The day of the race, everyone hits the ground running…until a local business owner stumbles over a very stationary body. The deceased is the vicious wife of the husband-and-wife team hired to promote the event—and the husband turns to Jill for help in clearing his name. But did he do it? Jill will have to be very careful, because this killer is ready to put her out of the running…forever!
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A Tourist Trap Mystery
By LYNN CAHOON
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Modern wisdom says it takes twenty-one days to make a habit stick. Lack of exercise, eating too much, or even negative thinking are all habits that can be corrected in less than a month. My problem is, I don't seem to get past week one. Oh, my intentions are good. My heart's in the right place, but then the proverbial "stuff " happens.
Like the current Business-to-Business meeting where I presently sat, eating my second slice of Sadie Michaels's Black Forest Cheesecake, the newest selection from her bakery, Pies on the Fly. Each slice had enough calories to feed a small South American village for a week. However, Josh Thomas was off on a rant and the creamy chocolate dessert was the only thing keeping my mouth shut instead of pointing out the flaws in his reasoning. Today, the owner of Antiques by Thomas thought we should do something about the ocean smell that permeated our little tourist town. His idea was to have electronic air fresheners installed on each streetlight on Main Street.
I guessed the fact that South Cove was located on central coastal California, thereby, the ocean, hadn't been included in Josh's memo when he opened the store last year. I glanced over at Aunt Jackie and raised my eyebrows, a signal that she needed to control her tubby boy toy before someone pointed this fact out to the clueless Josh.
She ignored me.
As I eyed the last piece of cheesecake heaven, Bill Sullivan, owner of South Cove Bed-and-Breakfast, and our committee's chair, interrupted Josh's tirade. "I'm afraid I can't support your idea. Most of my guests book rooms with us specifically because of South Cove's proximity to the ocean. In my mind, the sea air is a selling point, not a distraction."
"You don't understand how damaging it can be to my inventory. I'm always having to dehumidify my shop. If air fresheners were installed, at least the smell wouldn't enter with my customers." Josh looked around the table. "I'm sure others on the committee feel the same way."
I saw ten heads shake as Josh tried to make eye contact with the other business owners. Even this month's representative from the local art galleries failed to meet Josh's eyes. Of course, that could have been because he was asleep behind the dark shades. Artists loved the grant money that being a member of the Business-to-Business committee gave them; they just didn't like the actual meetings. Or helping with community projects. Or even expressing a freaking opinion.
"Well, it looks like we can table this discussion for another time then." Bill took charge and glanced down at the agenda. "One more item, The Mission Walk sponsorship. Darla? Do you want to present or is Jill handling this?"
The Jill he was referencing is me. I'm Jill Gardner, owner of Coffee, Books, and More, or CBM according to the new logo on our last cup order. I'm also the liaison between the South Cove City Council and the business community. Which means I'm responsible for setting up the monthly meeting, publishing the meeting minutes on our website, and any other crappy job the mayor decides to assign me.
I nodded to Darla Taylor, the owner of South Cove Winery, and our local event planner extraordinaire. "Go ahead, you're spearheading this event."
The Mission Walk was South Cove's first entry into the world of the California Mission Society. The charity focused on the preservation of historic missions throughout the state. Now that the small wall in my backyard had moved up on the list from application to possible historic landmark, I'd been invited to help sponsor this year's 5K walk-and-run fund-raiser. Darla had jumped at the chance to plan the event, and I blessed her every time I got a new e-mail from her on one more task she'd completed that I hadn't even thought of doing.
I reached for the last slice of cheesecake, but Aunt Jackie slapped my hand, moving the plate off the table and onto the coffee counter. I refilled my coffee cup instead and sat back to listen to Darla's report.
"We're all set for next Saturday's run. The greenbelt has been measured and we've got parking set up for the start and finish lines. Greg hired off-duty police officers from Bakerstown to help with patrols that day. The only thing I need is a small group to walk the distance on Friday so we can make sure there aren't any surprises Saturday morning." She glanced around the table. "Who's going to volunteer?"
