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Top O' the Mournin'

(Passport to Peril #2)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  670 ratings  ·  64 reviews
WHEN IRISH EYES ARE LYIN'...Emily Andrew is earning some much-needed green by navigating the twisting roads of Ireland with a group of seniors, including her beloved Nana. But once the hearty troupe from Iowa lands on Irish sod, trouble starts brewing: there's a death-defying incident with a horse-drawn carriage . . . and a gender-bending encounter with Emily's ex-husband ...more
Paperback, 293 pages
Published July 29th 2003 by Pocket Books
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Cait S
Mar 04, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
I read the first book in this series earlier this year and really enjoyed it. I related to how Midwestern the characters were, all their little quirks were super accurate. The romance was even tolerable, which for me, says a lot.

So I was looking forward to getting to this one, the second in the series.

I dropped it two chapters in.

You can call me oversensitive if you need to but basing an entire book about being a raging transphobe...isn't funny. Misgendering a transwoman every time you speak to
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
After surviving a trip to Switzerland, Emily flies her way to Ireland with a group of seniors and a new waterproof watch in tow in the second installment of the Passport to Peril series. She finds herself staying in a haunted castle with her ex, her group of seniors, and a (allegedly) webbed foot killer. I cannot stress how hilarious this series is. Every time I think I’m all laughed out, a new series of hilarious events unfold.

All of the characters are hilarious in their own way. I think that e
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017, mystery

Can we talk about how much I hate puns?

I think this book is an improvement over the first, but there's still a ways to go. The screwball comedy attempts are less forced; on the other hand, there's a trans character, & I'm not sure how to feel about her portrayal. It seems like Hunter's mining the I'm-new-to-this-body stuff for comedic effect, not to mention that main character/terrible amateur sleuth Emily used to be married to her, before she came out as trans. I'm trying to rememb
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, cozy
The humor in this series is just my cup of tea, especially when I need a lift. Emily Andrew, a young, unemployed actress, takes a job leading her grandmother and friends from Iowa on paid tours around the world—the first book through Switzerland, and this one through Ireland, including a haunted Irish castle. Now, generally, I dislike humor at the expense of seniors, especially now that I am one, but this writer makes me LOL. I find the seniors endearing and the voice of the first-person narrato ...more
This series strikes me as what Emily Toll didn't quite manage to do with her Booked for Travel stories. I like the characters, and bits of it are laugh-out loud funny. I knocked off a star as it dragged slightly towards the end and the running joke of the heroine and her boyfriend trying to get together was getting a bit stale by then. ...more
Jul 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Join Emily in her trip to greener then green Ireland in this second book by Maddy Hunter! I loved the first book which was set in Switzerland and I couldn't wait to start with this one either.
After Emily has lived through the Switzerland vacation it's now time for her, Nana and the troupe of Iowan Seniors to set out to Ireland. At the hotel where they will spent their first night, Emily meets her ex-husband Jack, who we learned in the first book loved to wear Emily's lingerie. Now, he is better
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
I didn't enjoy this one nearly as much as the first.

I'm from the South. And I say "y'all." A lot. After the pet peeve of spelling y'all wrong, using it to refer to one person is at the top of my list. Y'all is a contraction for "you all." Contracting it, it appears thus: y'all. NOT ya'll. This mistake is super common. Luckily, this book didn't make THIS mistake. But the annoying Southern woman CONSTANTLY referred to one person as y'all. It's a contraction of YOU ALL. Referring to one person wit
Feb 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, mystery, cozy
Emily and her group of senior Iowan tourists discover murder in an Irish caste this time around. I like cozy mysteries in between angstier/darker reads. This series is fun because due to the same basic core group of travelers you get a small town cozy feel but since they are on tour you also get to hear about other places. I ended up looking up some of the sights in Ireland that they visited and certainly hope to be able to get there one day. Etienne, the hunky Swiss detective from book one, is ...more
Lauri Saplad
I am loving the Maddy Hunter Passport to Peril series! Our heroine, Emily, is a tour escort for her little town's bank senior tours. So far she's been to Switzerland (dead bodies galore!) and now visits the Emerald Isle where dead people just magically seem to appear! Throw in a sexy Swiss-Italian hunk, assorted Midwesterners in their golden years, a bunch of New Yorkers including Emily's ex-husband, Jack... Only now she's called Jackie because of her recent gender reassignment surgery -- and hi ...more
May 08, 2016 rated it liked it
This book had some good moments. It was funny in places and there were some interesting little twists, but the plot was odd, there were several missed opportunities to make the story more suspenseful and there was no way the reader could figure out whodunit. In short, it was an okay story that could have been much better if the author had turned down the cozy and turned up the mystery.
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
Aug 14, 2007 rated it really liked it
2nd in a series about a woman from Iowa that is an escort for senior citizens that travel to various places. This time they were in Ireland and as luck seems to follow her, there were several dead bodies and a mystery to solve!
Mar 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was just as good as the first! What a great little series this is turning out to be. Cannot wait to see what shenanigans go on in the third book.
May 29, 2018 rated it liked it
In Top O’ the Mournin’ by Maddy Hunter, Emily Andrew is leading a senior citizen tour group from Iowa to Ireland with her nana also on the tour. Upon arriving, Emily gets in the elevator to go to her room and is joined by a striking woman from the New York group. The woman soon recognizes Emily and introduces herself as Jack, now Jackie, Emily’s ex- husband who has now become a woman and is on her honeymoon. After this surprising development, Emily goes to her room, where she opens the door to a ...more
Jun 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
I was curious about the second in this series, especially since we HAVE been to Ireland. Emily is now a tour guide and traveling with most of the people from the first book, this time to Ireland. I didn't realize that this was pretty much the same story, with a different locale (N. Ireland, where we have not been). Between Book 1 and Book 2, Emily and Etienne have carried on a love affair via email and he has decided to take this tour too, only despite many attempts to have a romantic evening to ...more
Laura Durham
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I should start out by saying that I love this series, and I'm so thrilled that it was revived by Midnight Ink. Maddy Hunter is a lovely writer and a damn funny one. Like all of the books in the Passport to Peril mysteries, this book is laugh-out-loud funny with lovable and hilarious characters.

