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For a gang of old college buddies, the quaint resort town of South Cove, California, is the perfect spot for a no-holds-barred bachelor party. But for Jill Gardner—owner of Coffee, Books and More—this stag party is going to be murder . . . After a few months of living with her boyfriend Greg, Jill is still getting used to sharing such close quarters, but she’s got no hesita For a gang of old college buddies, the quaint resort town of South Cove, California, is the perfect spot for a no-holds-barred bachelor party. But for Jill Gardner—owner of Coffee, Books and More—this stag party is going to be murder . . . After a few months of living with her boyfriend Greg, Jill is still getting used to sharing such close quarters, but she’s got no hesitation about joining him for a weekend at South Cove’s most luxurious resort. While Greg and his college pals celebrate their buddy’s upcoming wedding, Jill intends to pamper herself in style. But when the groom is found floating facedown in the pool, Jill must find the killer fast, or she might not have a boyfriend to come home to any more . . .


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For a gang of old college buddies, the quaint resort town of South Cove, California, is the perfect spot for a no-holds-barred bachelor party. But for Jill Gardner—owner of Coffee, Books and More—this stag party is going to be murder . . . After a few months of living with her boyfriend Greg, Jill is still getting used to sharing such close quarters, but she’s got no hesita For a gang of old college buddies, the quaint resort town of South Cove, California, is the perfect spot for a no-holds-barred bachelor party. But for Jill Gardner—owner of Coffee, Books and More—this stag party is going to be murder . . . After a few months of living with her boyfriend Greg, Jill is still getting used to sharing such close quarters, but she’s got no hesitation about joining him for a weekend at South Cove’s most luxurious resort. While Greg and his college pals celebrate their buddy’s upcoming wedding, Jill intends to pamper herself in style. But when the groom is found floating facedown in the pool, Jill must find the killer fast, or she might not have a boyfriend to come home to any more . . .

30 review for Killer Party

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chatting About

    Lynn Cahoon notches up another Tourist Trap Mystery winner in Book 9. I always enjoy visiting the South Cove, California beach setting where Jill Gardner has made a rousing success of Coffee, Books and More. Her boyfriend, Greg is in the spotlight as he and a group of college buddies gather with their wives and/or significant others at a local historical hotel/museum--The Castle--for a bachelors party. Things quickly turn sour when the groom-to-be, Levi, is discovered floating facedown in the po Lynn Cahoon notches up another Tourist Trap Mystery winner in Book 9. I always enjoy visiting the South Cove, California beach setting where Jill Gardner has made a rousing success of Coffee, Books and More. Her boyfriend, Greg is in the spotlight as he and a group of college buddies gather with their wives and/or significant others at a local historical hotel/museum--The Castle--for a bachelors party. Things quickly turn sour when the groom-to-be, Levi, is discovered floating facedown in the pool. Greg is sidelined in his detective duties as his fellow officers search for leads. Jill and their friends have his back and I quickly recognized familiar faces as they network behind the scenes to slot all the mystery pieces into place. I also found the secondary mystery concerning the new business owner in town interesting. Ms. Cahoon highlights various ongoing relationships between characters this time, and I admit I was pretty shocked by one couple at the end of this book and can hardly wait to find out what's going to happen in book 10. I voluntarily reviewed an advance copy of this book for NetGalley and the publisher, Kensington.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Ks Book Reviews

    KILLER PARTY is a killer read! How does author Lynn Cahoon continuously write book after book in this series, but always make them feel new, fresh, and intriguing? There are of course other authors who pull it off as well, but Ms. Cahoon truly has the gift for it. Honestly, I don’t care how she does it, because as long as she does, I’ll keep reading them! Book nine (Wow! Already?) in the Tourist Trap Mysteries, KILLER PARTY, is another mind blowing whodunit that had me alternating between smiling, KILLER PARTY is a killer read! How does author Lynn Cahoon continuously write book after book in this series, but always make them feel new, fresh, and intriguing? There are of course other authors who pull it off as well, but Ms. Cahoon truly has the gift for it. Honestly, I don’t care how she does it, because as long as she does, I’ll keep reading them! Book nine (Wow! Already?) in the Tourist Trap Mysteries, KILLER PARTY, is another mind blowing whodunit that had me alternating between smiling, and having my jaw dropped throughout the entire book. There was so much going on in this story at any given time, and that made it very hard for me to put it down! It has been really interesting to see how series lead, Jill Gardner and Greg King have grown throughout their relationship. Now living together, they seem to be on the right track for a very happy future. As for Lynn and her Aunt Jackie, I sometimes wonder how their relationship will be in upcoming books. I know they love each other, but I can’t help but feel author Cahoon has something unexpected on the way for those two. Hmmm. Each time I finish a book in the Tourist Trap Mysteries, I’m both sad and excited. Sad of course because the book is over. And excited because I know a new one is out there on it’s to us! Hopefully we don’t have to wait too long! Do you hear me, Lynn? ;-)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    Jill Gardiner and her boy friend Greg have moved in together and are adjusting to joint habitation. Greg's high school friends invite them to the bachelor party for Levi Walters. The party is held at the Castle in South Cove.The first night champagne flow like water. The next morning Levi is from dead in the pool. Since Greg knew the victim the neighboring police department is called in to investigate the case. Greg gives Jill the green-light to examine the crime. The ending ends with a cliff ha Jill Gardiner and her boy friend Greg have moved in together and are adjusting to joint habitation. Greg's high school friends invite them to the bachelor party for Levi Walters. The party is held at the Castle in South Cove.The first night champagne flow like water. The next morning Levi is from dead in the pool. Since Greg knew the victim the neighboring police department is called in to investigate the case. Greg gives Jill the green-light to examine the crime. The ending ends with a cliff hanger. I high!y recommend the book and series. Disclosure: I received a free copy from Lyrical Underground 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.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Meg

