Sconed to Death (Cat Latimer Series #5)

Sconed to Death (Cat Latimer Series #5)

by Lynn Cahoon

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Cat Latimer pursues a scone-cold killer who iced a top chef in a local bakery . . .

Cat has a full plate at her Aspen Hills Warm Springs Resort, as a group of aspiring cozy mystery authors arrives for a writers retreat. So when baker Dee Dee Meyer stirs up trouble by filing a false complaint with the health inspector against the B&B—all because she insists Cat's best friend Shauna stole her recipes—Cat marches into the shop to confront her.

But Dee Dee's about to have her own batch of trouble. Greyson Finn—a celebrity chef and, until today, one of Denver's most eligible bachelors—has been found dead in her bakery. Cat's uncle Pete, who happens to be the chief of police, warns her not to engage in any half-baked sleuthing. But as her curiosity rises, Cat's determined to discover who served the chef his just desserts—before the killer takes a powder . . .

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.”
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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496716835
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 05/28/2019
Series: Cat Latimer Series , #5
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 11,980
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Lynn Cahoon is the award-winning author of several New York Times and USA Today bestselling cozy mystery series. The Tourist Trap series is set in central coastal California with six holiday novellas releasing in 2018–2019. She also pens the Cat Latimer series available in mass market paperback. Her newest series, the Farm to Fork mystery series, debuted in 2018. She lives in a small town like the ones she loves to write about with her husband and two fur babies. Sign up for her newsletter at

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Sconed to Death (Cat Latimer Series #5) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
KrisAnderson_TAR 3 days ago
Sconed to Death is the fifth novel in A Cat Latimer Mystery series, but it can be read alone. The information a readers’ needs to know is incorporated into the story. Cat Latimer is a former English professor who inherited her ex-husband’s Victorian and turned it into a writer’s retreat. She offers retreats one week a month and spends the rest of the time writing her young adult series. Cat is fortunate to have Shauna and Seth working with her to make the retreats run smoothly for their literary guests. Cozy mystery writers from Chicago descend upon the Victorian for a week of writing, research, critiquing and workshops. When popular Denver chef, Greyson Finn turns up dead at the local bakery, Cat cannot help but look into the crime (despite being told by Uncle Pete and others to not investigate) especially when she learns Jessica Blair, an old friend, is a suspect. I liked that the writers in the retreat were cozy mystery writers. I enjoyed their plotting sessions, discussing reviewers and ratings (three stars is not bad rating), and their inventive book titles. The title session was particularly humorous. It is nice that there is a new batch of writer’s in each book with a variety of personalities and situations. The kittens were adorable and with the writers’ words, I could picture them scampering about getting into mischief. Shauna receives a large batch of apples and she comes up with some creative as well as delicious recipes for them. There were several viable suspects in Chef Finn’s death, red herring and good clues. Those of us who read a copious amount of cozy mysteries will not find this puzzle perplexing. I wish there had been some action in the book which would have helped the pacing. I also tired of Cat frequently being told to stay out of the investigation. My favorite phrase came from Miss Applebome who said to Cat, “Try not to get yourself killed. I’d hate to be the one to tell your uncle what you were doing.” Sconed to Death is a cozy readers delight with a dead chef, an inquisitive writer, appetizing apple creations, and impish tabbies.
Anonymous 4 days ago
I love this series. I enjoy the rich characters and the way Ms Cahoon interweaves the themes of love and family throughout the story. Always a satisfying read.
SewWrite 6 days ago
Cat and Shauna once again have their hands full during the week of the writers retreat. This time it's a group of cozy mystery writers, my favorite. This retreat Shauna is also going to do cooking demos while she writes her cookbook during breaks. A famous local chef is found murdered in a local bakery and Cat and cozy writers are discussing clues throughout the retreat. Both Cat and Shauna are thrown for a loop when the inspector comes in unexpectedly to inspect the kitchen due to a complaint. I must say this is a great story full of suspects. I was constantly changing my mind as I read because there were new clues being uncovered. I always enjoy the relationships between Cat, Shauna, Seth and Uncle Pete. Often, I enjoy getting to know the retreaters as well. this time I loved the group of writers that came to the retreat. They had a great relationship full of laughs and I felt like I was meeting them and getting to know them at the same time as Cat, Shauna and Seth. It made me want to make plans to go right along with them next time.
