Jun 062019
 

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Sconed to Death
(A Cat Latimer Mystery)
by Lynn Cahoon

About the Book


Sconed to Death (A Cat Latimer Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Setting – Colorado
Kensington (May 28, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN-10: 1496716833
ISBN-13: 978-1496716835
Kindle ASIN: B07H1ZCS2Z

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 . . .

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?

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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 page I was craving apple pie and apple butter. So much so they were added to our grocery list until we can get fresh apples this fall.

I recommend reading this series in order for maximum enjoyment.

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You can read my review of A Story to Kill here and my review of Fatality by Firelight here,
my review for Of Murder and Men here and my review of Slay in Character here.

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.

Author Links –  Goodreads – Twitter – Facebook –  Amazon author page –  Website 

Purchase Links – AmazonB&NKoboGoogle Play 

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Apr 292019
 

Interviewing a group like this had to have its own post. 

I am so happy they could stop by for a visit! 

The short stories in Deadly Southern Charm were written by Sisters in Crime-Central Virginia members. All of the stories had to have a female sleuth and be set somewhere in the southern United States. You can read my review here.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

 

Frances Aylor, CFA combines her investing experience and love of travel in her financial thrillers. MONEY GRAB is the first in the series.  www.francesaylor.com

Mollie Cox Bryan is the author of cookbooks, articles, essays, poetry, and fiction.  An Agatha Award nominee, she lives in Central Virginia.  www.molliecoxbryan.com

Lynn Cahoon is the NYT and USA Today author of the best-selling Tourist Trap, Cat Latimer and Farm-to-Fork mystery series. www.lynncahoon.com

A. Chalkley is a native Virginian. She is a writer, retired public safety communications officer, and a member of Sisters in Crime.

 

Stacie Giles lived many places before settling in Virginia where she is returning to ancestral Southern roots, including a grandfather who was a Memphis policeman.

Barb Goffman has won the Agatha, Macavity, and Silver Falchion awards for her short stories, and is a two-time finalist for US crime-writing awards.www.Barbgoffman.com

Libby Hall is a communication analyst with a consulting firm in Richmond, Virginia.  She is also a blogger, freelance writer, wife, and mother of two.

Bradley Harper is a retired Army pathologist.  Library Journal named his debut novel, A KNIFE IN THE FOG, Debut of the Month for October 2018.  www.bharperauthor.com

Sherry Harris is the Agatha Award-nominated author of the Sarah Winston Garage Sale mystery series and is the president of Sisters in Crime.www.sherryharrisauthor.com

Maggie King penned the Hazel Rose Book Group mysteries. Her short stories appear in the Virginia is for Mysteries and 50 Shades of Cabernet anthologies. www.maggieking.com

Kristin Kisska is a member of International Thriller Writers and Sisters in Crime, and programs chair of the Sisters in Crime – Central Virginia chapter. www.kristinkisska.com

Samantha McGraw has a love of mysteries and afternoon tea. She lives in Richmond with her husband and blogs at Tea Cottage Mysteries.www.samanthamcgraw.com

K.L. Murphy is a freelance writer and the author of the Detective Cancini Mysteries.  She lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her husband, four children, and two dogs.www.Kellielarsenmurphy.com

Genilee Swope Parente has written the romantic mystery The Fate Series with her mother F. Sharon Swope. The two also have several collections of short stories. www.swopeparente.com

Deb Rolfe primarily writes mystery novels. This is her first published short story. She and her husband enjoy life in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

 

Ronald Sterling is the author of six books and draws upon his colorful and varied life experience as a U.S. Airman, saloonkeeper, private detective, realtor, and New Jersey mayor.

S.A. Warwick, in the last century earned a bachelor’s degree in American Studies. Ever since, she has been trying to decipher the American enigma.

Heather Weidner is the author of the Delanie Fitzgerald Mysteries.  She has short stories in the Virginia is for Mysteries series, 50 SHADES OF CABERNET and TO FETCH A THIEF.  She lives in Central Virginia with her husband and Jack Russell terriers.  www.heatherweidner.com

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Mary Burton is a New York Times, USA Today and Kindle best-selling author.  She is currently working on her latest suspense. www.maryburton.com

Mary Miley is a historian and writer with 14 nonfiction books and 5 mystery novels to her credit. www.marymileytheobald.com

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What are three things most people don’t know about you?

Frances: I love to travel and have visited over 30 countries. I’ve climbed inside the Egyptian pyramids and paraglided in the Swiss Alps. I’m married to my high school sweetheart.

Heather: I am a cop’s kid. My dad, retired after 46 years on the force, is my best source for murder questions that I don’t want to Google. I love any kind of chocolate, and I share my office with two crazy Jack Russell Terriers.

Bradley: I was once arrested for goat-napping after a very long bachelor’s party. I was skinny-dipping beneath a waterfall in Scotland when a bus load of little old ladies suddenly appeared on the cliff above me. I broke my personal best swimming back to my clothes. I had twelve jumps as an airborne qualified Infantry officer. Jump twelve landed me in a tree. It was my last jump.

Genilee: I’m about to become an official Texan. Moving this spring to be close to family. I have been writing creatively since I was 12 and have many miscellaneous ways to make a living from the written word. I got married late in life and had my child at age 41.

Maggie: I wrote very bad poetry in high school as an outlet for my considerable adolescent angst.  I lived in Los Angeles for many, and what I miss the most is the Hollywood Bowl with its classical and jazz concerts.  I relocated from Los Angeles to Charlottesville, Virginia sight unseen! I lived there for six years before moving down the road to Richmond (which I did visit first).

Lynn: I competed in national and international soft tip dart tournaments.  I took second in doubles in Las Vegas. According to one woman whose husband I had just beat in singles – I’m pretty good for a girl.

Barb: I love the idea of sailing but would never get on any boat, including a cruise. I get terrible seasickness. I love the sound of wind chimes, and I love rainy summer nights. Hey, isn’t there a song about that?…

Kristin: In my twenties, I bought a one-way ticket to Prague and ended up living there for three years. For the past decade, I’ve tap danced as a *Rockette* for our local theater’s live-Christmas holiday spectacular every December. I love to travel, and at one point my passport was so full of stamps, I had to go to the U.S. Embassy to get pages added so I could keep using it.

J.A.: I’ve visited the Chichen Itza ruins in Mexico. In the mid 90’s I competed in an international martial arts tournament in Atlanta. I placed second in weapons with a nunchucks form. Bugs Bunny was, and still is, my hero.

