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Memories and Murder

by Lynn Cahoon

Memories and MurderThe name of the series, Tourist Trap Mysteries, doesn’t begin to describe this bookish set adequately. Memories and Murder is the latest installment in which Jill Gardner, owner of Coffee, Books and More in little South Cove, drinks coffee, eats sweet treats, and reads her way through relationship and murder issues. There are lots of threads to this plot. Aunt Jackie has called off her engagement to Harrold and gone silent. Deek is a new barista in the coffee shop; he is more perceptive than psychic, despite his heritage. He has great ideas for book clubs and follows through with implementation. Jill juggles investigating a murder and a scam and finds herself in deadly trouble.

The story is told from Jill’s point of view, and first person narration works well here. The pace moves along snappily in this cozy mystery. Don’t be deterred by Memories and Murder being the tenth book in the sequence. Author Lynn Cahoon is a master at bringing readers up to speed on characters and background. In the first chapter you will learn almost everything you need to know to enjoy this book while the storyline gets underway. There is perhaps a little too much description of who ate what, when, and where, but other than feeling like I needed to accompany Jill and her dog Emma on their beach runs, those details were not truly excessive. In fact, I’m looking forward to joining the South Cove family of friends in their next adventure.

I would like to extend my thanks to and to Lyrical Underground (Kensington Press) for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 5/5

Category: Mystery

Notes: #10 in The Tourist Trap Mystery Series, but works well as a standalone.

Publication:   November 12, 2019— Lyrical Underground (Kensington Press)

Memorable Lines:

Fighting with my boyfriend had not been one of the things on my to-do list today, but you had to make room for impromptu items.

Operation Harrold Wins Jackie Back was going to work. It had to work. All the best books and movies had a happily ever after. Real life should too.

…he’d assured me that the sun would turn to ice before he left me for her.


  1. I haven’t read this book but it is on my list.

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  2. You definitely sparked my interest. Thank you!

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    • lghiggins says:

      Thank you, Diane. Enjoy this time of isolation as best you can–lots of opportunities for cooking comfort foods.

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      • Not able to do that much cooking of new recipes as we have moved our grandkids in with us until this darn virus is gone. My daughter is a single mom and a nurse and we needed to isolate with the kids so that they don’t get it and so they don’t pass it to us when we normally watch them 3 days a week. This home schooling is a killer…lol Stay safe!

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      • lghiggins says:

        Life has really changed for you. May you and your family stay healthy during this time. You can do this!🤪

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  3. carhicks says:

    I enjoy this series a lot. I missed the first three or so, but have been a fan ever since. I love the first quote you chose. Very appropriate right now. Great review Linda.

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