Tea Cups and Carnage (Tourist Trap Mystery Series #7)

Tea Cups and Carnage (Tourist Trap Mystery Series #7)

by Lynn Cahoon


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The quaint coastal town of South Cove, California, is all abuzz about the opening of a new specialty shop, Tea Hee. But as Coffee, Books, and More owner Jill Gardner is about to find out, there's nothing cozy about murder . . .

Shop owner Kathi Corbin says she came to South Cove to get away from her estranged family. But is she telling the truth? And did a sinister someone from her past follow her to South Cove? When a woman claiming to be Kathi's sister starts making waves and a dead body is found in a local motel, Jill must step in to clear Kathi's name--without getting herself in hot water.

Includes an excerpt from A STORY TO KILL, Lynn Cahoon's BRAND NEW series

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"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: 9781601836328
Publisher: Random House
Publication date: 06/07/2016
Series: Tourist Trap Mystery Series , #7
Pages: 188
Sales rank: 175,209
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(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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Tea Cups and Carnage

A Tourist Trap Mystery



Copyright © 2016 Lynn Cahoon
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-60183-632-8


Is family defined by blood or is it more than that?

I looked around the table at the June Business-to-Business meeting as attendees started to gather. Aunt Jackie stood with Mary Sullivan, her best friend. I loved hearing them talking about the cruise my aunt and her new boyfriend, Harrold, would be taking in a few months. Bill Sullivan, the committee chair and Mary's husband, stood at the counter, refilling his cup and glancing around the room, as he took stock of the attendance. Typically, these meetings had about ten to fifteen representatives, but summer was the busy season for our tourist town. Even with the busy schedules, we had almost a full house at twenty. I'd had to send Sasha into the back to pull out a couple of boxes of cookies to serve.

They were all here for one reason. Kathi Corbin, the newest member of our community and our committee was holding court over at the couch near the romance section. Kathi's Texas drawl and infectious laugh had the men enthralled. I'd heard rumors the girl had been a Miss San Antonio and had been shortlisted to win Miss Texas, except something had gone awry. She hadn't taken the crown home, ending the competition at the bottom of the top ten.

Having only been in one beauty contest in my entire life and that on a whim, I couldn't imagine where she'd gone wrong. She seemed to play the role well. I walked over to the couch where she was holding court and handed her a cup of coffee. "I'm Jill Gardner, South Cove business liaison to the city council and owner/manager of Coffee, Books, and More." Or at least my aunt lets me think I'm the manager of the shop, even though she makes most of the decisions and then tells me what she's done.

She took the cup from me. "I love your place. I hope we can make some sort of agreement on you guys selling my products over here. If we partner, we'll both increase our business."

"Let's talk next week. I'm sure we can carve out an agreement." I tried to source locally-made product for the shop. The treats were all made by Pies on the Fly, a local bakery. To me it made good financial sense to help another South Cove business survive. I walked back to the table and surveyed the room.

Sasha paused next to me with a filled carafe of coffee. Sasha's my newest employee and came to us as an intern through the Work First program last fall. The single mom had quickly fit into our small staff and Aunt Jackie and I decided to hire her after the ten-week program ended.

"She's quite the charmer," Sasha whispered. Her happiness made her soft brown skin glow. "Even Josh is offering to get her more coffee."

I nodded. The room was separated into two groups. The women clustered around the table waiting for the meeting to start, and the men, except Bill, assembled around Kathi. An old Martina McBride song started going in my head about a woman out for fun but before I could answer Sasha, Bill clapped his hands above his head, trying to get everyone's attention.

"It's five past starting time, folks. I want to honor your busy schedules as well as our host's kind offer of her space. I'm pretty sure Jill would rather be serving coffee and this amazing Apple Caramel Cheesecake to paying customers." He smiled at me and waved the group over to the table. "Bring your coffee with you. We'll pass around the carafes while we're talking."

Kathi sat. Josh Thomas and Dustin Austin jostled each other for the chair next to her. As they jockeyed for position, Mayor Baylor slimed into one of the chairs next to Kathi. Austin dodged and dove into the other, leaving Josh holding onto the back and steaming.

