If the Shoe Kills (Tourist Trap Mystery Series #3)

If the Shoe Kills (Tourist Trap Mystery Series #3)

by Lynn Cahoon


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The tourist town of South Cove, California, is a lovely place to spend the holidays. But this year, shop owner Jill Gardner discovers there's no place like home for homicide. . .

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 liasion for a new work program, 'tis the season to be wary. Local businesses are afraid 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. Officer Greg assumes it's a suicide. Jill thinks it's murder. And if the holidays weren't stressful enough, a spoiled blonde wants to sue the city for breaking her heel. Jill has to act fast to solve this mess--before the other shoe drops. . .

"Murder, dirty politics, pirate lore, and a hot police detective: Guidebook to Murder has it all! A cozy lover's dream come true." --Susan McBride, author of The Debutante Dropout Mysteries

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781601833068
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 11/01/2014
Series: Tourist Trap Mystery Series , #3
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 193,164
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Lynn Cahoon is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Tourist Trap Mystery series. Lynn has also authored several romance novels and novellas, including Shawnee Holiday and Return of the Fae, which was a finalist for a Readers' Crown and a RONE Award.

Susan Boyce is the award-winning narrator of over 140 audiobooks. A veteran variety theater performer, she is also one half of the song-and-dance team of Jones & Boyce. Susan can be heard in phone trees, in computer games, and as the voice of the pink "Care Bear." She lives in St. Augustine, Florida.

