A Story To Kill
Cat Latimer Mystery, Book #1
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? (Goodreads)
After finding out that her cheating low life husband has left their house to her after his death, she decides to turn their home into a bed and breakfast retreat for writers. With the help of her good friend, Shauna, they have their first set of guests, including a famous author. When he is found dead, Cat gets caught up in helping her uncle, the chief of police, solve the crime.
The characters are well developed, well rounded and three dimensional. Cat is a strong woman and although life has not always been kind to her, especially in the romance department, she has not let it keep her down for long. With the new retreat to keep her busy, she feels like she does not have the time or energy for a new romance. But when her high school sweetheart, Seth, turns out to be the handyman for the bed and breakfast, she spends more time with him than she is comfortable with. She has to deal with her feelings for him and her ex-husband. I enjoyed reading about the interactions between Cat and Seth, and I look forward to learning how their relationship will develop.
The main mystery was carried out wll throughout the entire book. There were enough suspects and enough twists and turns to keep this reader guessing. I had an idea who the killer was but I had no clue as to the motive for the murder. There are also a couple of other mysteries involved, and those appear to be on-going. One is the stalking of Cat by her dead ex-husband (his ghost, perhaps) and the other is what activity her ex-husband was involved in before his death. I am looking forward to learning more about both of these in future books.
The author is very talented in her character development, the setting, and the mysteries. I felt like I was right there watching all the activity going on around me and hearing the conversations first hand. I really like the idea of the bed and breakfast writer retreat because it will provide new characters to meet and learn about in each book.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. I have read all of the cozy books written by this author and I have really enjoyed every one of them. If you are already a fan of this author, you will find this book as good as all of her others. If she is a new author to you, be sure to check out all her books because they are all top notch.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank NetGalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read and review this book.