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A Field Guide to Homicide

(Cat Latimer Mystery #6)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  511 ratings  ·  142 reviews
Cat Latimer and her writer’s retreat group go on a hiking trip—but a murderer has been lurking off the beaten path . . .

Cat’s sweetheart, Seth, is going all out on an outing into the local mountains—for the benefit of the writing group Cat’s hosting at her Colorado B&B. But when they try to identify some plant and animal life, they find death instead. The body belongs to
Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 28th 2020 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Field Guide to Homicide is the 6th book in the Cat Latimer Mystery series written by Lynn Cahoon. The book will be published in January 2020, but I am participating on an upcoming blog tour, so I received an early copy. In this series, ~30ish Cat runs a writer's retreat in Colorado with her best friend Shauna and boyfriend Seth. Cat is a writer who formerly taught at a local college. Her uncle is a police detective, and she has several friends around town who help her solve crimes on the side. ...more
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I just got an ARC copy from NetGalley, and plan to start reading this later tonight.

Finished Short Review, great book get it on the publishing date 28 Jan 2020, a little more detailed below.

4 1/2 stars
The Cat Latimer Mystery series is currently one of my favorite cozy mystery series and I was lucky enough to get an ARC from NetGalley, in exchange for a fair review. In the first five books I rated four of the books 4 star, one 3 1/2 stars and now this latest 4 1/2 stars. Why the slight bump? The
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2020
Dollycas’s Thoughts

It’s time for another retreat at Cat Latimer’s B&B, Aspen Hills Warm Springs Resort. This group is unique because along with the student from the local college, the other writers are two couples. Seth has planned a special hiking trip for the group complete with field guides to identify flora and fauna. Not long after the hike begins they come across something not covered in Seth’s guide . . . a dead body. A body Seth recognizes. A man he thought had died in Germany during hi
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just as I've found with all of this series, I absolutely loved this book! It was the best combo of crazy family, writing guests, suspense, action, happy ending and a great mystery all rolled into one. I wasn't sure what direction the story was headed into when it involved Seth's army buddy being murdered, and I was just a bit worried there might be an ongoing thing involving army days, which I can always handle an ongoing if it's fairly minor. But everything was great and was explained even more ...more
Micky Cox
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This may be the best book in the series yet! I love this series as the characters are easily related to and the plots are always interesting as well as intriguing. The characters draw you and feel like old friends almost immediately with well established personalities and traits. The interactions between the characters is equally humorous, endearing and desirable. In this installment someone seems to be after Seth's military friends and it is spilling over to the retreat that the gals have going ...more
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, cozy-mystery
A Field Guide to Homicide by Lynn Cahoon was an excellent addition to the Cat Latimer series. I was wrapped up in the mystery from the first chapter.

I love visiting with Cat, Seth, Shauna and Uncle Pete as they are so well developed that I feel like I'm among friends each time I open a book in this series. Ms. Cahoon's story is different from the previous books as this retreat practically runs itself as the writers are two married couples and one student and the murder victim is not part of the
It is writers' retreat at Cat Latimer's home in Aspen Hills, Colorado again. This week is a unique week in that the participants although all signed up individually but are two married couples giving the retreat a different atmosphere. The college student participating from Covington College is a young man. Cat and her business partner, Shauna, are ready for the group with activities planned and good food in the works. Since it is late October, Seth, Cat's boyfriend and the retreat's handyman, h ...more
Jessica Robbins
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blog-tour, own-kindle
*I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.

