Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Murder on Wheels

Title: Murder on Wheels
Author: Lynne Calhoon
Expected Publicaton: February 2nd 2016 by Lyrical Underground
Format: ebook, Paperback, 198 pages
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Source: My thanks to Netgalley and Kensington for an opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book.
Series: Tourist Trap Mystery #6

The last book ended with some pretty hard feelings over a food truck and Murder on Wheels begins not too far after that. Dustin Austin is back with his wife Kasey (the new owner of the truck) and they are trying to rebuild their relationship and make a go of a gluten-free dessert shop on wheels.

Sadie, Dustin’s temporary love interest is suspected in Kacey’s death but there has to be more. Just because Sadie’s recipes were stolen so that Kasey could turn them gluten-free cannot be a reason to kill her. Jill Gardner, owner of Coffee, Books, and More located in the sleepy tourist town of South Cove, is not willing to let her friend be framed for this murder and even though she has promised her detective boyfriend Greg King that she will not get involved, she does do some snooping on the side. Add in the fact that Jill is fighting with her best friend Amy over water and the drought and that the local geocaching group has them out in the forest, you suddenly have another day in the life of Jill.

The Tourist Trap Mysteries are a very superficial cozy series. There is no depth and parts of the story are left dangling. Maybe they will be address is subsequent books, but sometimes the reader is looking for a simple start to finish account. Granted, within this genre, the owner of the small business with the token pet is supposed to be smarter than the police department, begins to wear thin. After six books, this series needs a new spark. Maybe next time, the police could actually be a step ahead of the coffee shop owner or the actual killer would not be so transparent.

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