Samantha: I used to be an event planner in the D.C. political world, planning events for some well-known politicians and influencers and working closely with the U.S. Secret Service. I once talked my way backstage at a Robert Plant concert with my husband and got to hang out with him for a bit. I’m a big tea drinker and drink several cups a day, but when I make hot chocolate it’s never from a mix – always a very indulgent chocolate custard type drink that takes some time to make, but so worth it!

Libby:  I married a Bermudian, lived there for 5 years and had our two girls there. I frequently mispronounce words because I read them phonetically and forget to edit them in my head before I say them.  I met Michael Stipe form the band REM at the MTV Awards and didn’t know who I’d been talking to until, immediately after our chat, he got up on stage and started singing.

Stacie: I was a graduate student in the Soviet Union when the only billboards in Moscow were big, red, Communist slogans.  I love to sing, play piano and conduct music and have performed frequently since I was 5 years old.  Although I can only claim to be fluent in one other foreign language, Russian, I can speak 4 others enough that I have used all of them professionally or in volunteer work: French, Spanish, Chinese and Kazakh.

What is the first book you remember reading?

Frances: Uncle Wiggily and His Friends by Howard R. Garis. I still have my childhood copy, which is now missing its spine and is a bit worse for wear but is a treasured favorite.

Heather: My earliest favorites were Green Eggs and Ham, The Monster at the End of the Book, and The Wind in the Willows.

Bradley: My uncle’s Batman comic books.

Genilee: Fun with Dick and Jan. I’m dating myself!

Maggie: That’s a tough one. Maybe something by Anne Emery, or maybe it was The Hidden Staircase, the start of my Nancy Drew craze.

Kristin: Magic Jim was my all-time favorite childhood book. It’s out of print now, but I still have my girlhood copy.

J.A.: I’m sure there were others before it, but the one that sticks with me is The Hobbit.

Samantha: Like Heather, I loved everything Dr. Seuss ever wrote, but one of my favorite childhood reads was Mandy by Julie Andrews (a.k.a. Mary Poppins).

Libby: The Little Golden Book I Am A Bunny

Stacie: The very first book I recall is Are You My Mother? about a poor lost bird who asks this question of the most incredible objects while searching for his mother.  The absurdity of it must have skewed my sense of humor for life.  But my parents kept a full bookshelf, and I freely pulled from it.  At a young age, I read Plato’s Apology, and that sparked my interest in the way humans make rules for themselves as a society.

What are you reading now?

Frances: A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny and The Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths. I just finished Don’t Let Go by Harlan Coben. I often read several books at the same time, keeping one book upstairs, one downstairs, and the third in my car.

Heather: A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny

Bradley: Island of the Mad, by Laurie R King.

Genilee: In Farleigh field, by Rhys Bowen.

Maggie: After Anna by Lisa Scottoline, for the All Henrico Reads program

Sherry: Darker Than Any Shadow by Tina Whittle

Lynn:  Wrinkle in Time by Madelein L’Engle

BarbElevation by Stephen King and Trust Me by Hank Phillippi Ryan.

J.A.: The Midnight Front by David Mack

Kristin: Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman

Samantha: Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear

Libby:  The Winter Sea by Susannaj Kearsley

Stacie: Rereading Patricia Wrede’s Enchanted Forest Chronicles; also Russo and Dezenhall’s Best of Enemies: The Last Great Spy Story of the Cold War.

What books have most inspired you?

Frances: Rebecca by Daphne duMaurier, which inspired me to become a writer. In the Woods by Tana French, a psychological thriller with beautiful and gripping prose.

Heather: I started reading the Nancy Drew mysteries in elementary school, and I was hooked on mysteries. I moved on to Agatha Christie and Alfred Hitchcock stories. I like lots of different genres, but mysteries and thrillers are my favorite.

Bradley: The Sherlock Holmes canon, and the Lord of the Rings. I read a lot of Sci-Fi growing up as well but have drifted away.

Genilee: Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke because it made too much sense during a period of my life (college) when I was trying to figure out, “the meaning behind it all.” And maybe the Hunger Games series because I stumbled upon the author and was completely floored by how good the books were.

Maggie: If Morning Ever Comes, by Anne Tyler; Of Human Bondage, by W. Somerset Maugham; Gillian Roberts’s Amanda Pepper series; and Joan Smith’s Loretta Lawson series. And many more.

Lynn: Recently? American Gods by Neil Gaiman. I thought a lot about that book and the concepts long after I closed the book. When I was growing up? The Lord of the Rings held that spot for me. As a young, married mother – it was The Stand.

J.A.: Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None is the first mystery I remember reading, and it is my favorite of her work. I’ve always been a fan of mysteries, trying to unravel the puzzle. Mysteries, horror and sci-fi make up much of my personal library.

Kristin: The book that inspired me to start writing my first novel was Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol.  Having grown up in the Washington, D.C. area, I could envision most of the settings in his novel. Before I finished the book, I had developed a rough outline of my first (as yet, unpublished) novel.

Samantha: I’ve always been a mystery lover and, like many others, frequently read Nancy Drew, but books by Agatha Christie and Sue Grafton were the most inspirational in giving me a desire to write.

Libby:  The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley; any book by Charles DeLint

Stacie: ­Orwell’s 1984 revealed to me as a teenager the power of the word.  I love Agatha Christie.  I have been captivated by the calm, clever way that the heroine of Alexander McCall Smith’s series The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency solves both mysteries and thorny knots in peoples’ lives.

What made you decide you wanted to write mysteries?

Frances: As a child I loved reading mysteries. My favorites are fast-paced, action-packed thrillers, which I could never find enough of, so I decided to write my own.

Heather: I have loved mysteries since Scooby Doo and Nancy Drew. I always known that I wanted to write them. My first published mystery was in 2014, a short story in a Sisters in Crime anthology.

Bradley: I had a story stuck in my head involving Conan Doyle in the hunt for Jack the Ripper. It wouldn’t leave me alone, so I wrote it. I sorta backed into mysteries, however, as I’d like to write a pure thriller based upon my time with US Special Forces in Colombia. One day.

Genilee: I love being fooled by a good mystery writer (not many can succeed in doing it) and I love puzzles.

Maggie: Like many mystery writers, I have a strong need to see justice done and set the world right. Mysteries are the perfect vehicle for that. Mysteries are about relationships—relationships that have gone awry. I’m fascinated by family dynamics and how memories of my own family experiences have popped up throughout my life, sometimes in good ways and sometimes in disconcerting ways. Love and obsession intrigue me to no end, as does sin and how we’re impacted by it.

