I’ve wanted to read a novel by Lynn Cahoon for years, but it never crept high enough in my TBR– no clue why, perhaps I was just overwhelmed with options in the cozy world. Then I was given an opportunity to read and review her latest book, Slay in Character, in the Cat Latimer mystery series. Yikes, why did I wait so long! 4.5 stars to this fantastic story. To start with, the premise of the series is about a writer who runs a writing group where various authors visit and conduct workshops. It’s a great concept as different characters can easily come and go without feeling too overwhelming. But there’s also a bevy of recurring ones who appear in all the books which keeps the series grounded in its sub-genre. I like the balance and opportunity for future plots.
In this caper, one of the girls in the writing retreat is being stalked. Her friend and roommate is murdered in a similar way a few girls have been in the past ~10 years at an Old West town that’s mostly for tourists. Are they connected, is someone playing games, or is it just a coincidence? As the plot unravels, we learn more about the other writers, the girls at the college who knew the victim, and the townspeople who keep the Old West image running. Something seems quite unusual, but it isn’t clear until the end. Along the path, we meet the girl who was supposed to die! :O And that throws a monkey wrench into all the suspicions and investigations.
Cat and her crew are likable. At first, I was a little thrown off because it’s the type of series where it’s much better to read in order. Some don’t require you to, but I feel like this one is a lot stronger if you do read in order. Once I got past that aspect (my fault, not the writer’s), I had a few other small items that made it hard for me to connect with some of Cat’s friends, but it didn’t distract from the story. I have a feeling the other books might easily earn 5-star ratings from me, but this one as my first intro wasn’t totally there yet. Overall, the plot was strong, the setting was very elaborate and interesting, and the characters had lots of personality in a positive way.
I look forward to reading more from the author, and I plan to read this series from the beginning and order the first in one of her other series at the end of the year. Oh yeah, she might also win the poll on my blog’s upcoming November readathon for cozy mysteries. Come check it out and maybe we’ll be reading a Cahoon series together!
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My stand-alone novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. The debut book, Academic Curveball, in my new mystery series, Braxton Campus Mysteries will fit those who love cozy mysteries and crime investigations. I read, write, and blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge –and multiple Readathons. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.