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Santa Puppy

(Tourist Trap Mysteries #9.75)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  460 ratings  ·  123 reviews
’Twas the season of Christmas, and all through South Cove, California, Santa is working overtime to deliver a special gift . . .

Jill Gardner has volunteered her Coffee, Books, and More to host a Christmas adopt-a-pet party. Among the potential forever friends is a male terrier named Baby, whose owner died of a heart attack. With few clues to go on, even finding the name of
Kindle Edition, 120 pages
Published November 6th 2018 by Lyrical Press
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Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite amateur sleuths is back. Jill Gardner, owner of Coffee, Books and More, finds herself in the middle of another mystery. She is hosting a local adopt-a-pet function and her heart is breaking for Baby, a male terrier whose owner recently died.

Baby’s owner was a homeless man. Jill is sure there is more to his story than they know about. She vows to find out what happened to the man and to make sure Baby has a new “forever home”. Little did she know, she’d be delving into the pas
This wonderful Christmastime novella will put you in good spirits for the holidays! Jill and the South Cove gang are volunteering at an animal shelter helping groom dogs and cats for an upcoming adoption event. An older terrier mix, Baby, catches Jill’s eyes, and his background is tied to a recent death, and the heartfelt story of his owner’s past. A happy ending is the gift Cozy Mystery Readers receive at the story’s end. Cookie recipe included.

Carla Johnson-Hicks
This is a cute, heart-warming Christmas novella with characters I have grown to know and love. It is Christmas time in South Cove California and Jill Gardner is planning to host an adopt-a-pet event at the bookstore. As she is meeting the animals that are being featured, she learns about the death of a homeless man and his small dog left behind. When Jill finds a key hidden in the dog's collar, they find a journal and money left to his childhood sweetheart. This piques Jill's interest and she se ...more
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh my gosh did I ever enjoy Santa Puppy. It was not at all what I expected! So much better! This Christmas themed novella is the perfect holiday read. Short, sweet and really well written. The story will tug a bit at your heartstrings but in a really good way. I love this series and it was easy to picture the entire setting, the characters and even taste the cookies! I am totally using the recipe at the end of this story too!
Peggy R
This is a terrific holiday novella that hits all the right Christmas notes. I enjoy these peaks into the lives of the residents of South Cove.
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
A good, easy read with heartwarming family/friend moments. It was bittersweet but with a very sweet ending. And it's really gotten me impatient and excited to decorate our tree when I get home in a couple of days!
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
In this short novella Jill is happy to be helping out a local shelter with a Christmas adopt a pet party. Her boyfriend, aunt, and a few other people have agreed to help with the washing and grooming of animals to get them ready for the party. While at the shelter she is introduced to a dog named Baby whose owner recently died from a heart attack. When Jill learns about the dead mans situation she wants to help find out more about his life and if she can find Baby a forever home. She takes the c ...more
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It is Christmas time in South Cove California and Jill Gardner is planning to host an adopt-a-pet at the bookstore. Jill learns of a death of a homeless veteran and he had a small dog who stay with him.. Jill becomes interested in his story and tried to find his sweetheart. Her parents moved her away when he was overseas and there is no trace of where. There is a small amount of paranormal and a couple of twists that will delight and distress you. I highly recommend this book for a relaxing Chri ...more
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, cozy-mystery
Santa Puppy by Lynn Cahoon is a sweet little Christmas time mystery set in Ms. Cahoon's Tourist Trap world.

Jill and her family and friends are putting on an adoption party for a local animal shelter to help place senior dogs and cats. There's one sweet little dog who captures Jill's heart as his master recently passed away from a heart attack and he has no living family. Jill does fina a clue and then Greg provides a few more clues which spurs Jill on to find out what she can about the man. This
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Santa Puppy by Lynn Cahoon is novella number 9.75 in A Tourist Trap series. Jill Gardner who owns Coffee, Books, and More has agreed to host Christmas Adopt-a-pet party. Jill takes on another mystery, finding information about the human of a terrier dog names Baby, who's owner died of a heart attack. I enjoyed this short book, but I prefer this author's full size novels. I recommend this novella for a quick, fun Christmas story.

