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review 2018-11-20 20:43
Rockets' Dead Glare
Rockets' Dead Glare (A Tourist Trap Mystery) - Lynn Cahoon

It is the week before the 4th of July and the business owners have gathered to prepare for the festival and Barry, the fire chief, has come to tell everyone about what the fire department is doing and then states that he is going to check everyone's place and they will be shut down if they don't fix everything on his list. The first place he checks is Jill's store and coffee shop. He then suggests that she could make it worth his while to work on the items. She is furious and her aunt brings in a friend who is an electrician. They agree they have to bring things up to code, but that there are several things on the list that aren't even real and so they call the mayor's office, as do all the other business owners. Then Barry is found dead in a practice fire. While trying to find out what really happened, she learns information and shares it with the police chief, her boyfriend, Greg. 

 

The story was short and interesting. It was also something to listen to while I worked on getting my father-in-law's Christmas cards ready for the mail. 

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review 2018-11-17 13:11
A Deadly Brew
A Deadly Brew (A Tourist Trap Mystery) - Lynn Cahoon

Nell and Greg and their friends all go on an overnight double date (or could it be considered a triple date) to a local house that is considered haunted. The woman who had owned the house disappeared and they want to find out through ghost hunting and ouji boards and other things what may have happened to the woman, before the house is torn down and everything is lost. After the first night, Nell wakes up very cold from a dream she had and Esmerelda thinks she might be sensitive and the search for clues starts in earnest. 

 

I really enjoyed this story. It only had a few people and looked at an old mystery and had some ghostly happenings. It was also quick and easy to listen to and only needed about 2 hours of my day. 

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text 2018-10-01 09:00
September 2019 Reading Wrap Up
Miss Frost Solves A Cold Case: A Nocturne Falls Mystery (Jayne Frost Book 1) - Kristen Painter
A Deadly Brew (A Tourist Trap Mystery) - Lynn Cahoon

 

 

Challenges:

BL/GR: 98/100

2018 Pop Sugar: 35/50 prompts filled

Halloween Bingo: 12/25 boxes read

 

 

1. Get Well Soon: History's Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them by Jennifer Wright - 3.5 stars (Flat Book Society; Halloween Bingo)

 

2. The Harlem Hellfighters: When Pride Met Courage by Bill Miles and Walter Dean Myers - 1 star (WWI Reading List)

 

3. Rockets Dead Glare (Tourist Trap #9.25) by Lynn Cahoon - 3.5 stars (Halloween Bingo)

 

4. A Deadly Brew (Tourist Trap #9.5) by Lynn Cahoon - 4 stars (Halloween Bingo)

 

5. Nancy Drew, Detective Girl #1: The Demon of River Heights by Sho Murase and Stefan Petrucha - 1 star (Halloween Bingo)

 

6. Miss Frost Solves a Cold Case (Jayne Frost #1) by Kristen Painter - 4 stars (Halloween Bingo)

 

7. Wolves at the Door (Shifters of the Glen #1) by Skye Jones - 2 stars (Halloween Bingo)

 

8. The Siren by Kiera Cass - 3 stars (Halloween Bingo)

 

9. Presumed Guilty by Tess Gerritsen - 2 stars (Halloween Bingo)

 

10. On Call in Hell: A Doctor's Iraq War Story by CDR. Richard Jadick - 3.5 stars

 

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review 2018-09-07 12:07
A Deadly Brew (Tourist Trap Mystery #9.5) by Lynn Cahoon
A Deadly Brew (A Tourist Trap Mystery) - Lynn Cahoon

 

This book's storyline takes place between books 3 and 4. 

 

I liked this book better than the first novella (Rockets Dead Glare). It was the perfect Halloween bingo story - it takes place in October, at an abandoned mansion, with a ghost and a cold case to solve. Jill is sensitive to the ghost's demands to solve her case and her teaming up with Esmeralda was perfect. No one else in the party seemed to be interested in the case until Jill started to put all the pieces together, then everyone tried to help. Greg was the voice of the skeptic, but he knew better than to go against Jill's detective skills, so it was nice to see him let her take the lead and support her. And bonus points for finding the rapist/killer and seeing them brought to justice even after all the years have past.

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review 2018-09-07 11:30
Rockets Dead Glare (Tourist Trap Mystery #9.25) by Lynn Cahoon
Rockets' Dead Glare (A Tourist Trap Mystery) - Lynn Cahoon

 

 

 

My only quibble with this installment of the Tourist Trap Mystery series is that it messed up the timeline. This book's storyline takes place after book 3 and before book 4, even though it is published with #9.25.

 

Barry Gleason, the fire chief of the South Cove volunteer fire dept, is a womanizing asshole when not being a thorn in every South Cove business person's side. When he is found dead during a training burn, the suspects include close friends of Jill Gardner, amateur sleuth. She decides to investigate like she usually does (goes behind the back of her boyfriend/police chief Greg King) and discovers something different about this murder. Since Greg has already solved the murder, he decides to let Jill finish her investigation to sharpen her skills, maybe? Greg doesn't seem to mind Jill's sleuthing in this one, so there is a lot less white lies and more clues dropped. I enjoyed it.

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