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As the owner of Coffee, Books, and More, Jill Gardner likes to support other Main Street businesses, so she attends a paint-and-sip event where, sadly, her brushstrokes look more like blobs. It’s still fun, though—aside from some disruption by a couple doing more sipping than painting. Jill’s police-detective boyfriend is on alert, but a designated driver volunteers to tak As the owner of Coffee, Books, and More, Jill Gardner likes to support other Main Street businesses, so she attends a paint-and-sip event where, sadly, her brushstrokes look more like blobs. It’s still fun, though—aside from some disruption by a couple doing more sipping than painting. Jill’s police-detective boyfriend is on alert, but a designated driver volunteers to take the drunken pair back to their bed and breakfast, and everything seems resolved. Until the wife’s body turns up the next morning back in the studio. The victim, Nan, is from out of town, so it’s hard to imagine who’d have a motive aside from her spouse. Now, in between puzzling over her fortuneteller neighbor’s strange behavior, preparing for her best friend’s wedding, and pouring cups of java at the bookstore, Jill must uncover the secrets of Nan’s life and find out who wanted her out of the picture . . .


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As the owner of Coffee, Books, and More, Jill Gardner likes to support other Main Street businesses, so she attends a paint-and-sip event where, sadly, her brushstrokes look more like blobs. It’s still fun, though—aside from some disruption by a couple doing more sipping than painting. Jill’s police-detective boyfriend is on alert, but a designated driver volunteers to tak As the owner of Coffee, Books, and More, Jill Gardner likes to support other Main Street businesses, so she attends a paint-and-sip event where, sadly, her brushstrokes look more like blobs. It’s still fun, though—aside from some disruption by a couple doing more sipping than painting. Jill’s police-detective boyfriend is on alert, but a designated driver volunteers to take the drunken pair back to their bed and breakfast, and everything seems resolved. Until the wife’s body turns up the next morning back in the studio. The victim, Nan, is from out of town, so it’s hard to imagine who’d have a motive aside from her spouse. Now, in between puzzling over her fortuneteller neighbor’s strange behavior, preparing for her best friend’s wedding, and pouring cups of java at the bookstore, Jill must uncover the secrets of Nan’s life and find out who wanted her out of the picture . . .

30 review for Picture Perfect Frame

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kay

    Yes! Back to South Cove for some light murder mystery with Coffee Books and More owner Jill, her cop boyfriend Greg and dog Emma. Picture Perfect Frame focuses on Esmerelda, a local fortune teller/police dispatcher. She's a secondary character that fans of the series certainly know well. Also, a wedding of Jill's bestfriend Amy. Of course there needs to be a body and this time an out-of-towner is found dead at a new art studio. The ending left me wanting more! I listen to this series on Hoopla. Yes! Back to South Cove for some light murder mystery with Coffee Books and More owner Jill, her cop boyfriend Greg and dog Emma. Picture Perfect Frame focuses on Esmerelda, a local fortune teller/police dispatcher. She's a secondary character that fans of the series certainly know well. Also, a wedding of Jill's bestfriend Amy. Of course there needs to be a body and this time an out-of-towner is found dead at a new art studio. The ending left me wanting more! I listen to this series on Hoopla.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Phrynne

    Not my first book by this author but it was my first from this particular series. Coming in at book 12 was probably not the best thing to do but I enjoyed it anyway. The main character, Jill, runs Coffee, Books and More, a cafe and bookstore which I wish I could visit. She is a fairly level headed young woman which I liked because so many female MCs in cosies are ditzy and annoying. It took me a couple of chapters to get to know the other regular characters and then I just sat back and enjoyed th Not my first book by this author but it was my first from this particular series. Coming in at book 12 was probably not the best thing to do but I enjoyed it anyway. The main character, Jill, runs Coffee, Books and More, a cafe and bookstore which I wish I could visit. She is a fairly level headed young woman which I liked because so many female MCs in cosies are ditzy and annoying. It took me a couple of chapters to get to know the other regular characters and then I just sat back and enjoyed the story. The mystery was interesting and I actually failed to spot the murderer at all. I think I was enjoying the characters too much and allowed myself to be led astray by the many red herrings. This was a very enjoyable read and as soon as I have time I will go back and start at book one. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chatting About Cozies

    I always enjoy a visit with Jill Gardner and the team at Coffee, Books, and More in beachy South Cove, California. Author Lynn Cahoon creates a savvy cast of supporting characters I enjoy getting to know better with each installment of the Tourist Trap series. Resident woo-woo person, Esmerelda, has serious problems in book twelve when she’s accused of murder. A compelling list of suspects offer readers plenty of clues to mull and decipher as to who the real killer is by the story’s conclusion. T I always enjoy a visit with Jill Gardner and the team at Coffee, Books, and More in beachy South Cove, California. Author Lynn Cahoon creates a savvy cast of supporting characters I enjoy getting to know better with each installment of the Tourist Trap series. Resident woo-woo person, Esmerelda, has serious problems in book twelve when she’s accused of murder. A compelling list of suspects offer readers plenty of clues to mull and decipher as to who the real killer is by the story’s conclusion. The reveal is an eye-opener. I did tire of the Amy/Justin pre-wedding shenanigans. Parts of the story dragged for me. I reviewed the story as 3.5 Stars and rounded up to 4.0 Stars. A delicious recipe is included. I honestly reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and Kensington Publishing. All opinions are my own. Thank you.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Gloria

