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    Good Read

    I enjoy Ms. Cahoons books very much and the food sounds delicious
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    I loved it

    What a great book to start the new year off with! I really enjoy this series. The characters are engaging and the setting of the book retreat is a place I'd love to visit. The whodunit was well written and I could not put the book down. I look forward to reading the next in the series. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
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    Small town cozy

    In this cozy mystery from Lynn Cahoon, Cat Latimer, her business partner Shauna, and Cat's boyfriend Seth host a writer's retreat at the bed and breakfast run. While the group is out hiking, Cat takes a photo of one of the couples. While looking at the photo to ensure she hasn't committed any stranger photo faux pas, she notices a leg sticking out of a huckleberry bush behind the couple. The unfortunate owner of the leg is an old Army buddy of Seth's, Chance. The problem is that Chance supposedly died in Germany years ago. Cat's uncle Pete leads the investigation, and his girlfriend, Shirley (formerly law enforcement herself) is down from Alaska visiting. Both Shirley and Cat put themselves into the investigation. Seth also has some of his former Army buddies in town for a reunion. It's a little busy in this small Colorado town. The dead man was sitting on a gold claim, and according to his bank records, was receiving two grand a month into his bank account. Since he was living under an assumed name, was completely off the grid, and rarely visited town, who killed him, and why? I'll admit that cozies are not really my jam these days. It isn't that they don't have gore or explicit scenes. It's just that I like more detail than often is given about crime scenes and procedures. For instance, we don't find out much of anything about the initial crime scene here. Chance's body is just kind of found and it kicks off the investigation. A journal the dead man kept and that Cat reads a couple of times doesn't really yield much to push the story forward (except the romance part, as the dead man writes about how Seth, Cat's high school sweetheart, bought a ring and was going to ask her to marry him back in the day, before she married another man). The writer's retreat aspect of the book could easily have been left out or swapped for anything else. We rarely see the two couples and the young man who make up the five people at the B&B. One of the characters even makes a comment about how little interaction there is between Cat, who is presumably running the thing, as a published writer, and the others. What we do get an awful lot of, though, is talking. Pete shows up now and again to fill Cat in, Seth tells Cat a teeny bit about his Army past, Shirley shows up to tell Cat about something she has gleaned by hanging out with Pete - you get the idea. We also get a ton of food: breakfast, lunch, dinner at the B&B, restaurant food, people eating, people talking about eating, and so on. Shauna, it turns out, is writing a cookbook, with Mrs. Rice, the next door neighbor Cat doesn't particularly like, as her beta eater. There is a little bit of chat from Cat about publishing and how it works, and a pep talk to the young man about writing what he loves, a few scenes where Cat goes off to write, but again, all of this could have been left out, as it really adds nothing to the story. It's as if the retreat group was simply a box to tick because the series demands it. Yes, the series is about a writer running a writing retreat; however, there's nothing in this book that requires they be there. The "who" in the whodunnit comes a bit out of nowhere, with an ending that wraps things up nicely with a bow, although a bit improbably. 3.5 out of 5 stars. Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington for the advance copy.
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    Good

    I am usually a huge fan of Lynn Cahoon but this next installment has me a bit frustrated. I'm really tired of reading how Cat breaks every treat she gets in half. Also tired of hearing characters call the baking "crazy good". Don't need to hear this over and over and over. Otherwise book is good.
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    Murder after death

    Cat Latimer is hosting her latest group of writers at her retreat. Two couples and one college student make for a change in the way the retreat flows, making more time for Cat and Seth to spend together during retreat week. Given the military reunion from Seth’s Army days, this gives cat a chance to meet the men he served with. But when one of the men who died in Germany while they were serving years ago is found recently murdered locally things seem off. Cat believes the visiting men are connected and Seth does not agree. Will Cat and Uncle Pete solve the murder or will Cat and Seth be off for good? This series gets stronger with each entry. Lynn Cahoon consistently delivers with well developed characters, solid writing, and a solid mystery. Looking forward to seeing what the future holds for Cat and Seth as well as Uncle Pete and Shirley.
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