Authors Showcase: If the Shoe Kills by Lynn Cahoon
April 3, 2015
The Book: If the Shoe Kills
The Author: Lynn Cahoon
The Story: The tourist town of South Cove, California, is a lovely place to spend the holidays. But this year, shop owner Jill Gardner discovers there’s no place like home for homicide. . .
As owner of Coffee, Books, and More, Jill Gardner looks forward to the hustle and bustle of holiday shoppers. But when the mayor ropes her into being liasion for a new work program, ‘tis the season to be wary. Local businesses are afraid the interns will be delinquents, punks, or worse. For Jill, nothing’s worse than Ted Hendricks—the jerk who runs the program. After a few run-ins, Jill’s ready to kill the guy.
That, however, turns out to be unnecessary when she finds Ted in his car—dead as a doornail. Detective Greg King assumes it’s a suicide. Jill thinks it’s murder. And if the holidays weren’t stressful enough, a spoiled blonde wants to sue the city for breaking her heel. Jill has to act fast to solve this mess—before the other shoe drops. . .
About Lynn Cahoon:
Lynn Cahoon is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Tourist Trap Mystery series. Lynn has also authored several romance novels and novellas, including The Bull Rider’s Keeper, Marriage Not Included, Shawnee Holiday, and Return of the Fae, which was a finalist for a Readers’ Crown and a RONE Award.
Susan Boyce earned her BA from the University of Rhode Island, then began a stage career as a song-and-dance new age vaudevillian. Her experience includes narrating documentaries, voicing dolls and toys for the game industry, computer adventure games, and audiobooks.
Review by Yvonne Reviews:
It’s holiday time in South Cove, California and Jill Gardner has her hands full. Not only does she have her own bookstore/café to run, but she’s asked to be the liaison for a new work program which is run by Ted Hendricks. Each business in the tourist town is assigned an intern to assist them, but the store owners are afraid the interns will turn out to be delinquents and not trustworthy. It’s up to Jill to convince them to participate. The big problem is that Hendricks is not a very nice guy. When Jill finds Hendricks dead in his car, she figures that’s one less problem to deal with. Her detective boyfriend thinks it’s suicide, but Jill suspects something much more sinister than that and she intends to find out what really happened to the creep.
This is the third book in this delightful series. I love re-visiting Jill and her friends. I wish I lived in South Cove…it sounds so quaint (except for the murders, of course). The author does a great job in writing the dialogue and creating a believable and idyllic setting. You can’t help but feel you are visiting this small town.
It’s a fast-paced story. A cozy mystery at its best! This book has all the ingredients you need or want for a few hours of enjoyment – mystery, romance and a cast of characters that will make you laugh and cry. The characters have quickly become friends of this reader. I couldn’t put this one down and look forward to the next installment of this fun series.
Review by Cheryl Green:
The South Cove, monthly Business to Business meeting was being held at Jill Gardner’s shop – Coffee, Books and More. Not everyone is thrilled with the annual charity project. Ted Hendricks, program director of a welfare to work program, is supplying 10 people to work as interns for eight weeks. Some of the shop owners are afraid the interns will not fit in with their shops – or worse – be delinquents. Somehow Jill becomes the liaison between the shop owners and Ted. He is not easy to get along with and Jill ends up in several screaming matches with him.
While bringing her boyfriend Detective Greg King a surprise dinner at the police station, Jill spots Ted’s car. What is it doing in front of the police station? Taking a peek inside Jill sees a very dead Ted. At first Greg thinks Ted committed suicide. Jill’s gut tells her it is murder. Jill had better be very careful solving this death. She could end up — over caffeinated.
Things to ponder: Why was Marie Jones so upset at the end of the monthly Business to Business meeting? Why does Mayor Baylor want Ted Hendricks investigated? What happened to Ted’s kidnapped wife?
This third book in the Tourist Trap Mystery series does not disappoint. I found I could not put it down. I was pulled right into the story and kept turning those pages to find out whodunit. Cozy mystery lovers will enjoy this delightful read. I love the cast of characters – especially the quirky ones. So, if you like your mystery with a good cup of java, then you should be reading If the Shoe Kills.