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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 the city council is trying to force Emily to sell her dilapidated old house. But Emily's gumption gIn 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 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 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. Problem is, the killer knows she's on the case--and is determined to close the book on Jill permanently. . ."...

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Guidebook to Murder Reviews

  • Rane
    2018-08-28 18:47

    Jill Gardner has left behind the fast paced life as a lawyer and a marriage gone south to settle South Cove, California and open a book store Coffee, Books, and More. Things maybe slow at the shop but they are peaceful until, a sudden call from her dear friend, Miss Emily, things quickly go downhill. Miss Emily is receiving threats to kick her out of her home, Jill thinking to find out more about this and check on her friend find herself in devastated when she finds her friend dead. Dealing with the lost Jill has much more on her shoulders when Miss. Emily has named her, her heir, inheriting everything along with alot of trouble. Because Jill starts receiving her own threats along with pressure from the city and an outside builder wanting the house and the confirmation that Miss.Emily was killed. Now it's a race to find the killer before Jill is next on the list.I was quickly wrapped up in the story from page one. A owner of a bookstore, come on what's not to love? The overall trouble I had with the book was the MC Jill. She had ALOT to deal with and as a human being who has lost a dear friend it's portrayed very natural. The trouble was at times Jill showed no backbone toward certain characters when in others she would stand her ground. I wanted her to speak up and really show some gumption. I also think that was the beauty of it all was Jill was a complete human in her actions and thoughts and knew when to push and back off.Along the ride Jill has some backup in her friend Amy and Detective Greg King aka the love interest to help her as she starts to gather clues.The mystery was very well paced with Jill digging into Emily's past with alot of surprises on the path with the killer being somewhat of a surprise in itself- only goes to show one don't judge a book by it's cover. A great start to a series. I'm truly looking forward to the next book in this series!ARC courtesy of NetGalley

  • Annie
    2018-08-28 00:43

    a most excellent 5 star read! review to come...:)guidebook to murder: a tourist trap mystery:I knew right away I was going to like this book. What a hoot. I don't take notes while reading, that would so wreck the book buzz I get but, upon reflecting for the book review I could not stop chuckling! Jill Gardner, owner of Coffee, Books and More in the small town of South Cove, California is just like all the rest of us, she is plagued with self doubt, yet strong and tuff when she needs to be. She fantasizes about food constantly and really enjoys eating yet, is aware of it and of course always thinking about losing those extra 10 pounds. Of course she wants a good man yet, doesn't really want to want one. I related to and very much enjoyed this character. The confusion and sexual tension with the very handsome Detective Greg King is quite fun.We meet Jill in her book & coffee shop one morning when she gets a phone call from her neighbor down the street, her dear friend 80 year old Miss Emily who is very upset that yet again she is being pestered by the town council to sell her beloved but very run down home so they can build an apartment complex. Jill wants to help her so she enlists her friend Amy who just happens to work for the city to look over the paperwork and maybe clear up these problems for her friend and neighbor. The next day on her way over to Miss Emily's house to tell her what Amy found out, what Jill finds out is a dead, possibly murdered Miss Emily! Jill soon finds out Miss Emily had no family...or does she, so she left everything to her and with so much to do and sort out, she calls her aunt to come and help her out at the Book & Coffee shop. Jill and Detective King are on the case of who killed Miss Emily and what they find turns out to be a treasure trove of excitement! There are some thrilling and scary near misses when they and people they love come close to getting hurt but what they do find ultimately is an attraction for each other. I loved Aunt Jackie and I'm hoping she will be in the next book too. I Loved the storyline, characters and the humor but, most of all I liked Jill.I got this book for a review from Net Galley

