Hospitality And Homicide
A Tourist Trap Mystery, Book #8
A visit to the serene coastal town of South Cove, California, could make anybody feel refreshed and inspired. But as Jill Gardner—owner of Coffee, Books, and More—discovers, some folks won’t live to tell about it . . .
Mystery author Nathan Pike checked into South Cove Bed & Breakfast to compose a compelling novel, not commit murder. But things get real when a rival B&B owner ends up exactly like the victim in his draft—undeniably dead. As Nathan prepares to complete his magnum opus behind bars, Jill’s the only one who can prove his innocence and deconstruct the plot of a twisted killer! (Goodreads)
The characters are well rounded, well developed and three dimensional. I really enjoy spending time with Jill, Aunt Jackie, Greg, Toby and all of the other employees of Coffee, Books and More. They are characters I would want as my own friends so I was happy visiting with them again. Some changes are coming to their lives, so good and some not so good. It was interesting seeing how they all handled the changes.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and throughout the book I felt like I was right there, watching all the action taking place around me. I enjoy the small town feel of South Cove, California, with everyone knowing everybody else’s business and offering advice whether it is wanted or not.
Although there were a couple of mysteries involved in this book, the mystery aspects played a secondary role in the story. There is the mystery of who the killer is and also what happened to a little boy. There were suspects to consider and clues to pick up along the way, but I did not feel this was the emphasis in the book. And that was fine with me. I had so much fun visiting Jill and the gang that this was perfect, in my opinion.
I would recommend this great book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy. I have read all of the books in the series and I have enjoyed them all a lot. I’ll be waiting patiently for the release of the next book.
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.