Memories and Murder

Memories and Murder

by Lynn Cahoon

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Overview

It's October in South Cove, California, and the locals in the quaint resort seem to be happily pairing off in the lull before the holidays. Everyone, that is, except for Jill Gardner's elderly aunt, who just dumped her besotted fiancé-and she won't say why.

When Jill hosts a talk at Coffee, Books, and More on the topic of elder abuse, all that's really on her mind is lunch. But the topic hits close to home when she discovers Aunt Jackie has been getting mysterious calls. Jill's certain the caller is a con artist, of course, but her feisty aunt claims to understand this, though she's still shaken-and Harrold's still heartbroken. Who's behind the scam and why was her aunt targeted? When a volunteer from the Senior Project is found murdered, Jill's detective boyfriend is on the case-and it soon becomes clear no one is safe when a caller from beyond becomes a killer in their midst.

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"I love the author's style, which was warm and friendly . . . [A] wonderfully appealing series."-Dru's Book Musings


"Light, fun, and kept me thoroughly engaged."-The Young Folks

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781516103072
Publisher: Random House
Publication date: 11/12/2019
Series: Tourist Trap Mystery Series , #10
Pages: 182
Sales rank: 22,248
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.42(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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Memories and Murder 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Karen-Hollins 19 days ago
Memories and Murder” book 10 in the ”A Tourist Trap Mystery” series by Lynn Cahoon is a quick and enjoyable read. It’s October in South Cove, California, and the locals in the quaint resort seem to be happily pairing off in the lull before the holidays. Everyone, that is, except for Jill Gardner’s elderly aunt, who just dumped her besotted fiancé—and she won’t say why. When Jill hosts a talk at Coffee, Books, and More on the topic of elder abuse, all that’s really on her mind is lunch. But the topic hits close to home when she discovers Aunt Jackie has been getting mysterious calls. Jill’s certain the caller is a con artist, of course, but her feisty aunt claims to understand this, though she’s still shaken—and Harrold’s still heartbroken. Who’s behind the scam and why was her aunt targeted? When a volunteer from the Senior Project is found murdered, Jill’s detective boyfriend is on the case—and it soon becomes clear no one is safe when a caller from beyond becomes a killer in their midst. This go around Jill and her Auntie Jackie are dealing with scams, especially on older citizens. I thought Lynn did a fabulous job of highlighting potential scams that might trap anyone that isn't aware or watching what is happening to them. Now a days you get phone scams or internet scams almost daily so I was glad it showed how people prey on the elderly. It really saddens me when I hear of people abusing or taking advantage of the elderly. I was surprised when everything came to light and who all was involved. I did suspect but then due to some clever red herrings, doubted myself. I really enjoyed this story and am Happily waiting for the next. I requested and received an Advanced Readers Copy from the publisher and NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
SunJester 1 days ago
An engaging visit to South Cove. With every visit to South Cove, I fall more and more in love with the town and its inhabitants. And author Lynn Cahoon has outdone herself with Memories and Murder, the tenth book in this charming cozy mystery series. This installment centers around protagonist Jill Gardner’s quest to discover why her Aunt Jackie is behaving erratically. I must confess that I have a soft spot for Aunt Jackie (and not just because I have my own beloved Aunt Jackie), so I was delighted to delve into her story. When we last encountered Jill and the gang in Killer Party, Aunt Jackie had abruptly broken her engagement to Harrold Snider, the owner of The Train Station, without giving him (or anyone else) an explanation. Fearing the worst about her aunt’s health, Jill is determined to get to the bottom of this mystery. However, there is more to the story than Jill bargained for. The plotline concerning Aunt Jackie happens to dovetail nicely with a murder investigation that Jill’s boyfriend (and detective) Greg King is heading. And, together, the mysteries put Jill on a collision course with a killer. One of the most appealing things about Memories and Murder (besides the mystery, which is top-notch) is the straightforward way the story tackles the topic of elder abuse. While never heavy-handed or preachy, Ms. Cahoon deftly weaves the susceptibility of seniors to fraud into the story, enhancing both the mystery and the depth of the novel itself. And, as always, Jill is a top-notch heroine, who is imminently relatable. Minor characters Deek and Esmeralda also take the stage to provide pivotal information regarding scams perpetrated against the elderly. Memories and Murder is a must-read for fans of the Tourist Trap series. It is charming, poignant, suspenseful and rewarding – and exactly what you want in a cozy mystery. I can hardly wait to return to South Cove and find out what happens next. Note: I received an ARC of Memories and Murder from NetGalley and Kensington Books/Lyrical Underground. The above is my honest review.
