Former English professor Cat Latimer is back in Colorado, hosting writers’ retreats in the big blue Victorian she’s inherited, much to her surprise, from none other than her carousing ex-husband! Now it’s an authors’ getaway—but Cat won’t let anyone get away with murder…
The bed-and-breakfast is open for business, and bestselling author Tom Cook is among its first guests. Cat doesn’t know why he came all the way from New York, but she’s glad to have him among the quirkier—and far less famous—attendees.
Cat’s high school sweetheart Seth, who’s fixing up the weathered home, brings on mixed emotions for Cat…some of them a little overpowering. But it’s her uncle, the local police chief, whom she’ll call for help when there’s a surprise ending for Tom Cook in his cozy guest room. Will a killer have the last word on the new life Cat has barely begun?
If you want your cozy mystery pure and straight forward, you have to swerve through a little bit of atmosphere building just as Cat is remodeling her newly reacquired home and building her dream business of a writer's retreat. The clues start at the very beginning. This is as much of a relationship novel (friendship and love) as it is a really good mystery book. Layers of depth and well defined characters prepare us for a fascinating new series. Another aspect I enjoyed is a look into the mind of a writer. This book even encouraged and inspired me to dedicate time to getting words on paper (or saved digitally.)
You do not have to wait long before there is blood shed but it may take you to the final pages to untwist all the possible suspects and discover additional motives. I am still thinking about that noise in the attic. While this initial retreat murder disaster does get wrapped up in this book, we are left with a longing to know more about Michael and to watch the continuing interactions between Cat and Seth.
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.