Death by Baguette

Death by Baguette

My Review

What can be more romantic that a Valentine Day trip to Paris, the City of Lights and Love? Well for Lana the tour host, finding her new boyfriend is on the tour—with his wife—is not the best day in her life. But the tour must go on. When one guest is killed, Lana feels she must discover who the killer is in Death by Baguette, the second book in the Travel can be Murder series.

In the first book in the series, Death on the Danube, Lana is a new tour host for her landlady’s company, Wanderlust Tours. Now working her fourth tour, Lana is experienced enough to be training a new host, Randy. They plan to visit many of Paris’ most famous sites beginning with a dinner tour on riverboat traveling up the Seine.

I haven’t been to Paris since I was in high school but I have been to most of the locations in the novel. They all ring true to me. You can tell that the author is well-traveled. I also felt the disappointment with the squalor when riding in from the airport. It’s sad that it must still look exactly the same. The description of Notre Dame after the fire was sad too.

If you have always wanted to go to Paris or want to revisit it after a previous trip, Death by Baguette is a great travel guide. However, the best part of the book is the characters. They are all well-rounded and feel genuine. You want some of them to do well—and others, well, perhaps they got what they deserved. I thought this book was much better than the first book in the series though both were good. This one receives 5 stars for its perfect setting, realistic characters, and absorbing mystery! I’m looking forward to the next in this series.

Thanks to the author and Great Escapes Book Tours for a copy in exchange for my honest review.

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About the Book

Death By Baguette: A Valentine’s Day Murder in Paris (Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mystery Series)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Publisher: Traveling Life Press (February 7, 2020)
Print Length ~200 Pages
Digital ASIN: B0819YNSJL

Paris—the city of love, lights … and murder? Join tour guide Lana Hansen as she escorts five couples on an unforgettable Valentine-themed vacation to France! Unfortunately it will be the last trip for one passenger…

Lana Hansen’s future is looking bright. She has money in her bank account, a babysitter for her cat, and even a boyfriend. Regrettably she won’t get to celebrate Valentine’s Day with her new beau, Chad. Instead, she will be leading a lovers-only tour in France. Luckily for Lana, her best friend, Willow, and her partner, Jane, will be joining her.

Things go downhill when Lana’s new boyfriend shows up in Paris for her tour—with his wife. Chad is not the website developer he claimed to be, but a famous restaurant critic whose love of women rivals his passion for food.

After Chad drops dead during a picnic under the Eiffel Tower, a persistent French detective becomes convinced that he was poisoned. And the inspector’s sights are set on several members of the tour—including Lana!

While escorting her group through the cobblestone streets of Montmartre, the grand gardens of Versailles, and the historic Marché des Enfants Rouges market, Lana must figure out who really killed Chad before she has to say bonjour to prison and adieu to her freedom.

Introducing Lana Hansen, tour guide, reluctant amateur sleuth, and star of the Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mystery Series. Join Lana as she leads tourists and readers to fascinating cities around the globe on intriguing adventures that, unfortunately for Lana, often turn deadly.

The Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mysteries are heartwarming stories about making friends, traveling, and celebrating new experiences. Book OneDeath on the Danubeis available now. Coming soon: Books Three (Death by Windmill) and Book Four!

About Jennifer S. Alderson

Jennifer S. Alderson was born in San Francisco, raised in Seattle, and currently lives in Amsterdam. After traveling extensively around Asia, Oceania, and Central America, she moved to Darwin, Australia, before settling in the Netherlands. Her background in journalism, multimedia development, and art history enriches her novels. When not writing, she can be found in a museum, biking around Amsterdam, or enjoying a coffee along the canal while planning her next research trip.

Jennifer’s love of travel, art, and culture inspires her award-winning mystery series—the Zelda Richardson Mysteries and Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mysteries—and standalone stories.

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  1. This sounds like a fun series, I like the cover.

  2. What a fabulous review! Thanks so much for posting it, and for taking part in the tour. I’m quite grateful! Hope you have a wonderful week.

  3. I like that the Valentine’s Day in Paris setting of the book. Adding to my TBR list.

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