Monday, June 22, 2015

Dressed to Kill

Title: Dressed to Kill
Author: Lynn Cahoon
Published: June 23rd 2015 by Kensington
Format: ebook, Paperback pgs 320
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Source: My thanks to Netgalley and Kensington for an opportunity to read an advance copy of this book.
Series: A Tourist Trap Mystery #4

Following on the same vein as the previous books, Jill Gardner, the owner of Coffee, Books, and More finds herself in the middle of another amateur investigation when Kent Paine is found dead during a dress rehearsal for a community production. Kent the local bank manager is quite the Lothario with a long list of angry and betrayed women. Greg King the local detective has his hands full in trying to track down the most likely culprit, including Kent’s ex-wife Cheryl who just happens to be the area representative for the bank’s security system and Anne a bank teller who has a penchant for amphibious creatures.

South Cove is a quiet California seaside tourist town, but there certainly is a great deal going on. Not only has Sherry, Greg’s ex-wife moved to town to start a vintage clothing store, but she is also Kent’s girlfriend and it certainly seems that she knows more about his death than she is letting on.

The Tourist Trap Mystery series is very easy to read. There are no major twists or red herrings, but a simple straight forward telling of a cozy mystery. It is nice to see the recurring characters and as the series winds its way, the reader gets to know their little quirks and insights. Who is dating whom, is Esmeralda really a fortune-teller or just lucky, the hot coffee guy who calls himself a ‘reformed playboy’ is looking to settle down, the pie lady has a little love interest on the side. It is nice to see that small towns are their own little soap operas, it does not matter what your personal business is, someone will have an opinion and a bump in destined to be right in the middle of your road.

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