    A good, quick, easy read. It was fun to 'visit with' the regular cast of characters again. It could have used a little editing, especially where commas are concerned, but I barreled through it. On to the next!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Late last night I finished Killer Party by Lynn Cahoon. This long running series is a favorite of mine and this one did not disappoint. Great friction, mystery and compelling relationships in this cozy mystery. I loved the setting, a grand Castle and the idea of the hotel attached to it and in it. Easy to picture the setting and I liked the way Lynn wrote about her character's relationships and town happenings. This town gets more interesting by the book!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

    This was a fun summer read! I love our main characters, Jill & Greg. :) They're likeable and well-rounded. I've enjoyed watching their relationship grow over the last eight books. In this ninth one, they have recently moved in together and are both getting used to that new dynamic in their relationship.  The side characters in this installment were something else. Zany, crazy, and wild for sure. Thank goodness Jill has lots of experience in dealing with over-the-top personalities and good old-fas This was a fun summer read! I love our main characters, Jill & Greg. :) They're likeable and well-rounded. I've enjoyed watching their relationship grow over the last eight books. In this ninth one, they have recently moved in together and are both getting used to that new dynamic in their relationship.  The side characters in this installment were something else. Zany, crazy, and wild for sure. Thank goodness Jill has lots of experience in dealing with over-the-top personalities and good old-fashioned vanity because she's got her hands full of them this weekend! There aren't a lot of setting descriptions here (partially because it IS the 9th book in the series and we've had lots of descriptions of the town up until now), but what are there are enough. They're not too wordy and flowery, but they aren't stark either. They provide enough information for you to be able to imagine the setting well.  The plot line was interesting and moved along steadily.  I did have an idea of who the killer was but was never sure until it was revealed. There were definitely a lot of suspects who could have done it and the author kept me guessing until just before the ending. All in all, a great addition to the series!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sherry

    A Blast from the Past! Jill & boyfriend Greg are spending the weekend at The Castle with a group of Greg's old high school friends & their wives. The main event is a celebration of the upcoming wedding of Levi & Jessica. Unfortunately all goes awry when the groom-to- be's body is found floating in the pool. Jill, of course, finds herself investigating the crime. There are so many suspects with numerous reasons for wanting Levi dead. Greg & Jill's relationship is challenged as secrets swirl. Jill, A Blast from the Past! Jill & boyfriend Greg are spending the weekend at The Castle with a group of Greg's old high school friends & their wives. The main event is a celebration of the upcoming wedding of Levi & Jessica. Unfortunately all goes awry when the groom-to- be's body is found floating in the pool. Jill, of course, finds herself investigating the crime. There are so many suspects with numerous reasons for wanting Levi dead. Greg & Jill's relationship is challenged as secrets swirl. Jill, finds herself stretched as she investigates, runs her shop, deals with Aunt Jackie's upcoming nuptials, & strengthening her bond with Greg. I found this to be a very entertaining whodunnit with lots of plot twists & a bit of a cliff hanger to tantalize the reader for the next adventure.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kristine (A Cozy Booknook)

    I always look forward to a new Tourist Trap Mystery, this one does not disappoint. The story quickly drew me in and had me wanting to know what was going to happen next. The characters feel like old friends, they grow and evolve with each new story lending to their realism and believability. I look forward to reading what happens next. I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. My review has been voluntarily submitted.

  9. 4 out of 5

    K.M.

