Review Of A Trip With Trouble

A Trip With Trouble

The Mountain Lodge Mystery, Book #2

Diane Kelly

5 Stars


The second in a charming and engrossing cozy series from Diane Kelly, A Trip with Trouble proves that in the Blue Ridge Mountains, life in the fast lane could end in a crash.

When the ladies of the Dangerous Curves Motorcycle Club take over the Mountaintop Lodge for their annual autumn ride along the Blue Ridge Parkway, Misty Murphy couldn’t be more thrilled. Every room is full and the adventurous women even invite Misty and her assistant Brynn to join them on a ride to admire the colorful fall foliage. Hotel handyman Rocky Crowder is happy to keep an eye on the lodge for the day, and the ladies set out for a fun ride on the scenic road.

The skies are clear, the air is crisp, and the leaves are gorgeous. But what starts as a perfect ride turns worrisome when the tail gunner – the last rider in their group – fails to show up at the Craggy Gardens overlook. Cell phone service is spotty in the remote, mountainous area, and the group is unable to connect with their friend. Might the missing woman have simply run out of gas? Or is something far more sinister afoot?

The ladies are determined to locate their ride or die, and Misty is equally determined to help them. But will they be able to solve the mystery when the scenic route seems intent on hiding its secrets?  (Amazon)


The characters are well rounded and well developed. Misty’s guests belong to a motorcycle club and they are a lively bunch.  They invite Misty and Brynn to go on a ride. Before the ride is over, a member of the club is killed.  Now Misty will have to figure out who the murderer is before the ladies trip is over. 

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions  helped me stay engaged throughout the book.  I felt like I was right there when the motorcycle gals came to the inn.  The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The mystery was well plotted and it was not easily solved.  There were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well written cozy mystery.  I really enjoyed this book and I am sure you will too.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, St. Martin’s Press, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.