  • Yvonne
    2018-08-22 00:59

    In the quiet coastal town of South Cove in California, Jill Sanders sets up her shop “Coffee, Books, and More”. Jill loves to read and wants nothing more than to make the shop a success. Things turn out to be not so quiet when she gets a desperate phone call from her elderly friend Miss Emily. It seems the town council is issuing her ultimatums to get her old house in shape or else. Miss Emily seeks out Jill’s assistance, but when Jill arrives, she finds her friend dead. The police are sure it was of natural causes, but Jill isn’t buying it. The autopsy supports Jill’s belief.When Miss Emily’s will is read and Jill inherits everything, the police turn their sights on her. She has become their prime suspect, but Jill has a list of her own. The list of people who wanted Miss Emily dead is growing every minute. When Jill’s best friend, Amy, goes missing, she turns to the handsome detective on Miss Emily’s case, Greg King, for help.Jill fears for Amy's safety. She absolutely cannot lose someone else she’s close to, plus her own life hangs in the balance when threats begin coming fast and furious to her doorstep. As Jill tries to satisfy the council’s demands for repairs to the house, she meets obstacle upon obstacle.She finds herself dealing with Miss Emily’s disinherited relatives, art thieves and building developers. Each one has dollar signs in their eyes and Jill wonders if one of them could also be a killer.I love starting on the ground floor of a cozy mystery series. It’s great fun to meet new characters and visit new places. This story is no exception. I thought the two main characters Jill and Greg were wonderfully portrayed. They are strong characters and the supporting cast were equally as strong.My one problem was that there was a misunderstanding between the main characters that could have been solved on page one with a simple question. That was bothersome but didn’t ruin the story for me. Jill did seem to take a few unnecessary risks, but that’s the nature of a cozy mystery. The main character usually does do things that make the reader scream “NO!”, but it’s all part of the excitement and adventure of a mystery story.I didn’t figure out the real culprit until Jill did, so that’s good. The story took a few twists and turns that I didn’t see coming and that makes it even better to read. I will definitely be checking out the next one which is due out in July.FTC Disclosure: NetGalley provided me with a copy of this book to review. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.

  • ✨Susan✨
    2018-09-18 03:10

    A good start to a cozy series that takes place in a cute little town where nothing ever happens outside of the normal. When Jill, a gal in her thirties, decides to run away from the big city and big career she lands in South Cove where she feels right at home from the day she arrived. An elderly woman, Miss Emily, an older resident, befriends her and their relationship blossoms into a a very strong mother daughter type bond. After a call from Miss Emily concerning a legal matter Jill decides to go to see her the next day to visit and share some legal advice. Unfortunately it is a day too late, Miss Emily had passed in the night, however, she was in good health and Jill knows that there is something fishy going on. There are quite a few people who would benefit from Miss Emily's death so Jill starts an investigation of her own to the chagrin of the local police.A murder mystery with a bit of drama and a side of unrequited romance. Jill was a believable character and the story line was good. The ending was a bit abrupt but a fun, light, Daily Deal, cozy never the less. Susan Boyce did a great job narrating and I am looking forward to getting to some of her other titles in my library.

  • Barbara
    2018-08-31 21:56

    The setting and premise of this cozy mystery were appealing - a bookstore/coffeeshop an hour or so from San Francisco, and a heroine who has escaped hectic city life after a divorce. The premise held up - evil developers pursuing and maybe murdering locals to do their dirty deeds and make loads of money. Many cozy heroines have love interests. But the writing of these scenes read more like parts of a bodice ripper which I found very annoying. It made the book seem as though it couldn't decide whether it was a mystery or a romance novel. Cozys invariably include potential romantic partners for the main character. My objection was to the style of these passages which disrupted the flow of the book. I also found some of the actions of various characters infuriating. How can someone go missing for days and the police refuse to investigate? How can a character have her property vandalized and receive multiple threats before the police do anything? (view spoiler)[ Why doesn't Jill Gardner ask the hunky detective who is supposedly married, why he never goes home for dinner instead of taking her out? (hide spoiler)]I might read another of these but only if I find one at the library.

  • Ian
    2018-08-28 19:06

    When Jill Gardner moved to South Cove, CA she was looking for a fresh start after her divorce and a quiet life running a café / bookshop. But then one of her close friends, Miss Emily tells her the council and a developer are trying to bully her into selling out and shortly thereafter she turns up dead. Jill knows there is something hokey going on and convinces the town's detective to investigate.Adding to her woes, Miss Emily left everything to her except the family bible which she left to her greedy relatives. Now the family are threatening to sue, council is threatening to condemn the house, someone is stealing from Miss Emily's estate and a murderer is on the loose. Throw into the mix Aztec gold and expensive art works and the scene is set for a bit of a mystery romp. Guidebook to Murder isn't perfect. The story is quite straightforward...entertaining without ever being particularly challenging. But Jill is pretty damned awesome (what's not to love about an amateur sleuth who runs a book store?) and even if the male characters aren't all that interesting, the female characters who inhabit her world are really quite delightful and set the book just a little higher than other cozy murder mysteries.Many thanks to Kensington and Netgalley for providing me with this ARC

