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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Dressed to Kill by Lynn Cahoon, Review and Guest Post





Dressed To Kill
(A Tourist Trap Mystery Book 4)

4th in Series
Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Lyrical Press (June 23, 2015)
ASIN: B00ONTR7KK
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Synopsis:
Jill Gardner—owner of Coffee, Books, and More in the tucked-away town of South Cove, California—is not particularly thrilled to be portraying a twenties flapper for the dinner theater murder mystery. Though it is for charity…
Of course everyone is expecting a “dead” body at the dress rehearsal…but this one isn’t acting! It turns out the main suspect is the late actor’s conniving girlfriend Sherry…who also happens to be the ex-wife of Jill’s main squeeze. Sherry is definitely a master manipulator…but is she a killer? Jill may discover the truth only when the curtain comes up on the final act…and by then, it may be far too late.

What I Thought:

This was another great installment in the Tourist Trap series.  This is a series that is set in a small, California coastal town.  It is filled with quirky characters that develop as the series progresses.  In this installment, the local playboy banker is murdered.  Jill doesn't want to get involved, but, what Jill wants and what happens are two different things.  If you are looking for an entertaining read that will keep your attention, then this is the book for you.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.

About The Author
New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, Lynn Cahoon is an Idaho native. If you’d visit the town where she grew up, you’d understand why her mysteries and romance novels focus around the depth and experience of small town life. Currently, she’s living in a small historic town on the banks of the Mississippi river where her imagination tends to wander. She lives with her husband and two fur babies.
Author Links
Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Dressed-Kill-Tourist-Trap-Mystery-ebook/dp/B00ONTR7KK
Nook –    http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dressed-to-kill-lynn-cahoon/1120611633
Goodreads –http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5857424.Lynn_Cahoon
Twitter – https://twitter.com/LynnCahoon
Facebook –https://www.facebook.com/LynnCahoonAuthor
website – http://lynncahoon.com/
Amazon author page – http://www.amazon.com/Lynn-Cahoon/e/B0082PWOAO/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

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Thanks for having me over at Melina’s Book Blog. 

 

Dressed to Kill is the fourth book in the Tourist Trap Mysteries and in some ways, one of the hardest. Our heroine, Jill Gardner, is trying very hard to not be catty or jealous, or even in the same room as her boyfriend’s ex-wife, Sherry King. Something about the woman just grates on Jill.

However, Jill, like me, loves to talk and look at fashion. But also like me, Jill’s more comfortable in capris and a tank top than the Chanel skirted suits Aunt Jackie loves.  So she has a dilemma.

I love watching how fashion designers work. Project Runway, in all its formats, is my guilty pleasure when I do take a television break. Seeing them take yards of fabric and turn it into a wearable (or not so wearable) garment at the end reminds me of writing a book.  I start with an idea, then the characters take the story onward.  But like a good designer, I look at the finished first draft with an editing eye.

Have I repeated information from an earlier chapter? Am I inserting the information too soon? Or does this path I’m running down with scissors end up at a brick wall?  The designing process is like that. It’s the editing part that makes our books flow seamlessly from one chapter to the next. 

I’ve never worked in the fashion industry, but my secret dream in high school was to move to NYC and work in a fashion house. Not as a designer, I can’t draw an exit doorway out of a paper bag. Instead, I wanted to be a buyer. To look at a collection and take pieces that I loved and that I knew my customers would as well.  Or at least I hoped I would chose well. 

Instead I went to college and got a degree in Political Science. By the time I graduated, I was married with a baby boy on my hip. Not the time to take off for NYC and a dream. Instead, I started working for a state agency in social service activities. Something I enjoyed, but not my passion.

Now, I’m lucky enough to be able to write. I love creating worlds and playing with the characters or as my husband calls them, my imaginary friends.

What about you? Did you follow your passion when you chose a career?  What would you do if you could start all over? 

Dressed to Kill

Jill Gardner—owner of Coffee, Books, and More in the tucked-away town of South Cove, California—is not particularly thrilled to be portraying a twenties flapper for the dinner theater murder mystery. Though it is for charity…

Of course everyone is expecting a “dead” body at the dress rehearsal…but this one isn’t acting! It turns out the main suspect is the late actor’s conniving girlfriend Sherry…who also happens to be the ex-wife of Jill’s main squeeze. Sherry is definitely a master manipulator…but is she a killer? Jill may discover the truth only when the curtain comes up on the final act…and by then, it may be far too late.

 

"Murder, dirty politics, pirate lore, and a hot police detective: Guidebook to Murder has it all! A cozy lover’s dream come true." --Susan McBride, author of The Debutante Dropout Mysteries

Bio

New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, Lynn Cahoon is an Idaho native. If you’d visit the town where she grew up, you’d understand why her mysteries and romance novels focus around the depth and experience of small town life. Currently, she’s living in a small historic town on the banks of the Mississippi river where her imagination tends to wander. She lives with her husband and two fur babies.

7 comments:

  1. This sounds like such a great mystery! I must get the first three off of my TBR Kindle list at the first chance - but would love to read this before the rest! jeaniedannheim@ymail.com

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