The premise is wonderful. Emily Andrews gets roped into acting as a tour escort for her Nana's midwestern senior group. Nana and her friends are a hoot. It's fun to have the books set in a different count
May 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Major trigger warning: a lot of the comedy of this book revolves around Emily’s ex-partner who shows up in this book as a recently transitioned woman. While the book never mocks her or casts moral judgement, she is a ditzy character who is often involved in screwball antics. I found the comedy pretty enjoyable and the relationship between Emily and Jackie to be respectful, but it definitely teetered at times and I think it would be triggering for some.

I really liked this silly murder mystery. Th
Genevieve Bomes
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Emily and her tour group of senior citizens are off to Ireland and stay at a haunted castle. Emily's boyfriend from Switzerland Etienne shows up as does Emily's ex husband who is transgender and now a woman.
I love this story. I love Emily, Nana, and all the assorted senior citizens who are on the trip. I loved Jackie who was Jack and the descriptions of the characters are wonderful. I love the story line what is there missed, death, ghosts, bloody footprints and an old castle. The story is humor
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another very enjoyable read! Love Emily’s funny voice and the hilarious recurring characters. This time, her ex-husband Jack now turned into Jackie is joining the cast and sure causes a lot of mayhem.
The case itself wasn’t as interesting as in the first one though, I hope this will be more thrilling again in the next one. Let’s see what Italy has in store for her and Etienne.
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Kaiti Laughlin
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love this heroine, and the hijinks are laugh-out-loud funny.
Janet Robel
May 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
I'm not sure about this one. Some parts were interesting and kept me reading, while others not so much. I did like Emily, but I don't know if I would read any others in this mystery series. ...more
Linda Lugar
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I would give this 4.5 stars... I really enjoy Emily and her Grandma... grandma is a hoot!! I can't wait to go on more trips with them! ...more
Debra B.
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Third book I read in this series. Always entertaining.
Jul 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
3.5 stars. Not as good as the first book, but I still enjoyed it, largely because I adore Emily and her Nana, as well as some new characters we meet. I'm happy to say that, like the first installment, Top O' the Mournin' is chock full of humour. Never a boring moment.

This time, Emily and her group of Iowans are off to Ireland, and her hunk of a Swiss boyfriend, Etienne, has signed up for the tour with some alone time with Emily in mind. One of the things I loved about Alpine for You was the grea
Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2005
In this second installment in Maddy Hunter's enjoyable Passport to Peril mystery series, Emily Andrews escorts a group of senior citizens from Iowa on a trip to Ireland. The trip starts out in typical madcap fashion as Emily lands in the water when her horse and buggy driver falls asleep after drinking too much. Emily's trip starts to get better when Etienne Micelli, whom she met in Switzerland, arrives to spend some quality time with her. If only she can keep him away from her ex-husband Jack, ...more
We are off to Ireland with tour escort Emily Andrew.
Emily is escorting a group of senior citizens from Iowa on
the tour. Her Nana is going along on the excursion.
The adventure begins when the driver of the horse and
buggy, Emily and Nana are riding in falls asleep from
drinking. The horse with buggy plus Emily and the driver
end up in a pond.
Then the bus driver of the tour bus is a substitute with no
bus driving experience.
One of the tour stops is Ballybantry Castle where the tour
will spend a few
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Apr 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
In this second Passport to Peril book, Emily Andrews and her group of senior citizens from Iowa head off to Ireland. When they arrive in Dublin they find out they are staying at a 5 star hotel. When Emily asks how they can afford it, the tour director, Ashley, informs her that they can stay there because the castle they will be staying at for the rest of the tour is cheap because it is haunted. When Emily et all arrive at BallyBantry castle the fun begins. Their new bus driver gets them there la ...more
Doward Wilson
Nov 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wacky characters, scenic foreign locales and twisted murder plots make this a must read series! Emily Andrew is escorting a group of senior citizens from Iowa thru the country of Ireland. This is no bunch of ordinary seniors and it includes her beloved Nana. Staying in a haunted castle is bad enough, but when Nana finds a body in her first room and then a second body in her replacement room, it gets worse. You have to love this group from Iowa and combined with an additional group from New York, ...more
Dec 25, 2008 rated it it was ok
Ok mystery which is second in a series. Really enjoyed the first book of the series which made me laugh out loud several times even though some of the humor was a little irreverent. :-) In this installment, the mystery itself was fun but the side stories were a little TOO irreverent for me. A lot of the humor settled around Emily (the main character) discovering that her first husband, Jack (who she divorced because he was gay) is now Jackie, and is on the tour she is leading. Emily tries all ki ...more
Aug 31, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who like a good laugh and "cozy" mysteries.
Okay, I know these books are silly, "cozy" mysteries about old people who go on vacations but I htink they're hilarious! I have read all of the Passport to Peril mysteries except one and they crack me up!

In Top O'the Mourning, Tour Escort, Emily Andrews, goes to Ireland with her intrepid crew from Iowa and solves a series of murders while breaking out in hives, trying to get a night with her new boyfriend and dealing with her ex-husband's and grandmother's separate love troubles. Lots of misadve
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