Rockets' Dead Glare

Rockets' Dead Glare

by Lynn Cahoon

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As sunny South Cove, California, gears up for their annual Fourth of July celebrations, a local murder threatens to kill the fireworks . . .
South Cove’s local businesses are up in arms after volunteer fire chief Barry Gleason threatens to shut down anyone who doesn’t comply with the fire code. But when Barry schedules a training burn in an old abandoned barn, he is the only one who doesn't come out alive. Jill Gardner—owner of Coffee, Books, and More—smells murder in the ashes. She’ll have to work quickly to nab a killer with a short fuse—or else everyone’s holiday will end with a fizzle . . .
Praise for The Tourist Trap Mysteries
“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
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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781516108190
Publisher: Lyrical Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/05/2018
Series: Tourist Trap Mystery Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 12,717
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Lynn Cahoon is an Idaho expat. She grew up living the small-town life she now loves to write about. Currently, she’s living with her husband and two fur babies in a small historic town on the banks of the Mississippi river where her imagination tends to wander. Guidebook to Murder, Book 1 of the Tourist Trap series, won the 2015 Reader’s Crown award for Mystery Fiction. Visit her at

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Rockets' Dead Glare 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is not a continuation of the series that I waited a year for but a novella that is suppose to fit it after book #3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Short story. Easy to figure out. Not the best in series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was fun relaxing enjoyable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im sorry but I cannot stand the obsessive compulsive food complex that inhabits every page of this so called mystery. If the heroine really eats what is written she must be obese which of course she is not. Thus making the book a farce.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just simply a disappointment!
Chatting-About-Cozies More than 1 year ago
Author Lynn Cahoon turns up the heat in this entertaining novella starring Jill Gregory, owner of Coffee, Books, and More. For fans of the Tourist Trap Cozy Series, there are multiple familiar and well-liked characters mentioned in this plot. The town business owners are incensed when the volunteer fire chief, Barry Gleason, inspects their establishments, lists numerous violations, and threatens to close them all down just before the Fourth of July Festivities. Then, he sets up a controlled burn with the rest of the volunteers, and someone dies. Jill, flanked by her police Officer boyfriend, Greg, and several close friends, manage to smoke out enough clues until it becomes clear what caused Barry’s irrational behavior. I’ve enjoyed every story in this series and highly recommend each one! I reviewed a digital ARC provided by NetGalley and Kensington Lyrical.
CheliD More than 1 year ago
This novella, set around the Fourth of July, has Jill trying to find out who murdered the Fire Chief without stepping on the toes of her boyfriend who is town homicide detective. Barry Gleason, Fire Chief, had threatened just about every local business with a shut down order due to fire code violations, so when he was found dead there were numerous suspects including Jill. I love this series and even this short novella is well written with the characters interacting naturally and the clues well placed and the solution well thought out.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
This is a short but sweet novella in the Tourist Trap Mystery Series. As the title hints, it takes place around the 4th of July and the businesses in South Cover are planning for Independence Day Celebrations. When the new fire chief is found dead in a house being used for a training exercise, there are only three suspects, the three volunteer firemen who are there for the exercise. There were a lot of people upset with him over his threats to shut down businesses for fire code violations, but none of them were in attendance. Once again, Jill Gardner sticks her nose in the investigation making sure that an innocent man is not railroaded. You get a brief look at the town of South Cove and glimpse the life of some of the main characters. If you have not read any books in this series, this could be a brief introduction to it, but do not make a hasty judgement, as the series is fun, interesting, has lots of local cultures, some quirky characters and great mysteries to solve. A short mystery that was a nice interlude before the next full story in this series.
ethel55 More than 1 year ago
This was a fun, quick novella taking place in the days leading up to South Cove's 4th of July festivities. The local fire chief seems to have it out for the business owners with unrealistic deadlines for bizarre and archaic town ordinances. Jill is on the ball as a leader in the business community and one who always manages to follow the murder trail to a conclusion. This takes place a bit earlier than where the series is now, making it a perfect intro for new readers.
