Tourist Trap

11 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 3,397 ratings

Guidebook to Murder Publisher's Summary

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
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  • Book 1

    • Guidebook to Murder

    • Tourist Trap, Book 1
    • By: Lynn Cahoon
    • Narrated by: Susan Boyce
    • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,247
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,131
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,131

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Entertaining and compelling

    • By Taylor on 10-15-14

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 2

    • Mission to Murder

    • A Tourist Trap Mystery, Book 2
    • By: Lynn Cahoon
    • Narrated by: Susan Boyce
    • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 450
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 402
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 403

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Light and Fun

    • By Dave on 05-17-15

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 3

    • If the Shoe Kills

    • Tourist Trap Mystery, Book 3
    • By: Lynn Cahoon
    • Narrated by: Susan Boyce
    • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 343
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 302
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 302

    As owner of Coffee, Books, and More, Jill Gardner looks forward to the hustle and bustle of holiday shoppers. But when the mayor ropes her into being the liaison for a new work program, 'tis the season to be wary. Local businesses are afraid that the interns will be delinquents, punks, or worse. For Jill, nothing's worse than Ted Hendricks - the jerk who runs the program. After a few run-ins, Jill's ready to kill the guy. That, however, turns out to be unnecessary when she finds Ted in his car - dead as a doornail.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Chick lit or mystery?

    • By Wayne on 03-11-16

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 4

    • Dressed to Kill

    • Tourist Trap Mystery Series, Book 4
    • By: Lynn Cahoon
    • Narrated by: Susan Boyce
    • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 249
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 224
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 227

    Jill Gardner, the owner of Coffee, Books, and More, has been suckered into playing a '20s flapper in murder/dinner theater. Though it is for charity.... Of course everyone is expecting a "dead" body at the dress rehearsal...but this one isn't acting! It turns out the main suspect is the late actor's conniving girlfriend, Sherry...who also happens to be the ex-wife of Jill's main squeeze. Sherry is definitely a master manipulator...but is she a killer? Jill may discover the truth only when the curtain comes up on the final act...and by then it may be far too late.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Why do I keep buying this series?

    • By Marie on 08-10-15

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 4.5

    • Rockets' Dead Glare

    • Tourist Trap Mystery Series, Book 4.5
    • By: Lynn Cahoon
    • Narrated by: Susan Boyce
    • Length: 2 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 71
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64

    South Cove's local businesses are up in arms after volunteer fire chief Barry Gleason threatens to shut down anyone who doesn't comply with the fire code. But when Barry schedules a training burn in an old abandoned barn, he is the only one who doesn't come out alive. Jill Gardner - owner of Coffee, Books, and More - smells murder in the ashes. She'll have to work quickly to nab a killer with a short fuse - or else everyone's holiday will end with a fizzle. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Nice addition to series

    • By Dawn on 12-06-18

    Regular price: $6.99

  • Book 5

    • Killer Run

    • A Tourist Trap Mystery, Book 5
    • By: Lynn Cahoon
    • Narrated by: Susan Boyce
    • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 222
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 206
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 207

    Jill Gardner - owner of Coffee, Books, and More - has somehow been talked into sponsoring a 5k race along the beautiful California coast. The race is a fundraiser for the local preservation society - but not everyone is feeling so charitable.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Worth the listen

    • By Amazon Customer on 01-19-17
    • A Tourist Trap Mystery, Book 5
    • By: Lynn Cahoon
    • Narrated by: Susan Boyce
    • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
    • Release date: 08-18-15
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 222 ratings

    Regular price: $26.59

  • Book 6

    • Murder on Wheels

    • Tourist Trap Mystery Series #6
    • By: Lynn Cahoon
    • Narrated by: Susan Boyce
    • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 211
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 189
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 189

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Pretty Good

    • By Beatrice on 03-21-16

    Regular price: $23.09

  • Book 7

    • Teacups and Carnage

    • Tourist Trap Mystery Series, Book 7
    • By: Lynn Cahoon
    • Narrated by: Susan Boyce
    • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 220
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 196
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 197

    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?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • This was pretty good. Better than I expected after some of the reviews.

    • By Jeannette T on 08-12-17

    Regular price: $24.49

  • Book 8

    • Hospitality and Homicide

    • Tourist Trap Mystery Series, Book 8
    • By: Lynn Cahoon
    • Narrated by: Susan Boyce
    • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 169
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 150
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 146

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • This book was all over the place, but in a good way

    • By Jeannette T on 08-17-17

    Regular price: $26.59

  • Book 9

    • Killer Party

    • Tourist Trap Mystery Series, Book 9
    • By: Lynn Cahoon
    • Narrated by: Susan Boyce
    • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 161
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 139
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 139

    After a few months of living with her boyfriend, Greg, Jill Gardner is still getting used to sharing such close quarters, but she's got no hesitation about joining him for a weekend at South Cove's most luxurious resort. While Greg and his college pals celebrate their buddy's upcoming wedding, Jill intends to pamper herself in style. But when the groom is found floating facedown in the pool, Jill must find the killer fast, or she might not have a boyfriend to come home to anymore....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Pretty good

    • By Beatrice on 03-15-18
    • Tourist Trap Mystery Series, Book 9
    • By: Lynn Cahoon
    • Narrated by: Susan Boyce
    • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
    • Release date: 07-18-17
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 161 ratings

    Regular price: $26.59

  • Book 5.25

    • A Deadly Brew

    • Tourist Trap Mystery Series, Book 5.25
    • By: Lynn Cahoon
    • Narrated by: Susan Boyce
    • Length: 2 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47

    The house has sat empty for 15 years, taking up prime real estate along the picturesque coastline. Built by one of the founders of South Cove, its last known owner, Maryanne Demerit, vanished without a trace. Now her home will be demolished for a condo development, but until then, it's the perfect spot for a Halloween haunted house. Jill Gardner, her boyfriend, and three other couples are spending the weekend in the Demerit home. But what begins as an all-in-good-fun fright fest turns into a mystery begging to be solved as Jill is contacted by the ghost of Maryanne.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Meh

    • By Pamela Y. S. on 10-27-18

    Regular price: $6.99