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 . . . (Summary via Goodreads)
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.....
Review by Missi S.