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A Story to Kill

(Cat Latimer Mystery #1)

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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…
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Published August 30th 2016 by Tantor Audio
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Lady Galaxy Let me know if you find out. There are also a few occasions where she slips from 3rd person narrator to 1st person for absolutely no reason whatsoever…moreLet me know if you find out. There are also a few occasions where she slips from 3rd person narrator to 1st person for absolutely no reason whatsoever.(less)
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James
Last year, I won an ARC of a later book in the Cat Latimer series by Lynn Cahoon. I didn't have the time to start the series from the beginning, so I broke my own rule and read mid-series... it worked out and now I'm giving the whole series a fresh look from the debut, A Story to Kill. I enjoyed the book more than the later one, but I suspect it's a case of this is one of those series it's better to read in order. While Cahoon does a good job catching up readers on the basics, we learn so much m ...more
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When former English professor and current author, Cat Latimer, turns a big Victorian into a cozy Bed & Breakfast Inn in quiet Aspen Hills, CO; writers from several genres sign up for her writer's retreat. The solitude and sharing offers them the prime opportunity to concentrate on finishing and/or plotting their novels. Unknown danger lurks, and before the ink can blot a well known guest is abruptly murdered. With the help of her friend, Shauna, and hot handyman, Seth; Cat begins sleuthing for t ...more
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
A STORY TO KILL is The story to read!

I’m a huge fan of author Lynn Cahoon’s Tourist Trap Mysteries, available only in eBook and audio editions. However, being a woman who still loves holding a paper book in my hands, I was thrilled to hear Ms. Cahoon not only had a new series coming out, but it would be a print edition!

Brilliant from chapter one, with every page I turned I became more and more caught up in this book. I never like being distracted when reading, and I distract easily. That being
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LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Author Cat Latimer is back in Colorado in the house she and her ex-husband used to own. Seems he never changed his will after their divorce and she is turning the house into a retreat for other writers to come to get it away from all their distractions at home to work on their books. The nearby college also has an excellent resource library and she hopes the writers will find inspiration or the details they need to bring their stories together.

She can’t believe bestselling aut
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Kristen
Apr 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There was a lot I liked about this first book in this series, and one thing I didn't. Overall, though this was high on the list of cozies I've liked, and will definitely read the next book in the series to see how it develops.

First, what I liked. I really liked the writers retreat aspect and talk about reading and writing books. Having the retreat set in an old house renovated for the purpose is also a fun component, especially as the renovations are continuing during this book.

I really liked th
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Betty
Jul 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, arc, cozy, lynn-cahoon
Cat Latimer is surprised that ex-husband, Michael had not changed his will that left her the home they brought together. Cat returns home to Colorado to open a Writer's Retreat. Her book about a teenager witch has hit the best seller's list. The first session has a famous author, Tom Cole attending. The session is a disaster as Tom is found dead in his room. Her uncle, the sheriff, has no clue to what happened. Besides the murder, there is greed, romance, adoration and abuse in the book. It is w ...more
Anissa
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, series, cozy-mystery
When the series title character of a cozy spends the majority of her time being served food, napping and having teenage angst with her former high school beau, there's a problem. When a dead body is found in the main character's writer's retreat B&B and that main character doesn't seem terribly interested in finding out what's happened for many chapters or worried that one of her guests is a murderer, you've got a crisis as mystery tellings go.

This never quite got off the ground for me and was j
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Carla Johnson-Hicks
Cat Latimer is an author who moves back to her hometown in Colorado after inheriting a Victorian mansion from her ex-husband. She is surprised that he never changed his will when they divorced. They were both professors at the local college, he in Economics, she in English. She renovates the house into a bed and breakfast where she will hold monthly writing retreats. When Cat finds out that Shauna, her partner, has hired her high school sweetheart, Seth, as their handyman, old emotions rise to t ...more
Cathy Cole
Lynn Cahoon has written a very good mystery with an appealing main character. The setting is a winner, too, and I loved the house Cat inherited as well as learning how she and her business partner/friend Shauna had set up the retreat. This isn't the first cozy with a retreat-type setting that I've read, so I found it interesting that Cat hadn't thought to run background checks on her attendees either. That should probably be the very first tip in "Craft & Writers' Retreats for Dummies." (Don't g ...more
Amy "the book-bat"
3.5 stars
Ready to read more
Mary Brown
Aug 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Story To Kill
Cat Latimer Mystery, Book #1
Lynn Cahoon
5 Stars

Synopsis:

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 guest
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AngryGreyCat
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Story to Kill is the first in a new series, A Cat Latimer Mystery Series. Cat Latimer has recently inherited a house and the estate of her ex-husband, an economics professor at a small college. She is a writer and is turning the house into a writer’s retreat B and B type business. The book opens with the first group of guests due to arrive including a famous novelist who is writing a revealing memoir about his youth at the college.

