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A Vacation to Die For–ex-in-laws can be a pain

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A Vacation to Die For

by Lynn Cahoon

It’s good to return to South Cove to visit with Jill, owner of a bookstore/coffee shop, and her fiancé Greg, the local police detective. They head up to nearby Apple Valley for a much needed get-away, but unfortunately there is a murder back in town. In addition, there are a lot of other threads in this well-crafted cozy mystery. There is a conflict with the mayor when Jill won’t agree to sell her property to a real estate developer. Evie, one of Jill’s baristas is harassed by her ex-husband and his sister over an inheritance. Jill is a bibliophile, preferring a good book to social interaction, but she tries in this book to reach outside her comfort zone.

There are lots of interactions among the various characters. Some are just townspeople and others are in the area for trouble. Jill seems to frequently find her way into investigations and dangerous spots, sometimes because she is nosy and sometimes because she is in the wrong place at the wrong time. Jill shows off her investigative skills in this book as she picks up on little things she sees or hears that others might not notice. She then feeds them to Greg, helping solve the crimes. Jill’s dog Emma is a mainstay, always ready for a run. Another dog, Homer, plays an important role in this book.

There are lots of food mentions from Tiny’s fantastic cooking at Lille’s café to Sadie’s delectable desserts from Pies on the Fly. You don’t want to try to read this book when you are hungry.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Rating: 5/5

Category: Mystery

Notes: 1. A Vacation to Die For is #14 in the Tourist Trap Mystery Series. You could read it as a standalone as Cahoon is good at grounding readers in the past and the characters as needed. As this story is fairly far into the series, however, I think it would be more enjoyable if others in the series were read first. I do recommend the whole series if you are looking to read a new cozy mystery series. This one never disappoints.
2. A recipe for Esmeralda’s Creole Seafood Stew is included.

Publication: September 6, 2022—Kensington (Lyrical Press)

Memorable Lines:

“I swear, I can’t hold a Tupperware party without having one of the guests show up dead.”

I let her talk for a while. I found the best part of being a friend was letting the other person talk out the problem and find their own solution.

The world must be moving into an ice age. Greg had asked me to investigate. I hurried home to get my car before he changed his mind.


  1. Cozynookbks says:

    Nice review, Linda. I used to read this enjoyable series a while back. Thanks for reminding me about it.

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  2. Lynn Cahoon is one of my favorites, I just got the first 2 books in this series on my Kindle, thanks so much Linda!!

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    • lghiggins says:

      I really like her writing too. I hope you enjoy those two. It’s nice to have a few books in your “back pocket” that are at the ready when a cozy mystery is just what you need.

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  3. Carla says:

    I enjoy her books and will definitely be reading this one. It sounds like there are more issues than just a murder in this one. I love those first lines. I just heard recently that Tupperware is closing its doors, at least in Canada anyway. Thanks for the great review and reminder that this one needs to be read, Linda.

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    • lghiggins says:

      I hadn’t heard that, but did an Internet search and it seems that Tupperware has financial problems in the U.S. too. That’s too bad. I’m not a big one for parties that sell things, but Tupperware has been around for so long and filled a gap that appealed to homemakers. Now there are so many options.

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