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  • Welcome to South Cove

    This is a wonderfully written 'first' in a series. Cahoon creates a vibrant setting and fun/colourful stock characters that I found reminiscent of the sort of characters you might meet in Stars Hallow (GG)... but with a little more murder on their minds. This first book has a bit too much exposition in the hopes of getting the reader to learn about Jill, but its never too much, and Cahoon's later books definitely move away from that tactic. That having been said Jill is a great leading lady, book shop owner and amateur detective. She's very accessible and likeable. As for mystery itselft? A great cozy. Lots of angles and red herrings. All in all, an incredibly enjoyable book and series.

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  • Lynn Calhoon’s Guidebook To Murder

    Jill Gardner moved to South Cove, California leaving her law practice and ex-husband behind. Her move was encouraged by an elderly neighbor, Miss Emily who was to become a very close friend. Jill is the owner of Coffee, Books and More. This is the only coffee shop and bookstore within sixty miles. Jill also acts as the business liaison between the city council and the local South Cove businesses. Miss Emily contacts Jill to tell her that she (Miss Emily) has received a letter from council. The council says they can condemn Miss Emily’s property plus acquire her house if an outrageous amount of repairs are not done. Amy Newman serves as the city secretary, part time receptionist, city planner and historian. She has a degree in architectural design plus is best friend with Jill. Amy verifies the lawyer on Miss Emily’s letter is not one approved on the city’s list of lawyers. First, Jill discovers Miss Emily’s body dead in Miss Emily’s house. Natural or foul play? Jill believes foul play and suggests that to Detective Greg King. Second, Miss Emily’s Will leaves the house and belongings plus bank accounts amounts to Jill much to the dismay of neglectful relatives, Sabrina and George who are going to contest the will. Then Amy goes missing and the slick developers girlfriend, Bambi takes over for Amy as part time receptionist. In order to devote time to restoring the house to good living condition, Jill requests her Aunt Jackie to come run the book and coffee shop. What a surprise when Aunt Jackie literally and boldly makes unasked about business decisions for the store. Meantime someone is vandalizing Jill property and endangering Jill’s life so Detective King begins to protect her. A flawless plotted murder plus subplots within the main one giving the reading plenty of twists and turns. A well defined array of characters to provide an interesting, intriguing cast. A Recommended Read!! I volunteered to read A Guidebook to Murder. Thanks to the author and Kensington Publishers via Net Gallery for the opportunity. My opinion is voluntary and my own.

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  • I loved it!

    One of the best cozy series on the market. Well written and absolutely delightful. A top notch whodunit!

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  • Guide book to murder

    I really enjoyed reading this book. Wasn't sure who the the villain would turn out to be. Was surprised to find out who it was . I found this to be a quick read.

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  • Very likekable characters

    This is the 1st book for the tourist trap series And i really enjoy reading it. I will continue follow other books in this series.

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