Welcome to South Cove, California, a typical tourist town just off the Pacific Coast Highway.
I’m Jill Gardner, owner of Coffee, Books, and More – the only place in town to get your latte fix. I’m also the city council’s liaison to the business community. Which sometimes means I get all the jobs the elected politicians don’t want – but I’m not gripping. The money I’m paid to run the business-to-business meetings helps keep the lights on at the shop. Especially during dead seasons.
Time to unlock and start a pot or two of coffee. Good thing it’s Wednesday. I’m always slow during the morning shift which means I have plenty of time to spend researching new acquisitions for the bookstore side of the business. Translate – I get to read all morning long.
I haven’t always lived in South Cove. A few years ago I was a family law attorney in the city. After working too many hours and ending another bad relationship, I had a weekend free so I came for a visit. When it was time to check out of Beal Street Bed and Breakfast on Monday, I didn’t want to leave.
I quit my job, cashed in my retirement, and bought a building on Main Street. The perfect place for Coffee, Books, and More – my dream shop. My Aunt Jackie helped with the set up in between senior cruises to exotic locations.
I’ve put down roots in my little tourist town. My BFF Amy and I are regulars at Diamond Lille’s, the only other place that sells food in the town. My apartment, though tiny, is just enough for me. And I have time to spend with Miss Emily who lives in the last house on the road out of town. She’s a character, but I love her to death.
And, so did someone else.
You can read more about Jill’s adventures in Guidebook to Murder, the first book in the “Tourist Trap” mystery series, published by Kensington. Books are available at online booksellers.
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About the author
Lynn Cahoon’s a multi-published romance and mystery author who lives with her husband in a small river town where her mind tends to wander around the depth and experience of small town life and love. Guidebook to Murder, A Tourist Trap Mystery releases April 17th. Mission to Murder – releases in July 2014 and If the Shoe Kills – will be available November 2014. For more information check out Lynn’s website at www.lynncahoon.wordpress.com
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