Another Day in the Life with Jill Gardner by Lynn Cahoon

If The Shoe KillsWelcome to South Cove. Christmas in our town is an event. We’re always adding new decorations either in front of City Hall to build up Santa’s Village. Carolers wander the streets, singing the classics along with a few modern twists. Nothing like a good Beach Boy’s Little St. Nick to help rock in the Christmas spirit.

I’m Jill Gardner, owner of Coffee, Books, and More, South Cove resident and Santa fan. I love the holiday season. Aunt Jackie and I love decorating the store to match the annual theme. Everyone’s happy and cheerful and easy to get along with.

Except this year. First, Mayor Baylor volunteered our business community to host ten participants of the local work program, Work Today. Of course, I’m the one who has to meet with Ted Hendricks, the program director, and someone who’s definitely on Santa’s naughty list. Then instead of letting Darla Taylor plan our annual holiday festival, Mayor Baylor wants Tina, his spoilt wife, to run the committee. Tina’s anti-Santa campaign will have the streets of South Cove decorated in black and silver without a single mention of the big guy or the reason for the season.

Now with the holidays approaching, our streets remain undecorated and worse, I found Ted, dead in his classic Mustang. My days are filled with trying to keep the work program alive along with finding out who had a reason (besides anyone who ever met the guy) to kill Ted.

I’m still holding out hope that someone, anyone, will step up to take on the spirit of Christmas. I’m just hoping it’s not going to have to be me. I’ve got my hands full planning my first Thanksgiving dinner for Greg and our friends.

What was I thinking?


In the California coastal town of South Cove, history is one of its many tourist attractions—until it becomes deadly…

Jill Gardner, proprietor of Coffee, Books, and More, has discovered that the old stone wall on her property might be a centuries-old mission worthy of being declared a landmark. But Craig Morgan, the obnoxious owner of South Cove’s most popular tourist spot, The Castle, makes it his business to contest her claim. When Morgan is found murdered at The Castle shortly after a heated argument with Jill, even her detective boyfriend has to ask her for an alibi. Jill decides she must find the real murderer to clear her name. But when the killer comes for her, she’ll need to jump from historic preservation to self-preservation…

You can read more about Jill in If The Shoe Kills, the third book in the “Tourist Trap” mystery series, published by Kensington. The first book in the series is Guidebook to Murder.

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment by 6 p.m. eastern on November 26 for the chance to win a digital copy of IF THE SHOE KILLS. The giveaway is open to everyone.

Meet the author
USA Today and New York Times, best-selling author, Lynn Cahoon is an Idaho native. If you’d visit the town where she LynnCgrew up, you’d understand why her mysteries and romance novels focus around the depth and experience of small town life. Currently, she’s living in a small historic town on the banks of the Mississippi river where her imagination tends to wander. She lives with her husband and four fur babies.

For more information check out Lynn’s website at

97 responses to “Another Day in the Life with Jill Gardner by Lynn Cahoon

  1. I have been enjoying this series. Glad to see a new one.

  2. I would like to get started reading this series. Thanks for the offer.

  3. Ruth Lyons Mazur

    This book sounds exciting. I would love the chance to read it. Thank you, again, Dru, for this wonderful opportunity.

  4. Nancy Roessner

    I must say that I love this series.

  5. Terri Crossley

    I would love to read this series! Thanks for the chance!

  6. Sounds like a cozy read. Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. Can’t wait to read this!

  8. I’m going to see if the first book is on my t-b-r list already 🙂

  9. Thanks for the giveaway. The other books in this series are on my kindle.

  10. Love the sound of this one. Pick me! Pick me!

  11. I have the first two of this series. Just added this one. Can’t wait to read it! Sounds great.

  12. Sounds good, can’t wait to read it 🙂

  13. Sounds like a fun read; hope to get a chance to read it 🙂

  14. This a fun series, love to win this. Thank you for the chance

  15. Love this series, and combined with Christmas, it can’t get much better.

  16. Thanks for the giveaway…I would love to win this book. It looks like a great series.

  17. I have not seen this series before! What a great idea for a cozy series. Would love to win this book.

  18. Hi Dru, just wanted to pop in and tell you thank you again for the opportunity to visit with you and your readers. You know I love coming over. 🙂

  19. Nothing quite as humbug as a dead body for the holiday.

  20. This sounds really good. I know my DH loved this series. I am going to have to read them alsol

  21. Sounds like a good series.

  22. Love the title!! I’d like to win this book.

  23. I absolutely adore this series and can’t wait to read this one!

  24. Black and silver, eh, sounds like some delightful Christmas colors, especially the black. I’d love to win a copy, thanks for the chance.

  25. Sounds like a great book. I am anxious to try it.

  26. Thanks for the review of this book. Having read the previous books in the series I know this one will be great too.

  27. Kathy Gonzales

    I love this series! I also appreciate the fact that it is digital, reading paperbacks is so hard on my eyes anymore !

  28. Wow! Sounds great–new author to me. Thank you for the chance to win a book!

  29. You always do the best write ups for books Dru. Thanks for sharing this one. Sounds like a book that I could really get into.

  30. Love this series. Looking forward to reading this one.

  31. This book sounds like one I could really enjoy. Thanks for the opportunity to win it.

  32. Looking forward to reading your books.

  33. I love mysteries that take place in small towns. This sounds like a good one!

  34. Looking forward to reading this new one.

  35. I enjoyed the first one, so plan to read this one, too.

  36. This sounds like a great read. Love series like this.

  37. I really enjoyed the first two books in this series and look forward to this third book.

  38. I enjoyed the first two books. I’m looking forward to reading the third.

  39. Nice book to add to my TBR pile.

  40. I’d like to read this one.

  41. A new series to read!!

  42. Love the title. Will try it out.

  43. Sounds great! Thank you for the chance to win a copy of your book!

  44. I haven’t read any of your books would love to

  45. Need to start!!

  46. looking forward to reading this series. Thank you.

  47. Am looking forward to reading this book as a good friend recommended this author. So many excellent books and so little time in one day!

  48. I would love to read this!

  49. Looking forward to this one!

  50. Love a mystery set at Christmas time and just in time for the holidays too. Looks real good.

  51. This is a perfect book for the coming Christmas season. 🙂

    Thank you for having the contest.

    Thank you.

  52. Never rwad any books by this author. Would love too though. Thank you for the chance.

  53. Love this series. Didn’t know that there was a new book out.
    Happy Thanksgiving, Dru!

  54. I am a tourist. Would love to try this series.

  55. Thanks Lynn for interacting with my readers.
    Contest is closed.