Guidebook to Murder
Author – Lynn Cahoon
Published by Kensington April, 2014
Cozy Mystery series
Book Description from Amazon
In the gentle coastal town of South Cove, California, all Jill Gardner wants is to keep her store–Coffee, Books, and More–open and running. So why is she caught up in the business of murder?
When Jill’s elderly friend, Miss Emily, calls in a fit of pique, she already knows the city council is trying to force Emily to sell her dilapidated old house. But Emily’s gumption goes for naught when she dies unexpectedly and leaves the house to Jill–along with all of her problems. . .and her enemies. Convinced her friend was murdered, Jill is finding the list of suspects longer than the list of repairs needed on the house. But Jill is determined to uncover the culprit–especially if it gets her closer to South Cove’s finest, Detective Greg King. Problem is, the killer knows she’s on the case–and is determined to close the book on Jill permanently
I love a good cozy mystery. Especially if it’s one I couldn’t figure out and I couldn’t figure out
Guidebook to Murder A Tourist Trap Mystery by Lynn Cahoon. I loved the protagonist, Jill Gardner. Jill is independent and believable. She loves to read and eat and those are my two favorite things to do also. I’ve always wanted to renovate a fixer upper, since that’s probably not going to happen at least I can read about someone doing it. Jill was doing it because her friend and neighbor was murdered and left everything she owned to Jill.
The story was fast paced and tightly written. It takes place in a small ocean side California town. There’s a hunk of a police officer that Jill can’t take her eyes off of, an eccentric aunt who wants to redo Jill’s store using Jill’s money of course, and her quirky best friend Amy the surfer.
Guidebook to Murder is well plotted taking multiple turns in the story. There’s the promise of a puppy and I kept wanting to get to the puppy part but I’m just going to have to wait for the next installment, Mission to Murder, coming out in the summer of 2014. I liked this book and I’m looking forward to that next installment.
I received a copy of this charming book from Kensington publishers via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
Other books by Lynn Cahoon
The Bull Rider’s Brother (Crimson Romance), 2012
The Bull Rider’s Manager (Crimson Romance), 2012
A Member of the Council, 2012
Shawnee Holiday: A Bull Rider’s Novella, January, 2014
Marriage Not Included, 2013
Temporary Roommates, 2013