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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 own 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!


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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 own 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!

30 review for Hospitality and Homicide

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chatting About

    I love reading and relaxing with a Tourist Trap Mystery by Lynn Cahoon in my hands. The engaging characters and interesting plots draw me straight into the story. In Hospitality & Homicide, several changes are in store at Coffee, Books & More for owner, Jill Gregory, her Aunt Jackie, and their employees and friends. More than one relationship is tested, and I could relate to the conflict and sadness the characters were feeling. Esmeralda and her psychic senses finally receive the recognition the I love reading and relaxing with a Tourist Trap Mystery by Lynn Cahoon in my hands. The engaging characters and interesting plots draw me straight into the story. In Hospitality & Homicide, several changes are in store at Coffee, Books & More for owner, Jill Gregory, her Aunt Jackie, and their employees and friends. More than one relationship is tested, and I could relate to the conflict and sadness the characters were feeling. Esmeralda and her psychic senses finally receive the recognition they deserve in an emotionally stirring mini-mystery within a mystery. Emma, Jill's golden retriever, becomes a heroine! Jill's sleuthing tactics remain sharp despite the turmoil around her, and the information she and her friends compile tick off a murderer. Excellent story! I voluntarily reviewed an advance copy from NetGalley and the publisher.

  2. 5 out of 5

    JoAn

    I enjoy visiting South Cove along the California coast whenever I get the opportunity. Jill, Greg, Aunt Jackie and the other residents in South Cove are all likable characters. The mystery is well crafted and the twists kept me turning the pages.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mystereity Reviews

    See this and all of my reviews at Mystereity Reviews I sat down last night to read for an hour or 2 until my favorite show came on and missed my show! (Thank goodness for DVRs!) There were two riveting plots in this one, B&B innkeeper Walter is found dead, murdered in a way that closely mirrored the plot of visiting crime author Nathan Pike's new novel and a child missing after being swept off the beach by a wave. Esmeralda claims he's still alive but in peril and won't survive much longer. I was See this and all of my reviews at Mystereity Reviews I sat down last night to read for an hour or 2 until my favorite show came on and missed my show! (Thank goodness for DVRs!) There were two riveting plots in this one, B&B innkeeper Walter is found dead, murdered in a way that closely mirrored the plot of visiting crime author Nathan Pike's new novel and a child missing after being swept off the beach by a wave. Esmeralda claims he's still alive but in peril and won't survive much longer. I was totally roped in by this story line, Esmeralda was definitely the unsung hero of this book! I loved seeing more of her (she's always been one of my favorite characters!) The storyline about Walter's murder was baffling and I loved the surprise twist at the end. Throw in relationship issues, Economics finals, broken hearts, hot coffee and a slice of cheesecake and you've got a riveting cozy mystery to wrap yourself up in. I've read this series from the beginning, I've always felt is was more than just a cozy mystery series, it's also a community; one that you stop and visit often to catch up with the characters. I love that the story lines progress naturally and there's always new people to meet and love. I know Deek will be a great addition to the CBM family and what was the deal with Nathan? Multiple personalities? That's a plot unto itself! Overall, another excellent chapter in the Tourist Trap series and ranks up there as the best of the series. Definitely a must read for any cozy mystery fan!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Betty

    The Tourist Trap mysteries are always dependable and this one for no disappoint. Jill Gardener, owner of coffee and bookstore in Southcove, California is extremely busy. For the first time paranormal aspect is important, previously it has only been mention. Nathan Pike, a mystery writer checks into a B&B. The major his decree Nathan will follow Greg King around in order to learn about police methods. Greg is the police chief and Jill significant other. Jill must decide if Greg can move into her The Tourist Trap mysteries are always dependable and this one for no disappoint. Jill Gardener, owner of coffee and bookstore in Southcove, California is extremely busy. For the first time paranormal aspect is important, previously it has only been mention. Nathan Pike, a mystery writer checks into a B&B. The major his decree Nathan will follow Greg King around in order to learn about police methods. Greg is the police chief and Jill significant other. Jill must decide if Greg can move into her home. Jill is taking business courses at the local college, Sasha has given her resignation and Jill is looking for a replacement. There are two mysteries: one, a small boy was swift away by the ocean waves. His body has not been recover and Esmeralda insists the child is still alive. The other mystery is a ghastly murder just like Nathan has written in his new mystery. Jill is trying to stay out of Greg's problem but is drawn into both cases by local events. I highly recommend this book and series. Disclosure: I received a free copy from Kensington Books through NetGalley for an honest review. I would like to thank them for this opportunity to read and review the book. The opinions expressed are my own.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Meg