Another fantastic addition to an amazing cozy mystery series!! Cat runs a writers retreat once a month and is a writer herself the rest of the time. Each retreat is unique but this one is on it's own since it two couples along with the college student chosen this round. Makes for an interesting dynamic to say the least. As part of the plans this time they are going on a hike led by Sam which he meticulou
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
It was too drawn out !! there was too much talk about food , “treats” and coffee !! I’ve never read one of these books in the series and unfortunately I don’t think I will again ! The books get good reviews but maybe it’s just me ;(
Cat Latimer is getting ready to host
a writer’s retreat at her B&B located
in Aspen Hills Warm Springs Resort
in Colorado.
This retreat tends to be different right
from the beginning. The retreat consists
of two married couples plus a single
college student.
Cat’s boyfriend Seth has his mind on
his army platoon reunion plus setting up
a hike with a field guide he wrote to use
with the retreat group. He doesn’t want
to talk about his time in Germany.
Then on the hike the retreaters lead by
Seth discover
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
It's time for another journey back to Colorado and Cat's writer's retreat.  This retreat is different than others since there are two couples plus the college student from the local college.  It is an interesting bunch and while they are featured in the book, I don't think that they were the main focus.  The main characters were tied to Seth's past in the military and those that were in town for a reunion of sorts.  I'm not sure we learned much about Seth's military buddies but that didn't stop ...more
Caitlyn Lynch
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cozy-mystery
When Cat Latimer takes her writing retreat group on a hike, the last thing she expects to find is a dead body. When the murdered man turns out to be an old army colleague of her romantic partner Seth - and even more strangely, one who was declared KIA a decade ago - things take a definite turn for the weird side. With her uncle investigating the case and Seth unable to keep out of it, Cat can’t resist asking a few questions of her own.

As a cozy mystery, this is, honestly, a dismal failure. The w
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
I love Cat Latimer! And Shauna and Seth and Uncle Pete and Shirley. I love that these 5 core characters stay the same in each novel. Their friendships are the kind you hang on to for life, and because of these solid relationships we get to explore more layers to each character, including some emotional backstories. This brings the characters more fully to life and keeps us invested in them – and the series.

I also love that we get to meet a whole new cast of supporting characters in each novel, t
A Field Guide to Homicide by Lynn Cahoon is the 6th A Cat Latimer Mystery. Cat Latimer and the group from her current writer’s retreat are on a hike led by Seth, Cat’s boyfriend. The reach a resting place when Cat notices a foot sticking out of a huckleberry bush across the way. The body belongs to a recluse who lived in the mountains near his gold claim. The victim is identified as Chance McAllister which Seth says is impossible. Seth served with Chance who supposedly died in Germany over ten y ...more
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Cat is getting ready for her next group of writers, even her boyfriend Seth is excited for the upcoming week. Seth has mapped out a hike he plans to take the group on hoping to introduce them to some Colorado plants and wildlife. Its something new they are trying, sending if it is a good fit for the writers groups. When the big day comes all is going well until Cat spots the body of a man in the distance. The outing went from a happy enjoyable day to one struck by murder. They soon learn the ide ...more
The Cozy Review
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Cat is at it again in the lastest “Cat Latimer Mystery” from Lynn Cahoon, A Field Guide To Homicide coming January 28th from Kensington Books. This time at least the body isn’t in her shop, and she’s not being accused of murder, thankfully!

Why is it everywhere Cat goes a body is sure to follow? This time someone is murdered up in the hills, and the only reason Cat is involved because she showed up with her newest writers retreat guests and discovered the body. In the newest addition to this lite
Peggy R
This is the sixth book in the Cat Latimer Mystery series and a very enjoyable read. By this point in the series, the characters are well developed, realistic and with the cast of secondary characters a diverse group. I enjoy the writing retreat aspect of the series because it allows Ms. Cahoon to introduce us to new characters that contribute to the diversity and keeping the series fresh. This time around, I thought the story was different from the rest in that the attendees of the retreat were ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Cat Latimer is back with a new group of authors attending her writer's retreat. This time around, Seth is planning on leading the group on a couple of hikes in the area. It all seems like a fun week, until they stumble upon a body, a body that Seth recognizes as someone that he thought was dead. The man was a fellow marine, and he had died in an explosion during his last tour of duty, at least that was the story the military was standing by. Of course, Cat, Seth and the rest of the group have ve ...more
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
A Field Guide to Homicide by Lynn Cahoon is the 6th book in the Cat Latimer Mystery series, and another fun addition. Let me start by saying I am a big fan of the authors Tourist Trap Mysteries, and I love this series too. It also helps I was born and still live in beautiful Colorado. Cat Latimer is a successful author of a teen witch series who inherited a large Victorian home from her ex husband. Cat has opened a writers retreat in the Colorado home. Cat and her best friend/partner, Shauna, re ...more
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. This series keeps getting better with each book. The characters are fully developed and fun. I like how they interact with each other. I liked that this retreat is different with couples as writers, the dynamic is certainly different. It was nice that the murder was also outside of the retreat unlike in previous books. The ending was the best. #AFieldGuidetoHomicide #NetGalley
Lisa Elizabeth
This is one of my favourite cozy series and it hasn’t disappointed me. I love how the set relationships between the townsfolk become deeper and more complex as the retreat guests visit and spice things up. I’m so invested in these characters that I become giddy when the latest book shows up on my NetGalley dashboard.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not paid for this review.
The Kawaii Slartibartfast
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is the 6th book in the Cat Latimer series. I really.liked this one! Cat and Seth feel like old friends and I was really invested in the mystery,!
Chris gerst
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another great book. Cat and shauna host another writers retreat. Seth is having a army reunion and finds out someone who he thought passed away in the army is still alive. Then there is a murder. Cat sets out to investigate on her own before someone is killed again
Feb 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
In this cozy mystery from Lynn Cahoon, Cat Latimer, her business partner Shauna, and Cat's boyfriend Seth host a writer's retreat at the bed and breakfast run. While the group is out hiking, Cat takes a photo of one of the couples. While looking at the photo to ensure she hasn't committed any stranger photo faux pas, she notices a leg sticking out of a huckleberry bush behind the couple. The unfortunate owner of the leg is an old Army buddy of Seth's, Chance. The problem is that Chance supposedl ...more
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2020
A Field Guide to Homicide earns 5/5 Mining Claims...Engaging Entertainment!

