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Love is in the air in Aspen Hills, and it’s making a terrible mess of Cat Latimer’s writers’ retreat—especially when blood stains the plot . . . Ever since her business partner, Shauna, fell for a wealthy landowner in town, Cat has been working double time to keep her writers’ retreat running. And with the January session almost underway, that spells trouble. As if scheduli Love is in the air in Aspen Hills, and it’s making a terrible mess of Cat Latimer’s writers’ retreat—especially when blood stains the plot . . . Ever since her business partner, Shauna, fell for a wealthy landowner in town, Cat has been working double time to keep her writers’ retreat running. And with the January session almost underway, that spells trouble. As if scheduling mishaps aren’t disastrous enough, Shauna skips out on kitchen duties one morning, forcing Cat to serve unsuspecting guests store-bought muffins . . . But best laid plans really go awry when Shauna discovers her beau missing from their bed. When his body later turns up in the horse barn, they quickly find out the victim’s scandalous lifestyle left many dying for revenge. While balancing an eccentric group of aspiring writers and a suspect list for the record books, Cat soon finds herself on the heels of a killer—and authoring her most deadly conclusion yet . . .


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Love is in the air in Aspen Hills, and it’s making a terrible mess of Cat Latimer’s writers’ retreat—especially when blood stains the plot . . . Ever since her business partner, Shauna, fell for a wealthy landowner in town, Cat has been working double time to keep her writers’ retreat running. And with the January session almost underway, that spells trouble. As if scheduli Love is in the air in Aspen Hills, and it’s making a terrible mess of Cat Latimer’s writers’ retreat—especially when blood stains the plot . . . Ever since her business partner, Shauna, fell for a wealthy landowner in town, Cat has been working double time to keep her writers’ retreat running. And with the January session almost underway, that spells trouble. As if scheduling mishaps aren’t disastrous enough, Shauna skips out on kitchen duties one morning, forcing Cat to serve unsuspecting guests store-bought muffins . . . But best laid plans really go awry when Shauna discovers her beau missing from their bed. When his body later turns up in the horse barn, they quickly find out the victim’s scandalous lifestyle left many dying for revenge. While balancing an eccentric group of aspiring writers and a suspect list for the record books, Cat soon finds herself on the heels of a killer—and authoring her most deadly conclusion yet . . .

30 review for Of Murder and Men

  1. 4 out of 5

    James

    I've completed reading the four books currently published in the Cat Latimer mystery series by Lynn Cahoon. Today's review is for Of Murder and Men, the 3rd in the series; I read the 4th one first because I'd won it in a giveaway and then went back to read them in order. I wish I started properly, but overall, this series keeps getting stronger and stronger. I think this is my favorite thus far, and it earns 4.5 stars... Cat is a late 20s widow who inherited her ex-husband, Michael's, house when I've completed reading the four books currently published in the Cat Latimer mystery series by Lynn Cahoon. Today's review is for Of Murder and Men, the 3rd in the series; I read the 4th one first because I'd won it in a giveaway and then went back to read them in order. I wish I started properly, but overall, this series keeps getting stronger and stronger. I think this is my favorite thus far, and it earns 4.5 stars... Cat is a late 20s widow who inherited her ex-husband, Michael's, house when he died. At this point, we know he was somehow involved with the mob who has ties to the small town outside Denver, Colorado where they lived. What Cat didn't know was that he'd been sucked into the accounting issues with a mob-related property, and before long, he had to pretend to be doing bad things in order to survive. Unfortunately, he couldn't extricate himself quickly enough and was killed. We finally learn in this book who likely killed him, and how the killer's family may or may not still be be after Cat. Instead of ignoring it, Cat has been trying to solve Michael's death while using the house he left her as a writer's retreat. Her high school boyfriend (and new love interest), Seth, and her best friend, Shauna, help run the retreat, where 5 writers show up for a week each month to finish their current WIPs. Almost always, one of them is a murderer, dies, or has a connection to the victim. In this one, it's Shauna who suffers. Kevin, her distracted boyfriend-turned-fiance, is found dead in his barn. Cat, Shauna, Seth, and Uncle Pete find connections between Michael's death and Kevin's death. One of the writers, Shirley, an ex-cop, helps investigate while she warms up to Pete. Ah, romance is brewing... the other writers are busier than usual and not as involved in the plot, but one of them turns up to have a connection with Kevin. Shauna's battling it out with Kevin's two ex-wives and their children for his estate, too. She doesn't want the money, just a few things to remember him by. At the same time, Cat finds out Michael left her another building and never closed their joint account. Except... there's WAY more money in it than he could have ever earned. Someone's play games here, and Cat is determined to find out before Dante, the hot guy from the mob family who turns out was Michael's childhood best friend, gets her all excited and bothered in a good way. No, poor Seth! I'm quickly falling hard for this series. Cahoon has created some magic with the setting and action surrounding a writer's retreat. Add in the mystery of Cat's friends, and the mob-connections about town, there's story in abundance. I love the clues Cahoon's dropped in each book about future stories, too. I can already see plots formulating and know what might happen to certain characters. She's a strong planner author (like me) which may be why I really like her writing style and these books. I need to read her other series next, especially since I'm now fully caught up with the four in this one. The 5th book won't release for a few months, so I have time to start another of hers. Anyone else tried the Tourist Trap series?

