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Alpine for You

(Passport to Peril #1)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  1,312 ratings  ·  126 reviews
A TRIP TO DIE FOR...Accompanying her grandmother on a seniors tour of Switzerland, Emily Andrew had envisioned a vacation straight out of a travel brochure: spectacular scenery, great food, and a classy European hotel, all worlds away from her rural Iowa hometown. But her dream trip quickly snowballs into mayhem when smooth-talking tour escort Andy Simon is found dead. To ...more
Paperback, 246 pages
Published January 28th 2003 by Pocket Books
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Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Even though it was tough to finish, and even though I didn't understand some of the jokes in this cozy mystery, I knew that I would award the book a praiseworthy rating. At first I didn't like the sentence structure of the book, as the style of the author was to give way to lengthy sentences that lacked that cutting edge, the je ne sais quoi of good writing, and anyway I'd rather end my sentence here because of something to do with stones and glass houses.

I had an inkling that the crime - the fi
Jul 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommended to Christine by: Luffy suggests for buddy read
3.5 stars (rounded to 3 stars)

One of my Goodreads friends wished to buddy read a cozy mystery with me. Though I am usually immersed in a good thriller and haven’t read a cozy since polishing off my last Nancy Drew mystery a few decades ago, I was game.

Alpine for You revolves around 29-year-old Emily, who gets roped into being an escort for a group of Iowan elders touring Switzerland. During the group’s first night at the hotel, a murder takes place. There is no dearth of suspects.

Though this i
May 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
If you need a laugh, Alpine for You is your book! Hilarious ensemble cast of characters and likeable heroine, a smattering of romance and an interesting murder mystery that isn't smothered by the "theme" like so many other recent cozy series. Most of all, if you've traveled overseas and had some less-than-satisfactory experiences, you are going to love this.

Our main character, Emily, is hilarious and never runs out of witty, snarky comments. Some people might find it a bit too heavy-going in the
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Apr 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really give this book 4.5 stars. I love this series. This is the first one in the Passport to Peril series. I have read others and you do not need to read them in order. Emily Andrews reminds me so much of Stephanie Plum in the Evanovich books that I laugh out loud. Everything that could go wrong, goes wrong, but in the end, she comes out smiling. There is also the handsome guy who sees her in the worst possible scenarios, but still wants her anyway. In this book, Emily is accompanying her Nan ...more
Amy Igou
Oct 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
This book was a hoot. There were some zingers about people from Iowa (which as an Iowan, I completely understand and loved) -- like only with the Iowa group could you still be 20 minutes early and still be the last one there. Felt like I was home again!

Just overall a fun read, especially if you are in the mood for a book to make you smile. Great cozy!
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Starts out almost too cutesy but gets outright hilarious after awhile. I couldn't stop laughing after the hallway attack scene with the mask - don't want to give too much away, but good grief. Fun times. I'd be giving several businesses a bad Yelp rating though.... ...more
Oct 20, 2017 rated it did not like it
This is, without a doubt, one of the worst books I've ever read. Terribly written, with an insufferable main character and equally unbearable supporting characters. The constant referring to the toilet as the potty, and "Uff da" made me want to poke a sharp stick into my brain. Oh, and the never-ending jokes about "The Dicks" ... a ha ha. Hilarious.

I feel like the author had a bad trip to Switzerland and used this book to air her grievances. Constant complaints about the weather, the food, the S
Lauri Saplad
Excellent story -- classic comedy of errors! Emily's life isn't going all that great. She got her degree in theatre arts and went off to New York to conquer Broadway. She landed a role, met a man and got married. What could be more perfect? Well, it would've been if Jack didn't borrow her underwear and then run off with another man! Emily went back to her hometown in Iowa, got the marriage annulled & joined community theatre. Now she finds herself accompanying her Nana on a seniors tour of Switz ...more
Jun 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really, really enjoyed this book. Sorta reminded me of Stephanie Plum a little bit. Great pace and great story. Cannot wait to get my hands on the next book.
Deanie Nelder
Jan 03, 2021 rated it liked it
After losing her job, ex-Broadway actress Emily Andrew moves home to Iowa, and ends up accompanying her grandmother on a senior citizen tour of Switzerland. There, the mysterious death of one of the tour groups sets off a series of events that put the lives of everyone on the tour at risk.

