Jill Gardner, owner of Coffee, Books, and More is almost out of Mother’s Day cards. She has a few more in stock, but she’s set them aside because she needs Greg’s help choosing one for his mother. It’ll be Jill’s first time meeting her boyfriend’s mother, and she’s understandably nervous.
Turns out Jill isn’t the only one having feelings about mothers. Kyle, who works at the antiques store next door, needs to find the perfect card for a mother he hasn’t seen since he was five—when she went away to jail. But her arrival in South Cove isn’t exactly celebratory, her behavior toward her son unexpectedly restrained. Piqued, Jill discovers that a mother can never be replaced . . .
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Coffee, Books, and More, my coffee shop and bookstore combo in the tourist town of South Cove, California, was doing its regular business on a Wednesday morning. Which meant I hadn't had a customer since the last of the commuters had left around seven thirty. You might think I would be upset at the lack of customers, but you'd be wrong. Mostly because I'd been reading the new Linda Castillo book this week and I had to know the ending. So when the bell over the door went off when I only had ten pages left, I groaned. Aloud.
When I looked up, I saw the situation was worse than I'd expected. Instead of an actual customer, Josh Thomas, the antique dealer who owned the building next door, stood in his black suit in the middle of my dining room. I'd told him before that he needed to branch out with a little color in his clothing choices, but I guess I hadn't made an impact. He looked like a funeral director at the local mortuary. And since I knew Doc Ames — who was actually a funeral director and looked less dour — Josh actually looked like a caricature of a funeral director. From a bad horror flick.
He turned his head and located me, sitting on the couch. Sighing, I put away the book that I'd have to wait until after lunch time to finish and crossed the room to greet him. "Hey, Josh. How can I help you today? Too late in your day for some coffee?"
He glared at me, like I'd dragged him into the shop to interrupt my reading. "No, Miss Gardner, I'm not here for a coffee."
Josh had always called me Miss Gardner. Not Jill. At first, I thought it was due to our new acquaintance. But since I'd known him for over three years and he used to date my aunt, now I assumed he like referencing my single status. Like I was worried about it or something. Josh was staring at me now, and I realized he was waiting for a response to a question I hadn't heard. "I'm sorry, what did you say?"
Josh sighed, loudly, looked around at the door to make sure we were still alone, and then asked me the question again. "Have you noticed anything different about Kyle?"
"Kyle?" I tried to think about the last time I'd seen Josh's employee. Had it been last week? He lived in an apartment over the antique shop next to Josh. Had it been over a week?
"Kyle Nabors, the man who works for me? At the antique store?" Josh reminded me of Kyle's identity as he glared. "Are you sure you're all right?"
This is why I didn't like talking to Josh. He tried to make me feel like an idiot. On a regular basis. "I know who Kyle is, I was just trying to remember the last time I saw him. I guess it was last week when I left the store after my shift. He was coming down from the apartment and I was going out to the parking lot for my car. I'd driven in that morning because I had to go into Bakerstown to get dog food. I can't believe how much food Emma goes through in a month."
"I'm not here to talk about the care and feeding of your dog." He pulled a small notebook out of his jacket pocket. He paused as if taking notes. "When exactly did you see him and what did you talk about?"
I wasn't sure how I felt about being interrogated, but I'd play along, especially since I might need to repay the favor one day when I was investigating — not investigating — one of our local mysteries. "Like I said, it was last Tuesday —"
Josh interrupted me and glared. "You said, last week."
"Fine, so I said last week instead of Tuesday. But it was Tuesday. Can I go on?" I waited for Josh to nod, then continued my story. "Anyway, I saw him coming down the back stairs. I waved, he waved, but that was it. He looked happy."
"He's been looking that way for weeks. I know he's still dating that woman from Bakerstown, but typically, he's not that chipper about her." Josh mused over his notes. When he finished writing, he looked up. "And?"
"And nothing. I went to Bakerstown to get dog food. I don't think I've seen him since." A bad feeling came over me. "Wait, are you telling me he's disappeared? Have you called Greg?"
Josh followed me to the counter where I grabbed my phone. "Calm down, Miss Gardner. Kyle is currently working the front counter at my store. Which means I need to get back to make sure everything is all right."
"So you're concerned that Kyle's too happy and you're going to fix that?" I watched as Josh took two of the sample brownies from the plate on the counter and put them on a napkin.
