Memories and Murder (A Tourist Trap Mystery) by Lynn Cahoon

 Memories and Murder

Memories and Murder (A Tourist Trap Mystery)
Cozy Mystery 10th in Series
Kensington Publishing Corporation (November 12, 2019)

Paperback: 182 pages
ISBN-10: 1516103076
ISBN-13: 978-1516103072
Digital ASIN: B07NTD5L7H

It’s October in South Cove, California, and the locals in the quaint resort seem to be happily pairing off in the lull before the holidays. Everyone, that is, except for Jill Gardner’s elderly aunt, who just dumped her besotted fiancé—and she won’t say why.
When Jill hosts a talk at Coffee, Books, and More on the topic of elder abuse, all that’s really on her mind is lunch. But the topic hits close to home when she discovers Aunt Jackie has been getting mysterious calls. Jill’s certain the caller is a con artist, of course, but her feisty aunt claims to understand this, though she’s still shaken—and Harrold’s still heartbroken. Who’s behind the scam and why was her aunt targeted? When a volunteer from the Senior Project is found murdered, Jill’s detective boyfriend is on the case—and it soon becomes clear no one is safe when a caller from beyond becomes a killer in their midst.
Something strange is going on with Aunt Jackie. Jill can see she is obviously still deeply in love with Harold, her second in a lifetime soulmate, yet the engagement is off and Jackie isn't talking.

The base topic for this installment is Elder Abuse and Fraud, something these characters have had experience with previously. It is tastefully handled and woven skillfully into an intriguing mystery.
The story has an easy paced, conversational flow that makes one relax and fall deeper into the story.
This series has wonderful characters. When they hurt, the reader hurts for them.
I liked that barista Deek played a larger role this time and we got to know him a bit better.
I also enjoyed "running" with Jill's adorable dog.

All of the main female characters are in romantic relationships, although at different stages. I feel this adds depth to the series and appreciate that the romance does not outweigh the crime aspects that I am more interested in. I also enjoy the friendship aspects.

About Lynn Cahoon

Lynn Cahoon is the award-winning author of several New York Times and USA Today bestselling cozy mystery series. The Tourist Trap series is set in central coastal California with six holiday novellas releasing in 2018–2019. She also pens the Cat Latimer series available in mass market paperback. Her newest series, the Farm to Fork mystery series, debuted in 2018. She lives in a small town like the ones she loves to write about with her husband and two fur babies.
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