of this series won't want to miss this fantastic addition to the series. I voluntarily read an ARC of this book offered by the publisher and Netgalley.
CozyMysteryLover1 More than 1 year ago
Stepping into a book by Lynn Cahoon is like stepping through the door into a good friend's house. Cat Latimer is the perfect host for authors who want to become part of the writer's retreat. Cat's life changed drastically with the death of her ex husband and the mystery surrounding his death continues to nag Cat. As Cat is preparing for the next retreat, she begins to wonder if her friend and partner Shauna has the time to devote to the retreat and the guests. Her new boyfriend has taken up a lot of her time and Cat is worried about being able to carry the work load. Luckily for Cat, she has Seth, her high school sweetheart who has since become a special part of her life. When tragedy strikes close to home, Cat is once again embroiled in another mystery. I could not put this book down. From the moment I read the first line, I knew the exceptional Lynn Cahoon would keep me on the edge of my seat and would lead me into a story filled with good friends, entertaining characters and a mystery full of twists and turns. Fans of this series won't want to miss this fantastic addition to the series. I voluntarily read an ARC of this book offered by the publisher and Netgalley.