Dollycas 7 days ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts A group of cozy mystery writers from Chicago arrives for the latest retreat at the Aspen Hills Warm Springs Resort and they are excited about everything Cat and Shauna have planned. A cooking demonstration, a trip to the college library, a couple of lectures, some speed writing games, and plenty of time to write. Cat and Shauna get a little sidetracked when the health inspector shows up at the door in answer to a complaint. A complaint by Dee Dee Meyer, owner of the local bakery, all because she thinks Shauna is stealing her recipes. Really the woman is just out for attention. And attention is just what she gets when a body is found in her bakery. Why would celebrity chef Greyson Finn even be there? He has restaurants in Denver and is one of the city’s most eligible bachelors. He and Dee Dee? . . . No way! She wouldn’t kill him in HER bakery, would she? Cat’s uncle/the chief of police tells her to take care of her retreat and he will take care of HIS investigation. She just can’t do it though, especially when he shows up for dinner every night and the retreat authors are even throwing around their own theories about the crime. But can she catch the scone-cold killer or will she be the next one on their list? __________ This is my new favorite book in this series. I loved this group of cozy mystery writers! They were fun to read about because they had fun with each other and they care about each other. One author is dealing with a situation at home that has followed them to the retreat. The others try to be understanding and give the author some space but step in with advice when the time is right. They also welcome the retreater from the college with open arms. Mollie is a huge fan of Cat’s books so she was thrilled to be chosen to participate in this retreat. She was equally as thrilled about all the new author friends she quickly makes. The best thing was them hashing out puny titles for books and discussing fresh new ways to kill their victims. Fiction imitating real life, I am sure. The core characters Cat, Shauna, Seth, and Uncle Pete have all continued to grow. The subplots dealing with real-life issues mix in nicely with the main murder plot. Cat, Shauna, and Seth love hosting the retreats but are starting to feel the need for some time away from Aspen Hills. Shauna connects with her brother in New York and makes plans for a trip when this retreat ends. Cat and Seth are planning for a getaway when she returns. Uncle Pete’s is missing his Alaska girlfriend and he may be spending more time there in the future. I think Shauna had the most growth as she is getting so much better at handling the grief after the recent death of her boyfriend. Some furry felines make great listeners and cuddlers. That main mystery is very well-plotted. Cat tempers her curiosity better this time, making smarter decisions, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t put herself in harm’s way. There were several red herrings to twist things up. I had a great time following along with Cat as she did her sleuthing. With plenty of rumors about the chef, I understood both Uncle Pete’s and Cat’s difficulty pinning down the killer. I changed my mind a few times myself. Great characters and realistic dialogue made this book a joy to read. I was captivated from beginning to end. There is a Cranberry Scone recipe at the back of the book, but Shauna deals with several bushels of apples throughout the entire book. By the time I turned the last pa
GratefulGrandma 8 days ago
I love visiting the Warm Springs Writers' Retreat hosted by Cat Latimer. For a small town, it seems there are a lot of murders that she gets involved with. This time around, she didn't know the victim, but she used to be best friends with his sister-in-law. One of the things I like about this series is the actual retreats and meeting new characters in each story. This time around, the guests were a group of cozy mystery writers. I found that fun, and listening to them talking about the writing process and trying to come up with titles for one of the members of the group was a hoot. When Cat is asked to head to the local bakery to talk to Dee Dee, the owner about harassing Shauna it ended up backfiring. The next day, she is being questioned about the murder of a man in the bakery. Fortunately, this time she did not find the victim, nor know him. What she does do is start investigating and find out that there were many people that might have wanted him dead. This was a fun story. Cat is a great protagonist. She is a caring person who often goes the extra mile to help people. This and her natural curiosity has her sneaking around behind her Uncle Pete's back while he, being the Chief of Police, is trying to investigate properly. I was pretty sure who the killer was and as it turned out, I was right, but that did not stop me from enjoying the story and loving the final takedown. Shauna and Seth, Cat's partners and team in running the retreat, are great characters as well. Shauna has her own storyline writing a cookbook, offering cooking classes and heading off to New York to meet up with her estranged brother. I hope we learn more about that in the next book. Seth is a great love interest for Cat. They work together, do some investigating together and are really good for one another. Overall, I enjoyed the stories about the characters as well as the mystery. This is another great addition to the Cat Latimer Mystery series. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
CozyMarie 9 days ago
I enjoy this series more with each book. Cat and Shauna make hospitality look effortless as they bring in a new set of authors for a writer’s retreat. A group of cozy mystery authors – yay! I love getting ideas for meals and entertaining as well as a good mystery. Another great book in this fantastic series.
