Title: Killer Run Author: Lynn Cahoon Published: August 18, 2015 by Lyrical Format: ebook, Paperback pgs 198 Genre: Cozy Mystery Source: My thanks to Netgalley and Kensington for an opportunity to read an advance copy of this
book. Series: Tourist Trap Mystery #5
Jill Gardner, the owner of Coffee, Books and More is the liaison between the South Cove City Council and the business community. Since a suspected part of a mission wall has been found on her property she has been trying to get it declared a historical landmark. With too many hoops to jump through to have the ruins investigated, she has decided to ingratiate herself with the powers that be and has agreed to host the Mission Walk for the California Mission Society, a group with the sole purpose of preserving the historic missions throughout the state.
Of course, you cannot have a cozy mystery without a body showing up but it took a while for this one. Unfortunately, as soon as the body appeared the reader knew who did it. It was too obvious from the start and that is what made this book a humdrum read. You might have had to think for 10 seconds as to the why, but that too was obvious once all the characters were introduced.
There are a couple of narratives going on in this book. The reader will be bouncing back and forth between vandalism, cancelled vacation plans, remodeling a guest room, hurt feelings, a mystery visitor to a tourist town, a man being blackmailed which is never fully explained and just basic ridiculousness.
I enjoyed how this series began, but by this book, I am starting to questions myself. This book felt somewhat incomplete. Lynn Cahoon needs to slow down, put in a little more effort, and not try to put out so many books in such a short timeframe. Five books in less than eighteen months are just too quick and the lack of quality is starting to show.
Note: Next book - Murder on Wheels is due early 2016