Sherry: I’ve always loved reading mysteries and thrillers. So when I started writing it was natural to write them.

Lynn:  When I went through breast cancer treatment, I had a lot of time to think. Reading cozy mysteries allowed me to travel, find community, and figure out a puzzle, even when I was tied to a chemo chair. They really helped me pass the time.

Kristin: I’ve always enjoyed solving mind puzzles, reading thrillers, and watching detective shows on T.V., so when it came to writing fiction, mystery was a natural fit.

J.A.: I’ve always enjoyed reading mysteries, so I thought it would be fun to write mysteries.

Samantha: I can’t remember a day when I didn’t love mysteries and I didn’t want to write. I love trying to figure out “who did it” and I’m hooked on any kind of mystery/detective T.V. Show.

Libby:  I love mysteries that take place in the South – there is just something murky and mysterious about the humidity and atmosphere.  I grew up in that humidity with a lot of strong, Southern women and quirky people.  Being able to write a Southern mystery and create my own quirky characters was so rewarding!

Stacie: I love mysteries because they are entertaining and engage my mind.  Even more, mystery fiction often shows keen insight into human character; describes places, lifestyles, and historical eras that I myself have never experienced; and often, thrills me with beautiful language.  I have loved mystery fiction for years, and now I want to see if I can contribute something worthwhile to the genre.

Do you have a special place you like to write?

Frances: I write on my laptop at the desk in my home office. When I get tired of sitting in my desk chair, I move my laptop to the living room sofa.

Heather: At home, I usually write in my office or on the back deck. But my ultimate favorite place to write is on the beach.

Bradley: My wife calls it the “Writer’s lair.” It is a den/study in our house, where I have my reference books, and I can play my music as loud as I want.

Genilee: My leather/wood recliner on a small lap top with a cat sitting next to me.

Maggie: If I’m in the throes of creativity, I’ll be in my recliner with pen and paper, a cat curled up in my lap. Otherwise, I’ll be working on my laptop, in my den.

Lynn:  I write best at my computer facing my 32-inch monitor. I can write on my laptop (Surface) but I love the desk.

J.A.: At home, I have a woman cave. It’s my hide away for writing.

Kristin: Yes.  99% of my writing happens in my writer’s cave at home.  I also have to have absolute quiet, so if my family is at home, I’m usually writing at 5am while they are all sleeping.

Samantha: Usually in my office or at the dining room table because both are near windows. If it’s a nice day, I’ll take my laptop out to the deck.

Libby:  I write in the car (putting ideas into y phone while being a passenger or dictating texts to myself), in the shower and as I’m waking up. Putting pen to paper usually happens at the kitchen table.

Stacie: In a very comfortable, overstuffed white swivel rocking chair that is just the right height from the ground for my short legs.  It’s surrounded by plants in a window alcove near my desk and is very cozy!

Where do the ideas for your books come from?

Frances: Money Grab, my first financial thriller, was loosely based on my experiences in the investment industry. I’m getting ideas for future books in the series from newspapers, magazines, and internet sites. Plus, I like to incorporate places I’ve traveled into my books.

Heather: The ideas come from all kinds of places. I keep a notebook with me. I am always jotting down names, snippets of conversation, and notes.

Bradley: History. Go to Wikipedia and type in a year and see what the major events of that year were. My idea for my fourth book involves the theft of the Irish crown jewels which I learned of in this fashion.

Genilee: A good question that many writers can’t answer. My ideas for the series I wrote started with my co-author, who is my mom. But ideas pop into my head all the time.

Maggie: Ideas come from everywhere: the headlines, eavesdropping, especially the headlines. I don’t even need to know the whole story—headlines by themselves are great writing prompts.

Social media is a gold mine of inspiration, a modern day gathering around the water cooler. It seems like everyone has something to say (some way too much). And, as I’m a fiction writer, I don’t have to worry about “fake news.”

Advice columns give me wonderful ideas. Consider the letter from the woman whose boyfriend was spying on her social media accounts; and the distraught man whose wife had an “emotional” affair with his best friend.

Lynn: I have come to realize that my story ideas come from settings. I knew as soon as I walked down Royal Street in New Orleans for the first time that I’d set a story there. The buildings, the sidewalks, the stores, they all scream for a story to be told.

J.A.: Everywhere. Places I’ve been or seen in media. History is a wonderful place to mind ideas. Music often inspires me.

Kristin: Like Lynn, most of my ideas are driven by unique settings. I’m also inspired by interesting news articles, snippets of conversation I overhear, and by pondering, “What if [insert weird situation] …?

Samantha: Ideas are everywhere if you look for them. I’ve picked up ideas from overheard conversations, news stories, T.V. shows, or by just watching people and trying to figure out what they’re talking about based on their body language.

Libby: My ideas come from all kinds of places – social media, the news, relatives, even conversations in the checkout line at Target.

Stacie: For me it all starts with character.  As I develop a story’s main and supportive characters, I begin to know them.  Then the setting helps flesh out aspects of the characters I hadn’t considered, and somehow actions appear!

Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?

Frances: I write slowly and am envious of writers who can churn out two or more books a year. Even though I outline in advance and write up summaries of my characters, it still takes me longer than it should to finish a book. I’m trying to stick to a structured writing schedule to improve my productivity.

Heather: I love the plotting and writing parts. The editing and revising feel more like work to me, but they’re necessary if you want a quality product.

Bradley: Creating a character with a unique voice that stands out. If I do it well enough, I don’t have to give a tag as to who said the line. The reader knows.

Genilee: Finding time and not letting the rest of life, including my full-time job, get in the way.

Maggie: Keeping focused on my actual writing. Besides personal distractions, I’m challenged by the myriad of writing-related tasks facing writers these days (promotion, marketing, social media, to name a few).

Lynn:  Not comparing my process or career with someone else. It’s so easy to become discouraged when your book isn’t selling like XXXX’s is (add in the name of the top author in your genre.) But you don’t know what they went through to get there. We all have our own process. Writing in bits and pieces every day keeps me in the story. That might not work for other authors.

J.A.: Getting started. Once I’m in the chair, I enjoy writing, but sometimes it’s hard to make myself sit down and focus.

Kristin: I’ve been writing for eleven years, but I’m always worried I won’t be able to dream-up the next good story idea. Even after seven published short stories and three novels, the fear of writer’s block haunts me.  The struggle is real!

Samantha: Like Maggie, I sometimes find it hard to focus on the writing itself and not all the little details around it.

