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Death on Tour (Jocelyn Shore #1)

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  477 ratings  ·  121 reviews
Texas high school teacher Jocelyn Shore and her cousin Kyla are on a once-in-a-lifetime guided tour of Egypt with a motley crew of fellow travelers when the most odious of the bunch, a nosy, disagreeable woman named Millie Owens, takes a fatal fall off of one of the great pyramids. And that's only the beginning of their troubles.

From the jovial doctor haggling for trinkets
ebook, 320 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by Minotaur Books (first published April 15th 2011)
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Lisa Kay
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This book was recommended to me by a GRs friend and I’ve had it on my TBR shelf forever. However, since I’ve never read this author before, I requested my library purchase it. It took them forever (well, 17 months), but I finally got it.

I was very pleasantly surprised by how much I loved being on tour in Egypt with Jocelyn and her cousin Kyla. At times I felt I was right there with them. For a cozy mystery, there are the right ingredients for a nea
It would be very hard not to like this book.

Janet Hamrick's Egypt is vividly described, whether it is a sweatshop carpet factory or sunset across the Nile. There is the romance of travel (like The Towers of Trebizond), a love affair with misunderstandings (like Miss Bennet and Mr Darcy), and the endless antiquity of Egypt itself, but all is set in the familiar world of modern tourism, with airport congestion, armed-guard security, coach party dynamics, souvenir trash with its irrepressible sales
There are only a few authors that have made me laugh out loud and I can happily say that I am now able to add one more to my list. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The main character Jocelyn resonated with me on quite a few levels, from her insecurities as a female to her extremely witty tongue. According to the FTC guidelines, I do have to disclose that I received this book free through the Goodreads First Reads program. When I got the box in the mail, enclosed within was a thank you note from t ...more
DEATH ON TOUR is an entertaining debut that offers much for the cozy crime reader, as well as anyone who enjoys stories that feature foreign travel. I picked it up based on the reviews and it being a First Mystery Award winner and wasn't disappointed.

The book summary is well represented in the Amazon description so I won't go into details here. But there was sufficient fizz and humor to keep me interested throughout the story. Jocelyn - a high school history teacher and Egyptophile(?)- is a youn
Mary (BookHounds)

Jocelyn and Kyla are cousins but look enough alike to be sisters. When Jocelyn's marriage breaks apart, the two decide to take a trip of a life time to Egypt with a tour group. As they get to know their travel mates, the group's busy body turns up dead. She becomes even more suspicious about the group after finding said busy body's pack with a note book full of observations about them. As the tour progresses, strange men approach Jocelyn and her cousin asking them i
This was a fun mystery with a great backdrop. Jocelyn is a high school history teacher from Texas who saves up enough money to take the trip she's always dreamed of, a tour of Egypt. Her cousin accompanies her and the rest of the tour-goers are strangers who all seem to have strange baggage of their own that isn't fully disclosed, at least not publicly and certainly not at first. At the beginning of the tour, an obnoxious busybody on the tour dies, most likely murdered, and Jocelyn finds herself ...more
Jocelyn Shore and her cousin Kyla are on the tour of their dreams in Egypt when on the first day of the tour, the irritating and nosy Millie (also on the tour) is found dead in the sand. Bummer. Even bigger bummer when they soon learn that Millie was murdered. However, the tour must go on. But when another death occurs, the same way Millie was killed, Jocelyn is sure that the murderer is part of the tour group. Could it be the doctor who is constantly haggling with the locals? Oh, please don't l ...more
Thomas Hamrick
This book was absolutely amazing! It was as if the author actually transported me to Egypt it was so visual! The history of Egypt this book includes is also very cool! I even learned some new things about Egypt while reading this book!

