Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Learning to Let Go.... Not!


from Jill Gardner in Dressed to Kill, Tourist Trap Mystery #4 by Lynn Cahoon

Do you know how to tell if you’re a control freak? Give up something you keep complaining about doing. Like me always hosting the Business-to-Business meeting every month. Yep, Jill Gardner, owner of Coffee, Books, and More isn’t hosting this month’s committee meeting. Sherry King offered to host as a welcome to South Cove event. She and her best friend, Pat Williams, just opened Vintage Duds, a used designer clothing store. My Aunt Jackie’s been her best customer for the past month. 

I’ve avoided the place.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not because Sherry used to be married to Greg, who is now my boyfriend. And I do love a good sale on designer clothes, but Sherry and I just don’t see life the same way. She’s all about Sherry, and I have at least an ounce of human kindness in me.

Ouch, that came out harsh.

So maybe it is about the past. But you wouldn’t believe the way the ‘meeting’ turned out. I say meeting, but it really should have been called a carnival sideshow. She brought in a couple of massage therapists with their travel chairs for free massages. The modeling agency down the highway was hired to do a runway show of the store’s offerings. And she served caviar and champagne.  It took over an hour for the meeting to start.

Then she started whining. And don’t get me started on the place cards she used to seat us around her table.

Never again, I’ve learned my lesson. From now on, I’m keeping my mouth shut and keeping the meeting at my coffee shop/bookstore until Mayor Baylor finds a new sucker to take over my liaison duties. Maybe Sherry will volunteer, but I doubt it. The job pays less than what she just spent on one meeting.

I’m really not this much of a whiner, but I guess Sherry got me riled up today. I’ve got to get going because Greg’s coming over for dinner and we need to head over to the winery where we’ll have our first dress rehearsal for the mystery dinner theater.

I’m excited about the play, especially since I got a great red flapper dress to wear. Greg’s going to be my mob boss boyfriend. It should be fun.

So what about you? Do you have some control freak tendencies? Tell me I’m not the only one.

Jill
Dressed to Kill

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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

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USA Today and New York Times 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 four fur babies.

Connect with Lynn on the web: Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter | Nook | Amazon | Amazon Author page




16 comments:

  1. Dressed to Kill sounds like a thrilling murder mystery! I am looking forward to reading it.

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    1. Thanks Jen! It's part of the Tourist Trap mysteries and I love my South Cove crew!

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  2. Thanks to Molly and the Killer Characters gang for having me over today.

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  3. I just ordered it and put #5 on my wish list. I really enjoy this series.

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  4. A control freak, me??? I do what I need to do to solve mysteries, though...

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  5. I wonder if Geneva was a control freak when she was alive? She has tendencies in that direction now that she's dead . . .

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    1. Control what you can, don't worry about the rest. :) Good motto for those alive or dead.

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  6. I love your Tourist Trap Mystery series!!!!

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    1. Thanks Peggy - always nice to hear. :)

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  7. I think I might have those tendencies. I always seem to know how to solve other people's problems. However, being a writer has been good for me. I can't control the dang characters! Nice post! Here's hoping for great sales on the latest.

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    1. Seriously Janet, you'd think you could control your imaginary friends, but no.... LOL

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  8. Such a good series...incorporates all the best! Humor, mystery, painless learning! What more could you ask for?

    Kathleen Bylsma h5apby@yahoo.com

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    1. Glad you're enjoying your trips to South Cove!

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  9. Happily looking forward to reading this one.
    Kkleeband@gmail.com

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