    This twelfth addition to the Tourist Trap series is another fun read by Lynn Cahoon. I enjoyed traveling back to South Cove on the California coast to visit with Jill Gardner, her hunky guy, Detective Greg King, and the Coffee, Books, and More crew and friends. We meet a new CBM member, Evie, a cousin of former crew member, Sasha. She has moved from NYC after a bad marriage. A night of painting and refreshments at a new art studio is going along well until a tourist woman makes a scene and later This twelfth addition to the Tourist Trap series is another fun read by Lynn Cahoon. I enjoyed traveling back to South Cove on the California coast to visit with Jill Gardner, her hunky guy, Detective Greg King, and the Coffee, Books, and More crew and friends. We meet a new CBM member, Evie, a cousin of former crew member, Sasha. She has moved from NYC after a bad marriage. A night of painting and refreshments at a new art studio is going along well until a tourist woman makes a scene and later is found dead in the studio in the early hours of the next morning. Jill tries to stay low key but when a friend is suspected of the crime, she sets out to do some sleuthing to find out not only about the dead woman and her husband but also the new owners of the art studio or any other possible suspects. The suspect pool is fairly small but there is not an obvious answer. I really like the characters in this series as they are all likable, realistic, and fun to read about. The coastal setting is lovely and the bookstore/coffee shop is a fun premise for a business, especially with all the treats that they sell. It is St. Patrick's Day time and a festival is in the air. And love is definitely in the air with Amy's wedding and more. Another great story. I received a complimentary ARC from Kensington Books through NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions expressed for mine only.

  5. 5 out of 5

    JoAn

    Set in the lovely town of South Cove, California Ms. Cahoon has written another excellent addition to the Tourist Trap mystery series. I felt like I was returning to visit old friends as the town gears up for the St. Patrick's Day festival. Jill has her hands full as she is keeping Amy sane during her wedding preparations since the wedding is in two weeks, setting up Coffee, Books and More for the festival and squeezing in some time with Greg when a visitor is murdered. The plot is quickly paced Set in the lovely town of South Cove, California Ms. Cahoon has written another excellent addition to the Tourist Trap mystery series. I felt like I was returning to visit old friends as the town gears up for the St. Patrick's Day festival. Jill has her hands full as she is keeping Amy sane during her wedding preparations since the wedding is in two weeks, setting up Coffee, Books and More for the festival and squeezing in some time with Greg when a visitor is murdered. The plot is quickly paced with twists, red herrings and only a few suspects to investigate. Esmeralda is in the spotlight in this one as the visitor was a client so Jill jumps in to help her friend and neighbor. Ms. Cahoon rich descriptions always makes me feel like I am in thick of things as I read and I love that feeling. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Lyrical Press via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mallory

    This was a fun cozy mystery and a nice distraction. This was a new series to me, but cozy mysteries are the one thing I find I can read out of order and it didn’t hinder my enjoyment at all. I loved the cafe/bookshop as a setting and the characters were unique and very interesting. The mystery was a little slow at times for me, but overall I did enjoy it. I saw the ending coming but the mystery was cute, I really liked Esmerelda with her vague predictions that were always spot on! Every town nee This was a fun cozy mystery and a nice distraction. This was a new series to me, but cozy mysteries are the one thing I find I can read out of order and it didn’t hinder my enjoyment at all. I loved the cafe/bookshop as a setting and the characters were unique and very interesting. The mystery was a little slow at times for me, but overall I did enjoy it. I saw the ending coming but the mystery was cute, I really liked Esmerelda with her vague predictions that were always spot on! Every town needs someone connected to the supernatural and this book found her being accused of a murder the amateur sleuth, Jill, is positive she did not commit. Luckily she has such a talented sleuth on her side and Jill takes the case!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lady Galaxy

    I've followed the series from the first book and was looking forward to this one. It pains me to give it only 2 stars, but it was a major disappointment.It was not up to Lynn Cahoon's usual standard. (view spoiler)[The little dog made it clear before the murder even happened who the killer was going to be. Yet Jill never picked up on it and it was never mentioned again. The book is full of careless typos and continuity errors. At one point the author forgot she was writing in first person viewpo I've followed the series from the first book and was looking forward to this one. It pains me to give it only 2 stars, but it was a major disappointment.It was not up to Lynn Cahoon's usual standard. (view spoiler)[The little dog made it clear before the murder even happened who the killer was going to be. Yet Jill never picked up on it and it was never mentioned again. The book is full of careless typos and continuity errors. At one point the author forgot she was writing in first person viewpoint and had the narrator refer to herself using third person pronouns. They go to the diner to get the pot roast with tiny roasted potatoes yet when the meal is served nobody seems to notice or be disappointed that the tiny potatoes they had looked forward to got mashed. Only one employee could attend the birthday party of a child from earlier books because it was on a Saturday during a festival. When that employee called to check in on Sunday, the child's birthday party was still going full force in the background. Nobody was ever in any real danger. The reveal was a mundane "oh I figured it out it was*****go arrest him/her.? The arrest and confession happened out of the narrator's view so the readers missed out on it. And after building up for the wedding, we got almost no details about the ceremony or the reception. (hide spoiler)] I fear the author is spreading herself too thin—trying to juggle too many series and the first and up until now best one is suffering the consequences! Come on Ms. Cahoon! You can do so much better than this.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mary Brown