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KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Rockets’ Dead Glare by Lynn Cahoon is A Tourist Trap Mystery novella. Jill Gardner is the owner of Coffee, Books and More in South Cove, California. The town is getting ready for the annual Fourth of July Festival, but new volunteer fire chief Barry Gleason is putting a crimp in the plans. He has created a stir with his list of violations for each business along with the threat of closing them down for the holiday weekend. Barry has scheduled a controlled burn of an old barn on Beal Street. The volunteer fire fighters complete the training exercise but get a shock when they find Barry dead inside the barn. Jill, with her natural curiosity, cannot help but look into the case. Come along to South Cove for the Fourth of July and Jill’s latest case in Rockets’ Dead Glare. Rockets’ Dead Glare is satisfying cozy mystery. It is a short novella (only 77 pages), but the author packed a lot into those pages. We get to catch up on our favorite characters as they plan for the town’s Fourth of July. The characters are well-developed and are relatable. South Cove is a charming small town with quaint shops and festivities for every holiday. I thoroughly enjoyed the cunning mystery. I believe some of you will be surprised with the solution. The mystery was not neglected in this short story (it was not rushed or incomplete). I do wish that Greg King, Jill’s boyfriend, would get on board with her sleuthing. Jill’s inquisitiveness is a part of her and he needs to be more understanding. If he is worried about her being in danger, then he needs to teach her self-defense (I cannot see Jill carrying a gun). Rockets’ Dead Glare is well-written and has a nice, steady pace. I can relate to Aunt Jackie wanting to use walkie talkie’s for communicating with her off-site employees (they do come in handy when you have a technologically challenged person in your life). There are delightful cozy moments in the book with Emma (Jill’s dog), talking about books, food, time with friends, and walking on the beach. Rockets’ Dead Glare is a gratifying cozy mystery that will tide me over until the next A Tourist Trap Mystery (A Deadly Brew).
BookloverUT More than 1 year ago
The South Cove business district is upset when the volunteer fire chief threatens to shut down their businesses unless they comply with the fire code. But when the fire chief orders a scheduled blaze in an old barn, he’s the only one that gets burned…to death. Can Jill find out who and why someone would want the fire chief killed? This was a great short cozy mystery. It had all the elements expected in a longer book, and it didn’t leave anything out. I loved the plot and the characters, and was sad when the book ended. I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and am voluntarily reviewing it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The plot is very fleshed out for a short story. I really liked this one. Stephanie Clanahan
Rockport_rocker More than 1 year ago
It is a Tourist Trap Mystery! That is all I should have to say but of course, I always have more. I love this series and this book! Those characters we love in a mystery with a twist. Although Rockets' Dead Glare is a novella, I did not feel shorted at all and I was glad to get time with some of my favorite people in this space between novels. First, I had read where each of the novellas fall in the sequence but had forgotten that they take place earlier than the last book I read. It only took a moment to adjust but that was a real Hey, wait a minute, moment. I know fans will love it and I believe that it could work as the first book read in the series but this is definitely one of the series that is best read in sequence because new characters are added and relationships shift. When the fire chief takes it upon himself to introduce new standards and inspects every business in town he manages to find pages worth of violations in every business. Allowing less that a week for remediation, he becomes the most hated man in town. In fact, everyone wants to wring his neck. BUT that isn't what does him in.
ganderson523 More than 1 year ago
It is always fun to return to South Cove, California and visit Jill, local coffee shop/book store owner and her friends. She has the perfect job in my opinion. As the story opens, the local business shop owners are meeting for their monthly Business-to-Business meeting at Coffee, Books, and More. The volunteer fire chief, Barry Gleason, is the guest speaker and is dropping the bomb that he is stepping up the enforcement of violations of fire infractions. With the upcoming Fourth of July celebration coming up, he is threatening to shut down any business that is in violation. Needless to say, he is not very popular with the business owners but when he is found dead within a day or so, everyone is surprised. Jill kicks in her investigating skills to try to see who might have killed Barry. There are three main suspects, all volunteer firemen working a control burn with Barry, who had the opportunity. As usual, Greg King, police chief and Jill's boyfriend, tries to rein in Jill's investigation but she is hard to control. This mystery has a little twist at the end. This is another fun cozy mystery where we get to see old friends and hold our breath that Jill stays out of too much trouble. I have read the whole series and this one fits time wise near the beginning of the series but it doesn't matter in the enjoyment of reading the book. I received this ARC from Lyrical Undergound and Kensington Publishing through NetGalley. The opinions are mine only.
Shelly9677 More than 1 year ago
This is another great book by Lynn Cahoon! Rockets’ Dead Glare is a novella in the A Tourist Trap Mystery series, but it easily stands on its own. It is time for the Fourth of July celebrations in South Cove. The local businesses are busily planning for the Independence Day event when the fire chief declares a long list of violations that he wants fixed, annoying everyone and sending them into a scramble. The fire chief, however, is soon found in the ashes of one of his controlled burn exercises. Jill cannot resist the temptation to investigate, much to her detective boyfriend’s chagrin. This book is light, engaging and satisfying. I enjoy books with seasonal or holiday themes and I love novellas for those times you want to read something interesting without a substantial time commitment. I always enjoy A Tourist Trap Mysteries and this novella flows smoothly while adeptly capturing and keeping the reader’s attention.