I hope everyone is having a lovely week. I want to share some of the books that will be coming out in April and beginning of May. The Governess of Penwythe Hall by Sarah Ladd will be published on April 16 with A Perfect Amish Match by Vannetta Chapman (paperback version). Emily Gone by Bette Lee Crosby (will be on Kindle Unlimited) comes out on April 30 along with Murder in the Reading Room by Ellery Adams (I cannot wait for this one). A Second Chance by Linda Byler releases on May 7 plus Diggin' Up Dirt by Tonya Kappes.
Mother’s Day Mayhem by Lynn Cahoon is A Tourist Trap Novella. Jill Gardner owns Coffee, Books and More in South Cove, California. She is having lunch at Diamond Lille’s with her boyfriend, Greg King when he springs the news that his mother is coming to town. Greg has planned a luncheon for Mother’s Day so Jill can meet his mother and invited her aunt, Jackie as well as her boyfriend. Since Jill’s introduction to Greg’s brother, Jim was less than stellar, Jill is justifiably nervous. Kyle Nabors who works at Antiques by Thomas comes into the shop and needs Jill’s assistance in picking out a Mother’s Day card. Kyle was raised by his grandmother since he was five years old after his mother was sent to jail. He recently reconnected with Rebecca Nabors who said she would come to visit, but she now seems to have changed her mind. Kyle decided to send her a Mother’s Day card to show he cares and leave the ball in her court. Jill is curious about Kyle’s mother and decides a scouting mission is in order. How will Mother’s Day turn out for our South Cove residents?
Mother’s Day Mayhem is a charming addition to A Tourist Trap Mystery series. If you have not read the previous books in the series, I do not suggest starting with this one (you would be out of step). I like Lynn Cahoon’s conversational writing style. It makes for an engaging and easy to read story. A Tourist Trap Mystery series has friendly, developed and relatable characters. It is sweet that the residents of South Cove consider each other family and they look out for each other (I want to move to this town) which gives Jill the perfect excuse to meddle in Kyle’s life. I look forward to visiting South Cove to what the characters are up to in each new book. Jill and Greg have been dating for a year and she has yet to meet his mother. I could feel Jill’s nerves and I knew what she was feeling plus what she was thinking (would the mother like her, what if the meeting goes bad). Kyle has been without his mother since he was a small boy. It was obvious he was worried about being rejected. There is no dead body or burglary in this book. The mystery involves Kyle’s mother, and Jill wants to make sure Kyle will not get hurt. Mother’s Day Mayhem is a short story that progresses at a steady pace. There is humor in the story from Greg’s case of the missing gnomes. Jill’s theories had me giggling. There is a recipe for Tiny’s provolone stuffed meatloaf at the end of the book. Mother’s Day Mayhem is an emotional story that will touch your heart.
You can find a list of the books in A Tourist Trap Mystery series on Lynn Cahoon's site along with the books in A Farm-to-Fork Mystery series and A Cat Latimer Mystery series. Memories and Murder is the next full length book in A Tourist Trap Mystery series and it will be out on November 12. A Very Mummy Holiday comes out October 29 and it is A Tourist Trap Mystery novella. Sconed to Death comes out May 28 and it is the next installment in A Cat Latimer Mystery series. Thank you for visiting today. I will be back tomorrow with my thoughts on a book I have recently read (I have not decided which one yet). I hope you have a lovely Spring day. Take care and Happy Reading!
The Avid Reader