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.
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 www.lynncahoon.com