The room went quiet. I raised my hand. "You know Greg and I will be there, just name the time."
"Thanks. I'd like to do the run-through at 5 p.m. sharp. That way we'll know how long it will take our slower walkers so we don't leave anyone on the trail." Darla wrote down our names in her notebook. "Who else?"
"Josh and I will be there." Aunt Jackie lifted the coffee carafe from the table, taking it back to the pot to refill.
"Jackie, you know I don't ..." Whatever Josh had been going to say was blocked by the scorching look my aunt gave him. Sure, now he shut up.
"Perfect. Matt and I will start timing you at the start line, and then we'll drive to the finish line to wait for you." Darla focused on me. "Do you want to ask Amy if she and Justin would come, too? I'd like some runners to see how quickly people can get through."
I held back my retort about me being chopped liver and nodded. Besides, if Amy and Justin ran, I could bring Emma and then Greg and I could have some quality time before the craziness of the weekend hit. We hadn't had much couple time lately, between the shop and his annual training requirements for the local police department.
Yes, my boyfriend was the local detective for South Cove. Greg King had just returned to the area when my friend, Miss Emily, had been murdered. When he'd started investigating her death, we'd started spending time together. I think he just wanted to keep his prime suspect close. He tells a different story. No matter what, we'd been a couple for over a year now. And we rarely, if ever, fought. Unless he thought I was messing with one of his investigations.
As Darla wrapped up the list of assignments for Saturday's run, the committee members filled their to-go cups with more free coffee and squirmed in their seats, ready for the meeting to be over. Fortunately, Darla was enough of a bulldog that she filled the final few volunteer spots before turning control of the meeting back to Bill.
"And that's everything." Bill closed the cover on the South Cove notebook where he kept the meeting notes. Mary, his wife and a marketing maven, hadn't attended the meeting, but she'd been working with Darla this last month to analyze the effect of the run on the city's business community. The couple's bed-and-breakfast had been filled for the last week with runners getting ready for the event. He waved as he left the shop. "See you all Saturday."
"As usual, they leave all the cleanup for the meeting to us," Aunt Jackie grumbled as she started moving tables back to their normal places scattered around the shop.
Josh inched toward the door. "Sorry, I have to open in ten minutes. Otherwise ..."
We watched as Josh lumbered through the door, his next words lost to the wind. He scurried as fast as his close-to-four-hundred-pound frame would go toward his shop next door.
"I'm shocked, I tell you, shocked." Darla laughed as she placed chairs around a table my aunt had just moved. "Seems that Josh always has an excuse when there's actual work to be done. I don't think the guy has moved a box since Kyle started working for him."
"Being catty doesn't suit you, dear," my aunt chided Darla, her tone gentle. If I'd said that I would have gotten a lecture about being generous in spirit or at least in my words. Darla just got a verbal tap on the hand. I would have received a slap on the head.
My thoughts were interrupted when the door opened and a man and woman entered the shop. To refer to the pair as Ken and Barbie would be too generous to the dolls. Both of the new arrivals were actor-level beautiful. We had tourist traffic that came up from Hollywood at times, but typically they came later in the day and dressed in clothes a bit more casual, but just as expensive.
"I told you we were going to be late, Michael." The woman tossed back her blond hair with caramel highlights as she watched us moving the tables.
He sighed. "We would have been on time if you hadn't had to call your stylist about what outfit would be appropriate for a business meeting."
The woman smoothed down the blue jacket that hugged her curves. "Blame me for wanting to make a good first impression." She turned toward me and flashed a hundred-watt smile. "Forgive our bickering. I'm Sandra Ashford and this is my husband, Michael. We're the owners of Promote Your Event. We've been hired by the Mission Society to assist with their fund-raising events. We're checking in to see if you all are ready for the walk on Saturday."
"I'm Jill Gardner. I own the land where the South Cove Mission was found." I held my hands up and glanced around the room. "As well as this store. We've committed to be one of the sponsors for the event."