TastefullyTracy 12 days ago
Great story and an excellent idea for a vacation for potential authors! Makes me want to take a writing class and follow up with a writers retreat, but only if the owners are providing the kind of food and service that Cat and Shauna did in this story. I came to this party late so to speak so I was not familiar with the back story on either Cat or Shauna but was able to catch on fairly quickly. The relationship between Cat and her Uncle Pete the police officer was perfect. You just can't stop these main characters from doing what they feel they must to solve a puzzle. There were also some pearls of wisdom about over bearing significant others and speaking up for yourself as well as how many different ways a person can cook an apple. I REALLY would like access to the recipes that Shauna was using. I had an inkling of an idea as to who did it but wasn't sure until the reveal. Excellent read as usual and thank you to NetGalley for providing me this book in exchange for my unbiased opinion.
Karen Hollins 13 days ago
This was my first Cat Latimer mystery , and I found I could read as a stand-alone no problem. I'm a fan of Lynn Cahoon books and this series is no exception. As soon as I finished I purchased the rest of the series. It's filled with wonderful characters, I especially enjoyed the friendship between Cat and Shauna as well as with her uncle Pete. The characters were well developed and I liked the pretext/setting of a writers retreat. The plot was well developed full of twists and turns, few red herrings couldn't put it down. I did think I knew whodunit but then second guessed myself but I kept returning to my original suspect. This in no way took away from the mystery. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend go all my cozy loving friends. I requested and received a Advanced Readers Copy from Kensington and NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
WisReader 14 days ago
A series that gets better and better with each book. I adore the characters and their relationships with each other. Cat and Shauna make the best team. Each group of writers who attend their once monthly retreat and writing business sessions is different and brings something special to the series. This time the group is an actual writing group from Chicago. People who know each other well, or so it seems, and are there to support each other as they work on individual projects. Relationships, real and imaginary, or fictional, play major roles in this plotline. Food is another major theme, as Shauna has also caught a bit of publishing fever. She is working on a cookbook. A local baker is unhappy with her, convinced Shauna is poaching her recipes. This brings on the topic of how authors are inspired and from where their content comes. Cat's uncle is the local police chief. He is a regular figure at her house, including during retreat weeks. This is a good thing, as otherwise people may wonder why he is spending so much time there when a murder is the main topic of gossip and conversation around town. Cat truly tries to restrain her curiosity and not get caught in the crossfire, even when her boyfriend's name appears on the suspect list. This is asking more than she can promise. Trouble continues to come directly to The Warm Springs Writer's Retreat. Delicious food and cute kittens round out this great book.