  • Linda Langford at Chatting About Cozies
    2018-08-22 22:45

    Jill Gardner owns Coffee, Books, and More in the city of South Cove, CA. When Jill moves to the California coast, she meets and becomes close friends with a sweet, elderly lady, Miss Emily. Miss Emily has no one to look out for her, and she becomes like a mother to Jill as their friendship flourishes. When Jill finds Miss Emily dead in her bed, grief hits her hard. Did Miss Emily simply die of old age, or did something sinister happen to her?Jill's friend, Amy, works for Mayor Baylor, who's a mean spirited man, threatening to condemn Miss Emily's unkempt property to try and force her to sell to a developer who wants to build apartments on her land. When Jill inherits Miss Emily's property and assets, it starts a chain of events that lead to a killer who will stop at nothing to get what they want! Jill unveils Miss Emily's hidden talent! Amy suddenly goes missing!!This satisfying cozy mystery is rich in humor, compassion, and friendship. The characters are enjoyable, and there is a hint of romance between Jill and Detective Greg King. Everything centers around the murder mystery, and Jill's combination bookstore and coffee shop.I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and Kensington in exchange for an honest review.

  • Lark of The Bookwyrm's Hoard
    2018-09-05 00:43

    Review originally published at The Bookwyrm's Hoard.Guidebook to Murder takes the well-known "unexpected inheritance" plot and gives it almost too many twists in the form of additional "treasures," a mayor and developer intent on condemning Jill's new house to put up condos, and several other possible claimants to Miss Emily's estate. Throw in an attractive but possibly married police detective, a series of threats, a sudden disappearance, and tensions around Jill's coffee shop and bookstore, and poor Jill is suddenly up to her ears in troubles.Despite its plethora of complications, the plot works pretty well overall, and author Lynn Cahoon succeeded in pulling the wool over my eyes regarding the main villain's identity. I say "main villain," because the author doesn't make trying to pin all the nefarious deeds (of which there are a fair few) on a single person, making the challenge of identifying the perpetrator(s) more difficult for the fictional sleuths -- and more fun for the reader!I did think Jill's book-and-coffeeshop would feature more prominently in the mystery, and it's one of the things that drew me to the book in the first place. I'm hoping the shop will play a bigger role in the next mystery, but I understand why this book couldn't revolve around it. Jill has more than enough on her plate just dealing with her inheritance, making urgently-needed repairs to the house, and trying to find a murderer; it simply makes sense that her shop has to take a backseat for a while.My only real peeve about the novel, other than the sheer unlikelihood of so many unexpected things occurring so close together, is that Cahoon resorts to a common and overused ploy to increase romantic tension: the long misunderstanding that could be easily cleared up with a single conversation. Frankly, that trope drives me nuts; a reasonable, rational adult would simply confront whatever issue is causing the tension and talk about it. But that's a personal preference, and since the relationship isn't the main focus of the book, I didn't find it as annoying as I would have in a romance novel. Aside from that one complaint, the budding romance is sweet and charming, with plenty of potential for future books.Guidebook to Murder is entertaining and fun despite its minor flaws. I like Jill, her aunt Jackie, her friend Amy, and Detective Greg King, and I look forward to seeing what happens to them next. Most important, the mystery kept me guessing almost to the end, and that's not always easy to do! I'm already looking forward to the next book in the Tourist Trap series, Mission to Murder, due out July 31.FTC disclosure: I received a review copy from the publisher. All opinions are entirely my own.

