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Death on the Danube: A New Year’s Murder in Budapest
(Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mystery Series) by Jennifer S. Alderson
Death on the Danube: A New Year’s Murder in Budapest
(Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mystery Series)
by Jennifer S. Alderson
About Death on the Danube
Death on the Danube: A New Year’s Murder in Budapest (Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mystery Series)
1st in Series
Traveling Life Press (November 28, 2019)
Print Length ~200 Pages
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 Day.
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!
Death on the Danube was a wonderful start to the Travel Can Be Murder cozy mystery series. It was great to go back to a place that I have actually visited, the vivid descriptions of the sights, sound and smells made me feel like I was right there along with the tour group.
Lana Hansen is newly divorced and feeling a little down bringing in the new year on her own, so when Dotty offers her a job to lead a tour group through Budapest, Hungary, she jumps at the chance. Not only is it an adventure of a lifetime, but it means she can afford her rent for the next few months. Once arrives in Budapest she begins to get a feel for the people attending the tour, but when her fellow guide Carl is found floating in the Danube River, it may have been an accident by Lana soon discovers that just about any on the tour had a reason to be a suspect making this accident seem more like murder.
It reminded me of Murder on the Orient Express – everyone had a motif it would seem, but who actually did it and why was a mystery right up until the reveal for me. This was a great clean cozy mystery, featuring great characters and set in an even better location. I look forward to reading more on the series and can’t wait to see what is in store for Lana in book 2 Death By Baguette.
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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