Review of If The Shoe Kills

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If The Shoe Kills by Lynn Cahoon is the third book in A Tourist Trap Mystery series.  I have read all three in the series and I have enjoyed all three.

It is Thanksgiving time in South Cove, California.  The business community is participating in a work program where interns will help in their shops.  Many of them are not happy about this because they are afraid that the interns will be trouble makers and  delinquents.  And most of them do not like the man in charge, Ted.  He is unfriendly and obnoxious and only worries about himself.  Someone disliked him enough to kill him.

Jill Gardner owns a coffee shop and bookstore in town and she is also the business liaison with the city.  She is unfortunate enough to be the one who finds Ted’s body.  Although she did not like Ted, she cannot keep herself from investigating the murder.  Her boyfriend, Greg, who is a detective, wants her to stay out of it and leave the investigating to him.  But that is not something that Jill can do, so with the help of her friends, she sets out to solve the mystery.

Jill is also planning on hosting a big Thanksgiving dinner for her family and friends and she is stressing out about it.  She is also stressing out because Greg’s ex-girlfriend is back in town and trying to get him back.  And did I mention that her coffee shop/bookstore is hosting a children’s Christmas book party for the less fortunate children in the area?  Will she be able to juggle all of it or will everything come crashing down around her?

The characters are well developed, well rounded and three dimensional.  Since I have read all three books in the series, I can see the growth of all the main characters.  They are people that you can relate to and care about.  The friendships seem real and they are people I would like to know.

The mystery is carried on throughout the entire book.  There are many twists and turns and a lot of possible suspects to consider.  Although I was pretty sure who the killer was, I did not figure out the reason behind it.  There is a bit of surprise concerning the reason.

The writing style flows smoothly and this book was an easy read.  The writing was descriptive and I felt like I was right there watching the action instead of just reading about it.

I would recommend this book (and the other two in the series) to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy.  Although this book could be read as a stand-alone, to enjoy it even more you should read the first two books.  They are all very good and I’m glad that I found this author and series to enjoy.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.  I would like to thank NetGalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read and review this book.

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