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chatting About

    I love the Cat Latimer writer’s retreat mystery series. Book 3 is excellent! Cat has her hands full and her mind occupied with her new eccentric group of aspiring writers; her own writing deadlines; and her best friend and business partner, Shauna’s distraction with the local rich landowner she’s dating. I found myself immediately engrossed in the story as Cat welcomes her new group and continues to delve into the secrets surrounding her ex-husband, Michael’s death. The talented Ms. Cahoon exper I love the Cat Latimer writer’s retreat mystery series. Book 3 is excellent! Cat has her hands full and her mind occupied with her new eccentric group of aspiring writers; her own writing deadlines; and her best friend and business partner, Shauna’s distraction with the local rich landowner she’s dating. I found myself immediately engrossed in the story as Cat welcomes her new group and continues to delve into the secrets surrounding her ex-husband, Michael’s death. The talented Ms. Cahoon expertly sets up the storyline so that recurring characters; new visitors; and old friends are there to help Cat research and sleuth as she struggles to sort through Michael’s belongings and make a success of her Victorian B&B in Aspen Hills, CO. The sudden death of Shauna’s beau, Kevin, is a shock, and evidence points to Shauna as the likeliest person to have killed him. However, the Mob is in the mix, and the tension ratchets with each page turned, until all the details of Michael’s past are gathered and revealed, and Cat, her friends, and visitors are safe from his enemies. The victim, Kevin, had his own set of problems that quickly shed light on his demise. This story will set your pulse pounding as you follow the author peeling back all the layers needed to expose the inside secrets and free Cat of danger allowing her to move on with her new life and her current relationship with Seth. Great story! I voluntarily reviewed an ARC provided by the author.

  3. 5 out of 5

    LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts Love can be all-consuming but death brings out the truth, at least that is the case for Shauna. She fell for a man, he asked her to marry him, and then he goes missing. Late getting back to cook breakfast for an early retreat arrival, Shauna tells her Cat that she woke up and Kevin was gone. She has notified the police (Uncle Pete) that he is missing and is waiting for news. When Uncle Pete arrives she knows the news is not good. Her fiancé was found dead on his property, in t Dollycas’s Thoughts Love can be all-consuming but death brings out the truth, at least that is the case for Shauna. She fell for a man, he asked her to marry him, and then he goes missing. Late getting back to cook breakfast for an early retreat arrival, Shauna tells her Cat that she woke up and Kevin was gone. She has notified the police (Uncle Pete) that he is missing and is waiting for news. When Uncle Pete arrives she knows the news is not good. Her fiancé was found dead on his property, in the horse barn. Worse, Shauna may be a suspect. One murder is not enough, Cat is still desperately trying to find out who killed her ex-husband and why. When one of the retreat authors offers to help her sift the books and papers he left behind she can’t say no. Cat is between books right now so she pours herself into solving both these mysteries all while hosting a writer’s retreat. Hands full yes, but she needs to do this for both she and Shauna, so they can start to really close the doors on their past. I love our main cast of characters but Ms. Cahoon has introduced a new character that quickly became my favorite. Shirley is a retired police detective from Alaska. She is writing a police procedural and even plans on talking to Pete for some additional background. The woman is an early riser, writes like a speed demon and isn’t afraid of roaming through piles are papers like a dog searching for a bone. She also is sweet on Pete and he on her but both deny it, claiming their relationship is purely professional. I hope she makes many return visits to Aspen Hills. I really enjoyed the way the mystery of ex-husband Michael death comes to a head in this installment, but I think Cat will always have lurking questions. The mystery of Kevin Shields death had many more suspects than I could have imagined. Twists, turns, secrets, and even a connection to Cat in a roundabout way had me speculating all kinds of scenarios, especially when the mob may be involved. The one thing this author excels at is keeping her readers on their toes. She takes us on quite a ride with perfect amounts of intrigue, romance, and humor. Exciting, funny, and clever. Once you start reading, this book is hard to put down. Next up, Slay in Character! I can’t wait!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Would anyone like to join me for a writers' retreat? I am so excited to have been sent Of Murder and Men by Lynn Cahoon to read and review. I could not put it down. This is book three in the Cat Latimer Mystery series and there was so much going on in this book that while reading it I really felt part of the writers retreat and the mystery too. I loved the first chapter and how grumpy main character Cat came across. It was a great way to open the book and helped this character truly feel real. W Would anyone like to join me for a writers' retreat? I am so excited to have been sent Of Murder and Men by Lynn Cahoon to read and review. I could not put it down. This is book three in the Cat Latimer Mystery series and there was so much going on in this book that while reading it I really felt part of the writers retreat and the mystery too. I loved the first chapter and how grumpy main character Cat came across. It was a great way to open the book and helped this character truly feel real. While running a writer's retreat, Cat who is supposed to be penning her next best selling book, is steal dealing with packing up her deceased ex husband's papers, home office and trying to figure out how he was murdered. Throw in the fact that she is struggling to deal with her best friend and business partners new relationship with someone she doesn't like and a freezing recently renovated attic writing space. I have to say Lynn does a really great job of creating a very good plot and conflict!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tari

