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As the owner of Coffee, Books, and More, Jill Gardner likes to support other Main Street businesses, so she attends a paint-and-sip event where, sadly, her brushstrokes look more like blobs. It’s still fun, though—aside from some disruption by a couple doing more sipping than painting. Jill’s police-detective boyfriend is on alert, but a designated driver volunteers to tak As the owner of Coffee, Books, and More, Jill Gardner likes to support other Main Street businesses, so she attends a paint-and-sip event where, sadly, her brushstrokes look more like blobs. It’s still fun, though—aside from some disruption by a couple doing more sipping than painting. Jill’s police-detective boyfriend is on alert, but a designated driver volunteers to take the drunken pair back to their bed and breakfast, and everything seems resolved. Until the wife’s body turns up the next morning back in the studio. The victim, Nan, is from out of town, so it’s hard to imagine who’d have a motive aside from her spouse. Now, in between puzzling over her fortuneteller neighbor’s strange behavior, preparing for her best friend’s wedding, and pouring cups of java at the bookstore, Jill must uncover the secrets of Nan’s life and find out who wanted her out of the picture . . .


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As the owner of Coffee, Books, and More, Jill Gardner likes to support other Main Street businesses, so she attends a paint-and-sip event where, sadly, her brushstrokes look more like blobs. It’s still fun, though—aside from some disruption by a couple doing more sipping than painting. Jill’s police-detective boyfriend is on alert, but a designated driver volunteers to tak As the owner of Coffee, Books, and More, Jill Gardner likes to support other Main Street businesses, so she attends a paint-and-sip event where, sadly, her brushstrokes look more like blobs. It’s still fun, though—aside from some disruption by a couple doing more sipping than painting. Jill’s police-detective boyfriend is on alert, but a designated driver volunteers to take the drunken pair back to their bed and breakfast, and everything seems resolved. Until the wife’s body turns up the next morning back in the studio. The victim, Nan, is from out of town, so it’s hard to imagine who’d have a motive aside from her spouse. Now, in between puzzling over her fortuneteller neighbor’s strange behavior, preparing for her best friend’s wedding, and pouring cups of java at the bookstore, Jill must uncover the secrets of Nan’s life and find out who wanted her out of the picture . . .

30 review for Picture Perfect Frame

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chatting About

    I always enjoy a visit with Jill Gardner and the team at Coffee, Books, and More in beachy South Cove, California. Author Lynn Cahoon creates a savvy cast of supporting characters I enjoy getting to know better with each installment of the Tourist Trap series. Resident woo-woo person, Esmerelda, has serious problems in book twelve when she’s accused of murder. A compelling list of suspects offer readers plenty of clues to mull and decipher as to who the real killer is by the story’s conclusion. T I always enjoy a visit with Jill Gardner and the team at Coffee, Books, and More in beachy South Cove, California. Author Lynn Cahoon creates a savvy cast of supporting characters I enjoy getting to know better with each installment of the Tourist Trap series. Resident woo-woo person, Esmerelda, has serious problems in book twelve when she’s accused of murder. A compelling list of suspects offer readers plenty of clues to mull and decipher as to who the real killer is by the story’s conclusion. The reveal is an eye-opener. I did tire of the Amy/Justin pre-wedding shenanigans. Parts of the story dragged for me. I reviewed the story as 3.5 Stars and rounded up to 4.0 Stars. A delicious recipe is included. I honestly reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and Kensington Publishing. All opinions are my own. Thank you.

  2. 4 out of 5

    JoAn

    Set in the lovely town of South Cove, California Ms. Cahoon has written another excellent addition to the Tourist Trap mystery series. I felt like I was returning to visit old friends as the town gears up for the St. Patrick's Day festival. Jill has her hands full as she is keeping Amy sane during her wedding preparations since the wedding is in two weeks, setting up Coffee, Books and More for the festival and squeezing in some time with Greg when a visitor is murdered. The plot is quickly paced Set in the lovely town of South Cove, California Ms. Cahoon has written another excellent addition to the Tourist Trap mystery series. I felt like I was returning to visit old friends as the town gears up for the St. Patrick's Day festival. Jill has her hands full as she is keeping Amy sane during her wedding preparations since the wedding is in two weeks, setting up Coffee, Books and More for the festival and squeezing in some time with Greg when a visitor is murdered. The plot is quickly paced with twists, red herrings and only a few suspects to investigate. Esmeralda is in the spotlight in this one as the visitor was a client so Jill jumps in to help her friend and neighbor. Ms. Cahoon rich descriptions always makes me feel like I am in thick of things as I read and I love that feeling. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Lyrical Press via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    Visiting South Cove is always a treat for this reader. Catching up with Jill and Greg is always so much fun, because you know Jill is going to get wrapped up in another murder investigation. I really enjoyed Picture Perfect Frame, especially because it focused around Esmerelda, who happens to be one of my favorite people in the series. It seems that some people aren’t happy with Esmerelda and her special abilities, so when she finds herself a person of interest in a murder investigation, she hides Visiting South Cove is always a treat for this reader. Catching up with Jill and Greg is always so much fun, because you know Jill is going to get wrapped up in another murder investigation. I really enjoyed Picture Perfect Frame, especially because it focused around Esmerelda, who happens to be one of my favorite people in the series. It seems that some people aren’t happy with Esmerelda and her special abilities, so when she finds herself a person of interest in a murder investigation, she hides in her home, embarrassed. Jill refuses to let this happen, so she begins to ask questions, no matter how much it annoys Greg. The end was very exciting, so I am anxiously waiting for the next book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    K.A. Davis

