Great Escapes Tour: Tea Cups and Carnage by Lynn Cahoon – Review and Guest Post

15 Jun


FTC Disclosure: I received a free NetGalley of this book in exchange for an honest review.

It is my pleasure to welcome the author of one of my favorite series to the blog today. 

It’s all about family.

Family. Can’t chose them, can’t kill them. Or at least you can’t in real life. In fiction, you can do a lot. Like pay back for the Chicken Heart story my brother told a terrified second grader (me) one night when he was babysitting. Don’t know Chicken Heart? Well, he’s coming to get you. He’s down the street (beat, beat), he’s outside the house (beat, beat), he’s coming up the stairs (beat, beat) … You get the idea.

The happy ending of this was just as my brother was doing his final scene and threw the shoe at my bedroom door, my parents came in and heard my blood-curdling scream.

Boy, did he get in trouble.

So when I started writing Tea Cups, I wanted to work with family dynamics. I knew there would be two sisters (Kathi and Ivy). One was beauty queen pretty, the other, more plain and a homebody. One sister had spread her wings and left their little Texas town for the sunshine and happy ever after’s of California. The other sister had been left behind to take care of their ailing father and clean up the mess Kathi left behind.

In addition to my brother, I have three sisters. Four when I count the woman my brother married, which I do. We all have gotten together too many times this last year for the illness and then, the loss of our mother. Four strong women who are so totally different from each other and from me, but yet, we’re all woven together because of our family ties.

Sometimes you chose family. Sometimes it choses you. I see Jill and the South Cove gang as a large family. Sometimes they fight and argue. Sometimes they hurt each other. But sometimes they get it right and realize what they are there for.

To love each other.

I hope you enjoy this recent trip to South Cove. I enjoyed writing it.


Thanks Lynn! One of the things I like most about Jill and the rest of the South Cove residents, is that they do seem like one big family. You have created a wonderful dynamic among your characters. (Scroll down for my review of the book.)

Tea Cups and Carnage
by Lynn Cahoon

A solid, fast moving mystery, TEA CUPS AND CARNAGE is a fabulous tale of secrets, lies, murder, and more!
~Lisa K’s Book Reviews

This series just keeps getting stronger! I know when I settle in to a Tourist Trap mystery from Lynn Cahoon that it’s going to be like a visit with old friends in a town I always enjoy visiting…
~I Wish I Lived In a Library

The various sub-plots in this one made it hard to put down – I really needed to know what was going on, on all fronts!
~The Book’s the Thing

Multiple threads going on kept my sleuthing mind busy, and the character depth in Tea Cups and Carnage added new layers to our familiar friends (and introduced a couple of new faces to the mix).
~Reading is my SuperPower

Fast-paced, action packed story with plot twist that keep you captivated.
~Shelley’s Book Case

There are subplots and many relationships, with twists and turns…
~Christa Reads and Writes

If Tea Cups and Carnage were a guitar, the first part of the book would be an easy-going folk song, the kind families sing on car trips. The ending was a blistering guitar solo…very tense and thrilling and balanced the story perfectly.
~Back Porchervations

Lynn Cahoon has this great ability to write mystery that really pulls you in and won’t let you go.
~Community Bookstop


Tea Cups and Carnage (A Tourist Trap Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
7th in Series
Lyrical Underground (June 7, 2016)


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.



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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My thoughts: This is not the first time I’ve participated in a blog tour for The Tourist Trap Series. This series is one of my all time favorite reads. Each book I’ve read has been an engaging and entertaining read. The latest installment Tea Cups and Carnage is no exception. The mystery is well developed and  had me guessing up until the end.

In my opinion, one of the things that makes the story so great, is that even though there is a mystery to solve, there is still just every day activity going on. South Cove really does feel like a real town.  It’s like reading a letter  about your friends and family back home. The town and it’s residents could be real people.  Even if there wasn’t a mystery to solve, I would still want to read about Jill and the rest of the bank.

In this book, we get to see how Jill and Greg’s relationship continues to grow. We also learn more about some of the other characters, too. (Lille and Josh, but I won’t spoil anything.)  The Tourist Trap Mystery series is on my Auto-Read list. Tea Cups and Carnage is a solid good read.

If this is your first visit to South Cove (and seriously, I wish I could visit for real), then I highly recommend that you go back and start with the first book: Guide Book To Murder. However, you can easily read this book without having read the previous books. But trust me, once you read this one, you’ll want to go back and read the others. 

Be sure to visit the tour page for a chance to win an e-copy of this book.  You will also want to be sure to check out the other stops on the tour.

Tour Participants

June 7 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST

June 7 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy, Too! – SPOTLIGHT

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

June 13 –  Brooke Blogs – GUEST POST

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

June 18 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews –  SPOTLIGHT

June 19 – MysteriesEtc – REVIEW

June 20 – Classy Cheapskate – REVIEW

June 20 – Socrates’ Book Reviews – REVIEW

June 21 – Book Babble – REVIEW


1 Comment

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One response to “Great Escapes Tour: Tea Cups and Carnage by Lynn Cahoon – Review and Guest Post

  1. lynncahoon

    June 17, 2016 at 11:45 am

    Thanks for hosting today!


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