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Fatality By Firelight; Review

Fatality By Firelight by Lynn Cahoon

fatality-by-firelight-lynn-cahoonWhen I think of a retreat, I think of relaxation, good food and learning about whatever it is I have gone there to learn. Dealing with a murder investigation is not something that is usually on the agenda. For Cat Latimer, it’s becoming a normal thing on the agenda at her Warm Springs Writing retreat.

While trying to solve the mystery of her ex husband’s death, starting a new relationship with her high school sweetheart and trying to keep herself sane, Cat finds out that the town she lives in isn’t quite what she thought it was. With a missing signed Hemingway book, someone stalking one of her guests and a dead local man connected to one of her guests, writing retreat number two is going the wrong direction fast.

I feel for Cat. All she wanted to do was set up this amazing retreat for writers like herself in a beautiful historical house in this amazing small town. Much like people, the town shows it’s dark side. I kept screaming a the book to give her a break. I mean, she lost her husband in a divorce when she thought he didn’t care for her and now that may not be the case? For someone to grow up around a town that had a dark a side as Warm Springs and not know, they would have to for sure be naïve. Cat is finally waking up in Fatality By Firelight and seeing the people and town for what it is. And no, I don’t believe she will be getting a break anytime soon. That is bad for her, but so good for the series. She really needs to secure her home better though. I don’t know how she sleeps.

Lynn doesn’t keep us in one place for very long in this book. She has us bouncing from scene to scene which, for me, is a good thing. I don’t like to stay in one place for too long. I want to get up and “look around” if you know what I mean. Lynn does this for the reader. We’re going around the house, into the town, the bar, library and other places. I never get bored reading with the change of scenes.

Some questions I had in book one were answered in this one, but I still have more.   Not only does the book have a mystery, there is an ongoing mystery throughout this series, which keeps me reading the series. This makes me as a reader need to read the next book to know what is going on and figure out what happened to Michael. I won’t say if that is answered in this book, but I will say that I need to read the next one and soon. A mystery is afoot and I need more coffee and that third book. Cat Latimer has become one of my favorite characters. Now, if she can only get some time to write and stop having people die around her…..

About Lynn:

CahoonLynn Cahoon is the author of the NYT and USA Today bestselling Tourist Trap cozy mystery series. GUIDEBOOK TO MURDER, book 1 of the series won the Reader’s Crown for Mystery Fiction in 2015. She’s also the author of the Cat Latimer series, with the first book, A STORY TO KILL, out in mass market paperback now. Two more Cat Latimer books will be released in 2017. Lynn started her career writing sweet contemporary romances with heroes ranging from cowboys to warlocks. 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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Other Cozy Mysteries by Lynn:

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Guidebook to Murder

Mission to Murder

If the Shoe Kills

Dressed to Kill

Killer Run

Murder on Wheels

Tea Cups and Carnage 

Hospitality and Homicide (May 2017)

Killer Party (July 2017)

 

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A Story to Kill 

Fatality by Firelight

Of Murder and Men (December 2017)

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What do you think?  Do you enjoy Lynn Cahoon’s books?  Which series have you enjoyed the most?  If you’ve met Cat, what do you think of her?  If you have questions for Lynn, leave a message and she’ll stop by and answer them. 

I know I have enjoyed getting to know her over the past year as well as her fantastic menagerie of characters. 

Lynn Cahoon Guest Post & Peek At Fatality By Firelight

Booth Talks Books would like to welcome Lynn Cahoon as she talks about her life as an author on the road and give us a sneak peek at her upcoming book, “Fatality by Firelight.”

Today was about building relationships and having experiences. Writers needed both.

Cat Latimer opens her next writers retreat with that statement and a trip to the Little Ski Hill that’s just outside of town.

13077010_272183106447485_7170828096244345958_nI totally agree with that statement. We do need both relationships with people who are not fictional (sorry Cat) and experiences that occur outside our writing office. So when Sheryl invited me to break bread with her and her daughter last April, I accepted, even though I knew I’d be worn out from a day of smoozing with readers at the Southern Kentucky Book Fest. I probably wasn’t the best company, but the food energized me for the drive home. And I loved learning more about Kentucky and Sheryl.

And that’s how relationships are built. One interaction at a time.

