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Death By Baguette: A Valentine’s Day Murder in Paris
(Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mystery Series)
by Jennifer S. Alderson
About Death By Baguette:
A Valentine’s Day Murder in Paris
Death By Baguette: A Valentine’s Day Murder in Paris (Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mystery Series)
2nd in Series
Publisher: Traveling Life Press (February 14, 2020)
Print Length ~200 Pages
Digital ASIN: B0819YNSJL
Paris—the city of love, lights … and murder? Join tour guide Lana Hansen as she escorts five couples on an unforgettable Valentine-themed vacation to France! Unfortunately it will be the last trip for one passenger…
Lana Hansen’s future is looking bright. She has money in her bank account, a babysitter for her cat, and even a boyfriend. Regrettably she won’t get to celebrate Valentine’s Day with her new beau, Chad. Instead, she will be leading a “lovers only” tour in France. Luckily for Lana, her best friend, Willow, and her partner will be joining her.
Things go downhill when Lana’s new boyfriend shows up in Paris for her tour—with his wife. Chad is not the website developer he claimed to be, but a famous restaurant critic whose love of women rivals his passion for food.
After Chad drops dead during a picnic under the Eiffel Tower, a persistent French detective becomes convinced that he was poisoned. And the inspector’s sights are set on several members of the tour—including Lana!
While escorting her group through the cobblestone streets of Montmartre, the grand gardens of Versailles, and the historic Marché des Enfants Rouges market, Lana must figure out who really killed Chad before she has to say bonjour to prison and adieu to her freedom.
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.
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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MY REVIEW – 4 STARS
Jennifer S. Alderson’s latest Travel Can Be Murder series is set in Paris, the city of light and love, art, grandeur, and epicurean delights, and author Alderson portrays it beautifully. (I know, I was recently there!)
However, the Wanderlust Tours’ “Lovers Only” Valentine tour is anything but loving or delightful. The five couples hiss and scrap, and even punch each other while tour guide Lana Hansen tries to show them the beauty and romance of the City. The biggest surprise for her right off, was seeing her new boyfriend from online dating, as one of the married men on the tour!
The tension and dislike among the couples mounts as they visit the gorgeous tourist sites meant to warm hearts, until it culminates in death in the very shadow of the majestic Eiffel Tower. The question is not who disliked the victim enough to kill him, but who did NOT harbor murderous thoughts towards the man.
The method is clear at once, but with so many people wishing him gone, it takes more than the French police to solve this murder. They believe it was one of the Lesbians who did the dark deed. They arrest her even while keeping a suspicious eye on Lana.
Randy, Lana’s fellow tour guide in training, valiantly steps up to help. (I personally hope he returns in future books.) Lana begins to tick off the names in her tour group, but everyone has motive it seems. When her list narrows to two on the tour, suddenly her own life is in deadly jeopardy.
The author sprinkles clues liberally, and while readers may guess the killer before Lana has a chance to, the rising suspense in such a beautiful setting is worth reading to the very satisfying disclosure.
Anyone fond of travel will love this series and be entertained. And now, where will Lana lead a group of “murderous” tourists next?
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