Toured To Death by Hy Conrad is the first book in Amy”s Travel Mystery series and it is a good start to the series. In this book we are introduced to a mother and daughter pair, Fanny and Amy Abel, who are travel agents. They set up a murder mystery role-playing game that starts in Monte Carlo and ends in Rome. The guests must gather clues and try to solve a fictional murder during the trip. But when the writer of the make-believe mystery is found dead, the fun and games become deadly serious. Amy and Fanny must now solve a real life murder before anyone else dies.
I love the premise of this book. It reminds me of old fashion mysteries that could have been written by Agatha Christie. I feel that this makes this book a unique cozy and I enjoy that. It is also a more unusual cozy because there is stronger language than what I am used to reading in a cozy mystery. Nothing that was offensive to me, but it was stronger than normal.
The book is written in two parts: the fictional murder mystery and the actual murder mystery. I enjoyed the first part better, it seemed to flow smoother and held my attention better. The second part of the book seemed to drag out a bit. Both mysteries are suspenseful and I did not figure out the culprits until they were revealed at the end. I always like when that happens.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a cozy mystery with the feel of an old fashion mystery. I plan on reading the next book in the series.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank NetGalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read and review this book.