Archive | June 2016

Around the world in Books; Guest Post by Jill Gardner and Lynn Cahoon

Hi gang,

I’m Jill Gardner, owner –operator of Coffee, Books, and More, and the amateur sleuth in Lynn Cahoon’s popular Tourist Trap series. I’m here to talk today about why I love books. Being a bookseller, you’d think I’d be mad about books and I am, but my love didn’t happen the day I looked at the old brick building on Main Street when I was visiting South Cove for a long overdue vacation.

No, my love of books started way before that.

When I was in second grade, we had a blue and white reader (book) in our classroom. In that reader, was a poem about Jack. Jack was out in the dark, in a park. I know a lot of scary things happened to poor Jack that rhymed with dark and park, but I can’t remember what they were. I blame the text book for my love of scary stories. Since then I’ve gone on to devour most of the Stephen King books, along with Peter Straub and others. I do have one requirement for my scary reads, they have to have a happy ever after, which means at least one of the characters has to get out of the haunted house alive.

My love of time travel and alternate universes can be blamed on A Wrinkle in Time and The Phantom Tollbooth. I’ve re-read Phantom recently and it stands up still as a lovely story with a message. I so find myself in the doledrums but now I know how to get myself out. (Just stay on the path…) Of course, later in high school, my group of band geeks read The Lord of the Rings. When I found A Discovery of Witches a few years ago, I was transported back again into that world where only a good book can take you.

And we can’t forget my first dip into the world of romance. Now, Gone with the Wind is about a lot of things, and doesn’t end up being a romance, but the scene with Rhett and Scarlett on the stairway? Now that’s enough to make a young girl wish she’d been born in Civil War times. Now, I like my romance with a bit of magic (witchcraft) or set in a small town (Robyn Carr’s Thunder Point series.)

As a book seller, I read a lot of the new and upcoming authors. And I get a ton of ARC’s (advance reader copies) so that I can recommend books to my customers. I’ve got Joe Hill’s The Fireman on my night stand right now. I loved his Heart Shaped Box – He’s a true King heir.

Well, I’ve rambled on about the list of books I love for long enough. What do you like to read? I know you’ll have to add Tea Cups and Carnage to that list so you can follow along on my most recent caper.

Wow, I just sounded like Nancy Drew.



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Tea Cups and Carnage

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.



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Lynn Cahoon is the author of the NYT and USA Today bestselling Tourist Trap cozy mystery series. Guidebook to Murder, book 1 of the series won the Reader’s Crown for Mystery Fiction in 2015. She’s also the author of the soon to be released, Cat Latimer series, with the first book, A STORY TO KILL, releasing in mass market paperback September 2016.She lives in a small town like the ones she loves to write about with her husband and two fur babies. Sign up for her newsletter at

Cover Reveal: Prepped for the Kill by A. E. H. Veenman



by A. E. H. Veenman




✨✨Prepped for the Kill (Marjorie Gardens Mystery #2)✨✨

Are you ready? Are you prepared?

Defense Attorney Isis Ferrelli wouldn’t have believed it if she weren’t holding the purchase agreement. Point Shirley residents Raymond Lockhart and Jedemiah Briggs are buying a survivalist condo designed for the digital age after doomsday.

The Reebok Refuge Silo is either a prepper’s paradise or a real estate scam. But when the decommissioned compound locks down after a power failure—a resident is poisoned, and another is found dead—it’s time to sound the SHTF alarm! Isis has a murder investigation…underground.

She must determine who has betrayed the colony. If she doesn’t, either she, Ray, or Jed could end up bugging-out in the afterlife.


✨✨ Prepped for the Kill, An Excerpt…✨✨

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Saturday, a side dish of The Hardy Boys whetted my appetite for hunting down clues and solving crime. Thus began a three-course menu for becoming a writer.

For hors d’oeuvres, I sampled women’s fiction for a bit with novels, All Waters Gathering (2008) and Carruther’s Place (2011). It wasn’t until I realized murder should really be on the menu when the main course became my thriller, Barbecue (2011).

And then the time came for dessert! Rich and sweet is the first Digital Age Cozy™ in the Marjorie Gardens Mystery seriesDial QR for Murder—and now it’s my pleasure to dole out a helping of Prepped for the Kill.

A delectable novella featuring Isis Ferrelli and Jason Shahaman follows in the first Marjorie Gardens Romance Mystery—Ten Days in Tahiti.




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Review: Killer Finds by Vicki Vass

13230227_280388338960295_793233865171716419_nIf you think shopping for expensive and one of a kind antique for your clients is stressful, you should sit next to a dead guy on an airplane for six hours straight. So much for enjoying your wine in first class, right? Poor Anne Hillstrom just wanted to get some good deals for her and fellow Spoon Sister, CC, to be able to tell their antique fan base about. This is what she has to endure on the ride home from Paris.

Back from their extravagant Paris trip, something seems odd about the death of Bernie Gladstone as increasingly strange things start to occur around Anne and CC. First, Anne finds and item in her orange Prada bag. Honestly, I was drooling over the bag because I have wanted a replica of this exact bag for forever! Sure, the mystery item is fascinating, but that bag! Delicious Anne!

From broken locks to being followed on antique trips ,the ladies realize something strange is going on. This would be a good time for CC’s young cousin from Munich, Ingrid, to come for a visit, right? Of course! The excitement increases when they get an opportunity to go to the estate sale of Bernie’s and buy a few items that look unimportant. Isn’t that always the case? Read this part carefully. It’s really good and detailed. I feel like I was going through the items with Anne and CC without it becoming wordy or boring which can be hard for a writer I imagine. The choices of words were perfect.

If you love antique sales, you get to attend some with the Spoon Sisters and see some behind the scene action and drama. Oh yes, Betsy Buttersworth comes in and does some major mental damage to Anne and the scenes are so well played. I was embarrassed, enthralled and clasping my hand over my mouth. Buttersworth! She’s quite a piece of work and I love her a lot. What a troublemaker you are lady. Never change.

So we are given a dead guy at the beginning but Ms. Vass gives us a bonus dead body to 13230262_285999325065863_4662431015420774577_nhelp with the plot. Isn’t that sweet of her? That was a hint by the way. You’ll have to read the book, come back and look at this statement again to get the joke. Then, laugh really hard. It’s funny.

I also liked that I got some real art history thrown in with art fiction and a conspiracy theory via an antique they find and bring back from Paris. I actually went and did research to see if this was fact or fiction. Well-played Vicki! I love it when reality and fiction collide so well and you don’t know when one starts and the other ends. This part of the story makes you scratch you head. Loved it!

Some romance is thrown in the story, but I didn’t see that it did much for the story line. Of course, that’s just me. I’m not a big romance fan. I just want to find the dead bodies and who put them there. My poor husband. Anyway, the rest was perfection and was needed for everything to come together. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am looking forward to another Spoon Sister adventure. This book was a killer find. See what I did there?


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