  • LORI CASWELL
    2018-09-16 18:51

    South Cove California is a tourist stop along the coast. Jill Gardner owns Coffee, Books, and More and she just wants to make enough to keep the business open. She is relatively new to the town. It was meeting Miss Emily one day that convinced her to move to South Cove. Miss Emily is an elderly woman who has had a bunch of businesses crop up around her home. Her house needs a lot of work but when she receives a letter telling her the town council is going to condemn her home or force he to sell to a big developer she calls Jill in a panic. Jill calms her down and tells her they will work things out. But before that can happen Miss Emily passes away very unexpectedly. She leaves her home and all its problems to Jill, but Jill thinks Miss Emily was murdered and sets out to prove it even as the killer tries to puts Jill out of business permanently.Dollycas’s ThoughtsI knew I was going to love this book and I sure did. Jill Gardner is a great character. She is down to earth and her confidence while shaky at the start continues to grow throughout the story. She also likes food and she features some tasty treats in her shop. There will be even more if Aunt Jackie has her way.Aunt Jackie is a lot like my mom was, do things now and get permission for them later. Jill asks Aunt Jackie to help her with the store as she deals with Miss Emily’s house and all that entails and Jackie took “help” to a whole new level. I was laughing out loud.I was sad that Miss Emily became the murder victim. She was quite a woman and she has a few secrets. I would have loved to spend more time with her.South Cove is also home to Detective Greg King. A handsome guy that just keeps running into Jill. The sexual tension is thick enough to cut with a knife. It is going to be fun watching this relationship progress.The mystery is great too, I just wish I had Jill’s energy, not only does she find out what happened to Miss Emily and why, she also makes substantial repairs to Miss Emily house. Of course she has outside contractors to help but just pulling everything together while painting and decorating was miraculous and a joy to read.There is a lot going on in this book. The pages just flew. I have been trapped by this Tourist Trap mystery and can’t wait to be trapped again by Mission to Murder coming July 31, 2014.

  • Jenni Schell
    2018-09-19 22:52

    This is the kind of book that I love. It had everything that I look for; a great plot, a wonderful mystery, an amazing heroin, a murder that I didn't figure out, and topped of with a hint of romance. This is a fantastic read.

  • Kathi Daley
    2018-08-31 18:49

    Loved it.

  • Judy Collins
    2018-09-12 20:12

    A special thank you to Kensington Books and NetGalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review. A wonderful series to curl up with on a rainy afternoon. A light and entertaining read--Think small business, quaint town, shops, espresso, bookstore, cafe, coffee, galleries, inns, and a good cozy mystery which GUIDEBOOK TO MURDERoffered; full of lovable (and not so likable) characters and friends in this small South Cove, CA tourist town.Jill, a former lawyer has inherited Miss Emily’s house (she befriended her years ago), and of course the city wants to tear down the house for a new condo real estate development. With other things in mind and begins her fight with small town politics and meets many obstacles, and of course Emily’s family, the mayor, real estate developers, attorneys, threats, and now faced with the circumstances which surround Miss Emily’s death and secrets, and then then her best friend goes missing. As the mystery unfolds(who did it), many possible suspects and secrets to keep you turning the pages. My only input would be more background of Miss Emily and her past, as I agree with some of the other reviewers. Loved the main character,Jill at times, however other times not, as she was back and forth as a door mat. She owns the quaint Coffee, Books and More, along the coastal Pacific, after having moved from a larger city after her divorce, interacting with many tourists while they are in the area – life is good until she inherits the home of her old friend and Detective Greg (possible love affair)?, gets involved – mystery begins . . .If you like cozy books, bookstores, small towns, and a light mystery, this book is for you; however, if you are a serious thriller mystery lover, it might not be your cup of tea. The front cover was a nice draw and appealing if you are a book lover. My first book by this author--definitely look forward to reading the next book , “Mission to Murder” #2 in series “A Tourist Trap Mystery.” (sneak preview at the end – with mentions of Aunt Jackie, Sadie, Greg, Craig, The Castle, a mystery writer, fortune teller, a B&B and of course a murder mystery–something to look forward to-coming summer 2014)! http://judithdcollins.booklikes.com/p...

  • ❂ Jennifer
    2018-09-12 23:03

    First in a new series that I received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. A very strong start and really likeable characters. A very solidly plotted mystery as well.Full Review: http://jenn.booklikes.com/post/814918...

  • Badseedgirl
    2018-08-31 20:13

    I am a dyed-in-the-wool horror, and science fiction fangirl. I love the sound of organs slowly sliding from an eviscerated body. I relish the moans from the undead. Nothing makes me happier than the vision of an apocalypse; be it by invading alien horde, off course meteors, or plagues that only spare type AB positive, left handed children under the age of 10.675 years of polish decent. But I also love reading stories about little old ladies, lazy Scottish police constables, and slightly plump cookie boutique owners who can't take a step out their front door without stumbling over a dead body. That's right I love a cozy mystery. My love of this genre stems from an early age. Even as a child I religiously watched "Murder She Wrote". I was thrilled to find this series. It has everything I want in a cozy mystery. There is a charming heroine who stumbles into a mystery. She is just the right amount of prickly and sweet. There is humor injected in a regular basis. and best of all, I can finish the book in a day or two. This was a wonderful series, but the book ended a tad abruptly.4 of 5 stars

