Monday, October 24, 2022

Review: A Trip With Trouble by Diane Kelly


About the Book

Cozy Mystery


St. Martin’s Press

Release Date
October 25, 2022

Synopsis from Goodreads:

The second in a charming and engrossing cozy series from Diane Kelly, A Trip with Trouble proves that in the Blue Ridge Mountains, life in the fast lane could end in a crash.

When the ladies of the Dangerous Curves Motorcycle Club take over the Mountaintop Lodge for their annual autumn ride along the Blue Ridge Parkway, Misty Murphy couldn’t be more thrilled. Every room is full and the adventurous women even invite Misty and her assistant Brynn to join them on a ride to admire the colorful fall foliage. Hotel handyman Rocky Crowder is happy to keep an eye on the lodge for the day, and the ladies set out for a fun ride on the scenic road.

The skies are clear, the air is crisp, and the leaves are gorgeous. But what starts as a perfect ride turns worrisome when the tail gunner – the last rider in their group – fails to show up at the Craggy Gardens overlook. Cell phone service is spotty in the remote, mountainous area, and the group is unable to connect with their friend. Might the missing woman have simply run out of gas? Or is something far more sinister afoot?

The ladies are determined to locate their ride or die, and Misty is equally determined to help them. But will they be able to solve the mystery when the scenic route seems intent on hiding its secrets?

My Review

Misty Murphy is delighted that her Mountaintop Lodge is a success.  In fact, her lodge is completely booked by a women’s motorcycle club.  It’s a motley group, but they are paying customers and Misty is fascinated with them.  They even invite her and her assistant to join them on a ride to see the beautiful fall colors.

Then, tragedy strikes.  One of the women is found dead along the side of the road.  Was it an accident or murder?  Everyone is puzzled as to what happened.  Misty is determined to figure it out.  She wonders if a murderer could be staying under her roof.  She’s more than a little shocked to discover just how many suspects there are.

This book is even better than the first one in the series.  I love getting to know Misty and her friends even better.  This series has everything I love about cozies.  A great setting, a cast of fun, quirky characters and a mystery filled with many possible culprits.  There’s even a hint of romance.  It’s subtle and doesn’t overpower the mystery.

It’s one of those books I kept turning the pages and guessing "whodunit" until the very end.  I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.

For reading challenges:

Cruisin’ thru the Cozies Reading Challenge 2022

FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed a free Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review.  All opinions expressed are my own.


  1. Nice to see you posting again- I missed you last week. This looks like a good book.

  2. I enjoyed this one too! I'm looking forward to reading more from this author.


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