"There's a chair next to Jill." Bill called out to Josh, the portly owner of Antiques by Thomas and up until a few months ago, Aunt Jackie's gentleman caller. I waved at him and pointed to the chair. For my trouble, I got the evil eye as his shoulders slumped and he let go of the chair. Dustin Austin, owner of the bike rental shop, grinned as he tilted his grey dreadlocks toward Kathi's ear and whispered something that made her laugh.

Bill turned her way and Kathi shook her head. "Sorry, but you all are so entertaining. I can't believe I didn't move here years ago."

"Glad you're enjoying your first meeting. Now that we've all settled in, Mary, do you want to give a summary of the upcoming Summer Beach Blast?" As Bill looked at his wife, I saw the adoration he had for the woman even after so many years.

Mary smoothed her skirt as she stood. "As you know, summer traffic really picks up around the fourth of July, but June can be a little slow. So we're sponsoring a festival starting tomorrow to bring in tourists and hopefully customers for your shops. Our bed and breakfast is already full for the weekend and we're hearing that the others in town are nearing capacity."

A loud motorcycle roared up Main Street and Mary, along with the rest of the committee members, switched their attention to the window. All I could see was a huge bike with an equally large rider in black leathers. I could see he wore a gang patch on his leather jacket, but couldn't read the lettering in the short time before he disappeared out of my view.

"And that's what worries me about these activities." Pointing to the window and the now-vanished rider, Josh interrupted Mary's presentation. "Are we sure this will bring in the right types? I don't want to see any of those motorcycle gangs taking over South Cove. Let them stay in South Dakota where they can't do any damage."

"Not all motorcycle clubs are gangs." Dustin had started renting scooters in addition to the bikes last month after he'd received a large inheritance from his recently passed wife, Kacey. Well, actually, recently murdered wife. But Austin had been cleared of her death even though I still thought he should be charged with being a royal jerk.

"That's right. My cousin rides a motorcycle and he's not in a gang at all." Kathi added to the discussion. "He just can't afford a real car right now. He's kind of between jobs."

"We bought advertising in upscale local publications, so we're targeting a specific customer." Mary looked around the room, trying to get back to her prepared notes.

"I don't care who comes into town as long as they have money to spend." Harrold held his coffee cup and toasted Mary. "I appreciate you setting up this program. Go ahead, tell us what we can expect."

Mary smiled gratefully at Harrold and I saw my aunt pat his hand. On my left, I could feel the rage coming off Josh like Harrold had just stolen his last dollar. I tried to circumvent the upcoming blowup by diverting the attention back to Mary. "Be sure to mention the beach party on Saturday. That's my favorite part."

"Oh, there's a beach party? I want to help. I've ran a snow cone machine before, do you all have a snow cone specialist?" Kathi clapped her hands together and actually bounced in her chair, gaining the attention of the men at the table. I heard a sharp gasp of air escape Josh's lips.

Mary tapped her empty coffee cup on the table. "If I could have everyone's attention." She waited for the group to turn back toward the front.

Man, those guys must be getting cricks in their necks turning them so much.

"We'll get to the party, Jill." Mary considered Kathi. "I appreciate your enthusiasm for the festival. I'm sure we can find something for you to do to help. Let's just go over the schedule first and maybe something will pop out at you."

She took a breath and dove into the list of events happening starting the next day and running through mid-next week. Mary scheduled the celebration to start on a Wednesday to try to bring in traffic to our normally dead days. We were setting up the new Coffee, Books, and More mobile annex at the beach starting on Thursday. I'd scheduled Sasha and Aunt Jackie to man the main store, but Toby had to be at his real job as one of South Cove's finest. He'd be doing security for the event when he wasn't mixing coffee drinks. I didn't know when the guy slept.

We'd also hired Nick Michaels for the summer. His mom ran Sadie's Pies on the Fly and was one of my BFF's. This would be the kid's first full-time week since he came home from Stanford for the summer. I hoped he was up to the challenge.

As I considered our staffing for the Summer Beach Blast, I noticed the table had gone quiet. Mary had sat down and Bill, and the rest of the table, was looking at me. "Sorry, what?"

"Way to pay attention," Josh muttered. "He asked you if you wanted to attend the city council session next time to present our results."

"Oh, yeah, I could do that." I looked at Mary. "Aren't you going to be there?"

"Our daughter is expecting our first grandchild this month, so I'm heading to Idaho as soon as labor starts." Mary smiled at Bill. "I know I'm leaving at a bad time, but you can't plan babies."