Libby: Finding time.  Working full-time as a marketing/communications person leaves little energy at the end of the day for creativity.

Stacie: I still find all aspects challenging – but my worst problem is becoming impatient.  Writing takes rewriting! Also checking and rechecking: of facts, of typos, of so many things!  It can be overwhelming.

What do you think makes a good story?

Frances: Believable characters with both good traits and flaws, a fast-paced plot, and a surprise ending.

Heather: I love stories with characters that I can relate to. I like the sleuth to have an interesting career or hobby that I can learn about. And I love a well written mystery with lots of twists and turns.

Bradley: A relatable character with a meaningful struggle for an important goal with an uncertain outcome.

Genilee: Believable characters that interact as part of an unusual event.

Maggie: You know a story is good when you want to race through it, but you never want it to end.

Lynn:  The story that you, the author, need to tell. I’m my first reader. I want to be excited by the story just as much as I want future readers to love it.

Barb:  A good story is one that captivates and entertains the reader.

J.A.: I like stories with characters who are faced with difficult choices and have to face the consequences of their choices and actions. I think setting is very important to a story, you don’t have to tell me every little detail in the scene but make me believe I’ve been there.

Kristin: Every story needs conflict. Without it, you don’t have much of a plot. As far as I’m concerned, the more tension, the better.  A little humor along the way helps too.

Samantha: I love interesting, sometimes eccentric, characters with a puzzle or secret to uncover. I enjoy a story that teases me with just enough information to make me curious about something but leaves it to my imagination to figure out the rest of the pieces.

Libby:  Characters that are likeable but flawed; strong voices; character-driven stories (the best Fantasy and Sci-Fi stories all have characters that you can identify with on some level, and that are flawed).  Good pacing.

Which, of all your characters, do you think is the most like you?

Frances: Robbie Bradford, my female financial advisor, has an investment job similar to mine. We are both loyal to friends and family, hard-working and curious.

Heather: My private investigator, Delanie Fitzgerald, and I share some traits. We’re both redheads who love Mustangs. She just gets into way more trouble than I do.

Bradley: Hopefully, Professor Joseph Bell, the real-life inspiration for Sherlock Holmes. He was a kind man and had the ability to see beyond what was in front of him. Perhaps I am more like him on some days, than on others.

Genilee: Probably my most recent character, who is a small-town gal who is independent but loves people.

Maggie: Like me, Hazel Rose is a seeker of justice. We both lived on the west coast and worked in IT. We both moved from Los Angeles to Charlottesville, Virginia, with calico cats in tow. But she’s been to the altar four times to my one. And she’s much braver!

Lynn:  A lot of my main characters share one trait that I also have -trying new things. New hometowns. New careers. New lives. New restaurants. All of the main characters are in a place where they’re starting over from something. I’ve been known to get in my car and drive just to try to figure out what I’m going to do to solve a problem.

Barb: I had to give this some thought. To my surprise, I think it’s my character Bev from my story “The Case of the Missing Pot Roast,” which appeared in last year’s Bouchercon anthology, Florida Happens. Bev enjoys reading and playing cards and other games with friends. She’ll put herself on the line for those she loves, but she also will put up with things she probably shouldn’t if it makes life easier. And she’s funny.

Kristin: My character Lauryn from “A Colonial Grave” in the anthology, Virginia is For Mysteries: Volume II, is most like me. Though she’s a college student, her reactions to discovering the bones of a cold case murder were exactly as mine would’ve been, especially her wee bit o’ snark.

Samantha: My character Tess in my short story “Deadly Devonshire” is my favorite. I’m writing a series based on the characters in this story and she’s the one I love spending time with the most. Good thing since she’s my main character!

Libby:  My character Mags from my unpublished novel ‘Sanctuary.”  She struggles with finding her place when her world is turned upside down.

What makes your books different from others out there in this genre?

Frances: The goal of my financial thrillers is not only to entertain, but also to give some investment tips that readers can use when they manage their own money.

Heather: My sleuth tends to get herself in and out of trouble as she investigates crimes. She also has no fear, so she’s willing to try just about anything like larping and roller derby.

Bradley: Since I have to date only one book, I can only say that I took as much interest in the society of the time the Ripper killings took place, as the murders themselves. I wanted the time and place to be as much a character as any of the named ones.

Genilee: As far as the Fate Series mysteries, Detective Sam Osbourne, who has inherited money so that he takes only the cases he wants.

Maggie: My Hazel Rose Book Group series made the cozy category by a nose. It’s definitely edgy.

Sherry: Part of the action takes place on a military base because my protagonist, Sarah Winston, used to be married to a man in the Air Force. I love incorporating that part of my life into the books.

Lynn: I’ve been told it’s because they’re filled with amazing sounding food.  But I think it’s because they all have strong female protagonists who want to do the right thing.

Barb: I’m known for writing humor. Sure, some other people write funny stories too, but not everyone.

Kristin: Most of my stories stress the limits of some family dysfunction, which is a natural source of conflict most readers can empathize, whether we like it or not.  The more awkward, the better.

Libby:  My stories tend to be comedic, rather than intense.  The comic relief makes them easier to read and they can be more character-focused instead of just plot-focused.

Stacie: I’d like to think I have the cleverness and compassion of Vera.  But I suspect I’ve also got the worry and limited viewpoint of Burnell!

What’s next on the horizon for you?

Frances: The second book in my series has Robbie Bradford traveling to Switzerland to help a client deal with a family crisis. The third book may be set in Egypt, which I just visited. I also give talks on financial management to colleges and other groups.

Heather: I’m working on the third book in the Delanie Fitzgerald series. I’m also working on a cozy mystery set near Charlottesville, Virginia.

Bradley: I just turned in my second book, featuring my female protagonist from book one as the major character. That completes my two-book contract. I’ve submitted two more synopses for additional in the series. Fingers crossed.

Genilee: To date, most of my books have been co-authored by my now-91-year-old mom. I am now working on my first solo mystery based on some of the same characters as those that appear in my short story for the Sister in Crime anthology.

Maggie: I’m working on a short story that I plan to submit to a mystery magazine, and I’m starting edits/rewrites for Die Laughing, #3 in my Hazel Rose Book Group series.

Sherry: My next Sarah Winston Garage Sale mystery is Let’s Fake a Deal. It comes out in July.

Lynn: I’m writing the next two books in the Farm-to-Fork series and two more full length Tourist Traps this year. Along with a couple other projects that aren’t public knowledge yet. My fifth Cat Latimer book is releasing in June – SCONED TO DEATH.

