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I first became aware of Lynn Cannon when I met her on A Boise, Idaho blog. I realize we had both grown up in Boise but different decades. I had not heard of her so I decided to checked out her books. After I read the first Tourist Trap mystery, I became a fan. I have since read all of her books. Lynn has 3 series and I like them all. Here are the first lines of each of her series. I especially enjoy her FARM TO FORK series. I am looking forward to reading her next books. Reviews on my blog.
A Cat Latimore Mystery
“When Thomas Wolfe said you can’t go home again, Cat Latimer wondered if he knew he was full of crap. She stood at the turret window looking out on her backyard in Aspen Hills, Colorado. During her marriage, she’d made this circular room into her office. The wall to ceiling built-in bookshelves were now bare, waiting to be refilled with the rare and not-so-rare books she’d collected during her two years as an English professor over at Covington College.”
Cat Latimer is surprised that ex-husband, Michael had not changed his will that left her the home they brought together. Cat returns home to Colorado to open a Writer’s Retreat. Her book about a teenager witch has hit the best seller’s list. The first session has a famous author, Tom Cole attending. The session is a disaster as Tom is found dead in his room. Her uncle, the sheriff, has no clue to what happened. Besides the murder, there is greed, romance, adoration and abuse in the book. It is written so well, you will have trouble with the answer until it is revealed. I am ready to read Cat’s next adventure.
Disclosure: I received a free copy from Kensington Books through NetGalley for an honest review. I would like to thank them for this opportunity to read and review the book. The opinions expressed are my own.
A Tourist Trap Mystery
“Empty shops are the death knell for small businesses. The thought nagged at me as I read, curled up in my favorite overstuffed armchair. Wednesdays were notoriously slow for all the South Cove businesses. Not many tourists included the day in an impulsive California coastal weekend getaway, but I liked to be open, just in case a random busload of quilting seniors decided to stop for a shot of espresso and a few novels to read while they traveled to their next stop on the tour.”
The first of new series and a good romance with several underlying mysteries. There is even a hint of the paranormal. All are woven together to made a delightful read.
Jill has established a coffee and bookstore in coastal village of California. She left her job in San Francisco because of pressures and plans only to relax and read books. Jill befriends a elderly woman and visiting her home she finds her dead. Since it appears there is no one to handle the arrangement s the job falls on her. Jill is surprised to learn she has inherited the estate. The city has sent a letter to fix up the house or will be condemned. Will Jill be able save the house?
A Farm To Fork Mystery
“Angie Turner knelt in the grass beside Nona’s herb garden, loosening the soil around the rosemary plant and cutting back the chives, the beat of June sun on her back reminding her of childhood summer days. Back then, she’d loved visiting her grandmother. On warm mornings, Angie would lie in the tall grass, listening to the bird songs in the trees and the cattle wandering around the pasture near the house. Later in the afternoon, her dad always saddled the horses and took her riding after lunch. Growing up in rural Idaho had reminded her of the stories from those Little House books.
Dom, her newly adopted St. Bernard puppy, sat nearby, watching Mabel, the lone surviving white and black hen from her grandmother’s flock. She was inching closer to the garden, probably looking for the worms Angie disturbed while she turned the soil. She stood and brushed the dirt off her hands.”
The first book of a new series, Farm to Fork. It is fun and relaxing read, good to read on a cold night or take The beach. The characters are developed and attractive and descriptions of the area good. The background is located in Southwest Idaho farming communities. Angie Turner and Felicia Williams closed THEIR restaurant in California as their lease was canceled. Angie Grandmother died and left her the family’s farm near the major town, Boise. Angie lived with her Grandmother until she graduated from high school and this her first trip was home. Like many people when Angie saw a litter of St Bernhard pups, she had one she called Dom. Angie found a new-born goat, Precious wondering on hiking trails. The owner was found dead below the cliffs. Angie becomes involved with the investigation to keep her mind occupied while doing the next necessary work on the restaurant startup. The killer is easy to recognize but the motive was hidden until it revealed. There are a number of twists and turns that will keep me reading until the end.
I have lived in the area a major portion of my life. It was great to see this area described accurately. Often it is not. Lynn did an outstanding job bringing this area to life. I will definitely read another book in the series. I highly recommend it.
Disclosure: Many thanks to Kensington Books for a copy for review. The opinions expressed are my own.