Jill Gardner from Tourist Trap Mysteries. Author Lynn Cahoon. Book 8 - Hospitality and Homcide Releasing May 16th.
Hey guys, it’s Jill - coffee shop owner, bookstore owner, and mother to Emma, my golden retriever. My author is letting me out a few days early to start promoting our new story, Hospitality and Homicide. I love it when she takes the stories I tell her and weave it into a book that everyone can enjoy.
This time we’re talking about the time Nathan Pike came to town, a second time.
I shouldn’t laugh, but boy, Greg didn’t like having him in South Cove. Mostly because having the author around was like having his own little brother. Nathan wanted to do everything that Greg did, I was surprised he didn’t try to come home with Greg to get the full effect of how a small-town police detective lives.
Greg was mad enough that I turned our couples trip to the Jensen Farm into a group field trip. Honestly that was more Aunt Jackie’s fault than mine. And Greg can’t say no to my aunt. He can hide from her, but if she asks for something, he’ll do it for her. That’s one of the reasons I’m head over heels for the guy.
We’re busy here in South Cove. I’ve got school, and I need to hire a new barista/bookseller for the store. Nick’s gone back to school already and well, we lost someone else too. But I don’t really want to talk about it. Aunt Jackie and Harrold seem happy. Amy and Justin are doing great. And Josh is even living like a human being, instead of Oscar the Grouch.
Now it we could just get Mayor Baylor to find any shred of human compassion, we might just become the second happiest place on earth.
Of course, that would never happen.
I’m thinking about doing a class project for one of my classes on the effect of having B&B’s instead of a real hotel on South Cove’s tourist trade. According to Bill and Mary, they’re always booked, even in off season. I wonder if having a clean, upscale hotel in the area would increase traffic. Or would it have the Walmart effect on the smaller businesses. These are things I think of now, and I blame my aunt.
She’s the one that convinced me to go back to school and get a MBA. At first, I was doing it more for her than me. Now, I’m enjoying the classes and projects.
Speaking of class, I’ve got to get going. I’ve got a class in less than an hour and at least a twenty minute drive ahead of me to Bakerstown College.
Make sure you stop by Coffee, Books, and More when you come into town. I’d love to see you and talk books.
Tell Jill what's keeping you busy this week in a comment below. One random winner will get an e-copy of Hospitality and Homicide to enjoy. Winner chosen May 8th (Once Lynn gets back from RT.)
Hospitality and Homicide
A visit to the serene coastal town of South Cove, California, could make anybody feel refreshed and inspired. But as Jill Gardner—owner of Coffee, Books, and More—discovers, some folks won’t live to tell about it . . .
Mystery author Nathan Pike checked into South Cove Bed & Breakfast to compose a compelling novel, not commit murder. But things get real when a rival B&B owner ends up exactly like the victim in his draft—undeniably dead. As Nathan prepares to complete his magnum opus behind bars, Jill’s the only one who can prove his innocence and deconstruct the plot of a twisted killer!
Lynn Cahoon is the author of the NYT and USA Today best-selling Tourist Trap cozy mystery series. GUIDEBOOK TO MURDER, book 1 of the series, won the Reader's Crown for Mystery Fiction in 2015. She also pens the Cat Latimer series. A STORY TO KILL, and FATALITY IN FIRELIGHT are available in mass market paperback. 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