A Field Guide to Homicide (A Cat Latimer Mystery)
by Lynn Cahoon
Author Guest Post
First off, thanks for having me over today Diane.
I’m Lynn Cahoon, cozy mystery author of several series but today I’m here talking about my new release – A FIELD GUIDE TO HOMICIDE. This is book six of the Cat Latimer series, but don’t worry, you can read it as a standalone.
The book is set at one of Cat’s monthly writers retreats. The retreats started when she got her Victorian back from the ex-husband after he died after a morning run. There was more to that story, but as you know, there always is. Seth – her high school sweetheart and Shauna – Cat’s best friend also help out at the retreats. Shauna’s an amazing baker and is working on a cook book. Seth? He’s taking the writers on a hike in the Colorado mountains for their extra day for the session.
Uncle Pete’s the town police chief and his Alaska based long distance girlfriend (Shirley) comes for a visit during the retreat as well. Add in four paying writer guests and a English major focusing on writing as the fifth, and you have all the major players.
Unless you count the dead guy. And the killer. And the guys showing up for Seth’s army reunion at the American Legion hall.
I love writing about small towns. Aspen Hills is a college town nestled next to the mountains and just a little south of Denver. (At least it would be if it wasn’t fictional.) The retreat gives writers time to write without distractions (as long as they aren’t trying to solve a murder). Cat brings in guest speakers as well. And there’s always a trip to the library to learn the best way to research. The college also has the Hemingway papers. I grew up in Idaho and thought Hemingway and Ridley Pearson were Idaho writers, but it turned out for both of them, Idaho was a second or part time home.
But I digress. Mostly because there’s so much to do in a small town. Eat at The Diner. Walk through the oak lined streets with the original facility houses where Cat’s Victorian stands. Visit the bookstore, grab a cup of coffee at the shop next door and maybe, if it’s open, grab a pastry at the bakery. Small towns are awesome to visit. Especially if you write or read cozies.
I hope you enjoy A FIELD GUIDE TO HOMICIDE.
What’s your favorite small town? And bonus points, what’s your favorite small-town activity?
About A Field Guide To Homicide
A Field Guide to Homicide (A Cat Latimer Mystery)
6th in Series
Publisher: Kensington (January 28, 2020)
Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
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 . . .”
About Lynn Cahoon
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.
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