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Toured to Death

(Amy's Travel Mystery #1)

3.11  ·  Rating details ·  320 ratings  ·  95 reviews
Book a ticket with this all-new mystery series featuring Amy and Fanny Abel, a spunky mother-and-daughter duo of travel agents who find their mystery tour becoming all too real. . .

while Fanny takes care of the business end of Amy's Travel in New York City, Amy is traipsing around Monte Carlo, managing their first mystery-themed excursion, a road rally in which guests comp
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published January 27th 2015 by Kensington (first published May 2nd 2012)
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Saba N  Taylor
Dec 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Amy, a travel agent, takes a group of tourist on a mystery vacation where they play a game of who-dun-it all over Europe. It starts off a huge success until secrets come out about some of her clients and the fact that her murder game may be based off of a real murder. But she shoulders and gives her clients the bang for their bucks by continuing the game despite attacks, break-ins and more. But things get out of control when one of her clients end up dead and another accused of the murder. Someo ...more
Barb
Dec 11, 2014 rated it liked it
I am a huge fan of cozy mysteries, and I love to travel, so when I saw the first book in a new series that combines the two, I was very excited to read it.

Amy and her mother, Fanny, have started a travel agency that takes murder mystery dinners and parties to the extreme -- group tours with a murder mystery for the group members to figure out before the tour ends. The descriptions of the settings made me want to book my next vacation, and I liked most of the characters, but the story itself seem
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Betty
Jan 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books
Fanny and Amy, a mother and daughter team open a travel agency. They booked a mystery rally tour starting at Monte Carlo and ending Rome. Amy has the clues from the writer so she can place them each day. Before Amy learms the tour is based on an event that occurred 5years ago. She is dismayed to learned the writer was MURDER in New York. In order to saved the tour Amy needs to find the answer. I found the characters interesting as yougo along the race. I had some difficulty in the begining but b ...more
LORI CASWELL
Jan 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
Dollycas’s Thoughts

A traveling whodunit based on a real case, sign me up!

Amy and Fanny are trying to pump some life into Amy’s Travel. Amy hires a man to write a murder mystery game for a tour she has booked to Europe. It will be more of a rally than a race. There are 6 teams of 4, each representing a character in the mystery. Each day the guests will find and follow the clues to try to be able to solve the whodunit by the time they reach the final stop. Sounds like fun but soon there are extra
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Christine
Aug 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cozies
This is the first book in the amys travel mystery series . Amy and her mother organize a murder mystery tour . The tour seems to be going well with the guests competing and putting the clues together. But when an actual murder takes place with it being very similar to the murder the game is based off of it is more than a coincidence. Amy sets out to find the killer and find the connection to the murder that happened years before.

I really wanted to like this book. It looked so interesting. It wa
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Moondance
The fussy little man held out a legal size manila envelope.

Amy's Travel agency creates a new tour known as the Monte Carlo to Rome Mystery Road Rally. Six teams of four players follow clues to a murder mystery. Each team represents a suspect in the story. Amy discovers that the rally is following an actual murder after the death of one of her clients.

The premise of this book sounded so interesting. I just had a hard time reading it. I can generally read a book this size in a few hours. This one
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Rhonda
Jan 27, 2015 rated it really liked it


4 stars


The setting is something that sounds cool to me a Mystery tour set in trip to Europe. The owners are mother and daughter. Fanny and Amy. Amy is leading the tour. Amy is shy and does not like limelight. Fanny is more outgoing and daring.


The murder mystery they find out is based on a real case. The writer after he is paid is murdered back in New York. There is someone following the tour that works for the writer. Amy has no idea who that is. Also no one on the tour knows who the murder is o
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Susan Johnston
Jan 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
What a splendid idea for a mystery. Set up a tour for dyed in the wool mystery buffs, take them to exotic Southern European destinations where they will discover clues to solve a disappearance and murder that begins at the first night banquet of the tour. The fact that the creator of this mystery has taken a real life story and barely changed the names of the participants creates extra excitement. Unexpectedly, however, another element of surprise is added when three people who were present duri ...more
Ann
Feb 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Amy and Fanny are mother daughter who run a travel agency. They are running a mystery car rally that has a real murder. This is the first in a series that has great potential. Since both Amy and Fanny are single there are great opportunities for love and companionship.
Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
I love cozies and this one sounded interesting but I would say this has to be my least favorite cozy I have ever read. It had a lot of potential but I just found it kind of boring and in the end I really didn’t care who done it.