    PICTURE PERFECT FRAME is the twelfth book in the Tourist Trap Mystery series by Lynn Cahoon. This newest addition to a long-enjoyed series is a fun return to the small beach town of South Cove, California and catching up with protagonist Jill Gardner. It’s like visiting a friend and their charming town after an absence. The descriptive setting is picture perfect, especially Jill’s delightful shop Coffee, Books, and More… a place I’d dearly love to hang out in. Ms. Cahoon has created appealing ch PICTURE PERFECT FRAME is the twelfth book in the Tourist Trap Mystery series by Lynn Cahoon. This newest addition to a long-enjoyed series is a fun return to the small beach town of South Cove, California and catching up with protagonist Jill Gardner. It’s like visiting a friend and their charming town after an absence. The descriptive setting is picture perfect, especially Jill’s delightful shop Coffee, Books, and More… a place I’d dearly love to hang out in. Ms. Cahoon has created appealing characters and I love how she introduces new ones who grow into key supporting characters over time. Most of them are hardworking, caring townsfolk, with minor idiosyncrasies. Except for Esmerelda, the town’s quirky medium, who marches to the beat of her own drummer. I really, really have enjoyed Esmerelda, who livens up each of the scenes she’s been in throughout the series and I was happy to see her receive more page time in this book. In Picture Perfect Frame, Esmerelda is in trouble and seems to be involved in the newest murder in town. Jill’s detective boyfriend, Greg, asks Jill to find out what’s going on with Esmerelda, after she quit her job working for Greg. From there, it doesn’t take long for Jill to start hunting down clues to clear her friend’s name. I liked that instead of Greg telling Jill to stay out of the investigation, he appreciates her valuable input as long as she’s mindful of her safety. Despite there not being a plethora of suspects, there are plenty of twists and clues to keep the reader guessing. The plot moves along steadily and kept my interest. While the reveal was a bit anticlimactic, it wrapped up the threads of the investigation and with a hint at new changes in Jill’s life, leaves me wanting the next installment sooner than later. I was provided with an advance copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Peggy R

    Picture Perfect Frame takes the reader on another enjoyable visit to South Cove. With this 12th installment, Ms. Cahoon has created wonderful characters that readers enjoy. Jill Gardner is not one to keep out of trouble for long. This time around, she decides to do a little of her own sleuthing when her neighbor Esmarelda is considered the prime suspect in the murder of a woman who was one of her clients. By now Greg knows better than to stand in her way, he just asks her to be careful and to re Picture Perfect Frame takes the reader on another enjoyable visit to South Cove. With this 12th installment, Ms. Cahoon has created wonderful characters that readers enjoy. Jill Gardner is not one to keep out of trouble for long. This time around, she decides to do a little of her own sleuthing when her neighbor Esmarelda is considered the prime suspect in the murder of a woman who was one of her clients. By now Greg knows better than to stand in her way, he just asks her to be careful and to relay any things she discovers. This installment wasn't as fraught with Jill in danger as in many of her past adventures. However, there is a new employee at Books, Coffee and More that I think might be a good addition to the secondary cast of characters. There is a secondary storyline about Amy and Justin's wedding that did get old after a bit, but that is put to rest in this book. There is a nice surprise at the end that will make readers look forward to the next book in the series. I voluntarily read a digital advanced reader copy provided to me by the publisher, Kensington, through Netgalley. The thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Micky Cox

    Several new characters pop up in this book with new employees and new businesses open, but not everyone is fitting in as well as they had hoped especially when it looks like someone has killed a tourist. Jill and Greg are back on the investigation hunt in a hurry when it looks like a local is on the hook with the public and might just get ran out of town. Great characters, interesting plot and great twists to keep you guessing. While you could definitely read and enjoy this book on it's own, you Several new characters pop up in this book with new employees and new businesses open, but not everyone is fitting in as well as they had hoped especially when it looks like someone has killed a tourist. Jill and Greg are back on the investigation hunt in a hurry when it looks like a local is on the hook with the public and might just get ran out of town. Great characters, interesting plot and great twists to keep you guessing. While you could definitely read and enjoy this book on it's own, you would be missing out on tons of reading pleasure and great character development as backstories are filled in a bit more for each of the various characters in each book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Karen Hollins-Stallman

    “Picture Perfect Frame" the 12th instalment in the "Tourist Trap” Mystery series by Lynn Cahoon. This is one of my favourite cozy mystery series. Visiting South Cove, California and Coffee, Books & More is always a pleasure. I love the main set of characters Jill, Amy, Aunt Jackie, Greg, Toby and now we have Deek and Evie as part of the CBM family. As for the mystery I found it to be well plotted and it moved along at a steady pace. There were only a few suspects for the murder and but you still “Picture Perfect Frame" the 12th instalment in the "Tourist Trap” Mystery series by Lynn Cahoon. This is one of my favourite cozy mystery series. Visiting South Cove, California and Coffee, Books & More is always a pleasure. I love the main set of characters Jill, Amy, Aunt Jackie, Greg, Toby and now we have Deek and Evie as part of the CBM family. As for the mystery I found it to be well plotted and it moved along at a steady pace. There were only a few suspects for the murder and but you still find yourself second guessing on who the murderer can be. Overall I found this to be a great story and I loved the surprise ending! I can’t wait for the next instalment to come out. I highly recommend this series to all my cozy friends. I requested and received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Kensington Books and NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my OWN.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Melodie

    I just completed Perfect Picture Frame (A Tourist Trap Mystery) by Lynn Cahoon and enjoyed it very much. It is a great example of what a good cozy should be: it features a smart and likable lead character (Jill Gardner), a reasonable number of viable suspects and a host of other subplots that muddy the waters. Jill and her detective, boyfriend Greg share a mature relationship that is based on love and respect, enough so that Jill didn’t go running headfirst into dangerous situations; she willing I just completed Perfect Picture Frame (A Tourist Trap Mystery) by Lynn Cahoon and enjoyed it very much. It is a great example of what a good cozy should be: it features a smart and likable lead character (Jill Gardner), a reasonable number of viable suspects and a host of other subplots that muddy the waters. Jill and her detective, boyfriend Greg share a mature relationship that is based on love and respect, enough so that Jill didn’t go running headfirst into dangerous situations; she willingly shares any information she finds with him. My only real complaint centers around Jill’s best friend and bridezilla, Amy, whose behavior got a bit tiring. I am glad that story line was brought to a close.  This is a solid entry in an entertaining series. One thing I especially enjoy about this series is that there is a chronology to the books and the characters, and their lives and relationships evolve over the course of the series. This is a very quick reading and enjoyable book and I strongly recommend it to those who enjoy cozy, small town mysteries. The town of South Cove, California was a pleasant place to visit, especially in depths of winter. I picked it up looking for a fun diversion and that is what I received. Four and a half stars. I was given a free copy of this book by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions stated are solely my own.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Toni

