I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Guidebook to Murder by Lynn Cahoon
Length: 8 hours and 16 minutes
Genres: Cozy, Crime, Mystery
Published by Kensington Books, Tantor Audio Pages: 228
Source: Tantor Audio
Narrator: Susan Boyce
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Also by this author: If the Shoe Kills, Dressed To Kill, Murder on Wheels, Tea Cups and Carnage, A Story to Kill, Fatality by Firelight, Hospitality and Homicide, Killer Party, Of Murder and Men, Killer Green Tomatoes (Farm-to-Fork Mystery #2), One Potato, Two Potato, Dead , Slay in Character
In the gentle coastal town of South Cove, California, all Jill Gardner wants is to keep her store--Coffee, Books, and More--open and running. So why is she caught up in the business of murder?
When Jill's elderly friend Miss Emily calls in a fit of pique, she already knows that the city council is trying to force Emily to sell her dilapidated old house. But Emily's gumption goes for naught when she dies unexpectedly and leaves the house to Jill, along with all of her problems . . . and her enemies. Convinced that her friend was murdered, Jill is finding the list of suspects longer than the list of repairs needed on the house. But Jill is determined to uncover the culprit--especially if it gets her closer to South Cove's finest, Detective Greg King. The problem is, the killer knows that she's on the case--and is determined to close the book on Jill permanently.
Guidebook to Murder is my first novel by this author and I really enjoyed it. Lately I have been really getting into cozy mysteries, sometimes that just happens where one genre just sounds good. I am currently listening to the second one in this series and enjoying it as well.
Jill is sort of an outsider in South Cove, she moved there and opened a Coffee/Bookstore. It hasn’t been extremely successful but she is getting by with what she makes. When she first landed in South Cove she met a sweet older lady, Emma. She was pretty much the reason why she decided to settle in this small town.
Emma, is a fighter and won’t give up the rights to her home. Several people are wanting her property for expansion. When she is found dead, Jill can’t help but think it was murder. But who would want to murder a little old lady? It seems there are several suspects including herself as she ends up inheriting Emma’s house and all her asset, which turn out to be a lot more than anyone would have suspected.
Detective Greg King is working this case and he is keeping a close eye on Jill in more ways than one. Even if he doesn’t think she committed the crime he still has to investigate her. At first the Mayor said she wouldn’t be considered a suspect, but when she doesn’t give up the property she inherits like the mayor wants she is back on the suspect list.
Guidebook to Murder has all the elements of most cozy mysteries, an interesting main character who finds themselves in the middle of the investigation, plenty of suspects, and a Detective who wishes the one would stay out of his investigation. I have a soft spot for the ones that have a little romance bloom between the amateurs sleuth and detective.
Jill is pretty spunky as she doesn’t just give up Emma’s home like the mayor wanted her too. They pretty much had it condemned and she used her own money at first and then the money inherited from Emma to fix it up and wouldn’t sell. Though there was plenty of things that happened to cause delays. She also had some threats that she didn’t take as serious as Greg wanted her too. I like how she doesn’t back down and even tries to make sure there are no other kinfolk to inherit the property and money.
Greg sounds like a handsome, solid rock type of guy. He has his work cut out for him trying to make sure Jill doesn’t get herself into trouble while he tries to solve the case. I love how he just seems to slowly work his way into being over at Jill’s house all the time, as if he belonged there. He buys her a grill as a house warming present and then comes over to grill on it. When she gets threats and things happen he seems to spend even more time over there.
Jill’s Aunt is my favorite secondary character as she has a lot of spunk for an older lady. Jill ask her to come and help her with the coffee shop while she gets through all of the things pertaining to Emma’s death and renovating the house. Her aunt comes in pretty gung ho and before you know it she is all but taking over the shop and has all sort of new people coming in. Jill gets a bit worried about her aunt taking over her shop but they seem to make things work.
Overall I really enjoyed this cozy and if you are into cozy mysteries then you will probably enjoy this one!
When it came to the narrating part and Jill’s voice this narrator did great, but her voices were a little off and sounded a bit robotic or something. It was like doing a voice would make her try to hard and it came out funny. After you get use to it though you almost don’t notice it any more and she does well with the pacing of the story.
I would give the narration of the story a 3 stars.