Tea Cups and Carnage
Book 7, A Tourist Trap Mystery
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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
I love this series! They are always entertaining.
Seventh book in series!
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 Coffee, Books, and More needs a variety of treats for its customers!
I received a complimentary copy of Tea Cups and Carnage from NetGalley (and the publisher) in exchange for an honest evaluation of the book.