Tea Cups and Carnage (Tourist Trap Mystery Series #7)

Tea Cups and Carnage (Tourist Trap Mystery Series #7)

by Lynn Cahoon

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Overview

The quaint coastal town of South Cove, California, is all abuzz about the opening of a new specialty shop, Tea Hee. But as Coffee, Books, and More owner Jill Gardner is about to find out, there's nothing cozy about murder . . .

Shop owner Kathi Corbin says she came to South Cove to get away from her estranged family. But is she telling the truth? And did a sinister someone from her past follow her to South Cove? When a woman claiming to be Kathi's sister starts making waves and a dead body is found in a local motel, Jill must step in to clear Kathi's name--without getting herself in hot water.

Includes an excerpt from A STORY TO KILL, Lynn Cahoon's BRAND NEW series

Praise for The Tourist Trap Mysteries

"Murder, dirty politics, pirate lore, and a hot police detective: Guidebook to Murder has it all! A cozy lover's dream come true." --Susan McBride, author of The Debutante Dropout Mysteries

"Lynn Cahoon has created an absorbing, good fun mystery in Mission to Murder." --Fresh Fiction

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781601836311
Publisher: Lyrical Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/07/2016
Series: Tourist Trap Mystery Series , #7
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 196
Sales rank: 19,080
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Lynn Cahoon is an Idaho expat. She grew up living the small town life she now loves to write about. Currently, she's living with her husband and two fur babies in a small historic town on the banks of the Mississippi river where her imagination tends to wander. Guidebook to Murder, Book 1 of the Tourist Trap series, won the 2015 Reader's Crown award for Mystery Fiction. Visit her at www.lynncahoon.com

