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Mission to Murder

(Tourist Trap Mysteries #2)

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In the California coastal town of South Cove, history is one of its many tourist attractions, until it becomes deadly.

Jill Gardner, proprietor of Coffee, Books, and More, has discovered that the old stone wall on her property might be a centuries-old mission worthy of being declared a landmark. But Craig Thomas, the obnoxious owner of South Cove's most popular tourist
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Paperback, 238 pages
Published July 1st 2014 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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Ian
When Jill discovered a significant historical site in her back yard she found herself at odds with Craig Thomas who takes the lions share of the towns funding for that sort of thing. With the possibly corrupt mayor siding with Thomas and evidence suggesting that the site in question was actually somewhere else things aren't looking good for her getting the funding to preserve the site.

Then Thomas shows up dead and suddenly Jill is a suspect. It's left to her to investigate and find the real
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✨Susan✨
Apr 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this cute little cozy series. The characters are likable and unique. It has the perfect mix of cozy and mystery suspense without being too sickly sweet.
Judy Collins
A special thank you to Kensington and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Having read the first book in the tantalizing, A Guidebook to Murder, which I recommend reading prior to #2 MISSION TO MURDER ---was delighted to catch up with Jill and all the favorite characters in this quaint small town.

Coffee, Books, and More on Main Street, is just one of the many tourist hot spots in the small coastal town of South Cove, California. From the first book, Jill Gardner (owner of
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Yvonne
Jul 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jill Gardner and her friends from South Cove are back. Once again, Jill finds herself the center of a murder when a man she had been arguing with is suddenly killed. Craig Thomas was intent on publicly refuting Jill’s claim that a wall on her property was actually an old landmark. Jill planned to prove him wrong, but she had no plans to kill the man.

Her boyfriend, Detective Greg King, believes her but the mayor of South Cove is pressuring him to arrest Jill since all the evidence is pointing her
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Barbara
I wasn't paying attention when I picked up the Kindle special of this book. I then picked up the audiobook at a bargain price. I'd forgotten! This was #2 in a series and I'd read (listened to) the first one. Gradually I realized things were familiar. On my.

The heroine JIll owns a bookstore/coffeeshop and now her aunt helps her run it. She has a boyfriend, Greg, a local police detective. The book is (intentionally) chaste so we never know if they do more than just snuggle and kiss. Jill is one
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Marnie
This was the second book in Lynn Calhoun's A Tourist Trap Mystery Series and my first book by this author. It had all the great qualities I look for in a cozy mystery: an interesting mystery, an engaging protagonist, set in a quaint location. Throw in some romance and I am all set.

After Jill Gardner, the owner of the Coffee, Books and More, gets into two very public screaming matches with the town's chief pain in the neck, Craig Thomas, he is found dead. Though the list of suspects is long, Jill
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Gary Sundell
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second in the Tourist Trap Mystery Series. I am really enjoying this series. Jill, our MC, is the prime suspect in the murder of a local businessman. She argued with the victim twice immediately prior to his death. Will her boyfriend, local police Detective Greg King, have to arrest her? I love the nods to cozy mysteries. Jill remarks at one point that she has not become "too stupid to live".
Jenni Schell
May 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-books
Once again, Ms. Cahoon, has written a fabulous tale. I waited with baited breath for this book. I loved the first book in the series and this one was worth the wait. I was able to enjoy a great mystery, some romance and a worthy adversary. Great job. I can't wait until Fall for the next adventure.
FangirlNation
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
In Mission to Murder by Lynn Cahoon, Jill Gardner has found an old partially torn down wall at the back of the property she inherited in Guidebook to Murder. Believing this wall to be part of the original Spanish mission in her region of California, Jill has been fighting to get recognition for the wall as a historical relic and thus a protected location. But Craig Morgan, owner of the major tourist location The Castle, which seems to be modeled after Hearst Castle, is fighting tooth and nail to ...more
Karen
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Book number two does not disappoint!
One of my favourite series.
Great characters and setting with a wonderfully written whodunit.
I cannot wait to read more in the series!
Amanda
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, cozy
Fun, quick read. Good mystery, several suspects, not too obvious. We get to know some of the characters a little better. Off to get book #3!
Mystereity Reviews
Short review: Great second book in a great series, lots of twists and turns, love the characters and the location. This is shaping up to be a great cozy series.