CCrow 14 days ago
I’m not a writer, but if I was, I would want to attend one of Cat’s writers retreats and stay at her bed and breakfast (and sample all of Shauna’s cooking too!) - despite the murders and deaths that seem to occur! This writers retreat starts out like most of the others - fairly uneventful as Cat gets to know her guests. Bren’s controlling finance seems to be the oddest thing about this group of friends. But another local baker seems to have it out for Shauna and Cat. Dee Dee storms into the kitchen at the bed and breakfast accusing Shauna of stealing her recipes for the cookbook Shauna is working on. And an unexpected visit from the health inspector after complaints have been made also seems to be the work of the local baker. But when someone ends up dead in the kitchen of the local bakery not long after Cat has paid Dee Dee a visit, things start to heat up for Cat. Cat’s Uncle Pete, the local sheriff, is investigating the death. And Cat just can’t stay out of it. There are too many unanswered questions. And when Cat finds out that an old teacher friend is not only related to the victim (and could possibly have a motive to kill him), but has made claims to her students that she helped Cat write her first book, things really get interesting. Could Dee Dee have a motive too? The grumpy bakery owner has been struggling and the victim, her landlord, was preparing to evict her. But the victim seems to have a long list of people who may have wanted him dead! I received a free digital edition from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
CozyUpWithKathy 16 days ago
a well plotted character driven mystery SCONED TO DEATH by Lynn Cahoon The Fifth Cat Latimer Mystery Local baker Dee Dee Meyer decides to make life difficult for the writer's retreat calling in supposed health violations after threatening Shauna and accusing her of stealing her scone recipe. But Dee Dee has troubles of her own when a famous chef from Denver is found murdered in her bakery. While Cat hosts a group of cozy mystery writers from Chicago she quietly starts to look into the life of the recently killed chef. What was he doing in Aspen Hills? Who wanted him dead? The girlfriend he recently left? His sister-in-law, a former friend of Cat's who rumor has it was sleeping with him? Cat quietly tries to put the puzzle together as she runs her latest retreat, helping her guests with more than just writers' tips. Jealousy plays a major role in the fifth Cat Latimer Mystery. Jealousy finds its way out of hurt, control, revenge, and low self esteem by various characters, some not even seen on the page. While jealousy may be the motivating emotion here, it's be no means the only one. It's the realistic depiction of emotions that makes SCONED TO DEATH so moving. I love the fact that Cat gets angry and that she broadcasts it, even when trying, at times, to be discreet! We get to see Shauna slowly coming to terms with her grief. Life is good, but certainly not perfect for these women and the book is not afraid to show it. I was absolutely loving this book, until I came across a major pet peeve. In an exciting penultimate scene the killer's eyes are described as being "bright with madness". I wish that authors would remember that killing people does not make a person insane. There may have been some delusional behavior with this particular killer, but there's enough of a stigma with mental illness without adding to it by having madness in the murderer's eyes. SCONED TO DEATH is a well plotted character driven mystery. Interesting subplots enhance the story along with a subtle message about domestic violence. You are not alone and there is help. FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a digital ARC provided through NetGalley, in the hopes I would review it.
Nancy0708 17 days ago
This is a nice cozy mystery but for me the strength was in the interesting side stories. I enjoyed the characters in the Warm Springs Writers' Retreat and am curious to see what happens next between Cat and her former friend now perhaps frienemy Jessica. I had no trouble following the story even though I have not read the other books in the series but I look forward to catching up. Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Books for an ARC. The opinions expressed are my own.
Marshathereader 18 days ago
Sconed to Death by Lynn Cahoon is the fifth book in the Cat Larimer Series. This is one of my favorite series and am ready to go to Aspen Hills on a retreat! Even though it is the fifth book, it can be read as a stand alone. Another retreat and another murder and Cat is investigating much to the dismay of her Uncle Pete, the police chief. As always, Cahoon gives you plenty of twists and turns that keep you guessing until the end. You also have a great setting and a cast of realistic, likeable characters. You have romance and true friendships. You will not want to put it down. I was given an ARC by NetGalley and Kensington Books for an honest review.
annie2015 18 days ago
A famous chef is found dead in a bakery...who could have done it? Was it the girlfriend who may have been on her way out? Or the sister-in-law everyone was sure was having an affair with the deceased? What about the bakery ownerwho found the body in her bakery? And don't forget the folks in town that owed money to the chef. Chief Edmond has his work cut out for him. He has lots of suspects but not nearly enough clues to go on. Cat, his niece, a writer and amateur sleuth, promises to stay out of his investigation....but she just can't help herself. Will she be able to get to the bottom of things before someone else is hurt, or worse? This was an interesting and enjoyable book with fun characters and a mystery that kept me guessing to the end. It may have been my first Cat Latimer cozy mystery but it won't be my last. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Kensington, via NetGalley. My thoughts and opinions are my own and without bias.
