A Conversation with Jill Gardner by Lynn Cahoon

Tea Cups and CarnageI really like it when new businesses come into town. I’m trying to pawn off my role as business to business liaison off to a new victim, I mean, business owner. Usually, the new guys are too smart to jump into taking over. Not like I was when I moved here. I still think I have the word SUCKER tattooed in invisible ink on my forehead.

I’m Jill Gardner, owner of Coffee, Books, and More. I’d say owner and manager, but my Aunt Jackie has taken over the day to day management just so she can tell me what to do. She’s an expert in that subject.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my aunt, but sometimes, she’s a bit forceful, which is the reason I’m thinking about going back to school to learn the ins and outs of running a business.

I’m getting way off track here, whining about my life, when really, it’s pretty amazing. I own a business, I have a cool boyfriend, and I have lots of friends here in South Cove.

Speaking of South Cove, Kathi Corbin is opening a shop called Tea Hee. I’m not sure if it’s just sales or if she’s opening an actual tea shop in town. I’m hoping the business is just sales. I don’t know if I could keep everyone on at the shop if traffic slows down. If it does, maybe I’ll need to keep this council liaison position just to stay busy.

Kathi’s kind of secretive about her past, except for telling anyone and everyone that will listen about her running for Miss Texas back in the day. And then yesterday, according to Aunt Jackie, a girl came into the shop, looking for work. We think she’s Kathi’s sister, but according to the rumor mill, Kathi’s family is all gone.

We’re opening the food truck down at the beach this week. Thank goodness we hired Sadie’s kid, Nick, for the summer. Otherwise, I’d be working twelve hour shifts to keep the shop and the truck open. I’m happy we bought the truck, but staffing the thing tends to be a pain. Especially since Sasha and Greg seem to be having issues right now. But now Lille’s being weird about the whole thing.

It’s always something, right?

Anyway, that’s a worry for another day, as my aunt would say. Today, I need to get ready. Greg’s coming over for dinner and then we’re meeting friends at the winery. Atomic Power is the new band playing at the winery. I hope Darla keeps them around. They’re kind of good. Since she’s been having live bands, she’s packing them into the room and the patio even though it’s chilly outside, especially when the wind comes off the ocean.

I’ve got to get going. I’ll make sure to drink a beer for you. See you around South Cove!


Tea Cups and Carnage is the seventh book in the Tourist Trap mystery series, published by Lyrical Underground, June 2016.

The quaint coastal town of South Cove, California, is all abuzz about the opening of a new specialty shop, Tea Hee. But as Coffee, Books, and More owner Jill Gardner is about to find out, there’s nothing cozy about murder.

Shop owner Kathi Corbin says she came to South Cove to get away from her estranged family. But is she telling the truth? And did a sinister someone from her past follow her to South Cove? When a woman claiming to be Kathi’s sister starts making waves and a dead body is found in a local motel, Jill must step in to clear Kathi’s name–without getting herself in hot water.

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About the author
Lynn Cahoon is the author of the NYT and USA Today bestselling Tourist Trap cozy mystery series. LynnCGuidebook 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 www.lynncahoon.com.

Giveaway: Leave a comment below for your chance to win either a print (US entries only, please) or e-book (open to everyone) of Tea Cups and Carnage. The giveaway will end June 16, 2016 at 12 AM EST. Good luck everyone!

All comments are welcomed.

43 responses to “A Conversation with Jill Gardner by Lynn Cahoon

  1. donnadurnell2013

    As usual these “interviews” always make me want to read the book. My TBR list is growing again!

  2. Sounds like some interesting goings-on in South Cove! Another book to add to my list.

  3. More for my wish list. Thanks for the chance to win.

  4. Brian Frauenknecht

    I absolutely love this series and am so excited about this book. I would love to win. Thank you Lynn for another , I’m sure, great book in this series. And thank you Dru for the chance to win.

  5. One of my favorite series

  6. Donna Gantt

    I would love to read this latest book in the series! Thanks!

  7. Sounds like a fun series! I am adding this one to my TBR list. Thank you for the giveaway.

  8. Another great sounding cozy. I’d love to add it to my library.

  9. This is a fun series – thank you for the chance to win

  10. I would love to start reading this series! Thank you!

  11. Peggy Hyndman

    I love the Tourist Trap mystery series. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of Tea Cups and Carnage.

  12. Love the series and would really like to add this book to my home library.

  13. I wonder about this possible store competition…

  14. Barbara Hackel

    I love this series and this author. Thanks for today’s feature, Dru! Thanks also go to Lynn for her generous give-away! 🙂

  15. elainehroberson

    Sounds like a book that I would really enjoy. I would love to win a print copy.

  16. Sounds like a great read.

  17. Wonderful series. Thanks for this great giveaway.

  18. wendynewcomb

    I’m looking forward to reading this book, thank you for the chance to win a copy.

    wfnren at aol dot com

  19. Susan Slovinsky

    Interesting concept. Thank you.

  20. Doward Wilson

    Thanks for the chance to win. This series is on my Wish List. Great review!

  21. Celia Fowler

    I would love to win a copy — looking forward to reading more from Lynn Cahoon. Thanks for the giveaway!

  22. Mary Jane H.

    Love the concept and can’t wait to read this one!

  23. Patricia Lafferty

    Sounds like a series I would love – books, coffee, tea shop, and a California locale. Will be looking in my local bookstore. Hope I win. Thank you!

  24. This is such a fun series! I’ve read each book with the exception of this new one and have enjoyed them all. I’m looking forward to reading Tea Cups and Carnage. Thanks for the chance to win a print copy for my keeper shelf. Keep them coming, Ms. Cahoon!!

  25. rosemary pfeiffer

    sounds like the perfect happiness combo,good book,coffee,tea,and mystery.lol !

  26. Looking forward to reading the latest Tourist Trap mystery.

  27. Another great title! I want it!

  28. Really looking forward to reading this book. Sounds like an amazing read. Definitely adding to my TBR list.

  29. Thanks for the short trip back to South Cove. I’m looking forward to the book.

  30. Yifat Cestare

    Great title for a great series. Can’t wait to read it, hope I win!

  31. I love Lynn Cahoon. Would love to add Tea Cups and Carnage to my bookshelves.

  32. I love the mysteries. Jill and Greg make a wonderful couple and it is great watching the relationship develop. I can’t wait to see how the truck plays into things; it provides so many opportunity for trouble. Thank you not only for offering a giveaway, but including the option of an ecopy. I have arthritis and it is so much easier holding and ebook!

  33. Linda Herold

    This book is on my tbr list! I’d love to win it!!

  34. I am working on catching up on this series right now. I’m reading Dressed to Kill right now. Loving the characters in this series. Thanks for the chance to win this one.

  35. This sounds really good thanks for the review

  36. would love to read a print copy of this title…thanks for the chance

  37. I have enjoyed each and every visit to South Cove! Can’t wait to return, thanks for the chance to win!

  38. I love teacups. I would love to win this printed book. Thanks.