Long review:
Mission to Murder, the second in the Tourist Trap Mystery series, picks up where the last book left off. Jill is still struggling to establish herself as part of the South Cove community, to have the mission wall certified as a historic landmark, and to have an uninterrupted evening with her boyfriend, Officer Hunky, err,
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LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL
In the California coastal town of South Cove, history is one of its many tourist attractions, until it becomes deadly. Jill Gardner, proprietor of Coffee, Books, and More, has discovered that the old stone wall on her property might be a centuries-old mission worthy of being declared a landmark. But Craig Thomas, the obnoxious owner of South Cove’s most popular tourist spot, The Castle, makes it his business to contest her claim. When Thomas is found murdered at The Castle shortly after a heated ...more
Linda 📚
Apr 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Jill Gardner owns Coffee, Books and More in South Cove, CA, which she runs with the help of her Aunt Jackie. Jill's renovating an old home she inherited from her friend, Miss Emily, and working with the historical commission to certify the old stone wall, at the back of her property, is part of an old Spanish mission. Craig Morgan manages The Castle, the towns largest tourist attraction. When he meets with foul play, the list of suspects who could have killed him, and the reasons why, are ...more
Lauren
Mar 14, 2018 rated it liked it
tl;dr: I love, love, love the settings in these books, but I haven't cared for the characters, mysteries, or writing in the first two. Does anyone have a read-a-like for the setting?

Full Review: blog post

Okay. I really, really want to like more cozy mysteries, but I have such a hard time finding ones that I like.

The difficulty with this (and the reason I'm leading so negatively despite having read two of the books in this series) is that I'm divided between things I really like about it, and
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Andrea
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jill Gardner runs the Coffee, Books, and more in the town of South Cove. Jill discovers the old stone wall on her property that might be an old mission and starts a claim to have it declared as a landmark. Craig Thomas, the owner of a tourist spot called "The Castle" starts contesting Jill's claim to make the wall a landmark for his own reasons.

Craig is found murdered and Jill decides to find out who murdered him much to the objections of her boyfriend, a police detective.

There are a few twists,
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Walt Bristow
May 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, reviewed
Mission to Murder, the second in the Tourist Trap Mystery series by Lynn Cahooh, is a quirky mix of mystery and romance. After reading it and the original in the series, Guidebook to Murder, I’m not sure which genre wins out.

Mission to Murder is light reading. It’s not a complex mystery that requires thinking. In fact, it’s probably best read when you don’t want to think.

We follow the continuing saga of Jill Gardner, owner of a coffee shop/book store in the central California coast as she gets
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Mary Brown
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mission To Murder by Lynn Cahoon, the second book in the Tourist Trap Mystery series, is a great cozy read. This book has all the elements I look for in a cozy: friendship, romance, mystery and a small town setting.

Jill, who is the owner of a bookstore/coffee shop, is a suspect in the murder of a local business man. She is seen arguing with the deceased shortly before he is murdered, so of course she is a prime suspect. But she does not have to prove her innocence or find the real murderer by
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Betty
Jul 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Betty by: Downloaded from Net Galley
MISSION TO MURDER

Lynn Cahoon

Kensington Books
July 2014

Jill Gardner’s shop, Coffee, Books and More, is the semi-permanent host site for the South Cove Business to Business meetings from seven to nine on the appointed mornings. Jill is the Chamber’s liaison with the Mayor’s office and her BFF, Amy, is the mayor’s secretary and city planner. New member Josh Thomas does nothing but complain about everything. Josh owns an antique store and does appraisals for his good friend Craig Thomas. Craig owns
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Nancy
Jun 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When it comes to the stonewall in Jill’s backyard, I am beginning to wonder if its importance, as part of an old mission or not, is going to be the ongoing theme for the entire series. After book number one, Guidebook to Murder, it was left dangling and I thought it was a good lead into book number two, but by the end, it still was not decided. Ok, I can live with that, but by the end of book three, which is due in the fall, that question had better be answered.