    Picture Perfect Frame Tourist Trap Mystery, Book #12 Lynn Calhoon 5 Stars Synopsis: As the owner of Coffee, Books, and More, Jill Gardner likes to support other Main Street businesses, so she attends a paint-and-sip event where, sadly, her brushstrokes look more like blobs. It’s still fun, though—aside from some disruption by a couple doing more sipping than painting. Jill’s police-detective boyfriend is on alert, but a designated driver volunteers to take the drunken pair back to their bed and brea Picture Perfect Frame Tourist Trap Mystery, Book #12 Lynn Calhoon 5 Stars Synopsis: As the owner of Coffee, Books, and More, Jill Gardner likes to support other Main Street businesses, so she attends a paint-and-sip event where, sadly, her brushstrokes look more like blobs. It’s still fun, though—aside from some disruption by a couple doing more sipping than painting. Jill’s police-detective boyfriend is on alert, but a designated driver volunteers to take the drunken pair back to their bed and breakfast, and everything seems resolved. Until the wife’s body turns up the next morning back in the studio. The victim, Nan, is from out of town, so it’s hard to imagine who’d have a motive aside from her spouse. Now, in between puzzling over her fortuneteller neighbor’s strange behavior, preparing for her best friend’s wedding, and pouring cups of java at the bookstore, Jill must uncover the secrets of Nan’s life and find out who wanted her out of the picture . . . (Goodreads) Review: The characters are well developed and well rounded. It is finally the big day for Jill’s best friend, Amy, and her fiance, Justin. All Jill wants to do is celebrate the day with the newlyweds, but life has other plans. When a body turns up dead, Jill feels she must figure out the murderer. She will need the help of her friends and her police detective, Greg, if she wants to find out the real story and killer. It takes a community to catch a villian. The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning and took me on an intriguing thrilling ride. The mystery was well plotted and not easily solved, which is the way I like my mysteries. You will be guessing along with Jill in figuring out the culprit. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. Grab a copy, get comfortable and enjoy the read. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    Visiting South Cove is always a treat for this reader. Catching up with Jill and Greg is always so much fun, because you know Jill is going to get wrapped up in another murder investigation. I really enjoyed Picture Perfect Frame, especially because it focused around Esmerelda, who happens to be one of my favorite people in the series. It seems that some people aren’t happy with Esmerelda and her special abilities, so when she finds herself a person of interest in a murder investigation, she hides Visiting South Cove is always a treat for this reader. Catching up with Jill and Greg is always so much fun, because you know Jill is going to get wrapped up in another murder investigation. I really enjoyed Picture Perfect Frame, especially because it focused around Esmerelda, who happens to be one of my favorite people in the series. It seems that some people aren’t happy with Esmerelda and her special abilities, so when she finds herself a person of interest in a murder investigation, she hides in her home, embarrassed. Jill refuses to let this happen, so she begins to ask questions, no matter how much it annoys Greg. The end was very exciting, so I am anxiously waiting for the next book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Deborah Almada

    I loved this trip to South Cove, another new business in town, Amy and Justin are both being weirded out by the incoming wedding, Aunt Jackie is safely married and something even odder than normal is going on with Esmeralda. Then of course there is a murder. While I don't think this is the strongest mystery in the series, it was so satisfying on so many other levels I didn't even mind, I just love spending time with these characters!!! Everyone was left in such fun places I was worried the autho I loved this trip to South Cove, another new business in town, Amy and Justin are both being weirded out by the incoming wedding, Aunt Jackie is safely married and something even odder than normal is going on with Esmeralda. Then of course there is a murder. While I don't think this is the strongest mystery in the series, it was so satisfying on so many other levels I didn't even mind, I just love spending time with these characters!!! Everyone was left in such fun places I was worried the author was ending the series but she promises at least three more, this makes this book lover very happy!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Carla

