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    Sconed to death

    I thoroughly love anything by Lynn Cahoon. Her stories are witty funny and always lighthearted FUN.
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    Good Read

    3.5 stars Sconed to Death is the fifth book in the Cat Latimer Mystery series, by Lynn Cahoon. I really enjoy these cozy mysteries. Perfect bubble gum for the brain. I also really enjoy the characters. Cat Latimer is an author who runs a writer's retreat out of her large Victorian house located in Aspen Hills, Colorado. Shauna, a chef, is her best friend and Seth, her boyfriend, is a man-of-all-trades. The mysterious Dante, with mob ties, makes a reappearance. Cat who is in her late twenties was married, divorced and subsequently her ex died under suspicious circumstances. Her parents moved away from Aspen Hills which leaves her uncle Pete, the Chief of Police, her only relative left in town. Pete is contemplating a move to be closer to a lady friend who lives in Alaska which doesn’t sit well with Cat. In this, she needs to grow up! I like these character interactions. Overall, a good read which follows the formula of cozy mystery and ends with a recipe about scones! I really enjoy Ms. Cahoon’s writing. Her novellas are really good reads.
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    Writer's retreat fun!

    Cat, Shauna, and Seth are back with the next writer’s retreat and a murder mystery. For a quiet town, Aspen Hills sure seems to have a lot of murders and with Cat’s Uncle Pete being the police chief, she’s always in the thick of things, and when a celebrity chef is found murdered in the local bakery, Cat finds there is a connection with an old friend that has her looking at things a little more closely. The fifth in the series, this is the best one to date! It could be that I’m familiar with the series, but I think it’s mostly Lynn Cahoon’s writing…she’s one of my must read authors and reading this book will show you why. Lots of suspects and red herrings that will keep you reading late into the night. I finished this one in under I day, I just could not put it down. If you’re a cozy lover, put this one on your summer reading list!
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    I liked it.

    I received a free copy of SCONED TO DEATH (Book 5 of the Cat Latimer Mysteries) by Lynn Cahoon, through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Cat Latimer is excited to host a writers’ retreat for a group of cozy mystery authors. It seems like there is always some sort of problem, though. A local baker, Dee Dee Meyer, has declared war on Cat’s business partner Shauna. Dee Dee has accused Shauna of stealing her recipes and has even called in an anonymous complaint to the board of health. When Cat approaches Dee Dee at the bakery and tries to make peace, Cat ends up being questioned about the murder of a famous chef, who was discovered in that same bakery later on in the afternoon. The police are stymied. Cat reconnects with old friends related to the chef, discovers they are guilty of some shady behavior, and ends up investigating the murder to clear them from suspicion for the sake of their old friendship. I like the book and love the series. Since all of the characters seem to be in transition, I’m excited to see where they end up in the next book. I recommend the book to fans of cozy mysteries with writing or bed and breakfast themes, fans of Lynn Cahoon, and fans of the series. #SconedToDeath #NetGalley
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    Cat Latimer is on the case!

    Sconed to Death is the fifth novel in A Cat Latimer Mystery series, but it can be read alone. The information a readers’ needs to know is incorporated into the story. Cat Latimer is a former English professor who inherited her ex-husband’s Victorian and turned it into a writer’s retreat. She offers retreats one week a month and spends the rest of the time writing her young adult series. Cat is fortunate to have Shauna and Seth working with her to make the retreats run smoothly for their literary guests. Cozy mystery writers from Chicago descend upon the Victorian for a week of writing, research, critiquing and workshops. When popular Denver chef, Greyson Finn turns up dead at the local bakery, Cat cannot help but look into the crime (despite being told by Uncle Pete and others to not investigate) especially when she learns Jessica Blair, an old friend, is a suspect. I liked that the writers in the retreat were cozy mystery writers. I enjoyed their plotting sessions, discussing reviewers and ratings (three stars is not bad rating), and their inventive book titles. The title session was particularly humorous. It is nice that there is a new batch of writer’s in each book with a variety of personalities and situations. The kittens were adorable and with the writers’ words, I could picture them scampering about getting into mischief. Shauna receives a large batch of apples and she comes up with some creative as well as delicious recipes for them. There were several viable suspects in Chef Finn’s death, red herring and good clues. Those of us who read a copious amount of cozy mysteries will not find this puzzle perplexing. I wish there had been some action in the book which would have helped the pacing. I also tired of Cat frequently being told to stay out of the investigation. My favorite phrase came from Miss Applebome who said to Cat, “Try not to get yourself killed. I’d hate to be the one to tell your uncle what you were doing.” Sconed to Death is a cozy readers delight with a dead chef, an inquisitive writer, appetizing apple creations, and impish tabbies.
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