    4.5 stars This is the twelfth book in the Tourist Trap mystery series by Lynn Cahoon. I am always excited to return to South Cove. This has to be one of my favorite series right now. I thought the mystery was excellent and it really kept my attention but I was surprised Esmerelda wasn’t more involved in the story considering she was the m ain suspect though most of the book. I missed seeing Jill’s Aunt and Esmerelda most of all. They usually play much bigger roles in the storyline. I think the add 4.5 stars This is the twelfth book in the Tourist Trap mystery series by Lynn Cahoon. I am always excited to return to South Cove. This has to be one of my favorite series right now. I thought the mystery was excellent and it really kept my attention but I was surprised Esmerelda wasn’t more involved in the story considering she was the m ain suspect though most of the book. I missed seeing Jill’s Aunt and Esmerelda most of all. They usually play much bigger roles in the storyline. I think the addition of the new employee took the place of these other two recurring character’s screen time. I hope they don’t fall out of the series. I love seeing them crop up from time to time. They can give a plot that “bam” surprise or sudden insight Jill needs in her time of wondering about whodunit. Definitely recommend this series. Wish there were more books. I will have to reread the entire series to get my fill of South Cove and keep me ready for the next book in the series. It is the community in this book that keeps you coming back for more! So good. If you like cozy mysteries, definitely check this one out. You won’t be disappointed. I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jerri Cachero

    Jill Gardner has a full schedule - she's helping her best friend Amy with her upcoming wedding, preparing for the St. Patrick's Day Street Fair, running her business - Coffee, Books and More - and trying to figure out why her neighbor and friend Esmeralda is suddenly talking about leaving South Cove. When a woman Jill met briefly is murdered, she can add amateur sleuth to the " to do" list. Jill is a wonderfully written character and has grown into a successful business woman and sleuth. My favor Jill Gardner has a full schedule - she's helping her best friend Amy with her upcoming wedding, preparing for the St. Patrick's Day Street Fair, running her business - Coffee, Books and More - and trying to figure out why her neighbor and friend Esmeralda is suddenly talking about leaving South Cove. When a woman Jill met briefly is murdered, she can add amateur sleuth to the " to do" list. Jill is a wonderfully written character and has grown into a successful business woman and sleuth. My favorite thing about her is that she doesn't rush into trouble and is thoughtful and clever when solving a mystery. The author has created a "real" character that the reader can identify with - Jill is independent, smart and kind but has her insecurities as we all do. In this book, her Aunt Jackie does not play as large a part, but she's adjusting to married life. I alternately grinned and sympathized when Jill was dealing with her good friend and "bride to be" Amy. The rest of the CBM crew Toby, Deeke there and a new barista, Evie is a good addition to the team. And of course, the lovable canine buddy, Emma is there too! I'm looking forward to the next trip to South Cove! I received an ARC from NetGalley and the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Publishing Corp. for a copy of "Picture Perfect Frame" in exchange for my honest review. This is the 12th book in The Tourist Trap series. Set in South Cove, California where Jill Gardner owns Coffee, Books and More. All our favourite characters are back - Jill's boyfriend Police Detective Greg King, her best friend Amy Newman, barista/police officer Toby Killian, new barista Evie Marshall (who also happens to rent the apartment above the shop) and of course Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Publishing Corp. for a copy of "Picture Perfect Frame" in exchange for my honest review. This is the 12th book in The Tourist Trap series. Set in South Cove, California where Jill Gardner owns Coffee, Books and More. All our favourite characters are back - Jill's boyfriend Police Detective Greg King, her best friend Amy Newman, barista/police officer Toby Killian, new barista Evie Marshall (who also happens to rent the apartment above the shop) and of course Emma, the golden retriever. Part of the story is the lead up to Amy's wedding. Previous books have had the over-the-top plans for the wedding and they are finally getting married in this book. The other part is of course, a mystery. Jill seems to attract mayhem. During a paint and sip party at the Drunken Art Studio, Greg and Jill notice that tourists Nan & Steve Gunter seem to be doing more drinking than painting. Greg makes sure that they have a safe ride back to Bill & Mary's Bed and Breakfast. The next morning there is a body at the Drunken Art Studio - owner Meredith Cole and her husband Neal are automatic suspects. Esmerelda (the town's police dispatcher and psychic) is accused by Steve of blackmail. Jill of course, comes to the defense of her friend and neighbour. In this case it's not so much about family but rather a money trail. The book ends in a cliffhanger...... did Greg propose to Jill in the garden during the wedding reception? We'll have to wait for our next visit to South Cove to find out.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Bobbie Kirkland

    Through NetGalley, I received a free copy of PICTURE PERFECT FRAME (Book 12 of the Tourist Trap Mysteries) by Lynn Cahoon in exchange for an honest review. Jill Gardner is still tormented by her lack of arts & crafting abilities. This time, Jill attends a paint and sip event to support a small business new to town, and her painting turns out looking like paint. One of the attendees is found dead in the studio the next morning, and law enforcement has a difficult job before them because the woman Through NetGalley, I received a free copy of PICTURE PERFECT FRAME (Book 12 of the Tourist Trap Mysteries) by Lynn Cahoon in exchange for an honest review. Jill Gardner is still tormented by her lack of arts & crafting abilities. This time, Jill attends a paint and sip event to support a small business new to town, and her painting turns out looking like paint. One of the attendees is found dead in the studio the next morning, and law enforcement has a difficult job before them because the woman was a visitor in town. When the woman’s husband tries to have Jill’s fortune-telling friend/neighbor arrested for the homicide, Jill finds herself looking into the case. Can the killer be identified before Jill paints herself into a corner? Meanwhile, Amy’s fiancé is keeping secrets from her and making her doubt their relationship. I liked this book and enjoy the series. I recommend the book to fans of the series, and I recommend the series to fans of cozy mysteries featuring murder, coastal towns, small towns, small businesses, food, and faithful pets. #PicturePerfectFrame #NetGalley

