A Story to Kill: A Cat Latimer Mystery #1

Lynn Cahoon

ISBN 9781496704368
Publish Date 8/30/2016
Format ePub
Categories Mystery, ePub

Staff Pick & Review by Michelle F.

I may be a bit biased where it comes to Lynn Cahoon, but it’s for good reason. She always writes a clever, fun mystery with a good hook. But she’s outdone herself with the first book in her brand-new print series, A Story to Kill. Cahoon cleverly blends the right amount of mystery, intrigue, and whodunit with a rekindling romance with a hot handyman. What more could you want?

A Story to Kill will appeal to established Cahoon fans, fans of cozy mysteries, and romance lovers who want a little something different on the side. If you’ve never read a cozy mystery before, A Story to Kill is the perfect place to start!

A new series from the author of the Tourist Trap Mysteries!

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?

Praise for New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lynn Cahoon:

“Lynn Cahoon has hit the golden trifecta--Murder, intrigue, and a really hot handyman. Better get your flashlight handy, A Story To Kill will keep you reading all night.”--Laura Bradford, author of the Amish Mysteries

“Murder, dirty politics, pirate lore, and a hot police detective: Guidebook to Murder has it all! A cozy lover’s dream come true.” —Susan McBride, author of Say Yes to the Death

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

Praise for Lynn Cahoon’s Tourist Trap Mysteries

“Murder, dirty politics, pirate lore, and a hot police detective: Guidebook to Murder has it all! A cozy lover’s dream come true.” —Susan McBride, author of Say Yes to the Death

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

About Lynn Cahoon :

New York Times and USA Today best-selling 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. Visit her at www.lynncahoon.com

Photo Credit: Angela Brewer Armstrong at Todd Studios.

Guidebook to Murder by Lynn Cahoon

I’m always looking for the right solution to a problem, the perfect path to take on this journey we call life. When I concluded my marriage of eighteen years was not just dying, but had flat-lined, I ran away for a week. I needed to be somewhere else to get past the sadness and sense of failure I felt. I packed my SUV and headed down to California for a spring break with my sister.

Driving ten hours alone, you have a lot of time to deal with the stages of grief. After arriving on the central California coast, I visited several tourist towns. By then, the idea of a new start had not only become tolerable, but I was looking forward to a new adventure, a new chapter in my life.

When I drove into the little town that started my imaginings about South Cove, I found the perfect little house to buy. I snapped a quick picture. It was run down, needing paint, and had a yard that looked more like a horse pasture, but the house spoke to me. Luckily or unluckily, I didn’t listen to my wild dream of quitting my job, moving south, and starting over.

I went home, went back to work, divorced my husband, and posted the snapshot of the house on my bulletin board as a reminder of possibility.

The picture of the house stayed on my bulletin board for years. As I started over in a new town with a new husband, I found out I had breast cancer. All of a sudden, the list of things I’d do ‘someday’ rose to the top. The first thing I tackled was writing the stories I’d only kept in my head. While sitting at the hospital waiting for the next treatment, I sat reading cozy mysteries. When I was too tired to read, I planned out Jill’s story and Guidebook to Murder was born. My heroine was stronger than I’d been and took the plunge to start over when an opportunity called. My run-down house became a major feature in Jill’s fictional world—up to and including the fairy circle of mushrooms growing in the middle of the front yard.

South Cove has grown a lot from this one run-down house. From Jill’s Coffee, Books, and More, to South Cove’s Winery, and the quaint City Hall in the middle of the madness, South Cove is the perfect tourist trap. Jill Gardner is still learning about her role in South Cove’s business community and adjusting to small town life. Knowing who to trust in a new town is hard enough, but when she finds her friend and confidant dead, she’s determined to find the murderer, no matter what the cost. Even with all that drama, tourist towns can be a great place to call home, especially when they’re set on the scenic California coast. I hope you enjoy visiting South Cove as much as I did.

Guidebook to Murder, available April 2014, wherever ebooks are sold.

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