    Oh my goodness was this a good book! I guess a book is really something when you read past the 20% warnings on your Kindle and the battery just dies on you. Luckily, I own a backup Kindle ;) Cat Latimer has her January writers' retreat people coming. Since we didn't have a book for December, we find out that the retreat for that month actually went on without incident. Cat's friend and business partner, Shauna, has fallen for a local landowner and isn't going to be at the retreat much this time Oh my goodness was this a good book! I guess a book is really something when you read past the 20% warnings on your Kindle and the battery just dies on you. Luckily, I own a backup Kindle ;) Cat Latimer has her January writers' retreat people coming. Since we didn't have a book for December, we find out that the retreat for that month actually went on without incident. Cat's friend and business partner, Shauna, has fallen for a local landowner and isn't going to be at the retreat much this time but she's still got everything under control especially after Cat confesses to her that she forgot to turn the oven on to bake a breakfast casserole. Shauna later gets the news that her boyfriend, recently turned fiance' was found dead in his horse barn after having gotten up in the middle of the night to answer a text. Meanwhile Cat is still looking into Michael's murder and now she feels like she needs to look into Kevin's as well. The stand out visiting character in this book was Shirley, a retired police detective who is on the retreat so she can write a police procedural. I just got the biggest kick out of her. On one hand she really likes Uncle Pete but she tries to brush it off as a professional friendship. She also grabs onto the whole Michael murder mess and won't let go until she finds something useful. I really hope we do get to see more of Shirley. I liked the little character cross-over that the author did from her Tourist Trap series. Cross-overs are fun, like introducing one set of your friends to another set. And that's how I feel about the characters in this series as well as the Tourist Trap series. It's always fun to go back to visit them. I was glad to see some of the items that had not been resolved since the first book finally put to rest. I think Cat will always have questions about Michael but her main issues are at peace now. I'm anxious to see how the different things that Shauna, Shirley and Seth have suggested they do for the retreat turn out as well. Long live the writer's retreat!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    Cat Latimer has her January writers' retreat people coming. This is her fourth retreat, but only one has gone off without a hitch. This time, the partners are back in the middle of a murder investigation. Cat's friend and business partner, Shauna, has recently gotten engaged and is spending a lot of time at Kevin's ranch. She heads over for dinner, taking a pot of stew for dinner. After returning to the house, she does not trust Cat to get breakfast ready, she is woken in the middle of the night Cat Latimer has her January writers' retreat people coming. This is her fourth retreat, but only one has gone off without a hitch. This time, the partners are back in the middle of a murder investigation. Cat's friend and business partner, Shauna, has recently gotten engaged and is spending a lot of time at Kevin's ranch. She heads over for dinner, taking a pot of stew for dinner. After returning to the house, she does not trust Cat to get breakfast ready, she is woken in the middle of the night by Cat's Uncle Pete. Kevin is dead, he was poisoned and the poison was in the stew. Not only is Shauna devastated, but she is also a suspect, especially since she recently bought rat poison at the local hardware store. Cat is now investigation Michael's death (her ex-husband) and Kevin's. Will she be able to find the real murderer before something happens to Shauna? Will she be able to find out what happened to Michael without putting herself in danger? I really enjoyed Shirley, a retired police detective who is on the retreat so she can write a police procedural. She was so funny. You could tell she really liked Uncle Pete, but she tells everyone it is a professional relationship. There is a lot of teasing going on there. She also helps Cat with her investigation of Michael's death and they do some sleuthing together. I hope she sticks around in the next few books as a love interest for Uncle Pete. The other members of the retreat didn't play much of a role in this book, except for the College Student who was there in the college spot. I really enjoy the relationship Cat, Shauna and Seth have in these books. They are partners and best friends, almost like siblings, although Seth really wants to rekindle the high school romance he had with Cat. I was glad to see Michael's murder solved, but I think there is still a bit more for Cat to find out. It is fun to visit Cat and her gang in Colorado and I look forward to my next visit.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    If you're a fan of the Cat Latimer series, you won't be disappointed in this third book! We learn more about Cat's deceased ex-husband and Shauna's boyfriend Kevin, and of course meet the new group of writers at Cat's writer's retreat. When another murder hits too close to home, Cat starts to feel like she and her retreat are cursed, but she persists in delving into the recent murder and the death of her ex-husband. New readers of Lynn Cahoon's books will find this story a rich mystery within a If you're a fan of the Cat Latimer series, you won't be disappointed in this third book! We learn more about Cat's deceased ex-husband and Shauna's boyfriend Kevin, and of course meet the new group of writers at Cat's writer's retreat. When another murder hits too close to home, Cat starts to feel like she and her retreat are cursed, but she persists in delving into the recent murder and the death of her ex-husband. New readers of Lynn Cahoon's books will find this story a rich mystery within a mystery, with both likeable and not-so-likeable characters. Though part of a series, I feel this book can easily stand on its own, providing just enough background to catch a new reader up to speed, without giving away too much about the previous books. I found this story easy to read and hard to put down. In fact, I read it in one day, something I haven't done in a long time. I suspected several people of being the murderer throughout the book, but I didn't really guess the culprit until the end. The only thing I didn't really like about the story was Cat's lukewarm attitude toward her "boyfriend" Seth... maybe because she's still processing her feelings about her ex-husband. We didn't see a lot of Seth in this story, and I'm hoping we'll see more of him in the future. I was so excited to get an advance copy of this book and am happy to provide my honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    Catimer Latimer is hosting another Writer's Retreat at her home in Aspen Hills, Colorado. The retreat is moving along with no difficulties. The guests are sincere and seen to have bonded together. The graduate student is Cole and helping with the replacing Cat free. Shirley, a retired Alaska cop is looking into Michael murder. Dante makes an appearance again. Shauna has an engagement ring from Kevin and is not always around. Kevin turns up missing and later is found dead. Shauna becomes a person Catimer Latimer is hosting another Writer's Retreat at her home in Aspen Hills, Colorado. The retreat is moving along with no difficulties. The guests are sincere and seen to have bonded together. The graduate student is Cole and helping with the replacing Cat free. Shirley, a retired Alaska cop is looking into Michael murder. Dante makes an appearance again. Shauna has an engagement ring from Kevin and is not always around. Kevin turns up missing and later is found dead. Shauna becomes a person of interest in his death. A number of twists and turns will take place holding your interest until the end. I highly recommend this book and series. Disclosure: I received a free copy from Kennington Books through NetGalley for an honest review. I would like to thank them for this opportunity to read and review this book The opinions expressed are my own.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Robbins

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  10. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    3 1/2 Stars At first I wasn’t sure that I cared for the continuing story-line concerning (view spoiler)[Cat’s husband Michael and the east coast mob, now that the mystery seems to be wrapped up I feel better about it. But now my main concern with the series going forward is a love triangle with Seth and Dante. In this book Seth hardly appeared and I really don’t want to see a love triangle with a mob boss so I’m really hoping that doesn’t happen and Seth gets to be more then an part time employee 3 1/2 Stars At first I wasn’t sure that I cared for the continuing story-line concerning (view spoiler)[Cat’s husband Michael and the east coast mob, now that the mystery seems to be wrapped up I feel better about it. But now my main concern with the series going forward is a love triangle with Seth and Dante. In this book Seth hardly appeared and I really don’t want to see a love triangle with a mob boss so I’m really hoping that doesn’t happen and Seth gets to be more then an part time employee (hide spoiler)] The standalone mystery with this one seemed hardly to matter as the continuing series mystery really took over.

