Never a dull moment in the life of Jill Gardner by Lynn Cahoon

Murder comes to South Cove – Special Edition

That should be Darla’s by-line for her story in the South Cove Gazette.

Okay, maybe its mystery writer comes to South Cove. Nathan Pike, who was featured as Coffee, Books, and More’s Mystery Author guest a couple of years ago, has decided to come back to South Cove to finish writing his newest creation.

I’m kind of excited. I’m a book nerd, but I’ve never seen an author create the stories they bring to the world. Well, I’ll be excited as long as he doesn’t park his butt in one of CBM’s chairs and try for free coffee all day. Especially on my shift. I like my quiet. It gives me time to read. I’m Jill Gardner, and I own the coffee shop-slash-bookstore here in South Cove. I say own and not managed, because my aunt does all the managing stuff. At least that’s what she tells me.

Somehow she tricked me into going back to school for my MBA. When I finished law school, I said never again. But you know what happens when you say never or always. Your plans get changed. I’m enjoying the classes and the discussions, even though Bakerstown College isn’t one of the top business schools in the country. The information I need to run the bookstore is all I need, not a referral to a high-pressure company job.

One of the kids who is in the class cracks me up. Deek’s a perpetual student and hasn’t had any real business experience.

Anyway, the mayor told Nathan that he could have full access at the police department and Greg. He’s really not looking forward to the month. Greg didn’t like Nathan the first time they met. How is he going to deal with the guy in his office day after day?

And Esmeralda’s being weirder than normal. Although how can you tell with a fortune teller? I’m just glad she works for Greg and not me. I’m not sure I could deal with all the woo woo.

I’ve got to go get ready for the party. Bill and Mary Sullivan, they run South Cove B&B. And they are hosting a meet and greet for Nathan tonight. I’m taking advantage of the impromptu party and going home to dress up. Or as dressed up as I get.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you soon. I’m sure Toby can help you pick out a book or two to take home with your coffee. In South Cove, we’re all about making visitors feel comfortable.


You can read more about Jill in Hospitality and Homicide, the 8th book in the “Tourist Trap” mystery series.

A visit to the serene coastal town of South Cove, California, could make anybody feel refreshed and inspired. But as Jill Gardner-owner of Coffee, Books, and More-discovers, some folks won’t live to tell about it . . .

Mystery author Nathan Pike checked into South Cove Bed & Breakfast to compose a compelling novel, not commit murder. But things get real when a rival B&B owner ends up exactly like the victim in his draft-undeniably dead. As Nathan prepares to complete his magnum opus behind bars, Jill’s the only one who can prove his innocence and deconstruct the plot of a twisted killer!

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About the author
Lynn Cahoon is the author of the NYT and USA Today best-selling 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 pens the recently released, Cat Latimer series. A Story To Kill and Fatality in Firelight are available in mass market paperback.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

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All comments are welcomed.

Giveaway: Leave a comment below for your chance to win a Kindle or Nook copy of Hospitality and Homicide. The giveaway ends May 20, 2017. Good luck everyone!

42 responses to “Never a dull moment in the life of Jill Gardner by Lynn Cahoon

  1. Lynn’s Books always sound really good. Thanks for sharing it with us and for the chance to win.

  2. Marilyn Watson

    I would love to read this book…sounds great! Thank you for the review and contest.
    Marilyn Watson..

  3. Christi King

    The Tourist Trap series has become one of my favorites. I am looking forward to reading Hospitality and Homicide.

  4. I am so looking forward to this! I am a big fan of these stories and the inhabitants of South Cove! And Nathan Pike returns…! Thanks for the chance to win!

  5. Hmmmm…. I’d love to win this one. It sounds right down my alley.

  6. I love this series. Thank you for the chance to win an e-copy of Hospitality and Homicide.

  7. Brian Frauenknecht

    I absolutely love this series and can’t wait to read Hospitality and Homicide!! I also love Lynn’s Cat Latimer series and was so excited to hear Kensington is continuing both!! Thanks for the chance to win Dru!

  8. Barbara Hackel

    I enjoy everything Lynn writes, including this fun series. Thanks Dru Ann for today’s selection. Thanks Lynn for a chance to win a copy! 😊

  9. Donna Caldwell

    I really want to read this series. It sounds so good!

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

  11. Can not wait to read Hospitality and Homicide. Love your books.

  12. Lynn Cahoon promises her readers a fun filled read. I have read many of her books in her various series and have enjoyed them. It would be great to have a kindle copy to claim of my own. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

  13. This sounds like fun! The bookshop owner seems to have the requisite amount of snark to deal with issues.

  14. I’ve loved the previous books and am looking forward to this.

  15. MaryAnn Forbes

    Hospitality and Homicide sounds like a great read. Thanks for the opportunity to win the book.

  16. Looking forward to reading “Hospitality and Homicide”. Sounds like an awesome read.

  17. I’d like to stay at the South Cove B&B.

  18. My MIL and others at the nursing home would devour this book.

  19. Amanda Wilcox

    This is, by far, one of my top favorite series! I love Jill and Greg! I can’t wait to get back to South Cove!

  20. Thank you for the chance!! I would love to read this book.

  21. Count me in for this giveaway…..
    Thank you!!!

  22. I love this series!!

  23. Doward Wilson

    Thanks for a great post & giveaway.

  24. Love this series!

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