He didn't answer me as he headed to the door.
He turned back to look at me. "Yes?"
"You're a strange guy."
After he stomped out, I returned to the couch and my book. I had thirty minutes until Toby arrived to start his shift and if I hurried, I could not only finish this book, but sort through the advance reader copies in the back room for my next read.
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Walking down to Diamond Lille's to meet Greg for lunch, I paused in front of Antiques by Thomas. Kyle was working on a window display. He saw me watching and waved at me with a big grin on his face. The tattoos that peeked out from his rolled-up sleeves reminded me of his background, before joining the South Cove community. The kid looked way too happy as he scrubbed dirt off the window sill. Josh was right; something was definitely up with our bad boy turned good.
As I entered the diner, Greg saw me and waved from our favorite booth. He's my boyfriend and also South Cove's police detective. I keep telling him he needs to get Mayor Baylor to change his title to Chief King, but Greg isn't the power type. Besides, the mayor was already concerned that Greg wanted his job. The good thing about that was it kept the guy on his toes. Everyone loves Greg. Not so much the mayor.
I paused at the booth, taking in his sandy hair and tanned face. If not for the South Cove Police dress shirt and the handgun at his side, you could mistake him for a surfer fueling up for the next wave. I brushed his hair out of his eyes and then kissed him lightly. "Hey, stranger. I'm glad you set up lunch. I don't think I've seen you for weeks."
"It hasn't been that long." He pushed a glass of iced tea toward me. "I told Carrie you'd order when you got here, but I've got the stuffed meatloaf special already going."
I glanced at the menu. It was Wednesday, and I was having my favorite meal, fish and chips. Carrie was busy with another customer so I set the menu aside and sipped my tea. "Emma found a doll on the beach this morning during our run. I told her she could keep it since it looked like it washed up on shore."
"I haven't had any reports of missing dolls, but you might want to check the condition of the face, I'd hate to have her choke on a loose eye or something." He leaned back as Carrie set his plate in front of him. "Thanks, that smells amazing."
"I don't even want to know what you're talking about." Carrie grinned at Greg, then turned to me. "Fish and chips?"
"Of course, it's Wednesday." I glanced at the iced tea. "I guess that's all."
"No vanilla milkshake?" Carrie pressed since that was my usual drink on Wednesday. I figure it's a good cheat day since I'm running daily, except for Sundays.
"No, I'm good." I felt my cheeks heat as both Greg and Carrie stared at me.
"Okay then, carry on with your eye swallowing conversation." Carrie headed back to the kitchen.
"I guess we should have clarified whose eye." Greg nodded to the glass. "Didn't you want tea? You could have ordered a milkshake."
"The tea is fine." I took another sip as if to prove it to him. I didn't want to be considered a diva. His first wife held that title. My goal was to be the sweet and kind alternative. Girlfriend, I mean, not wife. "The doll is a rag doll and I threw it in the washer when I got home. If it survives that, she can have it. No buttons or plastic eyes to come off."
Carrie arrived back at the table with my lunch. "Here you go."
"Whoa, that was fast." I glanced toward the kitchen. "What, do you have magical elves doing the cooking now?"
"Nope. Tiny saw you come in and started your order. You really need to expand your food choices. You're way too predictable."
I watched as Carrie walked away to pick up plates from another table. "I might consider being offended at that, but I have my food faster than normal. So why should I?"
"Hey, let's go away next weekend. I'd say this weekend, but I'm covering Toby on Saturday night, so we'll have to wait a week." He snatched a French fry. "What do you think? Maybe a drive up the coast to Oregon? We haven't been that far yet."
"Sounds great. I couldn't go this weekend anyway, as I'm covering Toby's Saturday shift at the shop. I know he wants more hours, but when he's off, he messes up both our schedules. That being said, I'm glad that he's getting a short vacation, even if it's really putting a crimp in my reading time." I shook malt vinegar over the top and took a bite. Heaven.
"Perfect. Then on the 14th, we'll go into Bakerstown and have lunch at that seafood place you like." Greg kept his head down, apparently focusing on the food.
"Boy, you are just full of plans today. Sounds great, but maybe we should go to the beach instead and eat out of one of those food trucks." I grabbed my phone and opened my calendar. "Nevermind, that's a Sunday, not a Saturday."
"It's Mother's Day."
