Alpine for You: A Passport to Peril Mystery Mass Market Paperback – Jan 28 2003
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I enjoyed this book very much. The dialogue is witty and the book has one of the funniest opening lines I've read in a long time. Some of the situations that arise with Emily and the tour group are hilarious. Time and time again, Emily is faced with every kind of tourist's nightmare; lost luggage, mixed up rooms, foul weather, etc. The author's biography in the back of the book says that Ms. Hunter has endured disastrous vacations on three continents. I would love to know if any of the events in this book were inspired by her real life experiences! There are also some terrific characters included among the group of senior citizens in the story, especially Emily's grandmother and her best friend, Bernice. All in all, a very funny and enjoyable mystery!
The plot involves a tour group of seniors from Iowa who are in Lucerne in the off-season. Our young heroine is with her grandmother, the youngest by far on this tour. There is a death of one of the tour group members -- a Lothario who has slept with half the middle aged and older women in town, and some of them are on this trip. A drop-dead sexy Swiss police detective is investigating this death (and others that follow), and of course are heroine's knees turn to jelly every time he walks in the room.
This is a "fun" book rather than great literature. I will read more books (this is the first of a proposed series) but will wait until they come out in paperback -- hence the four stars rather than the five I'd give Evanovich.
The upshot is I couldn't even bring myself to finish the book. (Unusual for me.) I think I guessed the murderer, but I don't care enough to find out for sure. If a really dreadful, but predictable, vacation is your idea of funny, buy this book.
Emily Andrew accompanies her grandmother on a seniors tour of Switzerland. She expected a travel brochure vacation, but the fog never lifted and the food was nondescript. Iowans are fanatical about being on time, so much so that they are usually half an hour or more early. This about drives Emily crazy. She has lived in New York long enough to no longer have the compulsion to be so early.
Andy Simon, the tour escort, was a Senior who was always sweet talking the ladies. Then he is found dead. Emily agrees to be the tour escort in Andy's place.
Sexy Detective Etienne Miceli begins investigating Andy's death. He and Emily hit it off immediately. With Emily's suitcase missing, she ends up wearing her grandmother's clothes. Plus Emily always seems to end up swimming to save something important dropped into water. She is running out of clothes and watches.
Then a woman from the Rhode Island contingent on this tour falls to her death. Emily is convinced a murderer is among them. Who could it be? These are senior citizens. Could one of them be killing of the others?
This book was one of the best I have read for a long time. It was hilarious. The things that Emily had to endure and the way she describes and sees things is truly funny.
I highly recommend this book. I can't say the scenery was beautiful due to the fog, but she describes it so well that you can see it as she does. The characters are an absolute hoot. The romance between Etienne and Emily is tastefully described.
You won't be disappointed by this book. I can't wait to read the next book due out in August 2003.
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I am a fan of mysteries and don't believe there are many authors I haven't read and liked.
I got this book because it was highly recommended as being nearly as good as... Read more
Recently, knowing I would be temporarily vertical and a supply of mysteries would be the most effective means of staying sane, I bought both of Maddy Hunter's travel-oriented... Read morePublished on April 29 2004 by Rosamond
While there are similarities to the Plum series, this book has its very own flavor. And it's delicious! It's fun and fast and I can't wait for the next one. Keep 'em coming!Published on March 15 2004
Romantic mystery is my favorite genre and that's exactly what this is. The author puts our heroine is sometimes perilous, often funny situations--even when she's finding dead... Read morePublished on Jan. 14 2004 by Fran
On a friend's recommendation, I picked up a copy of this and loved it. A la Evanovich, the main character in Hunter's mysteries is hysterical -- smart, funny, but not altogether... Read morePublished on Nov. 3 2003
This book is fantastic. I never wanted the story to end. If you like humor with your mysteries, then this is the book for you. Read morePublished on Aug. 29 2003
A delightful book...laughed so hard at times that I darn near choked. This is a tight little mystery, and I have(and hate) to admit that it took me a long time to figure out who... Read morePublished on Aug. 17 2003 by Bobbrun
An absolutely hilarious book...loved the Grandma. I never thought that I would find another writer that could hold her own with the likes of Joan Hess and Janet Evanovich. Read morePublished on Aug. 6 2003 by Bobbrun