Who knew a New Year’s trip to Budapest could be so deadly? The tour must go on – even with a killer in their midst…
Recent divorcee Lana Hansen needs a
break. Her luck has run sour for going on a decade, ever since she got
fired from her favorite job as an investigative reporter. When her fresh
start in Seattle doesn’t work out as planned, Lana ends up unemployed
and penniless on Christmas Eve.
Dotty Thompson, her landlord and the
owner of Wanderlust Tours, is also in a tight spot after one of her tour
guides ends up in the hospital, leaving her a guide short on Christmas
When Dotty offers her a job leading the
tour group through Budapest, Hungary, Lana jumps at the chance. It’s the
perfect way to ring in the new year and pay her rent!
What starts off as the adventure of a
lifetime quickly turns into a nightmare when Carl, her fellow tour
guide, is found floating in the Danube River. Was it murder or
accidental death? Suspects abound when Lana discovers almost everyone on
the tour had a bone to pick with Carl.
But Dotty insists the tour must go on,
so Lana finds herself trapped with nine murder suspects. When another
guest turns up dead, Lana has to figure out who the killer is before she
too ends up floating in the Danube…
Introducing Lana Hansen, tour guide,
reluctant amateur sleuth, and star of the Travel Can Be Murder Cozy
Mystery Series. Join Lana as she leads tourists and readers to
fascinating cities around the globe on intriguing adventures that,
unfortunately for Lana, often turn deadly.
Feel-good stories about
friendship, travel, and celebrating new experiences. Coming soon: Books 2
and 3 in the Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mystery Series!
Lana Hansen is recently divorced, living in Seattle, and trying to decide what she wants next in life. Her friend and landlady, Dotty, owns a travel agency and is suddenly short a tour guide for a New Year's trip to Budapest. Lana reluctantly agrees to go on the trip. After two murders occur on the excursion, she starts spending time sleuthing as well as guiding the tour.
I wanted to read Death on the Danube because I enjoy playing armchair traveler (as well as armchair detective!). Lana's work as a tour guide sounded interesting too.
This was a fun cozy mystery, and a great debut to the new series Travel Can Be Murder. I loved the travel descriptions, especially the Christmas market and the very atmospheric labyrinth. I could really picture the places the tour visited from the descriptions; they were very vivid.
Lana makes a good amateur detective. She depends on research and doesn't take silly, dangerous chances. The mystery aspect of the story was well written. I figured the killer about the same time that Lana did.
I especially enjoyed the fast pacing of this novel, with short chapters and dialogue that moved the story along at a crisp pace.
I would recommend Death on the Danube for cozy mystery fans, and especially for anyone who enjoys travel related mysteries. I look forward to reading future books in this series!
Jennifer S. Alderson
was born in San Francisco, raised in Seattle, and currently lives in
Amsterdam. After traveling extensively around Asia, Oceania, and Central
America, she moved to Darwin, Australia, before settling in the
Netherlands. Her background in journalism, multimedia development, and
art history enriches her novels. When not writing, she can be found in a
museum, biking around Amsterdam, or enjoying a coffee along the canal
while planning her next research trip.
Jennifer’s love of travel, art, and culture inspires her
award-winning mystery series—the Zelda Richardson Mysteries and Travel
Can Be Murder Cozy Mysteries—and standalone stories.
Amazon Author Page
a Rafflecopter giveaway