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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.

Jill


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 www.lynncahoon.com.

Connect with Lynn on Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook and Amazon.

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!

My Musing ~ Fatality by Firelight by Lynn Cahoon

Fatality by Firelight by Lynn Cahoon is the second book in the “Cat Latimer” mystery series. Publisher: Kensington, February 28, 2017

fatality-by-firelightCat Latimer’s Colorado bed-and-breakfast plays host to writers from all over. But murder is distinctly unwelcome . . .

To kick off a winter writing retreat, Cat and her handyman boyfriend, Seth, escort the aspiring authors to a nearby ski resort, hoping some fresh cold air will wake up their creative muses. But instead of hitting the slopes, they hit the bar—and before long, a tipsy romance novelist named Christina is keeping herself warm with a local ski bum who might have neglected to tell her about his upcoming wedding.

Next thing Cat knows, her uncle, the town sheriff, informs her that the young man’s been found dead in a hot tub—and Christina shows up crying and covered in blood. Now, between a murder mystery, the theft of a rare Hemingway edition, and the arrival of a black-clad stranger in snowy Aspen Hills, Cat’s afraid everything’s going downhill . . .

I like it. This fast-paced drama immediately pulled me in and quickly became a page turner. It’s good to be back with Cat and her friends in small town Aspen Hills, Colorado. The mystery was well done keeping me immersed in all that was happening as suspect after suspect were unmasked making this an intriguing ride as the clues presented narrowed that pool of suspects until there was one left standing. And those twists and turns. . .nice touch. Cat’s interaction with the various casts is an added bonus as each contributes to how well this story is executed. The author does a great job with character development, setting the murder stage and providing engaging dialogue that put me in the middle of all the action, as I wanted to be at the table sipping a mug of hot chocolate with Cat, Shauna, Seth and Uncle Pete. With the murder, the library theft, the situation with her ex-husband’s death and her blossoming relation, this was an enjoyable read and I look forward to reading the next book in this delightfully endearing series.

FTC Full Disclosure – I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.

A day in the life with Cat Latimer by Lynn Cahoon

fatality-by-firelightI got this bright idea the other day. I’m Cat Latimer, owner/operator of The Warm Springs Writer’s Retreat. I also write a young adult series focusing on a teenage witch out of water (Tori’s a newcomer to the world of magic and high school.)

I do have to add in blame for this great idea to Shauna and Seth as they encouraged me on. Shauna’s my BFF, and Seth, well, he’s my boyfriend. He was my high school sweetheart, so boyfriend is appropriate, even if it feels like I’m a teenager again.

But anyway, back to my bright idea. . .

Our second monthly writer’s retreat started today and we invited our guests to a day of skiing at the Little Ski Hill just outside of Aspen Hills. Shauna’s new boyfriend, Kevin, actually owns the place, but it didn’t get us any discounts on the lift tickets. He’s a bit of a penny pincher.

I loved skiing as a kid. Seth and I and all of our friends spent the winter weekends on the slopes. Colorado has great snow and there’s no better use for the white stuff is to strap two sticks on your feet, get hauled up to the top of the mountain and then maneuver your way down. The snow sparkles so brightly, you have to wear shades. It’s a great way to open the retreat with some physical activity which we all know, writers don’t get a lot of that.

The Victorian I inherited from my ex-husband, Michael, is almost finished being remodeled. We’ve almost got the attic changed over to a writer’s haven. As soon as we get the heating and cooling system installed, the remodel will be done. Mostly. I still have to clean out Michael’s study, but there’s some questions about his death that have been bothering me. I wish I’d never opened his journal. But apparently, there are some discrepancies in the manner of his death that are bothering my Uncle Pete too. You remember, Uncle Pete, right? He’s the town chief of police for Aspen Hills.

Anyway, that’s old worries that won’t be getting in my way for this retreat. Today, we’re taking most of the writer’s up to the ski resort for a day of skiing and fun. Then we’ll start the official writing retreat part with a visit with Miss Applebome at the Covington College Library on Monday.

Here’s to hoping the second retreat goes smoother than the first. I’d hate to have the retreat be known as Murder Central for a little mountain town like Aspen Hills. Besides, I’ve got a book on deadline and I need to spend some quality time in my office this week.

Let’s hope for a surprise free retreat week. That’s not too much to ask, is it?