    Number nine in the series does not disappoint! I think this series just keeps getting better! The series is engaging and I couldn't put this book down! I love 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 reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    K.A. Davis

    KILLER PARTY, the ninth book in the Tourist Trap Mystery series by Lynn Cahoon, is a delightful summer read! It starts by inviting you in with its colorful poolside party cover… you can almost smell the Coppertone and feel the warm California sun on your skin. From there the story unfolds for an entertaining read as the protagonist, Jill Gardner, attends a weekend-long bachelor/bachelorette party with her boyfriend and the Chief Detective of South Cove, Greg. It’s the first chance she’s had to m KILLER PARTY, the ninth book in the Tourist Trap Mystery series by Lynn Cahoon, is a delightful summer read! It starts by inviting you in with its colorful poolside party cover… you can almost smell the Coppertone and feel the warm California sun on your skin. From there the story unfolds for an entertaining read as the protagonist, Jill Gardner, attends a weekend-long bachelor/bachelorette party with her boyfriend and the Chief Detective of South Cove, Greg. It’s the first chance she’s had to meet his old school friends and it gives readers the opportunity to get to know Greg better as we glimpse moments of his younger years. Jill is the outsider of the group and at times feels awkward around the other women. She would rather be back home tending to her shop, Coffee, Books and More. The author captures that feeling and makes me believe I’m not the only one to have that reaction to potentially uncomfortable social situations. When the groom-to-be is found murdered at “The Castle” where the group is staying, Jill finds that Greg and his friends seem to have a secret from their youth that they try to keep hidden. Since the victim was one of Greg’s friends, he’s not allowed to investigate so he conspires to have Jill do some digging around… something she would do anyway. But he still refuses to share the secret that haunts the friends. The twists and turns that form the plot kept me turning pages as Jill uncovers several suspects from the wedding party who might have wanted the groom-to-be dead. I was totally unprepared for the exciting reveal and conclusion! Lynn introduces some charming new characters that I hope will have a continued presence in future books. She has also developed several relationships that are growing and changing as any real relationship would and left me anxious to read the next book just as soon as possible! I received an advance copy with the hopes I would review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)

    I love the Tourist Trap Mystery series from Lynn Cahoon, and it just gets better with each new book. Jill is one of my fave amateur sleuths because a) she owns a bookstore, b) she reads books I recognize, and c) she is the kind of person I would want as a friend. She’s witty, kind, and intelligent – and she loves her friends, family, and her golden retriever Emma. The town of South Cove is another favorite element of the series for me, and in Killer Party we meet some new people and revisit famil I love the Tourist Trap Mystery series from Lynn Cahoon, and it just gets better with each new book. Jill is one of my fave amateur sleuths because a) she owns a bookstore, b) she reads books I recognize, and c) she is the kind of person I would want as a friend. She’s witty, kind, and intelligent – and she loves her friends, family, and her golden retriever Emma. The town of South Cove is another favorite element of the series for me, and in Killer Party we meet some new people and revisit familiar faces. Each book works fine as a standalone but you’ll have a better idea of who everyone is and the dynamics in play if you’ve read at least one or two other books in the Tourist Trap Mystery series. Despite the frequent murders and mayhem that seem to fall on South Cove, this is one cozy-mystery town that I would happily visit for a vacation. You’ll find me hanging out in Jill’s coffee shop/bookstore, in case there was any question. The mystery in Killer Party kept me guessing at every turn – as well as a couple of subplots that kept me on my toes. One in particular takes a doozy of a twist at the end of the book, leaving me frantically stalking the interwebs for word on the next book in the series. (Don’t worry, fellow cliffhanger loathers – the main mystery is solved and neatly tucked away.) Bottom Line: I want to be Jill. Perhaps minus the murders she seems to encounter. Ok, so I really just want to own a bookstore. Since that’s not likely to happen, I’m going to continue to live vicariously through her and her adventures in South Cove, California. The characters in Killer Party are layered as well as relatable, and the mystery is well-plotted and nicely paced. If you’re a cozy mystery fan and you haven’t yet discovered the Tourist Trap Mystery series by Lynn Cahoon, you’re really missing out! (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book) first seen at Reading Is My SuperPower

  12. 5 out of 5

    Peggy R

    This is only the second book that I have read in this series but I have quickly become hooked on the characters and mysteries. This installment is a fast paced who-dun-it that will have the readers guessing and flying through the pages to find out the identity of the murder. I love the characters in this book. They are well developed, complex multi-dimensional characters but there is still much to learn about them and plenty of growth for each of them. I thought the mystery was well done. The su This is only the second book that I have read in this series but I have quickly become hooked on the characters and mysteries. This installment is a fast paced who-dun-it that will have the readers guessing and flying through the pages to find out the identity of the murder. I love the characters in this book. They are well developed, complex multi-dimensional characters but there is still much to learn about them and plenty of growth for each of them. I thought the mystery was well done. The suspects were plentiful and plausible and I really didn't guess the identity of the killer. This person was no where on my radar. I can't wait for more books in this series, but until the next one I will attempt to catch up on the books I have missed. If you are fan of this series, I don't think you are going to want to miss this one - especially with how it ended. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book provided to me by the publisher through Netgalley.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    When a group of old friends, who grew up together, went to high school and college together, and shared one major secret come to town for a reunion, Jill is the new kid in the crowd, thanks to her relationship with live-in boyfriend (and cop) Greg. when the seeming leader of this friends group, and the soon to be groom ends up dead in the pool, Greg can not investigate officially. He is too close to the case. Usually he wants Jill to keep her nose out of things that might result in her being put When a group of old friends, who grew up together, went to high school and college together, and shared one major secret come to town for a reunion, Jill is the new kid in the crowd, thanks to her relationship with live-in boyfriend (and cop) Greg. when the seeming leader of this friends group, and the soon to be groom ends up dead in the pool, Greg can not investigate officially. He is too close to the case. Usually he wants Jill to keep her nose out of things that might result in her being put in a dangerous situation, but he knows she won't sit quietly and let another detective run the show. He agrees that they can quietly look for clues together. The trouble is, when Jill discovers what she considers interesting information, Greg doesn't seem to care. The victim, Levi, is soon to be married to a mysterious girl with an unusual accent. Levi is a multimillionaire and something of a bully and manipulator. Did one of the friends have more than enough or was it a business deal gone wrong? The motives seem many and far ranged. Besides Jill looking into clues, she has a business to run, civic duties she is involved in, and is starting classes at the local college, all while adjusting to having Greg living with her full time. This plot includes learning about Jill's relationships with her friends and community, along with getting to know Greg's friends. A dysfunctional bunch with many layers but no one seems to have the big three - motive means and opportunity. Nothing sinister is lining up clearly. The dangerous conclusion comes as a surprise both to the reader and to Jill. When the dust settles, she is back in the mix preparing for whatever challenges will be thrown at her next. I voluntarily reviewed an advance copy of this book for NetGalley and the publisher, Kensington

