In the California coastal town of South Cove, history is one of its many tourist attractions—until it becomes deadly…
Jill Gardner, proprietor of Coffee, Books, and More, has discovered that the old stone wall on her property might be a centuries-old mission worthy of being declared a landmark. But Craig Morgan, the obnoxious owner of South Cove’s most popular tourist spot, The Castle, makes it his business to contest her claim. When Morgan is found murdered at The Castle shortly after a heated argument with Jill, even her detective boyfriend has to ask her for an alibi. Jill decides she must find the real murderer to clear her name. But when the killer comes for her, she’ll need to jump from historic preservation to self-preservation…
“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
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Pure entertaining pleasure to read . . .
(Friday, July 25, 2014)
Reviewer: Betty Cox for www.ReaderToReader.com
Jill Gardner’s shop, Coffee, Books and More, is the semi-permanent host site for the South Cove Business to Business meetings from seven to nine on the appointed mornings. Jill is the Chamber’s liaison with the Mayor’s office and her BFF, Amy, is the mayor’s secretary and city planner. New member Josh Thomas does nothing but complain about everything. Josh owns an antique store and does appraisals for his good friend Craig Thomas. Craig owns one of the most popular and prosperous tourist attractions in South Cove, and he is an absolute total jerk. Jill is attempting to get an old stone wall at the back of the property declared an historical landmark, but Craig and Josh are doing everything they can to keep this from happening. When Craig is found murdered, Jill is the only suspect since she and the deceased had a very public yelling match just the day before his death.
Jill’s business is thriving since her business savvy Aunt Jackie moved to town and has taken over the store’s publicity using book chats, author chats, and the older woman was smart enough to hire hunkalicious Toby Killian part time as a barista. He certainly does draw the women of all ages in. Toby is a full time cop that works with Jill’s boyfriend, Detective Greg King.
Greg knows that Jill had nothing to do with Craig’s death, but no other leads pop up for anyone to take her place as a suspect. He is being very protective of her because whoever killed Craig is sure to come after Jill also.
Lynn Cahoon has crafted another fine cozy mystery for her outstanding characters to solve. The pace is even and steady, the people are three dimensional, and Ms. Cahoon’s narrative is voiced loudly and proudly. MISSION TO MURDER has several story lines including one for Esmeralda, the town psychic, and her cryptic messages for Jill. MISSION TO MURDER was pure entertaining pleasure to read, and the conclusion was and wasn’t expected. Have to figure that out for yourself!