Monday, January 21, 2013

Blog Tour: Rally Round the Corpse by Hy Conrad (Review and Giveaway!)

About the Book

Publisher: Seven Realms Publishing, May 29, 2012
Category: Mystery
Tour Dates: January, 2013
Available in: Print, Kindle, Nook, Sony ereader, & iTunes, 348 pages

“Abel Adventures” is a brand new mystery series, penned by Hy Conrad, writer and producer of the landmark TV show “Monk.”

In the series debut, “Rally ‘Round the Corpse,” we meet Amy Abel, two years after the death of her fiancĂ©.

Amy needs a fresh start. And what better way for a shy, risk-averse woman to start over than to sink 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.

Weird accidents begin happening along the route and 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, before the killer strikes again.

My Thoughts

What a fun book!  A great cast of characters (talk about quirky and eccentric characters - this book has them all!)  and a storyline that moved along at a quick pace.  Once you start reading, you won't be able to put this book down.  Even the setting was amazing.  I wanted to be traveling with this tour group.  I always wanted to go to a mystery dinner party and that's what this book felt like.

The story kept you guessing and I loved the main character Amy.  She owned the travel agency that put this tour together and she quickly becomes an amateur sleuth.  I'd love to read more books with her in them.  I hope this is the start of a brand new series.  That would be great.  I want to re-visit these characters.

This book sort of reminded me of the classic Agatha Christie type of mysteries.  If you are a mystery fan, like me, this is a must read.

FTC Disclosure: The author provided me with a copy of this book to review for the book tour. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.

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  1. Thank you so much for reviewing my new book -- I am thrilled that you liked it. And yes, this is the start of a new mystery series, Abel Adventures. I will definitely contact you when the next one, "If I Die Before the Wake" is published. Thank you !

  2. This does sound like so much fun. Thanks for putting this author and series on my radar!

  3. I love a good mystery, especially when it is loaded with interesting characters. Thanks for your review. I have been looking forward to your review for this one.

  4. Great review Yvonne. I enjoyed this one too.

  5. This sounds like a fun and interesting read! Thanks for posting the review and giveaway!

  6. I enjoyed this book also. I have never been to Italy, but I sometimes felt like I was there with the tour group. I noticed Mr. Conrad says it is a series, so you will probably get to enjoy the other book also. Nice review.

  7. I always like eccentric characters and a classic style mystery. Thanks for the chance to win!


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