"As long as you leave me talking points, I'd love to step in for you." Okay, so love wasn't quite the emotion I was feeling. I wrote a note so I'd remember to attend. I tended to file my liaison reports electronically and hadn't been present at a council meeting for months. Both Mayor Baylor and I liked it that way. He didn't have to pretend he liked me and I didn't have to be around the guy.

We finished off the rest of the agenda in record time. I looked at Bill, hoping he'd close the meeting early rather than opening the agenda up for new business. Josh fumbled with a list from the pocket of his black suit and ran his hand over the wrinkles in the page that had been folded and unfolded several times. I snuck a peek at the list and groaned. All the items he tried to get onto the committee's agenda month after month were on the list. He must have read my thoughts because he narrowed his eyes and moved the paper out of my line of sight.

"Now, since we have a little time," Bill said and I watched Josh sit forward in his chair waiting to pounce on the opening. Bill didn't even look Josh's way as he continued. "I'd love to learn more about our newest member. Kathi, can you tell us a little about you, your new store, and why you came to South Cove?"

The men around the table broke into applause as Kathi stood, blushing. "Why, aren't you all the sweetest things?"

I looked at Aunt Jackie across the table who shrugged. I guess I just didn't get why Kathi was a big deal. Yes, she had a southern drawl, and, I'll admit she was beautiful, but the men in the room were treating her like some Hollywood starlet had arrived in our little town. I realized Kathi had started talking and I was still zoned out.

"So, I decided to take my love for china into a specialty shop that only sells tea-related items. Tea Hee will sell specialty teas, teacups, saucers, and tea pots. The idea came to me one day when I was in my grandmother's china cabinet and noticed how many different sets of good china we'd collected over the years. Of course, many of the sets were missing pieces, but they all had enough cups and saucers to put on a good tea party with the girls. And who doesn't like a good tea party on a sunny afternoon?" Kathi paused, looking around the room focusing her attention at me. "I'm sure Jill and her friends often get together in the afternoons for tea and gossip. Am I right?"

I froze as every member of the table turned their attention to me, shook their heads, and went back to watching Kathi. That just ticked me off. "Actually, no, most of my friends have jobs during the day so afternoon get-togethers are kind of hard to plan. We do like to do girls' night at Darla's winery every week or so."

A flicker of anger or disappointment passed behind Kathi's eyes and then her mask was back on and I questioned even seeing it. "Well, that's just sad. Women need more time to bond. There's nothing like girlfriends to keep your life settled. Men come and go, but a good girlfriend is gold." She shook a finger at me. "That was what my mama always told me when I was a child. You'd be happier if you followed Mama's advice."

I wanted to tell her I had plenty of strong friendships with women, but Amy and I had just gone through a rough patch and I had made Sadie mad a few months ago by not telling her that Greg was going to question her kid. OK, maybe my female relationships weren't as strong as they needed to be. However, I didn't think that an afternoon of serving tea and cookies at the house was going to make my friendships stronger. Besides, with Kathi's description of her new business, I was sure she'd be back on the train to Texas in less than three months. Teacups were too specialized a niche to generate business for a new shop.

So I smiled and nodded. "Your mother sounds like a smart woman."

"Oh, she was a bit of a drunk and had the worst taste in men, but she did have a good point once in a while." Kathi turned and looked at Mayor Baylor. "Even a blind dog can find a bone once in a while, am I right?"

Our creepy mayor laughed and smirked at me. "Go on Kathi, tell us more about the tea shop. It sounds fascinating."

I tried not to gag, but I must have made some noise in the back of my throat as Bill looked at me. Leaning over the table, he whispered, "Are you all right?"

I was far from all right, but before I could do more than nod, Sherry King pushed open the door to the shop, letting it slam into a table that was sitting a little too close. Pat Williams, her sidekick, rolled her eyes and gently shut the door.

"I'm so sorry I'm late. We had such awful traffic on Highway One from Bakerstown today. Pat and I had our weekly mani-pedi appointment this morning. Frighteningly early, but you all know how hard finding personal time is when you run a successful shop." Sherry pulled a chair up next to Mayor Baylor but twisted her head when she saw Kathi. "Who is she?"

Now, this was getting entertaining. I leaned back in my chair and waved a hand toward Bill, encouraging him to answer Sherry's question.