This book had me on the tips of my toes the whole time I was reading it! Everything from the love story to the shocking murders had stolen my attention from the very beginning. You never knew what was going to happen next! One minute Jocelyn would be taking picture
I cannot wait to read more of this series! Not many books grab me like this one did, especially cozy mysteries. I love them, but many can be like a handful of candy, sweet and easily devoured.
There are many mysteries going within this book and it could have become confusing with another, less-skilled writer, but Janice Hamrick has a talent. Good writing and keeping the threads from getting tangled.
Nicely done, Janice Hamrick, nicely done!
I received this book as part of First Reads from Goodreads. It's a fun, fast-reading mystery with interesting characters. I'd say if you enjoy travel books and travel memoirs and also like mysteries, this would be a good beach-type read for you.
Really fun. I loved that almost everyone seemed suspicious, although I did have the bad guy pegged after reading less than half. I adored the setting, which made everything slightly creepier. Will definitely read the next one.
Jul 26, 2011 Geri rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lisa Andre and Bev Rinella
This was an absolute delight to read. I am going to look forward to many more novels by this author.
good read and so witty!!
There were two reasons I chose to read this book: 1) the cover that showed it concerned a tour group in Egypt and 2) the gold circle saying it was chosen as best mystery by a new author in 2011. I enjoyed it a lot more than I expected to. First of all, I probably enjoyed it a lot because in November of 2010 I visited Egypt and during that time took a cruise down the Nile with my sister and her husband. We had a guide but were not part of a large tour group. Previously I had taken two bus tours w ...more
❂ Jennifer (reviews on BookLikes)
I liked this book, it is a cozy, but isn't too frivolous or superficial. The main character goes on a tour of Egypt and one of the tour members gets killed the second day in. Of course, all her fellow tour members are acting strangely, creating a perfect gaggle of suspects. The culprits were apparent to me before chapter 5, but I enjoyed the read immensely in spite of this. The backdrop of Egypt is always interesting and Ms. Hamrick does a beautiful job with her descriptions. Most of the charact ...more
Julia  Holden
I thoroughly enjoyed Hamrick's debut mystery, starring cousins Jocelyn and Kyla. Having shared a love of all things mummies back in the day, they seem like perfect companions for a WorldPal tour of Egypt. The descriptions of their fellow tour mates and poor Millie, the deceased, are wonderful. Their reactions to most of the situations ring very true and it is only by accident that Jocelyn reaches certain conclusions and is drawn into the mystery. Although this will probably get shelved with cozy ...more
I was attracted to this because I've long had a wish to see the Pyramids and everything else in Egypt-but my fantasy is really "Death on the Nile", that time period before there were a bunch of cars spewing pollution, and when people had the time to really take a leisurely tour, but I'd still want to carry a bottle of penicillin with me. Anyway, I liked this book a lot, it was an easy read and hard to put down, even though I guessed who the culprits probably were early on. I didn't see Alan's tr ...more
Divorced history teacher Jocelyn and her best friend, cousin, and most constant annoyance Kyla are taking a long-awaited tour of Egypt. Most of their small tour group are congenial, but when one of their number dies mysteriously, Jocelyn gets suspicious. She especially wonders about handsome, single Alan Stratton, who seems to be ignoring beautiful Kyla to focus on plain-Jane Jocelyn. And then there are all the Egyptian salesmen and peddlers who ask her if she's from Utah--that's got to mean som ...more
I really enjoyed this first book by new author, Janice Hamrick. I thought the dialogue was fresh and realistic, and the interaction between main character, Jocelyn and her cousin Kyla rang true. But, towards the end of the book, Jocelyn started to become TSTL. It became increasingly obvious to her who the real culprit was going to turn out to be, but for some reason she ignored all of the evidence and still couldn't see who it was. And it was so obvious!!! The reader didn't know anything Jocelyn ...more
I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway and I am looking forward to sharing it with my mom and sisters. The story was well written. There were enough red herrings in the plot to keep me guessing about whodunit and why. I was slow to warm up the the character Kyla and did guestion if the main character Jocelyn would really like Kyla even if she was her cousin and they had grown up like sisters. At times I did wonder if Jocelyn even liked her but it is an accurate portrayal of family. I have ...more
