Of Murder And Men: A Cat Latimer Mystery #3

Lynn Cahoon

ISBN 9781496704405
Publish Date 11/28/2017
Format ePub
Categories Mystery, ePub
List Price: $5.99
Upcoming November 28, 2017

“This is heaven.” Cat sighed. As they ate, she watched her friend to make sure she was eating, knowing she was still worried. The soup did it’s magic. After a slow start, Shauna finished her bowl and two slices of the bread. The color in her face seemed to perk up as she ate. The body needed fuel, but during times of stress, many people tended to forget that.

They cleaned up the dinner dishes and Shauna had left the kitchen to return the now freshly laundered towels to the guest rooms upstairs. Cat saw her uncle’s Jeep pull into the driveway and her heart sank. If it had been good news, he would have called so that she wouldn’t have to worry unnecessarily.

Even from this distance, Cat could tell her uncle’s face was set in stone and he made his way slowly up the driveway.

Cat met him at the door, helping him out of his coat. He slipped off his boots and put on the house slippers that Cat kept for his frequent visits. Finally, when he was done, she looked him in the face and sighed. “What happened?”

“Where is she? I think she deserves to hear this first.” He started toward the kitchen door, but when he had only made it halfway across the floor, the door flew open. Shauna stood in the opening. “Shauna…”

She crossed the room before he could finish and fell sobbing into his arms. “No, please, no.”

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

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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