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Alpine for You: A Passport to Peril Mystery [Mass Market Paperback]

Maddy Hunter
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Jan. 28 2003 Passport to Peril Mysteries


Accompanying her grandmother on a seniors tour of Switzerland, Emily Andrew had envisioned a vacation straight out of a travel brochure: spectacular scenery, great food, and a classy European hotel, all worlds away from her rural Iowa hometown. But her dream trip quickly snowballs into mayhem when smooth-talking tour escort Andy Simon is found dead. To be sure, Andy was as randy as a mountain goat on Viagra, hitting on every miss -- Swiss or otherwise -- within striking distance. His constant advances were driving Emily cuckoo -- but had someone orchestrated his untimely death?

For savvy, resourceful Emily, leading the tour in Andy's place is only natural. But she can't remain neutral when a fellow traveler takes a fatal plunge -- she's convinced a murderer lurks among them. With precision timing, sexy Etienne Miceli steps in to investigate, and Emily warms to the suave detective. Still, with the group roster suddenly sprouting more holes than the local cheese, Emily wonders: is there a safe haven anywhere in the shadow of the Alps?

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Maddy Hunter has endured disastrous vacations on three continents in the past five years. Despite this, she aspires to visit all seven continents in the future. G'Day to Die is the fifth novel in her critically acclaimed, bestselling Passport to Peril mystery series featuring Emily Andrew -- Alpine for You (an Agatha Award nominee for Best First Mystery), Top O' the Mournin', Pasta Imperfect, and Hula Done It? are available from Pocket Books. Maddy lives with her husband in Madison, Wisconsin.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Passport to fun! March 29 2004
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This is a wonderful mystery! Emily Andrew, divorced and in between jobs, agrees to accompany her grandmother on a senior citizen's trip to Switzerland sponsored by one of the local banks in their hometown of Windsor City, Iowa. The only drawback to the trip is the presence of Andrew Simon, their local escort for the trip and a man who believes that any female who is conscious is fair game for his advances. Fortunately for Emily, but unfortunately for Andrew, he is found dead in his hotel room the evening they arrive. After it's determined that he has been murdered, Emily takes over his job as escort to the group and along with Detective Etienne Miceli tries to figure out who among their group would have had a motive to kill Andrew. Much to her chagrin, Emily discovers that just about everyone had a reason to want to kill Andrew. He was not a very popular guy!
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!
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It's difficult not to compare the two -- Evanovich has a heroine who has bad luck with cars, Hunter has a heroine who has bad luck with water. The parallels go on and on -- both involve madcap comedy combined with mystery. Although I think Evanovich does it better, I still found myself laughing out loud at places in this book. They mystery wasn't very much of a mystery, but the location in Switzerland added to the appeal of the book, and her humor about tourists in Europe was pretty funny (taking photos in the fog, for example).
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.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Hunter is no Evanovich Dec 24 2003
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After hearing one reviewer favorably compare this book to Janet Evanovich's, my expectations were high. But though both Plum and Andrews (the protagonist here) have to deal with a lot going wrong, Plum finds herself in predicaments because she is taking on difficult tasks and because some other characters have goals or styles of operating at cross-purposes with hers. This makes for wonderful humor. Unfortunately, it seems that Hunter's protagonist gets into trouble because of her own poor judgement, and we can see the problems coming from a mile away. Without ruining the story, when the hotel with bizarre service asks her to leave her bags to be moved to another room, are we surprised or amused when one goes missing? And the only humor, at least in the first third of the book, is the increasing discomfiture of the heroine.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A hilarious Senior Citizens tour to Switzerland June 21 2003
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Move over Evanovich, there's a new author in town. This book is terrific!
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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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
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
Published on May 10 2004 by Andrea Karsten
1.0 out of 5 stars Obvious, self-conscious humor, ouch!
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 more
Published on April 29 2004 by Rosamond
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, wonderful!
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 more
Published on Jan. 14 2004 by Fran
5.0 out of 5 stars Give me more!!
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 more
Published on Nov. 3 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars I never wanted it to end!
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 more
Published on Aug. 29 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars What a "trip"...
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 more
Published on Aug. 17 2003 by Bobbrun
5.0 out of 5 stars What a trip.....
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 more
Published on Aug. 6 2003 by Bobbrun
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh Out Loud Fun!
This is the first book in the Passport to Peril Mysteries. This story is about the tour from hell to Switzerland, as taken by Emily and her grandmother. Read more
Published on June 9 2003 by L Smith
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