"Lovely." Sandra's gaze covered the shop's dining area and book department in less time than it took to read a road sign. A look of disgust flashed on her face for a second, her lip twitching like the smell from the coffee of the day was Stockyard Drip instead of Vanilla Bean Delight. Then her plastic veneer went back up and I almost thought I'd imagined the negative assessment. Until she spoke her next words. "I guess it will have to do."
Darla stepped next to me and held out her hand. "Darla Taylor, South Cove Winery, and Examiner lead reporter." She grinned at me before adding, "And South Cove Mission Walk chairman. I'm so glad you took time out of your busy schedule for us. Come sit, I've got the event plan right here. I'd love to have you go over it to make sure I'm not missing anything."
Michael stepped forward and shook Darla's hand. "I'm sure it's grand. You know, these events never could get off the ground without the tireless effort of volunteers like you."
As Darla stepped toward a clean table, I heard a sigh come from Sandra's direction. "I swear, if I have to do any more of these one-horse-town events, I'm going to scream."
Michael grabbed her elbow and leaned closer. "Be nice. Or pretend to be nice. I know it's hard to act like something you're not." The couple followed Darla, and as I watched, Sandra shook off her husband's grip.
Those two have issues. I knew what it was like to be in a marriage that wasn't working. Between my law practice and my own failed relationships, I'd had plenty of examples. The Ashfords were definitely dysfunctional and on their way to nuclear relationship blowup. I just hoped they'd get through Saturday. The Mission Walk was too important to be collateral damage from a couple's disintegration. I stood by the table as they sat on both sides of Darla.
"Before we get started, can I bring you some coffee? A carafe? Or something more decadent, like a cinnamon roll and a hot chocolate?" I wiped a circle from a coffee cup off the almost-clean table before Sandra could zoom in on the flaw.
"Bottled water." Sandra didn't even look up from digging in her leather tote.
"I'm good." Darla waved me to a chair. "Sit down and help me present our plan."
Michael turned toward me. "That cinnamon roll sounds amazing. Can you heat it with a little butter? And coffee, cream and sugar."
Sandra snorted. "No wonder you didn't want to go to the gym today. You were planning on blowing your diet."
"I'm not on a diet." Michael smiled up at me. "However, I should have accompanied my wife to the gym. Sometimes you just want that extra sleep."
And time away from a witch from hell. I started to walk to the counter, but my aunt waved me away. "I can handle this. Just sit down."
By all rights, Aunt Jackie should have been the one involved in the discussion. She had a knack for marketing. I just muddled through before she'd come to help me run the shop. I slipped into the last chair at the table and accepted a folder from Darla.
Listening to the plans and schedule, I knew that she had been the right choice to set up this event. She had thought of everything. As I looked through the maps, sign-up sheets, and lists of South Cove businesses from which she'd gotten donations, I was impressed.
Aunt Jackie set a glass of orange juice in front of me and looked over my shoulder pointing to an item on the list. "I didn't think Lille would be participating. That woman's always griping about giving away her profits."
Darla laughed. "When I told her you were sponsoring all the water stations and providing CBM cups, she decided she needed to do something. So she's hosting a small celebration circle at the end of the walk. Burgers and fries."
"Just what a health-conscious runner wants at the end of an exercise event." Sandra snorted.
Michael dug in to his cinnamon roll, holding his fork up to show his wife. "There's more to life than just health food."
"I hope you choke." Sandra glared at the man across from her.
Her response sent a chill through me. Seemed like we'd be lucky if they made it through tonight, let alone all the way through the Mission Walk.CHAPTER 2
When I met Amy for lunch the next day, I recounted the event, blow by blow. The couple had continued to snipe at each other all during Darla's presentation. What Michael exclaimed over as charming and innovative, Sandra called boring and too "small town" to bring in repeat walkers.
"When they left, I was drained. I went home and took a nap rather than taking Emma for a run." I dug into my large Asian chicken salad, looking for the perfect bite of crunch, salt, and sweet. Diamond Lille's might be a total greasy-spoon café, but Lille had branched out into weekly salad specials for the summer and I'd enjoyed every one I'd tried so far. Next week, Southwest Tilapia was on the menu.
