Review of Picture Perfect Frame

Picture Perfect Frame

Tourist Trap Mystery, Book #12

Lynn Calhoon

5 Stars


As the owner of Coffee, Books, and More, Jill Gardner likes to support other Main Street businesses, so she attends a paint-and-sip event where, sadly, her brushstrokes look more like blobs. It’s still fun, though—aside from some disruption by a couple doing more sipping than painting. Jill’s police-detective boyfriend is on alert, but a designated driver volunteers to take the drunken pair back to their bed and breakfast, and everything seems resolved. Until the wife’s body turns up the next morning back in the studio.

The victim, Nan, is from out of town, so it’s hard to imagine who’d have a motive aside from her spouse. Now, in between puzzling over her fortuneteller neighbor’s strange behavior, preparing for her best friend’s wedding, and pouring cups of java at the bookstore, Jill must uncover the secrets of Nan’s life and find out who wanted her out of the picture . . .   (Goodreads)


The characters are well developed and well rounded.  It is finally the big day for Jill’s best friend, Amy, and her fiance, Justin.  All Jill wants to do is celebrate the day with the newlyweds, but life has other plans.  When a body turns up dead, Jill feels she must figure out the murderer.  She will need the help of her friends and her police detective, Greg, if she wants to find out the real story and killer.  It takes a community to catch a villian. 

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning and took me on an intriguing thrilling ride.  The mystery was well plotted and not easily solved, which is the way I like my mysteries.  You will be guessing along with Jill in figuring out the culprit. 

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  Grab a copy, get comfortable and enjoy the read.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.

Picture Perfect Frame (A Tourist Trap Mystery Book 12) by [Lynn Cahoon]