Barb: I’m editing an anthology to be called Crime Travel. As you can probably guess, all the stories involving crime/mystery and time travel. The book is scheduled to be released by Wildside Press on December 8th, which is Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day. (It’s a real holiday!) The book will have fifteen stories, including one of mine called “Alex’s Choice.”

J.A.: I’m working on a short story for submission to a sci-fi magazine.

Kristin: In addition to “Unbridled”, I have another short story being released this spring, “Snowbirding” in Malice Domestic’s anthology, Mystery Most Edible. I’m currently writing my third novel.

Samantha: I’m working on the first book in the series with the characters from my short story.

Libby: I am finalizing two Southern fiction novels and looking for an agent and working to self-publish pieces from my Subourbonmom” blog.

Stacie: Right now, I’m working on a nonfiction academic project, but I have also begun working on a series of short stories following Vera’s life as an unofficial detective over the years.  Other ideas in the works are contemporary stories set in Los Angeles and Oahu (both places I’ve lived) and possibly a historical series set in Kazakhstan (which I’ve visited and studied).

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Apr 292019
 

About the Book


Deadly Southern Charm (A Lethal Ladies Cozy Mystery Anthology)
Cozy Mystery
Wildside Press (March 27, 2019)
Paperback: 173 pages
ISBN-10: 1479448397
ISBN-13: 978-1479448395

 This is a volume of short stories written by the Sisters in Crime-Central Virginia group. 

Dollycas’s Thoughts

When I started this book I had planned to read a couple of stories each night, there are 18 in all. I finished The Girl In The Airport by Frances Aylor and loved it and plunged right ahead. When I reached the end of Keepsakes by J.A. Chalkley I had a chill run up my spine and kept reading. I reached Country Song Gone Wrong by Sherry Harris and spent a little time with one of my favorite cozy characters, Sarah Winston and a great little whodunit and couldn’t stop. As I started Keep Your Friends Close by Maggie King my husband interrupted me to ask if I was ready for dinner. It was Easter, so I took a break to eat the wonderful meal he had prepared and spent some time with my family. Before I went to sleep that night I just had to finish Maggie’s story and then didn’t stop until I reached the end of Art Attack by Heather Weidner.

I enjoyed every one of the stories. Most of these authors were new to me and I will be watching for their books now. A few, Molly Cox Bryan, Lynn Cahoon, Sherry Harris, and Heather Weidner already have books on my shelves and I am always excited about their new works.

This anthology was a real treat. I loved the southern theme. Short stories are difficult to write, especially mysteries because so much has to happen. All of these authors did an excellent job. I couldn’t pick a favorite if I tried.

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More Praise for Deadly Southern Charm (Cozy Mystery Anthology)
by Sisters in Crime – Central Virginia

DEADLY SOUTHERN CHARM brings together a variety of quick reads that ooze Southern sweetness dipped in venom.
~Cozy Up With Kathy

Each tale contained plenty of mystery, mayhem, and twisty, turny plots making each read like a full-length novel, and doing so without the feeling of the stories being rushed, which is no small task.
~Lisa Ks Book Reviews

About the Authors 

Frances Aylor, CFA combines her investing experience and love of travel in her financial thrillers. MONEY GRAB is the first in the series.  www.francesaylor.com

Mollie Cox Bryan is the author of cookbooks, articles, essays, poetry, and fiction.  An Agatha Award nominee, she lives in Central Virginia.  www.molliecoxbryan.com

Lynn Cahoon is the NYT and USA Today author of the best-selling Tourist Trap, Cat Latimer and Farm-to-Fork mystery series. www.lynncahoon.com

A. Chalkley is a native Virginian. She is a writer, retired public safety communications officer, and a member of Sisters in Crime.

 

Stacie Giles lived many places before settling in Virginia where she is returning to ancestral Southern roots, including a grandfather who was a Memphis policeman.

Barb Goffman has won the Agatha, Macavity, and Silver Falchion awards for her short stories, and is a two-time finalist for US crime-writing awards.www.Barbgoffman.com

Libby Hall is a communication analyst with a consulting firm in Richmond, Virginia.  She is also a blogger, freelance writer, wife, and mother of two.

Bradley Harper is a retired Army pathologist.  Library Journal named his debut novel, A KNIFE IN THE FOG, Debut of the Month for October 2018.  www.bharperauthor.com

Sherry Harris is the Agatha Award-nominated author of the Sarah Winston Garage Sale mystery series and is the president of Sisters in Crime.www.sherryharrisauthor.com

Maggie King penned the Hazel Rose Book Group mysteries. Her short stories appear in the Virginia is for Mysteries and 50 Shades of Cabernet anthologies. www.maggieking.com

Kristin Kisska is a member of International Thriller Writers and Sisters in Crime, and programs chair of the Sisters in Crime – Central Virginia chapter. www.kristinkisska.com

Samantha McGraw has a love of mysteries and afternoon tea. She lives in Richmond with her husband and blogs at Tea Cottage Mysteries.www.samanthamcgraw.com

K.L. Murphy is a freelance writer and the author of the Detective Cancini Mysteries.  She lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her husband, four children, and two dogs.www.Kellielarsenmurphy.com

Genilee Swope Parente has written the romantic mystery The Fate Series with her mother F. Sharon Swope. The two also have several collections of short stories. www.swopeparente.com

Deb Rolfe primarily writes mystery novels. This is her first published short story. She and her husband enjoy life in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

 

Ronald Sterling is the author of six books and draws upon his colorful and varied life experience as a U.S. Airman, saloonkeeper, private detective, realtor, and New Jersey mayor.

S.A. Warwick, in the last century earned a bachelor’s degree in American Studies. Ever since, she has been trying to decipher the American enigma.

Heather Weidner is the author of the Delanie Fitzgerald Mysteries.  She has short stories in the Virginia is for Mysteries series, 50 SHADES OF CABERNET and TO FETCH A THIEF.  She lives in Central Virginia with her husband and Jack Russell terriers.  www.heatherweidner.com

EDITORS

Mary Burton is a New York Times, USA Today and Kindle best-selling author.  She is currently working on her latest suspense. www.maryburton.com

Mary Miley is a historian and writer with 14 nonfiction books and 5 mystery novels to her credit. www.marymileytheobald.com

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Nov 282018
 

Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

I am thrilled to share my thoughts with you about Slay In Character today!


