Mission to Murder (A Tourist Trap Mystery) is the second in a cosy crime series by Lynn Cahoon. In it we meet for the second time Jill Gardner, the proprietor of South Cove’s much loved establishment: Coffee, Books, and More. Much of the novel is taken up with trying to establish whether or not the old stone wall in the garden of Jill’s home might be part of a centuries-old mission worthy of being declared a landmark and so receive funding for its preservation.
Her claim is contested by Craig Morgan, owner of South Cove’s most popular tourist spot, The Castle. This leads to numerous public confrontations between Jill and Morgan. When Morgan is later found murdered at The Castle, Jill becomes a suspect and vows to clear her name. This aspect of the novel I everyone else would see her as suspect number one! It all felt a little contrived, to say the least.found to be weak as it would be highly unlikely (given the circumstance outlined) that anyone would believe she would carry out the dreaded deed, but everyone appears to think
I also found the constant references to what had happened in the first in the series off-putting. Instead of making me want to search out and read number one, I felt as if I knew who’d committed the crime and why, so had no need to do so.
These two negatives aside, Lyn Cahoon has created a likeable heroine and brought to life a small coastal town so credibly that I wouldn’t be at all surprised to find it did, in fact, exist. Characterisation and setting are both excellent, but, for me, the plot needed to have been stronger.
A light, easy to read, cosy mystery – perfect for the beach or poolside.
I received an ARC of Mission to Murder via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.