hc dearlyARC honest review for Kensington Books via Netgalley.

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!

*****

This is the second of Hy Conrad’s Amy’s Travel mysteries.  But this is the first one that I have read.  Book 1 – Toured to Death, is now on my ‘to buy list’!

I really liked the characters.  Fanny is in some way is ‘the mother from hell’…you know, the one that does and say things in public that makes you want to dig a big hole to hide in! 😀  Marcus reminds me a bit of Matt Bonner in ‘White Collar’, a man who can get you ‘in…and out’ of trouble.  And Amy, who’s indecisive up to the last minute, then when pushed…jumps!

A well written and plotted book, with plenty of twists and turns, that will keep you turning the pages.

5 Stars*****

 

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