Staff Pick & Review by Esi S.
I’m never, ever, disappointed when I sit down with a Lynn Cahoon mystery. This time around, it’s such a joy to return to South Cove, California and the latest in the Tourist Trap series, Hospitality and Homicide.
This book has it all! A great mystery, where it’s not clear if business rivalries or personal animosity are behind the latest crime to shock the South Cove community. Author Nathan Pike returns to work on a new book, annoy Detective Greg Pike with his endless questions—and have his latest manuscript apparently provide a road map for the killer. Lynn’s deft writing and careful deployment of clues will leave you guessing until the end.
There are also fascinating secondary storylines as well. My favorite involves resident psychic and police dispatcher Esmerelda, who sees her powers put to the test in the search for a missing boy. You’ve got Aunt Jackie at her Aunt Jackie-est. And several relationships—Toby and Sasha, Amy and Justin, Jill and Greg—go in unexpected and important directions. I’ve loved getting to know all the residents of South Cove and following the ups and downs of their lives always feels like catching up with old friends.
Every visit to this (not so ) quiet and (definitely not) peaceful coastal town is a treat, and Hospitality and Homicide delivers on all levels.
A visit to the serene coastal town of South Cove, California, could make anybody feel refreshed and inspired. But as Jill Gardner—owner of Coffee, Books, and More—discovers, some folks won’t live to tell about it . . .
Mystery author Nathan Pike checked into South Cove Bed & Breakfast to compose a compelling novel, not commit murder. But things get real when a rival B&B owner ends up exactly like the victim in his draft—undeniably dead. As Nathan prepares to complete his magnum opus behind bars, Jill’s the only one who can prove his innocence and deconstruct the plot of a twisted killer!
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