The Goings On in South Cove with Jill Gardner by Lynn Cahoon

Murder on WheelsThere are many reasons I should hate Kacey Austin. One, her rat cheat of a husband broke my friend, Sadie’s, heart. Two, she and said husband bought the food truck that was supposed to be the first Coffee, Books, and More annex. Coffee, Books, and More is my coffee shop and it’s located smack dab in the middle of South Cove. Of course, Kacey’s food truck won’t be true competition since she’d only selling gluten free items. The girl is crazy about nutrition. I think if you want dessert, you want three things, fat, sugar, and chocolate.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. I’m Jill Gardner, and not only do I own the only coffee shop in town, I’m also the business liaison between the South Cove city council and the business community. A job that typically just gets me into trouble. Somehow, I’m always the one to stumble upon a crime scene. Honestly, even I’m surprised how many dead bodies can show up in one little tourist town.

Back to Kacey. Like I said, I shouldn’t like her. But the girl is nice. Too nice to be married to such a loser like Austin. He knows I’m dying to tell Kacey about his dating Sadie, that’s why he’s always keeping us from talking. He won’t be able to keep this from Kacey very long. South Cove is too small for a secret like that to stay hidden.

Kacey and I have something else in common. She is president of the local geocaching club. Yes, there are such things. Justin, my best friend Amy’s boyfriend, is all into the ‘sport’ and has convinced Greg and I to go with them on our monthly double date.

What is geocaching, you ask? Well, someone goes out, hides something and then posts clues on a website for others to find. Yep, you got it, a modern treasure hunt with the map on line. Apparently a lot of homeschoolers use the activity as a geography exercise. I think it’s best left to the kids.

Anyway it’s life as usual here in South Cove. Except something’s going on with Aunt Jackie. She’s part of this water conservation committee which is keeping her busy, but she’s holding on to a secret too. I’ll figure it out sooner or later.

I guess I better open up the shop and start brewing coffee. My regular townie customers should be showing up soon. Have a great day, and if you’re in the area, be sure to stop by and say hi. We love visitors here in South Cove.


Murder on Wheels is the sixth book in the “Tourist Trap” mystery series, published by Lyrical Underground, February 2016.

The food truck craze has reached the charming coastal town of South Cove, California, but before Jill Gardner—owner of Coffee, Books, and More—can sample the eats, she has to shift gears and put the brakes on a killer . . .

Now that Kacey Austin has got her new gluten-free dessert truck up and running, there’s no curbing her enthusiasm—not even when someone vandalizes the vehicle and steals her recipes. But when Kacey turns up dead on the beach and Jill’s best friend Sadie becomes the prime suspect, Jill needs to step on it to serve the real killer some just desserts.

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About the author
Lynn Cahoon is the author of the NYT and USA Today bestselling Tourist Trap cozy mystery series. Guidebook to Murder, book 1 of the series won the Reader’s Crown for Mystery Fiction in 2015. She’s also the author of the soon to be released, Cat Latimer series, with the first book, A Story To Kill, releasing in mass market paperback September 2016.She lives in a small town like the ones she loves to write about with her husband and two fur babies. Sign up for her newsletter at

Giveaway: Leave a comment below for your chance to win a digital copy of Murder On Wheels. The giveaway will end February 18 at 12 AM EST. Good luck everyone!

51 responses to “The Goings On in South Cove with Jill Gardner by Lynn Cahoon

  1. Great review! Thanks for the chance to win.

  2. I needs to start his series.
    Thanks for the chance

  3. Can’t wait to return to South Cove and see what the food truck fuss is all about! Thanks for the chance to win!

  4. I love this series!! Thank you for this chance.

  5. Have enjoyed this series. Can’t wait for more.

  6. Trying to win this book! Thank you!

  7. Kathy Gonzales

    I really like this series , and I’m a big fan of e books so this is right up my alley !

  8. This sounds funny. I’d love to win a copy. Thanks so much for the chance.

  9. Definitely going on my to read list!!! Thank you for the chance to win!!!

  10. Jill Broussard

    Must visit South Cove again soon. I’ll have to think twice about eating from a food truck named Killer Desserts, though! Thankyou for the opportunity!

  11. Love reading Lynn’s books. Thanks for the giveaway.

  12. Barbara Hackel

    This is a great series and I am anxious to read more! Thanks for the heads up, Dru! Thanks Lynn, for the chance to win a copy! 🙂

  13. How I love this series. The cover looks great and I can’t wait to read this one in the series.

  14. I’ve always wanted to know more about geocaching. What fun, even if someone has to die.

  15. Hooray for food trucks!

  16. Who would have thought of a food truck craze but I guess you could say it all started with our favorite ice cream truck. Thanks for the review on Lynn Calhoun’s new book.

  17. Sounds like a great read.

  18. Coffee, chocolate and food trucks–sounds like my kind of series.

  19. I’ll avoid the temptation to go off on bad jokes about the murder victim and being gluten free.

  20. This totally sounds like a series I would LOVE!

  21. Definitely one of my favorite series! Thanks for the giveaway.

  22. Food trucks and coffee sounds like a great series, ty for the chance to win

  23. Enjoyed the previous Tourist Trap mysteries – looking forward to reading the latest.

  24. Food trucks serve some of the best food! And a series featuring a detective with the same first name as mine! Cool!

  25. Jeanie Dannheim

    What a treat! Enjoy learning about various businesses, and food truck folks work hard. Congrats on the new release!

  26. This sounds like a great story. I’ve had it on my wish list for over a month. It would be great to win a copy. Thanks for the opportunity.

  27. Foody cozies are so much fun—and these food trucks just add to the mix. Thanks for the contest.

  28. Count me in for this giveaway!!!
    Thank you!!