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Who knew a New Year’s trip to Budapest could be so deadly? The tour must go on – even with a killer in their midst… Recent divorcee Lana Hansen needs a break. Her luck has run sour for going on a decade, ever since she got fired from her favorite job as an investigative reporter. When her fresh start in Seattle doesn’t work out as planned, Lana ends up unemployed and penn Who knew a New Year’s trip to Budapest could be so deadly? The tour must go on – even with a killer in their midst… Recent divorcee Lana Hansen needs a break. Her luck has run sour for going on a decade, ever since she got fired from her favorite job as an investigative reporter. When her fresh start in Seattle doesn’t work out as planned, Lana ends up unemployed and penniless on Christmas Eve. Dotty Thompson, her landlord and the owner of Wanderlust Tours, is also in a tight spot after one of her tour guides ends up in the hospital, leaving her a guide short on Christmas Day. When Dotty offers her a job leading the tour group through Budapest, Hungary, Lana jumps at the chance. It’s the perfect way to ring in the new year and pay her rent! What starts off as the adventure of a lifetime quickly turns into a nightmare when Carl, her fellow tour guide, is found floating in the Danube River. Was it murder or accidental death? Suspects abound when Lana discovers almost everyone on the tour had a bone to pick with Carl. But Dotty insists the tour must go on, so Lana finds herself trapped with nine murder suspects. When another guest turns up dead, Lana has to figure out who the killer is before she too ends up floating in the Danube… 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.


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Who knew a New Year’s trip to Budapest could be so deadly? The tour must go on – even with a killer in their midst… Recent divorcee Lana Hansen needs a break. Her luck has run sour for going on a decade, ever since she got fired from her favorite job as an investigative reporter. When her fresh start in Seattle doesn’t work out as planned, Lana ends up unemployed and penn Who knew a New Year’s trip to Budapest could be so deadly? The tour must go on – even with a killer in their midst… Recent divorcee Lana Hansen needs a break. Her luck has run sour for going on a decade, ever since she got fired from her favorite job as an investigative reporter. When her fresh start in Seattle doesn’t work out as planned, Lana ends up unemployed and penniless on Christmas Eve. Dotty Thompson, her landlord and the owner of Wanderlust Tours, is also in a tight spot after one of her tour guides ends up in the hospital, leaving her a guide short on Christmas Day. When Dotty offers her a job leading the tour group through Budapest, Hungary, Lana jumps at the chance. It’s the perfect way to ring in the new year and pay her rent! What starts off as the adventure of a lifetime quickly turns into a nightmare when Carl, her fellow tour guide, is found floating in the Danube River. Was it murder or accidental death? Suspects abound when Lana discovers almost everyone on the tour had a bone to pick with Carl. But Dotty insists the tour must go on, so Lana finds herself trapped with nine murder suspects. When another guest turns up dead, Lana has to figure out who the killer is before she too ends up floating in the Danube… 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.

30 review for Death on the Danube

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tripfiction

    Cozy murder mystery set along the Danube / BUDAPEST Agatha Christie said that most murders were committed for one of four reasons: jealousy, greed, a desire for power, and revenge…” This is the first in the “Travel Can Be Murder” series and features Lana Hansen, tour guide in the making. She was originally an investigative journalist but lost her job when she was looking into poisoning of the waterways, where big industry was involved. She is also divorced, still smarting from her husband’s affair Cozy murder mystery set along the Danube / BUDAPEST Agatha Christie said that most murders were committed for one of four reasons: jealousy, greed, a desire for power, and revenge…” This is the first in the “Travel Can Be Murder” series and features Lana Hansen, tour guide in the making. She was originally an investigative journalist but lost her job when she was looking into poisoning of the waterways, where big industry was involved. She is also divorced, still smarting from her husband’s affair with the much younger woman. She lives with Dotty, who owns Wanderlust Tours and the guide, who was due to accompany a group of older Seattle tourists, falls ill. Lana steps in and is no way in her comfort zone but in for a penny, in for a pound. She is a plucky woman! She has in her group a motley gathering of citizens – the Fabulous Five are women who hang out together, there is a couple who run a yachting marina, and there is Carl, her more experienced fellow guide, who seems to be going through a rough patch. Quite the ladies’ man, it would appear, who seems to be in cahoots with another member of the party. Lana is there to keep an eye on everyone, and ensure their smooth passage along the Danube. However, as we know from the title, there is a death (or two) along the way. Who has fallen into the water… or was the person pushed? It is poignant reading this cozy mystery on the very day that M C Beaton passed away (2.1.20), who was the creator of the Agatha Raisin cozy murder mystery series, set in the Cotswolds. She will be much missed but hopefully The Travel Can Be Murder series will prove to be a substitute. Wittily written, acutely observed, with a narrative that bowls along nicely, this series will find a loyal audience. And from TripFiction’s point of view this novel is great for a bit of literary wanderlust. Budapest is portrayed as icily cold at the end of December and I can vouch for that, you really need a duvet coat when you are out and about. There are trips to the baths, visits to the castle, the tunnels and a trip up the Danube on the MS Franz Liszt. What more can you ask for in the way of colourful ‘triplit’? Enjoy.

