Wedding Bell Blues By Lynn Cahoon
Book/Novel Author: Lynn Cahoon
Book/Novel Title: Wedding Bell Blues
In the California coastal town of South Cove, Jill Gardner, owner of Coffee, Books, and More, becomes more engaged in sleuthing than wedding preparations when there’s a murder in a dress shop . . . Jill couldn’t love police chief Greg King more—so why does that engagement ring still feel funny on her finger? At least she’ll have a chance to show it off this Saturday at their engagement party. Just in time for the event, a new dress shop has opened in town, Exquisite Gowns for You, specializing in designer wedding gowns and other custom-fit dresses. But Jill’s excitement turns to shock when she comes by to pick up her dress for the party and discovers a dead body in the shop. New owner Harper Sanchez is behaving strangely and becoming more mysterious than anyone expected. Despite Greg’s warnings to leave the case to him, Jill can’t help looking into the murder. Somebody in South Cove is dressed to kill—and if Jill’s not careful, she may not live to wear her wedding gown . . . Praise for Lynn Cahoon and the Tourist Trap Mysteries “I love the author’s style, which was warm and friendly . . . [A] wonderfully appealing series.” —Dru’s Book Musings “Lynn Cahoon’s popular Tourist Trap series is . . . one of my go-to cozy mystery series!” —Hope By the Book
This series has always given me issues: namely, the main character, Jill. I don’t like her all that much, and Greg isn’t much better. However, Wedding Bell Blues makes Jill more human and somewhat more of a pain. Buying a gown for an engagement party shouldn’t be as tricky as Jill makes it, and being her best friend and maid of honor isn’t filled with joy. When a body shows up in the new dress shop, Jill is on the case once more, or is she using it as a distraction.Jill, Greg, and Aunt Jackie all return in this new addition to the “A Tourist Trap Mystery” series. What should have been the best time of her life has Jill wondering and worrying if she is ready for marriage instead of looking forward to her wedding day. Greg is busy trying to prove to her that everything will be fine, and Aunt Jackie is still keeping an eye on what Jill looks like to the point of being downright rude. However, when Greg’s ex is named a suspect in the murder of a gown maker, Jill reluctantly sets out to prove her innocent.There are twists and turns throughout this story. Plenty of suspects and red herrings to keep readers entertained, even if some of them are far too obvious. I enjoyed the gown/dress shop as the setting. I like the story of the wedding prep, Jill would not be the first bride who second-guessed everything, but we get to see her slowly (perhaps a bit too slowly) come to terms with the future. Unfortunately, I knew how this book would end as soon as the body was discovered. The killer came as no surprise, and the reason for the entire mystery was evident almost from the beginning.Overall, Wedding Bell Blues is a fun, easy read that fans will enjoy. The engagement gown Harper, the new shop owner, creates for Jill sounds beautiful. Watching Sherry get some of what she usually dishes out was priceless. Some things in this book and series could be better, but in general, the book holds true to the series and gives readers a few hours of enjoying someone else’s life with just as many, if not more, problems than their own.
I’ve enjoyed the series but this one was not enjoyable. Lots of filler and not much substance. Would love more Esmeralda! Jill is becoming a little self righteous and there is zero chemistry between her and Greg.
Over the last few years, Lynn Cahoon’s Tourist Trap series has become one of my absolute favorites. From the characters who populate the charming coastal town of South Cove to the intricately-plotted crimes designed to capture your attention, there is something special for just about everyone. Wedding Bell Blues, the 13th installment in the series is no exception.The only thing on Jill Gardner’s mind is her upcoming engagement party when she discovers a dead body in her dressmaker’s shop. But her mind quickly turns to murder when her police chief/fiancé, Greg King, begins working around the clock to solve the crime. Her suspicions are further aroused by the strange behavior of both the shop owner and the “victim’s” husband. Warned by Greg not to interfere or interview suspects, Jill adopts the attitude of a modern-day Nancy Drew, sussing out clues on the internet. Even her internet search becomes dangerous in a climactic scene where she is confronted by the perpetrator.As always, the mystery is top-notch, increasing the suspense with each revelation. And the twist at the end is one I did not see coming (and probably stretches credulity a bit). As excellent as the mystery is, however, the heart of this story – and every other book in the series – is its people. Jill is intrepid and relatable, combining curiosity with street smarts. Greg King is her perfect partner, wanting to keep her out of danger while facing it himself. Their relationship has grown into quite a natural and comfortable one, and unlike many series in the cozy mystery genre, does not feel forced. Aunt Jackie is my favorite character (especially as voiced by Susan Boyce) and I always wish there was more of her! Deek, too, has become an integral part of the story for me. I like his youthful approach and his desire to be a writer, and the subplot featuring his search for a publisher is one of my favorites.There is nothing unlucky about this 13th book in the series. To the contrary, Wedding Bell Blues is a well-written, totally captivating novel, just perfect for a cozy afternoon at the beachNote: I received an ARC of Wedding Bell Blues from NetGalley and Kensington Books. The above is my honest review.
This is the thirteenth book in A Tourist Trap Mystery series, but can be read as a standalone. Each mystery is self-contained, but character development is ongoing. Jill Gardner, owner of Coffee, Books, and More, becomes more engaged to police chief Greg King. Aunt Jackie is throwing an engagement party for them and purchases a custom made dress for Jill. When Jill goes to pick up the dresses, she finds Exquisite Gowns for You open, but empty, at least that was what she thought until she found the owner, Harper, dead on the floor of her shop. It turns out that it wasn’t Harper but her twin sister killed by mistake. Greg is on the case, but Jill does a bit of sleuthing on her own as well.I always enjoy a visit to South Cove to spend time with friends Jill, Greg as well as family, friends and employees. I love the family feeling around Coffee, Books, and More, including the wonderful working environment. The town is great with some quirky residents, but a great atmosphere. This is another fun mystery to unravel with more than one suspect. Although Greg tells Jill to stay out of it, she can’t resist and does get herself into another sticky and dangerous situation. I had some thoughts about what was going on, but I didn’t have it quite right. The final showdown was tense and kept me glued to the page. I look forward to the next adventure of Jill and Greg and the villagers in the town of South Cove. Overall, another entertaining mystery that I enjoyed and recommend to cozy mystery lovers.