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Publisher's Note:

Fanny and Amy Abel, the dynamic mother-and-daughter owners of a NYC travel agency, have just booked their biggest trip yet. But with danger in the air, the itinerary may include murder... Paisley MacGregor, a maid to the rich, made a dying request to send all of her wealthy employers on a first-class wake to spread her ashes around the world. Amy has her suspicions about these "mourners," especially when one has a life-threatening "accident" at the first stop in Paris. And when a mysterious American stranger tagging along with the group has his ticket punched in the shadow of the Taj Mahal, Amy knows she may have a killer on her tour. Who was this stranger, and what's the connection to someone in her group? Digging for clues while continuing on with the trip is a lot for Amy to manage, especially when another mourner has a possibly fatal encounter with a Hawaiian volcano. Back in the States, Fanny and Amy start to piece together a secret worth killing for, but someone is hot on t…

Dearly Departed

by Hy Conrad

Overall Book Review:

Dearly Departed is the second book in the Amy’s Travel Mystery series. Written by Hy Conrad, the story begins a few months after the first book, Toured to Death, ends. As there are multiple references to Amy’s first murder mystery, it is recommended that readers read this series in order.

Conrad concocts a story with good pacing, suspense, and memorable settings and characters. The plot provides a great deal of mystery, as well as various murder suspects that will have readers guessing until the very end. The multiple settings, several of them famous landmarks, add fun and enjoyment. Although some of the characters felt a little cliche, they are all entertaining. Dearly Departed is a fabulous read for mystery and travel lovers! 

Review of an Advance Reader Copy

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Kensington Publishing

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  14 religious exclamations, 25 mild obscenities, 1 religious profanity, 3 derogatory names, 1 scatological word, 1 anatomical term.

Violence/Gore:  Several secondhand reports of violence involving arson, suspected suicide, mugging and murder; a scene of blood and gore when characters find a body. 

Sex/Nudity:  An incident of kissing; a few sexual references in jokes and flirting; a reported incident of sexual activity. 

Mature Subject Matter:

Murder, kidnapping, financial troubles, art forgery, homosexuality. 

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Several characters drink and smoke; a scene takes place at a bar; a reference to drugs. 

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About the Reviewer

My mother was the one who sparked my love of books. Long before school instruction, she sat me down and taught me to read. My childhood was filled with trips to the library and bookmobile to find great books. My first loves were The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Pippi Longstocking series by Astrid Lingren. Now as a mom and speech pathologist, I am constantly looking for good, clean books to use at home and in therapy. I enjoy reading many different genres, but my favorites are usually historical fiction. I married my best friend, the “boy next door”, and we have a beautiful little girl who we often find sprawled out on the floor, flipping through picture books. Together our family likes to swim, run and play tennis. Besides reading, I also love to bake, garden and travel.