"Sounds like a toxic relationship to me." Amy picked up her double-decker cheeseburger and took a bite, wiping the grease from her mouth with a paper napkin. I loved my friend, but sometimes, I wish I had her metabolism. The girl could eat anything and not gain an ounce. Of course, she surfed for hours most weekends. Except for my beach run with Emma and working at the shop, I tended to stay close to my couch. Especially with a book in hand. Of course, I called it "research." Bookstore owners had to be up on the current releases.
"Oh, and I volunteered you and Justin to run the course Friday evening so Darla can time the event." I took a sip of my iced tap water with a lemon slice and thought about the New York–style cheesecake sitting in my refrigerator at home. Since I'd run this morning and was now eating healthy for lunch, maybe a slice of that would be my dinner. With a fresh pear, of course. "Can you be there?"
"I think so. I'll text Justin right now. We put off our surfing date until Sunday so we could be part of the five-K. He's really excited about supporting the town and your mission project." Amy took her phone out of her purse and clicked out a message. Justin taught history at a local college so if he wasn't teaching, most likely he was in the library reading or sitting in his office, writing. The guy looked more like the carefree surfer he played on weekends than the stuffy professor, and his students adored him. "Now, tell me about your upcoming trip. A weeklong cruise to Alaska?"
Greg and I had booked the trip last month, kind of a celebration for dating for a year. Mostly a getaway from what had been a crazy-busy winter. Typically, the shop slowed down after the holidays, but not this year. So even though my aunt was griping about me disappearing during prime tourist season, nothing was going to stop our vacation. Well, I guess Greg could be called back to work if some freak weather event hit or worse, but I'd been watching the Weather Channel for a couple of weeks, and so far, we were good.
"I packed two digital cameras and extra memory cards. I've loaded my e-reader with books. And I've been running every day and eating salads to lose a few pounds before I'm on board with the buffets." I pointed down at the salad. "I could eat this every day."
Carrie, our waitress, stopped by and refilled our glasses. "I'll tell Lille. She's been all freaked out over some food critic who is supposed to be showing up this month."
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I like the Tourist Trap series but this one and the last have left me wanting a little more. Cute stories, don't get me wrong, but they had the "formula" feel to them. You knew when things were coming. And to be honest if the word "treat" showed up one more time, I was going to lose my mind. I'll definitely keep reading this series though. Love it's cozy feel.
I love this series. Very enjoyable lightreading . Will buy more .
Less of a mystery than a feel good wordy novel
I love these books! Lynn Cahoon had done it again! I can't wait for the next book in the series!
I love this series. Short but sweet.
Nice esape and enjoyed the characters and story.
I had a harder time with rating this book. I love the series but this book fell a little short for me. The repetition of "stay out of it" and " I told him that I would stay out of it" got a little tiring for me. Greg who I usually love was stiff and really very little in it except to say "stay out of it" and give Jill a kiss. There wasn't as much interaction with characters to draw me in as quickly as other books have. Jill's lack of business sense, amazes me sometimes, you need to do more than read a book to run a business, thank goodness for Aunt Jackie. Maybe it was just me. I did enjoy the mystery although there were things I would of questioned but were always let go. The side story of the vandalism of the train store was good, it kept me guessing. The murder was good, I figured out most of it and I did like the ending. I do like most of the characters, I just wish there was a little more of interaction between them. I did get a couple of laughs in places, which I always love. I will continue on with this series as I do love it.