Once the murder occurs, Cat has her hands full trying to clear
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Trish
I thought this seemed rather bitty and repetitive, especially the obsession with Seth, so I didn't enjoy it as much as the Tourist Trap books I've read. That said, it does have potential, and it's possible that the issues were to do with the author bedding in a new series, so I'll probably try the second one and see if it's an improvement.
Dawn
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, fall-into-bingo
Cat Latimer has returned home to Colorado. She has inherited her former home from her ex-husband and is turning it into a writers’ retreat. The beautiful blue victorian is filled with memories and Cat is working on starting over. Her best friend Shauna has moved with her from California and is working as the resident chef and assistant to Cat.
Cat is also employing her high school sweetheart to make repairs and remodeled parts of the house.
The first retreat is underway and includes bestselling a
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Jessica Wilhoite
Apr 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Really enjoyed this book - can't wait to read book 2!
Kevin
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an entertaining start to a new to me, author and cozy series. The main cast of characters are engaging starting with the heroine Cat, her best friend and partner Shauna, former lover Seth and her uncle the chief of police Pete Edmond. Even her (view spoiler) ...more
Victoria Colotta
Book Review

Filled with both intrigue and wit, A Story to Kill is a positively addictive and flawless debut for the Cat Latimer Mystery series.

In A Story to Kill we meet the former professor and author Cat Latimer. She, along with her friend, Shauna, have just opened up a writers retreat in her small hometown. With a little bit of excitement and a whole lot of nerves, Cat welcomes her first group of authors into her home. However, things begin to sour when a prominent author is murdered in his room. Now, le
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Lesa
I love the mystery community. When we hosted Laura Bradford at the library, Lynn Cahoon came with her. I hadn't read Lynn's books, however after reading A Story to Kill, the first Cat Latimer mystery, I'll be eager to read the sequel. But cozy mystery? Small town traditional mystery, yes. Like Cleo Coyle, though, Cahoon's story has a few elements not usually found in cozies.

Cat Latimer had never expected to move back to Aspen Hills, Colorado, to the house she loved. But, when her ex-husband, Mic
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Bea
3.5 stars

Several of my blogging friends have had good things to say about Cahoon's Tourist Trap mysteries so when I had the chance to start her new series, I jumped at it. It helped that the premise was appealing; a former English professor turned writer who also leads writing retreats? Catnip!

"A Story To Kill" did not disappoint. The story captured me from page one; if not for sleep and work, I would have kept reading all the way through. I tried to stay up until the wee hours to finish it but
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Peggy R
This was a terrific book. I read the entire thing in one day. This book has wonderful characters. I felt that the characters were well written and very dimensional. They jumped out from the page and I instantly liked the main character. Cat Latimer is a strong, independent woman. Although she is returning to the home she shared with her now deceased ex-husband, she is determined to make a go of her new writers retreat venture with her best friend Shauna. I liked Shauna as well. She is a terrific ...more
Kristine (A Cozy Booknook)
This is the first in a brand new series by Lynn Cahoon. This is a charming mystery filled with wonderful characters, a few secrets, and a second chance at love.

Cat Latimer has inherited the house she lived in with her ex-husband, much to her surprise. Cat and her friend, Shauna are going to host writer retreats. Unfortunately, things don't go as smooth when famous author Tom Cook is found dead in his room. Cat starts asking questions and finds more questions than answers. Determined not to let
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Mayda
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, cozy
In this debut novel of the series, Cat is back home in the same house where she began her married life. First divorcing her husband for cheating on her, she now inherits the home when he dies. She, along with a friend, open a writers’ retreat for aspiring authors. But things don’t go quite as Cat planned, when a famous author attends, and then is murdered. Cat wants nothing more than to find the killer, clear one of her guests as a potential murderer, and go back to just being an author and host ...more
Suzanne
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great new series

This is a first in a series and I hope the books continue on this strong story line.

I found the main characters to be strong and still there is room for more development. So it will be fun to see which way they go.

I liked the idea of a writers retreat, started by a writer who inherited an old Victorian house from her ex-husband, who has no clue on what she is doing. She just knows what she wants to give to hopeful writers.
A week away from their real life to write.
To bad she's lik
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Stephanie
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful first in the series

I read this book before, and chose to reread it in preparation for the third book in the series which I just received. I liked it the first time I read it, and like it even more the second time through. Lynn Cahoon is a fantastic writer, who has skillfully crafted a great mystery. But I missed some of the nuances during my rush to find out "who done it". The characters are very interesting, the plot complex, and the story flows smoothly. A great read for a cold win
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Christine
Aug 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book in the Cat Latimer series. Cat Latimer along with her friend, Shauna, run a writers retreat/bed and breakfast. They have only a small group as they are still renovating with the help of Cat high school boyfriend. A famous writer, who also went to the nearby college, has decided to attend the writers retreat. After the first night he gets murdered. Fearing what this could do to their business, Cat and Shauna start looking into his death. His wife comes and stays as well whe ...more
Becky
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book. I loved all the characters. Well mostly. The ones I didn't, you're not suppose too! The end hooks you to needing the second book. Lynn Cahoon did a great job.
Pat Cray-Hollis
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animal-mystery
Of all the mysteries by Lynn Cahoon this is the best in my opinion.
Evelyn Wilson
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nook-books-read
My 1st in her Cat series and I so enjoyed it. I like Lynn Cahoon. Her books are good. Read from #1 in each series.
Gale Wilkinson
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read. Great new series for me. I love the characters and the mystery. Looking forward to reading more.
Kristina
A Story to Kill by Lynn Cahoon is the first book in A Cat Latimer Mystery series. Cat Latimer is a former English Professor at Covington College. She has decided to start the Warm Springs Writer’s Retreat in Aspen Hills, Colorado (near the college). Writers can get away from the normal environment, meet fellow writers, and have some quiet time to write. It is all thanks to her ex-husband (Michael) who recently passed away and left her this house. This is Cat’s first retreat and one of the guests ...more
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