13051783_272182996447496_5836921062911643962_nIt’s the same with experiences. I never skied downhill. But after my divorce, I took up cross country skiing at Bogus Basin, Idaho’s version on the Little Ski Hill I invented for Aspen Hills and Cat. I loved the quiet that came over me both during the thirty minute drive to the ski hill and then once I’d rented my skis and got my day pass, on the trail. I could hear my breath as I worked my way up the hills and felt the fear of falling as I skied down the trail. I felt alive. A feeling I hadn’t felt for a long time.

My husband downhilled (yes, it’s a verb) as a teenager. He loved the daredevil experience of flying down the mountain with no inhibitions. I’m not sure I’d be able to make it farther than just off the ski lift and would have to be rescued by one of the ski patrol. Which might not be a bad scenario for one of Cat’s guests one of these days, especially if the rescuer was female and the writer rescued was a strong, scared man. I love getting my characters in trouble and seeing how they get themselves out of the situation.

So you know how Fatality by Firelight starts now. A trip to Little Ski Hill for the new group of writers attending Cat and Shauna’s writing retreat.   And a budding romance that shouldn’t be happening. Add in a dark-clad stranger who seems to know Cat already, and you have all the factors for a great mystery. Oh, and a dead body.

How it ends? Well, you’ll just have to read the book to find that out.

A girl can’t give away all her secrets.

Lynn

 

About “Fatality By Firelight”:
Cat Latimer’s Colorado bed-and-breakfast plays host to writers from all over. But murder14732356_362223670776761_6951742995138964623_n is distinctly unwelcome . . .

To kick off a winter writing retreat, Cat and her handyman boyfriend, Seth, escort the aspiring authors to a nearby ski resort, hoping some fresh cold air will wake up their creative muses. But instead of hitting the slopes, they hit the bar—and before long, a tipsy romance novelist named Christina is keeping herself warm with a local ski bum who might have neglected to tell her about his upcoming wedding.

Next thing Cat knows, her uncle, the town sheriff, informs her that the young man’s been found dead in a hot tub—and Christina shows up crying and covered in blood. Now, between a murder mystery, the theft of a rare Hemingway edition, and the arrival of a black-clad stranger in snowy Aspen Hills, Cat’s afraid everything’s going downhill . . .

 

Excerpt:
The world outside still clung to the previous night, the shadows not quite releasing their hold to the breaking light over the mountain ridge outside Aspen Hills, Colorado. With the first rays of morning, the fresh snow glistened and covered the lawn all around 700 Warm Springs.

Cat Latimer, owner of the Warm Springs Writer’s Retreat, housed in the old Victorian, sat at the kitchen table drinking a mix of hot chocolate and coffee. With a dab of freshly whipped cream, Cat thought Shauna’s winter concoction was just about the most perfect drink ever invented. Her friend, Shauna Mary Clodah, had taken over the role of cook, planner, and manager for the writing retreats. Shauna was a petite, pretty, Irish redhead that cooked like an angel. The small group sitting around the table was drinking the “virgin” version of her mixture. Later, the retreat guests would have the option of adding a shot of Bailey’s Irish Cream or Kahlúa to their cups, an invitation to the muse.fatality-by-firelight-lynn-cahoon

Right now, her guests were tucked in their beds, sleeping. Which was where she wanted to be instead of sitting here in the kitchen. But then she took in the smell of coffee and chocolate mixed together and she sighed in delight.

“I can’t believe you’re taking the group up the mountain. I thought this was supposed to be about writing. They aren’t going to get many words written by spending the day skiing.” Uncle Pete had become a regular at the breakfast table, both when the retreat was in session and when it was just Cat and Shauna milling around the empty house. Her uncle was Aspen Hills’ police chief and Cat’s closest relative.

“It’s part of the Colorado experience.” Cat explained, thinking about her own manuscript sitting on her computer waiting for her to make time to write. The phrase making time to write was a joke. She either wrote or didn’t, and today her word-count chart would show a big fat zero, unless she had the mental energy when they returned from skiing. During the first retreat, she’d managed to get a few pages written—before one of her guests wound up dead in his room. This retreat she’d promised herself that she’d focus on her own work, even when they had guests. Shauna was in charge of the day-to-day activities when the retreat was in session. Cat’s job was to be the resident writer and set a good example as a professional writer. A job that sometimes was harder than other days, especially if she got drawn into a Facebook rotating loop of cute kittens or the occasional photos of hot guys—or worse, one simple question that grew into a research project on the entire history of the Salem Witch trials.