    Jill Gardner is pretty good at everything she tries, except maybe painting. She is at a Sip 'N Paint event and her painting is almost unrecognizable. She spends time people watching and meets a couple who are in town on vacation. They are sipping a bit much and Greg, Jill's police detective boyfriend offers them a ride home. It is taken care of by someone else, but did they make it home? Nan, the wife, is found dead the next morning in the paint studio. Who killed her? Jill is very busy in this Jill Gardner is pretty good at everything she tries, except maybe painting. She is at a Sip 'N Paint event and her painting is almost unrecognizable. She spends time people watching and meets a couple who are in town on vacation. They are sipping a bit much and Greg, Jill's police detective boyfriend offers them a ride home. It is taken care of by someone else, but did they make it home? Nan, the wife, is found dead the next morning in the paint studio. Who killed her? Jill is very busy in this story. First, she has her business, Coffee, Books, and More that she has to take care of. Her quirky neighbour, Esmerelda is acting strange, stranger than the fortuneteller usually act, she is dealing with a situation between her best friend and her fiance as their wedding comes closer and now there is a murder. I am in the minority on this one. I did not enjoy this book as much as the others in this series. First the wedding issues became a bit annoying to me. I am glad this wedding is finally over. Jill did not spend much time at her business as normal. I always liked that her store was a large part of the story, but this time it was just in the background. The mystery was well-written and there were several suspects, but it didn't seem to have the same interest level as some of the previous ones to me. I also look forward to a reveal or showdown, but this one just got solved with little fanfare. I enjoy Lynn Cahoon's writing, but this one fizzled a bit for me. As I said earlier, I am not in the majority on this one, so if you enjoy this series, give it a go, you may feel very differently from me. I did a read/listen with this book. Susan Boyce is a narrator who I know what to expect and always enjoy her narration. She has good expression and intonation when reading and I am able to distinguish characters based on the voice she uses, even though they are not radically different. Another enjoyable listening experience. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating and opinions shared are my own.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Micky Cox

    Several new characters pop up in this book with new employees and new businesses open, but not everyone is fitting in as well as they had hoped especially when it looks like someone has killed a tourist. Jill and Greg are back on the investigation hunt in a hurry when it looks like a local is on the hook with the public and might just get ran out of town. Great characters, interesting plot and great twists to keep you guessing. While you could definitely read and enjoy this book on it's own, you Several new characters pop up in this book with new employees and new businesses open, but not everyone is fitting in as well as they had hoped especially when it looks like someone has killed a tourist. Jill and Greg are back on the investigation hunt in a hurry when it looks like a local is on the hook with the public and might just get ran out of town. Great characters, interesting plot and great twists to keep you guessing. While you could definitely read and enjoy this book on it's own, you would be missing out on tons of reading pleasure and great character development as backstories are filled in a bit more for each of the various characters in each book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Gina Schade

    I love this series as well as the Farm to Fork series by Cahoon. I enjoyed this book as well - to a point. I felt like the ending was rushed and the side story of Justin disappearing before he and Amy's wedding was not needed. I had to reread the few pages where the murderer was caught and revealed because I felt like I had missed something. The motive was not very clear, and it was kind of like "Oh, I have reached my required pages. Let's just finish this up as quickly as possible." Hopefully, I love this series as well as the Farm to Fork series by Cahoon. I enjoyed this book as well - to a point. I felt like the ending was rushed and the side story of Justin disappearing before he and Amy's wedding was not needed. I had to reread the few pages where the murderer was caught and revealed because I felt like I had missed something. The motive was not very clear, and it was kind of like "Oh, I have reached my required pages. Let's just finish this up as quickly as possible." Hopefully, the next in the series will be better.

  14. 5 out of 5

    K.A. Davis

    PICTURE PERFECT FRAME is the twelfth book in the Tourist Trap Mystery series by Lynn Cahoon. This newest addition to a long-enjoyed series is a fun return to the small beach town of South Cove, California and catching up with protagonist Jill Gardner. It’s like visiting a friend and their charming town after an absence. The descriptive setting is picture perfect, especially Jill’s delightful shop Coffee, Books, and More… a place I’d dearly love to hang out in. Ms. Cahoon has created appealing ch PICTURE PERFECT FRAME is the twelfth book in the Tourist Trap Mystery series by Lynn Cahoon. This newest addition to a long-enjoyed series is a fun return to the small beach town of South Cove, California and catching up with protagonist Jill Gardner. It’s like visiting a friend and their charming town after an absence. The descriptive setting is picture perfect, especially Jill’s delightful shop Coffee, Books, and More… a place I’d dearly love to hang out in. Ms. Cahoon has created appealing characters and I love how she introduces new ones who grow into key supporting characters over time. Most of them are hardworking, caring townsfolk, with minor idiosyncrasies. Except for Esmerelda, the town’s quirky medium, who marches to the beat of her own drummer. I really, really have enjoyed Esmerelda, who livens up each of the scenes she’s been in throughout the series and I was happy to see her receive more page time in this book. In Picture Perfect Frame, Esmerelda is in trouble and seems to be involved in the newest murder in town. Jill’s detective boyfriend, Greg, asks Jill to find out what’s going on with Esmerelda, after she quit her job working for Greg. From there, it doesn’t take long for Jill to start hunting down clues to clear her friend’s name. I liked that instead of Greg telling Jill to stay out of the investigation, he appreciates her valuable input as long as she’s mindful of her safety. Despite there not being a plethora of suspects, there are plenty of twists and clues to keep the reader guessing. The plot moves along steadily and kept my interest. While the reveal was a bit anticlimactic, it wrapped up the threads of the investigation and with a hint at new changes in Jill’s life, leaves me wanting the next installment sooner than later. I was provided with an advance copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Peggy R