  2. 5 out of 5

    LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts It’s Christmas Eve, she’s behind on her rent, has no real worthwhile job in her future, and she is still stinging from her divorce. Then landlord Dotty Thompson makes Lana Hansen an offer she just can’t refuse. Dotty owns Wanderlust Tours and one of her tour guides has ended up in the hospital. She needs Lana to jump on a plane to Budapest, Hungary to ring in the New Year and lead the tour group through the remaining days of the tour. Lana takes to the job like a fish to water Dollycas’s Thoughts It’s Christmas Eve, she’s behind on her rent, has no real worthwhile job in her future, and she is still stinging from her divorce. Then landlord Dotty Thompson makes Lana Hansen an offer she just can’t refuse. Dotty owns Wanderlust Tours and one of her tour guides has ended up in the hospital. She needs Lana to jump on a plane to Budapest, Hungary to ring in the New Year and lead the tour group through the remaining days of the tour. Lana takes to the job like a fish to water until her fellow tour guide Carl ends swimming with the fishes in the Danube. Accident? Murder? In just her few days with the group, Lana has learned that Carl has a good share of enemies, some right within their group. When a second life is lost and the police eyeing the wrong individual Lana realizes it is up to her to find the real killer. I had read several reviews praising this book that I knew it had to be one of the first books I read in the new year. Ms. Alderson not only takes us on an outstanding virtual escape to Hungary but she gives us a fun mystery to solve as well. Lana Hansen is an excellent protagonist. She is smart, has a great sense of everything around her and I found her to have a very positive outlook even after all the bumps she has had in her life. As a former investigative reporter, she knows how to dig deep and use her research skills to point her in the right direction. She knows how to link the clues together, take good notes and allow time to think over all the details she has found so that after several twists and a few extra clues she can actually prove whodunit and why. The suspects included all the members of the tour but Carl had rubbed some people in Budapest the wrong way too. I really liked the “Fabulous Five” a group of mature women who were a whole lotta fun. I quickly eliminated them from my suspect list as did Lana. This is a group of ladies I would love to travel with, they have become great friends who really look after each other. The other members of the group all remain viable suspects. I hope they show up on a future tour. The author has fully fleshed out all the characters. They truly came to life on the pages. Because this book is only 172 pages I am very impressed at how well she did this. The dialogue between the characters was crisp and realistic as well. The other thing she did so well was to bring Budapest to life. Everywhere the group traveled was fully described and created wonderful pictures in my mind. She made us feel the cold and the wind too. It was a great trip. I loved the quick pace and the short chapters. Death on the Danube was a totally entertaining read and I am really looking forward to reading Death By Baguette which will be released February 14, 2020.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Harriet Steel

    Lana Hansen is down on her luck after losing the job she loved and the break up of her marriage. She's facing a bleak New Year when her landlady, the delightfully eccentric Dottie, offers her a job as a tour guide on a trip to Budapest. The original courier has been forced to cancel but Lana's co-guide, Carl, is very experienced, and there will be local guides to help too. All Lana will need to do is keep the smiles and the drinks coming and make sure that the guests have a great, hitch-free tim Lana Hansen is down on her luck after losing the job she loved and the break up of her marriage. She's facing a bleak New Year when her landlady, the delightfully eccentric Dottie, offers her a job as a tour guide on a trip to Budapest. The original courier has been forced to cancel but Lana's co-guide, Carl, is very experienced, and there will be local guides to help too. All Lana will need to do is keep the smiles and the drinks coming and make sure that the guests have a great, hitch-free time. What can possibly go wrong? Plenty, of course. The story was a little slow at the beginning while we learnt about Lana's backstory and the other characters were introduced, but then the pace picked up and the fun began with lots of twists and turns, leading to a dramatic denouement at Budapest's grand opera house on New Year's Eve. I enjoyed all the descriptions of the city with its splendid architecture, interesting monuments, and colourful Christmas fairs. I could smell the spices and traditional delicacies. The author also took us on the Danube and out to nearby villages where the tour members were treated to local music and food as well as lots of fruit brandies! I've only been once to Belgrade and then very briefly. Now I want to go back. If you're looking for an entertaining, Christmas mystery, I recommend this.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn Gauci

    I was drawn to this book book for a couple of reasons. I love the idea of a murder set in an exotic location and Budapest with the Danube and its fine spas is a perfect place. I also love this author's style of writing. Being an avid traveller herself, she always does her research and I felt like I was on the tour myself. The protagonist, Lana Hansen, is down on her luck and is asked by a friend to lead a Christmas tour group around the city. With a colourful cast of characters as one gets in a I was drawn to this book book for a couple of reasons. I love the idea of a murder set in an exotic location and Budapest with the Danube and its fine spas is a perfect place. I also love this author's style of writing. Being an avid traveller herself, she always does her research and I felt like I was on the tour myself. The protagonist, Lana Hansen, is down on her luck and is asked by a friend to lead a Christmas tour group around the city. With a colourful cast of characters as one gets in a tour group, things aren't as rosy as they seem. I will not give away any spoilers suffice to say there is a murder - maybe more - you will have to see for yourself. Ms Alderson tackled this cozy mystery well. She is a witty writer and at times I found myself laughing aloud. I look forward to more in this series. Highly recommended.