Slay in Character (A Cat Latimer Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Setting – Colorado
Kensington (November 27, 2018)
ISBN-10: 1496716817
ISBN-13: 978-1496716811
Digital ASIN: B07B7C9LNS

Staying in character can be murder when Cat Latimer and the members of her writers’ retreat head for a ghost town . . .

Cat and the members of her writers’ retreat have just arrived in Outlaw, Colorado, an “Old West” tourist town complete with inhabitants dressed up as famous figures from history. But this authentic slice of Americana takes a murderous turn when a college student masquerading as a 19th-century saloon girl becomes history herself.

Was she the intended target? Or did she take a hit meant for someone else? With a cast of suspects to choose from—including some notorious gunslingers and the sleazy town founders—Cat must unhorse the real culprit before a real-life ghost story is given a killer twist . . .

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Who knew a little trip to a ghost town would lead to murder? The latest group of writers have arrived for their week-long retreat and a day out to Outlaw, Colorado, a tourist attraction dedicated to the Old West is the destination for a day trip. One of the writers, Jessi, a college student, works there along with her roommate for extra cash.

The next day the roommate is missing. She is later found dead in one of the rooms at the ghost town saloon. She went missing while working one of Jessi’s shifts – so was the killer after Jessi? or her friend? Cat tries to stay out of the investigation but her guests have other ideas and lie to her about where they are going. Twice she gets them out of hot water with police. She soon finds herself trying to solve the case to help Jessi, but also to keep her guests out of trouble. What she uncovers changes the course of the investigation and reveals a shady side of certain individuals.

Cat actually had a few months go well, no murders or police investigations, so this book takes place in the following summer after the last book. Shauna is still getting over Kevin’s death but is doing better, Cat and Seth’s relationship is moving along nicely. Uncle Pete and Shirley are handling a long distance relationship. Dante is still popping up unexpectedly. The writers for this retreat all belong to the same writing group and are historical romance writers with the exception of college student Jessi, but they quickly pull her into the group. If it wasn’t for that doggone murder things would be great.

One of the things I like about this series is that for each story we add a new group of characters to the core cast we have come to know so well over these four books. Ms. Cahoon does an excellent job at introducing this new group with great detail so readers can quickly grasp who they are, how they fit together, their similarities and differences. The character development of both the old characters and new is stellar. I appreciate the dialogues too, whether a quick quip or a full conversation. I also loved the writing drills, a little behind the scenes look at how writers get the word count in every day.

The mystery plot line was full of twists and I found it to be very interesting the way old cases that were similar were brought to light. Having Cat stay out of the investigation at first was a fun twist. Seeing her tell her guests how dangerous it is to get involved in police matters almost made me laugh out loud. This group of retreaters was absolutely delightful. I loved the way the wanted to snoop to help their new friend.

A subplot throughout the story was a project Seth was working on. A secret project. Almost every day he went out the back door and through the woods to the back of the property. He asked Cat and Shauna to not venture back there until he was finished. Both women were curious and had their own ideas what he what doing out there but stayed away until the big reveal. What a reveal it was, special, moving, heartwarming and perfect. I will not give any more details, it is a surprise you need to read about all on your own. Seth truly is a great friend and boyfriend.

Until this story, I would have said each of the books in this series could be read as stand-alone, but I believe I enjoyed this one so much because I had read the others first and got to experience the characters growth in quick succession. The things they dealt with, the way the handled the previous murders, the relationships that grew stronger. Because I was behind on this series I read the last three books in this series almost back-to-back. I remembered little details without having to tax my memory. The character’s progression was vivid in my mind. It is not often I am able to do that with a series.  I am usually a stickler about reading series in order so I was so happy I could catch up before jumping into this book. That being said don’t be afraid to grab this book and start reading. You can always go back and catch up too, just like I did, and be ready for Sconed to Death coming in May 2019.  😀

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You can read my review of A Story to Kill here and my review of Fatality by Firelight here
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About The Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling 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.Sign up for her newsletter at www.lynncahoon.com

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Nov 232018
 

On Flashback Fridays I will share with you
the books I was not able to review
when they were first released that have been screaming at me
from my To-Be-Read bookshelf.
I am so upset that I got behind on this series but I this book catches me up the
new book Slay in Character that releases on November 27!


Of Murder and Men (A Cat Latimer Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – Colorado
Kensington (November 28, 2017)
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN-10: 9781496704399
ISBN-13: 978-1496704399
Kindle ASIN: B06XFJCBTD

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 . . .

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Love can be all-consuming but death brings out the truth, at least that is the case for Shauna. She fell for a man, he asked her to marry him, and then he goes missing. Late getting back to cook breakfast for an early retreat arrival, Shauna tells her Cat that she woke up and Kevin was gone. She has notified the police (Uncle Pete) that he is missing and is waiting for news. When Uncle Pete arrives she knows the news is not good. Her fiancé was found dead on his property, in the horse barn. Worse, Shauna may be a suspect.

One murder is not enough, Cat is still desperately trying to find out who killed her ex-husband and why. When one of the retreat authors offers to help her sift the books and papers he left behind she can’t say no.

Cat is between books right now so she pours herself into solving both these mysteries all while hosting a writer’s retreat. Hands full yes, but she needs to do this for both she and Shauna, so they can start to really close the doors on their past.

I love our main cast of characters but Ms. Cahoon has introduced a new character that quickly became my favorite. Shirley is a retired police detective from Alaska. She is writing a police procedural and even plans on talking to Pete for some additional background. The woman is an early riser, writes like a speed demon and isn’t afraid of roaming through piles are papers like a dog searching for a bone. She also is sweet on Pete and he on her but both deny it, claiming their relationship is purely professional. I hope she makes many return visits to Aspen Hills.

I really enjoyed the way the mystery of ex-husband Michael death comes to a head in this installment, but I think Cat will always have lurking questions. The mystery of Kevin Shields death had many more suspects than I could have imagined. Twists, turns, secrets, and even a connection to Cat in a roundabout way had me speculating all kinds of scenarios, especially when the mob may be involved.

The one thing this author excels at is keeping her readers on their toes. She takes us on quite a ride with perfect amounts of intrigue, romance, and humor. Exciting, funny, and clever. Once you start reading, this book is hard to put down.

Next up, Slay in Character! I can’t wait!

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You can read my review of A Story to Kill here and my review of Fatality by Firelight here.

About The Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling 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.Sign up for her newsletter at www.lynncahoon.com

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Nov 162018
 

On Flashback Fridays I will share with you
the books I was not able to review
when they were first released that have been screaming at me
from my To-Be-Read bookshelf.
I am so upset that I got behind on this series but I will catch up this month.
The new book Slay in Character releases on November 27!

