Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Death on the Danube by Jennifer S. Alderson

Posted December 2, 2019 by meezcarrie in contemporary, cozy mystery, giveaway, Jennifer S. Alderson, mystery/suspense / 14 Comments

DEATH ON THE DANUBE: A New Year’s Murder in Budapest
Travel Can Be Murder #1
GENRE: Cozy Mystery
PUBLISHER: Traveling Life Press
RELEASE DATE: November 28, 2019
PAGES: 158

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.

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Bottom Line: Death on the Danube is a great start to a brand new cozy mystery series – with a bonus benefit of touring Budapest vicariously with the characters as well. Lana is a relatable protagonist & her background in investigative journalism adds believability to her amateur sleuthing. I loved The Fabulous Five too & hope to see them again in future books. A nicely plotted mystery and engaging writing voice also make this an enjoyable read.

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / enjoyed it!

Reviewer’s Note: Readers may want to be aware that there is some cursing as well as implied intimacies in this book.

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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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14 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Death on the Danube by Jennifer S. Alderson

  1. The title reminds of a mystery that may have been written by Agatha Christie, hence my interest in the book, besides my favorite genre being CF (Christian Fiction) RS (Romantic Suspense)! Thanks so much for a chance to enter a giveaway! Would love to win a print copy, plus get to know a new-to-me author! God bless!

  2. John Smith

    I’ve also been thinking that a vicarious trip to Budapest would be great, and the Fabulous Five sound like fun!

  3. John Smith

    I would definitely find it nightmarish if my tour guide was found dead, floating in the Danube! I must know whodunnit!

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