PrincessGlor 7 days ago
Another fantastic visit to South Cove, with Jill, Jackie and the rest of the gang. This series is one of the few that for me seem so real and like I could go visit and be friends with these characters. They are just easy reads that I enjoy immensely. The mystery in this book was very good and kept me guessing. I had a few suspects for a lot of the book. I just really enjoyed this book. Can.t wait for my next South Cove visit! I received this book from NetGalley and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
bookaholique 10 days ago
3.5 Jill Gardner has her hands full. Not only is she trying to solve a murder mystery, she is trying to determine if her aunt is a victim of elder fraud. And her aunt also dumped her fiancé, but it takes awhile before she tells anyone why. Could all of these events be tied together? I am a newcomer to the Tourist Trap Mystery series. While this is book #10, it worked just as well as a standalone. I am going to say that the characters are so enjoyable that I am going to start the series from the beginning. Jill has a natural curiosity that causes her to be a good mystery solver. I found the story to be intelligent and plausible. Not only am I curious to start from the beginning, I am also looking forward to future installments. My thanks to Kensington Books and Nethalley for this ARC.
Cozy Cat Reviews 13 days ago
I have read this entire series and always enjoy returning to South Cove. This is the 10th in series. Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for the opportunity. My review opinion is my own. I highly recommend this series. The Tourist Trap series is set in South Cove, California and Jill Gardner is our protagonist and main character. Jill owns a popular shop called Coffee, Books and More. She shares the shop with her Aunt Jackie, a active fun senior who is a happy fun charcter. Jill and her aunt are very close . In this next in series Jill and her boyfriend are helping her Aunt through a crisis when she is being scammed by someone who uses her boyfriend as the bait. When her Aunt breaks up with the boyfriend with her own suspicions things go from bad to worse. Jill is determined to stop the scammer and soon finds out it is a scam against the elderly that may be happening to many elderly people. I love the mystery the author creates so well crafted with so many clues. This next in series is a exciting read and I loved the returning charcters, the story plot and sleuth. I highly recommend this entire series and this next in series for your reading enjoyment. The author has a great series here and I hope it will continue for many more books !
annie2015 16 days ago
Somethings going on with Jill's Aunt Jackie and Jill is determined to find out what it is...even if Jackie's not looking for any help. Add in the murder of a local volunteer, and Jill has her hands full. Hopefully Jill can solve all the mysteries before someone else gets hurt I love visiting Jill and all the residents of South Cove. I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. My thoughts and opinions are my own and without bias or favor.
TarynLee 23 days ago
Jill isn't quite sure what to make of the speaker talking about elder abuse but knows that the subject is an important one. Her Aunt Jackie was scammed in the past and Jill wants to make sure she keeps up with what she can do to keep this from ever happening again. With her Aunt acting weird she knows that something is going on and can't help but worry. She soon learns that her Aunt has been receiving phone calls from her dead husband. Jill is sure it !just be a scam but her Aunt believes it is her husband. While investigating Jill ends up at the Senior Project, she wants to figure out if they have talked to her Aunt in the past and if her information could have been leaked from there. When a volunteer from the project ends up dead Jill is sure that the police are looking at the wrong suspect. She is determined to find another direction for them to look at. Follow along as Jill tries to figure out who is trying to scam her Aunt and also save an innocent woman from being arrested for murder. This was a great mystery read that had me looking left and right for not only a scammer but also a killer.