  • Amanda
    2018-09-12 23:06

    What a great book! I've read Lynn Cahoon's Cat Latimer books, but this is the first Tourist Trap mystery I've read. There were more than one mystery in this story, which made it rich and complex. But it was a fast read for me, not wanting to put it down. There were several reasonable suspects, and I didn't solve the mysteries until they were revealed in the book. I loved Jill, owner of a book/coffeeshop in a coastal California tourist town. She was realistic to me, with flaws and weaknesses, wit, and a dry humor/sarcasm that I can relate to and appreciate. I also liked Jill's Aunt Jackie, her best friend Amy, and Detective Greg King. I'm so happy there are 8 more books in this series (so far!) and I'm ready to go get the 2nd right now.

  • Mary Brown
    2018-09-12 19:45

    Guidebook To Murder by Lynn Cahoon is a great start to a new cozy mystery series. Jill is the owner of a bookstore/ coffee shop who's elderly friend is murdered. She inherits her friends house and the problems that go along with that. The mayor and council are threatening to destroy the house unless it's brought up to meet regulations. Jill only has a month to accomplish this. And if that isn't enough to handle, her best friend is missing. With all these problems to handle and worry about, she enlists the help of her aunt to run the shop while she deals with her other issues. What follows is a clever cozy who-done- it that was very enjoyable.The writing style flows easily and this book is an easy read. The characters and small town setting are descriptive and realistic. The town of South Cove is a place that you would like to visit, with all the quirkiness that only small towns can deliver. The characters are people I would like to meet and know better.I would recommend this book to anyone who likes cozies and mysteries. This book delivers on both. I can't wait to read more of the series.

  • Connie
    2018-09-02 21:48

    I really enjoy good mystery books that keep me on the edge of my seat, and this book definitely fulfills that requirement. I also like when the book has a reasonable ending that ties everything together and the guilty person isn't a character that showed up in the book for exactly one sentence. The murderer should be someone the reader has become familiar with. This book had a very nice, pulled-together conclusion. The main character, Jill, is an attorney who left behind the big city because she met an elderly woman, Miss Emily, while on vacation at the coastal town of South Cove, California. Miss Emily has become one of her dearest friends, and Jill is running a bookstore/coffee shop that she purchased. All is going well until she visits Miss Emily one morning, only to find that she is in bed--dead. My only suggestion to the author is that I would love to see a prequel to this book. I'd love for the author to more fully explore how Jill came to live in South Cove; what happened to her marriage; how she purchased the bookstore; and I'd like to know more about the day Jill and Miss Emily became friends.

  • Prince William Public Library System
    2018-09-02 22:52

    Guidebook to Murder delivers exactly what readers of cozy mysteries expect: a lightly themed, not too gruesome murder mystery set in a small town with a dash of romance. The story isn't unusual or particularly inventive, but it's not boring, either. Many of the plot elements are typical of cozy mysteries (flexible job that allows time to investigate, outspoken BFF, romantic tension, savings fund / inheritance that means the main character doesn't have to worry too much about making money), but Cahoon breaks from the pack with the dead body count, limiting it to one in this series starter, which I appreciate. One murder in a small town is believable, but numerous dead bodies per book would deplete the town of residents (and tourists) pretty quickly. Hopefully she can remain similarly restrained as the series continues. I also appreciated that Jill, the main character, doesn't behave in a stupid, ditzy, or reckless way. She made a few poor decisions, as most people do, but she's definitely not the bumbling, putting-her-life-in-danger type of character that has become typical of light mysteries. My only significant issue with the book is a lack of creativity with titles. The main character's shop is called "Coffee, Books, and More," which is the absolute least creative and most boring store name I've ever seen. You're telling me Jill spent her savings establishing her dream job/store in a historic coastal town and she couldn't come up with anything better than Coffee, Books, and More? I don't buy it. The name just makes the character, the author, and the editors look lazy. The title of the book also bothers me -- not only is Guidebook to Murder not very interesting, but it also has nothing to do with the plot. Again, it seems the author and editors should have been able to come up with something better, and the fact that they didn't makes it seem like they weren't trying very hard. Overall, Guidebook to Murder is a quick, fun mystery that the reader actually has a chance of solving before the main character-Andrea F. Click here to find the book at the Prince William County Public Library System.Click here to find the audiobook at the Prince William County Public Library System.Click here to find the eAudiobook at the Prince William County Public Library System.