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    Picture Perfect Frame by Lynn Cahoon is the 12th A Tourist Trap Mystery. While Picture Perfect Frame can be read as a standalone, I do not recommend this as your first foray into A Tourist Trap Mysteries (Guidebook to Murder is a good place to start). It can be confusing in the beginning with the large cast of characters (trying to learn who each one is and their various relationships). Picture Perfect Frame contains Lynn Cahoon’s easy breezy writing style. Returning to South Cove, California is Picture Perfect Frame by Lynn Cahoon is the 12th A Tourist Trap Mystery. While Picture Perfect Frame can be read as a standalone, I do not recommend this as your first foray into A Tourist Trap Mysteries (Guidebook to Murder is a good place to start). It can be confusing in the beginning with the large cast of characters (trying to learn who each one is and their various relationships). Picture Perfect Frame contains Lynn Cahoon’s easy breezy writing style. Returning to South Cove, California is like visiting old friends. There is a diverse cast of characters from Jill to Esmerelda. The characters are developed and continue to evolve. There is a new business in South Cove run by Meredith Cole and her husband, Neal called Drunken Art Studio. They host paint-and-sip events. Jill, Greg, Amy, Justin, and others attend including Jill’s new barista, Evie Marshall. The evening is disturbed by an out-of-towner who enjoyed the sip part of the event a little too much. Early the next morning, the drunken painter is found dead inside the studio by Meredith. The victim’s husband is quick to point the finger at Esmerelda who has been acting odd recently. Jill and Greg know that Esmerelda is innocent, but it will be tricky to prove it. I thought the mystery was straightforward with a couple of suspects along with subtle clues. Jill did some sleuthing, but she did not do as much as in previous tales. I wish Jill had a more active role from beginning to end. She is busy at Coffee, Books, and More which is bustling with business plus helping Amy with her upcoming nuptials. Amy has turned into a bridezilla that does not have a stop button. Jill must calm Amy down and talk her off the ledge several times. Personally, I found the wedding planning overshadowing the mystery and the wedding details became tiresome after a while (Jill is a much more patient woman than I am). We also get to know the newest member of the Jill’s staff, Evie Marshall. She is new to town with her dog, Homer. Evie has ties to a former member of the staff. There is also the normal eating, drinking, chatting, and runs along the beach with Emma. The ending of Picture Perfect Frame leaves us with an unfortunate, but highly anticipated cliffhanger. While I found it sweet, I also found it frustrating. Picture Perfect Frame is a quick and easy book to read. I like how the series has progressed since the beginning. I look forward to the next A Tourist Trap Mystery. Picture Perfect Frame is a charming cozy mystery with wedding woes, a jammed-up medium, a freaked-out friend, a honeymoon hurdle, a drained detective, a blobby beach scene, a bonanza of books, and a cliffhanger at the conclusion.

  14. 4 out of 5

    JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)

    Jill Gardner has her hands full with a new employee, running her store, and getting ready for her best friend Amy's wedding, which is in a couple of weeks. At one of her Business-to-Business meetings, she's invited to attend a paint-and-sip event at a new business in town, run by Meredith Cole. During the evening, a woman named Nan Gunter is very drunk and causing scenes. Assured by Neal, Meredith's husband, that he will take them back to the B&B, Greg and Jill enjoy their evening. The next morni Jill Gardner has her hands full with a new employee, running her store, and getting ready for her best friend Amy's wedding, which is in a couple of weeks. At one of her Business-to-Business meetings, she's invited to attend a paint-and-sip event at a new business in town, run by Meredith Cole. During the evening, a woman named Nan Gunter is very drunk and causing scenes. Assured by Neal, Meredith's husband, that he will take them back to the B&B, Greg and Jill enjoy their evening. The next morning, Nan's body is found inside the art studio, and now Greg has a murder on his hands. While Jill is sure Meredith couldn't have had anything to do with it, she doesn't know who would kill the woman. More problems arise with Esmeralda, Jill's neighbor and Greg's receptionist. With Jill stuck in the middle of both work and personal problems, trying to help solve a murder just doesn't seem to fit in with her time. But she can't sit still with a killer on the loose, one who might be just around the corner... This is the twelfth book in the series, and I have read them all. This is one of my favorite series, and I do like Jill quite a bit. South Cove is a nice little tourist town, but just like all towns it has its share of both nice and not-so-nice people. This time out, we have a frantic bridezilla in the form of Amy, who keeps changing her plans about things even so close to her wedding, and has problems of her own that Jill can't help her with. Jill's aunt, who just got back from her own honeymoon, hasn't any time to spend with Jill, so she's depending on her employees, Toby, who's also a police officer, Deek, and newbie Evie, who now lives in the apartment above the coffee shop. I do love Deek, with his aura-reading abilities and studying hard to be a writer; Jill got lucky with him and he's one of the most interesting characters in the book. Back to the murder: with Jill trying to figure out who killed Nan, she goes to her usual place of visiting Doc Ames, who gives her a surprise regarding the woman. Then Jill is off again, trying to put the clues together. It actually doesn't come until late in the game, which is distinctly what a good mystery should do anyway. Ms. Cahoon is a talented writer who can bring people into the world of her characters and enjoy being there. When the ending comes, the murder is solved nicely (as we know it will be) and it leaves us with waiting for the next book eagerly. I hope that it comes soon. Highly recommended. I received an advance copy from the publisher and NetGalley but this in no way influenced my review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    This was a well constructed mystery. It had a small pool of suspects, but enough to keep the reader guessing because each of them could have had reason to want the victim dead. They also all behave in a suspicious manner. Enough clues were dropped that I was able to guess the murderer before the reveal, but by the time I guessed it was pretty close to the reveal. The characters and setting in this book were all very engaging. Jill owns a bookstore/coffee shop in a small town in coastal California This was a well constructed mystery. It had a small pool of suspects, but enough to keep the reader guessing because each of them could have had reason to want the victim dead. They also all behave in a suspicious manner. Enough clues were dropped that I was able to guess the murderer before the reveal, but by the time I guessed it was pretty close to the reveal. The characters and setting in this book were all very engaging. Jill owns a bookstore/coffee shop in a small town in coastal California so I was interested from the very start. What is better than a bookstore that has pastry and coffee? Jill loves books, sweets, and dogs. She also has a solid, respectful, healthy relationship with her boyfriend Greg who is the local police chief. As a lead character she was someone who interested me and did not annoy me which is always a bonus. Her employees, her boyfriend, and her friends also all seemed nice. Her friends Amy and Justin were a bit quirky, but they were getting ready to be married so some degree of quirky is probably to be expected. I love that both Esmerelda, her neighbor, and Deek, her employee, have visions. This is the 12th book in the series, but the first that I have read. It didn't create any problems in following the story or learning the characters. I didn't entirely grasp all of the details of a couple of the romantic relationships, but again that didn't impact my ability to follow the story because they didn't play a big part in this book. The only thing that really perplexed me was the winery owned by her friend Darla. In my experience wineries are places where wine is produced and they are usually, though not always, attached to a vineyard. Some have tasting rooms where people can sample the wine before buying. The winery in this story seems more like a bar because Darla talks about distributors coming who want her to sell their wine and most wineries only sell the wine they produce themselves. This may be the one detail that was explained in an earlier book that I missed, but again it isn't a big deal. It just left me scratching my head. It was an enjoyable read and I will definitely keep my eye out for the next in the series. I received this book free as a goodreads giveaway in exchange for an impartial review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mary Brown

