It is my pleasure to welcome one of my favorite authors, Lynn Cahoon, to the blog today.
The birth of a new series. I have to say, a lot of my ideas come to me because of travel. Maybe it’s the long, boring (at times) car rides. Or maybe, it’s a time out of my normal routine where the muse allows me to play with the what ifs?
Tourist Trap was born out of one of these trips, although a few years after I spent a week on my own little tour of the central California coast. Guidebook to Murder, Book 1 of the series went through a lot of incarnations, before Kensington bought the series and put the town of South Cove on the covers and in reader’s hearts. But the main story – the one about a woman finding her way in her new to her town, that stuck.
So when we drove back home to Idaho from the St. Louis area where we’ve been for the last 10 years, my mind was thinking about a new series. What could I do to entice Kensington to move me from digital first to mass market paperback. Authors are always looking for the next step in their career and for me, I’d decided it was print.
As we drove, I bounced ideas off my husband. He doesn’t read a lot, but he watches a lot of television and movies. So when I’d bring up an idea that he’d already seen, he would nix it. Finally, I came up on Cat’s writer’s retreat. He didn’t nix it. Then I thought about where I wanted it to be set. I already had a series in both Idaho and St. Louis so I thought about where I wanted to be. Colorado was the obvious choice. We’re mountains and lakes kind of people. So I get Seth, Cat’s love interest. He’s the outdoor type. And I can still understand Shauna who’s new to the Colorado life style.
And the Cat Latimer series was born. Of course, after that trip, there was a lot of work getting the story right, figuring out who dies, who kills them, and more importantly, the why. Because random acts of murder don’t make a good mystery.
Since that road trip, Cat and the crew have become part of my imaginary friends’ club. Book two is already written and this fall, I’ll start on the third. I have to say, my little college town of Aspen Hills, Colorado is holding tight to some secrets. So I hope you enjoy A Story to Kill and come back for Fatality by Firelight, Book two releasing February 28th. I had a blast writing them.
And I’ve got a new road trip coming up to North Carolina. I wonder what story the muse has in store for me then?
Do you like to road trip by car?
Thanks for sharing, Lynn. Personally, what I like about a road trip is the opportunity to read (provided someone else is driving of course) or to listen to a book on audio. I’m glad that road trips get your creative juices flowing. Can’t wait to see what you come up with after your trip to North Carolina.
A Story to Kill
by Lynn Cahoon
There is everything you could want in a cozy mystery, an intriguing mystery with a sub-plot mystery that leaves a cliffhanger at the end of the book, a wonderful and realistic cast of characters, enough backstory to endear you to the character’s lives, and even some romance.
If you are looking for a great start to a new series … and who doesn’t love being in on the story from the beginning … you will not go wrong with Cahoon’s A Story to Kill.
Brilliant from chapter one, with every page I turned I became more and more caught up in this book.
~Lisa K’s Book Reviews
This had mysteries inside of other mysteries. I really enjoyed the journey it took you on…
Cahoon made me care about these recurring characters…And she entertained me with a solid mystery, a believable field of suspects, and a satisfying conclusion…
~The Bookwyrm’s Hoard
The story captured me from page one; if not for sleep and work, I would have kept reading all the way through…
~Bea’s Book Nook
The story will keep you guessing and just when you think you MIGHT know who it is…a twist comes into play and you are off guessing again.
It’s a mystery within a mystery!
I enjoyed it from the start and the plot twist kept me captivated and guessing till the end. You will be hooked on this new read.
~Shelley’s Book Reviews
…an enjoyable and fast paced read, with many a twist and turn that should appeal to mystery lovers.
~Cassidy Salem Reads & Writes
Ms. Cahoon does an excellent job setting the stage for her characters right from the start.