  • Judy Lesley
    2018-09-13 23:58

    This first book in the planned Tourist Trap Mystery series was a light, entertaining reading experience featuring a part of the country that I’m not familiar with. That held my attention along with a main character who owns the kind of little shop I’ve secretly wanted to have. Jill Gardner owns Coffee, Books, and More in South Cove, California, a small community along the coastline of the Pacific Ocean. Moving from the big city after her divorce Jill found her niche in a shop that allows her to cater to the many tourists who travel that stretch of coastal highway visiting wineries, but still indulge in her love of reading. Maybe life isn’t exactly exciting, but she does have her eighty-plus year old friend, Miss Emily, who always seems to be fighting some sort of battle with the city government to add an element of interest. Now Miss Emily is upset over the letter she received from an out of town attorney who states she must sell her property for a real estate development. The next day Miss Emily is found dead and Jill will not rest until she convinces Detective Greg King that this was not a natural death and he needs to investigate Miss Emily’s murder.I am a dedicated reader of mystery novels and the effort to solve a puzzle from the clues I’m given is what holds my attention. Even though this mystery took place within a small community the author still managed to do a very good job of giving all the information about the crimes committed and yet hiding the guilty until the last minute. That was well done and I enjoyed reading to the end to find out what the resolution was. However, Jill Gardner has a lot of changing to do before she will be a favorite character for me. She was entirely too easily pushed around by everyone she came into contact with. The funny thing was that the novel has Miss Emily leaving Jill a note to be read after her death in which she encourages Jill to learn how to keep everyone from taking advantage of her. Well, Jill still has a long way to go to be able to say she’s taken Miss Emily’s advice. Plus, the author engaged in one of my least favorite devices in a novel: stringing out a question for the entire book which was then answered in one or two sentences. By the time I got the answer (which was patently obvious) I really didn’t care. It did not build suspense for me, it built frustration. I enjoyed the mystery plotting aspect of this novel very much. Hopefully the second book in the series, Mission to Murder, will have Jill learning how to be a stronger person who can actually tell somebody “no” and mean it.I received an ARC of this novel through NetGalley. The opinions expressed are my own.

  • Jenifer (JensCorner)
    2018-08-27 23:01

    I love a good cozy mystery and Guidebook to Murder was just that! I have found a new series to visit, full of new characters I call friends.Jill Gardner has just inherited Miss Emily's house and money. Being South Cove's resident grump, Miss Emily wasn't loved by many. In fact, the city council has been after her property for years. The City Council wants to tear down her house to make way for a retail store, she isn't willing to give it up. The fight has turned nasty and involved threatening letters. Now a big city developer is involved, and playing hard ball. So when Jill finds Miss Emily in her bed, dead, foul play is her first thought. but is it the right one?There may be more to Miss Emily's property than a run down house. The rumor is that it's built on the same property as an old mission once lied. Could a gold coin fortune also be there?Jill struggles to get the house renovated before her deadline. However, numerous people complicate her mission. Miss Emily's only living relatives were a greedy nephew and his even greedier wife. Neither were pleased to learn they got nothing from her estate of any monetary value. The town Mayor is a shady character, as is the people he deals with.Everything takes a dramatic turn when Jill's best friend, Amy, goes missing. A regular to surf trips. was her disappearance a planned trip, or did something else happen? Can Jill get all the answers she needs, and still run her beloved book/coffee shop, Coffee, Books, and More, before her Aunt Jackie takes over completely?This book was a great introduction to this new series. It got to the point of the story quickly. You had fun meeting the characters- both primary and secondary. The action was on balance with the story. The only downside I saw in this particular book was that it seemed, at times, like you were reading a book in an already established series.I enjoyed this book and look forward to the next installment of this series. The first chapter is included at the end of Guidebook To Murder, but I'm trying hard not to read it now. I'd rather have the whole book to read at one time. I think cozy mystery lovers will embrace this series.