    I have enjoyed this series since the start. The books are quick, easy reads with likable characters that continue to entertain as time goes on. I really wanted to like this one but, unfortunately, it disintegrated as it went along. The mystery sort of disappeared during most of the story. A lost person case took its place for part of the time, then that one ended, and the mystery still floated in the background somewhere. The biggest problem, for me, though, was editing errors sprinkled througho I have enjoyed this series since the start. The books are quick, easy reads with likable characters that continue to entertain as time goes on. I really wanted to like this one but, unfortunately, it disintegrated as it went along. The mystery sort of disappeared during most of the story. A lost person case took its place for part of the time, then that one ended, and the mystery still floated in the background somewhere. The biggest problem, for me, though, was editing errors sprinkled throughout. Wrong words. Wonky word usage (sat vs set). A lot of repetitiveness. Things starting out being one thing then becoming something else later. There were a few other things besides these examples. I've had the next book on the Kindle for quite awhile now, and I'm really hoping that it's better as I like my visits to South Cove. I'm really hoping, as well, for some growth with some of the characters before it really becomes "same old, same old".

  6. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Wow. This is the eighth book in the series, but the first I've read. I have been missing out! I was able to enjoy this book, but will definitely read the previous ones! I really enjoyed the setting of South Cove and Coffee, Books and More. The characters are realistic and well written, especially Jill. The whodunit kept me guessing right until the conclusion. I highly recommend this book. I voluntarily read an Advance Reader Copy of this book. Wow. This is the eighth book in the series, but the first I've read. I have been missing out! I was able to enjoy this book, but will definitely read the previous ones! I really enjoyed the setting of South Cove and Coffee, Books and More. The characters are realistic and well written, especially Jill. The whodunit kept me guessing right until the conclusion. I highly recommend this book. I voluntarily read an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Juli

    Because I love Lynn Cahoon's Cat Latimer cozy series, when I saw Hospitality and Homicide available for review, I jumped right on it. The book is #8 in the Tourist Trap Mystery Series, but as with most cozy series a reader can usually jump in mid-stream and still enjoy the story. I'm so glad I read this book! I just started a very challenging new job, and I'm really feeling the pressure. Today was my day off....I curled up on the couch with some awesome coffee and devoured this book from cover t Because I love Lynn Cahoon's Cat Latimer cozy series, when I saw Hospitality and Homicide available for review, I jumped right on it. The book is #8 in the Tourist Trap Mystery Series, but as with most cozy series a reader can usually jump in mid-stream and still enjoy the story. I'm so glad I read this book! I just started a very challenging new job, and I'm really feeling the pressure. Today was my day off....I curled up on the couch with some awesome coffee and devoured this book from cover to cover! Delightful!!! I am definitely going to read the rest of this series! The basics: Jill Garner runs her own business, Coffee, Books and More, in South Cove, CA. She is dating local hunky cop, Greg, and has many friends and associates around town. Mystery writer, Nathan Pike, is in town to do some signing events, research at the local police department (much to Greg's chagrin) and write. Things heat up in South Cove when a local B&B owner is found murdered in a gruesome way that mirrors a scene from Nathan's new book. As in most cozy mysteries, Jill decides to put her amateur sleuthing skills to the test and ferret out the murderer. Again, much to Cop boyfriend Greg's chagrin. The plotline is pretty much standard cozy mystery. Shocking murder. Main character starts investigating for clues, even after multiple cautionary statements from local police. Trouble ensues. Killer discovered. Kiss Kiss. The end. :) It wasn't the plot that made me like this book so much. I love the characters! Jill is independent, intelligent, and feisty. Her aunt is controlling, yet endearing. The employees at the coffee house are a bit stereotypical, but very likable. And the cop boyfriend isn't controlling or condescending....he's patient, intelligent and good at his job. Cahoon did not paint local law enforcement as bumbling idiots who needed assistance from a local businesswoman to solve a crime....but rather as hard-working cops trying to solve a case. Jill was providing extra information that she gleaned through talking to people, listening to gossip and being a bit sneaky. All in all, the characters, the setting, and the smooth flowing plot made this an excellent book to lose myself in on my day off. I'm going to backtrack and read the first 7 books in this series. That should tide me over until Lynn Cahoon finishes another book. :) Book 3 in the Cat Latimer Series, Of Murder and Men, comes out this November. And book 9 in the Tourist Trap series, Killer Party, will be available this July! **I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy of this book from Kensington Books via Netgalley. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.**

