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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

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Light and Fun

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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?

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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I love this series!

Just the right combination of suspense and romance! I can't to listen to the next one.
The narrator does an excellent job.

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Entertaining story

Enjoyable light read. Narrator is good. Easy to lose yourself in the book .

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Another Fun Tourist Trap Mystery

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I appear to really be getting into "cozy mysteries". I'm having fun, and this is no different. It's the second book of the series (of which I've listened to the first and third), and it seems to keep me on my toes. There are enjoyable twists and surprises. Fun, relaxing, read (or listen, as the case may be :-) )

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  • Beatrice
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 10-21-14

Another good book

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.

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 06-24-16

Light and fun murder thriller

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.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Fun characters

Liked the story line, really love the continuing characters, great setting! Looking forward to next book

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Love the book and series so far but...

I have a terrible time coping with the slowness and dialog of the narrator. I have enjoyed the series so far, but I have to speed up book in order to deal with her voice....👎

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Another enjoyable book in this series

Very suspenseful and riveting. The characters are well described and the house and town make it cozy. I would recommend this book.

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Possible discovery of a Spanish mission

In Mission to Murder by Lynn Cahoon, Jill Gardner has found an old partially torn down wall at the back of the property she inherited in Guidebook to Murder. Believing this wall to be part of the original Spanish mission in her region of California, Jill has been fighting to get recognition for the wall as a historical relic and thus a protected location. But Craig Morgan, owner of the major tourist location The Castle, which seems to be modeled after Hearst Castle, is fighting tooth and nail to keep Jill from getting the wall certified because it would share with Jill some of the funds for historical restoration that he has enjoyed exclusively.

When Morgan is found dead at the Castle soon after, Jill becomes the chief suspect. Fortunately for her, she is dating the police detective of her small town, and he refuses to follow the angry orders of the mayor, who really does not like Jill, to arrest her, pointing out that she has had no opportunity to vomit the crime. This leads to drama

In the meantime, Jill’s aunt, who has moved to South Cove to manage Jill’s coffee and book shop, has been having fun with a planned mysterious unveiling of a new book by a mystery writer whom she refuses to name. And Jill and Greg, her policeman boyfriend, move things forward even further in theur relationship.

This book is performed by one of my favorite narrators, Susan Boyce. I first met her in Jenn McKinlay’s cupcake series and came to love the energy and joy she brings to the performance. But in this series, Boyce tones down the energy to suit the style of the books and fits the narration of the book perfectly to the tone of the book. If I hadn’t seen that Boyce is the narrator, I probably would not even have recognized her.

I enjoyed Mission to Murder, but at times it got a little bit tiresome. It did feel as if Jill was being kept out of jail because of her connection to the police. The book was deserving of a 4, but future books have potential for a higher rating.