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Publisher's Summary

In the gentle coastal town of South Cove, California, all Jill Gardner wants is to keep her store - Coffee, Books, and More - open and running. So why is she caught up in the business of murder?
When Jill's elderly friend Miss Emily calls in a fit of pique, she already knows that the city council is trying to force Emily to sell her dilapidated old house. But Emily's gumption goes for naught when she dies unexpectedly and leaves the house to Jill, along with all of her problems...and her enemies. Convinced that her friend was murdered, Jill is finding the list of suspects longer than the list of repairs needed on the house. But Jill is determined to uncover the culprit - especially if it gets her closer to South Cove's finest, Detective Greg King. The problem is, the killer knows that she's on the case - and is determined to close the book on Jill permanently.
©2014 Lynn Cahoon (P)2014 Tantor
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5 out of 5 stars
By Taylor on 10-15-14

Entertaining and compelling

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This was such a cool audiobook. I really enjoyed the narrator’s portrayal of Jill, the main character. She was able to capture a broad range of emotion. On one hand Jill appears weak but you can hear and feel her growth as the book progresses. Jill’s friend Emily is murdered and leaves her property to Jill. The detective, Greg King, is working the case and becomes Jill’s love interest. Set in a small town there are many secrets that are uncovered throughout the course of the book. I enjoyed all of the characters, especially Aunt Jackie and the narrator did a great job playing all the parts. I would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a murder/mystery. Can’t wait to check out the second part, “Mission to Murder”.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Caroline Breheny on 08-09-15

Guidebook to Boredom

What would have made Guidebook to Murder better?

An author who doesn't think that women are helpless, stupid creatures who spend most of their time agonizing over if a man they speak to every day MIGHT be married, but are completely incapable of actually asking the question. Apparently, if a woman finds out a man she's attracted to is married, her whole life might fall apart. I understand it was just a plot device, but it is was a lazy, unnecessary one.
Also, a main character who has at least a drop of common sense, especially considering that she is apparently a lawyer.

What could Lynn Cahoon have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Write characters who have some personality and complexity.

Would you be willing to try another one of Susan Boyce’s performances?

No. Its not so much a performance as merely a reading, and it is very robotic. Also, she's the wrong narrator for the main character. Susan Boyce's voice makes the main character seem much older than I think is intended, and as a result, the main character comes across as a ridiculous cougar.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


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