Today was about building relationships and having experiences. Writers needed both.

 

About Lynn:
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Lynn Cahoon is the author of the NYT and USA Today best-selling Tourist Trap cozy mystery series. Guidebook to Murder, book 1 of the series won the Reader’s Crown for Mystery Fiction in 2015. She’s also pens the recently released, Cat Latimer series. A STORY TO KILL, book 1, came out in mass market paperback September 2016.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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Guest Post, Review and GIVEAWAY-A Story To Kill by Lynn Cahoon

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Cat’s Entryway

By Lynn Cahoon:

So excited to be here today. So what shall we discuss? Books, crafts, photography? I love talking with creative people, no matter their medium.

In most of my books, I talk a lot about food. So it was no surprise when I wrote A Story to Kill, I have an amateur chef serving as Cat’s best friend and partner in the writer’s retreat business. Shauna has a bit of the Irish in her so she makes a mean Shepard’s pie. I went to my first Irish pub on last year’s trip to the Big Apple, and we hit two that trip. Loved the food, except for smooshed peas. I’m going to have to add that experience to a book, because that stuff is awful. Maybe Shauna loves the stuff? It’s little facts that bring the characters to life for me. And things I love to play with.

Food is my comfort. I learned that from my mother. She didn’t have a lot of money, but she always made dinner a meal. Especially on Sunday’s. We typically had chicken fried in lard in the iron skillet. She had to make it in batches since the pan wasn’t big enough to feed all of us. And she fried everything, including the gizzards and heart. I never understood why she loved those. Mashed potatoes, milk gravy, and corn we’d cut off the cob and frozen the summer before.

And she always had dessert. A cake, cookies, or homemade ice cream. Yum.

So I always add meals into my stories. Mostly because I believe people need to share the food experience. And it’s always the best place to catch up on the gossip of the day.

In A Story to Kill, the writer’s retreat serves breakfast to the participants, but Shauna’s always setting out cookies or treats in the dining room. Running sugar highs is one way to assure a high word count. At least in my opinion.

I’m also a big Top Chef fan. Well, that and the other chef competitions. I can watch those shows over and over, always learning something new I can use in my own kitchen. Unfortunately, my husband is less than adventuresome in his meal choices. I have to ease new food into the rotation. And the guy loves packaged foods. Like Kraft Shells and Cheese. It’s plastic food, but he loves it. Which is another characterization I may have to add to one of my future characters. Or maybe Seth has grown fond of the stuff since he’s been single for a while?

This is why I love writing. It’s an adventure.

So what is your favorite dinner? Homemade or pre-packaged?

Thanks for stopping by Lynn!  I personally love food of all kinds, both homemade and pre-packaged depending on what I have going on that evening.  With kids, you do what you can when you can.  If I have a choice though,  though, I love homemade better than anything.  I grew up eating good homemade food from just about every culture I can think of.  From southern food to food from the far east, I have a taste for it all. Can I borrow Shauna by the way?

Review of A Story To Kill :

Author, Cat Latimer, wants to open up a monthly writer’s retreat where writers of all walks of life and styles can get away for a week and focus on their writing. After acquiring back her beautiful home in Colorado in the will of her ex-husband, she turns the home into just that. But, not everything is going according to plan as one of the authors die during the retreat and secrets from the past start to come out of the woodwork itself. Between rekindling an old romance and discovering secrets the home holds, Cat is finding it hard to concentrate on making the retreat the relaxing refuge it was meant to be.

I never knew it took so much quiet to be a writer. I could feel Cat struggling with all the chaos around her. I am not sure if all writers are introverts, but Cat feels like one to me. Maybe she was not always though. I am still left with so many unanswered questions. I am intrigued by the personalities that Lynn throws together at this retreat for Cat and her best friend and co-owner, Shauna, to deal with. What a great team they make.

