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Killer Party

(Tourist Trap Mysteries #9)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  1,137 ratings  ·  147 reviews
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 hesita
Kindle Edition, 190 pages
Published July 18th 2017 by Lyrical Underground
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Lynn Cahoon notches up another Tourist Trap Mystery winner in Book 9. I always enjoy visiting the South Cove, California beach setting where Jill Gardner has made a rousing success of Coffee, Books and More. Her boyfriend, Greg is in the spotlight as he and a group of college buddies gather with their wives and/or significant others at a local historical hotel/museum--The Castle--for a bachelors party. Things quickly turn sour when the groom-to-be, Levi, is discovered floating facedown in the po ...more
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
KILLER PARTY is a killer read!

How does author Lynn Cahoon continuously write book after book in this series, but always make them feel new, fresh, and intriguing? There are of course other authors who pull it off as well, but Ms. Cahoon truly has the gift for it. Honestly, I don’t care how she does it, because as long as she does, I’ll keep reading them!

Book nine (Wow! Already?) in the Tourist Trap Mysteries, KILLER PARTY, is another mind blowing whodunit that had me alternating between smiling,
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jill Gardiner and her boy friend Greg have moved in together and are adjusting to joint habitation. Greg's high school friends invite them to the bachelor party for Levi Walters. The party is held at the Castle in South Cove.The first night champagne flow like water. The next morning Levi is from dead in the pool. Since Greg knew the victim the neighboring police department is called in to investigate the case. Greg gives Jill the green-light to examine the crime. The ending ends with a cliff ha ...more
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
A good, quick, easy read. It was fun to 'visit with' the regular cast of characters again. It could have used a little editing, especially where commas are concerned, but I barreled through it. On to the next!
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Late last night I finished Killer Party by Lynn Cahoon. This long running series is a favorite of mine and this one did not disappoint. Great friction, mystery and compelling relationships in this cozy mystery. I loved the setting, a grand Castle and the idea of the hotel attached to it and in it. Easy to picture the setting and I liked the way Lynn wrote about her character's relationships and town happenings. This town gets more interesting by the book!
This was a fun summer read!

I love our main characters, Jill & Greg. :) They're likeable and well-rounded. I've enjoyed watching their relationship grow over the last eight books. In this ninth one, they have recently moved in together and are both getting used to that new dynamic in their relationship. 

The side characters in this installment were something else. Zany, crazy, and wild for sure. Thank goodness Jill has lots of experience in dealing with over-the-top personalities and good old-fas
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Blast from the Past!

Jill & boyfriend Greg are spending the weekend at The Castle with a group of Greg's old high school friends & their wives. The main event is a celebration of the upcoming wedding of Levi & Jessica. Unfortunately all goes awry when the groom-to- be's body is found floating in the pool. Jill, of course, finds herself investigating the crime. There are so many suspects with numerous reasons for wanting Levi dead. Greg & Jill's relationship is challenged as secrets swirl. Jill,
Kristine (A Cozy Booknook)
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, cozy-mystery
I always look forward to a new Tourist Trap Mystery, this one does not disappoint. The story quickly drew me in and had me wanting to know what was going to happen next. The characters feel like old friends, they grow and evolve with each new story lending to their realism and believability. I look forward to reading what happens next.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. My review has been voluntarily submitted.
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Number nine in the series does not disappoint! I think this series just keeps getting better!
The series is engaging and I couldn't put this book down!
I love the setting of South Cove and Coffee, Books and More.
The characters are realistic and well written, especially Jill.
The whodunit kept me guessing right until the conclusion.
I highly recommend this book.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
K.A. Davis
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
KILLER PARTY, the ninth book in the Tourist Trap Mystery series by Lynn Cahoon, is a delightful summer read! It starts by inviting you in with its colorful poolside party cover… you can almost smell the Coppertone and feel the warm California sun on your skin. From there the story unfolds for an entertaining read as the protagonist, Jill Gardner, attends a weekend-long bachelor/bachelorette party with her boyfriend and the Chief Detective of South Cove, Greg. It’s the first chance she’s had to m ...more
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
I love the Tourist Trap Mystery series from Lynn Cahoon, and it just gets better with each new book. Jill is one of my fave amateur sleuths because a) she owns a bookstore, b) she reads books I recognize, and c) she is the kind of person I would want as a friend. She’s witty, kind, and intelligent – and she loves her friends, family, and her golden retriever Emma.