  5. 4 out of 5

    E.J. Bauer

    I have recently discovered cozy mysteries - well I've certainly read quite a few - but have only just discovered that they have their very own genre. This one was a treat. I got to visit Budapest in winter, tour some of the sights of the city including a wonderful Christmas market and cruise the Danube. I also met a new protagonist, Lana, a rookie travel guide, and warmed to her immediately. If you want to keep guessing whodunnit when there is a serial killer among the travellers, this is well w I have recently discovered cozy mysteries - well I've certainly read quite a few - but have only just discovered that they have their very own genre. This one was a treat. I got to visit Budapest in winter, tour some of the sights of the city including a wonderful Christmas market and cruise the Danube. I also met a new protagonist, Lana, a rookie travel guide, and warmed to her immediately. If you want to keep guessing whodunnit when there is a serial killer among the travellers, this is well worth a read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Ryan

    After losing the job she loved, not to mention her husband leaving her for his new assistant, Lana Hansen’s fresh start in Seattle isn’t working out as planned. Thank goodness for eccentric Dotty Thompson, her landlady and good friend. Dotty persuades Lana to escort a tour group in Budapest, taking the place of an injured tour guide. Along with her property portfolio, Dotty also owned several small businesses, but Wanderlust Tours was her favourite and she wanted to make sure it stayed successfu After losing the job she loved, not to mention her husband leaving her for his new assistant, Lana Hansen’s fresh start in Seattle isn’t working out as planned. Thank goodness for eccentric Dotty Thompson, her landlady and good friend. Dotty persuades Lana to escort a tour group in Budapest, taking the place of an injured tour guide. Along with her property portfolio, Dotty also owned several small businesses, but Wanderlust Tours was her favourite and she wanted to make sure it stayed successful. Lana really didn’t have a choice as her rent was due and she was broke. This offer of Dotty’s would certainly tide her over and meant that she wouldn’t be home alone over the New Year. Apart from that, it would be a free trip and she knew Dotty’s company specialised in high end travel. "Lana had originally envisioned Budapest as a city full of gray, Communist-era buildings. But the photos in Dotty’s guidebooks were of beautifully maintained neoclassical, baroque, medieval, Gothic, and rococo buildings. Driving through the heart of the city, Lana was glad to see Dotty’s books didn’t lie. The imposing statues, tiered fountains, captivating monuments, delicate spires, and majestic buildings decorated with snow and sparkly lights made Lana feel as if they were driving through a postcard." Lana’s tour group is a mix of colourful, if not always likeable, characters and Lana has to diffuse more than one awkward situation. For Dotty’s sake, she was determined to do her best. The other tour guide, Carl, has troubles of his own and is finding it difficult to focus on his job, leaving Lana to cope much of the time. Then a body is found in the river, but was it an accident or something more sinister…not everyone in the group is who they seem and there are obvious hostilities rising to the surface. Lana’s efforts to discover the truth throw up more questions than answers and her anticipation for the trip has turned into more of a nightmare. She’s trapped aboard the boat with a murderer and, as we learn more about the passengers, it seems several people might have a motive. Along with the mystery are vivid descriptions of Budapest, picturesque scenery, wonderful Christmas markets and fascinating landmarks along the way. The mix of travel and murder make for a fun cosy mystery. I chose to read and review Death on the Danube for Rosie Amber’s book review team, based on a digital copy from the author.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Lloyd

    In Death on the Danube, Jennifer S Alderson has turned away from the dangerous adventures of Art Historian Zelda Richardson and turned to cozy mystery with newly divorced Lana Hansen as she takes up a new life as a tour guide with Wanderlust Tours. I soon adapted to this style of murder mystery as Lana uses her skill with people to take care of a disparate group of wealthy tourists threatened by murder within their midst. An intelligent former journalist, Lana puts the “Fabulous Five” group of m In Death on the Danube, Jennifer S Alderson has turned away from the dangerous adventures of Art Historian Zelda Richardson and turned to cozy mystery with newly divorced Lana Hansen as she takes up a new life as a tour guide with Wanderlust Tours. I soon adapted to this style of murder mystery as Lana uses her skill with people to take care of a disparate group of wealthy tourists threatened by murder within their midst. An intelligent former journalist, Lana puts the “Fabulous Five” group of mature women at ease while trying to solve the case. The book includes vivid descriptions of places of interest in Budapest as settings to the interactions of suspicious characters such as Helen and Tom who own a yacht rental company and Carl, a fellow tour guide, who seems to prefer gambling. I was kept guessing about the guilt of those guests who seemed most unpleasant or of more likeable old friend, Sally who has been betrayed so badly by the first victim. I am certainly tempted to visit Budapest myself, now and I am looking forward to following Lana’s investigations next year in A Valentine’s Day Murder in Paris.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Trish

