If the Shoe Kills: A Tourist Trap Mystery #3 by Lynn Cahoon

Welcome to my stop for If The Shoe Kills where you can also see my review and enter to win the tour wide giveaway where the Grand Prize winner will get a  Print set of the Tourist Trap Mysteries Series and three other winners will get  one of Three iBook Copies of IF THE SHOE KILLS.  Please be sure to check out the other tour stops as well, to see what other readers thought about the title.

Book Review:

I’m always up for a small town story, and the title alone swayed me to read. The second in her ‘Tourist Trap Mysteries’ yet the first I have read, Cahoon brings the feel of a small town, the holidays and interpersonal conflict into a mix that spits out a wonderful murder mystery that feels very approachable to readers who aren’t certain about the mystery genre as a whole.

Jill is a wonderful character: running the book shop and heading the merchant’s association she is well-liked and well known by everyone in this small town.  It’s no shocker that the mayor ropes her into supporting a new programme that he is making a highlight of his term, Work Today, headed by the highly offensive and brusque Ted. This programme is to give delinquent teens the opportunity to intern in the town’s many businesses, keeping them out of trouble and giving them a sense of responsibility.

Of course, there are holes in the plan, and to my ever-increasing need to see the most disagreeable character disappear – Ted is murdered.  So that fit my plans, but being unfamiliar with the characters I was curious to see who did it.  For there were many suspects and opportunities – and Cahoon moved the mystery forward while giving her characters a chance to develop and interact, allowing me to get more familiar with them.

Small towns are rife with drama – and no murder is needed, but add one in and the stakes are higher and it seems as if everyone has their own ideas as to the culprit: and few are silent.  A lovely story that brought the town of South Cove to light and life, Cahoon had me wondering until the reveal, and it couldn’t have been more perfect.

If the Shoe Kills: A Tourist Trap Mystery #3 by Lynn Cahoon

Title: If the Shoe Kills
Author: Lynn Cahoon
Series: A Tourist Trap Mystery #3
Genre: Contemporary Mystery
Published by: Kensington
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 189
Audio Length: 7 Hours: 42 minutes
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From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lynn Cahoon comes IF THE SHOE KILLS … 

The tourist town of South Cove, California: 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 liaison 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…

See the series on Goodreads: Tourist Trap Mysteries

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.




About Lynn Cahoon

New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, Lynn Cahoon is an Idaho native. If you'd visit the town where she grew up, you'd understand why her mysteries and romance novels focus around the depth and experience of small town life. Currently, she's living in a small historic town on the banks of the Mississippi river where her imagination tends to wander. She lives with her husband and four fur babies.

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