Thursday, July 27, 2017

Review: Killer Party by: Lynn Cahoon


Title: Killer Party
Author: Lynn Cahoon
Publisher: Kensington
Series: Tourist Trap Mystery #9
Pages: 188
Format: e-book ARC
Source: GEBT & NetGalley

Description:

For a gang of old college buddies, the quaint resort town of South Cove, California, is the perfect spot for a no-holds-barred bachelor party. But for Jill Gardner—owner of Coffee, Books and More—this stag party is going to be murder . . .

After a few months of living with her boyfriend Greg, Jill is still getting used to sharing such close quarters, but she’s got no hesitation about joining him for a weekend at South Cove’s most luxurious resort. While Greg and his college pals celebrate their buddy’s upcoming wedding, Jill intends to pamper herself in style. But when the groom is found floating facedown in the pool, Jill must find the killer fast, or she might not have a boyfriend to come home to any more . . .

My Thoughts:

This book follows Greg and Jill as they are visiting The Castle for a weekend with Greg's college buddies as Levi is getting ready to get married to Jessica a beautiful Russian.  Jill tries to make the best of it as she doesn't know these people too well.  When something goes wrong and Levi winds up dead in the pool everyone is shocked and even worse Greg is removed from the case as being too close to the situation but Greg does the unthinkable and asks Jill to investigate the murder.  The other college buddies and their wives are unable to leave town until the murder is solved.

As Jill digs into the case she learns about things that happened years ago, and learns the latest shop owner a Russian Doll store the little girl initially seems to recognize Jessica but the owner is adament their is no connection.  But Jill also discovers the Doll Shop Owner visited Jessica after the death of Levi which makes Jill wonder if they are related.  Adding to the bizarre is who sponsored the owner's trip to the USA.  This book had so much going for it!

Of course Jill is also dealing with her best friend Amy and her Aunt planning their weddings and Jill can't understand why they have to over plan the weddings.  Even going so far as offering her aunt the money to elope in Las Vegas.

Will Jill figure out who killed Levi?  And whether it's connected to the doll shop owner?  How any of this pertains to Jessica the almost bride?

I love this series so much I have been following it since the first book and Ms. Cahoon is like a fine wine and gets better in every book.  This one followed more Greg and his friends and the things they have been up to and doing.  I really enjoyed watching as Jill tried to figure out what is going on with the murder of Greg's good friend Levi and his relationship with everyone.

Of course the side story was the various weddings that Jill is involved with between Amy and her Aunt Jackie it's a wonder if Jill is gonna drown in all the wedding details, which take a severe turn at the end.  Can't wait to see what is next in South Cove!



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