  11. 4 out of 5

    RO G'ma

    Of Murder and Men is the third book in Lynn Cahoon’s Cat Latimer Mystery series. This is a well-written story, with well-developed characters, that moves along at a steady pace. The book is an easy read and Ms. Cahoon’s writing style flows smoothly and she provides good background information about the characters. The characters are relatable and there are enough twists, turns, and red herrings to hold a reader’s attention. This is a clean cozy mystery featuring no gratuitous sex, adult language Of Murder and Men is the third book in Lynn Cahoon’s Cat Latimer Mystery series. This is a well-written story, with well-developed characters, that moves along at a steady pace. The book is an easy read and Ms. Cahoon’s writing style flows smoothly and she provides good background information about the characters. The characters are relatable and there are enough twists, turns, and red herrings to hold a reader’s attention. This is a clean cozy mystery featuring no gratuitous sex, adult language, or graphic violence. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading a well-crafted cozy mystery. Catherine ‘Cat’ Latimer is an author and the owner of Warm Springs Writer’s Retreat in the small college town of Aspen Hills, Colorado. Cat and her best friend, cook, planner, and manager, Shauna Mary Clodagh, are preparing to host their third writer’s retreat in the home Cat inherited from her ex-husband, Michael, who recently passed away. Shauna has been a little distracted lately because she’s been spending more and more time with her fiancé, Kevin Shield. Cat’s high school sweetheart and current boyfriend, Seth Howard, is the handyman helping with renovations and transporting guests, and her Uncle Pete has been the local police chief for twenty years. Cat continues to try to come to terms with Michael’s death, sort through his papers and books, and unravel the mystery surrounding him so she can move on with her life and developing relationship with Seth. One of the retreat guests, Shirley Mann, is a retired detective from Alaska. Shirley has asked Pete to help her research a cold case for her book. After talking with Cat and Pete, Shirley decides Michael’s case is interesting and wants to help Cat. Shauna discovers Kevin is missing and asks Pete to help find him. Pete discovers Kevin’s body in his horse barn and poisoning is ruled as the cause of death. It isn’t long before they learn more about Kevin’s past and no shortage of suspects. I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    This is a good series. I love the idea of a writer's retreat B & B and the little insights into the writing world that are offered throughout the narrative. The new cast of characters in each book keeps things fresh and the recurring central characters are delightful. This book followed two plot lines, the murder of Shauna's boyfriend and the continuing mystery of what happened to Cat's ex-husband. Personally, I felt like it would have been better to focus on the ex-husband murder because that s This is a good series. I love the idea of a writer's retreat B & B and the little insights into the writing world that are offered throughout the narrative. The new cast of characters in each book keeps things fresh and the recurring central characters are delightful. This book followed two plot lines, the murder of Shauna's boyfriend and the continuing mystery of what happened to Cat's ex-husband. Personally, I felt like it would have been better to focus on the ex-husband murder because that story line had plenty of potential for intrigue and danger. The boyfriend murder focused on a character we didn't really know well and who didn't make a direct appearance in the book. There was a general feeling of disconnect for me as a reader with regard to that story line. The only other issue I have with this series is with the relationship between Cat and her boyfriend Seth. The way it is being written now the best case scenario is they seem like best friends (platonic) the worst case they almost seem brother/sister like. If the series continues I hope to see more "spark" in their romantic relationship. Overall I liked the book and this series. This felt almost like a last book to me with most of the important plot points wrapped up and the characters left in a good place. I hope there will be more of this series.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    Stepping into a book by Lynn Cahoon is like stepping through the door into a good friend's house. Cat Latimer is the perfect host for authors who want to become part of the writer's retreat. Cat's life changed drastically with the death of her ex husband and the mystery surrounding his death continues to nag Cat. As Cat is preparing for the next retreat, she begins to wonder if her friend and partner Shauna has the time to devote to the retreat and the guests. Her new boyfriend has taken up a lot Stepping into a book by Lynn Cahoon is like stepping through the door into a good friend's house. Cat Latimer is the perfect host for authors who want to become part of the writer's retreat. Cat's life changed drastically with the death of her ex husband and the mystery surrounding his death continues to nag Cat. As Cat is preparing for the next retreat, she begins to wonder if her friend and partner Shauna has the time to devote to the retreat and the guests. Her new boyfriend has taken up a lot of her time and Cat is worried about being able to carry the work load. Luckily for Cat, she has Seth, her high school sweetheart who has since become a special part of her life. When tragedy strikes close to home, Cat is once again embroiled in another mystery. I could not put this book down. From the moment I read the first line, I knew the exceptional Lynn Cahoon would keep me on the edge of my seat and would lead me into a story filled with good friends, entertaining characters and a mystery full of twists and turns. Fans of this series won't want to miss this fantastic addition to the series. I voluntarily read an ARC of this book offered by the publisher and Netgalley.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)

    Lynn Cahoon has done it again! Another "I just need to read a bit more, bother the book is finished!" book, this is a series that keeps getting better and better! Cat and her Retreat Business Partner Shauna both have their strengths, Cat's are dealing with the writers and organising and Shauna's are more organising and dealing with the food side of the retreat.  The problem is that since Shauna has been seeing Kevin Shield, a local businessman, she has been falling behind on the food prep side, a Lynn Cahoon has done it again! Another "I just need to read a bit more, bother the book is finished!" book, this is a series that keeps getting better and better! Cat and her Retreat Business Partner Shauna both have their strengths, Cat's are dealing with the writers and organising and Shauna's are more organising and dealing with the food side of the retreat.  The problem is that since Shauna has been seeing Kevin Shield, a local businessman, she has been falling behind on the food prep side, and on the organisation side, she forgot to let Cat know one of the retreat people would be arriving a day early, she hasn't helped get the rooms ready and now she is late for meal preps. When Shauna and Kevin get engaged, Cat fears the worst, unfortunately the worst she fears isn't the worst that happens when Kevin ends up dead and Shauna is in the cross hairs as prime suspect! Now Cat needs to figure out what happened with Kevin to keep Shauna from cooking in jail, and at the same time she is finding out more about her late ex-husband, with one of the Retreat guests being a retired Alaskan Police Officer, Cat, her Uncle Pete (local law enforcement, Seth and Shauna have another, fresh pair of eyes to help with BOTH cases.  Oh and we get a wonderful cameo/crossover from The Tourist Trap mysteries as well!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Gloria