Jill Gardener is still being
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Lynn Demsky
“Jill Gardner, proprietor of Coffee, Books, and More, has discovered that the old stone wall on her property might be a centuries-old mission worthy of being declared a landmark. But Craig Thomas, the obnoxious owner of South Cove’s most popular tourist spot, The Castle, makes it his business to contest her claim. When Thomas is found murdered at The Castle shortly after a heated argument with Jill, even her detective boyfriend has to ask her for an alibi. Jill decides she must find the real ...more
Marika Charalambous
Sep 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
4 stars review at http://mysterysequels.com/mission-to-...

Jill Gardner is a recent transplant in South Cove, where she opened a book store called Coffee, Books and More. In the first book Jill discovered a stonewall on her property pointing to what she thinks is an old Spanish mission that was there many years ago, which caused her quite a bit of trouble. Trouble that follows her in the second novel as well.

The problems start when Craig is found dead and Jill is the obvious suspect – afterall
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Melanie
In the first episode of this series, we met Jill Gardner, owner of Coffee, Books, and More, a bookstore-cafe in a central California coastal town. As she renovated an inherited old house, she discovered that a wall on her property was probably part of an old Spanish mission, which threatened the mayor's plans to condemn the house to start a lucrative construction project.

As this book opens, Jill clashes with the mayor and Craig Morgan, the owner of a landmark, who bristles at the idea of sharing
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Jenifer (JensCorner)
Mission to Murder is book 2 in Lynn Calhoun's Tourist Trap Mystery Series. I loved the first one, and was excited to rejoin my beloved characters to pick up where Guidebook to Murder left off. In this installment, Jill Gardner not only battles to prove her newly discovered wall is a historical relic, but also has to battle against one guy who is willing to play dirty so he doesn't have to share money. As you read, you will see just how far greed can drive a person. And in the case of Craig ...more
Laura
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful Mystery!!
I loved this book! This is the second book in the A Tourist Trap Mystery by Lynn Cahoon. It can be read as a standalone, but would better if you start reading with the first book in the series. Jill is fairly new to the small California coastal town of South Cove, she owns a coffee/ book store. She discovered an old stone wall on her property and believes that is may be part of the old mission which would then be declared as a landmark. However, the manager of The Castle,
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Bethany Clark
May 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First I would like to thank Net Galley and Kensington Publishing Corporation for an advanced copy of this book and in return I will provide an honest review.

I don't know where to begin, I LOVED this book from beginning to end. This is my first book by this author ( I plan to read the first book in the series as well ) and I can't wait for many more!
I never wanted to put this book down and even read it while at work whenever I had a few minutes to spare!

This story takes place in the California
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Paula Ratcliffe
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Tess
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jill Gardner owns an eclectic shop which she sells, books, coffee and more, which is also the name of her store. Working along with Jill is her eccentric Aunt Jackie, who never hesitates to voice her opinion, on just about everything and part time police officer Toby, who worked days for Jill and his nights protecting the town, along with Head Detective Greg, who happened to be Jill"s boy friend. When the manager Craig Morgan of the Castle, a town tourist draw, ends up dead, the #1 suspect is ...more
April Rogers-Krick
Mission to Murder is the second release in Lynn Cahoon's Tourist Trap Mysteries. Picking up where the first book left off we find Jill the lead character once again wrapped up in a murder of a not so loved town local. After a loud and raucous run in with the newly departed Jill finds herself the main suspect in his murder. The local head of the police is not having any of it. As her boyfriend he works extra hard to clear her name. Throw in a crazy fun loving aunt, a sexy barista / police ...more
Robyn Koshel
Jul 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mission to murder is book two in the series that started with Guidebook to murder and can be read as a stand alone novel.

Returning to gorgeous South Cove, Jill’s next adventure involves an ancient mission church. This time Jill finds herself the target and lands herself in hot water, as this charming cozy continues.

As well as a madcap adventure and a body count, the romance between Jill and Greg continues. I adore South Cove. It is one of those places you wish you could visit.

I really enjoyed
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Lynn Cahoon, award-winning NYT and USA Today best-selling author, pens several cozy mystery series. The Tourist Trap series is set in central coastal California includes nine, soon to be ten, novels with six holiday novellas. She also pens the Cat Latimer series (set in Colorado) available in mass market paperback. The Farm to Fork mystery series is set in her home state of Idaho. No matter where ...more

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Tourist Trap Mysteries (1 - 10 of 11 books)
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