    Picture Perfect Frame Tourist Trap Mystery, Book #12 Lynn Calhoon 5 Stars Synopsis: As the owner of Coffee, Books, and More, Jill Gardner likes to support other Main Street businesses, so she attends a paint-and-sip event where, sadly, her brushstrokes look more like blobs. It’s still fun, though—aside from some disruption by a couple doing more sipping than painting. Jill’s police-detective boyfriend is on alert, but a designated driver volunteers to take the drunken pair back to their bed and brea Picture Perfect Frame Tourist Trap Mystery, Book #12 Lynn Calhoon 5 Stars Synopsis: As the owner of Coffee, Books, and More, Jill Gardner likes to support other Main Street businesses, so she attends a paint-and-sip event where, sadly, her brushstrokes look more like blobs. It’s still fun, though—aside from some disruption by a couple doing more sipping than painting. Jill’s police-detective boyfriend is on alert, but a designated driver volunteers to take the drunken pair back to their bed and breakfast, and everything seems resolved. Until the wife’s body turns up the next morning back in the studio. The victim, Nan, is from out of town, so it’s hard to imagine who’d have a motive aside from her spouse. Now, in between puzzling over her fortuneteller neighbor’s strange behavior, preparing for her best friend’s wedding, and pouring cups of java at the bookstore, Jill must uncover the secrets of Nan’s life and find out who wanted her out of the picture . . . (Goodreads) Review: The characters are well developed and well rounded. It is finally the big day for Jill’s best friend, Amy, and her fiance, Justin. All Jill wants to do is celebrate the day with the newlyweds, but life has other plans. When a body turns up dead, Jill feels she must figure out the murderer. She will need the help of her friends and her police detective, Greg, if she wants to find out the real story and killer. It takes a community to catch a villian. The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning and took me on an intriguing thrilling ride. The mystery was well plotted and not easily solved, which is the way I like my mysteries. You will be guessing along with Jill in figuring out the culprit. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. Grab a copy, get comfortable and enjoy the read. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    Jill Gardner is pretty good at everything she tries, except maybe painting. She is at a Sip 'N Paint event and her painting is almost unrecognizable. She spends time people watching and meets a couple who are in town on vacation. They are sipping a bit much and Greg, Jill's police detective boyfriend offers them a ride home. It is taken care of by someone else, but did they make it home? Nan, the wife, is found dead the next morning in the paint studio. Who killed her? Jill is very busy in this Jill Gardner is pretty good at everything she tries, except maybe painting. She is at a Sip 'N Paint event and her painting is almost unrecognizable. She spends time people watching and meets a couple who are in town on vacation. They are sipping a bit much and Greg, Jill's police detective boyfriend offers them a ride home. It is taken care of by someone else, but did they make it home? Nan, the wife, is found dead the next morning in the paint studio. Who killed her? Jill is very busy in this story. First, she has her business, Coffee, Books, and More that she has to take care of. Her quirky neighbour, Esmerelda is acting strange, stranger than the fortuneteller usually act, she is dealing with a situation between her best friend and her fiance as their wedding comes closer and now there is a murder. I am in the minority on this one. I did not enjoy this book as much as the others in this series. First the wedding issues became a bit annoying to me. I am glad this wedding is finally over. Jill did not spend much time at her business as normal. I always liked that her store was a large part of the story, but this time it was just in the background. The mystery was well-written and there were several suspects, but it didn't seem to have the same interest level as some of the previous ones to me. I also look forward to a reveal or showdown, but this one just got solved with little fanfare. I enjoy Lynn Cahoon's writing, but this one fizzled a bit for me. As I said earlier, I am not in the majority on this one, so if you enjoy this series, give it a go, you may feel very differently from me. I did a read/listen with this book. Susan Boyce is a narrator who I know what to expect and always enjoy her narration. She has good expression and intonation when reading and I am able to distinguish characters based on the voice she uses, even though they are not radically different. Another enjoyable listening experience. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating and opinions shared are my own.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Bridget

    Picture Perfect Frame is the 12th book in the Tourist Trap Mystery series by featuring Coffee, Books, and More shop owner, Jill Gardner. I have read one other instalment in this delightful series but plan to read the others at some stage. I enjoyed reading Picture Perfect Frame immensely! In this instalment, set in South Cove, California, wedding preparations are being finalised for her BFF, Amy's nuptials in two weeks time. Meanwhile, Jill is supporting a new local business in the town, the Dr Picture Perfect Frame is the 12th book in the Tourist Trap Mystery series by featuring Coffee, Books, and More shop owner, Jill Gardner. I have read one other instalment in this delightful series but plan to read the others at some stage. I enjoyed reading Picture Perfect Frame immensely! In this instalment, set in South Cove, California, wedding preparations are being finalised for her BFF, Amy's nuptials in two weeks time. Meanwhile, Jill is supporting a new local business in the town, the Drunken Art Studio, owned by Meredith and Neal Cole, and is attending their paint and sip event. The next morning one of the attendees, Nan is found dead in the studio, creating difficulties for law enforcement as the person killed is a tourist. The victim's husband points the finger of suspicion at Jill's fortune-teller friend and neighbour, Esmerelda so Jill sets out to prove her innocence aided by Greg King, Jill's detective boyfriend. This novel was an extremely intriguing tale and I was delighted to be visiting Jill in her coffee, book and trinket shop in coastal South Cove! Although the list of plausible suspects was fairly small, unravelling the mystery alongside Jill and Greg was lots of fun and I welcomed the comfortable pace. I did my level best to solve the subtle clues, wade through the red herrings and concentrate on the murderer but repeatedly found myself sidetracked by other events, happenings, and occurrences. Lynn Cahoon certainly knows how to write a well-crafted, compelling, and colourful tale. Picture Perfect Frame is a highly recommended read that will be of interest to many cozy readers, and I’m game to see what's going on in South Cove next time. If you haven’t tried this series out yet, then you’re definitely missing out! I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Kensington Books via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rachael Annette Vance

