Review of Dearly Departed

Posted January 30, 2016 by Stormi in Book Reviews / 12 Comments

Review of Dearly Departed

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Dearly Departed (Amy's Travel Mystery, #2) by Hy Conrad
Published by Kensington on January 26th 2016
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley

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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!

Also by this author: Toured To Death

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At the sound of the electronic buzz, Amy Abel glanced up and let out a little moan.


What I thought of this book

Though I thought the ending sort of dragged out a little I must say that I enjoyed this one much more than the first book in this series.

Amy’s travel agency isn’t doing very well. Having a murder happen on your murder mystery tour doesn’t help. Though some people are morbid enough to want to go on murder mystery tour after hearing they actually had a murder she just can’t make herself book another one.

Peter who also has a travel agency and is crushing on Amy invites her to help him with his newest assignment. He is hoping spending time together she would see that she might actually like him. One of his old maids Paisley has died and he has been assigned to make sure that her ashes travel to various destinations and that several of her old bosses go along to spread them.

Things were going fine at first but then of course it doesn’t last. They don’t actually have a murder in the tour but there is a murder and one of the tourist could be the murderer. Amy just can’t find the connection between the victim and her group.

Her mother and her boyfriend Marcus get in on the hunt for the killer back at home by trying to get into Paisley’s home which doesn’t go well. It does get Detective Rawlings attention as the man was from New York. They don’t find the suspect while on the tour and it ends and they are all back home.

The hunt for the killer continues on american soil and could prove to be very dangerous.

The mystery was done well as I had several suspects, but the hunt for the killer and catching him just sort of drug on a bit in my opinion.

I like Amy and her mother Fanny, they are fun characters. I really love her mother she is so funny but if I was Amy I might want to smack her a few times…lol. I don’t like her boyfriend Marcus, if I had to choose I would rather she be with Peter. Marcus is a conman more or less, he lost his job and then got his new job by being sketchy. I just don’t like him.

I think because this author wrote some of the MONK books that his cozies sort of play out a bit more like a clean detective book but with an amateur sleuth. If you like that sort of book then you will enjoy this series. It does have some funny moments and overall I did like it.

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12 responses to “Review of Dearly Departed

  1. I do like a good cozy mystery, and the NYC setting for the travel agency is unique- most of the cozies I read are set in quaint little towns. I might have to check this series out! My brother loves the Monk books, but I haven’t read any of them yet.

  2. I haven’t read a cozy in a while, but one where the ending drags on probably isn’t the one for me to jump in with. How cool that he wrote some of the MONK series though! I loved that show (though I only watched it in bits and pieces).

  3. It’s nice if a series picks up like that and the second book is better than the first one. I like the sound of the main character having her own travel agency! Although I don’t like it when the mystery drags on too long, but it is nice when the mystery keeps you guessing. Great review!

  4. I love the cover, not sure the mystery has enough of a hook for me though, I like cozies, but usually they have to be a theme that I’m really interested in, ghosts, archaeology, something like that. Glad you enjoyed it, it’s nice when you’re able to connect with the main characters, although in mysteries it does seem like often they miss obvious things, because they have to!

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