    Picture Perfect Frame takes the reader on another enjoyable visit to South Cove. With this 12th installment, Ms. Cahoon has created wonderful characters that readers enjoy. Jill Gardner is not one to keep out of trouble for long. This time around, she decides to do a little of her own sleuthing when her neighbor Esmarelda is considered the prime suspect in the murder of a woman who was one of her clients. By now Greg knows better than to stand in her way, he just asks her to be careful and to re Picture Perfect Frame takes the reader on another enjoyable visit to South Cove. With this 12th installment, Ms. Cahoon has created wonderful characters that readers enjoy. Jill Gardner is not one to keep out of trouble for long. This time around, she decides to do a little of her own sleuthing when her neighbor Esmarelda is considered the prime suspect in the murder of a woman who was one of her clients. By now Greg knows better than to stand in her way, he just asks her to be careful and to relay any things she discovers. This installment wasn't as fraught with Jill in danger as in many of her past adventures. However, there is a new employee at Books, Coffee and More that I think might be a good addition to the secondary cast of characters. There is a secondary storyline about Amy and Justin's wedding that did get old after a bit, but that is put to rest in this book. There is a nice surprise at the end that will make readers look forward to the next book in the series. I voluntarily read a digital advanced reader copy provided to me by the publisher, Kensington, through Netgalley. The thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Taryn

    Jill is always happy to do what she can for any new business and that is why she attends a paint-and-sip event when it's normally something she wouldn't care for because she is definitely not a painter. She's having fun though because she is joined by her boyfriend and friends. Everyone seems to be having fun until an unruly couple causes a scene. The couple seems to be under the influence of alcohol so the business owner sends the two off with a designated driver. When the wife of the drunk cou Jill is always happy to do what she can for any new business and that is why she attends a paint-and-sip event when it's normally something she wouldn't care for because she is definitely not a painter. She's having fun though because she is joined by her boyfriend and friends. Everyone seems to be having fun until an unruly couple causes a scene. The couple seems to be under the influence of alcohol so the business owner sends the two off with a designated driver. When the wife of the drunk couple is found dead the next day at the business from the night before Jill is shocked. The couple was from out of town so who would have wanted the woman dead. Jill wants to investigate but her plate is full with her business, helping her best friend with wedding plans, and just life in general. She is determined to do what she can though, especially when her neighbor is brought into the whole mess. Dive in and see if Jill can figure out who the culprit is and why they resorted to murder!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)

    This is my favorite cozy series and probably because it was the first cozy series I ever read! I still really enjoy it but boy am I really glad to have Amy married! Amy is Jill's best friend but she was a bit of a bridezilla and annoying. So not only do we have that but Jill attends a Paint and Sip event where she witnesses a lady getting a bit to drunk and causing a scene. It's not long after that that she is found dead and Jill is perplexed why someone in town would murder an out of towner. Th This is my favorite cozy series and probably because it was the first cozy series I ever read! I still really enjoy it but boy am I really glad to have Amy married! Amy is Jill's best friend but she was a bit of a bridezilla and annoying. So not only do we have that but Jill attends a Paint and Sip event where she witnesses a lady getting a bit to drunk and causing a scene. It's not long after that that she is found dead and Jill is perplexed why someone in town would murder an out of towner. This sets her into her list making mode where she can't help but try and solve the crime even when Greg her detective boyfriend tells her to stay out of things. :)  I thought this had a good mystery and it was fun to be back in South Cove with all my favorite characters! 

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

    This is such a fun book series to listen to while I do chores or sew.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Karen Hollins-Stallman

    “Picture Perfect Frame" the 12th instalment in the "Tourist Trap” Mystery series by Lynn Cahoon. This is one of my favourite cozy mystery series. Visiting South Cove, California and Coffee, Books & More is always a pleasure. I love the main set of characters Jill, Amy, Aunt Jackie, Greg, Toby and now we have Deek and Evie as part of the CBM family. As for the mystery I found it to be well plotted and it moved along at a steady pace. There were only a few suspects for the murder and but you still “Picture Perfect Frame" the 12th instalment in the "Tourist Trap” Mystery series by Lynn Cahoon. This is one of my favourite cozy mystery series. Visiting South Cove, California and Coffee, Books & More is always a pleasure. I love the main set of characters Jill, Amy, Aunt Jackie, Greg, Toby and now we have Deek and Evie as part of the CBM family. As for the mystery I found it to be well plotted and it moved along at a steady pace. There were only a few suspects for the murder and but you still find yourself second guessing on who the murderer can be. Overall I found this to be a great story and I loved the surprise ending! I can’t wait for the next instalment to come out. I highly recommend this series to all my cozy friends. I requested and received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Kensington Books and NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my OWN.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Susan Cabaniss