The town of South Cove is another favorite element of the series for me, and in Killer Party we meet some new people and revisit famil
Peggy R
This is only the second book that I have read in this series but I have quickly become hooked on the characters and mysteries. This installment is a fast paced who-dun-it that will have the readers guessing and flying through the pages to find out the identity of the murder. I love the characters in this book. They are well developed, complex multi-dimensional characters but there is still much to learn about them and plenty of growth for each of them. I thought the mystery was well done. The su ...more
When a group of old friends, who grew up together, went to high school and college together, and shared one major secret come to town for a reunion, Jill is the new kid in the crowd, thanks to her relationship with live-in boyfriend (and cop) Greg. when the seeming leader of this friends group, and the soon to be groom ends up dead in the pool, Greg can not investigate officially. He is too close to the case. Usually he wants Jill to keep her nose out of things that might result in her being put ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another visit to South Cove, California finds our protagonist Jill Gardner adjusting to life having recently begun living with her boyfriend, police detective Greg. She had an extremely busy life with her recent life change, juggling college classes, her business and her aunt, who is planning her upcoming nuptials. Even with all she has on her plate, she makes time to spend a weekend at "The Castle" to celebrate the engagement of Greg's best friend as well as meeting all the guys and their wives ...more
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jill Gardner returns in Killer Party, the 9th book in the Tourist Trap Mystery series. Jill is settling into her relationship with live-in boyfriend, Greg, while juggling her college classes and her business, Coffee, Books & More. Greg invites her to spend the weekend at local luxury hotel, The Castle, to join him for the annual reunion weekend with his best college buddies. Jill looks forward to meeting his old friends, relaxing by the pool and reading. Her plans change abruptly when one of Gre ...more
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I can't believe that this is the ninth book in the Tourist Trap series. I have read and enjoyed all of the books. It is always fun to visit the residents of South Cove, CA especially to see what Jill Gardner is involved in. She has the best job as the owner of Coffee, Books and More. She always has some wonderful sounding sweet treats that her friend Sadie makes to sell in her shop and other places. Her boyfriend and police detective, Greg King, has moved in with Jill and Emma, her golden retrie ...more
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
I'm not sure what it is with mysteries that I have read lately...but I never see the killer coming! With this book I'm trying to figure out who was involved and why, however I never figured this one out. The author does a great job of hiding clues (and there are some looking back) and throwing many red herrings in your path.

And of course I love seeing Jill and Greg's relationship grow now that they have moved in together. There are a few moments where Jill continues to question the relationship,
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for an ARC of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

Killer Party is the 9th book in Lynn Cahoon’s excellent Tourist Trap Mystery series. I love this series and am so glad I found it. In my opinion, there aren't a lot of really good cozies around these days. Having said that, I haven't seen any hints of future books for this series and can only hope there will be more tales in this great cozy series.

I highly recommend this book for any one who li
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
First I want to thank Netgalley and Kensington Books for allowing me to read this story.

I fell in love with Jill and South Cove California years ago when I picked up the first book in this series while on vacation. I can say the books have not disappointed me and in my opinion get better.

In this story weddings are in the air. Jill's aunt Jackie is turning into Bridezilla, Amy is planning her wedding and Jill is meeting Greg's old school friends. Jill and Greg are staying at The Castle for the
Lisa Morin
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A weekend reunion of high school friends turns tragic when one of them winds up dead.

Jill Gardner and Greg King are beginning to adjust to living together. A weekend filled with friends and fun should be appealing to Jill, but this group of friends seems a bit bizarre. Tension between the couples is evident and adding alcohol to this bunch is not a good mix.

Finding his best friend dead is more than Greg can take and it's up to Jill to help him.
Finding time to investigate is not easy as Jill's co
Patricia Romero
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This is the ninth book in Lynn's Tourist Trap Series. With a weekend of luxury at The Castle, rented out by the groom, what more could a girl want? Especially when her hot cop boyfriend is part of the package. 