  8. 5 out of 5

    Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews

    I do love this small tourist town in California. It is a kind of place I wouldn't mind visiting or even living! Kind and friendly citizens, well other than the ones that decide to commit murder! This is the 8th book and I really enjoy reading how the personal story lines progress for Jill, Greg, Aunt Jackie, Toby and Esmeralda. There are other characters that always manage to round out the story and create depth to the plot. I will say that I sort of figured out who the killer was, not on any majo I do love this small tourist town in California. It is a kind of place I wouldn't mind visiting or even living! Kind and friendly citizens, well other than the ones that decide to commit murder! This is the 8th book and I really enjoy reading how the personal story lines progress for Jill, Greg, Aunt Jackie, Toby and Esmeralda. There are other characters that always manage to round out the story and create depth to the plot. I will say that I sort of figured out who the killer was, not on any major clues that were given, but just that this character was a bit odd. It was interesting to discover why he decided to kill the B&B owner and sometimes you never know how long someone might hold a grudge against you for some wrong you committed whether real or in their imagination. Another major story line was Jill and Greg's relationship and whether they were going to take it to the next level or not. Jill has a lot of reservations, and it is understandable based on her past. But will she let that hold her back or will she move forward with her life? I really like Esmeralda, she is quite a quirky character being able to communicate with spirits. She was a bit more featured in this book due to a lost boy and she was sure he was still alive. Would Esmeralda come through for the family of this young boy? And last but not least, Emma....because I love dogs and I really like that Emma is a big deal in this series and not relegated to a side note here and there.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    I enjoyed another visit to South Cover, California as well as to Coffee, Books and More. This small tourist town is the kind of place I would love to visit. There is a lot going on, some planned and some not, such as the murder of one of the local Bed & Breakfast places in town. Once again, Jill is involved in the business group when she meets up with the newest business owner, Ian, who has opened a clock repair business. As well she hears some grumbling about Walter's B&B not doing as well as h I enjoyed another visit to South Cover, California as well as to Coffee, Books and More. This small tourist town is the kind of place I would love to visit. There is a lot going on, some planned and some not, such as the murder of one of the local Bed & Breakfast places in town. Once again, Jill is involved in the business group when she meets up with the newest business owner, Ian, who has opened a clock repair business. As well she hears some grumbling about Walter's B&B not doing as well as he hoped. There is also an author in town to do an event and book signing as well as ride along with Greg, a detective and Jill's boyfriend. When Walter ends up dead, trussed to a tree, Nate, the author is the first suspect. You see, this was the way he had written a murder in his upcoming book. Of course, Jill sticks her nose in where it doesn't belong and puts herself in some danger. There is a side story going on where there is a missing boy and Esmerelda, the psychic, insists he is still alive. This is the 8th book in "A Tourist Trap Mystery" series and I love how the characters lives are changing and progressing. Jill and Greg are really heating up with a big decision in this book. Sasha is moving and leaving the store, putting Toby at odds. We will see what happens in the next book. Aunt Jackie and her beau seem to be happy and their relationship is going well. Emma, Jill's dog also plays an important role in this story. Not only is she a great pet, but she has a great nose and protective instinct. Esmeralda, the quirky one, played a bigger role in this story with the missing boy. Even though it was a secondary story line, it was a nice addition and one I was interested in. All the great characters make you identify with the town and rounds out the story. It is more than just a mystery. I had a pretty good idea who the killer was, but it was interesting to discover why he decided to kill the B&B owner. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. The pacing was great, the story line well developed, great characters and setting, a bit of romance, some light humor and a satisfying conclusion. A great book for any cozy mystery lover.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    I really enjoyed this book. Author Nathan Pike comes to town to do research for his book. But when a body turns up exactly like the murder scene in his draft, a whole new research begins to who did it. I really loved seeing Jill's character growing and developing. She's going to school to learn more about business and she has decisions to make in her personal life. The mystery was excellent and kept me guessing. I look forward to the next in this series. I really enjoyed this book. Author Nathan Pike comes to town to do research for his book. But when a body turns up exactly like the murder scene in his draft, a whole new research begins to who did it. I really loved seeing Jill's character growing and developing. She's going to school to learn more about business and she has decisions to make in her personal life. The mystery was excellent and kept me guessing. I look forward to the next in this series.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    A big treat to have Hospitality and Homicide by Lynn Cahoon on my table this weekend. This is her much anticipated May release and I love this series. Based in South Cove, California in a seaside town this one is a favorite series of mine. The tourist Trap Mystery series centers around Jill and her Coffee and Book store. One of the things I love about this series is meeting all the shop owners and getting to know the business owners a little more in each book. Jill has her hands full and choices A big treat to have Hospitality and Homicide by Lynn Cahoon on my table this weekend. This is her much anticipated May release and I love this series. Based in South Cove, California in a seaside town this one is a favorite series of mine. The tourist Trap Mystery series centers around Jill and her Coffee and Book store. One of the things I love about this series is meeting all the shop owners and getting to know the business owners a little more in each book. Jill has her hands full and choices to make in this cozy for sure. With winds of change upon her, a visiting famous author and two mysteries on hand to distract her along with school, running her shop and so much more this one is a great busy cozy that feels and reads like real life. Loved it!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Peggy R

