Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Mission to Murder

Title: Mission to Murder
Author: Lynn Cahoon
Published: July 31st 2014 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
Format: ebook; Paperback Pgs 238
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Source: ARC from Netgalley
Series: A Tourist Trap Mystery #2

When it comes to the stonewall in Jill’s backyard, I am beginning to wonder if its importance, as part of an old mission or not, is going to be the ongoing theme for the entire series. After book number one, Guidebook to Murder, it was left dangling and I thought it was a good lead into book number two, but by the end, it still was not decided. Ok, I can live with that, but by the end of book three, which is due in the fall, that question had better be answered.

Jill Gardener is still being challenged as to the historical significance of her wall, but when Craig Morgan, the manager at The Castle, and her major detractor, is found dead, of course all eyes and fingers are pointed to her as the killer.

For being no more than a blip on a tourist map, South Cove sure has their fair share of crime. Apparently, more crime than even the lead detective knows about. Which is funny, since a small town of three officers does not need a detective. With Greg and his officers all over the map, trying to solve this murder you would think that making sure that Jill is escorted home after her shift at Coffee, Books and More, and tucked into bed at night would not be their top priority.

The book meanders for a long while and when it came to the reason for Craig’s death, I thought that it had come out of nowhere and the whole Fifi training was absurd and made me question how mindless the author thought her readers were.

I enjoyed the first book and thought that the series had a real shot; book two has made me step back a bit and wonder if it was necessary to spend a vast majority of it describing baked goods and coffee without moving the story forward, so I am hoping that the third book will get back on track. South Cove and its people have a chance of captivating their readers, their interactions are warm and the locale is perfect. Now it is up to the author to tell a well-balanced story without resorting to fillers and nonsense.

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