Death on Tour by Janice Hamrick is a delightful romantic mystery taking place in Egypt. Jocelyn Shore and her cousin Kyla take the vacation of a lifetime on a budget tour. Early on their tour, one of their fellow travelers is found dead. Was it an accident or murder? Between beautiful descriptions of Egypt and the historic sites, the mixture of characters involved, mistaken identities and a romance a wonderful comic mystery evolves. The book was laugh-out-loud funny and a very enjoyable book. I ...more
Jacqueline Corcoran
I haven’t enjoyed a new mystery series in awhile, but I did like Death on Tour very much! Set partially in Austin, TX, but mostly in Egypt, it gives you the vicarious experience of travel on a group tour and is humorous as well with a likeable protagonist. Yes, I did guess the mystery, but even so, Death on Tour deserved to win the Mystery Writers of America/Minotaur Books First Crime Novel Award.
~ Jacqueline Corcoran
Author, Month of Sundays, Backlit, Memoir of Death, Time Witch
A school teacher from Austin, TX has scraped enough money to gether for a trip of a lifetime, an Egymptian tour. But stuff happens!! A first book in a series, the interesting part of it for me was to think about what it would be like to go on one of these tours. I have never been sure it was for me, but there are places one can't go on one's own. This sounded pretty fascinating. And then there was the mystery and the love interest.
Enjoyable cozy mystery about a high school teacher who, after her divorce, goes on a longed-for tour of Egypt with her cousin. When a fellow member of the tour group is killed, she notices oddities about the people on the tour and tries to determine what happened. First in a series (it won an award for First Crime Novel), and future books could have lots of potential if they involve traveling around the world.
Really loved the theme - all the Egypt references and descriptions of the tours. The mystery was ok. I figured both parts before the ending. The protagonist and her sidekick Kyla were ok but I really thought some of their actions were a little off. The romantic story ending felt weak to me. Overall, I gave it three stars and I might read another in the series to see how the characters develop.
This book is a very fun read and has great insight on the typical tour group experience! I loved the main character Jocelyn Shore's humorously sarcastic take on all the absurdities of the other travelers and really enjoyed Hamrick's knowledge of the different destinations. This is by no means a serious or dark mystery novel, but instead is a great lighthearted story that made me laugh many times.
I enjoyed this book. It was a fun, too quick read. We are introduced to a group of diverse characters on a tour in Egypt when one of their group is murdered and then it gets even more interesting. This brought to mind the Elizabeth Peters mystery books that took place in Egypt (although much earlier) which I have missed as there hasn't been a new one for quite a while.
Kat (Kindred Dreamheart)
I am pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed this book. It was-dare I say it-"cozy". Pheeeew, I've never used that word before. And yet it fits. This was without a doubt, so clean it squeaked of normalcy. No paranormal what so ever and I still liked it! My only complaint is I suspected the true villains at least one chapter before Jocelyn.
Selected for me by my 7yo based on the cover alone. "Mom, read this and tell me what it's about. Adult books look so weird." I like it so far.

Finished the book and really enjoyed it. Looking forward to a series. The mystery was not difficult to figure out but the book was entertaining enough to finish. Always a good sign in a mystery novel.
I can see why DEATH ON TOUR was the winner of the St. Martin's / Mystery Writers of America best first mystery novel competition. I had a great time following along with the tour of Egypt that was the backdrop for the mystery, and the best part was getting to know heroine Jocelyn Shore. I'm looking forward to the next in the series.
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Janice Hamrick is the award-winning author of DEATH MAKES THE CUT (2012) and DEATH ON TOUR (2011), which won the Mystery Writers of America/Minotaur Books First Crime Novel competition and was nominated for the Mary Higgins Clark Award. Janice lives in Austin, Texas, with three dogs and cat, and when she is not writing, she spends her time traveling, planning to travel, or plotting murders (usuall ...more
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