Title: If the Shoe Kills Author: Lynne Cahoon Will be Published By: Kensington Trade (November 1, 2014) Format: ebook; Paperback, pgs 214 Genre: Cozy Mystery Source: NetGalley Series: A Tourist Trap Mystery #3
Maybe it was me, but I have yet to figure out what the title of the book has to do with the story that was told.
I enjoyed the first two books in this series; they were a nice introduction to the tourist town of South Cove, California. This book, felt a bit off, like all the parts did not quite congeal correctly.
Jill Gardner, the owner of Coffee, Books, and More is winding down the summer tourist trade and ready to gear up for fall and winter. Ted Hendricks, an abrasive man has hit town with a new work program bringing interns to local business, but the man has another objective, he has tracked down his missing wife and before that confrontation can take place, Ted is found dead in his car.
Of course Jill is the one that has found Ted and now finds herself smack dab in the middle of the investigation - that is when she is not trying to run her shop, get caught up on her reading, eat as many pastries and cake as possible, coordinate the business owners, find a replacement coordinator for the town festival, take her dog for numerous beach runs, stoke her romance with the town’s detective and have numerous meals at the one and only restaurant in town.
As I said, for me, this book was off. Whenever there was a lull, the author fell back on the same repeated escapes for the Jill and it became a bit monotonous almost to the point that I had forgotten about Ted and his murder.