4GranJan 18 days ago
Murder at the Bakery This fun cozy mystery occurs in a small Colorado town. This is part of the Cat Latimer series. Our heroine holds week-long writer retreats that seem to keep having murders occur during that week. This story has a good plot and lots of suspects with decent motives. The characters are all very realistic with real problems and emotions. This series is great because the clues and criminals seem less contrived and real thought is put into the plot. I received this ARC book for free from Net Galley and this is my honest review.
ArizonaJo 18 days ago
Sconed to Death by Lynn Cahoon is a great addition to Ms. Cahoon's Cat Latimer series. I sat down one afternoon and was riveted from the first page till I reached the end. Ms. Cahoon writes a plot that quickly moves the reader through each twist and turn as Cat attempts to run her latest writers' retreat and stay out of her uncle's current murder investigation. The group at this retreat is cozy mystery writers and you could tell from their camaraderie that they are all friends as well as critique partners. Cat, Shauna, Seth and Uncle Pete are well developed now and I feel like I'm visiting old friends when I open a new Cat Latimer book. I definitely recommend this book to any readers who enjoy a cozy mystery. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Kensington via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.
BobbieLCLA 18 days ago
I received a free copy of SCONED TO DEATH (Book 5 of the Cat Latimer Mysteries) by Lynn Cahoon, through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Cat Latimer is excited to host a writers’ retreat for a group of cozy mystery authors. It seems like there is always some sort of problem, though. A local baker, Dee Dee Meyer, has declared war on Cat’s business partner Shauna. Dee Dee has accused Shauna of stealing her recipes and has even called in an anonymous complaint to the board of health. When Cat approaches Dee Dee at the bakery and tries to make peace, Cat ends up being questioned about the murder of a famous chef, who was discovered in that same bakery later on in the afternoon. The police are stymied. Cat reconnects with old friends related to the chef, discovers they are guilty of some shady behavior, and ends up investigating the murder to clear them from suspicion for the sake of their old friendship. I like the book and love the series. Since all of the characters seem to be in transition, I’m excited to see where they end up in the next book. I recommend the book to fans of cozy mysteries with writing or bed and breakfast themes, fans of Lynn Cahoon, and fans of the series. #SconedToDeath #NetGalley
bluegreen91 18 days ago
This is a delightful entry in an equally delightful series! You have some charming, likeable characters, some not so likeable characters, a mystery that isn't too obvious to keep the story interesting, a smattering of regular, every-day goings-on, and a fun group of visiting writers that all combine to make this a really enjoyable book to read. I found myself guessing and second guessing myself all the way 'til the end, which kept me reading much longer than I should have been. There's even a tasty scone recipe at the end. I highly recommend Sconed to Death, along with the rest of the series and Lynn Cahoon's other series! I received an advance copy of this book. The thoughts and opinions in this review are my own.
ganderson523 18 days ago
It would be fun to attend a writers' retreat at Cat Latimer's home for food, fun and friendship. Her Warm Springs Writers' Retreat is set in her lovely old Victorian home in Aspen Hills, Colorado, with tons of great food for breakfast and snacks in a great setting with a local college campus and library to use for research. Her friend, Shauna, is the great cook, housekeeper and manager and her boyfriend, Seth, is always around the week of the retreat to carpool guests to and from the airport, do handyman tasks and be a designated driver on the final night out for dinner. Uncle Pete is the local police chief and tries to keep Cat out of trouble but is not always successful. This week a well known chef is found dead in the local bakery and unwittingly (sort of?), Cat, is drawn into the investigation. The bakery owner, Dee Dee, has it out for Shauna, claiming she stole her recipes. Dee Dee says she has an alibi for the time of the murder. An old friend of Cat's and sister-in-law of the victim is accused of the crime. Apparently, the chef had a few enemies, however, so Cat has sleuthing to do. This is another fun retreat week with a great group of aspiring authors who Cat and crew enjoying getting to know. It wouldn't be retreat week without a murder to solve. I received a complimentary ARC from Kensington Books through NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are mine only.