  • Andréa
    2018-09-09 19:52

    Guidebook to Murder delivers exactly what readers of cozy mysteries expect: a lightly themed, not too gruesome murder mystery set in a small town with a dash of romance. The story isn't unusual or particularly inventive, but it's not boring, either.Many of the plot elements are typical of cozy mysteries (flexible job that allows time to investigate, outspoken BFF, romantic tension, savings fund / inheritance that means the main character doesn't have to worry too much about making money), but Cahoon breaks from the pack with the dead body count, limiting it to one in this series starter, which I appreciate. One murder in a small town is believable, but numerous dead bodies per book would deplete the town of residents (and tourists) pretty quickly. Hopefully she can remain similarly restrained as the series continues.I also appreciated that Jill, the main character, doesn't behave in a stupid, ditzy, or reckless way. She made a few poor decisions, as most people do, but she's definitely not the bumbling, putting-her-life-in-danger type of character that has become typical of light mysteries.My only significant issue with the book is a lack of creativity with titles. The main character's shop is called "Coffee, Books, and More," which is the absolute least creative and most boring store name I've ever seen. You're telling me Jill spent her savings establishing her dream job/store in a historic coastal town and she couldn't come up with anything better than Coffee, Books, and More? I don't buy it. The name just makes the character, the author, and the editors look lazy. The title of the book also bothers me -- not only is Guidebook to Murder not very interesting, but it also has nothing to do with the plot. Again, it seems the author and editors should have been able to come up with something better, and the fact that they didn't makes it seem like they weren't trying very hard.Overall, Guidebook to Murder is a quick, fun mystery that the reader actually has a chance of solving before the main character.Note: I received a digital galley of this book through NetGalley.

  • Melanie
    2018-08-23 21:44

    Quaint, pretty South Cove, California, is home to Jill Gardner, a former lawyer who has found her bliss in running a bookstore-café, Coffee, Books, and More. When she was a newcomer in town, octogenarian Miss Emily was her first friend, offering iced tea and a sympathetic ear. Now the town is threatening to knock down Miss Emily's ramshackle house to build sleek condos. Jill goes to see her friend and to mow her lawn, only to find the old woman dead in her bed, with a teacup and a Regency romance on the nightstand. Only faint marks on her neck hint that she didn't die of natural causes.As the plot unfolds, many characters present themselves as possible suspects, including disgruntled distant relatives and a would-be land developer whose trophy wife's dog bites Jill in her own café. Miss Emily and her property prove to have had secrets that could have inspired homicide. Add the sudden disappearance of Jill's friend Amy, whose presence on the job at Town Hall could have obstructed some of the less savory plans for the old house, and you have a storyline that keeps you reading, wondering, and hoping.Often, the first of a proposed cozy series is stuffed with backstory and explication. I found myself wishing for more early detail about Miss Emily than her protective outburst against a teen who mowed down her fairy ring, and some details about the town itself from the book that one of the suspects purchases from Jill. Perhaps the author will be more generous about the town and its residents as the series progresses.Three stars: I guessed the perp too soon, I disliked the thankfully-brief appearance of a faux gypsy, and lack of backstory. Kudos, however, for the Oxford comma in the name of Jill's café!I received a free galley of this book from NetGalley. This is a fair reivew.

  • Rhonda
    2018-09-02 19:49

    Guidebook to Murder by Lynn Cahoon 4 STARS I liked Guidebook to Murder. Would love to see these characters back into another mystery. I really liked Jill and how she worried and cares both for her friends and strangers. This is a cozy mystery. The town has character. Jill has lived in South Cove for 5 years. When she came to town to look around she met Miss Emily and was convinced this was the place to live. Jill used to be a lawyer. Now she owns a bookstore & coffee shop. Now she is getting threats all over the place. She is not sure who to trust. Miss Emily was old and had no family. She lived in a old house that was falling apart. The city was warning her they would condemn her house if she did not take care of it. A developer wants to buy her property. She dies and leaves the property to Jill. Annie works for the city. She is also a friend of Jill's. She has disappeared and no one knows where she is. Annie loves to surf. Detective Greg King does not think their is no problem with Emily's death at first. Now he is worried about Jill spending lots of time with her. Is he married or not? Their are also more interesting characters, including a Mayor that is not liked. A fortune teller who also works for the police. A developer who wants to bulldoze a lot of the town. New lawyers are showing up. Lots of suspects who want what Emily had. The book has a lot of mystery, lots of drama, fun characters. I would love to visit or live their too. The pacing was good and made me want to keep reading to find out what happed. It is also a clean book. The setting is South Cove, California. A small town by the ocean. I would read more books from Lynn Cahoon in the future based on this story. I was given this ebook to read and asked in return to give honest review of it by Netgalley.

