“Corned Beef and Casualties” A Tourist Trap Novella By Lynn Cahoon: Review/Giveaway

by Cynthia Chow

Details on how to win an ebook copy of this novella at the end of the review and a link to purchase it.

As a California town whose economy depends on tourists, South Cove has chosen to celebrate this year’s Saturday St. Patrick’s Day in a big way. Jill Gardner’s staff at the Coffee, Books, and More coffee house are doubling their shifts as they serve out shamrock coffees and cheesecakes, while the rest of the town enjoys the fireworks and green-tinged beers.

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While overindulgence of the latter is one of the reasons Jill’s police officer boyfriend Greg King intends for it to be their first and last St. Patrick’s Day festival, none of them expected that the day would end with the death of a young tourist on the beach. Jill had met the woman the day she died, and as a result she’s not about to tamper down her need to investigate and find the killer. Especially when the death not only threatens their tourism, but has Greg pressured and too busy to relax and spend time with his girlfriend.
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This novel is a treat for fans of this long-running series, as it not only celebrates the green-themed holiday, it expands and explores the romantic relationships of beloved characters. The normal everyday quibbles and teasing are played out for the enjoyment of readers, with Jill’s aunt, close friends, and of course, herself all involved in the fun. This becomes enmeshed with Jill’s investigation, as while taking notes and following the trail of the victim, Jill sees the darker side of relationships and jealous conflicts. Of course, the cranky owner of the antique store next to Jill’s coffee house is now an ever-present reminder ever since her aunt dumped him for the much more thoughtful and amiable Harrold. Readers can ease back and quickly be immersed in this appealing West Coast town, with events tied up not just with a well-played-out solution but with a mouth-watering cheesecake recipe delivered by an entirely unexpected guest.

To enter to win an ebook copy of Corned Beef and Casualties, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line "corned beef,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen March 16, 2019. U.S. residents only. If entering if via comment please include your email address. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

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Cynthia Chow is the branch manager of Kaneohe Public Library on the island of Oahu. She balances a librarian lifestyle of cardigans and hair buns with a passion for motorcycle riding and regrettable tattoos (sorry, Mom).

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  1. Looks like a really fun series! JL_Minter (at) hotmail (dot) com

  2. Love this series. Thanks for the giveaway. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

  3. Thank you for this chance. 1cow0993(at)gmail(dot)com

  4. Great series. Looking forward to reading.

  5. Lynn Cahoon is one fine author and I truly enjoy this series. My fingers are crossed
    I may be the lucky one to win a copy. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

  6. I love this series and Lynn Cahoon is a wonderful writer. Thanks for the review.
    Fingers are crossed. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

  7. winter0104@yahoo.comMarch 13, 2019 at 9:17 AM

    Love your books have read most of them

  8. This book sounds great, will look for it!

  9. Thank you for the chance this ebook sounds great...
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  10. A great series. I look forward to anther funa dventure.
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