Killer Run (Tourist Trap Mystery #5) by Lynn Cahoon
Rating: Very Good
Description: Jill Gardner - owner of Coffee, Books, and More - has somehow been talked into sponsoring a 5k race along the beautiful California coast. The race is a fundraiser for the local preservation society - but not everyone is feeling so charitable... The day of the race, everyone hits the ground running...until a local business owner stumbles over a very stationary body. The deceased is the vicious wife of the husband-and-wife team hired to promote the event - and the husband turns to Jill to help in clearing his name. But did he do it? Jill will have to be very careful, because this killer is ready to put her out of the running...forever! (from Goodreads)
Why I Picked This Book: This is actually the 5th book in the series and I've read and enjoyed each one. Plus, I can never resist a mystery with a bookstore and a main character who loves to read!
My Impression: I have a review for Cahoon's 6th book in the series coming up at the beginning of next month so I knew I needed to get this one knocked out before then. I've been reading this series since it began and I've always enjoyed them though the last was a little flatter. I was very pleased that when I started this one I was immediately drawn into the book and I loved catching up with Jill and everyone else.
I really enjoyed the interaction of the town and seeing the race get organized. I wasn't surprised by who got murdered and I wasn't surprised by who did it but I did very much enjoy getting from the point of body discovery to the reveal. There's a subplot involving a train store that I thought could have had a bit more page time especially since that's what Jill was supposed to be investigating.
I thought the book really shone with the development of characters and relationships. I liked seeing Jill struggle with Greg's work schedule and it's effects on their vacation plans. It felt real and I liked that Jill wasn't 100% okay about it all. I also liked seeing the occasional flash of Jackie's tender side. Her personality can be so abrasive that it was really nice to see the feelings underneath. I also thought Sasha really came into her own and of course I always love seeing Toby!
Overall, I found this to be an enjoyable mystery with characters I enjoy visiting with. This is a series best read from the beginning as you get to see the relationships develop. The teaser Cahoon drops at the end regarding the next book has me very glad I don't have to wait to long! Can't wait to see what trouble Jill gets into next!
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Definitely! I always enjoy a visit to South Cove and catching up with Jill, Sasha, Toby, and everyone else.
Would I Recommend this Book?: If you've been reading this series you definitely need to pick up this book. If you're new I think you might enjoy it more if you started out with the first book, Guidebook to Murder.