Title: Killer Run - Tourist Trap Mystery Book 5 Author: Lynn Cahoon Published: 8-18-2015 Publisher: Kensington Books Pages: 198 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers and Suspense Sub Genre: Cozy Mystery, Amateur Detective, Women Sleuths, ISBN: 13: 9781601834171 ASIN: B00TNBLXX0 Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley Rating: 4.25 Stars I received a copy of "Killer Run" from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Description From the Publisher: Jill Gardner—owner of Coffee, Books, and More—has somehow been talked into sponsoring a 5k race along the beautiful California coast. The race is a fundraiser for the local preservation society—but not everyone is feeling so charitable… The day of the race, everyone hits the ground running…until a local business owner stumbles over a very stationary body. The deceased is the vicious wife of the husband-and-wife team hired to promote the event—and the husband turns to Jill for help in clearing his name. But did he do it? Jill will have to be very careful, because this killer is ready to put her out of the running…forever! My Review: Jill Gardner is the main character of "Killer Run", but all the characters in the series are well developed as are their interrelationships. In this, the fifth book of the series, the murder surrounds a 5K run. Even the victim was done in such a way as to make you wonder why she hadn't been taken out long before. Jill actually uses some caution while investigating and questions everything she finds out. Something most protagonist do not normally do. There is a bit of humor and a touch of romance woven into the plot the provides obvious and obtuse clues that keep the reader guessing. The Tourist Trap mysteries are a great series to read. They are quick reads usually just a couple of hours, so that you can read them in one afternoon. "Killer Run" is a definite must read that I gave a rating of 4.25 out of 5 stars. I hope you enjoy it and the other books in the series as much as I did.
The tourist trap mystery series is a fun read. Great for the beach or an escape from the daily grind.
Dollycas’s Thoughts We return to California and the Coffee, Books, and More shop in Sandy Cove. Jill and Greg are all set to take off on an Alaskan Cruise right after the Mission Run Event. Well there plans go South when a dead body is found during the race next to the running trail. The dead woman is part of a public relations firm that was hired to promote the event. Between you and me, I was so happy she was the victim. She was a real witch that rubbed me and others the wrong way quickly. She must have really ticked someone off to get killed. If that isn’t enough to force Greg to cancel their getaway, there is a vandal on the loose and their only target seems the model train store. They are pretty persistent and damage is escalating. While Jill has the week off and Greg is tied up at the station, she decides to get a little redecorating done on the house she inherited. Of course, she is going to stick her nose into both investigations, this is Jill we’re talking about. The trouble is she may push someone too far and end up on a permanent vacation cruising right on up to the pearly gates. All our favorite characters return and again the dialogue is spectacular. Aunt Jackie continues to bring the humor. Her gentleman friend Josh is the one the found the body and ends up in the hospital himself. That doesn’t slow Jackie down much at all. She has plans for him, plans for Jill, Jill’s home, the bookstore/coffee shop, and plans to keep Sasha, their part time employee busy too. All with a big smile on her face. This is a great set of characters. As someone that helped organize events like the Mission Run, this story rang pretty true to life. The corporation or the group running the show gives just enough information for local groups to set up their individual event. Then they show up on the day the event is to take place and complain about the way things are set up or doesn’t meet their expectations. Been there, done that, and like in this story the local event was a great success in spite of corporate’s ideas. Well, except for the dead PR woman :) Lynn Cahoon has written another story that draws the reader in from the start and entertains us thoroughly. The plot twists are tight and truly unexpected. I was totally caught off guard by some of the guilty parties. The two cases intertwined so well. A nice blend of daily life, romance, mystery and mayhem. I really enjoy this series. Murder on Wheels comes out February 2 and now I am all caught up and ready for it!
I've enjoyed every story in the Tourist Trap series.
I absolutely love this series. The characters are well developed and the mysteries keep you guessing. Lynn Cahoon has a great series going here and she knows how to keep you wanting more. I can't wait for the next in this series to be released.
This is book #5 in the Tourist Trap Mystery series. This installment finds Jill helping with South Cove's 5k run when a dead body is found. Like the other books in the series, this one finds Jill playing detective and putting herself back in the middle of murder and mayhem. This book contains very enjoyable characters but the mystery element just wasn't there for me in this book. I found the storyline to be lacking and just a little too predictable. With that being said, the book is still a very enjoyable read and a good addition to the series. I received an eARC of this book compliments of the publisher via NetGalley for my honest review and opinion. All ratings and opinions stated are my own.
