Monday, February 8, 2016

Dearly Departed by Hy Conrad

Happy Chinese New Year!  2016 is the year of the monkey and it is a yang (positive) year.  It is also Boy Scout Day!  It is the day that Boy Scouts of America were incorporated by William D. Boyce in 1910.  I thought this historical tidbit would appeal to those of you who watch Reign.  On February 8, 1587 Mary, Queen of Scots, was executed by her cousin Queen Elizabeth I (not personally, of course).  Mary was convicted of a plot to assassinate Queen Elizabeth I.  She died at the age of 44 after spending the majority of her life locked away by Queen Elizabeth.  Mary made many bad choices after the death of her first husband, Kind Frances II of France.  The most interesting item is Mary's son, James becomes the first King to rule England (as James I) and Scotland (as James VI)! In 1922 Warren G. Harding announced that the White House had its first radio set.  Queen Elizabeth II issued an Order-in-Council that states she and her family will now be known as the "House of Windsor".  Her descendants will take the last name Mountbatten-Windsor (direct descendants only like her  children and grandchildren). 

Dearly Departed by Hy Conrad is the second book in Amy’s Travel Mystery series.  Amy Abel runs Amy’s Travel (they do custom travel excursions) with her mother Franny.  If business does not pick up soon, though, they will have to close (the lawsuits do not help).  Peter Borg (also has a travel agency) asks Amy to help him plan a trip for the mourners of Paisley MacGregor.  Paisley was a maid who considered her employers her families.  She collected their travel pictures and kept them on a piano in her apartment (she always wanted to travel).  Unbeknownst to many of them Paisley was rich (thanks to an inheritance from employers).  Her dying wish was for all of her families to go on a trip around the world (first class all the way) depositing her ashes as each destination.  Amy will get to go along on the trip as well.  To Amy’s shock all the families agree to the trip and they set off for their first destination.  At their first stop in Paris, Laila Steinberg suffers a severe allergy attack (allergic to nuts).  When they try her epi pen, it is empty.  Laila is rushed to the hospital.  Amy is highly suspicious.  Did someone sabotage Laila?  Amy goes into high alert when she notices a stranger following them.  Then the stranger ends up dead.  What is going on?  Amy sets out to find some answers with the help of her mother, Franny and boyfriend, Marcus (both in the states).  Do they have a murderer on the tour?  After an incident with a volcano in Hawaii, they all head home.  They need to find out the connection between the murdered man (stranger that was following them), Paisley, and the group.  Will they find the answers they seek in Paisley’s apartment?  Amy will not give up until all her questions are answered.

I found Dearly Departed to be too silly.  Would a travel agent take ashes on an international trip without the proper paperwork (winging it seems very unprofessional and you know something is going to happen to those ashes).  I wanted more substance and mystery (which was so simple to solve).  It is not necessary to read the first book in the series (the author explains most of what happened).  I found it to be a superficial book and a little boring (I started dreaming up my own alternate endings to the book).  I give Dearly Departed 3 out of 5 stars (which means it was okay/decent).  I will not, though, be reading any more books in this series.  This book (and series) is just not my style (and I definitely would not pay $11.99 for it).

The first book in An Amy's Travel Mystery is Toured to Death.  I received a complimentary copy of Dearly Departed in exchange for an honest review.

The novel I am currently reading it The Widow by Fiona Barton (an extremely boring book).  I am off to do housework (I have tried to avoid it).  I have to go to Tampa tomorrow (doctors appointment) so I need to get chores done today.  I will be reviewing Find Her by Lisa Gardner tomorrow.  I hope you will stop by and take a look.  Have a good Monday. Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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