Picture Perfect Frame
by Lynn Cahoon
Expected publication: March 16th 2021 by Lyrical Press
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 . . .
This is the twelfth book in the Tourist Trap mystery series by Lynn Cahoon.
I am always excited to return to South Cove. This has to be one of my favorite series right now. I thought the mystery was excellent and it really kept my attention but I was surprised Esmerelda wasn’t more involved in the story considering she was the m ain suspect though most of the book. I missed seeing Jill’s Aunt and Esmerelda most of all. They usually play much bigger roles in the storyline. I think the addition of the new employee took the place of these other two recurring character’s screen time. I hope they don’t fall out of the series. I love seeing them crop up from time to time. They can give a plot that “bam” surprise or sudden insight Jill needs in her time of wondering about whodunit.
Definitely recommend this series. Wish there were more books. I will have to reread the entire series to get my fill of South Cove and keep me ready for the next book in the series. It is the community in this book that keeps you coming back for more! So good.
If you like cozy mysteries, definitely check this one out. You won’t be disappointed.
I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.