I glanced up from keying the new plans into my calendar. "So ..."
"I thought you might want to invite your aunt." He still wasn't looking at me.
I was beginning to smell a rat here. "You're telling me you want a family dinner? Will Jim be there?"
"More than likely." Finally, Greg looked up and set his fork on his plate. "As well as my mom. She's coming into town for the weekend and I want you to meet her."
I started choking on the fish I'd just taken a bite of. When I got myself under control, I stared at him. "You want me to meet your mom at a Mother's Day dinner with Aunt Jackie in tow? That's what you're asking."
Greg went back to his meal. "That about sums it up. Do you have a problem with meeting my mother?"
"Of course not." Well, that's what I said. What I was screaming inside was Oh, my lord, help me out of this mess.
"Good, then it's settled. I'll call Jim tonight and you let your aunt know. Harrold is invited too, of course." Greg finished his meatloaf. When I didn't respond, he put his fork down and took a sip of his tea. "Okay, tell me what I did wrong?"
"Seriously? You have to ask?" I waved a French fry at him. "You ambushed me with this whole situation."
"Are you saying you don't want to meet my mother?" Greg's voice held a touch of anger.
"That's not what I'm saying." I didn't want to fight, not about this, and definitely not here. "I don't know what I'm saying. I'm just shocked. I didn't realize your mother was planning on coming to South Cove soon."
Greg leaned back in the booth. "Honestly, neither did I. I guess she and Jim pulled this visit together. She thinks she needs to meet you before I get too involved."
"She realizes we've been dating more than a year, right?" I dipped the fry I'd been using as a weapon into the fry sauce and ate it before continuing. "What has Jim been telling her? I'm a wanton woman who is keeping you away from reconciling with Sherry?"
"Even if you weren't a wanton woman" — Greg paused as he expertly caught the fry I threw at him, then continued — "I wouldn't go back to Sherry if she was the last woman alive. I know my judgment was flawed once, it doesn't mean I'm stupid."
"I don't know why this is freaking me out so much. I mean, you know my relatives." I hadn't talked to Greg about the other people in my family tree. And I was keeping it that way. Aunt Jackie was enough for the guy to have to deal with.
Greg watched me, like he could see the lie of omission as it fell out of my lips. One of the reasons I loved him was his ability to bide his time with questions. "I know it's a lot for you to deal with but let me ask a little more gently. Would you like to have dinner with my mother, my brother, and me on Mother's Day?"
"As long as I can bring my aunt, I think I'll be safe." I reached over and grabbed his hand. "Thanks for understanding."
"I have to admit, it's got me a little edgy too. Don't get me wrong, I was planning on introducing you to my mother. Just not in less than three weeks." He squeezed my hand. "Aren't we a pair? I love you, Jill Gardner."
His words took my breath away but I didn't know exactly how to respond. The correct answer seemed to escape me, time and time again. The moment passed and Greg dropped my hand.
"I've got to get back to the station. I'm looking forward to our weekend. We need to spend some time together. Can you get a babysitter for Emma?" He checked the bill Carrie had left on the table and threw down several bills to cover the cost of lunch.
"I'll talk to Toby and see if he can watch her." I started making a list in my head of all the things I needed to do before we left. Like a pedicure. And maybe a manicure. And I'd have to grab at least a couple more books just in case I had time to read.
While I was lost in my thoughts, Greg had stood from the booth. He turned my head gently toward him and kissed me. After the kiss broke, he tapped me on my nose with his index finger. "I don't know what you're thinking about, but somehow I believe it's about a book."
I didn't want to admit that he'd hit the nail on the head, so I smiled. "I'm packing in my head. Thanks for lunch."
Since I hadn't finished eating, I stayed at the table, thinking. Carrie stopped by and took Greg's now empty plate. "Do you want that milkshake now?"
"Yes. Yes, please." I glanced around the almost empty dining room. "You don't mind if I hang around for a while, do you?"
"It's not like we're turning people away. Lille will be back for dinner service at five. Just in case you wanted to know."
"Thanks, Carrie." And with that assurance that the owner and dragon queen of Diamond Lille's wouldn't be around to mess with me for taking up space, I pulled out a book and settled in to read.