  14. 5 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    Another visit to South Cove, California finds our protagonist Jill Gardner adjusting to life having recently begun living with her boyfriend, police detective Greg. She had an extremely busy life with her recent life change, juggling college classes, her business and her aunt, who is planning her upcoming nuptials. Even with all she has on her plate, she makes time to spend a weekend at "The Castle" to celebrate the engagement of Greg's best friend as well as meeting all the guys and their wives Another visit to South Cove, California finds our protagonist Jill Gardner adjusting to life having recently begun living with her boyfriend, police detective Greg. She had an extremely busy life with her recent life change, juggling college classes, her business and her aunt, who is planning her upcoming nuptials. Even with all she has on her plate, she makes time to spend a weekend at "The Castle" to celebrate the engagement of Greg's best friend as well as meeting all the guys and their wives that Greg grew up with. When the guest of honor, Levi, is found dead floating in the pool, the party quickly becomes a group of people that are all considered suspects. When Greg is taken off the case because he was present at the party, he asks Jill to help him investigate. He feels responsible for Levi's death due to the fact that he was killed in his town. Jill does ask some questions and do some research, but she is careful not to put herself in danger. Will they be able to find the killer without The Castle becoming a victim as well? Will Greg find out that one of his friends is a murderer? I enjoyed this story very much. It was as much about relationships as the mystery itself. What are the implications when an engaged couple has one of them die? Will Greg and Jill be able to survive Greg's previous relationships? What will Greg find out about himself? There is a lot of soul searching going on as this mystery gets solved. The thing that knocked my rating down to 4 stars was the reveal at the end of the book. It seemed to come out of left field although it is explained at that time in the story. There is a bit of a suspenseful cliffhanger at the end involving one of the relationships in the story that I really want to find out what happened. I can't wait to read the next book in the series. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via netgalley.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Juli

    Jill Gardner returns in Killer Party, the 9th book in the Tourist Trap Mystery series. Jill is settling into her relationship with live-in boyfriend, Greg, while juggling her college classes and her business, Coffee, Books & More. Greg invites her to spend the weekend at local luxury hotel, The Castle, to join him for the annual reunion weekend with his best college buddies. Jill looks forward to meeting his old friends, relaxing by the pool and reading. Her plans change abruptly when one of Gre Jill Gardner returns in Killer Party, the 9th book in the Tourist Trap Mystery series. Jill is settling into her relationship with live-in boyfriend, Greg, while juggling her college classes and her business, Coffee, Books & More. Greg invites her to spend the weekend at local luxury hotel, The Castle, to join him for the annual reunion weekend with his best college buddies. Jill looks forward to meeting his old friends, relaxing by the pool and reading. Her plans change abruptly when one of Greg's friends is found dead, floating in the hotel pool. Could one of Greg's friends be a murderer? As usual, Lynn Cahoon delivers a great cozy mystery with this new Tourist Trap book. The mystery is well-paced, with lots of possible suspects and unexpected twists and turns. I enjoy Jill as a main character. She is intelligent, independent, and a skilled amateur detective. I like how she works together with Greg (a local police officer) to gather clues. The side characters -- Aunt Jackie, Brenda, Deek, Toby, Amy, etc -- add a nice depth to the story. This latest installment in the series kept me guessing until the end. Every time I thought I had it figured out, the story took a turn in another direction. The ending is great -- believable and surprising! Loved it! Lynn Cahoon is also the author of the Cat Latimer Mysteries series. For more information on the author and her books, check out her website: http://www.lynncahoon.com/ **I voluntarily read an advanced readers copy of this book from Kensington via NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.**

