A Story to Kill is the first in a new series, A Cat Latimer Mystery Series. Cat Latimer has recently inherited a house and the estate of her ex-husband, an economics professor at a small college. She is a writer and is turning the house into a writer’s retreat B and B type business. The book opens with the first group of guests due to arrive including a famous novelist who is writing a revealing memoir about his youth at the college.
Once the murder occurs, Cat has her hands full trying to clear her guests’ names and keeping them calm, hosting the victim’s spouse, worrying about keeping her fledgling business afloat and meeting her own editor’s deadlines. Along with the main plot line, there is a subplot that concerns Cat’s ex-husband, his death and what really happened during their marriage, this is part is not resolved in this first book and appears as though it will be an over-arching mystery for the series. There is also a romantic subplot, in the form of a hunky handyman, Seth.
Very enjoyable cozy read, classic college town atmosphere, engaging writer’s retreat theme, and an intelligent educated sleuth.