Life was good. Or it would have been if Greg hadn't thrown a stone in the pond. Now, I had to deal with the ripples his request had caused.CHAPTER 2
Thursday morning the too-chipper Kyle walked into my store. I was up refilling my coffee cup after having a restless night. Meeting Greg's mother was a big step. His brother Jim already didn't like me. If his mother felt the same way, I'd be two for two. I'd been trying to put the upcoming meeting out of my head but even reading the newest release from my favorite mystery author hadn't kept the thoughts from invading my morning.
"Hey Jill! Can I get two large mochas?" He paused at the small round carousel where I had some cards for sale. "Do you have any Mother's Day cards?"
"Some. I'm kind of sold out since it's coming up soon." I watched as he pulled out one, then the other. I got his drinks made, wondering why Josh thought the kid was too happy. "What's your mom like? Sometimes that makes choosing a card easier. Like does she go for the flowers and mushy stuff? Or is she funnier?"
He put the cards back, sighed, and walked over to sit on one of the stools at the counter. "I don't know."
"I'm sure if you think about what she liked when you were a kid we can figure this out." I put sleeves on the coffees and came around the counter. "What did she like to do when you were a kid?"
"She wasn't around much." He rolled a coffee stirrer on the counter. "If I tell you something, can it be just between us?"
"Of course." I nodded to the counter. I might have lucked into finding out what Josh hadn't. "You want some coffee on the house? I feel like this might be a long conversation."
He shook his head. "Can't be too long. Josh will have a fit if I bring him back a cold mocha. Anyway, my mom left me with my grandmother when I was five. She kept sending me postcards, and she said she was coming back, but when I went to school, some kid told me the truth. My mom was in jail for robbing the local grocery store. I guess his dad owned the store and told him to stay away from me because I was trouble."
"Small towns, they never forget."
"Exactly. I confronted my grandmother and she told me the whole story. Mom was only in the car waiting for her latest boyfriend, but when they caught up with them, he said she was the mastermind." He smiled, just a little. "She was just a small-town girl looking for love. And this jerk took advantage of her."
"She's out now?" I'd known Kyle had had a rough childhood, but not this rough.
He shrugged. "A few months ago, my girl started asking me about her, so I looked her up. She's been out and living in Reedsport for a few years now. Can you believe that she's been this close? I found her on Facebook and we've been talking. She said she'd come down to see me, but now she's having cold feet."
"You thought a card might warm up the feet a bit?"
He grinned. "Something like that."(Continues…)
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this was a fun, quick read. The characters all shared one problem, how to make Mother's Day perfect. They learn in the long run, it's all about who you spend it with. The ending will make your heart smile!
You don’t have to have a good relationship with your mother or your child to enjoy Lynn Cahoon’s Mother’s Day Mayhem. This novella provides a quick, enjoyable, themed read. Lynn Cahoon is a big proponent of “sometimes, the family you make is just as strong or stronger than blood.” Another nice feature of this book is that although there are mysteries (where ARE those missing garden gnomes?), there are no murders. I would like to extend my thanks to netgalley.com and to Kensington Books for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
Both moms and mysteries play a big role in this visit to the charming tourist town of South Cove, California. Jill Gardner, who often stumbles across murder, is surprised by boyfriend Greg's announcement that his mother is coming to town and Mother's Day will be the perfect time for them to meet. Kyle, who works at the antique shop, has been trying to reconnect with his own mom and Jill can't resist trying to help. These novellas have done a lot to fill in small gaps in the larger Tourist Trap series and I like how it is a great way to visit with some favorite characters. They are short, but fun!
Jill Gardner, owner of Coffee, Books, and More needs help selecting a Mother’s Day card for Greg’s mother from her dwindling supply. Jill is supposed to meet her for the first time on Mother's Day. Jill is not the only one who is having anxiety over Mother’s Day, Kyle, who works at the neighboring store is trying to find the right card for his mother whom he hasn’t seen for a long time. Kyle’s mother was sent to jail when he was 5 and he hasn’t seen her since. He recently found her on social media and reached out to her. Is everything as it seems with Kyle's mother? Can Jill survive a Mother’s Day meeting with Greg’s mother? This is my first book in the series, I was able to enjoy the book, however, I feel I would have better understood the characters if I’d read the previous books. The characters are interesting. Although the mystery isn’t a murder mystery it is well written with several twists to keep the reader engaged. This type of novella is a wonderful opportunity to get to know characters a little better. I recommend this book to cozy mystery fans. I voluntarily agreed to read a copy of this book supplied by Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own and in no way have been influenced.
