Friday, June 17, 2016

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Murder on Wheels (A Tourist Trap Mystery #6) by Lynn Cahoon


Welcome to The Friday 56, a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice.

These are the rules:
1. Grab a book, any book.
2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader.
3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
4. Post it.
5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post.


I'm also taking part in Book Beginnings, a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader.  The rules are pretty simple - you share the first sentence or so and your initial thoughts, impressions, or whatever else it inspires.  Don't forget to link up your post's url with Rose City Reader.



This week I'm spotlighting one of my current reads, Murder on Wheels (A Tourist Trap Mystery #6) by Lynn Cahoon.  I know this short cozy mystery isn't from of one of my go-to genres, but I noticed it at Goodwill a couple of weeks ago and I had to pick it up - I thought, why not since it's only 59 cents.  It looked like it hadn't been opened let alone read, and it turns out that it's new and had been released on February 2nd, 2016.  It's also the sixth book in the series, but from what I've been able to figure out you don't necessarily have to read one through five first.  Either way, the blurb on the back from author Susan McBride, author of The Debutante Dropout Mysteries is pretty enticing: "Murder, dirty politics, pirate lore, and a hot police detective:  Guidebook to Murder [the first book in the series] has it all!  A cozy lover's dream come true."  Hopefully that holds for the sixth novel as well!  I've just started in on it so I haven't really made up my mind about it yet.  

Oh, yes, and the cover totally makes me think of Scooby-Doo! 


Beginning:

Fun, just like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.  As I watched Greg and Justin stare at the handheld GPS hung around Justin's neck with a University of California lanyard, two things were perfectly clear.  One, Greg King, South Cove's lead detective and my boyfriend, was not having the least bit of fun.  And two, Justin Cross, history professor and Amy's boyfriend, was oblivious to everyone else's discomfort.

56:

When I reached the place where Kacey's body had been found, I stopped.  Now around the entire section, still barricaded with yellow tape, was a ring of flower arrangements and candles.  And on each of the glass candle holders was a picture of Kacey, smiling at the camera.  

44 comments:

  1. You're right, the cover does reminds of the mystery machine. Great beginning and 56, enjoy the book! :-)

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    1. Thanks! The price and the cover were two of the main reasons I bought it. :)

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  2. I hadn't heard of this series before but I may add it to my "some day after I catch up on others" list ;)

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      Thanks for coming over!

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  3. The cover totally had me thinking of the Mystery Machine as well!
    I usually don't read murder mysteries but this one sounds interesting.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Amanda

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    1. Thanks for visiting my blog and sharing, too!

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  4. Sounds good. I hope you enjoy it. Come see what book I chose this week here. Happy reading!

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  5. I do love a good mystery, and I love that cover, too. Thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog. Enjoy!

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  6. I read this and really enjoyed it. This is a series that does seem to be getting stronger. You shouldn't have any problem understanding the mystery though some of the relationships between the characters might be a little confusing. That cover is definitely mystery machine!

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  7. Love the cover! I've heard of the author, but not this book. Sounds like a fun read - hope you enjoy the rest of it!

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    1. I hope I will! It's entirely new to me.

      Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  8. You gotta love a good goodwill find, especially when the book is a new release! The cover just hits my funny bone, too.

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    1. You just never know what you'll come across! :)

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  9. My favorite series!!!! I can't wait to get my hands on the next book in this series as I read and loved all of them so far. :)

    Stormi
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    1. I'm glad you like it! :) Thanks for sharing!

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  10. I totally thought of the Mystery Machine too.. lol
    Love the descriptive writing! Happy weekend!

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    1. That was the first thing in my mind when I saw it at Goodwill, honestly! :D

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  11. LOL I always think of the Scoobie gangs van when I see this series. I've read several of her books and always wanting more!

    My Friday 56 from Headed For Trouble

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    1. I must admit that I am enjoying it! :)

      http://never-anyone-else.blogspot.com/2016/06/the-friday-56-with-book-beginnings_17.html

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  12. I'm so glad you found Murder on Wheels, even if it was at Goodwill. :) I hope you enjoy your trip to South Cove.

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    1. I'm really enjoying it so far, Lynn. Thanks for visiting my blog! :)

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  13. Yes, all sorts of Scooby Doo feels from that cover! I love book bargains. Have a happy weekend!

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    1. They're the best! Thanks - have a great one!

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  14. I want to read this one. Looks good. The cover got to me in this. Hope you enjoy. Happy Reading.

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    1. It definitely got me, too!

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  15. I loved this book and the entire series!!! Props with bringing the Scoobys in! I'd love for your readers check out mine ... http://tinyurl.com/LisaKsBookReviewKT

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  16. Loving the cover. I haven't read a mystery novel since, I think late grade school, early middle school when I read a lot of Nancy Drew. (the older ones with the yellow covers). Hope you are enjoying it, and have a great weekend!

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  17. I agree about the cover - definiely Scooby Doo! I have not read anything by this author but have heard good things about this series so I hope you enjoy it! Here's my Friday meme

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    1. It was pretty good. :) Thanks for sharing!

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  18. I love this series and this one was really good.

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    1. It was a good one! Thanks for visiting my blog. :)

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  19. Hi Lauren,

    I know what you mean about grabbing a bargain. The trouble is I generally end up buying a whole heap of books from non-preferred genres, then putting them to the back of the shelves, where they sit until I have a charity shop clearout!

    If this book looked good as new, I too would probably have been unable to resist temptation, and I do read the odd cozy mystery from time to time, but only very occasionally, so I doubt that I would ever open the book in all honesty!

    Also, when a book is part of a lengthy series, I don't tend to bother unless I am 100% confident that the stories can be read perfectly well as stand alones.

    Having said all that, I love that cover art and the very first line is definitely a great observation ...

    "Fun, just like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder."

    Thanks for sharing :)

    Yvonne

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    1. I've been known to do the same thing... I may be doing the same thing this weekend actually, but I'll try to keep that to a minimum.

      For the most part, I was able to figure this out without having read the previous books in the series which was quite a plus. However, there were a couple of moments where there was definitely something I had missed between characters.

      Thanks for visiting, Yvonne!

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  20. I love a good bargain! If I were you, I would definitely grab this too.. :D Hope you enjoy reading this :)

    Sya @ Bookish Sya

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  21. It's very Scooby Doo ish. I miss that show.

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    1. Makes me want to watch the series all over again! :)

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