TarynLee 23 days ago
Jill isn't quite sure what to make of the speaker talking about elder abuse but knows that the subject is an important one. Her Aunt Jackie was scammed in the past and Jill wants to make sure she keeps up with what she can do to keep this from ever happening again. With her Aunt acting weird she knows that something is going on and can't help but worry. She soon learns that her Aunt has been receiving phone calls from her dead husband. Jill is sure it !just be a scam but her Aunt believes it is her husband. While investigating Jill ends up at the Senior Project, she wants to figure out if they have talked to her Aunt in the past and if her information could have been leaked from there. When a volunteer from the project ends up dead Jill is sure that the police are looking at the wrong suspect. She is determined to find another direction for them to look at. Follow along as Jill tries to figure out who is trying to scam her Aunt and also save an innocent woman from being arrested for murder. This was a great mystery read that had me looking left and right for not only a scammer but also a killer.
Booksandknitting 24 days ago
Jill’s Aunt Jackie is behaving strangely after breaking off her engagement to Harrold. Jill visits her aunt’s doctor and then the local senior center. Aunt Jackie had previously been a victim of a Ponzi scheme and Jill is worried she may be being scammed again. There is a murder and Jill is trying to stay out of the investigation. She’s more involved with figuring out who is trying to scam her aunt. Lines of inquiry keep crossing in the two investigations. Coincidence or is there a connection? I enjoy this series and the author has kept the stories fresh. This is a great cozy...two mysteries, interesting characters, and a warm, cozy read
KristaS 24 days ago
Jill the owner of Coffee, Books, and More finds herself involved in two mysteries in Memories and Murder, number 10 in the Tourist Trap Mystery series from Lynn Cahoon. Jill's aunt Jackie has someone making mysterious calls, it is a scam or really someone from her past? Then there is also a murder in the small town of South Cove for her boyfriend Greg to solve. Light and cozy, even with murder involved, an enjoyable read. It addresses a common problem of con artists scamming the elderly, and both mysteries are tied up neatly in the end. The author's style is to pull you in and make you welcome in the small town oc South Cove. You are as much a part of the circle as any of the other characters are. So pull up a cup of coffee and put your feet up while you enjoy! Thank you #NetGalley for the opportunity of reading #MemoriesandMurder #LynnCahoon
diane92345 24 days ago
Jill runs a bookstore and coffee shop in a small coastal Californian town in Memories and Murder, the tenth entry in the Tourist Trap cozy mystery series. When her partner and aunt, Jackie, unexpectedly calls off her engagement to Harrold, her niece Jill worries that something is wrong. Little does she know how wrong… Jackie has been a victim of a con before and it appears she is being targeted again. This time someone who says he is her dead husband but in witness protection is asking her for money. If her husband is alive, she obviously can’t marry someone else. I really enjoyed my first foray into the Tourist Trap mysteries. The relationships in the book are sincere. The mystery had plenty of red herrings and a twisty plot. The denouement was truly surprising! After reading Memories and Murder, I will be reading the prior nine books in the series. 5 stars! It is recommended highly for all cozy mystery fans. Thanks to Kensington Books, Great Escapes Blog Tours, and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
StoreyBookReviews 24 days ago
It is amazing anytime I read a cozy book that has food in it (a coffee shop, restaurant, baker, etc) that I don't gain 10 pounds just from reading all the delicious sound dishes.  Jill's coffee shop is no exception especially when it is Sadie making the brownies, cookies, and more. I always enjoy journeying back to South Cove and seeing what is new with Jill, Jackie, Greg, and Amy.  This merry bunch of characters keeps me on my toes with their wit and pension to end up involved with the latest case in town.  Greg should be involved since he is a police detective, but the others?  Not so much.  I suppose Jill can't help it that the killer ends up in her sights, but not always on purpose. This book deals with scams, especially on older citizens.  The author does a brilliant job of showcasing potential scams that might trap anyone that isn't aware or watching what is happening to them.  Or they prey on emotions as they did with Jackie.  While this is common in today's world (sadly), I liked the author's take on that possibility and was quite surprised when everything came to light and who was involved.  All I will say is that it is multiple people and at least one of them surprised me. Sometimes I wish I had Jill's job....being able to read as much as she does but that is a perk (or a curse?) of owning a bookstore. I am enjoying watching Greg and Jill's relationship continue to progress and maybe one day down the road there will be wedding bells.  Only time will tell! We give this book 5 paws up.
