Review of Toured To Death

January 13, 2015 Book Reviews 4

Review of Toured To Death

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.

Toured To Death by Hy Conrad
Genres: Cozy, Mystery
Published by Kensington Books Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley

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Book a ticket with this all-new mystery series featuring Amy and Fanny Abel, a spunky mother-and-daughter duo of travel agents who find their mystery tour becoming all too real. . .

hile Fanny takes care of the business end of Amy's Travel in New York City, Amy is traipsing around Monte Carlo, managing their first mystery-themed excursion, a road rally in which guests compete to solve a fictional murder along the way. Amy still has reservations about partnering up with her mother. But both women, having lost the men in their lives, need a fresh beginning.

The trip starts off without a hitch. Clues quickly mount, the competition is lively, and just when the suspense is peaking, the writer they hired to script their made-up mystery is found murdered in his New York apartment. Suddenly, on top of running a new venture together, mother and daughter must solve a real-life case of foul play, while trying not to drive each other bonkers. But Amy and Fanny are ready, willing, and Abel to track down a clever killer with some serious emotional baggage, one who will go to any lengths to keep dark secrets from seeing the light of day. . .

Also by this author: Dearly Departed (Amy's Travel Mystery, #2)

First Line

“How can you dictate my menu?” Emil Pitout snatched the printed card from Amy’s hand and inspected it.

Taken form Chapter one and not the prologue. 

What I thought of this book.

I love cozies and this one sounded interesting but I would say this has to be my least favorite cozy I have ever read. It had a lot of potential but I just found it kind of boring and in the end I really didn’t care who done it.

It’s broken up into two different parts. The first part is the game that is being played and it kind of reminds you a bit of clue. Amy has opened her own travel company but instead of just your ordinary getaways she books special themed tours. This one is a murder mystery that is part clue and part amazing race in a sense. Amy hires Otto to make the game up as he is a professional at making up mystery games.

Each team will play one of the characters and then they choose a captain for the team. They all watch the actors play out part of the game and then they are given clues that will lead them to other exotic destinations. Along the way Amy finds out that someone has murdered Otto and there have been some strange things that has happened along the way playing the game. Are they a coincidence or not?

Before the game is finished Amy finds out that the game is actually based on a real mystery and a member of the game is killed.

Part two is all about Amy being back home from the tour and she is still trying to figure out what happened to Otto and the other death. In true fashion to most cozies Amy has a bit of a crush on one of the guys who was a part of the tour, but then she is not totally sure that he didn’t have anything to do with what happened. He has lied to many times.

I actually figured out who the killer was pretty early on but I wasn’t sure exactly why until I finished the novel. Some times a character just hits you like that and you like they done it..lol.

I really liked the idea of the murder mystery tour but it spent to much time on the a lot of the characters and not enough time on the murder to me. I might check out the next one in the series just to see if I like it more because it’s hard to tell some times and this was my first book by this author.

Overall, it was just sort of meh for me but if you like cozies you might check it out as you could like it more than me.

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4 Responses to “Review of Toured To Death”

  1. Felicia the Geeky Blogger

    First books in cozy mystery series seem to be more character development which drives me batty. In any kind of mystery, I want 80% of the book to be about that. The characters can build over the series IMHO.

  2. Melliane

    Oh it’s sad to see that this one isn’t finally as good as you thought… I love cozies as well even if I don’t read as much of them as I did before. But I think I’ll pass this one. thanks for the review.

  3. kimbacaffeinate

    Finding the balance between the actual murder and the characters can be tricky too bad this wasn’t balanced enough and agree the murder aspect sounds cool.

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