    Lana Hansen is recently divorced, living in Seattle, and trying to decide what she wants next in life. Her friend and landlady, Dotty, owns a travel agency and is suddenly short a tour guide for a New Year's trip to Budapest. Lana reluctantly agrees to go on the trip. After two murders occur on the excursion, she starts spending time sleuthing as well as guiding the tour. I wanted to read Death on the Danube because I enjoy playing armchair traveler (as well as armchair detective!). Lana's work a Lana Hansen is recently divorced, living in Seattle, and trying to decide what she wants next in life. Her friend and landlady, Dotty, owns a travel agency and is suddenly short a tour guide for a New Year's trip to Budapest. Lana reluctantly agrees to go on the trip. After two murders occur on the excursion, she starts spending time sleuthing as well as guiding the tour. I wanted to read Death on the Danube because I enjoy playing armchair traveler (as well as armchair detective!). Lana's work as a tour guide sounded interesting too. This was a fun cozy mystery, and a great debut to the new series Travel Can Be Murder. I loved the travel descriptions, especially the Christmas market and the very atmospheric labyrinth. I could really picture the places the tour visited from the descriptions; they were very vivid. Lana makes a good amateur detective. She depends on research and doesn't take silly, dangerous chances. The mystery aspect of the story was well written. I figured the killer about the same time that Lana did. I especially enjoyed the fast pacing of this novel, with short chapters and dialogue that moved the story along at a crisp pace. I would recommend Death on the Danube for cozy mystery fans, and especially for anyone who enjoys travel related mysteries. I look forward to reading future books in this series!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Pamela Allegretto

    I am a fan of Jennifer Alderson’s work, and this book didn’t let me down. I like the idea of setting a cozy mystery in exotic locations, rather than another sleepy New England town. Along with protagonist Lana Hansen, Budapest plays a starring role. Ms. Alderson has done her homework and has generously provided rich and interesting descriptions that urge readers to book a ticket.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jay Williams

    The Tour from Hell When Lana is pressed into serving as a last minute replacement for an injured tour guide, she joins the group in Budapest, and one mishap after another ensues. The tour group has many interesting and colorful characters. The writing is rich and clear, and the story moves nicely. The details of many picturesque areas of Budapest are beautifully described. Lana investigates the deaths of two of her clients on a boat tour on the Danube. The story is filled with unique characters a The Tour from Hell When Lana is pressed into serving as a last minute replacement for an injured tour guide, she joins the group in Budapest, and one mishap after another ensues. The tour group has many interesting and colorful characters. The writing is rich and clear, and the story moves nicely. The details of many picturesque areas of Budapest are beautifully described. Lana investigates the deaths of two of her clients on a boat tour on the Danube. The story is filled with unique characters and their interactions. This is a pleasant and entertaining read.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sandra McKenna

    A brilliant who-dunnit. I do love a good murder mystery, and this one did not disappoint. Lana, out of work and broke, is persuaded by her landlady to act as a tour guide on a group tour of Budapest and a cruise along the Danube. Of course, any good murder mystery is not complete without a body or two, and Lana is faced with a spot of amateur sleuthing. A very entertaining and well written story. I am looking forward to reading more in this series.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Janice Richardson

    This cozy mystery is written by a well-travelled author. Budapest comes alive with history as the tour group explores the sights. The cruise down the Danube was also rich in description. The food, the markets, the tours around the city made for a grand trip. The mystery unfolded about halfway through. Up to that point, one wondered who was going to be murdered, the tour guests were quite an eclectic bunch, a handful for our novice tour guide. I really enjoyed this book. On to Book 2 of the series This cozy mystery is written by a well-travelled author. Budapest comes alive with history as the tour group explores the sights. The cruise down the Danube was also rich in description. The food, the markets, the tours around the city made for a grand trip. The mystery unfolded about halfway through. Up to that point, one wondered who was going to be murdered, the tour guests were quite an eclectic bunch, a handful for our novice tour guide. I really enjoyed this book. On to Book 2 of the series.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Karen (BaronessBookTrove)

    I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy from the Great Escapes Book Tours. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Death on the Danube by Jennifer Alderson is a captivating tale of greed and misdeeds. Who would kill Carl? He was just a tour guide... Lana Hanson Lana is our main character, point of view, and our sleuth. Things haven't been going the way that Lana had planned. First, she lost her dream job as an investigating journalist, and most recently, he I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy from the Great Escapes Book Tours. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Death on the Danube by Jennifer Alderson is a captivating tale of greed and misdeeds. Who would kill Carl? He was just a tour guide... Lana Hanson Lana is our main character, point of view, and our sleuth. Things haven't been going the way that Lana had planned. First, she lost her dream job as an investigating journalist, and most recently, her husband left her for another woman. Lana takes this tour guide position at the last minute because she needs the money and a change of scenery. Lana is a great amateur sleuth, she is inquisitive, and people tell her things.  I like that Lana does her best to remain positive. I also like that she can admit that she still cares about her ex-husband, wants to move forward but is taking her time. She is a realistic character. Lana is also a dreamer, and I look forward to seeing her find who she is again.  The Mystery The mystery was good, lots of clues scattered throughout, and plenty of red herrings. Once you combine all that with the setting of Budapest, it was marvelous. I enjoyed learning about the culture and hearing the opinion of the others taking the Wunderlust Tour. Four Stars Death on the Danube by Jennifer Alderson is an entertaining story. I truly enjoyed it, and therefore, I am giving it four stars and recommending it to all cozy fans out there.  Upcoming Book in the Series Giveaway Prize: (1) Prize Package - A deluxe canvas Amsterdam canals fold-up bag; A Take Note notebook - to jot down your next adventure; A globe key chain - so you can take the world with you! a Rafflecopter giveaway   Tour Organized by: To find all the tour information, click the banner at the top of the page. Have you signed up to be a Tour Host?   Click Here Find Details and Sign Up Today! Thank you for dropping by! I hope you enjoyed this review of Death on the Danube by Jennifer Alderson. Check out the other stops and giveaway if you have time. Until the next time, Happy Reading! This review was originally posted on Baroness' Book Trove