I was given a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. 
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

This is my first ever read from Lynn Cahoon. I wanted to try this series because I liked the sound of the concept but another thing that drew me to this novella was the fact that it was also holiday themed.

SANTA PUPPY is book 9.75 in the Tourist Trap mystery series and you definitely don’t need to read the others to enjoy this one. I really like Cahoon’s writing style. It’s quite simple and easy to read, so I think that helped me in jumping into this series in the middle of it.

I really like th
Lisa Morin
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Santa Puppy is just the right holiday story I like.
When a homeless man is found in the beach, dead of a heart attack, Jill Gardner wonders who he is.
Santa Puppy touches on the kindness of people, heart ache and of course, Christmas.
This is a delightful, fast paced story that is read in under two hours.
I volunteered to read and review an ARC of this book provided by the publisher and NetGalley.
Mary Brown
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Santa Puppy
A Tourist Trap Mystery, Book #9.75
Lynn Cahoon
5 Stars


’Twas the season of Christmas, and all through South Cove, California, Santa is working overtime to deliver a special gift . . .

Jill Gardner has volunteered her Coffee, Books, and More to host a Christmas adopt-a-pet party. Among the potential forever friends is a male terrier named Baby, whose owner died of a heart attack. With few clues to go on, even finding the name of Baby’s human is a daunting task. But there’s no chal
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!

If you're looking for a cute cozy mystery to read in the lead up to Christmas, then this book might be the one! It's only a quick read at 130 pages, but somehow plenty was packed into that short amount and I felt like I not only enjoyed what I got, but that I wanted to read more of this series and discover more about the characters. Any character that reads is a plus with me, and add in animals and recue and I was completely
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ottimo racconto letto la vigilia di Natale.
Micky Cox
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is one of my favorite series to read and this novella from the series just confirms that. It is a bit strange that the recent novella's are actually out of order as this story obviously takes place before several major changes in character relationships and events that lead to characters leaving the series in books that I have already read. However, that being said, I absolutely loved this book. The storyline was fun and intriguing. The animals in the story were lovable and a major focus of ...more
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Santa Puppy by Lynn Cahoon is a Tourist Trap Novella. Jill Gardner of Coffee, Books and More will be hosting a pet adoption event next Saturday at the store to help some adorable animals find forever before Christmas. In anticipation of the event, Jill along with Greg King and her friends are at the Bakerstown shelter to wash the dogs. Jill meets Baby, a ten year old terrier who arrived at the shelter after his owner was found dead on the beach the previous week. Jill takes off his collar and a ...more
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Christmas Novel featuring Tourist Trap characters.

Fundraising for the local no-kill animal shelter and finding homes for older pets has Jill busy as Christmas approaches. The death of his owner has one elder dog, Baby, hiding a mystery in his collar in the form of a key.

Plot twists made this a good read.
Dec 26, 2018 rated it liked it
his novella fits the bill if seeking a heartwarming Christmas story. Jill Gardner hopes many dogs will receive forever homes at the adoption event at her store. A dog found next to his owner's body on the beach wears a collar with a safe deposit key. The police believe the key will lead to the owner's identity and next of kin. The novella takes place near Christmas, and the Christmas tree lot is busy with Jill, the police, and others purchasing holiday trees. I don't want to divulge too much of ...more
Santa Puppy is a short and sweet addition to the Tourist Trap series. It is Christmas in South Cove and to help others, Coffee, Books, and More is hosting a party for the local animal shelter. Senior dogs and cats are going to be at the shop for customers to go and visit with and hopefully, adopt. The Saturday prior to the event, Jill, Greg, Aunt Jackie, Harrold, Amy and Justin go to the shelter and wash thirty dogs to get them prepped for the event. One of the dogs is a terrier whose owner, Tho ...more
RO G'ma
Santa Puppy is the latest installment in Lynn Cahoon’s Tourist Trap Mysteries. This novella is a quick and easy read that can easily be read as a standalone. Ms. Cahoon’s writing style flows smoothly at a steady pace in this well-written story, with well-developed and affable characters.