    Even though I am a reader and not a writer, I think that it would be fun to attend a writers' retreat at the home of Cat Latimer in Aspen Hills, Colorado. In addition to all the yummy sounding food served by her business partner, Shauna, there are great sounding restaurants in the area. The attendees get to hear great lectures. visit a college library to research and write, stay in a lovely home with other writers and enjoy the camaraderie of the group. With all that said, be prepared to be clos Even though I am a reader and not a writer, I think that it would be fun to attend a writers' retreat at the home of Cat Latimer in Aspen Hills, Colorado. In addition to all the yummy sounding food served by her business partner, Shauna, there are great sounding restaurants in the area. The attendees get to hear great lectures. visit a college library to research and write, stay in a lovely home with other writers and enjoy the camaraderie of the group. With all that said, be prepared to be close to someone involved or touched by a murder. Cat is a former college professor at the local college, Covington College, but is now a published author spending her time writing between and during retreats. Cat and her ex-husband, Michael, a Economics professor at Covington, were happily married until she walked in on him and a co-ed in a compromising position in his office. After the divorce, she moved to California until Michael died of a heart attack and left their home to her in his will, where she hosts the retreats. This is the third retreat that Cat and Shauna have hosted and there is always a murder to solve. This time Shauna's fiancé Kevin is found dead in the barn on his ranch and some think that maybe Shauna is responsible since it seems that poison is in the stew that she prepared for him. Cat's Uncle Pete is the local police chief and has faith in Shauna's innocence. He warns Cat to stay out of the investigation and let him do his job. Cat's high school sweetheart, Seth, is helping her out with handyman jobs around the house as well as transporting guests to and from the airport in Denver. In addition to Kevin's death, Cat is still trying to figure what kind of activity Michael was involved in before his death. It appears that Covington College and the area may have ties to the Mob. Did Michael somehow get involved in a bad situation before his death? Shirley Mann is a former detective from Alaska and is a guest of the retreat. She and Pete connected before her trip down and she wants to help Cat investigate what was going on in Michael's life. There are lots of twists and turns and many different suspects in the murder of Kevin and I kept changing my mind about the responsible party to the end. Cat does get some new information and answers about Michael and what was happening with him before his death. I always enjoy Lynn Cahoon's books and read all of the Tourist Trap series in addition to this series.. I just slipped right into the story and it flowed smoothly-almost like a continuation from the last one that I read. Her characters are well developed, real and likable. The setting is a lovely Victorian home in a quaint town during the winter months in this story. Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Publishers for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Missi Martin (Stockwell)

    Okay so in the first book in the Cat Latimer Mystery series by Lynn Cahoon a guest of the writer's retreat was murdered and in the second book of the series someone from the town was murdered but a guest of the retreat was involved. And in both of those books Cat was trying to wrap her head around her ex-husband Michael's death. So in the third book, Of Murder and Men, it should be smooth sailing .....right ???? Well most everything with the guests for the retreat do run smoothly, actually pretty Okay so in the first book in the Cat Latimer Mystery series by Lynn Cahoon a guest of the writer's retreat was murdered and in the second book of the series someone from the town was murdered but a guest of the retreat was involved. And in both of those books Cat was trying to wrap her head around her ex-husband Michael's death. So in the third book, Of Murder and Men, it should be smooth sailing .....right ???? Well most everything with the guests for the retreat do run smoothly, actually pretty well. Cat has a group of writer's that get along and have fun when they are not getting their word count in for the day. And one of the guests, Shirley ( a retired Alaskan cop ) seems to be getting along very well with Uncle Pete....and providing her expert job experience looking into Michael's death. Unfortunately death does hit the writer's retreat and it hits very close to home. Shauna's very rich on/off boyfriend, Kevin, has finally made up his mind with their relationship and pops the question !! But before she can decide what she wants to do he is found dead in the horse barn on his elaborate estate. When the cause of death is determined that he was poisoned and Shauna was the one to cook him his last meal, Uncle Peter has a lot of questions. Even though everyone knows that Shauna wouldn't do anything to hurt anyone, Cat still feels the need to find out who did kill Kevin. Cat always has her hands full running the writer's retreats but always makes time to help others out and when her best friend needs her, she will stop at nothing to be there for her..... Of Murder and Men is my FAVORITE book so far in this series !! Not only are we really getting to know Cat, the business, the town and it's residents but we finally see closure in Michael's murder. Even though there is closure, I'm sure that will not be the end of the Michael aspect of the books. Especially seeing as Cat found out some things at the bank and through Dante, Michael's college friend who happens to be a member of a mob family. I look forward to where Cahoon is going to take this part of the story. There is so much to say about Of Murder and Men and Lynn Cahoon but as with a lot of my reviews, I really only want to give you the extra push needed for you to pick up the book and find out for yourself what is going on in the story. I highly recommend that with the Cat Latimer series......there are so many things to love about Aspen Hills with only one thing to dislike.....that it's not a real place. But hey it's a great place to visit with Cahoon and you don't have to leave the comfort of your couch.....