It’s broken up into two different parts. The first part is the game that is being played and it kind of reminds you a bit of clue. Amy has opened her own travel company but instead of just your ordinary getaways she books special themed tours. This one is a murder mystery
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Rebecca
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
I have just recently discovered the cozy mystery genre and so I have been exploring different books and so I was interested in seeing whether or not this one would be one that I would be adding to my list of awesome cozy mystery series to read. I have to say though, the main reason that I picked this book up was because Hy Conrad is one of the writers of Monk, one of my all-time favourite television shows. I kind of had some high expectations for this book and I have to say I was a little let do ...more
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Amy and her mother are starting a tour themed vacations business. The Abel women need this fresh start; they both lost the men in their lives. They also are mystery buffs. So it is appropriate that their first themed tour is a mystery rally from Monte Carlo to Rome. Amy is in Monte Carlo with her 24 guests. They embark on their trip after seeing the opening act of the mysterious disappearance of a wealthy tycoon who just l
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Teddi
Feb 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
I give it 2.5 stars.
I enjoyed part one of the book revolving around the mystery road rally but once the author threw in another murder half way through and changed the location back to New york for part 2, it felt like I was reading a different book. I think there should have been less description which would make it more concise.
I dont really like Amy (which doesnt help any) and i'm not crazy about Marcus either. The other characters only feel like sketches (and there are a lot of them)
Lastly,
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Caitlin Copp
Jan 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: august-2016
Amy and her mom, Fanny run a travel business in New York. Their recent adventures is a mystery game set in Monte Carlo. The tour is going well until Amy learns that Otto, the mystery tour writer is killed. Amy works on solving the mystery from abroad while Fanny works on in the US. At the very end of the tour one of their own tour members is killed and another arrested for the murder. The second half of the book is set back in New York after Amy returns. She, Fanny and the rest of the tour membe ...more
Cathy
Jan 30, 2015 rated it liked it
I was so excited when I first found this book. But it slowly became a chore for me to finish reading it. And to be honest, by the middle of the book, I really could care less who had committed the murder. There was just too much going on in this story. I never felt any connection with any of the characters. Glad I finally finished it. Won't be reading any more books by this author.
Mary  (Biblophile)
Although I liked this book and found it to be fairly well written, I found myself not particularly caring for or about the mother-daughter team who ran the tour company. The mother was overbearing, nosy, and intrusive while the daughter was indecisive and waffled over every little decision. That said, I will probably read the next in the series as it does have potential.
Randa
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
Solid 2 1/2 stars. Series has potential. In a nutshell... Whodunit mystery travel agency with "real" death debacle. Characters ok, can see growth. Would like to get more details about the places visited on tour to add more color to the story.
Betsy
Apr 04, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book has little to recommend it except for the travel in Italy and the scenes of New York City. The characters, especially Amy, Fanny, and Holly are horrible. Even the twist at the end was corny.
Mary
Aug 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
I did not care for his book. It took too long to get to the point of the story.

I would not recommend it to friends and I will not be looking to read any other books in this series.

I am going to go to my August challenge now.

Joan Mueller
Apr 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Fun book but did not inspire me to look for more in the series
Anthony Yvonnica
Apr 11, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up-on
Did not, could not, finish the book. Too boring.
Patricia
I never finished this book; I got 3/4 of the way through and gave up
Beth
Aug 30, 2017 rated it liked it
The idea of a mystery set around the theme of travel was intriguing to me, but this book fell somewhat short, IMO. Amy Abel and her mother own a travel agency in New York's Greenwich Village. Amy plans an upscale murder mystery road rally tour - sort of like attending a mystery dinner and trying to solve it but in this case the story extended over about a week and several places (Monte Carlo, Rome, etc.) with teams working together. It was a fun premise, but I think this book tried to do too muc ...more
Jessi
Amy and Fanny Abel run a travel agency, one that's high end and creative. For this trip, Amy is leading a group of people around Europe in a cross of a murder mystery dinner and the Great Race. What she doesn't know is that the author based the mystery on a real disappearance. AND that someone (some ones?) who were at the first mystery are also present on Amy's trip. Too bad the author of this mystery is killed in the first chapter of the book.

I just did NOT like either Fanny Abel nor did I like
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Linda C
Jun 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: european, mystery, travel
Amy Abel's Travel company has arranged a mystery travel rally from Monte Carlo to Rome with a group of 24 participants forming 6 teams to solve the murder mystery. On the day the tour begins in Monte Carlo the creator of the game is murdered in NYC. But the game is all set and the tour continues. It soon becomes apparent to some of the members that the game is based on a real murder that occurred 5 years prior. The game proceeds with some unscheduled events along the way. The first half of the b ...more
Sandra Hernandez
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a great first book I liked Amy she was a interesting character. I loved the idea of doing a travel tour but based off a murder mystery honestly I would be interested in being involved in something like that. It reminds me of those short ones where they have mystery dinner but more involved. This book was in two parts the first was in Italy and them getting the mystery than the second part is back in the United States. I wish Fanny was around more in the first part but since she was in t ...more
Genevieve Bomes
This book didn't have many redeeming qualities. It was very slow going, and the characters were not well written. The book seemed choppy jumping all over the place. By the middle I had given up caring who had committed any of the murders. For me I always like the love interest in a cozy mystery or at least the hint of one. In this book I didn't even care if they got together or not. The surprise twist at the end seemed contrived and trying to make it modern day. The descriptions of the surroundi ...more
Jenny
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
I just really wasn't that engaged with any of the characters. The one I liked the most end up being the victim. I just felt like the main characters (Amy and Fanny) had very little development. Perhaps, since this is going to be a series, more development will take place in following items. The romance was rushed, somewhat unbelievable, and just unnecessary. I felt like there was too much travelogue and not enough mystery.
Lisa
Sep 03, 2018 rated it liked it
A cozy mystery type book with a setting that travels around the world on a mystery tour where the tourists solve a mystery by finding clues at each stop. Trying to solve the mystery will keep you reading and there's a big surprise at the end! This is a different take on the familiar cozy mystery.
Suzanne
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars - I loved the premise of the book and was enjoying the first half when the road rally mystery tour was ongoing. The book was more than a little confusing between the real-life mystery enacted through the scripted mystery - just too many characters. I did like the main characters and still have high hopes for the rest of the series as this is such a fun concept.
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Cozy Mystery Corner : Amy's Travel Mystery (Toured to Death) by Hy Conrad 10 42 Sep 16, 2015 12:03PM  

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Hy Conrad was one of the original writers for the television series, Monk. He worked on the show for all eight seasons, the final two as Co-Executive Producer, and received three Edgar Nominations from the Mystery Writers of America for “Best TV Series.” Conrad took over the novel series based on the TV show Monk in 2013.

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