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Still too many visions and fortune telling in the book like this previous book. However, plot was great and I didn’t know the committed the murder. However, two BIG complaints: Justin and Amy wedding is not even part of the book, a brief two minutes or less reception . I felt cheated after waiting on their wedding so long. It simply referred to dancing and smiling; and the worst one of all Greg taking about proposing to Jill and he asks if it’s the right place, but the decide to go to the garden Still too many visions and fortune telling in the book like this previous book. However, plot was great and I didn’t know the committed the murder. However, two BIG complaints: Justin and Amy wedding is not even part of the book, a brief two minutes or less reception . I felt cheated after waiting on their wedding so long. It simply referred to dancing and smiling; and the worst one of all Greg taking about proposing to Jill and he asks if it’s the right place, but the decide to go to the garden, and the book stops. This book just came out last month, so I don’t know when the next book will come out. I am just going to be very disappointed if they are already engaged and I don’t get to be there for the moment. Lynn Cahoon went from being one of my top 10 favorite authors to one of my top 5 favorite authors. I also love her Cat Latimier series and Farm to Fork series, but her Tourist Trap series has been my favorite, but I have been disappointed with the last two Tourist Trap books. Please, l realize that there is a bit of fortune telling in each book, but it is way too much lately. That is why I have not tried her newest series. It is Also, I am so incredibly invested in Greg and Jill as the reader/Audible listener too, I want to be a part of the proposal, please make it an actual part of the next book! I have been able to sleep a lot the last week this is how I got finished quickly. Yes, I freely admit I still love Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight book series and wonderful series Spells by Aprilynne Pike , those books just happened to be a wonderful rare experience for me. In a book I want mystery, I want mystery with just a hint of romance. I don’t want the supernatural, like I said, I love the series, and I know it’s always hard a little, but now in the last two books it feels like it is 3/4 of the book! I love your series, Lynn Cahoon! Bring it back the other way, you are one of my top 5 favorite authors.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Sousa

    Picture Perfect Frame is another winning installment in Lynn Cahoon’s Tourist Trap mystery series. And although this is the 12th book in the series, both the mystery and the hometown charm feel fresh and vibrant. And South Cove, California is the picture-perfect setting. Jill Gardner, owner of Coffee, Books and More, and her boyfriend Detective Greg King are enjoying an evening out at a local “paint and pour” studio, joined by several friends and also tourists Steve Gunter and his wife, Nan, who Picture Perfect Frame is another winning installment in Lynn Cahoon’s Tourist Trap mystery series. And although this is the 12th book in the series, both the mystery and the hometown charm feel fresh and vibrant. And South Cove, California is the picture-perfect setting. Jill Gardner, owner of Coffee, Books and More, and her boyfriend Detective Greg King are enjoying an evening out at a local “paint and pour” studio, joined by several friends and also tourists Steve Gunter and his wife, Nan, who imbibes too much and disrupts the session. When Nan is found dead at the studio the next morning, suspicion falls on Esmeralda as Nan was a client of her fortune-telling services. Could Esmeralda have committed the crime? Or is this a picture-perfect frame-up? Tourist Trap is one of my favorite cozy mystery series. The warm, hometown atmosphere of South Cove makes you feel like you are visiting with old friends. Jill, Greg, Aunt Jackie, Toby, Deek, and Amy are almost like members of the family. But not only is this series the ultimate in cozy, the mystery, too, is top-notch, with enough twists and turns – and viable suspects – to keep you guessing throughout. I do wish less time had been spent on the subplot involving bride-to-be Amy. The “misunderstanding” could easily have been cleared up if she had just talked with Justin. There were no misunderstandings between Greg and Jill however, but we’ll have to wait to find out just what will happen on their next adventure! Picture Perfect Frame is a delightful cozy mystery that lives up to the high bar set by its predecessors. Like a good wine, this series keeps getting better and better. I can’t wait to read the next installment! Note: I received an ARC of Picture Perfect Frame from NetGalley and Kensington Books. The above is my honest review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Susan Johnston

    Princess Fuzzypants here: This is a long running series that has kept my interest thanks to the rich characters and the development of their relationships. The staff at Coffee, Books and More are like family as are the employees at the cop shop. So it is always a pleasure to see where their lives are taking them. And this time, there is a lot going on. Amy has turned into Bridezilla before her upcoming nuptials, her anxieties not being assuaged by her well meaning but clueless groom to be. Jill i Princess Fuzzypants here: This is a long running series that has kept my interest thanks to the rich characters and the development of their relationships. The staff at Coffee, Books and More are like family as are the employees at the cop shop. So it is always a pleasure to see where their lives are taking them. And this time, there is a lot going on. Amy has turned into Bridezilla before her upcoming nuptials, her anxieties not being assuaged by her well meaning but clueless groom to be. Jill is breaking in a new employee and juggling with her newly married aunt. And there is a new business in town where a tourist is found murdered. No one can figure out why this happened but the bereaved husband thinks Esmeralda caused it with readings she had done for the woman. Of course, with Esmeralda out of commission it affects not only her friends but the entire police department when they need all hands on deck. Jill’s curiosity gets the better of her and she cannot resist snooping. Everyone, including her detective boyfriend, know they cannot stop her but at least, she shares intel and when things begin to get threatening, she takes the danger seriously. There is lots of intrigue and double dealing and secrets to go around. When the killer is revealed, the crime was committed for a pretty basic reason. But I am not going to reveal more. You will just have to read the book. I cannot judge if the book would be good as a standalone since I have followed all the stories. I would suggest if you are looking for a new series with lots of material, you could find a good one here. Four purrs and two paws up.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lady Galaxy

    I've followed the series from the first book and was looking forward to this one. It pains me to give it only 2 stars, but it was a major disappointment.It was not up to Lynn Cahoon's usual standard. (view spoiler)[The little dog made it clear before the murder even happened who the killer was going to be. Yet Jill never picked up on it and it was never mentioned again. The book is full of careless typos and continuity errors. At one point the author forgot she was writing in first person viewpo I've followed the series from the first book and was looking forward to this one. It pains me to give it only 2 stars, but it was a major disappointment.It was not up to Lynn Cahoon's usual standard. (view spoiler)[The little dog made it clear before the murder even happened who the killer was going to be. Yet Jill never picked up on it and it was never mentioned again. The book is full of careless typos and continuity errors. At one point the author forgot she was writing in first person viewpoint and had the narrator refer to herself using third person pronouns. They go to the diner to get the pot roast with tiny roasted potatoes yet when the meal is served nobody seems to notice or be disappointed that the tiny potatoes they had looked forward to got mashed. Only one employee could attend the birthday party of a child from earlier books because it was on a Saturday during a festival. When that employee called to check in on Sunday, the child's birthday party was still going full force in the background. Nobody was ever in any real danger. The reveal was a mundane "oh I figured it out it was*****go arrest him/her.? The arrest and confession happened out of the narrator's view so the readers missed out on it. And after building up for the wedding, we got almost no details about the ceremony or the reception. (hide spoiler)] I fear the author is spreading herself too thin—trying to juggle too many series and the first and up until now best one is suffering the consequences! Come on Ms. Cahoon! You can do so much better than this.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Gloria