He coughed into his hand, then made the introductions. "Sherry, this is our newest member, Kathi Corbin. She's opening the shop next to The Glass Slipper." Bill looked at Kathi. "Sherry and Pat run Vintage Duds. Go ahead Kathi, you were saying?"

And with that, he turned the floor back to Kathi, who spoke for over twenty minutes on the subject of Tea Hee, her time in the pageant world, and how she'd made the decision to move because Texas was just so freaking hot.

Sherry's face turned pink five minutes into Kathi's discourse, red at ten, and by the time Bill closed the meeting, I would say Sherry's face was a lovely shade of royal purple. The girl didn't like anyone stealing her limelight and especially not someone who, to be frank, was prettier.

I thought I might just give Sherry a mirror and tell her it was magic. She was acting more like the evil queen than I'd ever seen her reveal in public. And I loved it.

Sue me, I'm shallow. Especially when it comes to my boyfriend's ex-wife. Yep. Greg King, South Cove police detective, and also my boyfriend, had once been married to the woman.

Of course, I knew she didn't see me as competition. How? She'd told me so on more than one occasion.

A smile still curved my lips as I cleaned up after the business meeting. I shoved a chair back under a table and wiped the top of the table clean.

"That was some show." Sasha put two more chairs under the table.

I put the last chair in place and looked around the room. The shop was back in order in a total of eight minutes. We were getting better at this cleanup process. "I wasn't sure you were watching. I saw you over on the couch reading."

"Trying to read. The circus was just too entertaining." Sasha stretched. "I'll watch the shop until Toby gets here. Don't you have a class with Amy this morning?"

"Yeah." I glanced at the clock. I still had ten minutes before I was supposed to meet Amy Newman at the city gym. I retrieved my gym bag from the back office and strolled down Main Street to the building that housed the rec center along with a small day care. Sasha had Olivia on the waiting list for the next open slot.

South Cove sat smack dab in the center of the coast line. We got our traffic from tourists wandering down Highway One and looking for a quick bite to eat or a break away from the road. The town had one diner, one coffee shop – mine, one bookstore – mine, and a ton of artists' shops including The Glass Slipper, across the street from my coffee shop. Tourists could choose from a variety of lodging options, from one of our upscale bed and breakfasts, to a lower-priced hotel on the main highway, to a luxury villa at The Castle. Oh, and we had South Cove Winery. Now, isn't that the perfect tourist town?

The morning air was cool and helped me get the meeting out of my head. The only good thing that had happened was how mad Sherry had been when she stomped out. Someday that woman would realize the world didn't revolve around her. And with Kathi around, someday could be sooner than Sherry knew.


