Sunday, June 28, 2015

A Tourist Trap Interview & Giveaway

I'm pleased to welcome Lynn Cahoon back to Cozy Up With Kathy. Lynn writes the Tourist Trap Mystery series. Dressed to Kill, the 4th book in the series, was just released this past week!

Kathy: Dressed to Kill features a dinner theatre murder mystery. Have you ever attended one? Or participated in one?

LC: Great question. Not a murder mystery, but I used to go with a group of friends to a dinner theater in Boise, Idaho. Knock ‘em Dead put up a stage in an old warehouse and put on great shows. I saw Big River (Tom Sawyer) there and their Christmas variety show was not to be missed.

Kathy: The dinner theatre event in which Jill is reluctantly participating is for charity. Have you ever participated in something you would have rather avoided, but got involved as it was for charity?

LC: I’m not a big fan of fun runs. Now, I’ve done them, mostly as a participant, and I have a great time once I’m there, but getting me to commit? That’s the hard part.

Kathy: I've always been fascinated by the 1920s and would love to dress up as a flapper. Do flappers have any special meaning for you?

LC: Besides wanting the cool fringe dress? Actually, I love the idea of an independent woman, dancing because she loves her life. My mom always said I looked like Veronica Lake, who was an early screen star in the 1940’s. I’m sure she did her share of partying.

Kathy: Sherry is a master manipulator. Do you have the misfortune of personally knowing someone similar?

LC: Oh, my, yes. My ex-husband was a professional at the task. J I’ve also worked for people who weren’t in the job for anything but themselves. You can always spot them because they rise up fast in the ranks, never staying long enough for their decisions to start causing problems. Good news is I’ve worked with a whole lot more of the nicer people.

Kathy: Was there a specific inspiration for this story?

LC: I wanted Dressed to Kill to be about a theme. What would you do for a friend? There are several characters who are struggling with that issue in the book. But mostly, I wanted to continue with writing a good story about my friends who live in South Cove.

Kathy: Are you able to share any future plans for Jill Gardner?

LC: Killer Run releases in August. 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 for 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!

Murder on Wheels, comes out in February 2016. I love this new story, where the food truck comes to South Cove.

Both of these are available for pre-order. I signed a contract for three more books after Murder on Wheels. Look for them in June and January on going.

Kathy: Will you share any other upcoming books?

LC: The Cat Latimer series, book one, is called A Story to Kill (working title) and releases in print in October 2016. I love building a new town where new imaginary friends can live. The house Cat’s remodeling into a writer’s retreat, bed and breakfast is based after an old mansion in Boise. I loved riding my bike past the house and dreaming of what it might be like to live there.

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  1. This sounds like a great book, and a great idea for one. Not sure if I could be a flapper, but the idea of being able to dance somewhere just because I'm happy sounds exciting! All the best to you as you work on this series, and plan the next one! jeaniedannheim (at) ymail (dot) com

  2. Having attended an Edgar Allen Poe murder/mystery dinner, I can imagine how interesting this book would be to read. Thanks for interview so we are able to learn more about Lynn Cahoon and her books.

  3. Sounds like a fun book. I have always wanted to attend a dinner mystery theater but haven't been able to do so yet.

  4. I so enjoy reading cozy's. Thanks for this opportunity.

  5. Jill and a mystery dinner theater. Sounds like a good story.

  6. Jill and a mystery dinner theater. Sounds like a good story.

  7. Jill and a mystery dinner theater. Sounds like a good story.

  8. A great post thank you. I like the sound of this.

  9. Congratulations on your newest release Lynn! And thanks to you Kathy for the interview...well done!