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Death by Windmill by Jennifer S. Alderson
Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mystery Series
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Death by Windmill: A Mother’s Day Murder in Amsterdam
(Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mystery Series)
by Jennifer S. Alderson
About Death by Windmill
A Mother’s Day trip to the Netherlands turns deadly when a guest plummets from a windmill. Was it an accident or a murder? For Lana Hansen, the answer will mean freedom or imprisonment for someone close to her…
Wanderlust Tours guide Lana Hansen and her mother, Gillian, haven’t seen eye to eye in over a decade, ever since Lana was wrongly fired from her job as an investigative reporter. So when Lana’s boss invites Gillian to join her upcoming Mother’s Day tour to the Netherlands, Lana is less than pleased.
What could be worse than spending ten days with her estranged mother? Lana is about to find out…
The tour begins on a high note when the majority of guests bond during their visit to the Keukenhof flower gardens and a cruise around the picturesque canals of Amsterdam.
Despite her initial reservations, Lana thinks this might be the best group she had ever led. Until she discovers one of her guests—a recent retiree named Priscilla—is the person who destroyed her career in journalism.
All Lana can see is red. But circumstances dictate that she figure out a way to lead the tour, make peace with her mother, and not murder her guest. She doesn’t know whether she can handle the pressure.
Lana needn’t worry. Shortly after their fight, Priscilla falls off the balcony of a historic windmill at Zaanse Schans. Was she pushed or simply careless? The investigating officers suspect murder—and topping their suspect list is Lana’s mom!
Can Lana save Gillian? Or will her mother end up spending the rest of her days in a Dutch prison?
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The Travel Can Be Murder series takes us to the wonderful Netherlands in the latest instalment – Death by Windmill. Take a tour to the beautiful and famous tulip fields, the flower markets and don’t forget the iconic Windmills as Lana and her tour go a Mother’s Day tour to remember – for all the wrong reasons!
This tour see’s Lana and her estranged mother reunite for this trip thanks to Dotty, though the reason for her estrangement soon becomes clear as the story progresses and how the others on the trip are all at least connected by some form of 6 degrees separation – and once the murder takes place the list of suspects is long and even includes Lana’s mother!
In a bit to clear her mother’s name, Lana does her own investigation of the other suspects and discovers some startling information pertaining to a piece of journalism that cost her her job and reputation. Could this murder be a chance for Lana to reconnect with her mother and gain her reputation as a journalist back?
I am loving this series, and found myself wishing I was there seeing the sights right alongside the tour, so much so that during reading I would stop and google the locations they were visiting, and I honestly can not wait for the next book in the series as it set in Edinburgh and I look forward to seeing what trouble with follow Lana in my home country.
A 5 star cozy mystery series for sure!
Read my reviews on the other books in the series
About Jennifer S. Alderson
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.
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