The book was interlaced with suspense, humor and inside information about being a writer that the reader will be able to chew on. I believe Lynn was trying to give us a sneak peak at her and other writer’s lives and what they go through, minus the dead body of course. I loved how one of the characters, even though in peril, uses the opportunity to research for her next book while being locked away in jail. How cheeky this character is. She might have been my favorite because when she first comes onto the scene at the first of the book, I did indeed blush a bit and might have lost my coffee. Oh Lynn!

I don’t see how anyone could not enjoy this journey with these writers, professors and the mystery they are all involved in together. And, this book is just the beginning as we are left with unanswered questions at the end. Come now book two. Out with you!

“To the Warm Springs Writers Retreat. May it survive, thrive and prosper.”

–A Story To Kill

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About the Author:

Lynn Cahoon is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Tourist Trap Cahoonmystery series, including Guidebook to Murder, Mission to Murder, A Shoe to Kill, Dressed to Kill, Killer Run, Murder on Wheels, and Tea Cups and Carnage (releasing June 2016) She’s also the author of the Cat Latimer mystery series with the first book, A Story to Kill releasing August 2016. Guidebook to Murder won the 2015 Reader’s Crown for Mystery Fiction.

She’s an active member of MORWA (local RWA chapter), MWA, and International Thriller Writers.

Lynn’s contemporary romance series, The Bull Rider Series, includes The Bull Rider’s Brother, The Bull Rider’s Manager, and The Bull Rider’s Keeper (a 2015 RONE finalist.) She is also the author of The Council Series — A Member of the Council, Return of the Fae (a 2014 RONE finalist), and The Salem Gathering. The Castle View series, includes Wild Hearts and Roadside Attraction. The third book in the series, Project Detour, will be released Summer 2016.

Killing Some Time…

imageGoing to a Beth Moore conference with my bestie this weekend and I’m taking a little something extra for me to read when the conference is not in session. Yes, I am also taking my doll, Josefina! You didn’t think I would travel without one of my doll side-kicks did you?

A little “A Story To Kill” by Lynn Cahoon, during lounging by the pool time is in order! I hope your weekend is going to be as awesome as mine. So, what ARE you doing?

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Review: Murder On Wheels by Lynn Cahoon

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This book is a one in a series of many.  I was in love with the cover and the premise of it. A murder, a squabble over a food truck, geocaching and a café; how in the world can all that work in one book?  Honestly, I was skeptical at first.  I thought it would be flying all over the place with too many themes and too many settings.  Thank goodness she did.  This made for well-rounded characters with not only jobs but hobbies, friends and acquaintances.  Yes, they actually had believable lives.  They could have been my group of friends I hung out with.

 

I loved the fact that Jill, the main character, got into believable relationships and believable arguments along the way of solving a murder. I haven’t read any of the other books in the “Tourist Trap Mystery” series and I got to know her and her boyfriend and friends just fine. This is always a good thing for me, as I don’t always have a chance to read an entire series.

 

Jill is pulled into many directions on many different occasions. There is the issue with her Aunt Jackie, the murder case her boyfriend is working on as well as the scuffle that occurs with her best friend.   I love to see how a character handles different situations. She isn’t hyper-focused on this death that occurs. It’s a tragedy that has happened that she wants to solve, but it doesn’t consume her unrealistically. It’s a nice balance.

 

Lynn takes us through different scenarios with Jill, Greg, Amy, the Geocache Club friends as well as the co-workers at the shop Jill owns and her dog, Emma. You see how each interact with each other over the death of Kacey and it’s at that point when you realize that any of Jill’s friends could have committed the murder. Each character also develops in their own way.  You see them come into their own right before your eyes.  It isn’t until the very end, a very surprising end mind you, that you finally find out who the murderer is. It was a great way to find out who the culprit was too. I loved the reveal!

 

This is an easy read for someone who wants a mystery to solve over the weekend. Lynn’s descriptions and writing making reading a breeze and keep the reader engaged. And, not having to have to have read the previous books, one can jump right in to this particular book.

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Currently Reading….”Murder On Wheels”

It came a huge snow storm last night and now me and the kids are staying warm in the house.  So, I am currently reading “Murder on Wheels” by Lynn Cahoon and am loving it.  Who knew gluten free was deadly?

The release date is February 2, but you can pre-order it now!  Just click the book link below.  It’s available in paper and e-book format.