June 8, 2016

Tea Cups and Carnage by Lynn Cahoon - Guest Post and Giveaway

Published: June 7, 2016
Number of pages: 192
Genre: Cozy Mystery 
Series: A Tourist Trap Mystery #7

The kettle’s about to boil over . . .

The quaint coastal town of South Cove, California, is all abuzz about the opening of a new specialty shop, Tea Hee. But as Coffee, Books, and More owner Jill Gardner is about to find out, there’s nothing cozy about murder . . .

Shop owner Kathi Corbin says she came to South Cove to get away from her estranged family. But is she telling the truth? And did a sinister someone from her past follow her to South Cove? When a woman claiming to be Kathi’s sister starts making waves and a dead body is found in a local motel, Jill must step in to clear Kathi’s name—without getting herself in hot water.

About the author:
New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, Lynn Cahoon is an Idaho native. If you’d visit the town where she grew up, you’d understand why her mysteries and romance novels focus around the depth and experience of small town life. Currently, she’s living in a small historic town on the banks of the Mississippi river where her imagination tends to wander. She lives with her husband and two fur babies.

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Guest Post:
First, thanks for having me over. Looking at your favorite series, it looks like we have at least one fav author in common, Robyn Carr. I’m partial to the Thunder Point series myself. She just grabs me and brings this Idaho girl home. Or at least close by…

Which leads me to today’s topic – Small towns.

Small towns – I love them. I love visiting, reading and writing about them. I guess that’s why I set the Tourist Trap series in South Cove, California. It’s a really small town (at least in my mind) and as the series grows, new businesses are popping up and old ones that I’ve never realized were there are coming to light. Which is so like a real small town.

I live in a small town with an antique row. Each spring, I take a day and start at one end and then just wander through the street, looking for something special, something different, something I just must buy. I’m never disappointed. If it’s end of the month, I can drive down the river road (Mississippi river) and take in the huge flea market in a little town a few miles north of me. Either way, I love immersing myself in the past and a boat load of memories.

If I want a bit of a drive, I can go to historic St. Charles Missouri and walk through the past and present as it merges. It’s also home to Main Street Books, a cute little independent bookstore and the only store in Missouri that has signed copies of my books.

In Tea Cups and Carnage, we have a new shop coming to life right across brick paved Main Street from Jill Gardner’s (my amateur sleuth) Coffee, Books, and More. Tea Hee is a tea set and supply store. I love china, but the only stuff I have is family heirlooms. Not a full set of anything and several of the pieces are cracked, but I still treasure them. It’s my history.

I have a cobalt blue pitcher that sits on my knick-knack shelf. My mother had this picture on the window sill next to the kitchen table for many years while I was growing up. It’s got a crack in the side, so it’s unusable with liquids, but fake flowers do just fine in it. (And honestly, I don’t have much of a green thumb. My husband calls me a serial plant killer. He thinks he’s cute.)

Between that and the serving pieces I only bring out at holidays, I’m pretty happy with my stash of memories.

What about you? Do you have a piece of china or glassware or even silverware that means more because of where it came from?

I’d love to hear about it.


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Tour Participants

June 7 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST
June 8 – I Wish I Lived in a Library – REVIEW
June 8 – A Holland Reads – GUEST POST
June 9 – The Book’s the Thing – REVIEW
June 9 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT
June 10 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW
June 10 – Island Confidential – INTERVIEW or CHARACTER INTERVIEW
June 11 – Shelley’s Book Case – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST
June 11 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
June 12 – Christa Reads and Writes – REVIEW
June 13 – Back Porchervations – REVIEW
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June 14 – Community Bookstop – REVIEW
June 15 – Booklady’s Booknotes – REVIEW, GUEST POST
June 16 – StoreyBook Reviews – REVIEW
June 17 – The Bookwyrm’s Hoard – REVIEW
June 18 – LibriAmoriMiei – REVIEW
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June 20 – Classy Cheapskate – REVIEW
June 20 – Socrates’ Book Reviews – REVIEW
June 21 – Book Babble – REVIEW


  1. You are a new to me author, I'm looking forward to reading "Tea Cups and Carnage". Thanks for the giveaway.

  2. This is such an intriguing title and the story sounds like one I must read. Thanks for the giveaway.