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lark of The Bookwyrm's Hoard

    3.5 stars. What keeps me reading Lynn Cahoon’s books, besides the small-town atmosphere that I enjoy, is the likeable ordinariness of the characters, especially the main characters (Jill and her police detective boyfriend Greg in the Tourist Trap mysteries; Cat, Shauna, and Cat’s former and current boyfriend Seth in this series.) By “ordinary,” I don’t mean boring; I mean they are people like my friends and neighbors. They’re not eccentric or quirky or unusually gifted. For the most part, they le 3.5 stars. What keeps me reading Lynn Cahoon’s books, besides the small-town atmosphere that I enjoy, is the likeable ordinariness of the characters, especially the main characters (Jill and her police detective boyfriend Greg in the Tourist Trap mysteries; Cat, Shauna, and Cat’s former and current boyfriend Seth in this series.) By “ordinary,” I don’t mean boring; I mean they are people like my friends and neighbors. They’re not eccentric or quirky or unusually gifted. For the most part, they lead ordinary lives, and their relationships, whether romantic and friendly, go through the usual ups and downs. The romances also progress, thank goodness. I have no patience for series that leave a possible romance in limbo forever, without resolving the question of whether they will get together and/or stay together. You can take plenty of time developing the relationship, but I need to see that is moving in some direction…and I’d like some resolution within a reasonable number of books. Thankfully, Cahoon offers that. I said above that ordinary didn’t mean “boring,” and I meant it. That goes for the mystery plot, too. This one has several potential suspects and a few other people who might or might not be involved, and whose behavior may be completely normal or a cover for something sinister. Cahoon usually does a good job of keeping me guessing, as she did in this novel. I was a little surprised at the ending, though, and felt we hadn't been given quite enough clues to make the puzzle "fair." There are really two mysteries in Of Murder and Men: the question of who killed Kevin and why, and a multi-book story arc surrounding the actions of Cat’s ex-husband before his death…which may not have been of natural causes. Just what Michael had been working on, and whether and how it led to his death, are still unresolved at the beginning of this mystery, which simply leads to more things for Cat to worry about, wonder about, and try to solve. Is it resolved by the end of Of Murder and Men? Like the solution to Kevin’s murder, that’s something you’ll have to read the book to find out. A longer version of this review, with character guest post, appears on The Bookwyrm's Hoard. FTC disclosure: I received a review copy from the publisher. All opinions are entirely my own.

  18. 5 out of 5

    FangirlNation

    Cat Latimer is about to start her fourth writer’s retreat, held one week each month, in Aspen Hills, Colorado in the Victorian home she inherited from Michael, her ex-husband, in Of Murder and Men by Lynn Cahoon. But Shauna, her best friend and partner in the retreat, has been gone as Cat prepares things, instead spending all her time with Kevin, the boyfriend whom Cat and other friends of Shauna think not worthy of the woman. The friend’s lapses in behavior show up all the more when Cat’s Uncle Cat Latimer is about to start her fourth writer’s retreat, held one week each month, in Aspen Hills, Colorado in the Victorian home she inherited from Michael, her ex-husband, in Of Murder and Men by Lynn Cahoon. But Shauna, her best friend and partner in the retreat, has been gone as Cat prepares things, instead spending all her time with Kevin, the boyfriend whom Cat and other friends of Shauna think not worthy of the woman. The friend’s lapses in behavior show up all the more when Cat’s Uncle Pete, chief of police of Aspen Hills, arrives at the home because Shirley, a retired police detective, is due to arrive for the retreat from Alaska a day early in order to get a chance to meet with him about life as police chief in a small college town, where her police procedural she is writing is set. Cat gets everything ready for the guest on her own when Shauna walks in and surprises everyone by showing off an expensive, fancy diamond ring. Kevin has proposed. But the next night, just as Shauna accepts his proposal, Kevin appears to backtrack on his proposal but wants her to return the next night to celebrate anyway. Since Shauna cooks the breakfasts the retreat is famous for, Cat gets annoyed when Shauna fails to appear for the group’s first breakfast, but when Shauna finally does show up, the latter is clearly upset, saying that Kevin felt sick during the night and got up out of bed. This was the last that Shauna saw of her fiance, who has now disappeared. Having called upon Uncle Pete for help, Shauna and Cat are alarmed to see the police chief enter with a grim face. Kevin has been murdered. Read the rest of this review and other fun, geeky articles at Fangirl Nation

  19. 5 out of 5

    Katreader

    OF MURDER AND MEN by Lynn Cahoon The Third Cat Latimer Mystery Cat Latimer is certain that her third Writers' Retreat will be quiet and uneventful, although her partner is driving her to distraction paying more attention to her boyfriend than her responsibilities to their business. When Shauna announces her engagement, Cat is even more worried. Will Kevin start treating Shauna better? Will Shauna quit? The retreat gets underway and despite Shauna's lapses is running smoothly, the guests getting al OF MURDER AND MEN by Lynn Cahoon The Third Cat Latimer Mystery Cat Latimer is certain that her third Writers' Retreat will be quiet and uneventful, although her partner is driving her to distraction paying more attention to her boyfriend than her responsibilities to their business. When Shauna announces her engagement, Cat is even more worried. Will Kevin start treating Shauna better? Will Shauna quit? The retreat gets underway and despite Shauna's lapses is running smoothly, the guests getting along well and bonding. Yet things don't remain uneventful. Kevin goes missing during the night and is found murdered on his property. Has Kevin's past come back to haunt him, or was it his future? The Cat Latimer mystery series looks at the reality of authors' lives today, juggling the creative and business aspects of the working writer. OF MURDER AND MEN deals with themes of family and love. We see differences and similarities in the relationships between biological relationships and the families people choose. We see romantic love in many forms as well. In addition to the newly engaged couple, we get the possible bud of a new relationship for Cat's uncle. We also see Seth's growing importance in Cat's life, if also a bit of annoyance. Seth is the good guy high school sweetheart, Cat's first love. But there is also the intrigue of the mysterious well meaning mobster. OF MURDER AND MEN is a well balanced novel combining dual mysteries with a touch of romance amid an intriguing backdrop.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dez Nemec