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Tea Cups and Carnage (Tourist Trap Mystery Series #7) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It never fails, once again Lynn has written a great story making you love South Cove and its residents even more!!!
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Tea Cups and Carnage by Lynn Cahoon is the seventh book in A Tourist Trap Mystery series. Jill Gardner lives in South Cove, California and owns Coffee, Books, and More (CBM). It is a shop that sells coffee, treats, and books (she combined two things she loves and enjoys). Jill is getting ready for the Summer Beach Blast Party that the town is hosting. CBM will have their mobile coffee annex at the beach which will stretch their staff thin (she really should have hired more help). There is a new business in town. Kathi Corbin is from Melaire, Texas (a small town) and opening a store called Tea Hee (a very odd name for a shop). The men in town are fascinated by Kathi and her Southern accent (much to the other women’s puzzlement). Things are looking up until a motorcycle riding man starts causing havoc around town. The police keep trying to catch him, but they have not succeeded. Aunt Jackie ended up hurting her ankle trying to avoid being hit by this maniac. Then a woman is going around to the various shops looking for a job. Ivy Corbin has followed her sister to South Cove from Texas (she is supposed to be taking care of their father). There is evidently difficulty between the sisters. Then the police are called out to a dead body at The Coastal Inn. At first they do not know his identity, but, after a little investigating, they find out that it is Daryl Corbin (another Corbin). He is a cousin to the sisters. Something smells fishy in South Cove, and it is not from the nearby ocean. When Kathy ends up at the top of the suspect list, Jill tries to clear her name. Kathi seems to be running from her past, and it has caught up with her in South Cove. Jill’s boyfriend, Greg King (and South Cove Police Detective) does not like her investigating (even though it usually helps his case). Jill is also having an issue with CBM. A check for the library event that Jill helping organize goes missing. The bank knows it has been cashed, but they are unable to provide any further information at this time (which is extremely odd). In the meantime, Jill is worried and looks into the matter. Could one of her loyal employees taken the check? It is going to be a busy week in South Cove. Join Jill and her friends for another adventure in Tea Cups and Carnage! Tea Cups and Carnage was a cute story. It is easy to read and had a good flow. The mystery, though, was simple and easy to solve (I wanted it to be more complicated). I also did not understand why Jill would accuse her loyal employees of taking the check (can you imagine). There is a perfectly logical explanation for the missing check staring her in the face (spoiler), but it does not seem to occur to Jill. There were several things happening in the book (too much). I did not mention everything (yes, there is more). The novel was a little all of the place. It needed more focus (and not on the check). The mystery was shoved in the background in this novel instead of being center stage. There also needs to be less focus on the romances of the various characters. I like a little romance in a cozy mystery, but it should not be the focal point. I give Tea Cups and Carnage 3 out of 5 stars. I will be reading the next book in A Tourist Trap Mystery series when it comes out (a writer can have an off book now and then). I do hope that Lynn Cahoon gives her characters more than cheesecake in the next novel (there was quite a bit of it in Tea Cups and Carnage). I believe Cof
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series and I am looking forward to the next book.
PollyBennett 9 months ago
Great cozy, lots of action in this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story was well written, started off a little slow and I was not as interested , then it picked up and turned into a wonderful story. Boy that will teach me to judge a few pages of a book and the cover! Lol Can't wait to read more
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Doesn't even seem to be a mystery book till the last few chapters. The weak plot just can't carry this book even with such great characters. Boring!!! Stephanie Clanahan
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoy all the books in this series. Great cozy mystery for when you are in the mood for a little light reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love my trips to the California coastal town of South Cove. Book store/coffee shop owner Jill, detective Greg, Aunt Jackie, workers Sasha & Toby & other new & old friends in town are busy growing business but are always consumed when trouble comes to the beautiful town. I love investigating along with Jill until Greg gets his man or woman.
TessT More than 1 year ago
Ms Cahoon and her tourist trap mysteries are just my cup of tea. Jill Archer, owner of Coffee, Books and More finds herself competing with a new tea shop in town. Complicating things are the Beach Festival that South Cove is hosting. Just proving that life in South Cove is never dull. Jill and her dog Emma are never far from the center of things. Aunt Jackie always brings a smile to my face. 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.
Muttcafe More than 1 year ago
Lynn Cahoon's Tourist Trap Mysteries continue to delight, providing readers with fresh fun mysteries filled with the colorful characters fans have come to love.  In Tea Cups and Carnage, Jill Gardener, owner of Coffee, Books, and More is drawn into helping solve a murder linked to the town's newest resident.  Kathi Corbin, a charming Texan plans to open a specialty shop, Tea Hee.  Things begin to go awry when Kathi's sister Ivy arrives.  Not long afterwards, their cousin is found dead at the local "no tell" motel - and Kathi is the prime suspect.  On top of everything, an unknown biker is terrorizing residents. The only thing that I didn't like about Tea Cups and Carnage was the subplot of the missing check.  Jill suspects her employees, who have been nothing but loyal, despite the bank having a new teller who obviously doesn't know what she's doing. (Cahoon makes this VERY obvious)  As the teller is clearly making mistakes, why does Jill take forever to consider that the mixup just might have been a bank error?  This issue was just jarring enough to keep me from being 100% involved in the story.  Rather than simply suspending my disbelief, I kept questioning Jill's judgement.  The novel would have been much better if this aspect of the plot was minimized. On the whole Tea Cups and Carnage is an enjoyable cozy and a nice addition to Cahoon's Tourist Trap mystery series. 4/5 I received a copy of Tea Cups and Carnage from the publisher and netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. --Crittermom