    Not much happens in this…it really puts the cozy in cozy mystery. And I’m not a big fan of having two characters be in crisis because one is trying to surprise the other…just say: don’t ask me what I’m doing as it’s a surprise. Also, a couple of the red herrings in this story were decidedly fishy. But I’ll keep reading of course.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Brown

    Quick, fun read! I enjoy Jill and her crew so it was nice to see them back. The mystery was a little boring at parts but there was enough going on to keep me interested. I always feel like Coffee, Books and More is the type of shop I would to go to. Murder and all!🤣🤣 Amy's wedding and then Greg at the end! Can't wait for the next one! Quick, fun read! I enjoy Jill and her crew so it was nice to see them back. The mystery was a little boring at parts but there was enough going on to keep me interested. I always feel like Coffee, Books and More is the type of shop I would to go to. Murder and all!🤣🤣 Amy's wedding and then Greg at the end! Can't wait for the next one!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    Picture Perfect Frame by Lynn Cahoon is the 12th A Tourist Trap Mystery. While Picture Perfect Frame can be read as a standalone, I do not recommend this as your first foray into A Tourist Trap Mysteries (Guidebook to Murder is a good place to start). It can be confusing in the beginning with the large cast of characters (trying to learn who each one is and their various relationships). Picture Perfect Frame contains Lynn Cahoon’s easy breezy writing style. Returning to South Cove, California is Picture Perfect Frame by Lynn Cahoon is the 12th A Tourist Trap Mystery. While Picture Perfect Frame can be read as a standalone, I do not recommend this as your first foray into A Tourist Trap Mysteries (Guidebook to Murder is a good place to start). It can be confusing in the beginning with the large cast of characters (trying to learn who each one is and their various relationships). Picture Perfect Frame contains Lynn Cahoon’s easy breezy writing style. Returning to South Cove, California is like visiting old friends. There is a diverse cast of characters from Jill to Esmerelda. The characters are developed and continue to evolve. There is a new business in South Cove run by Meredith Cole and her husband, Neal called Drunken Art Studio. They host paint-and-sip events. Jill, Greg, Amy, Justin, and others attend including Jill’s new barista, Evie Marshall. The evening is disturbed by an out-of-towner who enjoyed the sip part of the event a little too much. Early the next morning, the drunken painter is found dead inside the studio by Meredith. The victim’s husband is quick to point the finger at Esmerelda who has been acting odd recently. Jill and Greg know that Esmerelda is innocent, but it will be tricky to prove it. I thought the mystery was straightforward with a couple of suspects along with subtle clues. Jill did some sleuthing, but she did not do as much as in previous tales. I wish Jill had a more active role from beginning to end. She is busy at Coffee, Books, and More which is bustling with business plus helping Amy with her upcoming nuptials. Amy has turned into a bridezilla that does not have a stop button. Jill must calm Amy down and talk her off the ledge several times. Personally, I found the wedding planning overshadowing the mystery and the wedding details became tiresome after a while (Jill is a much more patient woman than I am). We also get to know the newest member of the Jill’s staff, Evie Marshall. She is new to town with her dog, Homer. Evie has ties to a former member of the staff. There is also the normal eating, drinking, chatting, and runs along the beach with Emma. The ending of Picture Perfect Frame leaves us with an unfortunate, but highly anticipated cliffhanger. While I found it sweet, I also found it frustrating. Picture Perfect Frame is a quick and easy book to read. I like how the series has progressed since the beginning. I look forward to the next A Tourist Trap Mystery. Picture Perfect Frame is a charming cozy mystery with wedding woes, a jammed-up medium, a freaked-out friend, a honeymoon hurdle, a drained detective, a blobby beach scene, a bonanza of books, and a cliffhanger at the conclusion.

  23. 4 out of 5

    JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)