When I read the first book in this series, I knew it was going to do well. But I didn’t come close to conceiving what a runaway hit it would be! I really enjoy the characters in the Tourist Trap series. They’re not perfect. Not even series lead Jill Gardner. They all have flaws. Some of them are aware of them and some aren’t. You can’t get any more real life than that. I have to say, I was happy to see the victim in KILLER RUN murdered. LOL Harsh I know, but I didn’t like her at all. As far as victims in mysteries go, she had it coming. Author Lynn Cahoon has smooth and easy writing style that made me want to keep turning page after page. This story had plenty of twists, turns, ups and down to keep me guessing. And once the killer was revealed, I was holding my breath through the excitement. A very action packed scene indeed. Without giving anything away, if I had been Jill, I may have murdered Aunt Jackie during this scene. ;-) It would have been easy enough to get away with. Killer Run was a perfect installment to a wonderful series. I look forward to what Lynn Cahoon has planned for the next book!
4 STARS Jill Gardner is back in her 5th Tourist Trap Mystery. I kept in suspense for most of the book. I like this series. There are so many familiar characters that make this more than just a mystery story. I want to see what they are up too next. I like the characters. It is a involving story. Jill is the owner of Coffee, Books and more. She is planning on going away for a week on a cruise with her boyfriend Greg king the local detective. First though is the fundraiser 5K walk for Mission funds she is sponsoring. Jill is always wanting to read a book calling it research. I can get behind that kind of work. Setting for Killer Run is South Cove, California. A small coastal town. Right after their last planning meeting comes in and announces they are supposed to be helping promote it and help plan it. They are both good looking and snobbish. Because they failed to do their part there is trouble with the run. There is also vandalism of one the business in town. The owner tired of it asks Jill to help find them and stop them because her boyfriend is not doing it. Jill agrees to help look into it because she knows Greg will be busy solving the murder. I have read all 5 book of the series and have enjoyed them and will keep looking for more books by Lynn Cahoon. I was given this ebook to read by Net Galley and Kensington books, Lyrical Underground. and in return I agreed to give a honest review of Killer Run and be part of a Killer Run blog tour
Killer Twists!I was given a copy of the e book for my honest review Jill Gardner is the owner of Coffee, Books, and More which is located in South Cove, CA. She is also the liaison between South Cove City Council and the business community. She is continuing to renovate her home and is looking forward to her romantic Alaskan cruise with Greg King, South Cove’s local detective and her boyfriend. When Jill is asked to sponsor The Mission Walks first 5K run, she has no idea just what she is getting herself into. As the owner of the property that the South Cove Mission Wall was found, she hopes that sponsoring this race will help move along the paperwork to get her property on the historic mission list. When Sandra & Michael Ashford, owners of Promote Your Event, the company that is assisting with the 5K fundraising show up late for a meeting, Jill can’t help but see that this dysfunctional couple is set to explode. This story weaves together other events happening in South Cove, like the mysterious vandalism happening at The Train Station, a local store located next to Diamond Lille’s, South Cove’s local diner. Why is this store the only one being vandalized? Does it have something to do with the falling out between the shops owners or does someone else have a vendetta against Harrold, The Train Station’s owner? Jill’s Aunt Jackie seems to be having a tough time facing getting older. When Aunt Jackie and Josh Thomas begin a regimen to get healthy and agree to walk in the 5K, Jill doesn’t foresee the turn of events leading to a gruesome death. Jill and aunt Jackie set out to so some sleuthing and find themselves in the middle of the investigation. This book does well as a stand-alone and offers stories inside stories. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to others.
What a fun read. This was my first by this author, but I will be reading more. This is another little cozy mystery that even though it was 5th in the series, I had no problems reading it. I loved the story and the setting. A small town in California near the ocean. Aww, I can smell that salty air and feel the breezes. The characters were like able, even though a few were a little quirky. I loved the nosy and crotchety old aunt. She cracked me up more than several times in this book. It was definitely an entertaining read and I thoroughly enjoyed kicking back and spending a few hours with these characters. Thanks Kensington and Net Galley for allowing me to read and review this book. I definitely recommend it!
