A Field Guide to Homicide (A Cat Latimer Mystery) by Lynn Cahoon

 A Field Guide To Homicide

Cozy Mystery 6th in Series 
Publisher: Kensington (January 28, 2020) 
Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages 
ISBN-10: 149671685X 
ISBN-13: 978-1496716859 
Digital ASIN: B07R9SXCQ8

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 a man with a gold claim a few miles away. Instead of striking it rich, he’s been struck down.
To his surprise, Seth recognizes the victim from his military days—and up to now believed he’d already died during his last tour of duty. Now Cat has to solve this mystery before the killer takes a hike . . .''

 “We might have to have an intervention after the retreat on Sunday. If that brother of hers is causing trouble, we need to be a united front to make sure she knows that no is a complete sentence.”
He stood and refilled his bowl with soup. “I don’t think I’ve heard anything about a missing person lately, have you?”
Cat felt shocked at the quick change of subject, but she should have known that Seth was still thinking about the body they’d found on the hike.
“No, but that doesn’t mean anything. A lot of people live alone in those woods. I’m sure Uncle Pete’s going to be able to find out who it is quickly and get this solved. Or he will if he wants to see Shirley this week. Speaking of Shirley, can you pick her up tomorrow at the airport?”
“Already on my to-do list.” He grinned when Cat appeared surprised. “You’re not the only one your uncle talks to, you know.”
“That’s true.” Since they were talking so easily about so many things, Cat decided to dive in. “Tell me about your meeting Wednesday night. Will it be people from your group, or just everyone who was in the army who lives nearby?”
“We’re having a platoon reunion, so it will be people I was stationed with when I went over to Germany. A lot of the guys stayed in and got their retirement, so I’ll get crap for jumping after the first post.” He kept his head down as he ate his soup.
“I never understood why you left after four years. When we talked in high school, you were planning on making a career out of the service. Twenty years and done. You wanted to have it tattooed on your wrist.” Cat smiled at the memory.
He pushed the empty bowl away. “Seriously? You don’t know?”
Surprised, she shook her head. “Sorry, no clue.”
He stood and put the bowl and his plate in the sink. Then he grabbed a second sandwich and wrapped it in a napkin. Cat thought he was going to leave without telling her, but he paused at the door to the basement. “I left the service because that life was our dream, Cat. Yours and mine. When you married Michael, I quit.”
“Seth . . .”
“I’m going to stow the hiking stuff for the winter. I think the time’s past to plan anything now until spring comes along.” And with that he was gone.
Cat stirred what was left of her soup, but her appetite was gone. Had Seth gone into the service to start a new life for them? Had that been the plan all along? Cat remembered she’d been planning on teaching, hopefully at the college level. That’s why she’d applied for her master’s degree at Covington, along with the Oregon school where Seth had been stationed. Michael had convinced her to take the Covington offer, saying that it mattered where she got her degree, especially if she wanted to work at a good college. Michael, who had been her advisor, then her friend, her lover, and finally, her husband.
Had Seth had plans of a life together, even before she’d fallen in love with him?

Those who don't fit in, relationships that don't work out, past and present mingle in this latest 5 star read from author Lynn Cahoon.
Cat and Shauna are looking forward to another writer's retreat week, but this one feels different from the previous ones. Of the five writers, two sets are married couples, leaving the college student as a single. Brodie already arrives feeling a bit lost and alone.
Cat's boyfriend, Seth, has other things on his mind as well. His army platoon has scheduled a reunion, which brings up emotions about a time he doesn't talk about. To complicate that, when Seth has the group out on a hike, they discover the body of a goldminer, a man thought to be dead a decade before. Which puts a crimp into Uncle Pete's plans to spend time with his lady friend, whom he met through a previous writer's retreat.
And Shauna is feeling down about her brother. Down and used. She really wishes they could build a better relationship.
How can these various elements be woven together into a cohesive book? Lynn Cahoon does a superb job. This series never lets us down.

About Lynn Cahoon

Lynn Cahoon is the award-winning author of several New York Times and USA Today bestselling cozy mystery series.
  • 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. Sign up for her newsletter at www.lynncahoon.com.
She lives in a small town like the ones she loves to write about with her husband and two fur babies.

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