Fatality by Firelight (A Cat Latimer Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Colorado
Kensington (February 28, 2017)
Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496704375
E-Book ASIN: B01GBAG6VO

Synopsis

Cat Latimer’s Colorado bed-and-breakfast plays host to writers from all over. But murder is distinctly unwelcome . . .

To kick off a winter writing retreat, Cat and her handyman boyfriend, Seth, escort the aspiring authors to a nearby ski resort, hoping some fresh cold air will wake up their creative muses. But instead of hitting the slopes, they hit the bar—and before long, a tipsy romance novelist named Christina is keeping herself warm with a local ski bum who might have neglected to tell her about his upcoming wedding.

Next thing Cat knows, her uncle, the town sheriff, informs her that the young man’s been found dead in a hot tub—and Christina shows up crying and covered in blood. Now, between a murder mystery, the theft of a rare Hemingway edition, and the arrival of a black-clad stranger in snowy Aspen Hills, Cat’s afraid everything’s going downhill . .

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Cat Latimer is excited for her 2nd writer’s retreat since she has returned to Colorado and turned the home she and her now deceased ex-husband used to share into a B&B. Her best friend Shauna is by her side as the chef for the retreats and as the person who keeps everything organized so Cat still has time to work on her own writing. Cat has also reunited with her high school boyfriend, Seth, handyman, and chauffeur extraordinaire for the B&B and the retreats.  Her Uncle Pete just happens to be the sheriff which comes in handy because trouble seems to follow Cat on a regular basis.

This round of authors is an eclectic group. The romance author, Christina, seems to have forgotten what the retreat is about and hooks up with a local guy she met at the nearby ski resort. The problem, he is engaged to another woman and he is now dead. The evidence points right at Christina but she swears she didn’t do it. There’s also a new guy in town who would like to get to now Cat better but she thinks he knew her ex-husband and may know why he died. Her uncle is also hot on the case of a very valuable book stolen from the library. Things seem to be snowballing out of control in Aspen Hills, can Cat rein them in and solve all the mysteries with just a little help from her friends?

I am really kicking myself for getting behind on this series because I love these characters, I love the theme, and who wouldn’t love the Colorado setting.

Ms. Cahoon’s characters are so well developed, their dialogues flow so easily. They are realistic, engaging and funny at all right times. Cat, Shauna, and Seth make a fantastic team. Uncle Pete is positively priceless.

I like that Cat and Seth appear to be a perfect match but that Cat realizes she needs to work out a few things about her ex before she can truly move on. The subplot dealing with Micheal’s demise and what he was involved in prior to his death continues from one book to the next. More clues are revealed in this installment that makes it clear his death what not how it appeared. I enjoy that this string connecting each story.

The author does a terrific job of drawing the reader in. The mysteries are intricately woven together in an exciting way. I found the story to be complex and very hard to put down. Learning that “the mob” has a connection to the town that Cat didn’t realize gave the story a very different insight. The excitement ramped up at several places in the book and the ending was really intense. I loved it.

The only good thing about being behind on this series is that the next book, Of Murder and Men is already on my To-Be-Read shelf and I can’t wait to start reading it!

 

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You can read my review of A Story to Kill here.

About The Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling 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.Sign up for her newsletter at www.lynncahoon.com

Also by Lynn Cahoon


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Jul 262018
 


Killer Green Tomatoes (A Farm-to-Fork Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Idaho
Lyrical Underground (July 3, 2018)
Paperback: 182 pages
ISBN-10: 151610384X
ISBN-13: 978-1516103843
Kindle ASIN: B078LJPT23

The time seems ripe for success as Angie Turner opens her farm-to-table restaurant in her Idaho hometown—until her new tomato supplier is accused of murder and Angie has to pick the real killer . . .

To Angie, nothing tastes more like summer than her Nona’s fried green tomatoes. Eager to add the recipe to the menu at the County Seat, she’s found the perfect produce supplier—her sous chef Estebe’s cousin, Javier. Just one problem: ladies’ man Javier’s current hot tomato Heather has turned up dead, and he’s the prime suspect. Somehow, between managing her restaurant and navigating a romantic triangle between Estebe and Ian, the owner/manager of the farmer’s market, Angie needs to produce evidence to clear Javier—before this green tomato farmer gets fried . . .

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I have never been a fan of fried green tomatoes but I am a fan of this story.

Angie Turner’s farm to fork restaurant is becoming a big success. She wants to add her Nona’s fried green tomatoes to her menu and sous chef, Estebe Blackstone, tells her he has the perfect supplier, his cousin, Javier. Estebe takes her to his farm to check things out. Javier is not what she suspected, he’s a bit of a “player”, a flirt, thinks he God’s gift to women,  but his produce is fantastic so she places her first order. Shortly thereafter, Javier’s current girlfriend is dead and he is the police’s #1 suspect. He begs Angie to help him clear his name. She doesn’t want to get involved but again she ends up right in the middle of the investigation.

We meet more of Estebe and Javier’s family and Angie’s steps up to take care of her elderly neighbor while her granddaughter takes a vacation. Mrs. Potter is not a very happy houseguest and adds more stress to Angie’s life. I applaud Angie, she kept her wits about her and her sense of humor. I don’t think I would have handled things half as well. As for the Blackstone family, they are planning for the Basque Festival in Boise. It is a very important event for the family. Estebe has taken the week off from the restaurant and has invited all the staff to come for a special breakfast.

I don’t know how Ms. Cahoon packs so much into these pages. The characters are well defined including Dom, Angie’s growing St. Bernard puppy, Mabel, a black and white chicken and Precious, the goat. The mystery is well plotted out and the setting is wonderfully described. The romance between Ian and Angie is comfortable and doesn’t overtake the mystery. The pace is quick too. I was unable to set the book down, I read it all in one sitting.

I am really enjoying this new series from Lynn Cahoon. I am excited for One Potato, Two Potato, Dead coming March 19, 2019.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, Lynn Cahoon is an Idaho native. If you’d visit the town where she grew up, you’d understand why her mysteries and romance novels focus around the depth and experience of small-town life. Currently, she’s living in a small historic town on the banks of the Mississippi river where her imagination tends to wander. She lives with her husband and two fur babies.

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Mar 132018
 

Who Moved My Goat Cheese? (A Farm-to-Fork Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Idaho
Lyrical Underground (March 6, 2018)
Paperback: 182 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1516103829
Kindle ASIN: B0721HJSH7

 

 

Angie Turner hopes her new farm-to-table restaurant can be a fresh start in her old hometown in rural Idaho. But when a goat dairy farmer is murdered, Angie must turn the tables on a bleating black sheep . . .

