"Memories and Murder" By Lynn Cahoon: Review/Giveaway

by Kathleen Costa

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of this book, and a link to purchase it from Amazon.

Coffee, Books, and More...Murder!
Jill Gardner, once a big-city lawyer, now living in South Cove, California, owns Coffee, Books and More, a place where people can gather for a cup of coffee, read a book, join a book club, or attend a special event. Friends, like Amy Newman, Sadie Michaels, and Deek Hill, are always about for support, whether in the coffeehouse or with a murder investigation. Amy, Jill’s BFF, is the city planner and a bride-in-the-making; wedding plans are foremost on her mind. Sadie owns Pies on the Fly and supplies the coffeehouse treats. Derek, the new barista, sees auras allowing him to read people, and his mom Esmeralda just might be clairvoyant. Her love life with the local detective, Greg King, is sparking nicely, too, but there is an annoying ex-wife and questions about whether he might challenge the mayor in the next election. And then there’s Emma her lovely “fur” friend and companion. But she worries about her dear Aunt Jackie Ekroth, who is her best support helping out at the coffeehouse. She’s been distant, snippy, and struggling lately after having called off her engagement to Harrold Snider. She hasn’t explained what happened, even Harrold doesn’t know what he did to precipitate the breakup, and when asked, Aunt Jackie says, “He didn’t do anything and this is none of [Jill’s] business.” Something is definitely not right, but Jill never thought it would also be unbelievable.

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Jill is also the city council liaison for the local business community charged with developing the agenda, arranging guest speakers, and hosting the monthly business to business meetings at her cosy coffeehouse. This month’s guest speaker is Paula Woods from the Senior Project; her topic: elder abuse. Although she’s not the best public speaker, she is quite passionate about helping seniors who’ve become targets of scammer, frauds, or abusers. She herself had a grandmother who was a victim of a scam, so it’s personal. Jill found Paula a very nice woman, but her boyfriend, Ben Penn, who also volunteers at the Senior Project, seems too aloof and inattentive of Paula’s needs. So, when he ends up dead, Jill uncovers two sides to their relationship: one loving? the other not so much?
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Memories and Murder earns 5/5 Cups and Treats...Engaging Entertainment!
Excellent! I am a recent convert to Lynn Cahoon’s Tourist Trap series and holiday novellas, and this one may be my favorite. As a newly christened senior citizen, I can’t count how many phone calls I’ve received with too-good-to-be-true offers or “call us immediately” threats, so this story addresses very contemporary themes keeping me engaged and hoping for a little vicarious karma. Lynn Cahoon’s writing style is very entertaining with descriptive language that brings to life the small town setting and a variety of characters along with dialogue that illustrates well the tone, emotions, and personalities. The story was very engaging with the right amount of personal peril, but it’s the characters that drive the story for me. I enjoy Jill Gardner, her reasoning and responses are realistic. She also collaborates with, not circumvents, law enforcement, which comes in handy when Jill and Aunt Jackie get into peril. All in all a great book and emphasizing the scams seniors can be faced creates a chilling tale!

Bonus! At the end, Lynn recounts her experience at a cooking class held at a local grocery store, but the cookie recipe she received garnered “so-so” responses...too much flour? She tweeked it to get “the perfect cookie” for readers to enjoy. Try her recipe for Easy Almond Cookies for you holiday cookie exchange.

Be a Big Fan!
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Lynn Cahoon pens the ten-book Tourist Trap Mystery series. Within this popular series, she has six novellas that highlight a particularly fun holiday or season. Along with the Tourist Trap Mystery, Lynn Cahoon writes two other cozy mystery series: the five-book Cat Latimer series set in small town Aspen Hills, Colorado, and the three-book Farm-to-Fork series set in River Vista, Idaho. Both have an entertaining writing style and delightful set of characters.

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To enter to win a copy of Memories and Murder, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line "memories,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen December 14, 2019. U.S. residents only and you must be 18 or older to enter. You can read our privacy statement here if you like. We delete all emails after the contest is over.

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Kathleen Costa is a long-time resident of the Central Valley, and although born in Idaho, she considers herself a “California Girl.” Graduating from CSU-Sacramento, she is a 35+ year veteran teacher having taught in grades 1-8 in schools from Sacramento to Los Angeles to Stockton to Lodi. Currently Kathleen is enjoying her retirement revitalizing hobbies along with exploring writing, reading for pleasure, and spending 24/7 with her husband.
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  1. Love this author, but haven't read this series yet for some reason.

  2. This sounds like a good series. Thanks for the contest. ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot ) com

  3. Love this series! doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

  4. Coffee and books, it's like the author wrote this book just for me. Thanks for the chance to win a copy! crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com

  5. Sounds like a great book, new author to me.
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  6. Lynn Cahoon is a very special author! I am reading all 3 mystery series, although Jill and Greg are may faves, and read the Bull Rider trio. Keeps you interested throughout!

  7. New series for me. oohllala(at)aol(dot)com

  8. Sounds interesting and fun to read. Thank you for the chance

  9. Great series. Haven't read this one yet!!!!

  10. I’d love to read this!


  11. Sounds like a great plot and this Author writes fantastic books. I have only read one but I appreciate the chance to read another.
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  12. I love these Authors books..What a wonderful book to recieve


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