    Okay....I am serious kicking myself right now. Why? I can't believe it has taken me so long to read one of the books in this series. I have heard good things about this series and have the first book on the TBR pile. What finally did it was that I was offered an ARC to this book to read and review. After conferring with some of my other cozy mystery friends to make sure I wouldn't be lost because this is book 8 (and they assured me I wouldn't), I decided to take the chance. I found this book to b Okay....I am serious kicking myself right now. Why? I can't believe it has taken me so long to read one of the books in this series. I have heard good things about this series and have the first book on the TBR pile. What finally did it was that I was offered an ARC to this book to read and review. After conferring with some of my other cozy mystery friends to make sure I wouldn't be lost because this is book 8 (and they assured me I wouldn't), I decided to take the chance. I found this book to be very entertaining and can't wait to go back a read the rest of the series. The characters are funny, diverse and well written. Jill is a charming, loyal protagonist with a love of puzzle solving that apparently gets her in trouble. The rest of her employees and residents of the town round out the cast nicely. This book seems have the a bit of a transition theme as the loyal series followers will say goodbye to one character and see some big changes in Jill's life. The mystery was well done and woven throughout the entire story. I was surprised a the identity of the killer and really enjoyed how the motive was worked into the plot line. Overall, I found the book to have a steady pace and kept me turning pages. Always a good sign that the author has written characters and a mystery that has me engaged. I cannot wait to go back and read the books from the beginning. I would love to see how things have evolved and how Jill has gotten to the place in her life where she is now. I will definitely be back for more. If you are like me and feel like you have to start from the beginning, my cozy mystery friends were right, I was not lost and did not feel like I was missing something because I didn't read the first seven books. This book is expected to be published May 16th. I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy provided to my by the publisher.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    Hospitality and Homicide by Lynn Cahoon is the eighth book in A Tourist Trap Mystery series. Jill Gardner lives in South Cove, California and owns Coffee, Books and More. Nathan Pike, mystery author, has arrived back in town to work on his latest novel. He will be staying at the South Cove Bed and Breakfast. Greg King, South Cove PD’s only detective and Jill’s boyfriend, is less thrilled with his presence since Nathan will be shadowing him for the next month. On the weekend, Jill, Greg, Aunt Jac Hospitality and Homicide by Lynn Cahoon is the eighth book in A Tourist Trap Mystery series. Jill Gardner lives in South Cove, California and owns Coffee, Books and More. Nathan Pike, mystery author, has arrived back in town to work on his latest novel. He will be staying at the South Cove Bed and Breakfast. Greg King, South Cove PD’s only detective and Jill’s boyfriend, is less thrilled with his presence since Nathan will be shadowing him for the next month. On the weekend, Jill, Greg, Aunt Jackie and her beau, Harold along with Nathan visit the Jensen Farm. There is an old olive tree on the property that is called the Judas tree (scene of several suicides). One evening Greg and Jill are preparing to cook dinner when Greg brings up the idea of them moving in together. Jill is unprepared for Greg’s suggestion and glad when he is called away to a crime scene. Jill later hears that the owner of the Beal Street B&B, Walter Knicely, was found murdered on the Judas tree. It turns out that the scene was staged just like a scene in the novel Nathan is writing. Nathan becomes a prime suspect in Walter’s death. Jill’s curiosity soon has her working to solve this latest murder. But Jill cannot devote all her time to the case. She is contemplating letting Greg move in with her. Jill is not sure if she is ready for such a big step (she has yet to tell Greg those three special words). Of course, everyone in town has an opinion (and has placed a bet on the outcome). Then there is the missing boy and interviewing perspective employees. Life is never dull in South Cove. Hospitality and Homicide is easy to read, and it has a good pace. Ms. Cahoon has a lovely, conversational writing style. It was nice to revisit the characters in the series and see how they are getting along. I found Hospitality and Homicide to have more of the cozy element than most cozy mysteries. More time is devoted to Jill working, going to school, jogging, dating, walking Emma and eating. We get to see how Aunt Jackie is faring with her new beau, check up on the romance between Sasha and Toby, and discover Esmerelda’s problem with her latest client. The mystery was very simple and extremely easy to solve. The suspect pool is exceedingly limited. The motive for the murder is feeble. The books in A Tourist Trap Mystery series are best read in order. Otherwise, you will be a little bewildered (missing important bits of information). I give Hospitality and Homicide 3 out of 5 stars. Several things are repeated throughout the book (examples: Jill’s dislike of her business class, Jill states she is afraid of Aunt Jackie’s wrath when she is late or forgets something, Jill being afraid to commit to Greg or say I love you to him). I found a couple of contradictions in the book. Nathan Pike’s character is described one way at the beginning of the story (afraid of crowds for example) and later is very chatty and a charmer. I found the case of the missing child to be confusing. At one point, it is stated that the courts have declared the young boy to be dead which was why the police were no longer looking for him. Later, it seems the boy has only been missing a short time (days). Which is it? I am hoping for a more complex mystery and more attention to details in Killer Party, the next book in A Tourist Trap Mystery series.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lark of The Bookwyrm's Hoard

