Book Review: Of Murder and Men by Lynn Cahoon

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Of Murder and Men (Cat Latimer Mystery, #3)Of Murder and Men by Lynn Cahoon

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

I’ve completed reading the four books currently published in the Cat Latimer mystery series by Lynn Cahoon. Today’s review is for Of Murder and Men, the 3rd in the series; I read the 4th one first because I’d won it in a giveaway and then went back to read them in order. I wish I started properly, but overall, this series keeps getting stronger and stronger. I think this is my favorite thus far, and it earns 4.5 stars.

Cat is a late 20s widow who inherited her ex-husband, Michael’s, house when he died. At this point, we know he was somehow involved with the mob who has ties to the small town outside Denver, Colorado where they lived. What Cat didn’t know was that he’d been sucked into the accounting issues with a mob-related property, and before long, he had to pretend to be doing bad things in order to survive. Unfortunately, he couldn’t extricate himself quickly enough and was killed. We finally learn in this book who likely killed him, and how the killer’s family may or may not still be be after Cat. Instead of ignoring it, Cat has been trying to solve Michael’s death while using the house he left her as a writer’s retreat. Her high school boyfriend (and new love interest), Seth, and her best friend, Shauna, help run the retreat, where 5 writers show up for a week each month to finish their current WIPs. Almost always, one of them is a murderer, dies, or has a connection to the victim.

In this one, it’s Shauna who suffers. Kevin, her distracted boyfriend-turned-fiance, is found dead in his barn. Cat, Shauna, Seth, and Uncle Pete find connections between Michael’s death and Kevin’s death. One of the writers, Shirley, an ex-cop, helps investigate while she warms up to Pete. Ah, romance is brewing… the other writers are busier than usual and not as involved in the plot, but one of them turns up to have a connection with Kevin. Shauna’s battling it out with Kevin’s two ex-wives and their children for his estate, too. She doesn’t want the money, just a few things to remember him by. At the same time, Cat finds out Michael left her another building and never closed their joint account. Except… there’s WAY more money in it than he could have ever earned. Someone’s play games here, and Cat is determined to find out before Dante, the hot guy from the mob family who turns out was Michael’s childhood best friend, gets her all excited and bothered in a good way. No, poor Seth!

I’m quickly falling hard for this series. Cahoon has created some magic with the setting and action surrounding a writer’s retreat. Add in the mystery of Cat’s friends, and the mob-connections about town, there’s story in abundance. I love the clues Cahoon’s dropped in each book about future stories, too. I can already see plots formulating and know what might happen to certain characters. She’s a strong planner author (like me) which may be why I really like her writing style and these books. I need to read her other series next, especially since I’m now fully caught up with the four in this one. The 5th book won’t release for a few months, so I have time to start another of hers. Anyone else tried the Tourist Trap series?

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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.

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21 thoughts on “Book Review: Of Murder and Men by Lynn Cahoon

    Shalini said:
    January 14, 2019 at 8:25 AM

    I haven’t read this author or heard about her… Other than from you.. I think her books are expensive on Amazon… I wish they came in sales… Most of them don’t, at least for me.
    I would love to read this series as it feels there are layers in the mystery

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      January 14, 2019 at 8:35 AM

      There definitely are layers. I’m sure it come on sale at some point… if you add it to Bookbub and Amazon, it will let you know if there’s a discount?

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        Shalini said:
        January 14, 2019 at 8:38 AM

        Do they send Book specific emails?

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        January 14, 2019 at 9:01 AM

        Yes, it will send them when you’ve followed the author or added the book to a list

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        Shalini said:
        January 14, 2019 at 9:02 AM

        Oh I didn’t know that… Will check it out

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    bettylouise31 said:
    January 14, 2019 at 9:09 AM

    Yes, I am current on the Tour Trap mysteries. They are interesting and different from the Cat series.

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    mistysbookspace said:
    January 14, 2019 at 4:43 PM

    Wow sounds like a lot of drama.

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    The Cozy Pages said:
    January 14, 2019 at 8:29 PM

    It really does look good…. lol

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      January 14, 2019 at 8:34 PM

      For writer’s, it’s a must read… do with that what you will. Oops, someone slap him, he’s being bad!

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        The Cozy Pages said:
        January 14, 2019 at 8:35 PM

        You really are naughty! Lol

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        January 15, 2019 at 8:03 AM

        and a bad speller, how could I write ” writer’s ” that way. oy!

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        The Cozy Pages said:
        January 15, 2019 at 9:12 PM

        Hahaha. Typos! Don’t worry, whenever I make a ‘your’ or ‘their’ mistake and press send before I catch it… 🙈😄

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        January 16, 2019 at 7:46 AM

        It’s painful we can’t erase it and go back. Our heads just go too quickly.

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        The Cozy Pages said:
        January 16, 2019 at 1:14 PM

        Yes!!! 😊

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    carhicks said:
    January 17, 2019 at 8:27 AM

    Wonderful review James. Lynn Cahoon is one of my go to authors. I enjoy all her series, but I think this is her best one. Glad you are enjoying it.

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    lghiggins said:
    January 17, 2019 at 7:11 PM

    I enjoyed your review. This is a series I want to read more of. Thanks for the tips. I get plenty of emails from Amazon, but it sounds like I could make them more targeted. Right now they are trying to sell me books I have read and reviewed. As to Lynn Cahoon, I have not a read a book of hers that I didn’t like. Tourist Trap is good. As Betty mentioned, it is very different from the series you are on.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      January 17, 2019 at 8:42 PM

      I should start Tourist Trap hopefully next month based on my current TBR targets.

      As for Amazon, yes! It’s been helpful to know what’s being released when. That’s why I’m catching up on all the series I love for the first half of this year rather than jump around. Then I can set the reminders so I am ready to read when Amazon tells me it’s launched!

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    bolingospelltemple said:
    January 26, 2019 at 2:41 AM

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