Slay in Character by Lynn Cahoon is the fourth book in the Cat Latimer Mystery series. Cat, her friend Shauna, and her boyfriend Seth have their hands full with another group of writers at Cat's monthly writer's retreat. The group of writers are all friends, but they take the guest writer/student Jessi from the local college into their group. When Jessi's roommate is found murdered, the signs point to Jessi being the intended target. As the situation goes from bad to worse, the writers along with Cat and her friends find themselves in a mystery more twisted than anything they could have dreamed up. I love Ms. Cahoon's writing style, and this book did not disappoint. The characters are delightful, and the setting makes me want to become a writer and attend a retreat. While this book could stand alone, I think it is best enjoyed if you have read the previous books.
The eighth book in the Caprice de Luca Mystery series by Karen Rose Smith is Cut to the Chaise. Caprice wedding is fast approaching. She is planning a church wedding with a reception at a local winery. A murder and financial issues at the winery put her special day in peril. The story seemed to jump all over the place a bit. I enjoyed the mystery but found that I really had to concentrate on keeping everything straight. So much else was going on with family stuff, wedding issues, and other people's issues. This is a good addition to the series just not my favorite.
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