    It’s always fun spending time in South Cove, and I enjoyed my eighth visit there. By this time, most of the residents are old acquaintances. I was happy to see that Jill and Greg are finally discussing the next stage in their relationship. (It’s about time!) Aunt Jackie is softening her edges a little; Harrold is good for her. But I’m worried about her health. Things are changing on other fronts, too, with a new clock shop in town, and changes ahead for Sasha and Toby. That said, the mysteries—a It’s always fun spending time in South Cove, and I enjoyed my eighth visit there. By this time, most of the residents are old acquaintances. I was happy to see that Jill and Greg are finally discussing the next stage in their relationship. (It’s about time!) Aunt Jackie is softening her edges a little; Harrold is good for her. But I’m worried about her health. Things are changing on other fronts, too, with a new clock shop in town, and changes ahead for Sasha and Toby. That said, the mysteries—a missing boy and a murdered B&B owner—didn’t feel like the focus of the book. Although the boy is missing from the start, and the murder occurs fairly early on, Jill doesn’t really get started on investigating until quite late in the story. The beginning and some of the middle are taken up with the concerns of her everyday life: her shop, Coffee, Books & More; studying for her business classes at a nearby university; and the fraught question of whether she and Greg should move in together. When there are developments in one or the other of the mysteries, they occur and Jill is involved or hears about it, rather than Jill actively investigating. On the one hand, that is more realistic and makes sense, given Jill’s personality and situation: she’s on the town’s business council; she’s the girlfriend of the town’s police detective; she lives across the street from the police secretary/dispatcher; and she’s best friends with someone who works in the mayor’s office. Naturally, in such a small town, she’s bound to hear about or be connected in some way to almost everything that takes place. And while she’s innately curious and a natural detective, she knows Greg doesn’t want her involving herself in his investigations, so she tries to hold back. Given the distractions of her daily life, I suppose she was more successful than usual this time. But it made for a somewhat lopsided mystery, with most of the clues and revelations coming toward the end. Book 9 in the series, Killer Party, is due out in July. I hope Jill is a little more engaged in the mystery this time around, but I’ll be looking forward to it regardless. The Tourist Trap mysteries are light, cozy, and fun, a good choice for a hot summer afternoon. Review originally published at The Bookwyrm's Hoard. #CleanSweep 2017

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

    Well, the aunt was a bit nicer in this one. I found this entry in the series, as well as the next one, REALLY needed a better editor. There were SO MANY ERRORS in these two. There were many typos. There were continuity errors. Also, correct me if I'm wrong, but in the beginning, the author's depicted as being VERY self-effacing and uncomfortable with their notoriety. But VERY quickly he becomes the complete opposite. And it's not a plot point...there's no real reason why. Other than that, this o Well, the aunt was a bit nicer in this one. I found this entry in the series, as well as the next one, REALLY needed a better editor. There were SO MANY ERRORS in these two. There were many typos. There were continuity errors. Also, correct me if I'm wrong, but in the beginning, the author's depicted as being VERY self-effacing and uncomfortable with their notoriety. But VERY quickly he becomes the complete opposite. And it's not a plot point...there's no real reason why. Other than that, this one was fine. It was super short, but it was okay.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)

    This is one of my favorite series so I knew this would be like meeting up with old friends. :) 4.5 rating. Jill Gardner has gone back to college and it's kind of kicking her butt because as much as she would like to learn more about marketing to run her business it's kind of boring to read about. Not only does she have to deal with that but she still has to work at Coffee Books 'n More and they have a fairly famous author Nathan coming to do an event. There are two B&B's in South Cove and it's a t This is one of my favorite series so I knew this would be like meeting up with old friends. :) 4.5 rating. Jill Gardner has gone back to college and it's kind of kicking her butt because as much as she would like to learn more about marketing to run her business it's kind of boring to read about. Not only does she have to deal with that but she still has to work at Coffee Books 'n More and they have a fairly famous author Nathan coming to do an event. There are two B&B's in South Cove and it's a tourist town so they have plenty of customers so there really is not big rival between them, but then one of them turns up dead. Or is there? Walter, is killed exactly like a scene from Nathan's newest work in progress. Nathan gets arrested because Greg, her cop boyfriend has had to let him ride along with him and he read him that death scene so he seems like the most likely suspect. Jill really tries to stay out of things but she just can't help wanting to solve a puzzle and find out who really killed Walter. Not only does she have all this going on but her best worker Sasha, who has been getting a marketing degree as well, has an internship she can't pass up working with a publishing company. So now she has to find a new employee and finding one to take over all the things Sasha did will be hard to do. Jill is so busy that she really hasn't come up with a suspect until it's to late and she is in dangers sights once again. Jill is one of my favorite characters. I want a shop like hers as it's the perfect blend of coffees and books. I also like how she has been taking her time with her relationship with Greg, though mainly it's because she is a little hesitant because of past relationships. Greg wants to move in and so it's pushing her to think more about their relationship and what she wants. Greg is a very patient man because even though he tries to keep her out of harms way she always seems to find her way there. They are probably my favorite cozy mystery couple. :) The secondary characters are pretty cool too and I am going to miss Sasha. The author has done another great job with this one and it even mentions the main character from her other series! I like a little intermingling between the two. :)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rosemary K

