If the Shoe Kills by Lynn Cahoon
Rating: 4 Stars
Description: It's the holiday season in South Cove and Jill Gardiner, owner of Coffee, Books and More is busy with the usual holiday events, store stuff and a new intern program. But murder? Not on the schedule. Soon Jill is embroiled in a mystery as well as trying to keep tempers from flying when the mayor's wife decides to take over the holiday festival.
Why I Picked This Book: I have really enjoyed the first 2 books in this series so of course I had to get this one as soon as I saw it!
Pro: I love being back in South Cove! The town is lovely with cute shops and full of characters. Most are likable and the few that aren't definitely make it interesting! I like hearing about all the town council stuff and the shop owners' revenue worries. It's not overdone - just enough to add a little bit of realism and interest. I always dislike when characters in a cozy never actually work the job they're supposed to be doing. Cahoon does a good job with balancing this so that I feel that Jill actually works but it isn't overload on details. I enjoyed this 3rd entry into the series more than the last book which had felt a little rushed and disjointed. While this is a fast paced mystery the pacing was great. The mystery was as usual well done and I was relieved that Jill wasn't a suspect this time. I like Jill and Greg's relationship. They have their problems with Greg's job and Jill's nosiness but they don't get their feelings hurt too often or hold grudges for too long. I really liked that Jill made a conscious effort to not get involved and respect Greg's wishes. It didn't exactly work out but she tried!
Con: This is difficult as I really enjoyed this mystery! The ending did feel a little rushed and while I found all the subplots interesting I probably would've been okay with 1 or 2 less.
Overall: This is a fun cozy mystery series that just seems to be getting stronger. I'm really looking forward to my 4th visit to South Cove and seeing what Jill's up to next.
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Definitely! I'm already on the lookout for the fourth book in the series.
Would I Recommend this Book?: If you love cozy mysteries this is a series not to be missed!