  14. 4 out of 5

    Roberta Cheadle

    I am a great fan of Jennifer S. Alderson's Adventures of Zelda Richardson books as I really enjoy the fast pace and wonderfully exotic locations that feature in this series. When this first book in Ms Alderson's new cozy mystery series became available, I quickly snatched it up to see what this versatile author can do in this slightly different genre. I have recently visited Budapest, so I was also keen to see how this amazing city is featured in this book. I was not disappointed, either with reg I am a great fan of Jennifer S. Alderson's Adventures of Zelda Richardson books as I really enjoy the fast pace and wonderfully exotic locations that feature in this series. When this first book in Ms Alderson's new cozy mystery series became available, I quickly snatched it up to see what this versatile author can do in this slightly different genre. I have recently visited Budapest, so I was also keen to see how this amazing city is featured in this book. I was not disappointed, either with regards to the genre or the setting of Death on the Danube. As a cozy mystery, this book is shorter than the Zelda books and, as a result, the characters are not as fleshed out. this was not a problem for me as I still got a good feel for Lana, the recently divorced heroine, who finds herself unexpectedly dealing with a murder investigation instead of just assuming the new role of tour guide to a party of wealthy tourists. Lana was previously an investigative journalist and this experience comes in handy when Carl, her fellow tour guide, is found floating in the Danube. This book reminded me of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express as it had lots of interesting characters. The story dips into each potential suspects life and reveals enough tantalizing details about a few of them to make them a likely suspect and Lana must do some hard work to unravel their stories and how they fit into Carl's messy life. Carl was an interesting chap with his involved history of womanizing, gambling and misleading people in order to gain their financial support. He was likable enough for me to not entirely hate him and I felt rather bad about his untimely death even though he was a bit of a rotter. The introduction of the travel element and virtual tour the author gives her readers separates this book from others in this genre and made it a really interesting read. The depictions of the tourist destinations were interesting and the descriptions of the food, tantalizing. I would strongly recommend this book to lovers of cozy mysteries and short murder mystery stories.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Katreader

    DEATH ON THE DANUBE: A NEW YEAR'S MURDER IN BUDAPEST By Jennifer S. Alderson The First Travel Can Be Murder Mystery Newly divorced and barely making ends meet Lana Hansen takes up her landlady's offer. All she has to do is co-lead a luxury tour and she'll get a reprieve on her rent and an all expense paid trip to Budapest. How hard could it be? Although the amenities are first class, the tour members keep Lana on her toes. From snobbish behavior, to veiled fighting over a man, and furtive glances a DEATH ON THE DANUBE: A NEW YEAR'S MURDER IN BUDAPEST By Jennifer S. Alderson The First Travel Can Be Murder Mystery Newly divorced and barely making ends meet Lana Hansen takes up her landlady's offer. All she has to do is co-lead a luxury tour and she'll get a reprieve on her rent and an all expense paid trip to Budapest. How hard could it be? Although the amenities are first class, the tour members keep Lana on her toes. From snobbish behavior, to veiled fighting over a man, and furtive glances all around Lana just hopes they don't kill each other! Unfortunately, Lana's hopes are in vain when her missing co-leader's body is found! I love exploring new places and would love to visit Hungary, especially the Christmas markets. I recently discovered I'm not cut out to be a world traveler, therefore I'm happy to allow Lana Hansen to be my guide. I enjoyed the descriptions of Budapest and, unlike Lana, I am a history buff and like learning all the details from the local guides. She and the Fabulous Five can keep the spa days, although I think I'd appreciate the architecture. A good number of the tourists on Lana's first outing are the sort of people I hope never to meet and certainly not travel with. Lana is a likable protagonist, even though I'm not sure how she missed the connections between the travelers, especially as a former investigative reporter. My favorite character is Dotty and I love her way with animals and her new business venture for them. The pets also add dimension to the book despite their relatively small role. There's a slow start to the first Travel Can Be Murder Mystery. While there is conflict from the tour group from the onset, the murder doesn't happen for quite some time. Then there's a slow investigation as the tour continues. Yet the penultimate scene, where Lana figures out who did it had me on the edge of my seat. DEATH ON THE DANUBE: A NEW YEAR'S MURDER IN BUDAPEST is an enjoyable mystery which leads readers through the picturesque country of Hungary. The details of the travel blended with the furtive behavior of the tourists make an appealing narrative. I just hope Lana and the Fabulous Five, or Stupendous Six, don't sit near me at the opera! FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me an e-copy of this book in the hopes I would review it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)

