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Tea Cups and Carnage

(Tourist Trap Mysteries #7)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  1,387 ratings  ·  185 reviews
The kettle’s about to boil over . . .

The quaint coastal town of South Cove, California, is all abuzz about the opening of a new specialty shop, Tea Hee. But as Coffee, Books, and More owner Jill Gardner is about to find out, there’s nothing cozy about murder . . .

Shop owner Kathi Corbin says she came to South Cove to get away from her estranged family. But is she telli
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Published June 7th 2016 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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Gary Sundell
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A step above the prior entry. Much of the fun of this series is catching up with the residents.
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from Kensington and Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions stated in this review are explicitly mine*

The seventh book in a quickly growing series, Tea Cups and Carnage was a vast improvement over the last book and overall an above-par book that I enjoyed!

The main characters were back, and they all seemed to have new life breathed into them. The characters had started to get repetative in the few books before this one and in the
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good addition to the series. It was good to catch up with some of the characters, of which Esmeralda is still my favorite, even though she only shows now and then. Oh, and Emma, the sweetest dog ever. It needed a bit of editing but, fortunately, it was a good enough story to keep on reading. The next in the series is on the WL.
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Tourist Trap Mysteries gets better and better with every new installment!

I knew this series by author Lynn Cahoon was going to be one of my favorites when I read book one, GUIDEBOOK TO MURDER. The characters, the setting, the theme of this series are, quite simply, a joy to read.

TEA CUPS AND CARNAGE introduces another new shop to the town of South Cove. Housed in what was once a bank, the Tea Hee tea shop seems to fit in perfectly with the other wonderful shops in town, even if something do
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It's time for another great visit to Coffee, Books, and More, with owner, Jill Gardner and her golden retriever, Emma. Detective Greg King and Jill make a great couple who have busy careers and enjoy living in charming South Cove, California. Jill bought a used food truck so she could take her coffee and desserts on the road to the Summer Beach Blast and other events. It's a huge success! A new specialty shop, Tea Hee, is about ready to open next to Jill's store, and Jill wants to welcome owner, ...more
Jun 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s summertime in the small town of South Cove, California and everyone is getting ready for the Summer Festival on the beach. Jill Gardner, owner of the shop Coffee, Books, and More, is busy getting her new food truck and staff ready for the big party.

Jill is excited to see a new shop opening up called Tea Hee. She even has an arrangement with the owner, Kathi Corbin, to feature her tea in Jill’s coffee shop. It’s not long before Jill realizes mystery surrounds Kathi when her sister shows up l
Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, cozy
It’s a busy time for Jill, with the carnival in town, and for her detective boyfriend, when a murder takes place. So much happens in this tale, from missing bank deposits, to a reckless motorcyclist, to estranged sisters, to a shop owner’s mysterious absence, to a beating, and to a murder. Jill decides not to investigate this time, but just can’t help changing her mind. The story is delightful not only for the intricate mystery, but for watching the characters go about their everyday lives, fill ...more
Mary Brown
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Tea Cups And Carnage
A Tourist Trap Mystery, Book #7
Lynn Cahoon
5 Stars


The kettle’s about to boil over . . .

The quaint coastal town of South Cove, California, is all abuzz about the opening of a new specialty shop, Tea Hee. But as Coffee, Books, and More owner Jill Gardner is about to find out, there’s nothing cozy about murder . . .

Shop owner Kathi Corbin says she came to South Cove to get away from her estranged family. But is she telling the truth? And did a sinister someone from her
Becky Lewis
May 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have found a new cozy series to follow. Lynn Cahoon in Tea Cups and Carnage introduces us to a very realistic set of cozy players who combine to make the perfect recipe for murder. We are given the main characters, Greg, a good looking policeman, and his girlfriend,Jill Gardner, who runs the local coffee shop and tries to solve mysteries before her lawman boyfriend. Aunt Jackie is a bit overbearing; and Kathi, owner of the new tea shop, her sister Ivy, who seems to hate her; and chick-magnet T ...more
Jun 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Cosy mysteries set in small town America and this is the third book I’ve read in the Tourist Trap series. It’s nice to return to familiar characters and settings. Jill has bought a food truck to take her Coffee shop wares on the road to events. A new tea shop is opening and the business circle in place is keen to welcome them.
A murder is thrown into the mix and Jill is then in the middle of the investigation. You are drawn into the investigation with her.
It’s nice to settle down with a le
Micky Cox
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
There is a new shop owner in town and her crazy family has followed her to town. When a body pops up, the question is which one of the family members is the guilty party? The characters are really fleshing out and becoming friends that you just can't wait to catch up with in the next book! The interpersonal relationships enhance the story line and bring an extra pizzazz to the plot. Definitely an entertaining book to spend an afternoon with! ...more
I would actually give this a 3 1/2 star. I enjoyed it but a couple things annoyed me, but that is me and probably wouldn't bother most. The story kept moving with a new shop owner in town, a crazy motorcycle driver, a shop clerk that is secretive, a missing check, and more. The mystery wraps up nicely in the end and I will continue on with this series. ...more
Dec 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one in the series didn’t hold the same appeal for me as the previous ones did. You never meet the murder victim or really get to know much about him so it’s almost like watching the story unfold from afar. The characters that I’ve grown to love just didn’t do it for me in this one.
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Tourist Trap series is always a sure bet of a great read!
Great characters and the setting of South Cove is a winner.
The whodunits are always first rate!
You will not be disappointed in this series!
Apr 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery, 2016
This is one of my favorite series and this installment doesn't disappoint. The town of South Cove is hosting a Beach Festival to draw in more tourists. With the arrival of vendors and tourists alike, there are also a few unsavory characters stirring up a whole lot of trouble, or could it be the new tea shop owner? Coffee, Books, and More owner, Jill finds herself asking questions about all the ruckus going on expecially the motorcyclist who almost ran over Aunt Jackie.

