“Murder, dirty politics, pirate lore, and a hot police detective . . . A cozy lover’s dream come true” from the New York Times bestselling author (Susan McBride, USA Today bestselling author).
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 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 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. Problem is, the killer knows she’s on the case—and is determined to close the book on Jill permanently . . .
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“I love the author’s style, which was warm and friendly . . . [A] wonderfully appealing series.”—Dru’s Book Musings
Relaxing Easy Read Mystery
A perfect setting in an ideal small cozy town is the bones of this murder mystery. Diverse characters all guilty until proven innocent. Fun read to wrap up in comforter and enjoy from the recliner.
First time reading this author and I have falling in love I could not put the book down and I have already bought the 2nd book in the series
Lynn Calhoon’s Guidebook To Murder
Jill Gardner moved to South Cove, California
leaving her law practice and ex-husband
behind. Her move was encouraged by an
elderly neighbor, Miss Emily who was to
become a very close friend.
Jill is the owner of Coffee, Books and More.
This is the only coffee shop and bookstore
within sixty miles. Jill also acts as the
business liaison between the city council
and the local South Cove businesses.
Miss Emily contacts Jill to tell her that she
(Miss Emily) has received a letter from council.
The council says they can condemn Miss Emily’s
property plus acquire her house if an outrageous
amount of repairs are not done.
Amy Newman serves as the city secretary, part
time receptionist, city planner and historian. She
has a degree in architectural design plus is best
friend with Jill. Amy verifies the lawyer on Miss
Emily’s letter is not one approved on the city’s
list of lawyers.
First, Jill discovers Miss Emily’s body dead in
Miss Emily’s house. Natural or foul play? Jill
believes foul play and suggests that to Detective
Second, Miss Emily’s Will leaves the house and
belongings plus bank accounts amounts to
Jill much to the dismay of neglectful relatives,
Sabrina and George who are going to contest
Then Amy goes missing and the slick developers
girlfriend, Bambi takes over for Amy as part time
In order to devote time to restoring the house to
good living condition, Jill requests her Aunt
Jackie to come run the book and coffee shop.
What a surprise when Aunt Jackie literally and
boldly makes unasked about business decisions
for the store.
Meantime someone is vandalizing Jill property
and endangering Jill’s life so Detective King
begins to protect her.
A flawless plotted murder plus subplots within
the main one giving the reading plenty of twists
A well defined array of characters to provide
an interesting, intriguing cast.
A Recommended Read!!
I volunteered to read A Guidebook to Murder.
Thanks to the author and Kensington Publishers
via Net Gallery for the opportunity. My opinion
is voluntary and my own.