    Death on the Danube is a great start to a brand new cozy mystery series – with a bonus benefit of touring Budapest vicariously with the characters as well. Lana is a relatable protagonist & her background in investigative journalism adds believability to her amateur sleuthing. I loved The Fabulous Five too & hope to see them again in future books. A nicely plotted mystery and engaging writing voice also make this an enjoyable read. Reviewer’s Note: Readers may want to be aware that there is some Death on the Danube is a great start to a brand new cozy mystery series – with a bonus benefit of touring Budapest vicariously with the characters as well. Lana is a relatable protagonist & her background in investigative journalism adds believability to her amateur sleuthing. I loved The Fabulous Five too & hope to see them again in future books. A nicely plotted mystery and engaging writing voice also make this an enjoyable read. Reviewer’s Note: Readers may want to be aware that there is some cursing as well as implied intimacies in this book. (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book) first seen at Reading Is My SuperPower

  17. 4 out of 5

    S.L. Beaumont

    Travel can indeed be murder, as rookie tour guide Lana discovers in Death on the Danube, a fast-paced mystery with a wonderful cast of characters on tour in Hungary. The beautifully described settings made you almost feel that you were exploring the historic sites of Budapest. But the adventure soon becomes challenging when one of the party turns up dead and everyone is a suspect. Death on the Danube is an enjoyable cozy mystery and a great start to a new series. I can’t wait for the next one.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    The first in what promises to be an entertaining travel mystery series by Jennifer S. Alderson. Lana Hansen, newly divorced and down on her luck, finds herself as a tour guide on a Danube River trip. We've all looked forward to a vacation only to have two people in the group be obnoxious and rude. On top of that two women are fighting over tour guide Carl. One is a friend of Lana's, the other is a young waitress. Things get messy when Carl is found dead.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Suzi Stembridge

    After a slow start this book really gathered pace and the wonderful descriptions of Budapest and the Danube made this a true ‘Travel by Book’ with strong characters and a pressing need to solve this mystery!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Amber - TBR Book Blog

    I think this was my first Jennifer S. Alderson book but it's not my last! I haven't read a story in a while that described the characters so completely that they came alive. I could just imagine the Fab Five and the cute Hendersons. Lana is down on her luck; she's fairly new to being divorced, was fired from her job as an investigative journalist and can't find a new job. Her friend Dotty, comes to her rescue with a tour guide gig in Budapest. Which she knows nothing about but she's going to win I think this was my first Jennifer S. Alderson book but it's not my last! I haven't read a story in a while that described the characters so completely that they came alive. I could just imagine the Fab Five and the cute Hendersons. Lana is down on her luck; she's fairly new to being divorced, was fired from her job as an investigative journalist and can't find a new job. Her friend Dotty, comes to her rescue with a tour guide gig in Budapest. Which she knows nothing about but she's going to wing it. This was a great, funny cozy mystery to read. I hope that Lana will get maybe a little romance as the series goes on.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dora Ilieva

    I have read several of Jennifer S. Alderson's novels and I must admit that every time she surprises me with a fresh story and interesting characters. "Death on the Danube" is no exception. The descriptions of Budapest are vivid and inspiring; the characters - unforgettable. This cozy mystery reminded me so much of Agatha Christie's novels. Little hints were dropped here and there. I kept trying to figure out who the perpetrator was. Now I can't wait to read the second book in the series.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

    An absolutely fun read! All the twists and turns and multiple suspects that you expect in a cozy mystery with quirky characters, a fascinating setting and clever dialogue. I loved exploring Budapest and the trip along the Danube with Lana and group. Highly recommend this book and this author and eager to read the next in the series.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Genevieve Bomes

    I really loved this start to the series. I liked that it wasn't all about getting a guy and that the main character even though she had doubts about her ability to guide the tour wasn't protrayed as dumb or incapable. I liked the story line and would love to go visit Budapest as long as there was no murder.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Gilbey