    Jill Gardner has her hands full with a new employee, running her store, and getting ready for her best friend Amy's wedding, which is in a couple of weeks. At one of her Business-to-Business meetings, she's invited to attend a paint-and-sip event at a new business in town, run by Meredith Cole. During the evening, a woman named Nan Gunter is very drunk and causing scenes. Assured by Neal, Meredith's husband, that he will take them back to the B&B, Greg and Jill enjoy their evening. The next morni Jill Gardner has her hands full with a new employee, running her store, and getting ready for her best friend Amy's wedding, which is in a couple of weeks. At one of her Business-to-Business meetings, she's invited to attend a paint-and-sip event at a new business in town, run by Meredith Cole. During the evening, a woman named Nan Gunter is very drunk and causing scenes. Assured by Neal, Meredith's husband, that he will take them back to the B&B, Greg and Jill enjoy their evening. The next morning, Nan's body is found inside the art studio, and now Greg has a murder on his hands. While Jill is sure Meredith couldn't have had anything to do with it, she doesn't know who would kill the woman. More problems arise with Esmeralda, Jill's neighbor and Greg's receptionist. With Jill stuck in the middle of both work and personal problems, trying to help solve a murder just doesn't seem to fit in with her time. But she can't sit still with a killer on the loose, one who might be just around the corner... This is the twelfth book in the series, and I have read them all. This is one of my favorite series, and I do like Jill quite a bit. South Cove is a nice little tourist town, but just like all towns it has its share of both nice and not-so-nice people. This time out, we have a frantic bridezilla in the form of Amy, who keeps changing her plans about things even so close to her wedding, and has problems of her own that Jill can't help her with. Jill's aunt, who just got back from her own honeymoon, hasn't any time to spend with Jill, so she's depending on her employees, Toby, who's also a police officer, Deek, and newbie Evie, who now lives in the apartment above the coffee shop. I do love Deek, with his aura-reading abilities and studying hard to be a writer; Jill got lucky with him and he's one of the most interesting characters in the book. Back to the murder: with Jill trying to figure out who killed Nan, she goes to her usual place of visiting Doc Ames, who gives her a surprise regarding the woman. Then Jill is off again, trying to put the clues together. It actually doesn't come until late in the game, which is distinctly what a good mystery should do anyway. Ms. Cahoon is a talented writer who can bring people into the world of her characters and enjoy being there. When the ending comes, the murder is solved nicely (as we know it will be) and it leaves us with waiting for the next book eagerly. I hope that it comes soon. Highly recommended. I received an advance copy from the publisher and NetGalley but this in no way influenced my review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Melodie

    I just completed Perfect Picture Frame (A Tourist Trap Mystery) by Lynn Cahoon and enjoyed it very much. It is a great example of what a good cozy should be: it features a smart and likable lead character (Jill Gardner), a reasonable number of viable suspects and a host of other subplots that muddy the waters. Jill and her detective, boyfriend Greg share a mature relationship that is based on love and respect, enough so that Jill didn’t go running headfirst into dangerous situations; she willing I just completed Perfect Picture Frame (A Tourist Trap Mystery) by Lynn Cahoon and enjoyed it very much. It is a great example of what a good cozy should be: it features a smart and likable lead character (Jill Gardner), a reasonable number of viable suspects and a host of other subplots that muddy the waters. Jill and her detective, boyfriend Greg share a mature relationship that is based on love and respect, enough so that Jill didn’t go running headfirst into dangerous situations; she willingly shares any information she finds with him. My only real complaint centers around Jill’s best friend and bridezilla, Amy, whose behavior got a bit tiring. I am glad that story line was brought to a close.  This is a solid entry in an entertaining series. One thing I especially enjoy about this series is that there is a chronology to the books and the characters, and their lives and relationships evolve over the course of the series. This is a very quick reading and enjoyable book and I strongly recommend it to those who enjoy cozy, small town mysteries. The town of South Cove, California was a pleasant place to visit, especially in depths of winter. I picked it up looking for a fun diversion and that is what I received. Four and a half stars. I was given a free copy of this book by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions stated are solely my own.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Toni

    4.5 stars This is the twelfth book in the Tourist Trap mystery series by Lynn Cahoon. I am always excited to return to South Cove. This has to be one of my favorite series right now. I thought the mystery was excellent and it really kept my attention but I was surprised Esmerelda wasn’t more involved in the story considering she was the m ain suspect though most of the book. I missed seeing Jill’s Aunt and Esmerelda most of all. They usually play much bigger roles in the storyline. I think the add 4.5 stars This is the twelfth book in the Tourist Trap mystery series by Lynn Cahoon. I am always excited to return to South Cove. This has to be one of my favorite series right now. I thought the mystery was excellent and it really kept my attention but I was surprised Esmerelda wasn’t more involved in the story considering she was the m ain suspect though most of the book. I missed seeing Jill’s Aunt and Esmerelda most of all. They usually play much bigger roles in the storyline. I think the addition of the new employee took the place of these other two recurring character’s screen time. I hope they don’t fall out of the series. I love seeing them crop up from time to time. They can give a plot that “bam” surprise or sudden insight Jill needs in her time of wondering about whodunit. Definitely recommend this series. Wish there were more books. I will have to reread the entire series to get my fill of South Cove and keep me ready for the next book in the series. It is the community in this book that keeps you coming back for more! So good. If you like cozy mysteries, definitely check this one out. You won’t be disappointed. I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jerri Cachero

