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Pasta Imperfect: A Passport to Peril Mystery (Passport to Peril #3)

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  405 ratings  ·  37 reviews

The discount travel package to Italy seemed like a great deal: Emily Andrew could lead her globe-trotting Iowans on the trip of a lifetime and bring her family to boot. Maybe she should have read the fine print....Sharing their itinerary with a group of hyper-competitive aspiring romance writers is just a prelude to more Machiavelli
ebook, 320 pages
Published August 1st 2004 by Pocket Books (first published July 27th 2004)
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This installment in the Passport of Peril series is another wacky ride with tour guide Emily Andrew. This time, her troupe of senior citizens attacks Italy, joining up with a group of romance writers in competition for a coveted prize. When the contestants start dying off, Emily knows she’s got another case on her hands. Murder and mayhem ensue amid wonderful travelogue descriptions of the scenery and shopping. While I enjoyed these details, the story started out a bit too slapstick comedy for m ...more
Pasta Imperfect by Maddy Hunter is the 3rd book in A Passport to Peril mystery series. Tour escort, Emily Andrews, is escorting her Iowan travel group to Italy where they have joined a group of romance writers. Unfortunately she needs to deal with several disasters and accidents as well as multiple deaths. A funny and entertaining book. I loved meeting up with all the quirky characters, especially nanna and Emily's ex transgender husband, Jackie. We also meet Emily's mother who has joined the to ...more
Jenn C
"I found employment ... as the well-paid coordinator for its Senior Travel Club. I arrange day-trips ... and holidays abroad. Then I get to accompany the group as an official escort. It's a dream job that suffers only one major drawback.

People keep dying on me."
(pp. 10-11)

Poor Emily! She and her group of seniors from Iowa travel to Italy as Emily settles into her role as tour escort - but fails to leave the murder and mayhem behind (her penchant for finding dead bodies is becoming a running in-
This wasn't the best of the series but it was still interesting. There were too many other people in this one and I felt that there were a lot of underdeveloped/underused characters. AND she really needs to hook up with Etienne!
Katherine Decker
I really enjoyed this book and finished it in less than a day. Part of a fun series, I think it also works as a stand alone. Emily's problems begin early with the addition of her mother to the tour and then the hotel burning down. Her Iowa group is traveling with a group of romance writer which adds to the drama. As the bodies begin to pile up, I wonder if perhaps some should switch to writing mysteries. The writing was excellent as always and the addition of tour guide Duncan makes for a fun re ...more
In this, the third book in Maddy Hunter's funny Passport to Peril Series, Emily Andrew escorts her group of senior citizens from Iowa on a trip to Italy. Also on the trip are a bunch of would be romance authors. As usual, calamity strikes early and often starting with Emily's suitcase getting lost and their hotel burning down. But things really heat up when the publishing company sponsoring the trip holds a contest where the prize is a book contract with a cash advance of $10,000. Some people wi ...more
Feb 23, 2011 BJ rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: I would not recommend it
This is book #3 in the Passport to Peril Mystery series. I picked this book because I love books set in Italy and because of the reviews for the previous books in this series. Reviewers of previous books in this series described them as "hilarious and delightful", "light and witty" and even compared the author to Janet Evanovich who is one of my favorite authors. Sadly, I did not find any of this to be true of this cozy. I had to force myself to finish reading it. I did not find it funny or ente ...more
As always there's a lot of fun in these books but they also rely a bit too much on stereotypes to become a favorite. Emily and her gang of senior travelers are in Italy this time and the interaction between the seniors traveling always gives me a chuckle. They are joined by a romance writer convention and I have to admit that some of this fell flat for me. The mystery itself kind of confused me truthfully. There were a lot of deaths but it seemed like only one murder? And it was solved out of le ...more
When Emily escorts a tour for her Nana and those other weird Iowan seniors to Italy they are joined by a group a romance writers. As Emily's luck would have it, her luggage is lost. When the hotel burns down, Emily thinks this was actually lucky, since her luggage arrives after the fire. But NO. Now all the writers are borrowing her new outfits.

