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South Cove, California, is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day—and there’s going to be a parade of suspects . . .
Jill Gardner’s store, Coffee, Books, and More, is raking in the green as her little coastal town holds a big festival for St. Patrick’s Day. But the locals aren’t exactly feeling the luck of the Irish, thanks to the rowdy behavior of some of the tourists who are pouring in. 
Then a woman who just visited Jill’s shop is found dead near the shore. The fireworks display on the beach may have already happened, but the real fireworks have just begun . . .
Praise for The Tourist Trap Mysteries
“I love the author’s style, which was warm and friendly . . . [A] wonderfully appealing series.”—Dru’s Book Musings
“Light, fun, and kept me thoroughly engaged.”—The Young Folks

Mysteries & Thrillers
February 5
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Kris Anderson, The Avid Reader ,

The tenth A Tourist Trap Mystery

Corned Beef and Casualties by Lynn Cahoon is A Tourist Trap Mystery Novella (No. 10). The town of South Cove, California is having a full day of festivities in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Jill Gardner, owner of Coffee, Books and More is looking forward to enjoying dinner and fireworks with her friends after a day of taking care of customers. Alana McDaniel comes into the shop for coffee with a rowdy group of friends who have obviously been overindulging in alcohol as are many of the tourists. Late that night, Detective Greg King is called out to a crime scene. Jill’s customer, Alana has been found dead on the rock cliffs above the beach. Jill immediately goes into investigator mode despite Greg’s pleas to stay out of this case. She checks with local business owners to work out the victim’s timeline and discover who could have harmed Alana. Will Jill solve the crime before the killer flees town?

It is always a pleasure to visit South Cove and check in with the residents who live in this small seaside town. I like the cast of characters with their various eccentricities. Lynn Cahoon has a casual writing style that reminds me of talking with a friend. I thought Corned Beef and Casualties was well-written with a nice steady pace throughout. The mystery is uncomplicated and can easily be solved. However, it is just the right type of mystery for this length of book. Personally, I recommend reading The Tourist Trap Mystery series in order. It is the best way to get to know the characters. I have enjoyed watching Jill settle into South Cove, manage her store, get close friends and fall in love. Corned Beef and Casualties is a quick, easy to read cozy mystery novella that is a delightful distraction from reality.

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