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If the Shoe Kills 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
Having read and enjoyed the first to books in this series, I was thrilled to finally read IF THE SHOE KILLS. This story did not disappoint!  I would totally hangout in protagonist Jill Gardner's shop, Coffee, Books and More, Every town needs a place just like it. In this third installment I continued to enjoy the relationships between the characters in the series. It's been fun watching the grow throughout the series.  Ms. Cahoon once again kept me guessing as to the identity of the killer. She has a great way of throwing in just enough clues to make you say "Hmmm", but then second guess yourself, which I did.  If you like your mysteries cozy, fun, with a touch of romance, and hard to put down, then IF THE SHOE KILLS and the entire Tourist Trap Mystery series is for you!
stormriderBH More than 1 year ago
Okay when you are just looking for an easy going comfy read.characters are likable and plot has just enough twists to make it intteresting.
pkgeihs54 More than 1 year ago
Fun, funny and a page turner with just enough mystery thrown in to keep it from being another romance novel with a mystery in the background
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think I enjoyed this one the best. You really do need to read all of them to get a total sense of the town and the interaction of all the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Third in the series! Same wonderful characters. Relationships develop. Things aren't always the way they appear!! Enjoy!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok read. Very much like another mystery writer's work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Expected story to be like this but with nice twist to mystery part. Third book read in series so hope she writes more.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 STARS This is the third book in the Tourist Trap Mystery series. It has the familiar characters and some new ones too. I did not guess who the murder was. It also had some Christmas cheer. Good drama. The setting is small town on the California coast called South Cove. Jill Gardner owns Coffee, books, and more. Jill is involved in a lot of things. She dates Detective Greg King. She is always told to stay out of his murder cases. Ted Hendricks is coming to down to bring some interns to work the Christmas season. He is a real jerk. People want to stay away from him. Jill is planning a fund raiser to help some low income families to receive some books of their own and it keeps growing. What a good idea to help kids love to read. It made me want to help with it. I enjoy this series and have now read the first three books of the series and look forward to reading the next one. It is a good clean cozy mystery series. I was given this ebook to read by Net galley and Kensington Books. In return I agreed to give honest review of If the Shoe Kills.
PollyBennett 10 months ago
This book is the reason this genre is called cozy. A fun read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was not the whole book just like a sample. Maybe if I had read the whole book could have written a review!! Disappointed Natalie
Debb23 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, I can't say enough good about the characters. They are real, believable and enjoyable. Shop owners are a bit wary when a new work program is thrown at them, the workers don't seem to be as much as a problem as Ted who runs the program. When Ted is found dead plenty of suspects begin to appear as his past is revealed. This mystery kept me guessing as Jill pieced things together, although I admit I did guess it right. I enjoyed the workers that we got to know in this story and I hope that they hang around. This story kept moving between the murder, Greg's ex in town, the program workers interaction with store owners, Jill trying to figure out how to handle a Thanksgiving dinner that is growing and the mayor's wife decorating the town for Christmas. I will definitely continue on with this series as it quickly moves to one of my favorites.
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: If the Shoe Kills - Tourist Trap Mystery Book 3 Author: Lynn Cahoon Published: 11-10-2014 Publisher: Kensington Books Pages: 216 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers and Suspense Sub Genre: Cozy Mystery, Amateur Detective, Women Sleuths, Animals ISBN: 9781601832405 ASIN: B00KM9O6SQ Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley . Jill is pulled into South Cove Mayor Baylor's newest project. A work program where local business owners mentor interns for neighboring Bakerfield's Work Today. A work training program for those in financial need. On top of this the Mayor has appointed his wife, whose charming nature matches her husbands, over the holiday decoration committee. Tina manages to alienate all the businesses with her demands and Nazi tactics. Aunt Jessica's and her beau Josh Taylor have had a falling out and Aunt Jessica is more prickly than usual. Ted Hendricks, head of The Work Today program is an arrogant, bully that uses his position of authority to intimidate and abuse those he was hired to help. Jill has tried to avoid him but he continues to harass and threaten her. When she finds him outside the Mayor's office in his car, an apparent suicide, she feels only sadness at a wasted life as do nearly all who knew him. Then it is discovered he was murdered. For once Jill is not a suspect but who is he was not well liked by the townspeople. Many had a reason to take him out. Thanksgiving is just around the corner and who will be giving thanks for their deliverance from such a monster. Lynn Cahoon continues to place Jill in the center of trouble, even when Jill truly tries to stay out of the drama. I love this series and cannot wait to read Dressed to Kill, book 4 in the series. It has been a pleasure getting to know Jill, Amy, Greg, Toby, and all the people of South Cove. I wish it were real so I could truly stop in and visit once in a while. With drawn with her words I can see the town and visit the again and again in her books. If The Shoe Kills can be read as a standalone with no problems, I began with book five - Killer Run and then returned and read all the books starting with Guidebook to Murder, book one. Mainly because I wanted to read more on how it all started. I hope this series continues to for a very long time and I give it top rating of five stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little slow moving but okay.
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RudyRantz More than 1 year ago
Fun story that sucks you into the plot. I can't wait for the next one. Easy relaxing reading.
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sue26ME More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed the third murder solved by a small town shopkeeper who sees herself a detective. Which makes more work for the town police chief who is also more than a "friend".
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Spending the holidays in South Cove sounds wonderful if you can look beyond finding a dead body or two. Book three in this series introduces us to Ted Hendricks and a program that matches businesses up with people looking for work. They work as interns as they gain experience to land them a full time job in the future. We quickly learn that Ted is a real creep and had someone not put the people of South Cove out of his misery he would have been headed to jail. It looks like suicide but Jill knows is was murder and is out to prove it. Cahoon has brought back the characters we loved in the first two books, Jill, Aunt Jackie, town detective/Jill’s boyfriend, Greg King, Officer Toby/barista, and more. We meet Marie, the owner of the stained glass shop across the street from Coffee, Books, and More. No one knows much about her past but she and her store are a welcome addition to South Cove. We also deal with Greg’s ex-wife, the mayor’s wife because she decides to take over planning the holiday festival, both women cause chaos. We also meet all the interns working through the holidays at several businesses. She has immersed these characters in a story with a bit of romance, the aforementioned chaos, some humor, and plenty of stuff for Jill to poke her nose into so that trouble soon follows. I loved that the intern working Coffee, Books, and More starts Aunt Jackie’s marketing juices flowing and that she comes up with a fabulous way to promote reading for a group of people that are unable to purchase books. This was a very fast read for me, the title had me thinking I knew who the killer was and I was waiting for a connection to be revealed only the more I read the more I realized I was wrong. A very entertaining read and I look forward to more Tourist Trap Mysteries coming soon!
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