Title: Tea Cups and Carnage Author: Lynn Cahoon Expected Publiclation: June 7th 2016 by Kensington Publishing Corporation Format: eBook, Paperback, 192 pages Genre: Cozy Mystery Source: My thanks to Netgalley and Kensington for an opportunity to read an advanced copy of this
book. Series: A Tourist Trap Mystery #7
I do not know where to begin with this. Cozy mysteries are supposed to wrap around a murder - nothing gruesome, just a body. Within Tea Cups and Carnage, the body does not appear until a third of the way through and then it is only an inconsequential pause. Jill Gardner seems more interested in a missing bank deposit and staffing her coffee annex during a festival than her usual dead body in a small coastal town shenanigans.
As Jill said, “just because it was a stranger that lay in the morgue, didn’t mean someone from South Cove hadn’t been involved” and so begins the newest Tourist Trap Mystery installment. With festival workers and bikers, the body could be the result of any number of things, but Jill had decided that she was not going to get involved. Leave that up to boyfriend Greg. He is the resident detective and with his work force, they can figure this out. She has more important things like her aunt’s recent mishap on the street, missing money, staffing issues, friends with secrets, unexpected encounters, a new shop opening – just to mention a few things happening in the last two weeks.
Choppy and with continuity issues, this book was very superficial. There are parts thrown in here and there that might spark your curiosity, but as a whole, this book fell in the boring ranging. All the usual characters are there and Jill is still eating endless amounts of cheesecake while Greg is continuing to coming across as the clueless detective that is always one-step behind his girlfriend.
I am not sure if this series has run its full course, but without some heavy-handed changes, it should be close. The last couple of books have lost their spark, and to me, it appears that Lynn Cahoon has also lost interest in her characters.