This is the start of the Passport to Peril series, where Emily Andrew starts her new job as an escort for senior citizen tour groups (which, apparently, frequently includes murderers). The mystery part itself i
Bonnie Drummond
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Alpine for You ( 1BOOK IN THE MYSTERY SERIES A PASSPORT TO PERIL MYSTERY BY: Maddy Hunter ) was a read that will have you laughing out loud and wanting to go on the trip with the GOLDEN TRIANGLE TOUR GROUP to Switzerland, you would never get board with this group of Senior Citizen's from Iowa. If it wasn't for Emily Andrews be in a stand in escort for the group after the untimely death of Adrew the first escort I don't think this trip would have bin any good for the group. At least Emily was try ...more
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In Alpine for You by Maddy Hunter, Emily Andrew travels to Switzerland with her grandmother’ senior citizen group from Iowa. When they arrive, Emily is unhappy to learn that she has been assigned to room with Andrew Simon, the lecherous escort for the group. It takes a while for the hotel to sort things out, so by the time Emily gets to the dining room for dinner, scheduled for 6:00, it is 6:04, incurring the scorn of all the Iowans, who consider anything after half an hour early to be late. Wha ...more
Oct 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
A quick read, a cozy mystery, and a snappy, laugh-out-loud story, this book is all of that. An almost thirty, out-of-work, divorced young woman accompanies her grandmother on a bank-sponsored senior citizen tour of Lucerne, Switzerland. When the tour escort from the bank ends up dead, and then a couple of other tour members succumb as well (by accident or by design?) the young woman, Emily Andrew, tries to piece together the clues. A sexy Swiss police detective adds some spice to the tale. Being ...more
Apr 11, 2013 rated it did not like it
I can't say what I really thought of this book - I'd be thrown off GR! Suffice it to say this is probably the worst cozy I have ever read. I'm not sure why I kept reading since I usually cut bad books off at 50 or 100 pages (depending on the size of the book). The main character was the dumbest woman I have ever met and that's saying something! The best character in the book was her grandmother who was at least humorous. Needless to say I don't recommend this book and I won't be reading any more ...more
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book was a bit too silly for me. I felt as though the author had a party and had people write the most ridiculous things that could happen on a trip and then tried to use as many of these ideas as possible in one book. I enjoy the silly and the funny, but this was just stupid. And the main character just seemed to be an idiot. Instead of laughing at the events I was expected to find funny I just rolled my eyes. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood but I felt like this was trying too hard and jus ...more
Jenn C
May 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015, mystery
Maddy Hunter is becoming one of my favourite authors!

This is my third outing with the series (despite this being the first in the series), and it was as funny as the rest. Emily is cluelessly adorable, even while she's attempting to solve the mystery. As always, the reader can count on some giggles from the seniors - despite such a large cast of characters, they are done well enough that you're not overwhelmed with people.
May 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
This series of books is hysterical and the heroin is named Emily! She is stuck taking a group of senior citizens on vacations and there is always something happening along with the usual crime. These are a great set of afternoon giggles books! All I can ever think of is Emily having to take us all on trips and losing us!
Aug 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozies
This is the first book in the passport to peril series. This is a new series for me. I enjoyed this book. Emily Andrew accompanies her grandmother on a seniors tour of Switerland. After the tour escort is murdered Emily steps in to fill his shoes. This was fun to read. I enjoyed the charqacters and the humor that came with them. This is a series that I will definitely be continuing.
Apr 18, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: light-mystery
Finished this book but have to say that I didn't like the cover, didn't like the characters, found the story unbelievable and I don't think the author liked the setting. It could be so much better than it is. I can't beleive there is a whole series!
Feb 14, 2013 rated it liked it
completely unbelievable and completely silly but still an okay read.
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, 2017

I loved this series when I read it--gosh, probably 15 years ago. It was a real letdown this time.

Emily Andrews is taking a tour of Switzerland with her grandma and a bunch of other senior citizens. Somebody dies, but it's not one of the old people.

