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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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    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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    I recommend the book & the series

    I received a free copy of A FIELD GUIDE TO HOMICIDE (Cat Latimer Mystery Series Book 6) by Lynn Cahoon in exchange for an honest review. Cat Latimer’s hosting another writer’s retreat. This time, Seth, Cat’s boyfriend, is taking an even bigger role in the nonwriting activities; Seth takes the group on a hike through the local countryside. When the writing group stops for a break at a planned scenic rest area, Cat spots something unusual in the vista - a body part protruding from beneath the shrubbery. More mystery than this murder surrounds the deceased; the man was a local soldier who served with Seth in Germany, where the man died a decade ago. Is it possible that Seth’s friend faked his first death and has been hiding in the hills for ten years without letting anyone know he was still alive? Moreover, is the man’s second death related to his first? I liked this book and enjoy the series. Lynn Cahoon is one of my favorite cozy mystery writers. I recommend this book to fans of Lynn Cahoon, to fans of the series, and to fans of cozy mysteries featuring college towns, outdoor adventures, military intrigue, bed & breakfast settings, and writers. #AFieldGuidetoHomicide #NetGalley
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    The 6th A Cat Latimer Mystery

    A Field Guide to Homicide by Lynn Cahoon is the 6th A Cat Latimer Mystery. Cat Latimer and the group from her current writer’s retreat are on a hike led by Seth, Cat’s boyfriend. The reach a resting place when Cat notices a foot sticking out of a huckleberry bush across the way. The body belongs to a recluse who lived in the mountains near his gold claim. The victim is identified as Chance McAllister which Seth says is impossible. Seth served with Chance who supposedly died in Germany over ten years ago. Cat’s curiosity is aroused. It is lucky that Seth’s unit is having a reunion this week so Cat can do a little snooping around. I thought A Field Guide to Homicide contained good writing and the story moved along quickly which made this cozy mystery easy to read. This book can be read as a standalone for those new to the series. All the necessary background information is included. The characters are developed and realistic. The mystery was unusual for a cozy in that the reader finds out information along with Cat. We follow her along as she searches for clues and asks questions. I thought the mystery could have used a little oomph. I liked how the whodunit all tied together in the end. I did feel that there was a question or two left unanswered at the end. There were a couple side stories happening at the same time. Shauna has returned from visiting her brother, Jake and it was not the visit she had hoped it would be. Shauna must figure out how she will handle Jake’s persistent pestering for money. Seth is very closemouthed about his time in the army. He will not answer Cat’s questions and his mood has taken a downswing. Uncle Pete’s girlfriend, Shirley Mann is visiting from Alaska. Their relationship is progressing nicely and there might be wedding bells in their future. The current student from Coventry, Brodie wants to take his writing in a new direction. He could use a little guidance. It was interesting to learn more about the publishing industry. Cat shares her knowledge with her writer’s retreat group to help them decide whether to self-publish or go the traditional route. I find Cat and Seth’s relationship to be realistic. They have their ups and downs as do any couple. A Field Guide to Homicide has charming cozy moments with writing, chatting, cooking, and eating Shauna’s tasty food along with a special ending. A Field Guide to Homicide has a calamitous climb, a solitary stiff, a selfish sibling, a wistful writer, scrumptious cuisine, and a perplexing puzzle.
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