It’s that time of the month again when Sophia Rose stops by to share a new review of a book she has discovered. Today she has Death on the Patagonian Express by Hy Conrad a cozy mystery. Come travel to the southern end of South America with her for a little murder. Be sure to read the author’s bio. It mentions two of my favorite shows!
by Hy Conrad
Series: Amy's Travel Mystery #3
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Fanny and Amy s new blog is attracting first-class opportunities for the mother-and-daughter team and their NYC travel agency. It s too bad this ride leads to murder . . .
Upon the breakout success of the TrippyGirl blog, Amy Abel and her mother, Fanny, are asked to join a group of other prominent travel writers on a scenic train tour of Patagonia. Fanny welcomes the extra publicity, but it takes coaxing from suave tour owner Jorge O Bannion to win Amy s commitment. Once in Argentina, their South American expedition seems to chug along smoothly despite Fanny drinking way too much yerba mate tea.
But while out snapping photos for TrippyGirl, Fanny makes a dreadful discovery a body scavenged by condors in the wilderness. Even more unsettling, the corpse mysteriously disappears before the others arrive. Some question Fanny s sanity, but doubt becomes horror when Jorge s angel investor is found dead in a similar position. As a number of accidents validate Amy s suspicion of foul play, the Abels must outsmart one very conniving killer . . . or they ll soon be en route to their final destination six feet under.
Sophia Rose’s Review
Seeing the world through the pages of a book has been my method of international travel so far and is the reason I am always keen to discover a promising plot situated in a place rather different from my home. I spotted this one and knew from the title that there would be a trip to the very southern end of South America. I hoped the author would spend some time on the setting and culture while crafting his mystery and was delighted to find that he did. Music, touring, food, and life in Patagonian Argentina and Chile hit the spot.
This was a cozy mystery and I’ve not always been attracted to those because I lean toward darker, grittier mystery, but lately my taste has allowed for me to appreciate them a bit more. The murder mystery was a good challenge. I figured out the who and the why easily enough, but it was the how that stumped me. Always fun when I’m still guessing at things to the end.
What I wasn’t paying attention to when I picked up Death on the Patagonian Express was that this was the third book in the Amy’s Travel series. Fortunately for me, it stood alone just fine. There was mention of previous murder cases and there is an obvious series arc for Amy, her mother Fanny, and her boyfriend Marcus, but it was just a minor layer to the story so I was fine to read the present adventure for Amy and Fanny.
And that brings me to Amy and Fanny. Whew boy! This mother-daughter pair were a riot. Fanny is flamboyant and never subtle though she is rather clever while Amy is considering and reserved while observing and experiencing the world around her. They rub each other raw, but make a good amateur detecting team. Though, I do feel that Fanny got pretty lucky since she poked and provoked the bear (murderer) without considering her own- or Amy’s- vulnerability to the danger.
All in all, I had a great time and most particularly due to the setting and the mother-daughter interaction. I think cozy mystery lovers who enjoy exotic settings would appreciate Death on the Patagonian Express.Death on the Patagonian Express by Hy Conrad offers an exotic location and murder Click To Tweet
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