Marshathereader 24 days ago
Memories and Murder by Lynn Cahoon is book ten in the Tourist Trap Mystery series. I love returning to South Cove. Jill is worried about her Aunt Jackie. She has broken her engagement and has been very stand offish. Jill has a speaker at her shop and the topic is elder abuse, warning flags go off and Jill is bound and determined to find out what is going on with her. Then, a volunteer from the Senior Project is found murdered, Jill is on the trail to get to the bottom of what has hit South Cove. Cahoon does a perfect mix of twists and turns but, also keeps the love of family and friends flowing. You will be kept guessing until the end. The characters are relatable and likeable. And you will want to walk Jill's dog, Emma, on the beach. I also appreciate Cahoon has focused on an all too common problem currently happening to seniors. I was given an ARC by NetGalley and the publisher for an honest review.
MeezCarrie 24 days ago
Lynn Cahoon’s Tourist Trap Mystery series was the first cozy mystery series I fell in love with, so new visits to South Cove and Jill’s Coffee, Books & More are always top of my TBR list! I love the protagonist Jill and her dog Emma – everyone should have a dog like Emma & she brings a lot of subtle humor & sweetness into the stories. Memories and Murder is a unique installment in this series in that, this time, Jill is (mostly) not investigating the same crime that her hunky detective boyfriend Greg is. She’s got her hands full trying to figure out who’s scamming Aunt Jackie, and I love seeing how her friends and employees band together to help out. That’s one of my favorite things about the whole series, honestly – the community Jill has built around her & they rally behind each other when needed. Family can definitely be what you make it, and Jill proves that over and over again. The fact that this community of main & supporting characters are all layered and thoroughly developed is icing on the cake. Cahoon’s mysteries are always a reading adventure that ropes you in and doesn’t let go until whodunit – and why – is revealed. The dual mysteries unfolding in Memories and Murder are cleverly-plotted (as expected – this is Lynn Cahoon, after all) with some unexpected twists and turns that keep you on your reading toes. I wasn’t sure if they were connected or not – nor how many other mysteries might pop up before the end of the book. Bottom Line: A visit to South Cove & Lynn Cahoon’s delightful Tourist Trap mysteries is always a good idea. Memories and Murder is no exception. The two concurrent mysteries in this book are equally intriguing, and I loved trying to figure out who was behind them. Cahoon excels at characters and setting, as well as plot, and Memories and Murder is a prime example. A great choice for this weekend’s reading list!! (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)
GratefulGrandma 25 days ago
This is the tenth full length story with several novellas along the way, and it is still going strong. I really enjoyed this outing of The Tourist Trap Mysteries. When Aunt Jackie calls off her engagement to Harrold and starts acting out of character, Jill Gardner has to ramp up her investigating. She is on the trail of a mysterious caller who is targeting her Aunt Jackie. He is playing on her love for her deceased husband, but claiming he is Ted, and that he is not dead, but in witness protection. There is also a dead body that Greg is investigating, but it doesn't take long to determine that these two things are somehow connected. Can Jill figure out what is going on in time to salvage Jackie's and Harrold's engagement? I enjoy this series for so many reasons. Lynn Cahoon has a wonderful writing style, great well-developed main characters and strong secondary characters, and a great setting with both the town of South Cove, California and the coffee shop/bookstore, Coffee Books and More. The plot is well written with the reader feeling like they are right there solving the mystery with Jill and Greg. I like the romance between Jill and Greg as well. They are a great couple who have a lot in common and really support one another. Greg is the lead detective in town, yet understands Jill's desire to help others. Although he does not share information with her per se, he does not block her or intimidate her while she is sleuthing. This book is fast-paced, with a lot happening. Several storylines come together as the crime is investigated and it becomes obvious that both of the major crimes in this story are related. I did figure out some of what was happening before the final reveal, but the major culprit was not obvious to me until the author basically gave up a huge clue. The showdown was exciting and I was thrilled at the ending of this story. Once again, Lynn Cahoon has penned a wonderful story that I recommend to all cozy mystery lovers. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
PollyBennett 26 days ago
I love this series, it's comfortable, and each book is a joy to read. This one was just as good as all the rest.
