Guest post by Lynn Cahoon about writing this Tourist Trap series…
Thanks for having me over at Lilac Reviews. I’m a Lilac fan and have a bush under my kitchen window as well as one at the cabin where we tend to escape on weekends. Anyway, I’m here to talk promote my newest Tourist Trap release, Dressed to Kill. I knew as soon as Sherry King walked onto the stage a few books ago that the perfect store for her to run in South Cove’s little community would be Vintage Duds. Mostly, because Sherry, like me, is addicted to fashion. Sherry just looks the part. I on the other hand am a closet fashionista.
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I’ve always been interested in fashion. My dream job when I left high school was to go to New York and work on the business side of a fashion design house. When I watch television, you’ll find me involved in Project Runway (and all its side programs) or any other fashion competition show. I love watching people take yards of fabric and turn it into something magical. I took years of home economics classes in high school. I never was a very precise technical sewer, but I enjoyed learning new skills and even now, have a quilted pillow project started. Hopefully, by the time this post publishes, it will be done and I can post the results on my Facebook page. We’ll see. I made oversized Raggedy Ann dolls for my nieces. I sewed fabric bunnies for Easter for my mom and sisters. I loved working with fabric. I’m one of those who can’t walk by a rack of clothes without touching. Get me in a fabric store, and I’m in heaven. But I didn’t go into fashion for a career. Instead, I got married out of college and worked for a state social service agency. It took me years to realize that working in administrative roles wasn’t my passion. And probably, neither was fashion design, although I still love watching talented people create. My passion is writing. Telling stories for others to enjoy. And when I can tell stories about things I love, like in Dressed to Kill, all the better. So what did you want to be when you grew up? Are you following your dreams? Judgement free zone here. J Lynn
About the Book by Lynn Cahoon
Jill Gardner—owner of Coffee, Books, and More in the tucked-away town of South Cove, California—is not particularly thrilled to be portraying a twenties flapper for the dinner theater murder mystery. Though it is for charity… Of course, everyone is expecting a “dead” body at the dress rehearsal…but this one isn’t acting! It turns out the main suspect is the late actor’s conniving girlfriend Sherry…who also happens to be the ex-wife of Jill’s main squeeze. Sherry is definitely a master manipulator…but is she a killer? Jill may discover the truth only when the curtain comes up on the final act…and by then, it may be far too late. “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
Author Lynn Cahoon \ Reviewed by Felita Daniels \ 204 pages
I would venture to say most mystery lovers would like to attend a murder mystery dinner theater event. But what if someone actually turned up dead? Layer on that the victim was dating your boyfriend’s ex-wife. That’s what Jill Gardner is faced with. This bookstore/coffee shop owner has a habit of getting more involved than Greg King, her police detective boyfriend, would like.
All the bits and pieces are here for a cozy. There is a wide variety of characters living in a small town in California. Many of them you’ve met in one of the author’s previous three books in the Tourist Trap Series. Esmeralda, the fortune teller gives Jill a reading, adding a little spooky factor. Greg’s ex-wife, Sherry, is making unpleasant remarks to Jill all along the way. But Sherry isn’t the only ex in the picture. Did the victim’s personal or professional life give him an enemy that would kill to settle the score? If you like cozy mysteries, the writing is well done here.
About the Author
New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, Lynn Cahoon is an Idaho native. If you’d visit the town where she grew up, you’d understand why her mysteries and romance novels focus around the depth and experience of small town life. Currently, she’s living in a small historic town on the banks of the Mississippi river where her imagination tends to wander. She lives with her husband and two fur babies.