I enjoy these novellas to keep me up to date with what is happening in South Cove, California. They are lighter than the full novels, and the mystery is not usually a murder. It's almost Mother's Day and Jill's boyfriend has asked her to meet his mother on Mother's Day. She is a bit apprehensive of this big step in their relationship. The other story in this book revolves around Kyle, an employee at the antique store, who is hoping to reconnect with his mother who he has not seen since he was a boy of five. He has recently found her on social media, but she seems to be reluctant to get together. In Jull's normal fashion, she takes it upon herself to help Kyle and find out if this woman in legit. The mystery in this novella was very light, focusing on locating Kyle's mother. The familiar characters were all there and it was nice to catch up with them. My only issue was that this mystery could have been easily solved by having Greg check out the prison first, where Kyle's mother had been incarcerated. I always enjoy a visit to South Cove and look forward to the next book in the series. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
This is the first book/novella I've read in the series but I thought it was interesting and fun. I've already added the other books to my wish list/tbr pile. I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. My thoughts and opinions are my own and without bias.
I LOVE my trips to South Cove! I always feel like I am visiting friends and this trip was a fun one! No murder this go around but Jill is on the case of a friend's relationship with his absent but now reappeared mother. I really wasn't sure how this mystery would play out and it definitely kept me guessing. This short story does leave me with questions that were raised in this book about Jill's past, and I am hoping for the answers to those questions in the next visit to South Cove. Very enjoyable read! I received this book from NetGalley and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
As always I loved this novella and the series. Tried the meatloaf but only had American cheese on hand but it was a hit. Thank you.
What do you do when one of your favorite authors doesn’t have another book in the series coming out soon? You hope and pray for a novella to tide you over! With Mother’s Day coming, Jill Gardner is blind sided by her boyfriend’s request to meet his Mother for lunch that day. Jill’s still a little gun shy after her divorce, but she eventually comes around and is ready to meet the potential future Mother in law. But this novella isn’t just about meeting the boyfriend’s Mother, it also takes on a resident of South Cove who hasn’t seen his own Mother since he was a child. Because South Cove residents care about each other, Jill wants to help the mother and son heal the ages old rift. It’s what people who care about each other do…and the community of South Cove truly cares about their own. A good quick fix as we wait for the next entry in the Tourist Trap Mystery series.
Jill isn't sure how she feels about meeting Greg's mother and on Mothers Day no less. She loves Greg but meeting a parent is always a scary ordeal, will she like her won't she like her. When Kyle from the store next door comes looking to Jill for help she is happy to do what she can to keep her mind off her nervousness. Kyle hasn't seen his mother in years, she went to prison a long time ago, but he heard that she was free and he wants to make contact. When he hears back that she wants nothing to do with him Jill decides to step in and find out what the issue is. Her and Greg are going away for a weekend why not to where Kyle's mom lives. Follow along as Jill tries to step in and help bring Kyle and his mother together. She likes Kyle and wants him to find some sort of closure when it comes to his mother. Will Jill be able to help or will it be a wasted trip. This was a fun short that gave us a better look into Jill and Greg's relationship and also a fun mystery to dig into. I love getting to know the characters better through a novella and can't wait to see what happens with them in the next book.
Mother's Day Mayhem is a easy to read novella with the Tourist Trap Mystery series by Lynn Cahoon. Even though there are no dead bodies, there is a mystery Jill is set to get to the bottom of. Her friend Kyle wants her to find his mother he never knew and Jill finds a way to incorporate a week end get away with her detective boyfriend, Greg. Throw in meeting Greg's mother for the first time on Mother's Day and you get a cozy mystery you won't want to put down. I received an ARC from Netgalley for an honest review.
California Cozy Mystery This is a short and sweet cozy mystery. The story takes place in a small coastal town where everyone knows everybody. The plot is cute and keeps the reader engaged. I have read several books from this series and they all leave me with a smile on my face. This is a quick read – only 75 pages which makes it excellent to fill a lunch hour or read before bed. There is nothing scary in this book! I received this ARC for free from Net Galley and this is my honest review.