    This twelfth addition to the Tourist Trap series is another fun read by Lynn Cahoon. I enjoyed traveling back to South Cove on the California coast to visit with Jill Gardner, her hunky guy, Detective Greg King, and the Coffee, Books, and More crew and friends. We meet a new CBM member, Evie, a cousin of former crew member, Sasha. She has moved from NYC after a bad marriage. A night of painting and refreshments at a new art studio is going along well until a tourist woman makes a scene and later This twelfth addition to the Tourist Trap series is another fun read by Lynn Cahoon. I enjoyed traveling back to South Cove on the California coast to visit with Jill Gardner, her hunky guy, Detective Greg King, and the Coffee, Books, and More crew and friends. We meet a new CBM member, Evie, a cousin of former crew member, Sasha. She has moved from NYC after a bad marriage. A night of painting and refreshments at a new art studio is going along well until a tourist woman makes a scene and later is found dead in the studio in the early hours of the next morning. Jill tries to stay low key but when a friend is suspected of the crime, she sets out to do some sleuthing to find out not only about the dead woman and her husband but also the new owners of the art studio or any other possible suspects. The suspect pool is fairly small but there is not an obvious answer. I really like the characters in this series as they are all likable, realistic, and fun to read about. The coastal setting is lovely and the bookstore/coffee shop is a fun premise for a business, especially with all the treats that they sell. It is St. Patrick's Day time and a festival is in the air. And love is definitely in the air with Amy's wedding and more. Another great story. I received a complimentary ARC from Kensington Books through NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions expressed for mine only.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    I love the Tourist Trap cozy mystery series by Lynn Cahoon and book 12-Picture Perfect Frame is a great addition. Jill Gardner owns Coffee, Books and More. Her boyfriend, Greg King, is the South Cove Police Chief. South Cove is having a St Patricks Day Festival and all of the businesses are participating. There is a new business, Paint and Sip and Jill and Greg are there for an opening event. There is a couple there who cause a scene and the wife ends up dead. Esmerelda quits working at the poli I love the Tourist Trap cozy mystery series by Lynn Cahoon and book 12-Picture Perfect Frame is a great addition. Jill Gardner owns Coffee, Books and More. Her boyfriend, Greg King, is the South Cove Police Chief. South Cove is having a St Patricks Day Festival and all of the businesses are participating. There is a new business, Paint and Sip and Jill and Greg are there for an opening event. There is a couple there who cause a scene and the wife ends up dead. Esmerelda quits working at the police station which has both Greg and Jill worried. On top of all of that, Jill is the Maid of Honor for her best friend Amy's upcoming wedding and Amy is an emotional bridezilla. This all keeps Jill busy, but not too busy to look into the murder case.. The relationship between Jill and her Aunt Jackie is a little odd in this book but a lot of the characters from previous books make an appearance. The series has all the great parts of cozy mysteries- likable characters, family, friendship, romance, and an interesting cozy mystery. The mystery is solved but I wasn't sure until the end. The book ends with Amy and Justin's wedding and a surprise. This was an enjoyable book and it was nice to revisit South Cove and the characters we have come to love! I received an advance copy from NetGalley and Kensington Books for an honest review. #NetGalley #PicturePerfectFrame #LynnCahoon

  25. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Romero

    A Tourist Trap Mystery #12 Always a treat to pop over to South Cove and visit with Jill at Coffee, Books, and More. Jill and other businesses on Main Street celebrate any and every event. This time it’s a new business in town hosting a paint-and sip-event. Jill has never claimed to be an artist. But spending time with her guy and her friends sipping and chatting in between slapping paint on her canvas makes her happy. Our detective isn’t the only one wondering about the couple drinking and fighti A Tourist Trap Mystery #12 Always a treat to pop over to South Cove and visit with Jill at Coffee, Books, and More. Jill and other businesses on Main Street celebrate any and every event. This time it’s a new business in town hosting a paint-and sip-event. Jill has never claimed to be an artist. But spending time with her guy and her friends sipping and chatting in between slapping paint on her canvas makes her happy. Our detective isn’t the only one wondering about the couple drinking and fighting in front of God and everyone. They are drunk and one of the other participants offers to take them back to their B and B. Problem solved. Until the next morning when the woman is found dead in the painting studio. She isn’t from here and neither is her husband, so why kill her? And why the art studio? And at the same time, Esmerelda is acting odd. Even for her. What is up with her neighbor? Also, Jill is working on her BFF’s wedding and working at her busy store. Thinking Esmerelda must know something, Jill goes to work to figure out who killed the victim and why so she can get Esmerelda back to work at the police station and finish the wedding details. Some of these business friends are beginning to look sketchy. And they are! Always a fun time in South Cove. Ms. Cahoon knows what she is doing. NetGalley/ March 16th, 2021 by Lyrical Press

  26. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    Picture Perfect Frame by Lynn Cahoon is a Tourist Trap Mystery. Meredith Cole is the owner of Coffee, Books and More and as the name suggests, it is a coffee and bookshop with pastries and trinkets available to purchase as well. Meredith lives with local police chief Greg, who in turn has a receptionist named Esmeralda who lives across the street from them, and has just quit her job, stating it will be easier for him (Greg). There was a murder, of course. Meredith can't help but investigate. The Picture Perfect Frame by Lynn Cahoon is a Tourist Trap Mystery. Meredith Cole is the owner of Coffee, Books and More and as the name suggests, it is a coffee and bookshop with pastries and trinkets available to purchase as well. Meredith lives with local police chief Greg, who in turn has a receptionist named Esmeralda who lives across the street from them, and has just quit her job, stating it will be easier for him (Greg). There was a murder, of course. Meredith can't help but investigate. The relationships are so intertwined and complicated, and of course, Esmeralda came up. There also appeared to be some spousal abuse and certainly some cheating. Did that make a murderer? The plot was good and the characters are likeable and accessible but the writing was bad enough to make me notice, primarily the sentence structure. I can overlook a bit but Cahoon either needs to slow down or get a new editor, or both. So many sentences with clumsy or had the modifiers misplaced. I have not noticed this before in her books. Other than that, it was an engaging and entertaining read, worth your while. An enjoyable cozy mystery with characters we are in tune with. I was invited to read a free ARC of Picture Perfect Frame by Netgalley. All opinions and thoughts are my own. #netgalley #pictureperfectframe