  • Paula
    2018-08-29 20:58

    I received this book through Netgalley.com in exchange for my honest review. Thank you to Netgalley.com, to Kensington Books, and to Lynn Cahoon.This book takes place in a quiet coastal town in South Cove, California. Jill has left behind her career as an overworked lawyer and opted to live the quiet life as the owner of a little shop called Coffee, Books, and More. Her life was satisfactorily uneventful until she discovered the body of her dear friend Miss Emily. Convinced that Miss Emily has been murdered, Jill is determined to discover the truth. She works with the handsome Detective King to solve the mystery of Miss Emily's death while trying to keep one step ahead of the murderer.I loved the characters in this story but I would have preferred just a little more depth. I also thought the author introduced a few too many sources of fortune for the killer to be pursuing (the inheritance, the paintings, the historical wall and the mythical treasure, etc). The ever reappearing question of Greg King's marital status also frustrated me. If you want to know if someone is married then why not just ask? Overall, it was an enjoyable cozy mystery and I recommend it to those in the mood for a light read.

  • Collene
    2018-08-27 21:56

    I love a good cozy mystery. Especially if it’s one I couldn’t figure out and I couldn’t figure outGuidebook to Murder A Tourist Trap Mystery by Lynn Cahoon. I loved the protagonist, Jill Gardner. Jill is independent and believable. She loves to read and eat and those are my two favorite things to do also. I’ve always wanted to renovate a fixer upper, since that’s probably not going to happen at least I can read about someone doing it. Jill was doing it because her friend and neighbor was murdered and left everything she owned to Jill.The story was fast paced and tightly written. It takes place in a small ocean side California town. There’s a hunk of a police officer that Jill can’t take her eyes off of, an eccentric aunt who wants to redo Jill’s store using Jill’s money of course, and her quirky best friend Amy the surfer.Guidebook to Murder is well plotted taking multiple turns in the story. There’s the promise of a puppy and I kept wanting to get to the puppy part but I’m just going to have to wait for the next installment, Mission to Murder, coming out in the summer of 2014. I liked this book and I’m looking forward to that next installment.I received a copy of this charming book from Kensington publishers via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Maureen Mullis
    2018-09-11 01:54

    I really enjoyed this book a lot, and look forward to more in this series. Cahoon is an excellent writer. Her writing is crisp, and the story keeps moving at all times. The characters and situations are believable and, while the mystery is good, it's a lot of fun as well. The only thing that annoyed me was she was a little heavy-handed in the romance between Jill and Detective Greg. She laid the "he's not interested me he's just being a good cop" routine on a little thick and you knew that the "surprise" when he revealed he was indeed interested was not a surprise at all. Other than that I plan on reading more in this series by this author. Highly recommend!

  • Debbie
    2018-08-31 02:44

    I loved this book, to me it has everything I like to read in a cozy. Likable characters, humor, a little romance and a crime that I can't figure out right away. This book has it all. Jill the main character is likable and intelligent, she has a murder and a disappearance to figure out, while trying to save a home that she has inherited. There is an interesting mix of characters. I actually laughed out loud in a few spots, and I didn't figure out who did it, and when it was explained it made perfect sense. I am definitely moving on to the next in this series.

  • Lynne Tull
    2018-09-21 20:51

    I was not to impressed with our heroine. Her venture into being a sleuth seemed to be more of a whim. She didn't seem to have a true calling to interject herself into a mystery and come to a solution. There were some unbelievable moments; such as, the fact that she didn't know the sheriff or whether he was married or not. After all, this is a small town and she seemed to know everyone else. Then, like any normal person she didn't want to ask if he was married. This is not a series that I will continue reading.

  • Patricia Gligor
    2018-09-19 22:10

    "Guidebook to Murder" is the first book in the Tourist Trap Mystery series and, after reading it, I'm looking forward to the next book. Jill Gardner owns a small coffee/book shop and lives in the apartment above it. But, when her elderly friend, Miss Emily, is murdered and bequeaths her house to Jill, Jill's life changes dramatically. What happens when she moves into the house and starts renovating it will keep you turning the pages. Don't miss this one!

  • Tess
    2018-09-18 00:46

    In southern California, Jill just wants to take care of her bookstore/coffee shop and live a quiet life in her quiet small town. Sadly Jill’s life is anything but quiet and peaceful. One of her best friends is murdered, one is missing, and she invites her eccentric aunt to help with her store. Add a hunky detective and dirty politics to the mix you have a highly amusing book.