I really enjoyed this book
Apr 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozies-mysteries
I've only recently found this author, but already I've devoured all of the books in this series. So far, this is my favorite of the bunch. The characters feel more rounded in this installment and I like that very much.

I also like that in this book, Jill, while still being Jill and poking her nose into things, shared more with Greg and really only stumbled in to danger this time around. I like that much better than when the main character stubbornly sticks herself in a bad situation because she
Apr 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, cozy, e-books, lynn-cahoon
In the latest adventure of the Tourist Trap mysteries, South Cove is planning a festival to bring customers into the stories during a slow period. Jill Gardener is busy keeping the store and the food truck fully staff. Aunt Jackie finds a missing check and both Jill and Jackie are looking for the answer. A new specialty shop called the Tea Hee is about to open and Jill is the liaison person who involves the owner into the town's activities. During the festival, a motorcyclist is raising havoc in ...more
Lisa Morin
Apr 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Things are heating up in South Cove, California, especially as it's time for the Beach Festival and Coffee, Books and More shop owner Jill Gardner is excited to be showing off the company's new food truck!
Making it even more exciting is the new business that will be opening up, Tea Hee, featuring exclusive tea blends and tea accessories. Kathi Corbin is Tea Hee's proprietor and it seems she is happy settling in the little town of South Cove. When a body is found at the no-tell motel, it seems K
May 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
I felt a big disconnect in this one. We didn't ever meet the murder victim. And a majority of the beginning of the book, the murder was very much in the background, with the MC not even investigating...since she had no real vested interest in it. Anyway, on to the next one. I got this one and the next two pretty low on the Kindle. ...more
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first series I started from this author and remains one of my favorites. Set in a coffee and bookshop in northern California. Coffee and books could not fit my likes any better. This series is a light and entertaining cozy mystery!
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Again my only criticism of this series is Aunt Jackie. I cannot understand why she is so bristley with her niece. I hope this gets explained soon, in a way that makes her sympathetic.
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
Some problematic details (the author gets some things about the setting wrong & it’s not ok to sexually harass your male employee), & a so-so mystery.
Uluwehi Hopkins
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

Jill Gardner is back with all her South Cove homies for book seven in the Tourist Trap mystery series. A new tea shop has opened in this tourist town called Tea Hee and there is all sorts of mystery behind the store. Who is the new owner? Who is her annoying sister that suddenly shows up in town unannounced bad mouthing Kathi, the owner of Tea Hee. And how are they both connected to a dead body found in a local motel?

Jill divides her attention in this book between the main store of Books,
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
Lynn Cahoon’s Tourist Trap Mystery series is one of my favorite cozy series, and this latest book is no exception. Multiple threads going on kept my sleuthing mind busy, and the character depth in Tea Cups and Carnage added new layers to our familiar friends (and introduced a couple of new faces to the mix).

As always, Lynn Cahoon has a knack for characters, setting, and dialogue. South Cove comes alive – its people, its places, its sights and sounds. I would love to go for a visit and if I coul
May 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
My thanks to Netgalley and Kensington for an opportunity to read an advanced copy of this

I do not know where to begin with this. Cozy mysteries are supposed to wrap around a murder - nothing gruesome, just a body. Within Tea Cups and Carnage, the body does not appear until a third of the way through and then it is only an inconsequential pause. Jill Gardner seems more interested in a missing bank deposit and staffing her coffee annex during a festival than her usual dead body in a small co
Mystereity Reviews
Tea Cups and Carnage is the seventh book in the excellent Tourist Trap Mystery series and shows no sign of slowing down. There's a new shop owner in town, Texas beauty queen Kathi is set to open Tea Hee, a shop specializing in custom teas and tea sets. South Cove is just entering the tourist season with a beach festival weekend when a man is found dead in a motel just outside of town. Kathi and her sister Ivy are under suspicion and Jill works to clear them and find the real murderer.

First of al
Apr 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy, netgalley-arc
An ARC honest review for Kensington Books/Lyrical Underground via NetGalley.

This is the 7th book in the Tourist Trap mysteries.

Coffee, Books, and More owner Jill Gardner has got enough on her plate at the moment. What with the festival on the beach and them using their new outside catering van, a library evening with guest author, and being left to make the monthly report at the Shop Owners Association meeting at the Town Hall, and a fellow store owner asking her to keep an eye on his store whi
Christa Nardi
Jul 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Jill has her hands full between her Aunt, a missing deposit, a festival, library event, and her business. Enough to keep her busy, but when someone is killed, she can't help but try to figure who did it and how it relates to Kathi, the ex-pageant queen. Greg tries to discourage her and the local seer of sorts tells her not to make any decisions about relationships. There's a wild motorcyclist giving motor clubs a bad name and the cranky antique dealer, and somehow Jill knows these are all connec ...more
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