Slay in Character
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 . . . Praise for Lynn Cahoon"Better get your flashlight handy, A Story to Kill will keep you reading all night."--Laura Bradford, author of the Amish Mysteries"Lynn Cahoon has created an absorbing, good fun mystery in Mission to Murder."--Fresh Fiction

Slay in Character Details

TitleSlay in Character
Author
ReleaseNov 27th, 2018
PublisherKensington Publishing Corporation
ISBN-139781496716811
Rating
GenreMystery, Cozy Mystery, Fiction

Slay in Character Review

  • James
    January 1, 1970
    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! 4.25 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' 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! 4.25 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!
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  • Betty
    January 1, 1970
    The 5 writers from the current Writers Retreat along with Jessica Ball who is the current student from the college are gathered in Outlaw, Colorado, a ghost town that will give them an experience of a Western town in the 1800's. The writers are all penned romance and are from the same town. One of the actors, Jessi's roommate is found strangled to death in the saloon.Later the group went to check out the area where the body was found. Cat finds it necessary to drive back to Outlaw as the writers The 5 writers from the current Writers Retreat along with Jessica Ball who is the current student from the college are gathered in Outlaw, Colorado, a ghost town that will give them an experience of a Western town in the 1800's. The writers are all penned romance and are from the same town. One of the actors, Jessi's roommate is found strangled to death in the saloon.Later the group went to check out the area where the body was found. Cat finds it necessary to drive back to Outlaw as the writers a need a ride back to the town. As the investigation deepens it seems that Jessi's roommate was not a friend of hers. She was wearing Jessi's clothes and working her shift at the town when she was murdered. Was Jessi the intended victim?I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK AND SERIES.Recipe for blueberry coffees cake is included.Many thanks to NetGalley and Kensington for a review copy. The opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Maggie
    January 1, 1970
    Slay In Character is the 4th book in Lynn Cahoon's Cat Latimer Mystery series. This is the first book I've read in the series and the first book by this author that I've read. Cat Latimer runs a writer's retreat workshop in small town Colorado. This workshop seems to be running smoothly when one of her guest's friends is murdered.I liked the story line itself alright, and the characters were all likeable. However, I felt like this book picked up in the middle of the previous book. I didn't reall Slay In Character is the 4th book in Lynn Cahoon's Cat Latimer Mystery series. This is the first book I've read in the series and the first book by this author that I've read. Cat Latimer runs a writer's retreat workshop in small town Colorado. This workshop seems to be running smoothly when one of her guest's friends is murdered.I liked the story line itself alright, and the characters were all likeable. However, I felt like this book picked up in the middle of the previous book. I didn't really know the cast of characters or the town. They would bring up something that happened before, but you never find out what it was. A lot of the characters names were similar, without much description of them, making it difficult to follow along at first. I know when reading a series, you don't want a lot of recap from previous books in the series, but I think you still need some or you can really confuse readers. Like I said, I did like the story line, and I actually didn't figure out who the killer was ahead of time (which seemed pretty obvious after the fact, but I still missed it!). I received this ARC for my honest review.
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    I was so delighted to receive and advanced reading copy of Lynn Cahoon's book Slay In Character. This is a series I love, simply because the idea of this type of a writers retreat really appeals to me, the setting is so plausible and the characters are all so likeable. I love that something big is always happening and something fun is always being discussed during these writer retreats. I think Cat the main character is well written. Divorced, and left the marital home she shared with her ex hus I was so delighted to receive and advanced reading copy of Lynn Cahoon's book Slay In Character. This is a series I love, simply because the idea of this type of a writers retreat really appeals to me, the setting is so plausible and the characters are all so likeable. I love that something big is always happening and something fun is always being discussed during these writer retreats. I think Cat the main character is well written. Divorced, and left the marital home she shared with her ex husband, she converted the home into an amazing writing retreat. Cat , is no nonsense and hardworking, yet has a creative and caring side that you cannot help but love. At times I think she is really coming into her own, solving her own mystery, the mysteries surrounding the retreats and learning to live again. In Slay In Character I loved the mystery surrounding the student who was selected to attend the retreat. It was well laid out and I did not guess the killer correctly.This book at so many touching moments for me as well. I loved it. This book is out November 27th from Kensington.