Mother’s Day Mayhem is a charming addition to A Tourist Trap Mystery series. If you have not read the previous books in the series, I do not suggest starting with this one (you would be out of step). I like Lynn Cahoon’s conversational writing style. It makes for an engaging and easy to read story. A Tourist Trap Mystery series has friendly, developed and relatable characters. It is sweet that the residents of South Cove consider each other family and they look out for each other (I want to move to this town) which gives Jill the perfect excuse to meddle in Kyle’s life. I look forward to visiting South Cove to what the characters are up to in each new book. Jill and Greg have been dating for a year and she has yet to meet his mother. I could feel Jill’s nerves and I knew what she was feeling plus what she was thinking (would the mother like her, what if the meeting goes bad). Kyle has been without his mother since he was a small boy. It was obvious he was worried about being rejected. There is no dead body or burglary in this book. The mystery involves Kyle’s mother, and Jill wants to make sure Kyle will not get hurt. Mother’s Day Mayhem is a short story that progresses at a steady pace. There is humor in the story from Greg’s case of the missing gnomes. Jill’s theories had me giggling. There is a recipe for Tiny’s provolone stuffed meatloaf at the end of the book. Mother’s Day Mayhem is an emotional story that will touch your heart.
I always enjoy a trip to South Cove, California where Jill Gardner owns Coffee, Books and More, the perfect place to get coffee, books and yummy treats. These new novellas are a fun step back in time for a quick visit to see what is happening with the townspeople. Jill loves to make sure her South Cove family is safe and happy. Kyle works with grumpy Josh Thomas' antique store next door to her shop. Kyle was from a program that helped young people find a job in South Cove for a new start. Sasha is from the same problem and has been a wonderful addition to Jill's shop. Kyle was raised by his grandmother but always wanted a relationship with his absent mother. Last he heard she was released from prison. In the past, she never fulfilled her promise to get together with him but Mother's Day is coming up. Maybe they can get together. Jill and her boyfriend, Detective Greg King, are going on a weekend getaway and she plans to investigate Kyle's mother, who lives in the town in Oregon where they are going. As she and Greg work together, will they have success and find out what is going on with his mother, Rebecca? Or will it be a bust? As a side note, Greg's mother is going to be in South Cove for Mother's Day. Yikes! I received a complimentary ARC from Lyrical Press and Kensington Books through NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are mine only.
It’s nearly Mother’s Day, and Jill Gardner, owner of Coffee, Books and More, is apprehensive. Her boyfriend, Greg, wants her to meet his mother for the first time. Kyle, a worker from the store next door, wants to meet with the mother who abandoned him when he was a child. Jill and Greg decide to look into the truth behind Kyle’s mother and they may get more than they bargained for. This was another great little story surrounding the characters created by this gifted author. But, it really isn’t a mystery. It’s a beautiful story about a child’s love for his mother, and the ending made me sad. I really hope that this author releases a full length mystery next. I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and am voluntarily reviewing it.
Mother's Day Mayhem by Lynn Cahoon was another enjoyable addition to the Tourist Trap series highlighting Mother's Day in South Cove. A quickly paced story featuring Jill and Greg working together this time to solve a mystery for another South Cove resident. It was an emotional story regarding families, both biological and the family a person creates with friends and community. An easy afternoon read that kept me turning the pages until the the end. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Lyrical Press via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.
Jill Gardner gets an unpleasant surprise when her boyfriend Greg springs on her that his mother is coming for Mother's Day. She already knows his brother cannot stand her so she feels this visit is doomed for failure. Jill is also feeling bad because she accidentally let a secret slip about someone who works next door to her coffee and book store. This novella is #10.5 in A tourist Trap Mystery series but could easily be read as a stand alone. It is a quick mystery that will leave you wanting more and I am especially interested in the secret in Jill's family tree in which she feels her boyfriend would not be able to forgive. Thanks to Kensington Press and NetGalley for an ARC of this story. The opinions expressed are my own.
I received a free copy of MOTHER’S DAY MAYHEM (A Tourist Trap Novella) by Lynn Cahoon in exchange for an honest review. After dating for a year, Greg King asks Jill Gardner to meet his mother on Mother’s Day. No pressure there! When Kyle, a young man who works next door, confides in Jill that he has been in contact with his estranged mother and is trying to get her to visit, Jill, eager for a distraction, jumps at the chance to investigate Kyle’s mother and possibly persuade her to agree to the meeting. This was an entertaining short story. No murders in this tale. I recommend it. #MothersDayMayhem #NetGalley