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Pasta Imperfect

(Passport to Peril #3)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  591 ratings  ·  51 reviews
IT WAS AN OFFER SHE COULDN'T REFUSE....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 Machiavellian ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 27th 2004 by Pocket Books
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Lauri Saplad
Emily Andrew, tour escort extraordinaire, strikes again! Hysterical comedy of errors in Italy when a bunch of elderly seniors meet up with some romance writers & miscellaneous other folk on the tour from hell. There's a hotel fire, tourists dropping like flies, lost luggage and snarky females galore in this one, but Emily handles is all with her wacky sense of humor and good grace. The mystery is so twisty, you'll never guess whodunnit til the very end. ...more
Genevieve Bomes
Jun 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I do like this series. I love Emily and the way trouble goes with her where ever she goes. I am kind of tired of Jackie and Etienne but love Gran and the other old folk on the trips. The story was fun and kept me guessing to the end. I wish we could get Emily with someone who I could get excited about maybe in the next book. Course the book ended on a question what had Etienne said to her on the phone.
Sep 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
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
Aug 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
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! ...more
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked it. Not as much as the previous ones though. It was a bit confused, too many coincidences taking place beside the actual crimes and Emily got it wrong too many times.
There’s a new guy competing for Emily. Despite myself, I like him. He seemed more real than Etienne. I would wish Etienne to be more involved into the story lines, maybe that would make him more real and less such a bag of Klischees and contradictions.
Aug 05, 2018 rated it liked it
This was an odd little mystery. If you like a story with lots of red herrings and a life lesson about jumping to conclusions, this is the book for you. The whole thing felt a bit too artificial for my taste. It was almost like the author was writing for a movie or a tv show, with rich visual imaging in the
place of content. This is not meant to be a criticism, it's just that the story, the setting and the characters work better when you close your eyes and visualize what is happening.
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cara Young
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Such a great pick-me-up series!
A fun read

I enjoyed this book, but not quite as much as book 2 in the series. Jackie is fun, as is Nana, but a lot of the other characters didn't do it for me.
Christa (haines) Sheridan
A little silly, but fun to read. This one was better than #2 in the series. I'll continue with them. I'm going to believe that Emily gets less awkward as the series progresses. ...more
Linda Lugar
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
These books are so fun!!! I can't wait to go to Hawaii with them next! ...more
Stephanie Luce
Jul 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another fun adventure with Emily, Nana, and Jackie.
Jul 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2005
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
Jenn C
Jun 18, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015, mystery
"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-
Diane ~Firefly~
Feb 08, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
I'm pretty sure I never want to go on a tour with Emily as dead bodies are commonplace. But the group of senior from Iowa are fun to read about.

This time the group joined a romance writing tour (got a special) of Italy but people keep falling to their death. Emily's mother comes along which is putting a kink in her grandmother's romantic plans and Etienne only shows up in phone calls.

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Dec 31, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Mar 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: library, mystery, cozy, humor
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
Apr 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 05, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Katherine Decker
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 11, 2011 added it
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. ...more
Jan 27, 2014 rated it liked it
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Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
Oct 12, 2007 rated it really liked it
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.
Mar 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
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.
Mar 23, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: cozy, mystery
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. ...more
❂ Murder by Death
Sep 28, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
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.
Aug 13, 2011 added it
Shelves: 2006
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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