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC to read and give an unbiased review.While I really liked this book, I felt a little lost at times because I hadn't read the some of the previous books in the series. The characters are likeable, and interact well together. The locations are nicely described, and the plot was well thought-out. A few twists, but no big surprise ending, at least for me. I figured out whodunnit and why, and even Seth's surprise project for Cat & Shauna.Overall--I liked the book, it was a nice, I received an ARC to read and give an unbiased review.While I really liked this book, I felt a little lost at times because I hadn't read the some of the previous books in the series. The characters are likeable, and interact well together. The locations are nicely described, and the plot was well thought-out. A few twists, but no big surprise ending, at least for me. I figured out whodunnit and why, and even Seth's surprise project for Cat & Shauna.Overall--I liked the book, it was a nice, quick cozy mystery.
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  • Peggy R
    January 1, 1970
    This is one of my favorite Lynn Cahoon series. When I pick up a Cat Latimer mystery I know I am in for hours of enjoyment. Slay in Character if the 4th book in a series I hope is around for a long time. What I enjoy most is the theme. I think the writer's retreat gives Ms. Cahoon the ability to bring her readers a regular cast of characters with a rotating cast of secondary characters that can be different and diverse each time. Cat, Shauna, Seth and Uncle Pete all are at the center of another s This is one of my favorite Lynn Cahoon series. When I pick up a Cat Latimer mystery I know I am in for hours of enjoyment. Slay in Character if the 4th book in a series I hope is around for a long time. What I enjoy most is the theme. I think the writer's retreat gives Ms. Cahoon the ability to bring her readers a regular cast of characters with a rotating cast of secondary characters that can be different and diverse each time. Cat, Shauna, Seth and Uncle Pete all are at the center of another suspicious death that happens during one of Cat's writer's retreats. This time, it's a retreat for a group of romance authors who are actually a writer's group in their hometown. The guests this time were fun, mischievous and actually wanted to help Cat solve the murder of a young university student. There are plenty of twists and turns and as each new clues is uncovered I was not sure exactly who I thought was the killer or why. Toward the end of the book I started to get a strong suspicion which turned out to be correct, but it was not long before the reveal in the books so the fact that I was right for a change didn't take away from any of the enjoyment of the reveal.This is a series that I return to over and over again because it is well written, with strong, developed characters that have real chemistry, the setting and the terrific mysteries.I voluntarily read a digital ARC provided to me by the publisher, Kensington, through Netgalley.
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  • JoAn
    January 1, 1970
    Slay In Character by Lynn Cahoon is book four in the Cat Latimer series and I was pulled in from the first chapter.Another writer's retreat in Aspen Hills with a group of women writers who actually have a writing group in their home town. As much as I enjoy visiting Aspen Hills, Cat, Shauna, Seth and Uncle Pete, I really enjoyed meeting the women at the retreat. They were all supportive of each other and seemed to genuinely enjoy spending time together. Ms. Cahoon's descriptive writing is vivid Slay In Character by Lynn Cahoon is book four in the Cat Latimer series and I was pulled in from the first chapter.Another writer's retreat in Aspen Hills with a group of women writers who actually have a writing group in their home town. As much as I enjoy visiting Aspen Hills, Cat, Shauna, Seth and Uncle Pete, I really enjoyed meeting the women at the retreat. They were all supportive of each other and seemed to genuinely enjoy spending time together. Ms. Cahoon's descriptive writing is vivid and allowed me join the group as they not only went on outings but began to help investigate a murder. Poor Uncle Pete.The plot moved quickly, there seemed to be more than just one mystery to be solved, and there were only a few suspects to consider. For once, I actually did figure it out before the reveal but was glad to read that my reasoning was spot on. I am eagerly awaiting the next book in this series.I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Kensington. All of the above opinions are my own.
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  • Lisa Morin
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved this book! Cat and Shauna are two of my favorite characters.Slay in Character by Lynn Cahoon was a wild ride. There were plenty of twists and turns to keep me glued to the pages from beginning to end.I definitely give this book 5 stars and would recommend it to readers of any genre.I volunteered to read and review an ARC of this book provided by the publisher and NetGalley.
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  • Missy VanHoose
    January 1, 1970
    This is the 4th in the “Cat Latimer Series”. This time around a group of romance writers have come to the retreat. When one of the writers has a friend and co-worker murdered, the entire group of writers get involved in helping to try to find the killer. This series keeps getting better and better. The characters are very well written and the story always keeps my interest from start to finish. The characters are extremely likable and have developed wonderful relationships amongst themselves. De This is the 4th in the “Cat Latimer Series”. This time around a group of romance writers have come to the retreat. When one of the writers has a friend and co-worker murdered, the entire group of writers get involved in helping to try to find the killer. This series keeps getting better and better. The characters are very well written and the story always keeps my interest from start to finish. The characters are extremely likable and have developed wonderful relationships amongst themselves. Definitely looking forward to what the future holds for Cat and the gang. Plus as an added bonus they included wonderful recipes. I was fortunate enough to receive a copy of the book in return for my honest opinion.
