Jun. 3, 2017

Hospitality and Homicide, #8 Tourist Trap Mysteries by Lynn Cahoon

*****5 stars

Characters Write Themselves...

Just LOVED it. Lynn Cahoon has the "cozy feel" down pat as she writes about South Cove and and Jill Gardner, proprietor of Coffee, Books, and More.

 This is the second book of the series I've read. I'm coming to believe that the characters are living, breathing, to the point of writing themselves. 
Several characters fall into the quirky category, but as you read, the character grows and change until you can't help but like them. I didn't like Aunt Jackie at first, but she's growing on me. Esmeralda is another character that at first the author encourages the reader to question and dislike, yet the character won't settle for that treatment.  Love the way Cahoon shows that a love like Harrold's can actually change someone for the better.

Another technique Cahoon employs to make her characters real is to have a slew of personal crises going on at same time, giving the book real-life effect and fun layering. Jill/Greg, Toby/Sasha, Josh/Mandy, Nate/anybody. In some novels, this could be tedious. In this case, the book just becomes a great mesh of a entertwining threads to produce a beautiful tapestry. 

 All in all, this style of cozy makes me want to cheer and look anxiously for the date of the next book's publication.

I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. That did not affect the opinions presented in my review, for which I am solely responsible.