    Jill Gardner lives in South Cove. This lovely coastal town is filled with charm and good people except for the person who murdered Walter Knicely. Jill is busy with her store and her college courses. Her relationship with Greg King is moving to the next level. But that doesn't stop her from investigating the crime. Can she help find who did it? I like Jill. She's a smart and caring woman who knows how to get people to confide in her. Greg is a South Cove police detective. He's a patient and lovi Jill Gardner lives in South Cove. This lovely coastal town is filled with charm and good people except for the person who murdered Walter Knicely. Jill is busy with her store and her college courses. Her relationship with Greg King is moving to the next level. But that doesn't stop her from investigating the crime. Can she help find who did it? I like Jill. She's a smart and caring woman who knows how to get people to confide in her. Greg is a South Cove police detective. He's a patient and loving man who is dedicated to his job and to Jill. They make a great couple. These characters are easy to care for. I felt as if I knew them as well as the rest of the town's people. This mystery is well written and has a multitude of suspects. Lynn Cahoon has written a suspenseful story with some unexpected twists that kept me guessing until the very end. The romance between Jill and Greg is romantic and adds a sweet touch to this cozy mystery. I'm enjoying The Tourist Trap Mysteries. I'm looking forward to more cozy mysteries in South Cove. I received a copy of this book which I voluntarily read. My comments are my honest opinion.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Connie

    I have read almost every book in this series and have enjoyed seeing how the characters grow and their friendships become deeper with time. While this is book 8 I believe it works well as a standalone; however it’s such an enjoyable series, you shouldn’t miss any of the books. The characters are an interesting and original group. They are fun, sometimes tease each other and are very caring—most of them are the kind of people I’d love to have as friends. I like the setting too. Imagine owning a c I have read almost every book in this series and have enjoyed seeing how the characters grow and their friendships become deeper with time. While this is book 8 I believe it works well as a standalone; however it’s such an enjoyable series, you shouldn’t miss any of the books. The characters are an interesting and original group. They are fun, sometimes tease each other and are very caring—most of them are the kind of people I’d love to have as friends. I like the setting too. Imagine owning a coffee shop/bookstore like the main character Jill, and having your aunt Jackie, who is on top of things, if not a bit bossy, running it for you. Jill’s boyfriend Greg is a police Officer—which comes in handy because Jill likes to solve puzzles and sometimes gets in over her head while investigating the latest murder mystery. The author always neatly ties up the mystery in a way that is believable, and while there are some clues, I wasn’t positive who the guilty party was until near the end of the book. I’m looking forward to the next in the series, and I hope the author never tires of writing about the fictional people who live in South Cove, California.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lin