With three weeks until opening night for their restaurant, the County Seat, Angie and her best friend and business partner Felicia are scrambling to line up local vendors—from the farmer’s market to the goat dairy farm of Old Man Moss. Fortunately, the cantankerous Moss takes a shine to Angie, as does his kid goat Precious. So when Angie hears the bloodcurdling news of foul play at the dairy farm, she jumps in to mind the man’s livestock and help solve the murder. One thing’s for sure, there’s no whey Angie’s going to let some killer get her goat . . .

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Angie Turner has moved into her grandmother’s house following her death. She and her friend Felicia have decided to open a Farm to Fork restaurant called The County Seat. For their business to be a success they did to find enough local farms and dairies to meet their needs. The leader of the local farmer’s market group has decided the girls are too corporate to work with his group. Angie is doing her best to convince him otherwise. While at the speaking to the man she meets “Old Man Moss”. He owns and operates a goat dairy farm. He invites her out to see his place and they come to an agreement for working together.  The next day Angie is shocked to find out that Moss is dead. Someone must have killed him not long after her visit. She feels connected to this man, he and her grandmother were friends. She decides while finding vendors for the restaurant she is going to do a little investigation of her own.

There is so much I loved about this series debut.

It starts will the theme, farm to table dining. This type of restaurant is popping up across the country. The dilemma of finding sources for your proteins and produce is true and it can make or break a restaurant. I sure hope Angie and Felicia have a very successful go of it.

Lynn Cahoon has created wonderful characters. I love the friendship Angie and Felicia have, they work well together and are smart enough to know living together would be too much. Angie has settled in on the farm with her dog Dom, her chicken Mabel, and newly adopted goat, Precious, while Felicia takes the apartment above the restaurant. We meet a lot of the residents of River Vista as the girls line up everything they need for the restaurant and snoop out the killer. I was sorry to see Mr. Moss die, he was a great character for the small amount of time he was alive within these pages. The characters were all very relatable and I am excited to see them evolve.

The story was well plotted giving the mystery several twists but I had my eye on the guilty party early on. Amazingly I was right.

I always say the first book in the series is hard. You have to set the scene, introduce the characters, and give the readers a great mystery to solve. Ms. Cahoon delivered a very entertaining story, set in a place I don’t read often about, along with engaging characters I want to know better.  The best news is that I don’t have to wait long for the next installment, Killer Green Tomatoes will be released July 3.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, Lynn Cahoon is an Idaho native. If you’d visit the town where she grew up, you’d understand why her mysteries and romance novels focus around the depth and experience of small-town life. Currently, she’s living in a small historic town on the banks of the Mississippi river where her imagination tends to wander. She lives with her husband and two fur babies.

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Dec 072017
 


Of Murder and Men (A Cat Latimer Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Kensington (November 28, 2017)
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496704399
Digital ASIN: B06XFJCBTD
Audio ISBN-13: 978-1541460300

Of Murder and Men (A Cat Latimer Mystery)

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 Of Murder and Men (A Cat Latimer Mystery)
by Lynn Cahoon

While the story pulled me along without letting go and all was wrapped up pleasantly enough at the end, there are still enough possibilities left for adventure and surprises in a number of future books in this series. I eagerly await each of them.
~Laura’s Interests

WOW, just WOW! I have loved this series from the very start, but this book has blown the others out of the water!
~The Montana Bookaholic

I love the concept of this book – a writer’s retreat at a small B&B in a small town in Colorado. And with each retreat, it seems like someone is being murdered, stumbles across a crime or is involved with it somehow. Crazy, right?! But that seems to make this series even more interesting to me.
~Storeybook Reviews

I enjoyed this book quite a bit. . . This was a light, fun read and I recommend it.
~Valerie’s Musings

I love all the writer-y and bookish talk from Cat’s writer retreat and as usual, the mystery was well done and entertaining.
~I Wish I Lived In a Library

The characters are well developed by this point and the new twists just made them more so. The end was a nice surprise that I did not completely see coming.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews

I enjoyed the setting. A B&B with an attached horse farm in beautiful Colorado I couldn’t ask for more.
~My Reading Journeys

About The Author

Lynn Cahoon is the author of the NYT and USA Today best-selling Tourist Trap cozy mystery series. Guidebook to Murder, book 1 of the series won the Reader’s Crown for Mystery Fiction in 2015. She’s also pens the recently released, Cat Latimer series.  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 www.lynncahoon.com

 

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Jul 292017
 

Killer Party (A Tourist Trap Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
9th in Series
Lyrical Underground (July 18, 2017)
Paperback: 188 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1601836366
E-Book ASIN: B01M9EM56U

After a few months of living with her boyfriend Greg, Jill is still getting used to sharing such close quarters, but she’s got no hesitation about joining him for a weekend at South Cove’s most luxurious resort. While Greg and his college pals celebrate their buddy’s upcoming wedding, Jill intends to pamper herself in style. But when the groom is found floating facedown in the pool, Jill must find the killer fast, or she might not have a boyfriend to come home to any more . . .

Praise for Killer Party
by Lynn Cahoon

KILLER PARTY… is a delightful summer read!
~Cinnamon, Sugar, and a Little Bit of Murder

KILLER PARTY, is another mind blowing whodunit that had me alternating between smiling, and having my jaw dropped throughout the entire book.
~Lisa Ks Book Reviews

The author does a great job of hiding clues (and there are some looking back) and throwing many red herrings in your path.
~Storeybook Reviews

I’m always up for a visit to South Cove! I enjoy the recurring secondary characters and the way that Ms. Cahoon has built a townful of people I recognize and (mostly) like—including a few new residents introduced in this book.
~The Bookwyrm’s Hoard

I really enjoyed trying to discover the killer in this book, it was a funny and quick read!
~Varietats

This was a fun summer read! I love our main characters, Jill & Greg. ? They’re likeable and well-rounded.
~Valerie’s Musings

I love this series so much I have been following it since the first book and Ms. Cahoon is like a fine wine and gets better in every book.
~Community Bookstop

This was a fun read…
~My Reading Journeys

Cahoon

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, Lynn Cahoon is an Idaho native. If you’d visit the town where she grew up, you’d understand why her mysteries and romance novels focus around the depth and experience of small town life. Currently, she’s living in a small historic town on the banks of the Mississippi river where her imagination tends to wander. She lives with her husband and two fur babies.

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