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A Valentine and A Book Review: Field Guide to Homicide

Happy Valentine’s Day! I grew up in Loveland, Colorado, so you can bet Valentine’s Day was a pretty big deal. Hot air balloons, a Miss Valentine, and even a signature Valentine card each year that people all over the country ordered and sent through our post office to their loved ones. When I wrote my novella, A Heart for Murder, I was channeling all that pink and red goodness from growing up in Loveland.

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Onto my Friday cozy mystery review! I read and really like A Field Guide to Homicide, mostly because it was about writers. Sometimes I feel like being a writer is akin to being the mother of a special needs child. Very few people understand what problems and joys you face in your journey. Author Lynn Cahoon writes her series with writers trying to get agents and working through drafts, editing, plotting. If you aren’t a writer, you get a pretty accurate picture of the job.

Here is my Review:

This is the first book I’ve read in this series and greatly enjoyed the atmosphere created by Cahoon at the writer’s retreat. If you are a writer or just love to read, you like these people. They bounce around the mechanics of writing along with agents and the business side of the job. The writers find the body of a man thought dead years ago and mystery begins there. This cozy mystery not only gives you a puzzle to solve but a chance to spend some time with interesting people.

More about this book:

Cat’s sweetheart, Seth, is going all out on an outing into the local mountains—for the benefit of the writing group Cat’s hosting at her Colorado B&B. But when they try to identify some plant and animal life, they find death instead. The body belongs to a man with a gold claim a few miles away. Instead of striking it rich, he’s been struck down.
 
To his surprise, Seth recognizes the victim from his military days—and up to now believed he’d already died during his last tour of duty. Now Cat has to solve this mystery before the killer takes a hike . . .

Where to get a Field Guide to Homicide

Happy Homicides: The Valentine Edition is Coming!

heart-stamped-letterBetsy, my heroine from the Pecan Bayou Mystery Series, will be back for Valentine’s Day with another novella in the cozy mystery series Happy Homicides.  I can’t show you the cover yet, but I can tell you it will be jam packed with new authors as well as some new favorites you might have found in the last edition, Happy Homicides the Thanksgiving/Christmas Edition. With a price tag of only 99 cents, the book flew off of Amazon’s virtual shelves!

In this edition, the writer’s theme was Love Gone Wrong, and of course, the little town of Pecan Bayou does that well!  I decided for this story I would give Betsy the all-time worst Valentine’s gift…ever…in the history of true love. Can you guess what it might be?  When I do reveal the gift, I have an admission of guilt to make. I gave my husband, the patient one, a similar version of this gift for Christmas.  I haven’t received any letters from lawyers yet, so I think he has forgiven me.

Our cover reveal will be on January 29 on the USA Today blog, Happily Ever After and I will sharing the cover here as well.

 

 

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