My Review: Cat Latimer is an author who moves back to her hometown in Colorado after inheriting a Victorian mansion from her ex-husband. She is surprised that he never changed his will when they divorced. They were both professors at the local college, he in Economics, she in English. She renovates the house into a bed and breakfast where she will hold monthly writing retreats. When Cat finds out that Shauna, her partner, has hired her high school sweetheart, Seth, as their handyman, old emotions rise to the surface. As the first group of writers arrives for a week-long retreat, Cat is not sure whether this was a good idea or not. World-famous author Tom Cook is attending the first retreat, giving Cat high hopes her new business venture will be successful. When Cat finds Tom, dead in his room, she calls her uncle, the local police chief. What is this going to do to her new business? To save her business and its reputation, Cat finds herself investigating and following clues to find the killer.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and had a hard time putting it down! I read it in a couple of days due to interruptions. The characters and plot are believable, and the story is well-written. The mystery was well-developed and engaging, with plenty of suspects along with twists and turns. A missing person, a fake wall, and some very odd characters all add to the story. The book was well paced and spiced up with just a hint of romance. The ending was unexpected yet, fit with the story. There is an intriguing cliff-hanger that makes me happy I have the second book ready to go. If you enjoy a good mystery that is not gory, pick this one up, even if you don’t normally read cozy mysteries. You won’t be disappointed.
Synopsis: 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?