Cat


You can read more about Cat in Fatality By Firelight, the second book in the “Cat Latimer” mystery series.

Cat Latimer’s Colorado bed-and-breakfast plays host to writers from all over. But murder is distinctly unwelcome . . .

To kick off a winter writing retreat, Cat and her handyman boyfriend, Seth, escort the aspiring authors to a nearby ski resort, hoping some fresh cold air will wake up their creative muses. But instead of hitting the slopes, they hit the bar—and before long, a tipsy romance novelist named Christina is keeping herself warm with a local ski bum who might have neglected to tell her about his upcoming wedding.

Next thing Cat knows, her uncle, the town sheriff, informs her that the young man’s been found dead in a hot tub—and Christina shows up crying and covered in blood. Now, between a murder mystery, the theft of a rare Hemingway edition, and the arrival of a black-clad stranger in snowy Aspen Hills, Cat’s afraid everything’s going downhill . . .

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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, book 1, came out 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.

Connect with Lynn on Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook and Amazon.

All comments are welcomed.

Fatality By Firelight is available at retail and online booksellers.

The Writer’s Retreat with Cat Latimer by Lynn Cahoon

A Story To KillHey there. My name’s Cat Latimer. You may know me as the author of the teenage witch out of water books (Tori’s a newcomer to the world of magic and high school.) Or you may know me as the newest business owner in Aspen Hills, Colorado. With my friend Shauna, I’ve just opened up my old Victorian house and am hosting writer’s retreats.

The first one is coming up and I’m so nervous. I thought I’d get people who were looking at publication or just wanted to write a book. Instead, I have one of the top thriller authors coming to the first retreat. I wasn’t expecting celebrities. I hope Tom Cook isn’t a diva. I’ve heard the higher on the author food chain, the bigger the ego. We’ll just have to see.

The Victorian is shaping up nicely now that my former high school sweetheart has been hired on to do our renovations. Seth Howard and I were voted most likely couple to marry and rule the world. Only, it didn’t happen that way. After college, I started teaching Freshman English at Covington, our local college. And Seth? Well, he did a stint in the military and I lost track of him after I married Michael.

Of course, that turned out disastrous. The only good thing I got out of the divorce was gone. I packed up, moved to California and restarted my life. Until I got the news that Michael had died and I was his only heir.

So now I’m on reinvention number two. My Uncle Pete, Aspen Hill’s police chief, is ecstatic I’m home. The Victorian house that I loved, Michael got in the divorce, but I got it in the will. It still feels like my ex and I run into old memories now and then, but I’m working on that.

I better go. I still have a word count to hit since my deadline is coming up fast and Shauna wants me to try out the muffins she’s serving during the first week. We decided to run the retreat like a bed and breakfast. That way we don’t have to provide all the meals, but instead, Shauna can bake treats and desserts for our guests.

Wish me luck. The only way I can keep up on the reconstruction loans is if the retreats are successful. I’m just hoping our trial run goes well. Having Tom Cook give us a good recommendation would be golden.

Talk to you soon,

Cat


A Story to Kill is the first book in the NEW Cat Latimer mystery series, published by Kensington, August 2016.

Former English professor Cat Latimer is back in Colorado, hosting writers’ retreats in the big blue Victorian she’s inherited, much to her surprise, from none other than her carousing ex-husband! Now it’s an authors’ getaway—but Cat won’t let anyone get away with murder. . .

The bed-and-breakfast is open for business, and bestselling author Tom Cook is among its first guests. Cat doesn’t know why he came all the way from New York, but she’s glad to have him among the quirkier—and far less famous—attendees.

Cat’s high school sweetheart Seth, who’s fixing up the weathered home, brings on mixed emotions for Cat…some of them a little overpowering. But it’s her uncle, the local police chief, whom she’ll call for help when there’s a surprise ending for Tom Cook in his cozy guest room. Will a killer have the last word on the new life Cat has barely begun?

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About the author
New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, Lynn Cahoon is an Idaho expat. She grew up living the small town LynnClife much like the settings she now writes. Currently, she’s living with her husband and two fur babies in a small historic town on the banks of the Mississippi river where her imagination tends to wander. Guidebook to Murder, Book 1 of the Tourist Trap series won the 2015 Reader’s Crown Award for Mystery Fiction. Find out more at: www.lynncahoon.com.

