Jill Gardner, proprietor of Coffee, Books, and More, has discovered that the old stone wall on her property might be a centuries-old mission worthy of being declared a landmark. But Craig Morgan, the obnoxious owner of South Cove's most popular tourist spot, The Castle, makes it his business to contest her claim. When Morgan is found murdered at The Castle shortly after a heated argument with Jill, even her detective boyfriend has to ask her for an alibi. Jill decides that she must find the real murderer to clear her name. But when the killer comes for her, she'll need to jump from historic preservation to self-preservation.…
©2014 Lynn Cahoon (P)2014 Tantor
This series is just delightful. No, it's not fine literature, but if you're driving or doing chores, it's highly entertaining. The characters are nuanced enough and the stories are interesting. Just finished #3 and am bereft of joy that there's no #4...yet?
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
There are quite a few choices in the light and fun mystery/thriller category. Few are better than Lynn Cahoon's tourist trap mysteries. I award this book 5 stars realizing that it is not great literature. Susan Boyce does a really nice job of narrating. Recommended as a nice break from heavier/more serious mysteries.
Overall, this book is okay. The main character, Jill, isn't very bright and there are many times when I had to shake my head at her thoughtlessness. There is a very good supporting cast of characters and the mystery plot is actually very good. I would recommend this to anyone who likes light mysteries and a little romance.
This is book 2 of a fun continuing series by author Lynn Cahoon. Pretty standard formula wriing, but an interesting light mystery, like her first. Really enjoyed this book and love her characters. Well written and well paced, with lots of questions along the way. Lynn brings her characters to life with an easy style and believability. No outrageous silly drama either. Her writing is intelligent and fun to follow. Looking forward to the next in the series!
It's not too heavy and easy to listen to as I go about errands and daily chores.
I like the people in the story and their characters. You can almost see these characteristics in someone you know.
I like Susan's performance, most of the time. When she sounds "real" she's very good. Unfortunately, in lots of places she sounds like she's "reading" the book to us. I can do that on my own. I think the perfect narrator for this series would have been Xe Sands. I can listen to her ALL day because she not only sounds like she's the one going through what she is reading, she has an EXTRAORDINARY talent of making the listener feel what is happening to the character, When I listened to Xe Sands in "If You Only Knew", there were parts of the story where she actually made me cry!! Xe Sands sounds so real and fluid and now I try to only find books narrated by Xe Sands. I tried this series with Susan Boyce and like it, but if she tried to sound more real, it would be so much better.
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