    Jill Gardner has a full schedule - she's helping her best friend Amy with her upcoming wedding, preparing for the St. Patrick's Day Street Fair, running her business - Coffee, Books and More - and trying to figure out why her neighbor and friend Esmeralda is suddenly talking about leaving South Cove. When a woman Jill met briefly is murdered, she can add amateur sleuth to the " to do" list. Jill is a wonderfully written character and has grown into a successful business woman and sleuth. My favor Jill Gardner has a full schedule - she's helping her best friend Amy with her upcoming wedding, preparing for the St. Patrick's Day Street Fair, running her business - Coffee, Books and More - and trying to figure out why her neighbor and friend Esmeralda is suddenly talking about leaving South Cove. When a woman Jill met briefly is murdered, she can add amateur sleuth to the " to do" list. Jill is a wonderfully written character and has grown into a successful business woman and sleuth. My favorite thing about her is that she doesn't rush into trouble and is thoughtful and clever when solving a mystery. The author has created a "real" character that the reader can identify with - Jill is independent, smart and kind but has her insecurities as we all do. In this book, her Aunt Jackie does not play as large a part, but she's adjusting to married life. I alternately grinned and sympathized when Jill was dealing with her good friend and "bride to be" Amy. The rest of the CBM crew Toby, Deeke there and a new barista, Evie is a good addition to the team. And of course, the lovable canine buddy, Emma is there too! I'm looking forward to the next trip to South Cove! I received an ARC from NetGalley and the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    I've loved every book in the Tourist Trap Mysteries and this one does not disappoint! It's a joy visiting Jill and her bookstore coffee shop. It's fun to see what Jill and her friends are up to and how they all interact with one another to solve the mystery and just living their regular lives. In Picture Perfect Frame, Jill meets an out-of-town visitor at a paint and wine party, only to find out later that the visitor was found unexpectedly and unnaturally dead in the paint shop. This whodunit w I've loved every book in the Tourist Trap Mysteries and this one does not disappoint! It's a joy visiting Jill and her bookstore coffee shop. It's fun to see what Jill and her friends are up to and how they all interact with one another to solve the mystery and just living their regular lives. In Picture Perfect Frame, Jill meets an out-of-town visitor at a paint and wine party, only to find out later that the visitor was found unexpectedly and unnaturally dead in the paint shop. This whodunit was a bit challenging for me, but I liked making guesses and considering the motives and alibis of the suspects, along with reading about Jill and her staff planning for the town's St. Patrick's Day event. There was also a bit about Jill's best friend Amy and her upcoming wedding and disappearing fiance that added to the richness of this book. As are Lynn Cahoon's other books, Picture Perfect Frame is well written and fun to read from start to finish. I highly recommend any of her books, which can be read as stand-alones, but as a series lover, I always suggest starting at the beginning to appreciate the long-term story lines and character development! I received an advance copy of this book. This review contains my honest thoughts and opinions.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Patty

    Picture Perfect Frame by Lynn Cahoon is the 12th book in A Tourist Trap Mystery series, and another great addition. Jill Gardner is the owner of Coffee, Books, and More and lives with her police detective boyfriend, Greg. Amy, Jill's best friend is getting married, and as the maid-of-honor she is keeping busy trying to calm down bridezilla. On top of that, a women named Nan is found dead the night after Jill and Greg take a painting class with her. I love this series, and was not disappointed by Picture Perfect Frame by Lynn Cahoon is the 12th book in A Tourist Trap Mystery series, and another great addition. Jill Gardner is the owner of Coffee, Books, and More and lives with her police detective boyfriend, Greg. Amy, Jill's best friend is getting married, and as the maid-of-honor she is keeping busy trying to calm down bridezilla. On top of that, a women named Nan is found dead the night after Jill and Greg take a painting class with her. I love this series, and was not disappointed by this book. I highly recommend this book/series to all cozy mystery lovers.  I also recommend that you read them in order to get the most out of the books. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. 

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cozy Reviews

    This is #12 in this popular long running series "Tourist Trap Mysteries by cozy author Lyn Cahoon. I love this series and always enjoy returning to the great charcters and South Cove. The mystery is always well crafted and each book flows well with each page turned for intrigue and enjoyment of the world Lyn has created. This was a great addition to this loved series and I look forward to the next in series. Thank you to the publisher for continuing this fine series and to Net Galley for present This is #12 in this popular long running series "Tourist Trap Mysteries by cozy author Lyn Cahoon. I love this series and always enjoy returning to the great charcters and South Cove. The mystery is always well crafted and each book flows well with each page turned for intrigue and enjoyment of the world Lyn has created. This was a great addition to this loved series and I look forward to the next in series. Thank you to the publisher for continuing this fine series and to Net Galley for presenting this fun book for review.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Judith Post

    I always enjoy reading the Tourist Trap series, and I was so happy that Greg and Jill's relationship took a step forward in this book. They're such a perfect couple. And now I'm rooting for Doc and Carrie to make a move in that direction, too. That's what makes this series special to me. I like all of the characters who live in South Cove. In this book, though, the mystery itself got so pushed to the background, I lost track of it sometimes. And I love a good mystery. I enjoyed the book, but it I always enjoy reading the Tourist Trap series, and I was so happy that Greg and Jill's relationship took a step forward in this book. They're such a perfect couple. And now I'm rooting for Doc and Carrie to make a move in that direction, too. That's what makes this series special to me. I like all of the characters who live in South Cove. In this book, though, the mystery itself got so pushed to the background, I lost track of it sometimes. And I love a good mystery. I enjoyed the book, but it felt a little out of balance this time. Jill was so busy with Amy's wedding chaos, she didn't dig into who murdered Nan like she usually does.

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