    This is the eighth installment of the “Tourist Trap Mystery” series. The author has created a series that is fun to read, has a great pace, has characters that are well developed, and a cozy mystery environment. Jill Gardner lives and works in South Cove, California. Her store, “Coffee, Books and More” keeps her busy, but not too busy to let curiosity get the better of her. Detective Greg King; and Jill’s boyfriend, is not too pleased when a “Castle-esk” mystery writer by the name of Nathan Pike This is the eighth installment of the “Tourist Trap Mystery” series. The author has created a series that is fun to read, has a great pace, has characters that are well developed, and a cozy mystery environment. Jill Gardner lives and works in South Cove, California. Her store, “Coffee, Books and More” keeps her busy, but not too busy to let curiosity get the better of her. Detective Greg King; and Jill’s boyfriend, is not too pleased when a “Castle-esk” mystery writer by the name of Nathan Pike arrives in town to work on his latest novel. Nathan has chosen Greg to be his “muse” and will be shadowing him for the next month. Things get a bit uncomfortable when Greg brings up to Jill the idea of moving in together. Jill is unprepared to respond and is actually pleased he’s called away to a crime scene. Jill later learns that a fellow merchant, Walter Knicely; owner of the Beal Street B&B was found murdered. Life is never dull in South Cove.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    When I open one of the Tourist Trap books, I feel like I'm catching up with old friends. Jill Gardner is fiercely independent, however, she is working on her commitment fears in this story. When author Nathan Pike visits their quiet town, Detective Greg King isn't excited that the well-known author will be his shadow. For the next Mon, Nathan Pike will follow Greg while on the job. The author prefers to experience what his characters will go through, it keeps the creative juices flowing. What Nathan When I open one of the Tourist Trap books, I feel like I'm catching up with old friends. Jill Gardner is fiercely independent, however, she is working on her commitment fears in this story. When author Nathan Pike visits their quiet town, Detective Greg King isn't excited that the well-known author will be his shadow. For the next Mon, Nathan Pike will follow Greg while on the job. The author prefers to experience what his characters will go through, it keeps the creative juices flowing. What Nathan doesn't expect is to be smack dab in the middle of a real life murder. The story flowed smoothly and I read this book from cover to cover in a few hours. I voluntarily read an ARC of this book provided by the publisher and NetGalley.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    When author Nathan Pike comes to South Cove, CA to do a book signing and work on his book little did he know that his book would be part of a murder. Jill the book store owner loves solving puzzles and this murder is definitely one that even her cop boyfriend is having a hard time solving. Will Jill be able to figure out who did it or will she be the next victim. First time reading this book and didn’t realize it was book 8. You can read this as a stand alone book and not feel lost. I enjoyed re When author Nathan Pike comes to South Cove, CA to do a book signing and work on his book little did he know that his book would be part of a murder. Jill the book store owner loves solving puzzles and this murder is definitely one that even her cop boyfriend is having a hard time solving. Will Jill be able to figure out who did it or will she be the next victim. First time reading this book and didn’t realize it was book 8. You can read this as a stand alone book and not feel lost. I enjoyed reading it and was sad to end this story. A fun read that you should pick up. I am now excited I can go back and read the entire series!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    If I would've known about this series when it started I would've been all up in this from that moment but I didn't hence the reason I started at book 8 *shaking fist in the air in frustration* It's well written, set in a wonderful location, has coffee AND books, the characters are fun and the mystery is compelling. Will be sneaking around trying to find the entire series now, after I've read book 9 which I have on my kindle. *Huge thanks to Lynn Cahoon, Kensington Books and NetGalley for this copy If I would've known about this series when it started I would've been all up in this from that moment but I didn't hence the reason I started at book 8 *shaking fist in the air in frustration* It's well written, set in a wonderful location, has coffee AND books, the characters are fun and the mystery is compelling. Will be sneaking around trying to find the entire series now, after I've read book 9 which I have on my kindle. *Huge thanks to Lynn Cahoon, Kensington Books and NetGalley for this copy which I chose to read and all opinions are my own*

  23. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    This was another fun trip to South Cove in the latest installment of the Tourist Trap cozy mysteries featuring Jill Gardner. One of the town's 2 B&B owners has been murdered and when her police chief boyfriend can't crack the case it's up to Jill to lend a hand. This also had an intriguing secondary mystery about a missing boy that kept me anxiously reading to find out what happened to him. All in all a wonderful trip back to South Cove and I can't wait till July 2017 for my next excursion!!! This was another fun trip to South Cove in the latest installment of the Tourist Trap cozy mysteries featuring Jill Gardner. One of the town's 2 B&B owners has been murdered and when her police chief boyfriend can't crack the case it's up to Jill to lend a hand. This also had an intriguing secondary mystery about a missing boy that kept me anxiously reading to find out what happened to him. All in all a wonderful trip back to South Cove and I can't wait till July 2017 for my next excursion!!!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jeanie Jackson

    I love Jill's friend in South Cove and look forward to keeping up with their lives as much as I enjoy the mysteries of the town. Esmeralda has her own mystery to address, things are changing at the bookstore, and the big news is a possible shift in Jill and Greg's relationship. The murder is both sad and disturbing and Jill is frustrated as she doesn't have much time to put into investigating as work and her classes take so much of her time. I love Jill's friend in South Cove and look forward to keeping up with their lives as much as I enjoy the mysteries of the town. Esmeralda has her own mystery to address, things are changing at the bookstore, and the big news is a possible shift in Jill and Greg's relationship. The murder is both sad and disturbing and Jill is frustrated as she doesn't have much time to put into investigating as work and her classes take so much of her time.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    **I voluntarily reviewed this ARC** This is the first book I've read in this series, but I had no problem following along. The characters were very well written and realistic. The mystery was great with a shocking twist. **I voluntarily reviewed this ARC** This is the first book I've read in this series, but I had no problem following along. The characters were very well written and realistic. The mystery was great with a shocking twist.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Toni