    Of Murder and Men is the third book in Lynn Cahoon’s Cat Latimer Mystery series. Cat is hosting another Writer's Retreat at her home in Aspen Hills, Colorado, and everything is going fine except her partner, Shauna keeps disappearing to be with her fiancee. Then one morning Shauna arrives extremely late for her cooking duties, only to reveal that he has disappeared. Later, Uncle Pete the sheriff finds him dead in the barn. In the meantime, Cat is dealing with cleaning out her ex-husband's study Of Murder and Men is the third book in Lynn Cahoon’s Cat Latimer Mystery series. Cat is hosting another Writer's Retreat at her home in Aspen Hills, Colorado, and everything is going fine except her partner, Shauna keeps disappearing to be with her fiancee. Then one morning Shauna arrives extremely late for her cooking duties, only to reveal that he has disappeared. Later, Uncle Pete the sheriff finds him dead in the barn. In the meantime, Cat is dealing with cleaning out her ex-husband's study and reviewing his papers, still ruminating on the true cause of his death. I liked the two separate mysteries, although the answer to Michael's seemed a bit anti-climatic. The reveal of Kevin's was completely the opposite though! My one complaint is that having never read a book from this series before, I hated Shauna straight out of the gate. I understand that Cat would be annoyed with her. But the way it was presented immediately in the first chapter, it was hard for me to like Shauna later. Also, I never did understand the animosity between Shauna and Sean. Both people vying for Cat's attention? But Sean was very ready to believe she killed him... Overall, great characters and an interesting plot. Good read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Peggy R

    This third installment to the Cat Latimer Mystery series delivers everything fans come to expect from a Lynn Cahoon story. It is located in a great location. I love the idea of a writer's retreat in a college town. In addition, she provides us with well rounded, likable characters that resonate with her readers. I very much like Cat. She strikes me as someone that could be one of my friends. Not only does the author provide us with a smart, likable, genuine lead character, but she supports her w This third installment to the Cat Latimer Mystery series delivers everything fans come to expect from a Lynn Cahoon story. It is located in a great location. I love the idea of a writer's retreat in a college town. In addition, she provides us with well rounded, likable characters that resonate with her readers. I very much like Cat. She strikes me as someone that could be one of my friends. Not only does the author provide us with a smart, likable, genuine lead character, but she supports her with a terrific cast of secondary characters that are mature and dimensional. Ms. Cahoon rounds out the story with a wonderful mystery that unfolds throughout the course of the book and provides her readers with enough twists and turns to keep them on their toes, guessing the identity of the killer. This has quickly become a favorite series for me. I know that when I finish a book by this author I will have been taken on a very entertaining journey that leaves me waiting for the next book. I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy provided by the publishers, Kensington, through Netgalley.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    I enjoyed this third book in the series, but not *quite* as much as the first two. I still really enjoy the writer retreat setting. As a "sort of" writer myself, I can relate to some of the challenges the writers in the books face and the discussions the characters have. I love the idea of turning an old house into a bed and breakfast for the writers, and hearing about all the things Cat has to deal with in relation to owning an older home as well. This plot was a bit heavy on various family dramas I enjoyed this third book in the series, but not *quite* as much as the first two. I still really enjoy the writer retreat setting. As a "sort of" writer myself, I can relate to some of the challenges the writers in the books face and the discussions the characters have. I love the idea of turning an old house into a bed and breakfast for the writers, and hearing about all the things Cat has to deal with in relation to owning an older home as well. This plot was a bit heavy on various family dramas and relationship angst for me. I won't say more to avoid any spoilers, but a lot of the stuff characters in this story tolerate is stuff I wouldn't put up with so I had a hard time relating to some of the story. But that was a personal perspective. I suspect many readers would relate to this story just fine. The way things worked out in the end I will absolutely read a next book since most of the parts of this story that didn't connect for me will likely not play a part in the next plot. This is still a series I enjoy and hope to continue reading as the author puts out more books.

  23. 5 out of 5

    JoAn

    Of Murder and Men by Lynn Cahoon is the third in her Cat Latimer Mystery series and the best one yet. Ms. Cahoon has written a cozy mystery that is both complex and deeply emotional for both Cat and Shauna. The writers retreat introduces us to a charming new crew of hopeful new authors, including Shirley, a retired Alaska detective who has captured Uncle Pete's attention. The murder of Shauna's boyfriend/fiance' sends Cat into Nancy Drew mode to help Uncle Pete investigate who wanted Kevin dead. Of Murder and Men by Lynn Cahoon is the third in her Cat Latimer Mystery series and the best one yet. Ms. Cahoon has written a cozy mystery that is both complex and deeply emotional for both Cat and Shauna. The writers retreat introduces us to a charming new crew of hopeful new authors, including Shirley, a retired Alaska detective who has captured Uncle Pete's attention. The murder of Shauna's boyfriend/fiance' sends Cat into Nancy Drew mode to help Uncle Pete investigate who wanted Kevin dead. There is also the continuing story of Michael's past and who wanted him dead and why. There were so many suspects, twists and layers to each of the murders that I just had to keep turning the pages. A smoothly paced plot and well developed characters that have continued to grow throughout the series makes this a favorite of mine. Ms. Cahoon's descriptive writing of Aspen Hills makes me wish I could visit Cat and Shauna. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Kensington via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews

    I really love this series and especially that there is an underlying mystery about Cat's ex-husband that has continued through each of the three books so far. Sadly I think it was concluded in this book but that doesn't mean that there won't be more that is unraveled going forward. I love the concept of this book - a writer's retreat at a small B&B in a small town in Colorado. And with each retreat it seems like someone is being murdered, stumbles across a crime or is involved with it somehow. Cr I really love this series and especially that there is an underlying mystery about Cat's ex-husband that has continued through each of the three books so far. Sadly I think it was concluded in this book but that doesn't mean that there won't be more that is unraveled going forward. I love the concept of this book - a writer's retreat at a small B&B in a small town in Colorado. And with each retreat it seems like someone is being murdered, stumbles across a crime or is involved with it somehow. Crazy, right?! But that seems to make this series even more interesting to me. This time it involves Shauna's boyfriend and while most are not fans of Kevin, he seems to make Shauna happy...until he ends up dead and Shauna is a suspect. And there are some interesting twists with those involved with the writer's retreat and how they play into the crime. Some might seem obvious but others are not. I hope that the 4th book picks up where this one ends because there is a bit of the story that leaves you hanging and I want to know how a certain scenario plays out for Shauna.

