Tuesday, February 9, 2016

BOOK TOUR AND GIVEAWAY: Dearly Departed (Amy's Travel Mystery #2) by Hy Conrad

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Book Information
Dearly Departed
(An Amy’s Travel Mystery)

2nd in Series
Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Kensington (January 26, 2016)
Hardcover: 352 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1617736827

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Synopsis: Fanny and Amy Abel, the dynamic mother-and-daughter owners of a NYC travel agency, have just booked their biggest trip yet. But with danger in the air, the itinerary may include murder...

Paisley MacGregor, a maid to the rich, made a dying request to send all of her wealthy employers on a first-class wake to spread her ashes around the world. Amy has her suspicions about these “mourners,” especially when one has a life-threatening “accident” at the first stop in Paris. And when a mysterious American stranger tagging along with the group has his ticket punched in the shadow of the Taj Mahal, Amy knows she may have a killer on her tour.
Who was this stranger, and what’s the connection to someone in her group? Digging for clues while continuing on with the trip is a lot for Amy to manage, especially when another mourner has a possibly fatal encounter with a Hawaiian volcano. Back in the States, Fanny and Amy start to piece together a secret worth killing for, but someone is hot on their trail, and ready to send them on a one-way trip—to the morgue!

Review: This is the second book in the series, but the first that I have read. There are a few mentions of incidents from the first book, but not enough to prevent this one from being enjoyable. 

This is one of the most humor-filled cozies I have read in a long time. However, that is not to say that the humor overpowers the mystery. It merely adds to the fun of reading the book. 

Amy is a great main character, and someone I would love to travel with in real life (except for that pesky murder thing that happens around here all the time!). Her mother, Fanny, is also a lot of fun. Their relationship lends itself to a lot more fun in the future, as well.

Going along on the worldwide "farewell tour" for Paisley MacGregor gives the reader a chance to "see" places we might never get to see otherwise. Can't wait to see where Amy and Fanny take us next!

**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.**

Rating: Five stars

About the author
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Hy Conrad was the co-executive producer of the hit television series MonkMonk received three Edgar nominations from the Mystery Writers of America for “Best TV Series.” The author of hundreds of short stories and ten books of short whodunits which have been sold around the world in fourteen languages, he’s also the author of the novels, Mr. Monk Helps Himself and Mr. Monk Gets On Board. Hy splits his time between Key West, Vermont, and New York City. Readers can visit his website at hyconrad.com.

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A Blue Million Books said...

Great review!

Mary Holshouser said...

this is a new author for me.
Ready to try his book.
thanks for the chance.

kim hansen said...

New author for me excited.

Kaye Killgore said...

New author, good review