Complex and Compelling! Lynn Cahoon and her Farm-to-Fork series has always been a favorite, and now Cat Latimer has joined the list. Lynn’s entertaining writing style with description language and expressive dialogue once again has a delightful set of characters. The mystery was very detailed, complex in its scope, and totally engaging. Cat Latimer is hosting another eclectic group of authors for a Warm Springs Writers’ R
Dawn Rouse
I usually love Lynn Cahoon's books. This series is not my favorite, but it had its good points. This book, however, was a complete puzzle. First, it totally ignored the plot line that she had going through earlier books having to do with her ex, the "families" and mysterious happenings surrounding all that. I didn't feel she had wrapped that up and answered all of the questions. Second, nothing happened in this book until the end. Characters walked in and out, this happened, that happened (the r ...more
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Sixth Cat Latimer Mystery

A hike with Cat Latimer's latest retreat writers leads to the discovery of a dead body. It's no accident and it's not just any body. It turns out to be an old army buddy of Seth's, a buddy who had supposedly died in Germany. Why was Chance living off grid? Why did he stage his own death all those years ago? Seth has never talked about his time in Germany and seems reluctant to say anything now. But is it a coincidence that ther
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

This is the sixth book in the Cat Latimer mystery series by Lynn Cahoon.

Cat Latimer , published author of a number of popular young adult fantasy novels, supplements her income and runs a popular writer’s retreat in her bed and breakfast. Her boyfriend, Seth has a reunion with some of his military buddies and when they go to the retreat during a hiking trip, one of his ole mates he thought to be dead was dead again!

When her Uncle Pete investigates the crime, he makes Seth one of the mai
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
A Field Guide to Homicide is set at a Colorado B&B. Cat Latimer is a writer who hosts regular writing retreats. When she is hiking with a group of writers, they discover a body just off the trail. The deceased turns out to be an old military buddy of Cat's boyfriend, Seth. Concerned about her boyfriend's safety, she works to help solve the crime.

I wanted to read this book because of the writer's retreat setting. I have been to a couple of writing conferences but never a retreat, so I was very cu
Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
It's time for another writing retreat and everyone is busy getting ready for it. Cat's boyfriend Seth has a military reunion with some from the troop he had been in and it's making him a bit anxious.

When one of Seth's buddies who was supposed to have died overseas where they were serving shows up dead it brings up a lot of memories for Seth. Memories of his time in the military that he doesn't want to talk to Cat about and causes a lot of tension between them. Of course, Cat is curious about wha
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“at his legs. “Did they do X-rays? Is anything broken?” “Yes, they did X-rays.” He took a sip of water. “I’ll be fine getting to my room, but I don’t know if I’ll want to drive the group to Outlaw tomorrow morning or not. We’ll see what I feel like when I get up tomorrow. But if I’m still hurting, can you drive?” “Of course, but I didn’t realize you were going to Outlaw.” Cat wasn’t sure taking Seth home tonight was a good idea. Before she agreed with the plan, she wanted to talk to the doctor. “Yeah, Jocelyn and Sydney tag teamed me the other day and asked if I’d take them up so they could see the” 0 likes
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