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  • Paula Ratcliffe
    January 1, 1970
    Cat, Shauna, Seth and Uncle Pete are back to entertain us again this time Shauna and Cat are hosting another retreat this one has a lot of historical romance authors and Jessi Ball whose gotten the opportunity to be here as part of the college. They are having fun going to Outlaw Colorado and visit the old west dress up as saloon girls and having a great time when something seems off with Jessi and Cat tries to help her but of course not long and Cat is being informed how Jessi's roommate Daniel Cat, Shauna, Seth and Uncle Pete are back to entertain us again this time Shauna and Cat are hosting another retreat this one has a lot of historical romance authors and Jessi Ball whose gotten the opportunity to be here as part of the college. They are having fun going to Outlaw Colorado and visit the old west dress up as saloon girls and having a great time when something seems off with Jessi and Cat tries to help her but of course not long and Cat is being informed how Jessi's roommate Danielle has been found strangled. Who killed the young college girl and why? The more Cat and Jessi learn about Danielle the less they seem to like her. Add to the mix something mysterious happening with Jessi's financial accounts. Someone seems determined to destroy Jessi and Cat can't figure out who or why? Will Cat figure it out in time or will someone shut down Jessi once and for all?I enjoy these trips to Colorado we learn so much and this one also shows you how Shauna has been dealing with her boyfriend's murder. Of course in this one Cat has her work cut out for her as these authors are determined to play the role of Jessica Fletcher. Will Cat ever stop getting calls from Uncle Pete about the authors running off where they shouldn't be?
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  • Anna
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in return for an honest review.Lynn Cahoon has added another wonderful book to the Cat Latimer Mystery series. The characters that we have come to love from the previous books are back - Cat, Seth, Uncle Pete and Shauna. It wouldn't be a Writer's Retreat without a houseful of guests there to write and learn. Of course, what would a retreat be without some mayhem and murder.On a visit to an Old West Tourist Town the group of writers Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in return for an honest review.Lynn Cahoon has added another wonderful book to the Cat Latimer Mystery series. The characters that we have come to love from the previous books are back - Cat, Seth, Uncle Pete and Shauna. It wouldn't be a Writer's Retreat without a houseful of guests there to write and learn. Of course, what would a retreat be without some mayhem and murder.On a visit to an Old West Tourist Town the group of writers gets tangled up in the murder of a Saloon girl that is tied to one of the participants of the retreat. Was the Saloon girl the intended target or was one of the members of the retreat the actual target. Despite constant promises to her Uncle Pete who is the police in town, Cat always goes out investigating in between typing up her newest book. Cat always manages to get mixed up in murder while hosting one of her writer's retreats. A wonderful cozy mystery that is difficult to put down and leaves you wanting the next book in the series.
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  • Holly
    January 1, 1970
    Another awesome book in the Cat Latimer cozy mystery series by Lynn Cahoon! I love this series! It has everything I love about cozy mysteries-interesting likable characters, an intriguing mystery, friendship, and romance! It isn't graphic, intense or scary. Cat and her friend Shauna run a Writer's Retreat along with Cat's boyfriend Seth who does the handyman jobs. A group of writers arrive for the week who already know each other plus a Covington College student, Jessi. They are a fun group and Another awesome book in the Cat Latimer cozy mystery series by Lynn Cahoon! I love this series! It has everything I love about cozy mysteries-interesting likable characters, an intriguing mystery, friendship, and romance! It isn't graphic, intense or scary. Cat and her friend Shauna run a Writer's Retreat along with Cat's boyfriend Seth who does the handyman jobs. A group of writers arrive for the week who already know each other plus a Covington College student, Jessi. They are a fun group and include Jessi in their plans. Jessi's roomate Danielle ends up dead and Jessi is one of the suspects. Cat, Shauna, Seth & the writers all work together to figure out what happened to Danielle and to keep Jessi safe. I had a suspect in mind but wasn't sure until the end. This was a very enjoyable cozy mystery! I received an advanced copy from NetGalley for an honest review.