Jill Gardner owns Coffee, Books, and More in the quaint small town of South Cove, California. She’s hosting an adopt-a-pet event and she and her boyfriend, Detective Greg King, join her best friend, Amy, and her
Jennifer Ritter
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Santa Puppy is the latest addition to Lynn Cahoon’s Tourist Trap Mysteries. It is the Christmas season, and as part of the festivities Jill Gardner, owner of Coffee, Books, and More, is set to host a Christmas adopt-a-pet party. Her group of friends, including her beau, South Cove’s police detective Greg King, meet at the animal shelter that will be bringing the animals for adoption, to bathe and get the pets ready for the event. A new inhabitant at the shelter, a 10 year old terrier called Baby ...more
Angela (Kentuckybooklover) Brocato-Skaggs
This Christmas, Jill is hosting an adopt-a-pet event at her coffee/bookstore. When bathing a sweet pup whose owner has recently passed away reveals a safety deposit box key Jill is on the hunt to find out what is in the box and to find the pup a "furever" home for Christmas.

For me, this was the perfect introduction to the Tourist Trap cozy mystery series by Lynn Cahoon. I was captivated by Jill and her love for reading and animals.

You can read this novella out of order as your first introductio
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jill Gardner, owner of Coffee, Books and More, has volunteered to host a Christmas adopt-a-pet event. One of the dogs that touch her heart is a little terrier named Baby whose owner was homeless and died of a heart attack. As Jill looks into the homeless man’s past, she discovers a sad love story that needs a Christmas miracle.
I loved this little mystery. It had a theme that touched my heart. Pets become a part of the family, and help us make our lives whole. They can help us heal through the tu
April Showers Bring Fungi From Yuggoth
SANTA PUPPY is a true delight! A California Christmas Cozy mystery with dogs and cats, in prolific and wonderful author Lynn Cahoon's TOURIST TRAP MYSTERY Series, SANTA PUPPY warms any heart, even my own Scrooge-ish one. Jill is an admirable protagonist: she owns a book-and-coffee-shop and encourages reading at work! She is also a dedicated amateur sleuth (despite that her boyfriend is police chief), and a dog-owner. When she offers to host a shelter adoption party for the nearby no-kill shelter ...more
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
Thanks to #NetGalley and #KensingtonBooks for the opportunity to read this one. I always enjoy a good holiday short story and when dogs figure prominently in the story it's just that much more enjoyable! Jill is holiday an adopt-a-pet event at her store as part of a "clear the shelters" effort. One of the dogs up for adoption, Baby, a 10-year-old terrier was found by the body of his owner, a homeless man who died of an apparent heart attack. When they take his collar off to give him a bath a saf ...more
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
Not sure why I bothered. Glad it was short!🤣
Amanda Wilcox
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-and-unread
This was another really sweet novella, a bit predictable but sweet none the less.
Theresa Larson
Santa Puppy
By: Lynn Cahoon
Kensington Books – Lyrical Press
4 Stars

Jill Gardner and her friends are back in this holiday story of the Tourist Trap Mysteries series. This time they are getting ready for their Christmas party which will include animals for adoption from the local animal shelter. The gang goes to the shelter ahead of time to help wash the pets to get them all cleaned up for adoption. While there, Jill falls in love with a dog named Baby. His owner was found dead on the beach with Bab
Nov 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Enjoyable, quick read Novella. Just in time for Christmas.

This novella is a bit out of sync with the Tourist Trap Mystery series. This story occurs somewhere in the middle, chronologically. Relationships are a little different. Still a good story and worth reading.
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