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.Mission to Murder by Lynn Cahoon
Length: 8 hours and 12 minutes
Genres: Cozy, Mystery
Published by Kensington Books Pages: 238
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)
Jill Gardner, proprietor of Coffee, Books, and More, has discovered that the old stone wall on her property might be a centuries-old mission worthy of being declared a landmark. But Craig Morgan, the obnoxious owner of South Cove's most popular tourist spot, The Castle, makes it his business to contest her claim. When Morgan is found murdered at The Castle shortly after a heated argument with Jill, even her detective boyfriend has to ask her for an alibi. Jill decides that she must find the real murderer to clear her name. But when the killer comes for her, she'll need to jump from historic preservation to self-preservation . . .
I enjoyed the first one in this series and this one to me was just as good!
What I thought of this book
Mission to Murder takes us back to South Cove and all the fun characters that live there. Jill is settling into her new house, and Greg and her are seeing each other. Jackie is pretty much managing the Coffee/Book store and Toby is still bringing in all the girls of South Cove surrounding areas with his good looks.
In the first book we find out that Jill might have an old mission site on her property and in Mission to Murder she is having problems getting it verified because Craig the manger of the only other historical site, the castle, is getting in the way. So when Craig ends up dead guess who ends up suspect #1, Jill. She was last seen arguing with him before he ends up dead but she is not the only one who has a reason to want him dead. The mayor has it out for Jill since the last book because she refused to sale Emma’s house. She of course he thinks she did it, but Greg who is the detective on the case is Jill’s boyfriend and he knows she didn’t do it. It doesn’t mean that it doesn’t cause some awkward moments when Greg has to question about her whereabouts.
Greg tells her to say out of it that he will find the one responsible, but when your a suspect in a crime you didn’t commit, it’s hard to stay out of things. She does a bit of sleuthing on her own and even gets Jackie started as well.
Mission to Murder was a lot of fun. I might have enjoyed this one a little bit more than the first one because of Jackie. She is a hoot! She also gets involved a bit in the sleuthing and tattles on Jill to Greg which made me chuckle. Jill also uses Jackie to get information from Josh who is an antique dealer and has information about the Mission site. When Jackie accuses Jill of pimping her out I just about died it was so funny. There was a bit more romance in this one than the first one because they were just getting to know each other in the first book. I think Greg and Jill make a cute couple and they also had their first fight I am surprised hadn’t happened before, since she kept getting trouble.
As much as I like Jill I think that Jackie is my favorite character out of the whole series, she really makes it fun to listen too.
If you like cozy mysteries then you will probably enjoy this series and now I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book in the series!
Narrator: Susan Boyce
If you read my review of the first book you will know that I liked this narrator but thought at times she sounded a bit like a robot. Well, I am glad I can say her narration is getting better. Susan did a really great job narrating the second book and really gives all of the characters voice. I think she does a really good job with Aunt Jackie’s voice, but then I am partial to that character..lol.
Audio gets a 4/5 this go around.