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 best-selling 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?
©2016 Lynn Cahoon (P)2016 Tantor
I enjoyed the author's previous series and found this poor by comparison. The narrator's voice is grating, the main character is unlikable and I found the dialogue hard to listen to. I wish the author would bring back her Coffee, Books and More setting and characters.
Great new series
I like the characters and the idea that it is a writer's retreat run by a writer is great. It will be interesting to see how this story develops.
I'm not quite sure, but I think she would be better suited narrating non-fiction works. Her enunciation is too clipped, her diction too precise, and her inflection in the dialogue ruins the story. I will be reading this one. Susan Boyce does a great job on Ms. Cahoon's other series. I really wish that she could read this one, too. (Or at least, someone with Ms. Boyce's understanding of dialogue.
No. Because of the narration.
Please confine C S E Cooney to nonfiction. I'm sure that is better suited to her talents.
I love the Tourist Trap series by the same author and I listen to them while I commute to work everyday. I was relieved when I realized this series spins off of that series. I thought I would start this series to buy some time until the next Tourist Trap book is published. Boy was I wrong. The narration was way too dramatic for my taste. Sounded unnatural. The story had too many elements and characters going on to focus on "who dunnit". I found it hard to stay engaged with the story. I'm hopeful the next one will improve. If not, I'm done with this series. If you haven't listened to Tourist Trap...go there first.
The reader over pronounced her words which took away from the story. It seemed disconnected from what was going on because she was just reading without any emotion.
I kept stopping and starting reading this book because I found it extremely boring. I've read all of her other series which I love. I would read a few chapters and put it down read another book and then pick it up again. I could not tell if the main character was 8 or 100 years old. The supporting characters are good. The last 10 chapters were good but getting there .....
Reader of all things science fiction, fantasy, mystery and paranormal.
I really enjoy the Tourist Trap mysteries by this same author, so if you're new to Lynn Cahoon, you might want to start there.
A Story to Kill is an interesting start to a new series, with a lot of great mystery elements. The main character, Cat, is renovating an enormous old house, complete with its own secrets and surprises) to turn it into a bed and breakfast style writer's retreat. The small-town atmosphere keeps the character connections tight: Cat's ex-husband left her the house. Cat's old flame is doing the renovation. The police chief is a relative of Cat's, easing the way for her investigations. But despite some good bones, the plot jumps around a lot and the relationships, particularly the one with Cat's old flame, seem forced. I'm hoping this series catches its stride in the next book. I have confidence in the author, and I'm looking forward to what comes next.
The plot was okay and the characters were believable. However, the story dragged in some areas and there was too much focus on the relationship between Cat and Tom. Overall it was just okay. I look forward to the next book.
Great new series! The characters and the setting are perfect! There is an ongoing mystery that will be developed, and I look forward to the next one! Romance, mystery, and excitement!!!
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