TarynLee 18 days ago
Cat is getting ready for her next group of writers and is hoping that everything will go well. She truly wants this new venture to work out and looks forward to working with a new group of writers. Cat and Shauna seem to have worked out most of the kinks from previous groups and can't wait to meet everyone. Things are going well until a local baker sicks the health department on the ladies. Dee Dee is jealous of Shauna and her cooking abilities and has even gone as far to say that she stole some of her recipes. Cat decides to confront Dee Dee to nip this situation in the bud but ends up in a surprising moment. She finds a dead man in Dee Dee's bakery, he ends up being none other than Greyson Finn, a celebrity chef who everyone knows about. What was Greyson doing in their town much less Dee Dee's bakery. Even though Cat's Uncle tells her to stay out of this investigation she can't help but start looking into things. She is afraid with the animosity between Shauna and Dee Dee that Shauna might get pulled into the investigation. As she starts talking to people and following clues Cat ends up with more questions than answers. She starts to feel stalled in her investigation and has theories coming from several directions. Will she be able to keep her new business out of it all or will it get pulled into the mix too. This was my first foray into this series and I was pulled in from the beginning. I've already gone back to the beginning and started reading the first book and can't wait to catch up. I thought it was well put together, with a great plot and some fun characters. I'm anxious to get to know them better and look forward to the next book.
CozyOnUp 18 days ago
Cat, Shauna, and Seth are back with the next writer’s retreat and a murder mystery. For a quiet town, Aspen Hills sure seems to have a lot of murders and with Cat’s Uncle Pete being the police chief, she’s always in the thick of things, and when a celebrity chef is found murdered in the local bakery, Cat finds there is a connection with an old friend that has her looking at things a little more closely. The fifth in the series, this is the best one to date! It could be that I’m familiar with the series, but I think it’s mostly Lynn Cahoon’s writing…she’s one of my must read authors and reading this book will show you why. Lots of suspects and red herrings that will keep you reading late into the night. I finished this one in under I day, I just could not put it down. If you’re a cozy lover, put this one on your summer reading list!
Anonymous 18 days ago
This is the first book in the series I have read and decided I wanted to read it because I love Lynn Cahoons other series. The Cat Latimer series did not disappoint, In fact it’s a new favorite. I love that the story is set in a writers retreat and you get a glimpse into the life of a writer. This one particularly called to me because they write cozy mysteries, my favorite genre. I was very invested in all the characters and I felt there was just the right mix of character relationships to mystery.This book was hard to put down, and left me with the warm fuzzy feeling I get at the end of a wonderful book. I highly recommend this series! I was given an advanced reader copy in exchange for my honest review!
MKF 19 days ago
Greyson might have been a celebrity chef and an eligible bachelor but clearly there was more to him than met the eye---because he was murdered! Cat, our intrepid heroine, and her friend Shauna investigate. Cat's been dealing with a writers retreat and the hateful DeeDee who thinks Shauna swiped her recipes. Her uncle Pete (you'll love Uncle Pete) wants them to stay out of it but regular cozy readers know that's not gonna happen. Cat's a fun heroine, a former English professor who inherited her B&B from a rotten ex-husband, she's involved in a second chance romance with Seth, who's always there for her. You'll be fine if you haven't read the earlier books. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. I'm looking forward to the next one- and to making the raspberry scones.
AMGiacomasso 19 days ago
I loved this series and I think this is the best I read. It's an engaging, entertaining and fun to read, full of twists and turn. It was great to meet again the cast of characters and the lovely setting. I loved the mystery and the subplot about the group of writers. I'm happy the series was back after the last book that seemed a bit disjointed to me. Ms Cahoon is a talented storytelling and this stories keeps you hooked till the last page. I look forward to reading the next installment. Highly recommended. Many thanks to Kensington Books and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.