Saturday, February 2, 2019

Green Beer, Green Hopes

By Jill Gardner of Corned Beef and Casualties-A Tourist Trap Holiday Novella by Lynn Cahoon

When the idea of holding a St. Patrick's Day parade and celebration came up a few month's ago, I was all for the idea. Now, in the middle of the crazy parade of very inebriated party goers, I'm questioning my sanity.

Of course, my sales of coffee and treats skyrocketed today. Actually, sales have been great since Thursday when the local bed and breakfasts and hotels started filling up for the weekend event. And it seems like even the heavens have blessed the day because we're going to reach the low eighties. In a few hours, after the parade ends and people have eaten, they'll be moving the party down to the beach for swimming and later tonight, fireworks.

By that time, I'll be home - getting ready for my own St. Patrick's Day party. My front yard is a perfect place to watch the fireworks without being in the middle of everyone at the beach. And I got talked into feeding the gang too. Since I have no idea how to make corned beef and cabbage, I'm doing a taco bar.

Which is way yummier than cabbage anyday. In my opinion.

I think St. Patrick's Day is a way to celebrate the coming of spring. The green that we hope will fill our lawns and our gardens. Even in sunny California, we love springtime.

Anyway, Sasha is getting swamped at the counter. I better go help her out. If you're in the area today, stop by for some coffee or to pick out a new read. I'm not sure I'll be up for another celebration like this for a few years...


Corned Beef and Casualties - Releasing February 5th, 2019

South Cove, California, is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day—and there’s going to be a parade of suspects . . .
Jill Gardner’s store, Coffee, Books, and More, is raking in the green as her little coastal town holds a big festival for St. Patrick’s Day. But the locals aren’t exactly feeling the luck of the Irish, thanks to the rowdy behavior of some of the tourists who are pouring in. 
Then a woman who just visited Jill’s shop is found dead near the shore. The fireworks display on the beach may have already happened, but the real fireworks have just begun . .

Lynn Cahoon is the award-winning author of several NYT and USA Today best-selling cozy mystery series. The Tourist Trap series is set in central coastal California with six holiday novellas releasing in 2018-2019. She also pens the Cat Latimer series available in mass market paperback. Her newest series, the Farm to Fork mystery series, released in 2018. 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

Praise for the Tourist Trap series –
“I love going back to visit these characters!!!” Deborah A.

“Ms. Cahoon is a favorite author of mine because it's never boring.” – Kindle Customer


  1. I love the cover and the title! So glad a new book in the series is coming out!

  2. This sounds like a fun entry to the series! I need to catch up on it. :)