Here's what I like about this book:
1. The person who dies deserves it. This is also what I like about Murder, She Wrote, that the murder victim is so terrible that you don't feel bad about his/her death. I like things uncomplicated, okay?
2. Emily's n
May 12, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm heading off to Switzerland for holiday and wanted to read a cozy mystery set in Switzerland. If you're a fan of wacky comedies (think I Love Lucy), than you'll like this cozy mystery. Emily Andrew accompanies her grandmother on a senior group from Windsor City on their vacation to Switzerland. Everything, and I mean everything, goes wrong for Emily. Unfortunately, I found Emily is so annoying and whiney that I was ok with shit happening to her. Anyway, soon the tour escort is killed, secrets ...more
Jun 11, 2019 rated it liked it
I saw this in one of the right columns on Amazon and checked it out. Hunter has written a series of very lightweight books about a young woman (Emily Andrew) who accompanies her grandmother on senior citizen travels around the world, 'cause Grandma won the lottery and has lots of money and wants to spend it. This, book 1, takes them to Switzerland, where there are three murders over the course of 272 pages, bad luck following Emily around everywhere until she meets the handsome Etienne, police o ...more
Eleanor J Knightly
Oct 23, 2019 rated it did not like it
Technically this was a DNF for me, which isn't common I'll say. The main girl, Emily, had no personality outside of her desperation for a man, and I can't even remember the detective's name he was so basic pretty boy. I had a hard time connecting to and imagining any of these characters because all of them were just elderly Iowans (Which I might add, being from Iowa is NOT a personality trait, the stereotyping of the midwest in this book was blatantly ridiculous and I don't understand how a Wisc ...more
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
A fun read, with a very funny narrative voice from Emily. I also enjoyed the hilarious supportive characters.
Now, as a Swiss, I do have to criticize the picture the author drew of us. Of course I know she overexagerated some cliches and faults, but it sometimes shot a bit over the line overall. I especially doubt a SWISS tour stays that long in the same area to then venture over to Germany before exploring other regions of Switzerland. Then again, these are Americans, so I guess all bets are off
TX Dee
Jan 02, 2019 rated it liked it
This book was well-written enough but I had to really "suspend my disbelief" on this one. At first, I loved it with the funny jabs at my fellow Minnesotans but it quickly got old. The mix-ups with the rooms got way beyond belief fast. I've also visited Switzerland many times and the stereotypes were not accurate, which just goes to show why you shouldn't go in for stereotypes, eh? Of course, I can't totally fault any book that has characters saying "uff da" in it, one of my favorite expressions, ...more
Aug 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed it overall because of travel theme, but I don't enjoy when SO, SO many bad things happen to the protagonist. Even more I disliked the way they portrayed Switzerland & the Swiss people. I have been there many times, as well as a number of other places in the world while working at an airline, and Switzerland is one of my top 3 favorites in the world (top 3 roate, lol). This book made it sound like a dreary horror show. Couldn't be further from the truth. I did enjoy that there was humor i ...more
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-books
Probably 3 1/2 stars but I enjoyed this book. A number of laugh out loud exchanges.

A quirky group of elderly tourists on a group tour to Switzerland. A very attractive policeman who finds the youngest tour member (late twenties...early thirties) attractive and seems to conclude on no evidence that she couldn't possibly be the murderer -- not good police work but great for a book series.

Won't win any awards for fidelity to crime investigation but a good, quick read. I will try more in this seri
Sep 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
After an embarrassing marriage annulment and discovering her employer was a fraud, Emily Andrew is looking forward to a relaxing vacation in Switzerland with her grandmother and a group of seniors. Unfortunately, trouble seems to follow Emily. After the tour escort is found murdered, Emily steps up to fill his job and find his murderer.

My favorite aspect of this book is the humor. I laughed out loud numerous times at the group's antics. The group of seniors are loveable and endearing. The myste
Vanessa Mozayani
Jan 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Alpine for You revolves around 29-year-old Emily, who gets roped into being an escort for a group of Iowan elders touring Switzerland. During the group’s first night at the hotel, a murder takes place. This book has some hilarious characters and a likeable heroine. An enjoyable book - I look forward to reading more in this series.
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