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…
I first encountered Ms. Cahoon's work through her "Tourist Trap Mysteries", specifically Tea Cups and Carnage, and isn't that a great title! Well, I say, if A Story to Kill is any indication, Cahoon will have another hit series on her hands with the "Cat Latimer Mysteries"!
Talk about a heroine who can make lemonade out of lemons. It's not everyday a woman inherits her own former house because her philandering ex-husband didn't change his will after the divorce. Even fewer, I would imagine, who turn that house and its memories into a thriving business supporting the writing community. Truth be told, Tom Cook might take exception to that, disagreeing that there is benefit in being written out of one's own story (aka being murdered). But Cat demonstrates the chops to investigate this crime, to the chagrin of her uncle, 'the' local LEO.
Which, incidentally, brings up another bit of refreshing Rocky Mountain air...the law enforcement element of the story does not involve the main character's love interest. Not that there's anything wrong with that, of course...but it's nice when there's something new. It helps keep the stories and the cozy-mystery genre specifically, fresh and creative.
If you are looking for a great start to a new series ... and who doesn't love being in on the story from the beginning ... you will not go wrong with Cahoon's A Story to Kill.
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(Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the author and publishers via Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.)