It’s two years since her fiance’s death. Amy Abel needs to start over. And what better way for a shy, risk-averse woman to start than to sink all her savings into a travel agency specializing in adventure. Her first project? A mystery road rally through the European countryside.
At the starting line in Monte Carlo, Amy finds herself attracted to Marcus Alvarez, the most mysterious of her two dozen game-loving clients. But the rally gets off to a rocky start when an eccentric writer, the only person who knows the game’s solution, is himself murdered back in New York.
So who would kill a harmless mystery geek? And why are weird accidents beginning to happen along the way? To her horror, Amy discovers that this fictional mystery was based on a real, unsolved case, one that Marcus knows too much about. Now she has no choice but to join forces with Fanny, her domineering mother, and solve this on her own, before the killer strikes again.
Review: This is book one in the Abel Adventures Mystery series. The author is one of the writers of the TV series, Monk, about a former detective and solver of mysteries, which always had me laughing. This book did not disappoint and reminded me at times of Monk along with another TV show The Amazing Race where contestants travel around the world searching for clues. Rally ‘Round the Corpse struck me as death and mystery meet travel and adventure.
I felt like I was part of the tour group – searching for clues, uncovering secrets, trying to solve the mystery along with visualizing myself in some of the countries and locales that were on the itinerary even though I’ve never been to most of the places Amy took the group. There were lots of twists and turns to keep the pages turning along with laugh out loud moments.
There was great character development and I loved the way Amy’s strengths evolved throughout the book. Her relationship with her mother was typical of many mother-daughter relationships and her mother, Fanny, gave comedic relief throughout.
This was a cozy type mystery to me – lighthearted but with a mystery to solve. There was also some romance thrown in too. There was closure but I know there will be lots of adventures to keep Amy busy because there was an excerpt from book 2 at the back of this book which only whet my appetite for more.
Favorite Quote: “You should see Rome from the air. All the roof gardens. And inside those monoliths, the hidden courtyards with their Renaissance fountains and maybe in a corner some two-thousand-year-old pillar stolen from the Forum by some medieval farmer and that’s now holding up a wall. All the layers of art and history hidden from public view. Rome takes a bit of knowing to love.” He smiled. “Like me.”