  16. 4 out of 5

    Gloria

    I can't believe that this is the ninth book in the Tourist Trap series. I have read and enjoyed all of the books. It is always fun to visit the residents of South Cove, CA especially to see what Jill Gardner is involved in. She has the best job as the owner of Coffee, Books and More. She always has some wonderful sounding sweet treats that her friend Sadie makes to sell in her shop and other places. Her boyfriend and police detective, Greg King, has moved in with Jill and Emma, her golden retrie I can't believe that this is the ninth book in the Tourist Trap series. I have read and enjoyed all of the books. It is always fun to visit the residents of South Cove, CA especially to see what Jill Gardner is involved in. She has the best job as the owner of Coffee, Books and More. She always has some wonderful sounding sweet treats that her friend Sadie makes to sell in her shop and other places. Her boyfriend and police detective, Greg King, has moved in with Jill and Emma, her golden retriever. At first, she wasn't sure she was ready for that next step but is beginning to enjoy sharing chores and expenses. Weddings are in the air in South Cove as Aunt Jackie and Harrold are to be married the next summer. Aunt Jackie is already hard at work making plans. Jill's BFF, Amy and her boyfriend, Justin just got engaged. As the story begins, Greg and Jill are attending an engagement weekend party for Greg's friend Levi and his bride to be, Jessica. The gathering includes friends from Greg's childhood and their spouses or better halves all set for a fun weekend. With all that going on, there is always a murder and Jill always puts on her sleuth hat to investigate. She can't help it. Greg usually tells her to stay out of it but this time, it strikes close to home and Greg is left out of the investigation and encourages Jill to find out what she can and she always finds out what is going. This is another fun read by Lynn Cahoon. I hope that she continues turning out the Tourist Trap series especially as this one ended in a little cliff hanger. Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read and give an honest review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews

    I'm not sure what it is with mysteries that I have read lately...but I never see the killer coming! With this book I'm trying to figure out who was involved and why, however I never figured this one out. The author does a great job of hiding clues (and there are some looking back) and throwing many red herrings in your path. And of course I love seeing Jill and Greg's relationship grow now that they have moved in together. There are a few moments where Jill continues to question the relationship, I'm not sure what it is with mysteries that I have read lately...but I never see the killer coming! With this book I'm trying to figure out who was involved and why, however I never figured this one out. The author does a great job of hiding clues (and there are some looking back) and throwing many red herrings in your path. And of course I love seeing Jill and Greg's relationship grow now that they have moved in together. There are a few moments where Jill continues to question the relationship, but she is coming along and accepting it more and more. And it looks like there will be some new residents to South Cove.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Vicki

    Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for an ARC of this novel in exchange for my honest review. Killer Party is the 9th book in Lynn Cahoon’s excellent Tourist Trap Mystery series. I love this series and am so glad I found it. In my opinion, there aren't a lot of really good cozies around these days. Having said that, I haven't seen any hints of future books for this series and can only hope there will be more tales in this great cozy series. I highly recommend this book for any one who li Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for an ARC of this novel in exchange for my honest review. Killer Party is the 9th book in Lynn Cahoon’s excellent Tourist Trap Mystery series. I love this series and am so glad I found it. In my opinion, there aren't a lot of really good cozies around these days. Having said that, I haven't seen any hints of future books for this series and can only hope there will be more tales in this great cozy series. I highly recommend this book for any one who likes a well-written cozy.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    First I want to thank Netgalley and Kensington Books for allowing me to read this story. I fell in love with Jill and South Cove California years ago when I picked up the first book in this series while on vacation. I can say the books have not disappointed me and in my opinion get better. In this story weddings are in the air. Jill's aunt Jackie is turning into Bridezilla, Amy is planning her wedding and Jill is meeting Greg's old school friends. Jill and Greg are staying at The Castle for the First I want to thank Netgalley and Kensington Books for allowing me to read this story. I fell in love with Jill and South Cove California years ago when I picked up the first book in this series while on vacation. I can say the books have not disappointed me and in my opinion get better. In this story weddings are in the air. Jill's aunt Jackie is turning into Bridezilla, Amy is planning her wedding and Jill is meeting Greg's old school friends. Jill and Greg are staying at The Castle for the weekend while Greg gets together with old friends during a stag party. When one of the old friends shows up dead, and Greg is shut out of the investigation he sanctions Jill's snooping to figure out who did it. Of course in typical Lynn Cahoon fashion she leaves me hanging and now I have to wait for the next book to get some very important answers!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    A weekend reunion of high school friends turns tragic when one of them winds up dead. Jill Gardner and Greg King are beginning to adjust to living together. A weekend filled with friends and fun should be appealing to Jill, but this group of friends seems a bit bizarre. Tension between the couples is evident and adding alcohol to this bunch is not a good mix. Finding his best friend dead is more than Greg can take and it's up to Jill to help him. Finding time to investigate is not easy as Jill's co A weekend reunion of high school friends turns tragic when one of them winds up dead. Jill Gardner and Greg King are beginning to adjust to living together. A weekend filled with friends and fun should be appealing to Jill, but this group of friends seems a bit bizarre. Tension between the couples is evident and adding alcohol to this bunch is not a good mix. Finding his best friend dead is more than Greg can take and it's up to Jill to help him. Finding time to investigate is not easy as Jill's coffee and book shop is busy and her Aunt Jackie is determined to have the wedding of the century. Jill won't give up until she finds the answers and digging into the backgrounds of Greg's friends is more than she bargained for. Cheating, backstabbing and secrets will cause your mind to spin as you get caught up in Killer Party, another fantastic book by the talented Lynn Cahoon. I voluntarily read an ARC of this book provided by the publisher and NetGalley.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Romero