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Tea Cups and Carnage (Tourist Trap Mystery Series #7) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It never fails, once again Lynn has written a great story making you love South Cove and its residents even more!!!
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Tea Cups and Carnage by Lynn Cahoon is the seventh book in A Tourist Trap Mystery series. Jill Gardner lives in South Cove, California and owns Coffee, Books, and More (CBM). It is a shop that sells coffee, treats, and books (she combined two things she loves and enjoys). Jill is getting ready for the Summer Beach Blast Party that the town is hosting. CBM will have their mobile coffee annex at the beach which will stretch their staff thin (she really should have hired more help). There is a new business in town. Kathi Corbin is from Melaire, Texas (a small town) and opening a store called Tea Hee (a very odd name for a shop). The men in town are fascinated by Kathi and her Southern accent (much to the other women’s puzzlement). Things are looking up until a motorcycle riding man starts causing havoc around town. The police keep trying to catch him, but they have not succeeded. Aunt Jackie ended up hurting her ankle trying to avoid being hit by this maniac. Then a woman is going around to the various shops looking for a job. Ivy Corbin has followed her sister to South Cove from Texas (she is supposed to be taking care of their father). There is evidently difficulty between the sisters. Then the police are called out to a dead body at The Coastal Inn. At first they do not know his identity, but, after a little investigating, they find out that it is Daryl Corbin (another Corbin). He is a cousin to the sisters. Something smells fishy in South Cove, and it is not from the nearby ocean. When Kathy ends up at the top of the suspect list, Jill tries to clear her name. Kathi seems to be running from her past, and it has caught up with her in South Cove. Jill’s boyfriend, Greg King (and South Cove Police Detective) does not like her investigating (even though it usually helps his case). Jill is also having an issue with CBM. A check for the library event that Jill helping organize goes missing. The bank knows it has been cashed, but they are unable to provide any further information at this time (which is extremely odd). In the meantime, Jill is worried and looks into the matter. Could one of her loyal employees taken the check? It is going to be a busy week in South Cove. Join Jill and her friends for another adventure in Tea Cups and Carnage! Tea Cups and Carnage was a cute story. It is easy to read and had a good flow. The mystery, though, was simple and easy to solve (I wanted it to be more complicated). I also did not understand why Jill would accuse her loyal employees of taking the check (can you imagine). There is a perfectly logical explanation for the missing check staring her in the face (spoiler), but it does not seem to occur to Jill. There were several things happening in the book (too much). I did not mention everything (yes, there is more). The novel was a little all of the place. It needed more focus (and not on the check). The mystery was shoved in the background in this novel instead of being center stage. There also needs to be less focus on the romances of the various characters. I like a little romance in a cozy mystery, but it should not be the focal point. I give Tea Cups and Carnage 3 out of 5 stars. I will be reading the next book in A Tourist Trap Mystery series when it comes out (a writer can have an off book now and then). I do hope that Lynn Cahoon gives her characters more than cheesecake in the next novel (there was quite a bit of it in Tea Cups and Carnage). I believe Cof
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series and I am looking forward to the next book.
PollyBennett 12 days ago
Great cozy, lots of action in this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story was well written, started off a little slow and I was not as interested , then it picked up and turned into a wonderful story. Boy that will teach me to judge a few pages of a book and the cover! Lol Can't wait to read more
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Doesn't even seem to be a mystery book till the last few chapters. The weak plot just can't carry this book even with such great characters. Boring!!! Stephanie Clanahan
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoy all the books in this series. Great cozy mystery for when you are in the mood for a little light reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love my trips to the California coastal town of South Cove. Book store/coffee shop owner Jill, detective Greg, Aunt Jackie, workers Sasha & Toby & other new & old friends in town are busy growing business but are always consumed when trouble comes to the beautiful town. I love investigating along with Jill until Greg gets his man or woman.
TessT More than 1 year ago
Ms Cahoon and her tourist trap mysteries are just my cup of tea. Jill Archer, owner of Coffee, Books and More finds herself competing with a new tea shop in town. Complicating things are the Beach Festival that South Cove is hosting. Just proving that life in South Cove is never dull. Jill and her dog Emma are never far from the center of things. Aunt Jackie always brings a smile to my face. FTC Full Disclosure - A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
Muttcafe More than 1 year ago
Lynn Cahoon's Tourist Trap Mysteries continue to delight, providing readers with fresh fun mysteries filled with the colorful characters fans have come to love.  In Tea Cups and Carnage, Jill Gardener, owner of Coffee, Books, and More is drawn into helping solve a murder linked to the town's newest resident.  Kathi Corbin, a charming Texan plans to open a specialty shop, Tea Hee.  Things begin to go awry when Kathi's sister Ivy arrives.  Not long afterwards, their cousin is found dead at the local "no tell" motel - and Kathi is the prime suspect.  On top of everything, an unknown biker is terrorizing residents. The only thing that I didn't like about Tea Cups and Carnage was the subplot of the missing check.  Jill suspects her employees, who have been nothing but loyal, despite the bank having a new teller who obviously doesn't know what she's doing. (Cahoon makes this VERY obvious)  As the teller is clearly making mistakes, why does Jill take forever to consider that the mixup just might have been a bank error?  This issue was just jarring enough to keep me from being 100% involved in the story.  Rather than simply suspending my disbelief, I kept questioning Jill's judgement.  The novel would have been much better if this aspect of the plot was minimized. On the whole Tea Cups and Carnage is an enjoyable cozy and a nice addition to Cahoon's Tourist Trap mystery series. 4/5 I received a copy of Tea Cups and Carnage from the publisher and netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. --Crittermom