Killer Run by Lynn Cahoon is the fifth book in A Tourist Trap Mystery series. Jill Gardner is the owner of Coffee, Books, and More (CBM). She is also the liaison between South Cove City Council and the business community. Jill is working with Darla Taylor to host their first annual South Cove Mission Walk. After the meeting about the walk Sandra and Michael Ashford arrive (she was busy changing clothes to make sure she had the right outfit to arrive on time as well as arguing with her husband). They are the owners of Promote Your Event and were hired by the California Mission Society (no one bothered to call Darla or Jill during their months of planning for the event). Jill is hoping the South Cove Mission Walk will help her application for getting the wall in her backyard declared an historic landmark. Everything goes well during the walk until Jill is called away to help her Aunt Jackie. Jackie’s boyfriend, Josh Thomas collapsed during the walk. Nearby they found the dead body of Sandra Ashford. Jill’s boyfriend, Greg King is the town’s detective. Jill and Greg were going to be leaving in a few days on an Alaskan cruise. Greg does not feel he can leave until the case is solved (he is dedicated—to his job). Jill has to call their travel agent, Rachel Fleur (who previously dated Greg—talk about awkward) to see about a refund. Harrold owns The Train Station in town. Most of his business is actually done online, but there are some people who come to town just to go to Harrold’s shop. He has started experiencing some vandalism issues. Someone puts paints on his windows, then breaks in and destroys a beautiful model town. Harrold asks Jill to investigate the crimes and find the culprit. Since Greg did not want Jill getting involved in Sandra Ashford murder case, Jill takes the case. However, since Jill did not go on the cruise, she has a little too much time on her hands (she decided to go ahead and take the days off since it was already scheduled). Jill is working on renovating one of her guest bedrooms, but she still has time to sleuth. Will Jill solve the cases? Can she keep ahead of the killer and not get into trouble with Greg? You will have to read Killer Run to find out! I enjoyed reading Killer Run. It was a cute story. I give Killer Run 4 out of 5 stars. While Killer Run could be read without reading the previous books in the story, it really helps to have read them (there will be references you will not understand). I liked how the writer tied the cases together in the end and use the misdirection. Despite the writer’s attempts at pointing the reader in the wrong direction, the mystery was easy to solve. I had it solved before they even found the body (it was obvious). I like the characters and the town. The writer has a nice writing style that makes the story easy to read. I look forward to Lynn Cahoon’s next novel. I received a complimentary copy of Killer Run from Kensington Books and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The review and opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced by receiving a free book.
This is the 5th book in Lynn’s popular Tourist Trap Mysteries. Set in South Cove Ca. the series follows Jill, a former divorce attorney, who is now living her dream in her own little shop, Coffee, Books and More. With the help of her fascinating Aunt Jackie things may get a little crazy. Jill’s boyfriend Greg who is a detective for the P.D. does try to rein both Jill and Jackie in. Jill has a bad habit of not being able to mind her own business. Every case that Greg is assigned, Jill is right there with her offers of help and her ideas of what should be done. When Greg had to cancel the cruise they were to go on, due to a murder in town, Jill was right there to help investigate, even though she had promised not to. What ensues is a wonderful romp through South Cove, thanks to Jill and Jackie, and of course Lynn. FTC Full Disclosure - A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
A 5K fundraising run in this beautiful little tourist town sounds like it would be a great event. But being South Cove, Jill's aunt and new boyfriend Josh Thomas stumble over a body while walking the course. In addition, there is vandalism going on at the hobby train store, Jill is redoing an upstairs bedroom and there is a food truck for sale to multiple bidders. The reality of Jill's boyfriend's job sets in when they have to cancel a long awaited cruise because of the murder. While I think Jill and Greg's relationship will always survive her interfering ways, she tests his patience quite a bit in this mystery when she and her Aunt Jackie go sleuthing in nearby Bakerstown. The end seems like it's leading to another story, which is great. I really enjoy visiting these characters is South Cove and look forward to more resolution about the Mission wall in Jill's backyard. The publisher provided a free e-copy of this book for review.
Boring plot. Lacks cohesion. Not up to the standard previously set by Cahoon. Hope she is not running out of ideas. Stephanie Clanahan