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Death of an Obnoxious Tourist (Dotsy Lamb Travel Mysteries Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Maria Hudgins
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A traditional mystery set in Italy. Dotsy Lamb, history professor and recently divorced empty-nester, and her friend Lettie are on a group tour of Italy when an obnoxious woman traveling with her two sisters is murdered in her Florence hotel room. Dotsy enlists the aid of the scatty but observant Lettie and hooks up with the attractive carabinieri captain in charge of the investigation.
The killer may be a member of their tour group, a gypsy from a nearby camp, or any of four other people they've met since their arrival. There are motives galore. The murdered tourist has insulted practically everyone, her sisters have a monetary interest, and there may be a drug connection.
This story takes the group from Milan to Venice, Florence, and Capri. The action takes Dotsy and her friends on a gondola ride around Venice and through many of the sights of Florence: the Accademia, the Uffizi, the Arno river, the Piazzale Michelangelo, the ,a gypsy camp, and the caserma of the carabinieri.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 630 KB
  • Print Length: 275 pages
  • Publisher: Five Star/Thomson Gale; 1 edition (June 7 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0027CSO3Y
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #236,339 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I enjoy stories in which the "heros and heroines" are pretty ordinary, have a sense of humour and don't need to use faul language to express themselves. Good story and of course I love to be taken to Italy at time!
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Travel Mystery Jan. 3 2009
By Lucinda Surber - Published on
Death of an Obnoxious Tourist (2006) introduces Dotsy Lamb, a recently divorced empty nester from Virginia, traveling with her friend Lettie in Italy. The tour group includes a very annoying woman who manages to alienate everyone in the group, including her two sisters, by the second day. When she is murdered in Florence, Dotsy and Lettie decide to help find the killer. They form a perfect amateur team: Dotsy is logical and persistent while the scatterbrained Lettie has a near photographic memory. The suspect list quickly narrows down to the eclectic tour group. which includes a Canadian dairy farmer who carries pictures of his favorite cows and an Englishman who speaks in incomprehensible bursts. Traditional mystery fans will enjoy this humorous book.

23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great new travel mystery May 25 2007
By Dawn Dowdle - Published on
Dotsy Lamb, history professor and recent empty nester, and her best friend Lettie decide to go on a tour of Italy.

When they arrive, they find everyone is pleasant except for Meg Bauer, a very obnoxious woman. She is such a contract from her two younger sisters who are also on the tour. When Meg is found murdered, everyone is a suspect, especially her sister Beth.

The attractive carabinieri captain, Marco Quattrocchi, is in charge of the investigation. Dotsy hooks up with him to try to help solve the murder. She also enlists the aid of Lettie who is very observant.

Dotsy uncovers lots of motives since she insulted almost everyone in the tour group. The sisters and brother, who is back home, have inherited a nice sum of money.

When another tour member dies, it appears to be an accident. Dotsy believes it is another murder and sets out to prove it. Can she prove it before anyone else dies, namely herself?

I really enjoyed this book. Dotsy and Lettie are such great characters. I can't wait to see where they go in their next adventure. I hope there will be many books in this series. I loved the Italy setting as well as I've never been there, but I felt I had been there by the time I finished reading this book.

The author did a great job with the characters, setting and plot. I highly recommend this book!
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Formula Who-Done-It Feb. 24 2012
By Westy - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
The author either hasn't spent much time in Italy or hasn't been in a long time. There are a lot of errors. Smoking isn't allowed in Italian restaurants. Travelers checks aren't accepted there (or anywhere in Europe). One Italian sandwich is a panino, not a panini, which is the plural, and so on. Florence is jam-packed with tourists, even out of the high season, yet the characters just walk in and out of restaurants and attractions as if they were the only ones there. The setting doesn't feel at all like Italy, but more like a cliched version of it. Without Italy, that leaves us with a limp formula mystery, with the obligatory romantic possibility for the main character. There are absolutely no sparks between them. There is a lot of recapping of who was where, when, and what all the motives might be. Yawwwnnnnnn...
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable book May 20 2012
By Cindy V - Published on
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I really enjoyed this cozy mystery. I liked the main character, Dotsy and her sidekick Letty a lot. The location, Italy is one I am completely unfamiliar with, and I enjoyed reading bits and pieces about it. (even of there were some inaccuracies as another reviewer states.)
The story itself is a gentle mystery, with just a touch of romance thrown in. There were a couple of murders and there was some description of the bodies, but the actual killings are mostly left to the imagination. The book had enough twists and turns to keep me reading. I did not guess who the murderer was before it was revealed in the book, even though there were clues given. (I didn't see those, either, until after the fact!)
I picked up this book during a free promotion, but would not have minded paying for it. I will definitely read more books by this author.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars delightful amateur sleuth July 3 2006
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
After their five children left the nest, her husband dumped History professor Dotsy Lamb; to feel good about herself and to move on; she and her friend Lettie join a tour group visiting Italy. The tourists are an eclectic mix with all being very pleasant except Meg Bauer who, unlike her two sisters, is a harridan tearing into everyone even her kind siblings.

When Meg is found murdered in her room by a knife that her sister Beth recently purchased, the police arrest gypsy street peddler Ivo Ramovic. Earlier he stole Beth and Meg's room key along with Beth's credit card and traveler's checks. When confronted he had both plus a large sum of cash. When evidence proves his innocence, suspicion shifts to Beth. Dotsy believes Beth is innocent so she plans to uncover the real culprit, but not before another group member is murdered.

Readers will have no sympathy towards the culprit who took immense pleasure hurting others, but will feel for Beth, a nice person caught up in circumstances that make her look guilty as she had the motive and the opportunity and owned the means. The protagonist is an independent energetic senior citizen who shows her obstinacy with the trip to start her life anew and with the investigation. Maria Hudgins writes a delightful amateur sleuth tale and armchair detectives will enjoy seeing Italy through Dotsy's eyes.

Harriet Klausner
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