~Queen of All She Reads
A Story to Kill (A Cat Latimer Mystery)
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Kensington (August 30, 2016)
E-Book ASIN: B0190HGVK6
Former English professor Cat Latimer is back in Colorado, hosting writers’ retreats in the big blue Victorian she’s inherited, much to her surprise, from none other than her carousing ex-husband! Now it’s an authors’ getaway—but Cat won’t let anyone get away with murder…
The bed-and-breakfast is open for business, and bestselling author Tom Cook is among its first guests. Cat doesn’t know why he came all the way from New York, but she’s glad to have him among the quirkier—and far less famous—attendees.
Cat’s high school sweetheart Seth, who’s fixing up the weathered home, brings on mixed emotions for Cat…some of them a little overpowering. But it’s her uncle, the local police chief, whom she’ll call for help when there’s a surprise ending for Tom Cook in his cozy guest room. Will a killer have the last word on the new life Cat has barely begun?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, Lynn Cahoon is an Idaho native. If you’d visit the town where she grew up, you’d understand why her mysteries and romance novels focus around the depth and experience of small town life. Currently, she’s living in a small historic town on the banks of the Mississippi river where her imagination tends to wander. She lives with her husband and two fur babies.
Twitter – https://twitter.com/LynnCahoon
Website – http://lynncahoon.com/
Amazon Author Page – http://www.amazon.com/Lynn-Cahoon/e/B0082PWOAO/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1
My thoughts: FTD Disclosure – I received an free Netgalley copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I’m a big fan of Lynn’s Tourist Trap series, so I jumped at the opportunity to participate in the tour for her new series. I knew from the synopsis that I would love it. It’s set in Colorado and it’s about writers (one of my dream jobs – if only I had the skill set.)
I wasn’t wrong. I did love this book. The story is very well written with a nicely woven plot. I liked that there were multiple mysteries running through out the story. That can sometimes be distracting, but Lynn is a master story weaver and the different mysteries gave added depth to the story.
Another thing I really enjoyed about this story is that there wasn’t an annoying nemesis for Cat. I often find that those type of characters (and plenty of my favorite series seem to have one or two) take away from the mystery. All of the characters in A Story to Kill were a delight to read about. I love Cat’s uncle. Shaun and Seth round out the ensemble nicely. I enjoyed spending time with them in print and if they were real, they are the kind of people I’d want to hang out with. Just like South Cove, I’d love to visit Aspen Hills. And since I live in Colorado, maybe I can figure out the area that inspired Aspen Hills. I’m looking forward to seeing how Cat and Seth renew their high school sweetheart relationship.
If you like a well plotted mystery with well developed characters that will give you a peek into the writer’s world (both seasoned and beginning writers), I strongly recommend you add this one to your reading list. I can’t wait to read Fatality by Firelight.
For a chance to win a print copy of this book visit the tour page and don’t forget to check out the other stops on the tour.
August 29 – Back Porchervations – REVIEW
August 29 – Classy Cheapskate – REVIEW
August 30 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – REVIEW
August 30 – The Girl with Book Lungs – SPOTLIGHT
August 31 – Ashleyz Wonderland – REVIEW
September 1 – The Bookwyrm’s Hoard – REVIEW
September 1 – Bea’s Book Nook – REVIEW
September 2 – Sleuth Cafe – REVIEW
September 2 – Queen of All She Reads – REVIEW, GUEST POST
September 3 – StoreyBook Reviews – REVIEW
September 3 – Shelley’s Book Case – REVIEW
September 4 – Cassidy Salem Reads & Writes – REVIEW
September 5 – Booklady’s Booknotes – REVIEW, GUEST POST
September 6 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
September 6 – Island Confidential – INTERVIEW
September 7 – MysteriestEtc – REVIEW
September 7 – A Holland Reads – GUEST POST
September 8 – fuonlyknew – REVIEW
September 8 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW
September 9 – Book Babble – REVIEW
September 9 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW
September 10 – Brooke Blogs – REVIEW, INTERVIEW
September 11 – LibriAmoriMiei – REVIEW
September 11 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! – SPOTLIGHT