Jill Gardner—owner of Coffee, Books, and More—has somehow been talked into sponsoring a 5k race along the beautiful California coast. The race is a fundraiser for the local preservation society—but not everyone is feeling so charitable…
The day of the race, everyone hits the ground running…until a local business owner stumbles over a very stationary body. The deceased is the vicious wife of the husband-and-wife team hired to promote the event—and the husband turns to Jill for help in clearing his name. But did he do it? Jill will have to be very careful, because this killer is ready to put her out of the running…forever! (Goodreads)
Jill once again finds herself involved in a murder mystery. This time a body is found during a fundraising race for the preservation society. Jill had only met the deceased once, and she did not particularly like her. But no one deserves to be murdered, no matter how nasty they are. Trouble seems to follow Jill around and she again decides she needs to pursue this mystery. After all, the murder has postponed the cruise that she and her detective boyfriend were scheduled to take, so she may as well spend her vacation searching for a murderer.
This is the fifth book in the Tourist Trap Mystery series and I have read and enjoyed them all. The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author has once again created a small town feel that would be a great vacation destination. And the bookstore/coffee shop would be a great place to enjoy reading a cozy.
The characters are well developed and well rounded and are people you would want to know. I am a little sad that we did not get to spend more time with Amy, Jill’s best friend. She was featured a lot in the earlier books and I really enjoyed her and I miss her. This book focuses more time with Jill’s Aunt Jackie, who helps Jill run her shop. The bickering between them was fun to read and I enjoy the feistiness of Jackie and her no nonsense attitude.
There are two mysteries that need solving in this book. The first is who the murderer is and the reason behind the killing. The second is who is responsible for vandalism against a fellow businessman. A hobby shop is being vandalized and no one knows who is behind it or why that business was singled out. Jill wants to get the answers to those questions before more businesses are targeted.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy. This book can be read as a stand alone but if you have not read any of the other books in the series, now would be a great time to pick them all up.
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.