Love is in the air in Aspen Hills, and it’s making a terrible mess of Cat Latimer’s writers’ retreat—especially when blood stains the plot . . .

Ever since her business partner, Shauna, fell for a wealthy landowner in town, Cat has been working double time to keep her writers’ retreat running. And with the January session almost underway, that spells trouble. As if scheduling mishaps aren’t disastrous enough, Shauna skips out on kitchen duties one morning, forcing Cat to serve unsuspecting guests store-bought muffins . . .

But best laid plans really go awry when Shauna discovers her beau missing from their bed. When his body later turns up in the horse barn, they quickly find out the victim’s scandalous lifestyle left many dying for revenge. While balancing an eccentric group of aspiring writers and a suspect list for the record books, Cat soon finds herself on the heels of a killer—and authoring her most deadly conclusion yet . . .

Character Interview

Seth, welcome to Island Confidential!  Tell our readers a little bit about yourself–maybe something they might not guess?

Hi, I’m Seth Howard. I’m the Aspen Hill’s handyman as well as being Cat’s boyfriend. We dated in high school and even then, I knew she was the one. She, unfortunately, had other plans and married that professor guy. But now that’s he’s gone, that’s water under the bridge, I hope. That Dante character hangs around a bit too often for my peace of mind. How can I compete with a guy who has everything?

Who’s the character you get along with the best?

Of course Cat and I get along best. (wink, wink). Okay, fine, I’ll be good. Honestly, I’m good with her uncle too. Pete and I have been friends for a while now, since I got back from my service in the Army. He knew I was still messed up on Cat, but he was nice enough not to rub my nose in it. He’s a cool guy. Even if he is the chief of police.

Anyone you have a conflict with?

I don’t know if it’s conflict, but Shauna’s been strange lately. She’s always disappearing to Kevin’s ranch. If you ask me, she’s addicted to the money thing too. The guy is almost as rich as Dante, but of course, he got his money the legal way. Dante’s family, well, let’s just say they’re connected. Back to Shauna. She used to be chatty when I showed up at the house, but now, she looks at me like I’m the enemy. Maybe Cat said something to her that I should know.

Just between you and me: What do you really think of your author?

I’d love to be honest, but she’s standing right behind me. I can feel her there. Lynn’s okay. She’s funny and lets us do what we want. I worry that she lets Cat get too deep into these investigations and maybe into danger, but she always pulls her out just in time.

What’s next for you?

My author, Lynn, has already dictated our next adventure. SLAY IN CHARACTER will release in late 2018. We took the writers on a field trip to Outlaw, Colorado. It’s a ghost town that’s been refurbished for tourists, but is as authentic to 1860 as possible. We even got to see a shootout. Although the guy who ‘died’ didn’t really know how to act.




Lynn Cahoon is the author of the NYT and USA Today bestselling Tourist Trap cozy mystery series. Guidebook to Murder, book 1 of the series won the Reader’s Crown for Mystery Fiction in 2015. She’s also the author of  Cat Latimer series. 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

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