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series! It's so hard to wait for the next book! Her books are always a fun easy read.
SewWrite More than 1 year ago
As always, I enjoyed my trip to South Cove. this is a great series that always makes me feel like I am there visiting friends. In this installment Jill Gardner has her hands full, she hardly has time to even think about murder. A new business owner and her family seem to have trouble follow them. Aunt Jackie is injured and Jill is short staffed while trying to keep not only the book/coffee shop open but also the truck that is part of the festival activities. And if that is not enough to worry about, there is money missing.
cherrybagadonutz More than 1 year ago
This series is amazing and I love all of the characters. This one kept me guessing for while. So glad I pre-ordered it.
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MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
Lynn Cahoon’s Tourist Trap Mystery series is one of my favorite cozy series, and this latest book is no exception. Multiple threads going on kept my sleuthing mind busy, and the character depth in Tea Cups and Carnage added new layers to our familiar friends (and introduced a couple of new faces to the mix). As always, Lynn Cahoon has a knack for characters, setting, and dialogue. South Cove comes alive – its people, its places, its sights and sounds. I would love to go for a visit and if I could somehow manage to find this fictional town I would keep an eye out in case I spied Jill and Emma on a beach run. Of course I would have to stop in the bookstore and see who else happened by (while eating one of Sadie’s delectable treats, naturally). Maybe I’d catch a glimpse of hunky Greg or hunky Toby or cantankerous Aunt Jackie, too. While I’m there, I would absolutely have to sit on the couch and talk books with Sasha and then meander along the beach in hopes of meeting Emma the golden retriever as she and Jill head back home. Anyone want to go with me? There are a plethora of cozy mysteries to choose from, but Lynn Cahoon’s Tourist Trap Mysteries should be at the top of your list! Tea Cups and Carnage grabs you from the very beginning with its characters (both the new and the familiar) and holds you captive with each new layer to be discovered as the story progresses. It’s not too long and not too heavy, making this a perfect choice for a weekend read or a day at the beach. Entertaining, clean, and well-written, Tea Cups and Carnage reminds me why I love cozy mysteries! (I received a copy of this book in exchange for only my honest review.)
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
This is a great book; this is the seventh book in the A Tourist Trap Mystery series written by Lynn Cahoon. This book can be read as a standalone, but once you read this one you will want to go back and read the other books in this series. The quaint coastal town of South Cove, California, is all abuzz about the opening of a new specialty shop, Tea Hee. But as Coffee, Books, and More owner Jill Gardner is about to find out, there's nothing cozy about murder. Kathi Corbin has come to South Cove to get away from her estranged family. When a woman claiming to be Kathi's sister starts making waves and a dead body is found in a local motel, Jill must step in to clear Kathi's name. This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. This book will keep you reading long into the night. If you are looking for a great book, then you need to read this book. I am looking forward to reading the next book by this great author. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
The Tourist Trap Mysteries gets better and better with every new installment! I knew this series by author Lynn Cahoon was going to be one of my favorites when I read book one, GUIDEBOOK TO MURDER. The characters, the setting, the theme of this series are, quite simply, a joy to read. TEA CUPS AND CARNAGE introduces another new shop to the town of South Cove. Housed in what was once a bank, the Tea Hee tea shop seems to fit in perfectly with the other wonderful shops in town, even if something doesn’t seem quite right about Tea Hee’s owner, Kathi…not that the men of town notice. They’re too busy ogling her. What? Nope! You have to read it for yourself to see if Kathi is a welcome addition, or a taste of bitter tea. ;-) All of the returning characters are back and better than ever. They really are growing, and Ms. Cahoon is adding new dimensions to each one with every new book. A solid, fast moving mystery, TEA CUPS AND CARNAGE is a fabulous tale of secrets, lies, murder, and more! Trust me, once you take a sip of what Lynn Cahoon has to offer, you’re going to be begging for seconds, and thirds, and…! You’ll also find an excerpt from, A STORY TO KILL, book one in an exciting new series from Lynn Cahoon!
CozyMysteryLover1 More than 1 year ago
Things are heating up in South Cove, California, especially as it's time for the Beach Festival and Coffee, Books and More shop owner Jill Gardner is excited to be showing off the company's new food truck! Making it even more exciting is the new business that will be opening up, Tea Hee, featuring exclusive tea blends and tea accessories. Kathi Corbin is Tea Hee's proprietor and it seems she is happy settling in the little town of South Cove. When a body is found at the no-tell motel, it seems Kathi and her sister Ivy are the prime suspects. Jill doesn't really have time to interfere in the investigation, but we all know that has never stopped Jill before! Tune in June 7th to read all about Jill's latest investigation in this fantastic series by the very talented Lynn Cahoon! I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my fair and honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved whole series.