The sponsor of the romance writers' tour decides to make up for the fire by having a writing contest with the winner guaranteed to be published. With th
It’s Emily’s third trip with her Iowan Seniors! This time, Emily’s mom joins the group, much to the dismay of Nana who has her own plans with George on this trip! I can be very short on this review this time. I loved the book due to the characters! The mystery itself was…. rather weak and not really fantastic. However, Emily and her seniors make the book a fun read again! I took some time to read it, because I was busy, busy, busy but all in all it is a very quick read and it just one that you h ...more
An intense romance writing competition with a group of over-sensitive writers in Italy is what Emily Andrews has to contend with after her luggage goes missing, their hotel burns to the ground and a couple of dead bodies plague them on their tour. The usual mayhem to follow.

I can’t seem to get enough of this series. It really is the perfect set of books to take travelling with you when you want an escapist read that is light, humorous and fun. And it really doesn’t matter how your vacation is go
I have read this book before and definitely enjoyed it just as much the second time.
More traveling antics in Italy.
Fire in hotel.
Interesting characters.
I can't read this. The characters are stupid, shallow, addle-brained ignoramuses, or to put it in the great C.M. Kornbluth's words, "marching morons". The dialogue is so dumb that if I were to hear it in a train, I would move from my seat to get away from these idiots.

I read the first one in the series because I got a later one in the series at a free book swap, but I'll be passing it along unread. There are so many other books in the world worth my precious reading time.

I give it 2 stars, for c
This paled in comparison to Alpine for You, Hunter's debut in the Passport to Peril series It paled, and then it rolled over, vomited, spontaneously combusted, and died. The writing is formulaic and the characters are not much more than a series of quirks and tics. I found myself not really caring whodunnit or why, since we never get a chance to know these people. You want funny sexy mysteries, read the Jennifer Crusie/Bob Mayer novels.
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How many disasters and lunacy have to happen in the first few chapters before a book becomes a farce? That's a question you'll be asking if you read this book. I wanted to like it, to have fun with the concept, but it's a bit too zany and slapstick to make it an enjoyable cozy.
This book was an amusing romp - very entertaining. Much of the plot seemed highly improbable to me, so you've got to sit back and just enjoy the humor. So while it lived up to its name (imperfect), I'd still read another Maddy Hunter book given the chance. :)
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It was so-so. The author is very good with character development, and I get a hoot out of the whole cast of characters, but I found the mystery itself was weak and disjointed.

I'll keep reading the rest in the series, but it won't be for the mysteries, I think.
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
This is the 3rd in a series about a woman from Iowa that is the travel companion for a large group of senior citizens and people always manage to die on her guided trips! As always, she figures out who the killer is but not without a few close calls.
Sandra Hernandez
I remember reading this book earlier this year, but I guess I've been distracted to write a review. I know this book wasn't to bad. But to be honest though I remember reading it, I can not remember every detail other than the romance competition.
Mar 06, 2009 Jodi rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cozy mystery readers who like to travel
Recommended to Jodi by: no one
Shelves: humor, italy, cozy-mystery
I'm continuing to read the Passport to Peril series of cozy mysteries. This was one of the funnier ones I've read, and I could definitely identify with the problem of losing one's luggage on vacation. I'll keep reading the series, for sure.
This was really just an enjoyable read. The plotting was good, and the characterizations were well-developed. I just did not feel involved as I read.
My Rating System:
* couldn't finish, ** wouldn't recommend, *** would recommend, **** would read again, ***** have read again.
A so so passport to peril mystery. I found Emily's frustrations frustrating to read, and not as funny as previous books.
Another fun read in this series of murder mysteries. This series includes more humor than most books in this genre.
Fun whodunnit with a list of possible suspects that keeps changing. Light and entertaining.
Took me longer than I thought. Part of the passport to peril series.
This series is a laugh out loud one. It keeps getting better and better.
this is the third one and so far they are clean, some inuendo but very funny...
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