4.5 out of 5 stars.
Welcome! Today I’m happy to be bringing you a stop on the Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours blog tour for Killer Party, the ninth book in the Tourist Trap Mystery series by Lynn Cahoon. It was a delightful read (as is the rest of the series!).
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For a gang of old college buddies, the quaint resort town of South Cove, California, is the perfect spot for a no-holds-barred bachelor party. But for Jill Gardner—owner of Coffee, Books and More—this stag party is going to be murder . . .
After a few months of living with her boyfriend Greg, Jill 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 any more . . .
** 8/18/17 Update: This review was originally short because I almost forgot to write it, but I’ve come back through and made it a bit longer with more detail. **
This was a fun summer read! I love our main characters, Jill & Greg. 🙂 They’re likeable and well-rounded. I’ve enjoyed watching their relationship grow over the last eight books. In this ninth one, they have recently moved in together and are both getting used to that new dynamic in their relationship.
The side characters in this installment were something else. Zany, crazy, and wild for sure. Thank goodness Jill has lots of experience in dealing with over-the-top personalities and good old-fashioned vanity because she’s got her hands full of them this weekend!
There aren’t a lot of setting descriptions here (partially because it IS the 9th book in the series and we’ve had lots of descriptions of the town up until now), but what are there are enough. They’re not too wordy and flowery, but they aren’t stark either. They provide enough information for you to be able to imagine the setting well.
The plot line was interesting and moved along steadily. I did have an idea of who the killer was but was never sure until it was revealed. There were definitely a lot of suspects who could have done it and the author kept me guessing until just before the ending.
All in all, a great addition to the series!
About the Author
New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, Lynn Cahoon is an Idaho native. If you’d visit the town where she grew up, you’d understand why her mysteries and romance novels focus around the depth and experience of small town life. Currently, she’s living in a small historic town on the banks of the Mississippi river where her imagination tends to wander. She lives with her husband and two fur babies.
Twitter – https://twitter.com/LynnCahoon
Website – http://lynncahoon.com/
Amazon Author Page – http://www.amazon.com/Lynn-Cahoon/e/B0082PWOAO/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1