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  • Kendrea Parsons
    January 1, 1970
    Slay in Character is the 4th Cat Latimer mystery by Lynn Cahoon. This series just gets better with each new book. This one gives us a new group of characters at the writer's retreat and they're a very likable group of women. Usually there's at least one character that annoys me amongst the retreat guests, but that wasn't the case this time. I did guess who the killer was, but I couldn't guess why they'd do it, so it was still a satisfying resolution for me. I'm already looking forward to the nex Slay in Character is the 4th Cat Latimer mystery by Lynn Cahoon. This series just gets better with each new book. This one gives us a new group of characters at the writer's retreat and they're a very likable group of women. Usually there's at least one character that annoys me amongst the retreat guests, but that wasn't the case this time. I did guess who the killer was, but I couldn't guess why they'd do it, so it was still a satisfying resolution for me. I'm already looking forward to the next book in the series. I do hope we get to see a bit more of Dante. Not that I don't like Cat and Seth together, but I think Dante is an interesting choice of friend for Cat. Here's hoping that happens in the next book.Note: I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for my fair and honest review.
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  • Arlene Arredondo
    January 1, 1970
    Cat runs a writers retreat out of her house located near a ghost town, turned tourist attraction. The current group of writers are trying to find inspiration for their historical romance books that need to be finished. There are a few subplots that keep the story interesting, and the characters more defined. When a murder occurs, and estrange things start to happen, our main characters get involved in the search for the truth, with all the possible scenarios more disturbing than the other. The s Cat runs a writers retreat out of her house located near a ghost town, turned tourist attraction. The current group of writers are trying to find inspiration for their historical romance books that need to be finished. There are a few subplots that keep the story interesting, and the characters more defined. When a murder occurs, and estrange things start to happen, our main characters get involved in the search for the truth, with all the possible scenarios more disturbing than the other. The story has a nice pace and the interest level is kept high. Note: I received an ARC for review and an honest and unbiased opinion.
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  • Vicki
    January 1, 1970
    It's been a while since our last visit with Cat and her group and I was really starting to miss her. I had wondered at the ending of the last book if it would be the last in the series but I'm so glad it wasn't. I see there is another one planned and I can't wait to see what kind of trouble Cat gets into in that one. This is a great series and I recommend you read it but remember to start at the beginning. Thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest opinion.
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  • Brenda Freeman
    January 1, 1970
    Cat, Shauna, Seth and Uncle Pete are back to solve a new mystery during the writers retreat. This time the local writer from the college is involved. Loved Seth’s big surprise.
  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    This series is always a guaranteed good book.This fourth book in the series does not disappoint.I really enjoy this series. The characters are engaging and the setting of the book retreat is a place I'd love to visit.The whodunit was well written and I could not put the book down.I look forward to reading the next in the series. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
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  • Leah Hines
    January 1, 1970
    I love this series. You get great characters, a mystery, humor, and a sweet budding romance. It makes me want to write a book.
  • Bobbie Kirkland
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy of SLAY IN CHARACTER (A Cat Latimer Mystery Book 4) by Lynn Cahoon in exchange for an honest review. Cat Latimer is an author of young adult novels and owns an inn where she hosts writing retreats. One of her guests, Jessi Ball, is present as part of a fellowship granted by local Covington College. Jessi works part-time at the local ghost town attraction, and she is called away from the retreat unexpectedly because her college roommate, who was supposed to be covering Jess I received a free copy of SLAY IN CHARACTER (A Cat Latimer Mystery Book 4) by Lynn Cahoon in exchange for an honest review. Cat Latimer is an author of young adult novels and owns an inn where she hosts writing retreats. One of her guests, Jessi Ball, is present as part of a fellowship granted by local Covington College. Jessi works part-time at the local ghost town attraction, and she is called away from the retreat unexpectedly because her college roommate, who was supposed to be covering Jessi’s shifts during the retreat, disappeared mid-shift. However, Jessi’s troubles are just beginning when the roommate is found murdered. As it turns out, the roommate was a terrible person who was secretly doing awful things. With the success of the book retreat in jeopardy, Jessi being the primary suspect, and a local Family man asking Cat to watch out for Jessi, Cat decides to help her uncle investigate.I have not read the prior books in this series. Though the earlier stories were referenced, it does not seem like they were spoiled. Though I was unfamiliar with the characters, there was enough background given to identify them. I enjoyed this book, and I recommend it to fans of the Cat Latimer Mysteries and to anyone looking for an inn-type or writing-centric cozy mystery (though series-novices might want to start with the first book, A STORY TO KILL).#SlayInCharacter #NetGalley
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