Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Death By Leprechaun by Jennifer S. Alderson

Posted August 23, 2021 by meezcarrie in contemporary, cozy mystery, giveaway, Jennifer S. Alderson, mystery/suspense / 7 Comments

DEATH BY LEPRECHAUN: A Saint Patrick’s Day Murder in Dublin
Travel Can Be Murder #6
GENRE: Cozy Mystery
PUBLISHER: Traveling Life Press
RELEASE DATE: June 18, 2021
PAGES: 186

When an old friend is arrested in Dublin, tour guide Lana Hansen will need the luck of the Irish to clear him of the crime.

Lana is thrilled her friend Jeremy and his wife are on her tour to Ireland. The couple are having the time of their lives exploring the country’s rich literary and cultural history, until they run into Guy Smith, a reporter Jeremy recently exposed as a fraud.

A tussle turns into a fight and leaves each man vowing to destroy the other. Yet cross words and dirty looks tell Lana that Jeremy is not the only client on her tour who has a grudge against the reporter.

When Guy is murdered at the same pub Lana’s group is present at, Jeremy is the police’s number one suspect. But did he really murder the reporter? Or was it one of her other guests?

Lana keeps their tour going and her ears open for any clues that might help free her friend. Can she discover the true killer’s identity before their trip to the Emerald Isle draws to a close?


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One of the things I love most about the Travel Can Be Murder series by Jennifer S. Alderson is the way it allows me to travel via book page to overseas destinations that are on my ‘wishful thinking’ bucket list. There are many obstacles that will keep trips such as the ones Lana leads from becoming a reality for me, but Alderson so skillfully makes the destination a supporting character that I feel a little bit as though I have traveled there by the time I’ve finished reading. Death by Leprechaun is no exception! Dublin’s local flavor and its popular tourist sites come alive on these pages with an affectionate and honest look at traveling there – murder notwithstanding haha

Speaking of murder, though, Alderson has once again crafted a bevy of possible suspects in the clients that make up poor Lana’s tour. From the characters you really hope didn’t do it to the one who grates on your last nerve, each of them have layers that go beyond what’s easily seen on the surface, giving the story dimension and giving the plot some teeth. (Side note – in this book, Jeanie reminded me of someone I used to run into periodically in Kentucky & I couldn’t help but be happy that having moved to Georgia means I won’t anymore – and if I do, then it’s time to move to a different state again haha)

Bottom Line: Travel vicariously to Dublin with the genuinely likable Lana and her tour group! Death By Leprechaun is just as nicely plotted as its predecessors in this series, with an eclectic mix of characters that keep readers invested in the outcome. A clever mystery, delightful setting, and engaging writing voice add to the enjoyment. A must-read for anyone who feels stuck at home or for the readers’ inner travel bug.

(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 / love it!

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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 finally settling in the Netherlands. Jennifer’s love of travel, art, and culture inspires her award-winning Zelda Richardson Mystery series, her Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mysteries, and her standalone stories. 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.

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7 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Death By Leprechaun by Jennifer S. Alderson

  1. Sunnymay

    Cozy mystery is one of my favorite genres. I enjoy following the clues and mis-clues to solve a murder. They usually aren’t too gory. I like the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow on the cover and it goes well with Leprechans. I’m surprised you didn’t have a release date around St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th.

    • Thanks for lovely comments, Sunnymay! While I try to release these books around the holidays they are about, it doesn’t always work out with my writing schedule. Luckily, books last pretty much forever!

  2. What a wonderful review!!!! You really brought a smile to my face 🙂 I’m so sorry Jeanie reminded you of someone you don’t like – coincidentally, she is based on someone I cannot stand! I guess there are a lot of Jeanie’s in this world LOL! Still, I’m thrilled you enjoyed the trip and mystery. Thanks so much for traveling with Lana again!!

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