    This is the ninth book in Lynn's Tourist Trap Series. With a weekend of luxury at The Castle, rented out by the groom, what more could a girl want? Especially when her hot cop boyfriend is part of the package.  On the first day Jill senses something is off with this group of Greg's old high school buddies and their wives. So when the groom turns up facedown in the pool, even Greg is on the sidelines.  Jill's suspect list is pretty long with everyone from the party as well as the new Russian Doll S This is the ninth book in Lynn's Tourist Trap Series. With a weekend of luxury at The Castle, rented out by the groom, what more could a girl want? Especially when her hot cop boyfriend is part of the package.  On the first day Jill senses something is off with this group of Greg's old high school buddies and their wives. So when the groom turns up facedown in the pool, even Greg is on the sidelines.  Jill's suspect list is pretty long with everyone from the party as well as the new Russian Doll Shop owner. Who seems to know the bride-to-be.  Lynn's characters have come a long way from the first book. They are well-developed and very loveable. They have become like good book friends. I love Deek and while Aunt Jackie wasn't my favorite character, this time I really felt her presence and there was a secondary mystery going on with her.  Can't wait for the next one, See you soon South Cove!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Anita

    Jill Gardner, owner of Coffee, Books and More, is just getting used to living with her boyfriend, Greg. They are meeting his college friends at the local resort, The Castle, for a bachelor party. When the groom is found floating in the pool, Jill needs to investigate Greg’s friends to find the culprit before someone else lies dead. I loved this cozy mystery. The plot was exciting and suspenseful, and I was surprised who the culprit was in the end. The setting reminds me of times at the beach, and Jill Gardner, owner of Coffee, Books and More, is just getting used to living with her boyfriend, Greg. They are meeting his college friends at the local resort, The Castle, for a bachelor party. When the groom is found floating in the pool, Jill needs to investigate Greg’s friends to find the culprit before someone else lies dead. I loved this cozy mystery. The plot was exciting and suspenseful, and I was surprised who the culprit was in the end. The setting reminds me of times at the beach, and I could envision a shop like Coffee, Books and More open near the shore. An Advanced Reading Copy was received in exchange for an honest review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    A who-done-it with a stable base of interesting characters and new ones for episode 6 in the Tourist Trap Mystery series. Jill Gardner's Coffee, Books and More is running smoothly. Her boyfriend Greg's childhood friends are all in South Cove at The Castle to celebrate Levi & Jessica's wedding. When someone ends up dead in the pool Greg has to step aside and let another county investigate. Greg's permission to Jill to look into the murder for him makes her happy but juggling everything in her life A who-done-it with a stable base of interesting characters and new ones for episode 6 in the Tourist Trap Mystery series. Jill Gardner's Coffee, Books and More is running smoothly. Her boyfriend Greg's childhood friends are all in South Cove at The Castle to celebrate Levi & Jessica's wedding. When someone ends up dead in the pool Greg has to step aside and let another county investigate. Greg's permission to Jill to look into the murder for him makes her happy but juggling everything in her life and finding time to connect with Greg is difficult. The ending left us hanging for the next episode in Jill's personal life.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Wilcox