On the first day Jill senses something is off with this group of Greg's old high school buddies and their wives. So when the groom turns up facedown in the pool, even Greg is on the sidelines. 

Jill's suspect list is pretty long with everyone from the party as well as the new Russian Doll S
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jill Gardner, owner of Coffee, Books and More, is just getting used to living with her boyfriend, Greg. They are meeting his college friends at the local resort, The Castle, for a bachelor party. When the groom is found floating in the pool, Jill needs to investigate Greg’s friends to find the culprit before someone else lies dead.
I loved this cozy mystery. The plot was exciting and suspenseful, and I was surprised who the culprit was in the end. The setting reminds me of times at the beach, and
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
A who-done-it with a stable base of interesting characters and new ones for episode 6 in the Tourist Trap Mystery series.

Jill Gardner's Coffee, Books and More is running smoothly. Her boyfriend Greg's childhood friends are all in South Cove at The Castle to celebrate Levi & Jessica's wedding. When someone ends up dead in the pool Greg has to step aside and let another county investigate. Greg's permission to Jill to look into the murder for him makes her happy but juggling everything in her life
Amanda Wilcox
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-and-unread
I seriously just love this series! Although, I felt like Jill and Greg were a little distant and I hope that doesn't mean unhappy things for the future. The murder mystery was great but I figured it out earlier than usual which was a bit of a bummer. This a fabulous installment and I will forever recommend this series. On to the next one now!
Jul 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, cozy-mysteries
Killer Party by Lynn Cahoon is the ninth book in A Tourist Trap Mystery series. Jill Gardner is packing for a weekend getaway with her boyfriend, Greg King and his friends. Greg’s childhood friend, Levi Walker is getting married, and he is holding a stag party weekend in South Cove at The Castle. Jill is looking forward to enjoying the spa services and escaping Aunt Jackie’s wedding planning while Greg reconnects with his friends. On Saturday, the men go on a boat excursion to “fish” (ingest alc ...more
RO G'ma
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Killer Party is the ninth book in Lynn Cahoon’s wonderful Tourist Trap Mystery series and is a well-written story, with well-developed and affable characters, that moves along at a steady pace. Ms. Cahoon’s writing style flows smoothly, the engaging characters and interesting plot drew me right into the story, and the twists and turns held my interest throughout the book. I highly recommend all the books in the Tourist Trap Mystery series to anyone who enjoys reading well-crafted cozy mysteries. ...more
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Killer Party is another exciting installment in Cahoon's Tourist trap mystery series. I always look forward to a new release in this series because I love all the characters, and I loved this book because the reader gets to see Jill and Greg getting closer. When Greg invites Jill to a weekend getaway with some old friends of his, Jill expects a fun weekend that includes some reading time, getting to know Greg's friends, and spending time with Greg not expecting to be at the center of another mur ...more
Susan Johnston
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Princess Fuzzypants here:
It is always nice when you find a series that you enjoy at first but like more with each successive book. This is one such series. I have become quite invested in Jill, Greg and all the rest. I think it might be because their lives and relationships seem to flow in a very realistic manner separate and apart from the mysteries which are always good.
This time Greg has a group of old high school chums who have rented The Castle for a bachelor party. The groom is a former ne
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! It was a little longer than I expected, and Jackie got on my nerves but I loved it. This is the ninth book in the series, and it delves a little deeper into the lives of some of the main characters with special attention to Greg's past, and Jackie's future. I can't wait to see where the author is going with Jackie and the three new characters she introduces as part of this mystery, which surrounds the death of Greg's best friend from childhood.

Here's what you need to know about this b
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was happy to see that in this book the murder was the main focus with the daily lives of the characters being second and a nice teaser concerning Jackie and Harrold as the ending.

It seems that Greg isn't the open book he appears to be when a high school friend of his comes to South Cove for his bachelor party and ends up floating in The Castle's pool.
And his fiancee has her own secrets.
And the best part, I didn't realize who the murderer was till the end.
I had a whole other plot line in my h
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