    Interesting cosy mystery set to the background of a foreign country, or fabulous travel fiction which just happens to have some death and a mystery in it? That is the question I can't quite decide on the answer to, but either way the fact remains its a really enjoyable book. Lana is a bit down on her luck, so when she is offered a chance to be a guide for a 6 day Budapest, she jumps at it, even though she has never left America before. She seems to take to this new role rather well, and had I be Interesting cosy mystery set to the background of a foreign country, or fabulous travel fiction which just happens to have some death and a mystery in it? That is the question I can't quite decide on the answer to, but either way the fact remains its a really enjoyable book. Lana is a bit down on her luck, so when she is offered a chance to be a guide for a 6 day Budapest, she jumps at it, even though she has never left America before. She seems to take to this new role rather well, and had I been on that trip I'd have quite enjoyed getting to know her. Through Lana's eyes, we are treated to the sights and sounds of Budapest, which is a city I've never really thought about visiting, so was eager to take in all the details from the comfort of my armchair. And from my experience visiting other Eastern European cities, I'd say the feel for the place was pretty spot on and if I was one for a city break, I would consider Budapest now, especially during Christmas market season! We are introduced to the various members of the tour group, as well as Carl, the other guide. And what a mixed group of people they are, including some that are downright unpleasant, and that is before we come across people dying. I was a bit surprised how far into the book the death came, and then how the amateur sleuthing took place, as it felt a bit quick, which is why I'm not sure how exactly I'd describe the book other than incredibly enjoyable and kept me on my toes. I was a bit surprised how far into the book the death came, and then how the amateur sleuthing took place, as it felt a bit quick, which is why I'm not sure how exactly I'd describe the book other than incredibly enjoyable and kept me on my toes. However equally it meant you already had a grip on all the other key people, so could start guessing instantly as you already have a good idea about the various suspects characteristics. This was the first book I'd read by Jennifer S Alderson, and I can say with utmost certainty that I definitely want to read more, especially more of this series, as I do love a different location especially when they are described so well, and I'm curious to see how Lana's sleuthing and tour guiding skills improve. Thank you to the author for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    Seattleite Lana Hansen’s life is adrift. A disgraced investigative journalist, Lana is smarting from her recent divorce, underemployment, and precarious financial situation. When her landlady Dotty Thompson, owner of Wanderlust Tours, offers her a chance to cancel her rental debt by assisting with a tour, Lana is tempted but a tad reluctant. Is Dotty’s proposal the financial and career turning point Lana so desperately seeks? And is Lana up to the task? There is, of course, a small catch. Lana m Seattleite Lana Hansen’s life is adrift. A disgraced investigative journalist, Lana is smarting from her recent divorce, underemployment, and precarious financial situation. When her landlady Dotty Thompson, owner of Wanderlust Tours, offers her a chance to cancel her rental debt by assisting with a tour, Lana is tempted but a tad reluctant. Is Dotty’s proposal the financial and career turning point Lana so desperately seeks? And is Lana up to the task? There is, of course, a small catch. Lana must join a tour already in progress, feign familiarity with places she's never visited, and pretend to be older. The 37-year-old Lana ultimately decides to accept the free trip to Budapest, adding gray highlights to her hair and studying up on local information to give the appearance of an experienced 50-year-old tour guide. What could go wrong? Lana’s assignment is to fill in for an injured tour guide for the remaining six days of the trip, working with Carl Miller, the other tour leader who is known for his charming, slick personality. As Lana settles into her tour duties, Carl goes missing, and his body is later found afloat in the Danube. Was his death deliberate or accidental? The eclectic group of tourists, many of whom have had personal experiences with Carl, quickly fall into two categories: amateur sleuths and prime suspects, and it is up to Lana to use her investigative reporting skills to identify the guilty and save the tour from further mishaps. Death on the Danube is an entertaining and enjoyable read. In addition to the fun of solving a mystery on foreign soil, this story reads like a travelogue. The richly-detailed descriptions of historic landmarks—from castles, to opera houses, museums, holiday markets, and grand hotels—actually make readers feel as though they too are on the tour. This book is ideal for those who enjoy travel and those who like to travel vicariously. Lana’s own wanderlust—and that of readers of this promising new series—will continue to be fulfilled in future installments planned by the author, with destinations of Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam, and Costa Rica on the horizon, and no passport or packing is required.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Evelyn Grabas

    Very good book. Enjoyed it immensely. The story was excellent and the characters, exemplary. Each one was beautifully described and interesting. Not a dud in the bunch. I love trying to solve the mystery before the end, but, until the end, where I finally got it together and realized who it was, it had me stumped. I found that most entertaining. The lack of a good, solid motive is what threw me. But the killer had the personality to do it and although the motive finally was revealed, was shaky, Very good book. Enjoyed it immensely. The story was excellent and the characters, exemplary. Each one was beautifully described and interesting. Not a dud in the bunch. I love trying to solve the mystery before the end, but, until the end, where I finally got it together and realized who it was, it had me stumped. I found that most entertaining. The lack of a good, solid motive is what threw me. But the killer had the personality to do it and although the motive finally was revealed, was shaky, it fit the killer to a "t". Although this is a review (not a synopsis, but my opinion of the book) I will not let loose the name of the killer as I don't want to spoil the book for anyone who has not read it and is looking at the reviews to make a decision about reading it. But, I can assure that anyone reading this book will not be disappointed. After having said that, I must give the reason for not awarding it "5 stars", which it most certainly would warrant without these faux pas's. One - when a wife dies, the remaining husband is considered a widower. When a husband dies the wife is considered a WIDOW. Women are not and cannot be called widowers, as widower denotes a gender and it is not female, but male. Two - The book was not sufficiently proofread and there were words missing in sentences, which requires the reader to fill them in within their own mind. Never a good thing. Three - At the end, at the airport, Lana says to the Fabulous Five "Oh, could I ask you all for one last favor..." And that is the end of the paragraph and a new paragraph is started with "Minutes later". But, the last favor is never stated, leaving you hanging, which I absolutely abhor. Again, the reader is left to his/her own rendition of what that favor might be. I still cannot figure out what it was that Lana wanted and the book certainly doesn't enlighten you. Really brought the book down with a crash for me. Makes me wonder if the succeeding books will contain this most aggravating flaw. But aside from those three points, it is a book well worth reading.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Diane Hernandez

