Slay in Character (Cat Latimer Mystery, #4)4.5 Stars

Published November 27th 2018 by Kensington Publishing Corporation

I’ve read all the previous books in this series and enjoyed them all, this one was another winner for me. This months writer resort group is a group of writer friends from CT and the Covington student Jessi, who has family ties and whose mother is friends with local mob family member Dante. Cat has decided to take the group to Outlaw, which was a ghost town that had been brought back to life as a tourist town depicting life in the late 1800s. Jessi also works in Outlaw with her roommate Danielle. When Danielle is found dead, strangled in an upstairs room at the saloon, there is speculation that Jessie was the actual target, not Danielle. Cat promised Dante she’d keep Jessi safe, and now she was worried about being able to keep that promise as a couple more attempts were made on Jessi’s life. When Jessi finds out that her roommate has been stealing her jewellery and pawning it along with money missing from her bank account she becomes very worried and upset.

I enjoyed this group of writers. They all got along well, had some humorous moments and one of them was like a mother hen to Jessi, whose own mom left much to be desired in the mother/daughter relationship. Cat tries very hard to stay out of this one, but this group of retreaters wanted to snoop to help their new friend. This kept dragging Cat into the investigation whether she wanted to or not. I enjoy the recurring characters in this book. Shauna is still getting over Kevin’s death but is doing better, Cat and Seth’s relationship is moving along nicely. Uncle Pete and Shirley are handling a long distance relationship. Dante is still popping up unexpectedly. The mystery was full of twists and I found it to be very interesting the way old cases that were similar were brought to light. I did not figure out who the culprit was until just before the reveal and of course the reason made total sense. A subplot throughout the story was a project Seth was working on. A secret project. Almost every day he went out the back door and through the woods to the back of the property. I will not give any details about it, you will need to read and find out. I enjoyed this story as I said before and think all cozy readers will feel the same way. I do recommend that you read this series in order if possible to follow the exploits of the characters as well as follow their development. The publisher, Kensington Publishing Corporation, generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.

About the Book (From Goodreads): Staying in character can be murder when Cat Latimer and the members of her writers’ retreat head for a ghost town . . . 

Cat and the members of her writers’ retreat have just arrived in Outlaw, Colorado, an “Old West” tourist town complete with inhabitants dressed up as famous figures from history. But this authentic slice of Americana takes a murderous turn when a college student masquerading as a 19th-century saloon girl becomes history herself.

Was she the intended target? Or did she take a hit meant for someone else? With a cast of suspects to choose from–including some notorious gunslingers and the sleazy town founders–Cat must unhorse the real culprit before a real-life ghost story is given a killer twist . . .

About the Author:Lynn Cahoon is the author of the NYT and USA Today best-selling Tourist Trap cozy mystery series.GUIDEBOOK TO MURDER, book 1 of the series, won the Reader’s Crown for Mystery Fiction in 2015. She also pens the Cat Latimer series available in mass market paperback. This year, she’s released WHO MOVED MY GOAT CHEESE in March as part of the new Farm to Fork series. She also writes romance under Lynn Collins. She lives in a small town like the ones she loves to write about with her husband and two fur babies. Sign up for her newsletter at www.lynncahoon.com