  25. 4 out of 5

    LenaRibka

    DNF at 38% I feel bad to DNF it. It is a well-written cozy mystery, very culinary (that I normally enjoy), and it is a nice holiday read. My problem with Of Murder and Men - it is already the book#3 in the series. I honestly didn't know this fact, when I requested an ARC. Even if the author tried to do her best to get an occasional reader to know what happened (more or less) in the previous books, I couldn't get rid of a feeling that I missed something. I lacked the background story, and even the DNF at 38% I feel bad to DNF it. It is a well-written cozy mystery, very culinary (that I normally enjoy), and it is a nice holiday read. My problem with Of Murder and Men - it is already the book#3 in the series. I honestly didn't know this fact, when I requested an ARC. Even if the author tried to do her best to get an occasional reader to know what happened (more or less) in the previous books, I couldn't get rid of a feeling that I missed something. I lacked the background story, and even the worst - the emotional connection to the characters, the understanding of the whole picture and their role in it. I would strongly recommend to read the previous books of the series before you pick up the book #3. It is not a stand alone IMO. ***Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***

  26. 5 out of 5

    Siusan

    I have never so badly wanted to eat a cookie while reading a book. This lovely cozy murder mystery, Of Murder and Men by Lynn Cahoon, has so many scenes with such delicious descriptions of the food being eaten that a reader could gain weight just from reading it. Cat, a successful author who leads a writers’ retreat at her newly inherited Victorian mansion, learns more about her recently deceased ex-husband’s death and at the same time assists her Uncle, the chief of police, in solving the murde I have never so badly wanted to eat a cookie while reading a book. This lovely cozy murder mystery, Of Murder and Men by Lynn Cahoon, has so many scenes with such delicious descriptions of the food being eaten that a reader could gain weight just from reading it. Cat, a successful author who leads a writers’ retreat at her newly inherited Victorian mansion, learns more about her recently deceased ex-husband’s death and at the same time assists her Uncle, the chief of police, in solving the murder of her best friend’s fiancé. What more could you ask for in a story, two unsolved crimes for the price of one? I thought it was a pleasant change from the standard that Cat doesn’t solve the crime all by herself. The involvement of all the different characters and their interactions with Cat and with others made for interesting subplots. If you want a fun, quick read that will have your mouth watering while you solve the mystery this it the book for you.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

    I enjoyed this book quite a bit. I own the first two, but I haven't had a chance to read them. This is the first in the series that I've been able to read. It was a great storyline and kept me guessing until the end. I enjoyed the characters quite a bit. Cat is a lot like me and I'm enjoying getting to know her and Shauna and Seth. It was also nice to see some tie-ins to Ms. Cahoon's other series, the Tourist Trap mysteries.  The setting sounds lovely. I've been to Colorado once and it's definitel I enjoyed this book quite a bit. I own the first two, but I haven't had a chance to read them. This is the first in the series that I've been able to read. It was a great storyline and kept me guessing until the end. I enjoyed the characters quite a bit. Cat is a lot like me and I'm enjoying getting to know her and Shauna and Seth. It was also nice to see some tie-ins to Ms. Cahoon's other series, the Tourist Trap mysteries.  The setting sounds lovely. I've been to Colorado once and it's definitely a state I'd like to visit again! This was a light, fun read and I recommend it. I didn't feel at all lost even tho' I was starting with book #3 but I will probably also go back and re-read the first two. Pick it up and enjoy!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Teresa Kander

    Another writer's retreat, another murder mystery. This one really hits close to home, with Shauna being the prime suspect in the murder of her fiance. On top of that, Cat is still digging into the mystery surrounding her ex-husband Michael's death. As usual, the author blends the main characters, recurring supporting characters and new visitors to create a compelling story. There is plenty of suspense and action, mixed in with humor and romance. We get realistic wrap-ups to both of the mysteries Another writer's retreat, another murder mystery. This one really hits close to home, with Shauna being the prime suspect in the murder of her fiance. On top of that, Cat is still digging into the mystery surrounding her ex-husband Michael's death. As usual, the author blends the main characters, recurring supporting characters and new visitors to create a compelling story. There is plenty of suspense and action, mixed in with humor and romance. We get realistic wrap-ups to both of the mysteries. Hopefully knowing what happened to Michael will allow Cat to move on with her life in the future. Highly recommend this to all fans of cozy mysteries.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    Dueling Story Lines As always the writer's retreat has murder and mayhem. This time though the writers seem to be unaware of what is taking place, except for one. It was fun to see Uncle Pete have a love interest. And again Michael's past and death dominated the story line. But it seems to be cleared up so maybe a good story line can be started with Seth. I did figure out the connection in the book early on. Yet it took me a little while to realize the true killer. I'm hoping the next book will skip Dueling Story Lines As always the writer's retreat has murder and mayhem. This time though the writers seem to be unaware of what is taking place, except for one. It was fun to see Uncle Pete have a love interest. And again Michael's past and death dominated the story line. But it seems to be cleared up so maybe a good story line can be started with Seth. I did figure out the connection in the book early on. Yet it took me a little while to realize the true killer. I'm hoping the next book will skip Dante and the mob. Not my cup of coffee.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Peggy Clayton

    This author I really enjoy her books and this one was no exception. This was a page turner and one that you just want to keep reading. I have found that out with all of Lynn's books that I have read. Lynn hit the ball down the left field line! This author I really enjoy her books and this one was no exception. This was a page turner and one that you just want to keep reading. I have found that out with all of Lynn's books that I have read. Lynn hit the ball down the left field line!

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