All comments are welcomed.

Giveaway: Leave a comment below for your chance to win a digital copy of A Story to Kill. The giveaway will end September 5, 2016 at 12 AM (midnight) EST. Good luck everyone!

My Musing ~ A Story to Kill by Lynn Cahoon

A Story to Kill by Lynn Cahoon is the first book in the NEW “Cat Latimer” mystery series. Publisher: Kensington, August 2016

A Story To KillFormer English professor Cat Latimer is back in Colorado, hosting writers’ retreats in the big blue Victorian she’s inherited, much to her surprise, from none other than her carousing ex-husband! Now it’s an authors’ getaway—but Cat won’t let anyone get away with murder. . .
The bed-and-breakfast is open for business, and bestselling author Tom Cook is among its first guests. Cat doesn’t know why he came all the way from New York, but she’s glad to have him among the quirkier—and far less famous—attendees.

Cat’s high school sweetheart Seth, who’s fixing up the weathered home, brings on mixed emotions for Cat. . .some of them a little overpowering. But it’s her uncle, the local police chief, whom she’ll call for help when there’s a surprise ending for Tom Cook in his cozy guest room. Will a killer have the last word on the new life Cat has barely begun?

A writer’s retreat and murder is the premise of this delightfully wonderful debut series featuring author Catherine Latimer. When a murdered guest mars Cat’s opening retreat session, Cat sets out to find the killer before her dream is destroyed.

This was a very enjoyable book that I could not put down because I had to know what happens next. The mystery was set-up very nicely keeping me glued to the pages as we are introduced to the main cast and learning more about the victim and secondary characters. I love how comfortable I felt reading this fresh new story and the pacing was perfect as it flowed from scene to scene where the narrative put me in the middle of all the action. I like that there were plenty of suspects with subtle clues that created an intriguing byproduct of the crime. The author was very generous in giving all the characters their role to play with some surprising twists that made this an even better drama where everything fell into place with a hint towards another mystery yet to be solved. Boasting a great cast, engaging dialogue and a relaxed atmosphere, this was terrific read and I can’t wait for the next book in this pleasantly appealing new series.

FTC Full Disclosure – I received a digital ARC of this book from publisher via NetGalley.

My Musing ~ Tea Cups and Carnage by Lynn Cahoon

Tea Cups and Carnage by Lynn Cahoon is the seventh book in the “Tourist Trap” mystery series. Publisher: Kensington, June 2016

Tea Cups and CarnageThe 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.

Includes an excerpt from A STORY TO KILL, Lynn Cahoon’s BRAND NEW series

I love a book whose subplots keeps pace with the main plot intertwined to bring an intriguing and engaging tale that had a comfortable tone and was very pleasing to read. It was great seeing all the continual characters play a role in this mystery where some were even more fleshed out and we got to know a little bit more about them. Once again, Jill takes the lead in trying to piece the murder together playing into the dysfunctional family of the new “kid on the block” which saw murder and other surprising info that enhanced the telling of this story. I did like that Jill put her trust in Greg to keep him informed of her findings. The author did a great job in presenting this drama where I felt I was in the middle of all the action. This was both enjoyable and entertaining and I look forward to more visits with Jill and the gang in South Cove.

FTC Full Disclosure – I received a digital ARC of this book from the author via NetGalley.

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!

Jill


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.

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.

Jill


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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All comments are welcomed.

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 www.lynncahoon.com

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!

My Musing ~ Murder on Wheels by Lynn Cahoon

Murder on Wheels by Lynn Cahoon is the 6th book in the “Tourist Trap” mystery series. Publisher: Lyrical Underground, February 2016

Murder on WheelsThe 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.

What a wonderfully crafted tale that was enjoyable from the beginning to end. The writing style was easy to follow and the tone was very comfortable. The mystery was engaging and I liked that the road leading to the killer had plenty of suspects and red herrings to keep me reading as I had to know what happened next. The author did a great job in presenting this story in a manner that put me smack dab in the middle of all the action. This fast-paced drama was fun and entertaining and boasted a likable cast of characters and good conversations. This was a good read and I look forward to more exciting adventures with Jill and her friends in South Cove.

FTC Full Disclosure – I received a digital ARC of this book from publisher via NetGalley.