  27. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    I've loved every book in the Tourist Trap Mysteries and this one does not disappoint! It's a joy visiting Jill and her bookstore coffee shop. It's fun to see what Jill and her friends are up to and how they all interact with one another to solve the mystery and just living their regular lives. In Picture Perfect Frame, Jill meets an out-of-town visitor at a paint and wine party, only to find out later that the visitor was found unexpectedly and unnaturally dead in the paint shop. This whodunit w I've loved every book in the Tourist Trap Mysteries and this one does not disappoint! It's a joy visiting Jill and her bookstore coffee shop. It's fun to see what Jill and her friends are up to and how they all interact with one another to solve the mystery and just living their regular lives. In Picture Perfect Frame, Jill meets an out-of-town visitor at a paint and wine party, only to find out later that the visitor was found unexpectedly and unnaturally dead in the paint shop. This whodunit was a bit challenging for me, but I liked making guesses and considering the motives and alibis of the suspects, along with reading about Jill and her staff planning for the town's St. Patrick's Day event. There was also a bit about Jill's best friend Amy and her upcoming wedding and disappearing fiance that added to the richness of this book. As are Lynn Cahoon's other books, Picture Perfect Frame is well written and fun to read from start to finish. I highly recommend any of her books, which can be read as stand-alones, but as a series lover, I always suggest starting at the beginning to appreciate the long-term story lines and character development! I received an advance copy of this book. This review contains my honest thoughts and opinions.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Margie

    This is a real page-turner of a whodunit! A visitor to South Cove, Nan Gunter is murdered. The main character, Jill Gardner who is the owner of Coffee, Books and More, and her significant other, Detective Greg King meet the murder victim and her husband Steve at a local paint-and-sip event. Nan and Steve both over imbibe and the studio owner Meredith Cole's husband Neal offers to drive the inebriated couple back to the B & B where they are staying. Nan is later found dead at the art studio where This is a real page-turner of a whodunit! A visitor to South Cove, Nan Gunter is murdered. The main character, Jill Gardner who is the owner of Coffee, Books and More, and her significant other, Detective Greg King meet the murder victim and her husband Steve at a local paint-and-sip event. Nan and Steve both over imbibe and the studio owner Meredith Cole's husband Neal offers to drive the inebriated couple back to the B & B where they are staying. Nan is later found dead at the art studio where the paint-and-sip event was held. Jill feels she has to try to identify the murderer because her friend Esmeralda is the prime suspect in the murder investigation and Jill knows Esmeralda would never murder anyone. I loved all the twists and turns in Jill's investigation and that she shares what she discovers with Greg. I also loved that Greg is supportive but protective. I also think all the mentions of ARCs (Advanced Reader Copy) of books from publicists in New York is fun to have included in the story. Picture Perfect Frame is the twelfth book in Lynn Cahoon's Tourist Trap Mystery series and I look forward to reading more books in the series.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    I love the Tourist Trap series by Lynn Cahoon and have been following Jill Gardner's adventures in South Cove, California from the beginning. This installment begins with Jill dealing with changes at her cafe/bookstore, Coffee, Books and More and trying to balance old and new staff. She also has the drama of her bff Amy's wedding. She's Amy's maid of honor and is constantly reassuring and soothing her worries. On top of everything the town is gearing up for it's St Patrick's Day Festival and wel I love the Tourist Trap series by Lynn Cahoon and have been following Jill Gardner's adventures in South Cove, California from the beginning. This installment begins with Jill dealing with changes at her cafe/bookstore, Coffee, Books and More and trying to balance old and new staff. She also has the drama of her bff Amy's wedding. She's Amy's maid of honor and is constantly reassuring and soothing her worries. On top of everything the town is gearing up for it's St Patrick's Day Festival and welcoming a new arts business into the community. The mystery begins when one of the art store patraints and a client of Esmeralda turns up dead. Esmeralda needs Jill's help to clear her name. The mystery itself was entertaining, I loved the interactions with Deek and Toby and I found Evie an interesting new character. I missed Aunt Jackie in this one and found there could have been more done to develop Esmeralda's story as she is such an interesting character. Still, I enjoyed the book as usual and Lynn Cahoon set up a lot of interesting storylines for the next book in the series including a very special cliff hanger. I can't wait!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Angela (Kentuckybooklover) Brocato-Skaggs

    Jill will be the first to admit she is not crafty, artsy, or creative but in the spirit of supporting other local businesses, she attends a paint-and-sip event with her local detective boyfriend. He becomes concerned with a couple who has imbed a little too much and takes them back to the local bed and breakfast. Unfortunately the next morning the wife is found dead in the art studio. To add confusion, Jill's neighbor and fortune teller has decided to quit her job and leaves cryptic messages wit Jill will be the first to admit she is not crafty, artsy, or creative but in the spirit of supporting other local businesses, she attends a paint-and-sip event with her local detective boyfriend. He becomes concerned with a couple who has imbed a little too much and takes them back to the local bed and breakfast. Unfortunately the next morning the wife is found dead in the art studio. To add confusion, Jill's neighbor and fortune teller has decided to quit her job and leaves cryptic messages with Jill. Can Jill figure out what is going on before she has to walk down the aisle at her BFF's wedding? Another delightful read in the Tourist Trap Mystery series even if Amy, Jill's BFF was getting on my last nerve. I do not do well with bridezillas. It must be my age. I wanted to reach in the book, give her a gentle slap and tell her to CALM DOWN. The murder mystery was interesting with a lot of red herrings. I only wish Jill would give us the titles of the books she reads. I like to pick up new reads from my current reads. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, Kensington Books, through NetGalley. All opinions expressed in the above review are entirely my own.

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