    I seriously just love this series! Although, I felt like Jill and Greg were a little distant and I hope that doesn't mean unhappy things for the future. The murder mystery was great but I figured it out earlier than usual which was a bit of a bummer. This a fabulous installment and I will forever recommend this series. On to the next one now!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    Killer Party by Lynn Cahoon is the ninth book in A Tourist Trap Mystery series. Jill Gardner is packing for a weekend getaway with her boyfriend, Greg King and his friends. Greg’s childhood friend, Levi Walker is getting married, and he is holding a stag party weekend in South Cove at The Castle. Jill is looking forward to enjoying the spa services and escaping Aunt Jackie’s wedding planning while Greg reconnects with his friends. On Saturday, the men go on a boat excursion to “fish” (ingest alc Killer Party by Lynn Cahoon is the ninth book in A Tourist Trap Mystery series. Jill Gardner is packing for a weekend getaway with her boyfriend, Greg King and his friends. Greg’s childhood friend, Levi Walker is getting married, and he is holding a stag party weekend in South Cove at The Castle. Jill is looking forward to enjoying the spa services and escaping Aunt Jackie’s wedding planning while Greg reconnects with his friends. On Saturday, the men go on a boat excursion to “fish” (ingest alcohol) while Jill shows the ladies around South Cove (it seems that Greg “volunteered” Jill for the task). It gives Jill an opportunity to introduce herself to newcomer, Vladimir Petrov who opened a Russian collectibles shop. Early the next morning (around 4 a.m.), Greg and Jill are awakened by Brenda Morgan, manager of The Castle. A dead man has been found in the pool. Greg runs downstairs and discovers it is his friend, Levi. Because of Greg’s close connection with the victim, he is not allowed to investigate the crime. Mayor Baylor asks Bakerstown PD to step in. This does not stop Greg and Jill from conducting their own inquiry into Levi’s murder especially when the detectives focus on Greg. Could one of Greg’s friends committed this homicide? Tag along with Jill on her latest adventure in Killer Party. Killer Party is easy to read, has good writing and has a nice steady pace. Each book in A Tourist Trap Mystery series builds upon the previous (they are not stand alone books). We get to know a little more about the characters and see them change/grow. Killer Party focuses more on the cozy element (food galore, Jill adjusting to living with Greg, Jill out jogging, Emma, shopping, Toby getting over Sasha, Aunt Jackie planning her wedding, Aunt Jackie annoying the employees of the coffee shop, Jill spends a lot of time reading, Jill getting ready for a new class at college, and Aunt Jackie going to the doctor). It is an easy, breezy type of book that is perfect to read while lounging by the pool or at the beach. My rating for Killer Party is 3.5 out of 5 stars. The mystery is made to seem complex. Unfortunately, I identified the killer before Levi (I just knew he would end up belly up) turned up dead in the pool. There are a limited number of suspects (one really stands out). The characters in Killer Party seemed grumpy (especially Aunt Jackie). I liked how Lynn Cahoon found a way to work Cat Latimer into the story (from Ms. Cahoon’s A Cat Latimer Mystery series). I believe, though, that Greg and Jill may be moving too fast. There are still many details they do not know about each other (they really need to talk more). Killer Party ends with a cliffhanger. Readers will have to wait until the next A Tourist Trap Mystery to find out what is going on with Aunt Jackie.

  26. 4 out of 5

    RO G'ma

    Killer Party is the ninth book in Lynn Cahoon’s wonderful Tourist Trap Mystery series and is a well-written story, with well-developed and affable characters, that moves along at a steady pace. Ms. Cahoon’s writing style flows smoothly, the engaging characters and interesting plot drew me right into the story, and the twists and turns held my interest throughout the book. I highly recommend all the books in the Tourist Trap Mystery series to anyone who enjoys reading well-crafted cozy mysteries. Killer Party is the ninth book in Lynn Cahoon’s wonderful Tourist Trap Mystery series and is a well-written story, with well-developed and affable characters, that moves along at a steady pace. Ms. Cahoon’s writing style flows smoothly, the engaging characters and interesting plot drew me right into the story, and the twists and turns held my interest throughout the book. I highly recommend all the books in the Tourist Trap Mystery series to anyone who enjoys reading well-crafted cozy mysteries. Jill Gardner is the owner of Coffee, Books, and More in the small coastal town of South Cove, California. Coffee, Books, and More is a coffee bar and bookstore. Jill has overcome some of her commitment issues and her boyfriend, South Cove Detective Greg King, recently moved in with her. Jackie, Jill’s aunt, is preparing for her marriage to Harrold Snider and has quickly turned into a bridezilla and Jill’s best friend, Amy Newman, is engaged to Justin and planning their wedding. One of Greg’s old school friends, Levi Walker and his fiancée, Jessica Cole, arranged a weekend bachelor and pre-wedding party at The Castle, an exclusive hotel/museum. Even though The Castle is less than ten miles from Jill’s house, she is looking forward to a weekend of luxury. Jill meets Greg’s old friends and their wives for the first time and while the men go out fishing the next day, she reluctantly gives the wives a tour of South Cove. After Levi’s body is discovered floating in the swimming pool, South Cove’s Mayor, Marvin Baylor, requests the Bakerstown PD handle the investigation and Bakerstown Police Chief Terrance Duskant is in charge because Greg is too close to the case to be involved. Since Greg can’t be involved, he uncharacteristically encourages Jill to investigate. I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Killer Party is another exciting installment in Cahoon's Tourist trap mystery series. I always look forward to a new release in this series because I love all the characters, and I loved this book because the reader gets to see Jill and Greg getting closer. When Greg invites Jill to a weekend getaway with some old friends of his, Jill expects a fun weekend that includes some reading time, getting to know Greg's friends, and spending time with Greg not expecting to be at the center of another mur Killer Party is another exciting installment in Cahoon's Tourist trap mystery series. I always look forward to a new release in this series because I love all the characters, and I loved this book because the reader gets to see Jill and Greg getting closer. When Greg invites Jill to a weekend getaway with some old friends of his, Jill expects a fun weekend that includes some reading time, getting to know Greg's friends, and spending time with Greg not expecting to be at the center of another murder. When Greg is pulled off the case because the victim is a friend of his, Jill takes matters into her own hands determined to find the killer. Even though Jill and Greg go away for the weekend, they don't go far so South Cove residents are still very much present in this latest adventure. I always look forward to seeing what is happening not just with Jill but also with her friends and family so this story definitely doesn't disappoint. I was happy to see Greg being more supportive of Jill's sleuthing efforts even going so far as to encourage and help her. I enjoyed seeing this relationship become stronger as they dealt with Greg's past. I also liked seeing how the engagements of Jill's aunt and friend made her start to look toward what her future with Greg looks like. Cahoon has done such an amazing job at developing all of these characters both main and secondary. The book's mystery has enough twists and turns to keep the reader's attention from start to finish although this book ends with a cliffhanger that leaves you anxious for Jill's next adventure. Overall Killer Party proved to be a great read that I would most definitely recommend. Received a copy of Killer Party through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Susan Johnston