Rachel_Denise01 26 days ago
Memories and Murder by Lynn Cahoon is the 11th installment in the Tourist Trap Mystery series. This is the first book that I have read in this series and it was so enjoyable and easy to follow that I did not feel lost or out of place diving right in. I can see however, that by reading all off the previous books in order would most certainly add to my enjoyment. This book was so good that I plan on reading all of the previous books. I enjoyed the whole host of characters. They were relatable, hilarious, and a few were quirky (hello Esmerelda), and truly added to my overall enjoyment. I love Jill Gardner as the main female protagonist and cannot wait to read more! I am glad this book also brought to light the serious issue of elder abuse. As someone that is a healthcare provider, I know how widespread this is, and am very serious about this being addressed. I am glad that this book offered a step in the right direction. 5/5 stars
jltrhines 26 days ago
Reading this book is like visiting old friends. The characters are great and the mystery full of surprises. Just when you think you have it figured out the author throws you a twist. I always look forward to the next book.
BookloverUT 27 days ago
This was a great mystery. I couldn't figure out whodunnit and couldn't stop reading until the end. I loved how the characters leaned on each other. I felt that one of the themes concerned new beginnings and looking towards the future, something I am doing. I can't wait until the next mystery in this series. I received an advanced reader's copy from NetGalley for my honest review.
KrisAnderson_TAR 28 days ago
Memories and Murder by Lynn Cahoon is the tenth A Tourist Trap Mystery. Jill Gardner owns Coffee, Books and More in South Cove, California where she is currently worried about her Aunt Jackie. Jackie suddenly called off her engagement to Harrold Snider and refuses to explain why. After a little coaxing from Jill, Jackie confesses that she has been getting some disturbing calls. If the identity of this individual is correct, then Jackie could not marry Harrold. Jill had just heard a lecture about elder fraud, and she believes someone is targeting her aunt. Jill contacts her boyfriend, Detective Greg King so they can look into the matter. Unfortunately, a volunteer at the Senior Project is murdered that evening which becomes Greg’s priority. Jill is not one to standby, so she begins to do some sleuthing on her own. Memories and Murder can be read as a standalone for those new to the series. The author provides the necessary background information on the main characters. Memories and Murder is easy to read thanks to the author’s conversational writing style and smooth flow of the story. The mystery was different because it addresses the issue of elder fraud. People, unfortunately, try to take advantage of those who are not as technologically savvy and who are more trusting. Jackie is lucky that she has Jill and such caring friends. Jill is positive that someone is taking advantage of Jackie and she begins going research online as well as talking to some people in town. Jill got lucky when people approached her with information because they had heard of Jackie’s predicament. I would have liked some more active sleuthing on Jill’s part. I enjoyed Deek’s participation and how he added to the case. Deek is a hard worker and a good addition to Jill’s business. I like how everything tied together to provide a satisfying conclusion. I am curious about Jill’s decisions making regarding Coffee, Books and More. Deek will ask to add a book group, and Jill tells him to check with Aunt Jackie since it will happen in the evenings when she works. Since Jill owns the business, I feel she should make the decision. I just found it odd and unfair to Deek since Aunt Jackie is not his biggest fan (yet). There are plenty of cozy moments with Jill enjoying endless cups of coffee, indulging in Sadie’s confections, taking Emma for runs, helping Amy work on her wedding including a disastrous crafting session, time with Greg, talking with new hire Deek, and reading advance reader copies that have been sent to the store. Memories and Murder is a comfortable cozy mystery with curious calls, a mysterious murder, copious quantities of coffee, plentiful pastries, wedding work, a cute canine, and a busy boyfriend.