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series! It's so hard to wait for the next book! Her books are always a fun easy read.
SewWrite More than 1 year ago
As always, I enjoyed my trip to South Cove. this is a great series that always makes me feel like I am there visiting friends. In this installment Jill Gardner has her hands full, she hardly has time to even think about murder. A new business owner and her family seem to have trouble follow them. Aunt Jackie is injured and Jill is short staffed while trying to keep not only the book/coffee shop open but also the truck that is part of the festival activities. And if that is not enough to worry about, there is money missing.
cherrybagadonutz More than 1 year ago
This series is amazing and I love all of the characters. This one kept me guessing for while. So glad I pre-ordered it.
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MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
Lynn Cahoon’s Tourist Trap Mystery series is one of my favorite cozy series, and this latest book is no exception. Multiple threads going on kept my sleuthing mind busy, and the character depth in Tea Cups and Carnage added new layers to our familiar friends (and introduced a couple of new faces to the mix). As always, Lynn Cahoon has a knack for characters, setting, and dialogue. South Cove comes alive – its people, its places, its sights and sounds. I would love to go for a visit and if I could somehow manage to find this fictional town I would keep an eye out in case I spied Jill and Emma on a beach run. Of course I would have to stop in the bookstore and see who else happened by (while eating one of Sadie’s delectable treats, naturally). Maybe I’d catch a glimpse of hunky Greg or hunky Toby or cantankerous Aunt Jackie, too. While I’m there, I would absolutely have to sit on the couch and talk books with Sasha and then meander along the beach in hopes of meeting Emma the golden retriever as she and Jill head back home. Anyone want to go with me? There are a plethora of cozy mysteries to choose from, but Lynn Cahoon’s Tourist Trap Mysteries should be at the top of your list! Tea Cups and Carnage grabs you from the very beginning with its characters (both the new and the familiar) and holds you captive with each new layer to be discovered as the story progresses. It’s not too long and not too heavy, making this a perfect choice for a weekend read or a day at the beach. Entertaining, clean, and well-written, Tea Cups and Carnage reminds me why I love cozy mysteries! (I received a copy of this book in exchange for only my honest review.)
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
This is a great book; this is the seventh book in the A Tourist Trap Mystery series written by Lynn Cahoon. This book can be read as a standalone, but once you read this one you will want to go back and read the other books in this series. The quaint coastal town of South Cove, California, is all abuzz about the opening of a new specialty shop, Tea Hee. But as Coffee, Books, and More owner Jill Gardner is about to find out, there's nothing cozy about murder. Kathi Corbin has come to South Cove to get away from her estranged family. When a woman claiming to be Kathi's sister starts making waves and a dead body is found in a local motel, Jill must step in to clear Kathi's name. This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. This book will keep you reading long into the night. If you are looking for a great book, then you need to read this book. I am looking forward to reading the next book by this great author. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
The Tourist Trap Mysteries gets better and better with every new installment! I knew this series by author Lynn Cahoon was going to be one of my favorites when I read book one, GUIDEBOOK TO MURDER. The characters, the setting, the theme of this series are, quite simply, a joy to read. TEA CUPS AND CARNAGE introduces another new shop to the town of South Cove. Housed in what was once a bank, the Tea Hee tea shop seems to fit in perfectly with the other wonderful shops in town, even if something doesn’t seem quite right about Tea Hee’s owner, Kathi…not that the men of town notice. They’re too busy ogling her. What? Nope! You have to read it for yourself to see if Kathi is a welcome addition, or a taste of bitter tea. ;-) All of the returning characters are back and better than ever. They really are growing, and Ms. Cahoon is adding new dimensions to each one with every new book. A solid, fast moving mystery, TEA CUPS AND CARNAGE is a fabulous tale of secrets, lies, murder, and more! Trust me, once you take a sip of what Lynn Cahoon has to offer, you’re going to be begging for seconds, and thirds, and…! You’ll also find an excerpt from, A STORY TO KILL, book one in an exciting new series from Lynn Cahoon!
CozyMysteryLover1 More than 1 year ago
Things are heating up in South Cove, California, especially as it's time for the Beach Festival and Coffee, Books and More shop owner Jill Gardner is excited to be showing off the company's new food truck! Making it even more exciting is the new business that will be opening up, Tea Hee, featuring exclusive tea blends and tea accessories. Kathi Corbin is Tea Hee's proprietor and it seems she is happy settling in the little town of South Cove. When a body is found at the no-tell motel, it seems Kathi and her sister Ivy are the prime suspects. Jill doesn't really have time to interfere in the investigation, but we all know that has never stopped Jill before! Tune in June 7th to read all about Jill's latest investigation in this fantastic series by the very talented Lynn Cahoon! I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my fair and honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved whole series.