Mission to Murder by Lynn Cahoon
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Description: In this second entry to Cahoon's Tourist Trap mystery series, coffee shop and bookstore owner Jill Gardner is trying to get the stone wall on her property certified as part of the historic mission that had once been in the area. She was expecting red tape and headaches but she wasn't expecting to get blocked by a man who doesn't want to split the tourism budget. She most certainly wasn't expecting him to turn up murdered a few afters she threatened him to leave her alone "or else". Once again Jill is a murder suspect and she and her detective boyfriend must clear her name and find out what really happened.
Why I Picked This Book: I really enjoyed the first book in the series and was looking forward to seeing what happened next!
Pros: I enjoyed this second book. The communication issue that had driven me crazy in the first book is cleared up and for the most part Greg and Jill communicate fairly well. The mystery itself is well paced and I never felt like it was dragging or that I was bored with it. On the other end, I never felt like it was moving so fast that it left out plot points or rushed through a motive. I was glad to see Jill in more of a bookstore owner role and enjoyed the talks about running the bookstores. Jill's Aunt Jackie is still around and still as bossy as ever but it felt like it worked better. I could see their affection for each other and while Jackie is opinionated and feels she knows more about the business than Jill it feels like Jill's kind of made peace with that and works around her without getting too annoyed. I found Toby's character entertaining. I liked the side plot where Jill and Jackie find out about where all the extra business is coming from and that Toby isn't portrayed as a heartless jerk but a nice intelligent guy who is quite a bit of a flirt. I liked that there were 2 aspects of the mystery - the murder itself and the documentation about the wall. This made it where Jackie and Jill could investigate the wall without stepping on the official toes too much.
Cons: This suffered from a lot of common Cozy flaws. Jill is super nosy. She shows up places she shouldn't and asks questions that she really shouldn't. Also, most of the cast is far too sensitive. People get their feelings hurt or into arguments over little comments. Luckily, no one holds a grudge for too long. I would've liked to have seen more of Jill and Jackie investigating the mission claims especially since they talk so much about investigating.
Overall: While there were some flaws I really enjoyed this Cozy read. The mystery was interesting, the side plot was fun and I liked seeing Jill and the other residents of South Cove.
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Yes, definitely! I already have the third in the series and am looking forward to starting it soon!
Would I Recommend this Book?: I think any cozy mystery reader would enjoy this series.