Monday, February 22, 2016

Murder on Wheels by Lynn Cahoon Review

Title: Murder on Wheels

Author: Lynn Cahoon

Pages: 198

Publisher: Lyrical Underground

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Format: Ecopy/Paperback/Audio


The food truck craze has reached the charming coastal town of South Cove, California, but before Jill Gardner—owner of Coffee, Books, and More—can sample the eats, she has to shift gears and put the brakes on a killer . . .

Now that Kacey Austin has got her new gluten-free dessert truck up and running, there’s no curbing her enthusiasm—not even when someone vandalizes the vehicle and steals her recipes. But when Kacey turns up dead on the beach and Jill’s best friend Sadie becomes the prime suspect, Jill needs to step on it to serve the real killer some just desserts.


The food truck craze has reached the charming coastal town of South Cove, California, but before Jill Gardner—owner of Coffee, Books, and More—can sample the eats, she has to shift gears and put the brakes on a killer . . . Now that Kacey Austin has got her new gluten-free dessert truck up and running, there’s no curbing her enthusiasm—not even when someone vandalizes the vehicle and steals her recipes. But when Kacey turns up dead on the beach and Jill’s best friend Sadie becomes the prime suspect, Jill needs to step on it to serve the real killer some just desserts.



Praise for The Tourist Trap Mysteries

"Murder, dirty politics, pirate lore, and a hot police detective: Guidebook to Murder has it all! A cozy lover’s dream come true." —Susan McBride, author of The Debutante Dropout Mysteries

"Lynn Cahoon has created an absorbing, good fun mystery in Mission to Murder." —Fresh Fiction
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I was happy and excited to return to South Cove, California and visit Coffee Books and More once again. This small tourist haven and its colorful residents grows on you easily.
Close friends Jill and Amy are trying to find fresh activities for double dates. Geocaching is new to them. Amy's boyfriend, Justin, finds it exciting but Greg feels he follows enough clues on his job as a detective. Speaking of boyfriends, or relationships in general, they all seem to be in turmoil in this story. Which one is so misaligned it leads to murder?

The food truck that was in high demand in the previous book in this series has now been outfitted to provide specialized gluten free foods and is owned by the long estranged wife of local hippy surfer Dustin Austin. Was the food truck incentive enough for her to reconcile this mismatched couple? We'll never really know as wife, Kacey, dies before the business gets its first customer.
Of course, the spouse is always the first suspect. Or could it be a woman he was well acquainted with during his separation? Someone whose recipes were stolen or someone who felt she should have gotten the food truck?

Kacey's death investigation had more deadend clues than the geocaching club she was president of.
The writing in this series has a comfortable flow. I appreciate the clever phrasing.
Even if you have not read every previous book in the series you'll understand and appreciate lines such as "of course, finding a real dead body (at a murder mystery dinner) hadn't been in the plan..." Or "Why do the crazies always find you to play with?"
The one that made me smile most was the last question of the book.

It wasn't overly difficult to figure out who-dunnit but there were enough questions raised that it could have been someone unexpected. The enjoyment in the book is in all the twisted relationships.
Some of those conflicts may carry over. Which means I can look forward to visiting again.

Meet the Author

Lynn Cahoon
I love happy endings. My stories are all about life in small town America and building the family that you deserve. You know, the people who love you unconditionally – even when you’re less than perfect.

Personal stuff? I’m a seven-year breast cancer survivor. I’m married to my own hero who shaved his shoulder length hair when I lost mine during chemo. I’m the proud mom of a computer engineer (although I don’t know what that means.) And I have four fur babies.

I’m an active member of MORWA, my local RWA chapter.

My debut was THE BULL RIDER’S BROTHER released June 4th, 2012 from Crimson Romance. Cowboys aren’t easy to love—but they sure are easy on the eyes. I bet you’ve felt the same way my heroine Lizzie has, at least once or twice. Since that time, THE BULL RIDER’S MANAGER, came to your favorite digital store. If flying was hell, waiting to fly was purgatory. Both are available in print as well as digital. And the long awaited bull rider story is finally out and available. Check out THE BULL RIDER’S KEEPER!

For those of you who like a little magic in your stories — The Council Series starts with A MEMBER OF THE COUNCIL. A rogue hunter, a clueless witch and a mission to save an unknowing world. The second book, RETURN OF THE FAE, continues Parris and Ty’s adventures, and is a 2014 RONE finalist.

2013 brought MARRIAGE NOT INCLUDED, a organic farmer’s daughter meets corporate seed executive. Set in Idaho, this story takes me home.

2014 sees more big news – e-Kensington released The Tourist Trap Series – with GUIDEBOOK TO MURDER kicking the fun off in April. MISSION TO MURDER arrived July 31st, and a third book, IF THE SHOE KILLS, November 10th. Set in a small coastal California town, I love these who dun it’s with a touch of romance.

Summer of 2015 – DRESSED TO KILL and KILLER RUN will be arriving.

I’ve come a long way from the little girl on the school bus who used to cut out pictures from Teen Beat to illustrate my tales of love and loss. And yet, not so far.

So pull up a chair, pour a cup of coffee, and let’s chat about writing, love, life, and the pesky things that get in the way of our goals and dreams.
I’m glad you found me.
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