    Princess Fuzzypants here: It is always nice when you find a series that you enjoy at first but like more with each successive book. This is one such series. I have become quite invested in Jill, Greg and all the rest. I think it might be because their lives and relationships seem to flow in a very realistic manner separate and apart from the mysteries which are always good. This time Greg has a group of old high school chums who have rented The Castle for a bachelor party. The groom is a former ne Princess Fuzzypants here: It is always nice when you find a series that you enjoy at first but like more with each successive book. This is one such series. I have become quite invested in Jill, Greg and all the rest. I think it might be because their lives and relationships seem to flow in a very realistic manner separate and apart from the mysteries which are always good. This time Greg has a group of old high school chums who have rented The Castle for a bachelor party. The groom is a former nerd who has become very wealthy and makes up for all his nerdom years by trying to seduce every woman he sees. The women in the group come along but are definitely cast in the old style of sexual stereotypes. Needless to say, there are lots of secrets and hidden and not so hidden hurts that make for some testy moments. When the groom is found floating in a pool, everyone is suspect. Greg, rightly so, is not assigned the case but he and Jill decide to do some investigating on their own. I must confess, I twigged immediately to whom I suspected but it did not hamper my pleasure in the book. In fact, because the personal relationships have me hooked, I give this five purrs and two paws up. However, because the build of those relationships has been so pivotal to my enjoyment, I think I would suggest going back and reading the previous catalogue, if you are new to the series.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Gina

    Loved it! It was a little longer than I expected, and Jackie got on my nerves but I loved it. This is the ninth book in the series, and it delves a little deeper into the lives of some of the main characters with special attention to Greg's past, and Jackie's future. I can't wait to see where the author is going with Jackie and the three new characters she introduces as part of this mystery, which surrounds the death of Greg's best friend from childhood. Here's what you need to know about this b Loved it! It was a little longer than I expected, and Jackie got on my nerves but I loved it. This is the ninth book in the series, and it delves a little deeper into the lives of some of the main characters with special attention to Greg's past, and Jackie's future. I can't wait to see where the author is going with Jackie and the three new characters she introduces as part of this mystery, which surrounds the death of Greg's best friend from childhood. Here's what you need to know about this book: Jill, and Greg attend a bachelor party weekend at the Castle for his best friend, Levi. Also in attendance are two other friends, and their wives. Levi ends up dead in the swimming pool. A Russian shop opens in town. Amy has some news of her own; so does Jackie. This is one of my favorite cozy mystery series, and in full disclosure, I listen to the audiobooks on this one. That's how I discovered the series, and I've chosen to stay with that format. It's such easy listening, and makes everything from cleaning the house to food shopping, and running errands fun! The narrator is one of my favorites, which is part of the reason this is such a great series for audiobooks. Not sure I can wait for book 10!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    I was happy to see that in this book the murder was the main focus with the daily lives of the characters being second and a nice teaser concerning Jackie and Harrold as the ending. It seems that Greg isn't the open book he appears to be when a high school friend of his comes to South Cove for his bachelor party and ends up floating in The Castle's pool. And his fiancee has her own secrets. And the best part, I didn't realize who the murderer was till the end. I had a whole other plot line in my h I was happy to see that in this book the murder was the main focus with the daily lives of the characters being second and a nice teaser concerning Jackie and Harrold as the ending. It seems that Greg isn't the open book he appears to be when a high school friend of his comes to South Cove for his bachelor party and ends up floating in The Castle's pool. And his fiancee has her own secrets. And the best part, I didn't realize who the murderer was till the end. I had a whole other plot line in my head. As always the characters seem like old friends and the settings are well written. My only problem was the editing. Some sentences made no sense with an extra the, and, or they placed what almost seemed like the computer was having fun. But my biggest problem was Jackie's wedding date going from June to March and back to June. I know it's a little thing, but it drives me nuts.

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