    4 stars I always look forward to reading a Tourist Trap mystery as soon as it comes available to read. This is one of my favorite series. Jill Gardner finds herself in a bit of a pickle when Greg pops the question… okay, not “that” question but the “should we move in together” question. And strangely she finds herself undecided. Then her long-timer worker, Sasha, decides to go back to school and in the meantime dumps an unsuspecting Toby. Then Esmerelda gets into so much hot water that she is bes 4 stars I always look forward to reading a Tourist Trap mystery as soon as it comes available to read. This is one of my favorite series. Jill Gardner finds herself in a bit of a pickle when Greg pops the question… okay, not “that” question but the “should we move in together” question. And strangely she finds herself undecided. Then her long-timer worker, Sasha, decides to go back to school and in the meantime dumps an unsuspecting Toby. Then Esmerelda gets into so much hot water that she is best supporting character in this tome. Needless to say, conflict abounds. And that is before you add in the mysterious death of Walter to the mix. He dies just like a long-time legend that author Nathan Pike has been researching. It is an awesome storyline. This is just cheesecake to me. Sooo good that I just can’t get enough. Definitely check this stellar series out. I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank Net Galley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne

    I didn't care for the characters nor style of this one. Dragged for me I didn't care for the characters nor style of this one. Dragged for me

  28. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Wilcox

    Loved it! Loved it! Loved it! Jill is fabulous, her aunt drives me nuts, Greg is wonderful, I could go on and on. Lynn knows how to write a mystery with great side stories to keep you coming back for more. In to the next one immediately!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kay

    Really liked Hospitality and Homicide. A nice blend of town folks, murder mystery and romance.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jeanie

    Wow! If I knew how much I was missing in this series, I would have started it a long time ago! This is an exciting mystery with a delightful romance woven throughout. The setting of South Cove, California sounds gorgeous with the ocean nearby – I already want to go there in armchair land, and Jill’s store, Coffee, Books and More sounds like a place I would really love. Jill’s Aunt Jackie is manager of the book store and coffee shop while Jill is studying for a business degree. She has practiced a Wow! If I knew how much I was missing in this series, I would have started it a long time ago! This is an exciting mystery with a delightful romance woven throughout. The setting of South Cove, California sounds gorgeous with the ocean nearby – I already want to go there in armchair land, and Jill’s store, Coffee, Books and More sounds like a place I would really love. Jill’s Aunt Jackie is manager of the book store and coffee shop while Jill is studying for a business degree. She has practiced as an attorney, but left the law for a business of her own. Now that she has the shop, Jackie helped her see how she could benefit from classes in business management. She is studying for final exams before summer break, and life is as topsy-turvy as ever. Jill has been dating Greg, a police detective, for a couple years. He wants to know if she is ready for them to live together. A commitment-phobe, Jill won’t commit to anything yet other than thinking about it. Nathan Pike, a well-known author, is in town to stage his next thriller there. The mayor gave him full run of the police station, including asking any questions of Greg. Nathan had run a scenario for where a murderer leaves a victim by Greg to see if it could work. Unfortunately, he body of Walter, owner of Beal Street Bed and Breakfast is found murdered in the exact place and position from Nathan’s draft. Greg doesn’t want Jill involved in his investigations, despite her love of solving puzzles. He won’t discuss open cases with her; his deputy and her part time barista is not allowed to, either. She really does a good job of trying to stay out of it…after all, she has exams, a valuable part-time employee to replace, and of course, make a decision on whether to live together with Greg. Little tidbits keep dropping in her lap, including the mother of a student in one of Jill’s classes offering information. Just asking a few questions here and there, places she has to go anyway, can’t hurt anything…can it? I like Jill and her friends! She has many contacts in the community, especially since she is on the city council and the business to business group. At first it seems like there are too many people to remember, but the author has a special place in the community for each one. Most are likeable, a few like Esmerelda, who does psychic readings part time while working as a police dispatcher full time, are eccentric. Aunt Jackie sounds like a real triple Type A personality. When I begin to read from earlier mysteries, I will learn much more about her before dating Harrold, who does his best to temper her. The primary characters are very well-defined, and others are as much as necessary for their roles. Oh, and Emma – love Jill’s large pup, Emma, her companion, running partner, and a gift from Greg from their early dating days. The plot grabbed and held on to my attention from the beginning (or maybe it is the coffee)? There are surprising twists and turns every time it seemed that this reader knew who might be the bad guy/ gal, keeping me on my armchair sleuth toes. There was a red herring that seemed to come out of left field, until the true bad guy/ gal took me by complete surprise. The solution is astonishing, wrapping up a mystery that was by turns fun and breathtaking. I highly recommend Hospitality and Homicide; there is never a dull moment when Jill is on the scene! From a grateful heart: I received this eBook from the publisher and NetGalley and this is my honest review.

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