In the gentle coastal town of South Cove, California, all Jill Gardner wants is to keep her store - Coffee, Books, and More - open and running. So why is she caught up in the business of murder?
When Jill's elderly friend Miss Emily calls in a fit of pique, she already knows that the city council is trying to force Emily to sell her dilapidated old house. But Emily's gumption goes for naught when she dies unexpectedly and leaves the house to Jill, along with all of her problems...and her enemies. Convinced that her friend was murdered, Jill is finding the list of suspects longer than the list of repairs needed on the house. But Jill is determined to uncover the culprit - especially if it gets her closer to South Cove's finest, Detective Greg King. The problem is, the killer knows that she's on the case - and is determined to close the book on Jill permanently.
©2014 Lynn Cahoon (P)2014 Tantor
This was such a cool audiobook. I really enjoyed the narrator’s portrayal of Jill, the main character. She was able to capture a broad range of emotion. On one hand Jill appears weak but you can hear and feel her growth as the book progresses. Jill’s friend Emily is murdered and leaves her property to Jill. The detective, Greg King, is working the case and becomes Jill’s love interest. Set in a small town there are many secrets that are uncovered throughout the course of the book. I enjoyed all of the characters, especially Aunt Jackie and the narrator did a great job playing all the parts. I would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a murder/mystery. Can’t wait to check out the second part, “Mission to Murder”.
An author who doesn't think that women are helpless, stupid creatures who spend most of their time agonizing over if a man they speak to every day MIGHT be married, but are completely incapable of actually asking the question. Apparently, if a woman finds out a man she's attracted to is married, her whole life might fall apart. I understand it was just a plot device, but it is was a lazy, unnecessary one.
Also, a main character who has at least a drop of common sense, especially considering that she is apparently a lawyer.
Write characters who have some personality and complexity.
No. Its not so much a performance as merely a reading, and it is very robotic. Also, she's the wrong narrator for the main character. Susan Boyce's voice makes the main character seem much older than I think is intended, and as a result, the main character comes across as a ridiculous cougar.
This book would have been good except that the protagonist was way too whiny and passive. I had to discontinue listening about half way through because I couldn't stand it anymore. Too bad, because the author is a good writer, just needs to be more realistic about a woman asking a man who is pursuing her if he is married or not. Simple. Protagonist appeared to be stupid about how city councils and appeals work. The lack of action about her friend who disappeared was ridiculous. Very frustrating.
I haven't heard Susan Boyce before but she did as good a job as she could with the material she had.
This was a thoroughly enjoyable book. I enjoyed the characters, setting and plot. I hope that the rest of this series will be made available soon.
I love to read and working on my first book. Maybe it will be on Audible someday.
I have read so many books in the past that called themselves murder mysteries where you knew almost from the very beginning who was murdered and who did it. Then the police or PI spend the rest of the book trying to prove who done it and how.
This book was a breath of fresh air for me in that you knew early on that Miss Emily was the victim but there was a long list of possible suspects, and in the end it was quite a surprise who the killer was.
The thing that I didn't really like was that the police (Greg) and the amateur sleuth (Jill) never quite figure out the killer was. How the murder was done is revealed about 2/3 of the way through the book using normal police procedures, but the actual killer reveals him/herself at the end in the next to last chapter. It would have been much more satisfying to have Jill and Greg figure out the killer was, but then that's just me.
The narrator, Susan Boyce, was not awful, but I thought she spoke a bit too slowly for my taste. I ended up have to use the speed button and up the speed to 1.25. That was a good listening speed for me. I was still able to follow the story easily and it picked up the pace just the right amount. I did like the tone of her voice. It was pleasant to listen to.
For the above stated reason regarding the killer I did not give this book 5 stars. I gave it 4 because I felt a little let down at the end. Still it was a very good book and I can't wait for the next book, "Mission to Murder". I will no doubt be listening to that one as well. Luckily I won't have to wait long since it too is available from Audible.
An avid book reader who absolutely loves having the opportunity to carry my favorite books everywhere I go and listen to them anytime I want
I have not read anything by this author. I got it based on the title. This book was a great mystery. It would be a PG book and the bloody violence often present was not in this book. Neither was the explicit sexual content.
I enjoyed the book. It didn't drag alone, the characters were well defined and easy to understand and the book stayed in story and didn't jump from one environment or place to another nor did it jump periods of time. It moved along quickly and I never had to wonder how much longer I had to listen. Just a really simple book. I would allow my teens to listen to it. Refreshing. Now I am looking for others by the author.
I am a 57 year old book addict. I started out reading Daniel Steele and Sidney Shelton novels 30 years ago. Since then I have added literally hundreds of authors. I take the time to write reviews on books that sweep me away. So if I have really loved that particular book. There have been a couple over the years I reviewed because I truly hated them too.
I would recommend this book to others. It requires no intense thinking. It is entertaining, and that's why I read books.
Greg. He was a "good guy".
No. I liked the performance of this reader. I'd buy audio books read by Susan Boyce without hesitation in the future.
I think it was worth listening to. I liked the story and the characters. It always irritates me when the lead character is slow witted though.
I've already bought the next book in this series, so that says something. I see potential in the series. I hope I'm not disappointed.
Not much of a reader but love to listen
Since I prefer to listen than to read the book, I was thrilled to find this series.
It kept me guessing the hold time.
The narrator did a very nice job. She gets better as the series goes on.
Oh yes I did listen in one sitting. That is what I love about audiobooks is you can listen and do other things too.
This is a great series but the writer needs to have her characters stop saying the word got instead of was or were. These people are college graduates and saying "the shed got locked" instead of " was locked" sounds like they are 5 years old. Other than that, I am really loving the series.
Story not as good as some "cozy mysteries", protagonist is a bookstore owner but most of story not located there and no books involved. Not sure why called a Tourist Trap mystery either,
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