Nancy0708 28 days ago
Two mysteries and a murder. The question is can Jill Gardner stop her Aunt Jackie from making a terrible mistake before she loses money and so much more. It doesn't help that Jackie is keeping tight-lipped about what is happening. Her investigating is keeping her so busy she almost doesn't have time to snoop around in a murder investigation until she fears that an innocent person is going to be charged. I enjoyed a lot about this story. The plot is engaging and the realistic characters are people I would like to get to know better. The story also does an excellent job of shining a light on scams focused on cheating elders. Thanks to Lyrical Underground and NetGalley for an ARC. The opinions expressed are my own.
casey710 28 days ago
This is the 11th is a long running series that I seem to have missed prior to this book. Its a really cute cozy with lots of interesting and likable characters and just enough mystery to keep me interested from start to finish. Now I need to go back and read books 1-10 and see how this all started. Thank you NetGalley for the advanced readers copy for review.
BobbieLCLA 28 days ago
I received a free copy of MEMORIES AND MURDER (Tourist Trap Mystery, Book 10) by Lynn Cahoon in exchange for an honest review. Having just attended a lecture on elder abuse, Jill Gardner discovers her Aunt Jackie is currently being victimized. Someone keeps calling Aunt Jackie and tormenting her by claiming to be a long-dead loved one. Jill’s detective boyfriend is on the case until he’s distracted by a homicide. Acknowledging that solving a murder is more important, Jill takes point on identifying the person harassing her aunt. When Jill also interferes in the murder investigation and insists her boyfriend is wrong about his primary suspect, will he crack the case, or will their relationship break, instead? I liked this book. We finally learn why Aunt Jackie dumped sweet Harold. I enjoy and recommend the entire series as well as the current book. This is a cozy mystery series featuring small towns, good friends, vapid politicians, a bookstore/café, diner dining, cranky relatives, a hunky love interest, and a sweetheart of a dog. #MemoriesAndMurder #NetGalley
bluegreen91 28 days ago
After reading the previous book in this series, Killer Party, I was itching to know what was going on with Aunt Jackie, so when I read Memories and Murder, I was completely thrown to find out the truth! In this book, our protagonist Jill is surprisingly less interested in the murder of a local man than she is in unraveling her aunt's big mystery. I had a hard time putting this book down, because both mysteries had me hooked and I couldn't wait to see how it all turned out. I love the characters and the small, seaside town in this series, not to mention Jill's book/coffee shop where they dole out sweet treats made by Jill's friend Sadie. Sadie also plays a more prominent role in this story, which was nice. Like me, you may be surprised by the ending, so if you like mysteries that keep you guessing, this is one for you! I hope this Lynn Cahoon series continues for a long time, because I love the well-written mysteries and realistic, likeable characters. I received an advance copy of this story. This review contains my honest thoughts and opinions.
ganderson523 29 days ago
It is always fun to return to small town South Cove, California on the central coast of the state where there is never a dull moment. Jill Gardner has a perfect job as the owner of Coffee, Books, and More where she works the early shift serving commuters their early coffee and maybe some cheesecake make by her friend Sadie. She has some great help with the shop and her Aunt Jackie keeps everyone in line. Then Jackie breaks off her engagement to shop owner Harrold and she isn't acting her normally feisty self. Then Jill discovers that someone is playing with Aunt Jackie's mind pretending to be her deceased husband. Things may have been tied to the local Senior Project. Sadie's friend Paula works at the Senior Project where it appears that things are fishy after Paula's boyfriend, who volunteers at the center, winds up dead and she is accused of the crime. Jill's boyfriend Police Chief and Detective Greg King is tied up with the murder while Jill, who would normally be all over it, is worried about her aunt and investigating her situation. This is another great addition to the Tourist Trap Mysteries where you can expect to get hungry as Jill eats lots of cheesecake, brownies, and yummy dishes at Diamond Lille's. There is a whole cast of returning characters that make this series so good and always a great mystery to solve. I received a complimentary ARC from Kensington Books and Lyrical Underground through NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are mine only.