My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Fatality by Firelight is the second book in the Cat Latimer mystery series written by Lynn Cahoon. It was published in 2017 and takes place in a small town a few hours outside Denver, Colorado. The series focuses on Cat, a late-20s former English professor who’s ex-husband, Michael, passed away (probably murdered) and left her his house and a few secrets to unravel. She’s turned the charming Victorian into a writer’s retreat to help aspiring and struggling authors finish their books, but somehow something dastardly always ends up happening. In this caper, one of the writers is flirting with a local at a nearby inn even though he’s engaged. Although she rejects him when he wants to take the evening a bit further, the police still suspect her when the guy turns up dead overnight — killed by a knife while sipping on champagne near a fire. Whodunit?
Cat and her friends are relatable characters. Shauna runs the daily operations of the inn and Seth is Cat’s part-time boyfriend, part-time repairman / chauffeur. She’s not completely ready to date after Michael died, especially now that his journals are revealing new information she hadn’t been aware of. When Dante, a sexy mob-connected man enters her life, she’s thrown even more. Is she attracted to him or afraid of him? Or possibly both! While she helps try to clear her young writer from being jailed for the murder, Cat realizes the victim has ties to Dante, who might have been the one to order his death. Something’s not quite right and Cat’s determined to figure it out alongside her uncle, the chief of police. Throw in fun cooking recipes and excerpts from the author’s books and you’ve got lots of side stories to enjoy, too.
Cahoon’s books are a good example of a cozy mystery. They have a bit of an edge to them given there are mob connections (like my own cozy mystery series!) and writers coming in from all over the country (maybe world one day?) to demonstrate variety. They’re easy to read in 3 to 4 hours depending on your reading speed and style. The theme and characters stay with you from book to book. I enjoy diving back into this world and have completed 3 of the 4 published. I plan to read the next one in February (maybe sooner) and then I’ll be ready for the 5th one when it’s published later this year. The author also has another series which might be something to consider reading, too, once I’m caught up here.
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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.