    Lana is having a horrid decade. She is fired from her dream investigative journalist job after her confidential informant refuses to testify in the lawsuit against her paper. Her husband of nine years informs her that he is divorcing her by text. Her current kayak tour guide job hasn’t paid her in two months. So, there is really nothing holding her back from accepting her landlady Dotty’s tour guide job offer. Being a tour guide in exotic Budapest Hungary for six days in return for forgiveness o Lana is having a horrid decade. She is fired from her dream investigative journalist job after her confidential informant refuses to testify in the lawsuit against her paper. Her husband of nine years informs her that he is divorcing her by text. Her current kayak tour guide job hasn’t paid her in two months. So, there is really nothing holding her back from accepting her landlady Dotty’s tour guide job offer. Being a tour guide in exotic Budapest Hungary for six days in return for forgiveness of her two months of unpaid rent and credit for one month going forward? It’s almost time for the new year to begin so getting away from her problems in old-world Budapest sounds perfect. Unfortunately, Lana’s tour group has the snobby Helen and her henpecked husband, Tom, for her to contend with. And what is the story between the other tour guide Carl and guest Jess? Dotty’s friend Sally has just announced her and Carl’s engagement so why does Carl look so unhappy? When Carl ends up dead and a guest is suspected by the police, Lana decides to use her investigative skills to uncover the real killer. I love travel memoirs like Eat, Pray, Love so I snapped this book up. There are great descriptions of Budapest along with a character-driven cozy mystery within Death on the Danube. I enjoyed Lana’s determination to push past any obstacles in her way. Dotty’s Christmas dog sweaters make me want to crochet something creative for my dogs (I bought a couple online instead). Overall, I’m looking forward to the next in the Travel can be Murder series so I can revisit Dotty and Lana. 4 stars! Thanks to the author and Great Escapes Book Tours for a copy in exchange for my honest review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Helen Edwards

    This was a good book to read after finishing a serious book on World War I. I wanted to escape for a few hours into a travel adventure with a bit of murder thrown in. That is what this book offers. One thing that bothered me was the author's use of "widowers" to describe women whose husbands had died. Of course, the correct term is "widows." Lena is pressed into service as a tour guide for her landlady's company when the original guide is injured and she has to travel to Budapest to meet up with a This was a good book to read after finishing a serious book on World War I. I wanted to escape for a few hours into a travel adventure with a bit of murder thrown in. That is what this book offers. One thing that bothered me was the author's use of "widowers" to describe women whose husbands had died. Of course, the correct term is "widows." Lena is pressed into service as a tour guide for her landlady's company when the original guide is injured and she has to travel to Budapest to meet up with a group that has already been travelling together. They are the strangest bunch of folks who have little in common except that they can afford a very expensive travel experience. Throw in a philanderer who gets engaged to a rich woman so she can rescue him financially but has been carrying on with a younger woman at the same time and you have a situation that can only be defused by a murder. Add in fraud and financial mismanagement and the stage is set for death. The philanderer and fraudster is murdered (and that is not a huge loss) but an innocent woman is caught in the aftermath and is poisoned. After the wrong person is arrested for the murders, the truth comes out and a couple is led away to jail. This is better written than many of these fluffy novels so it was a treat to read. The fact that it only took a couple of hours was a bonus.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Amy Shannon

    Another intriguing mystery from Alderson! Alderson pens an intriguing story in Death on the Danube, which is the start of a new series from Alderson. It's a cozy mystery, and I enjoy this genre. I was excited to read another book from Alderson. I am a big fan of her work. Alderson brings the stories to life. Alderson introduces the reader to Lana, and how she ends up in the middle of a murder mystery with the suspects. It's fun and interesting, and the story is so great to follow. Alderson always Another intriguing mystery from Alderson! Alderson pens an intriguing story in Death on the Danube, which is the start of a new series from Alderson. It's a cozy mystery, and I enjoy this genre. I was excited to read another book from Alderson. I am a big fan of her work. Alderson brings the stories to life. Alderson introduces the reader to Lana, and how she ends up in the middle of a murder mystery with the suspects. It's fun and interesting, and the story is so great to follow. Alderson always writes a great mystery, and I loved this book. It was one that kept this reader turning the pages, reading every word, and sometimes flipping back to the previous page to read it again. The author uses her knowledge of travel and location to paint the perfect scene for murder and mystery. Each character had depth, and his or her own discerning traits, which made the mystery all the more engaging. This story was intriguing and kept the reader guessing. It's a great story to follow and try to figure out what will happen next. This author's characters develop and interacts well with the other characters. As always, it is a joy to read Alderson's work. You never know what will happen next as she brings the reader on a wonderful journey to figure out the mystery. I look forward to reading more by this author. This book is a definite recommendation by Amy's Bookshelf Reviews.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Fee (Ebook Addicts)

    Death on the Danube was a wonderful start to the Travel Can Be Murder cozy mystery series. It was great to go back to a place that I have actually visited, the vivid descriptions of the sights, sound and smells made me feel like I was right there along with the tour group.  Lana Hansen is newly divorced and feeling a little down bringing in the new year on her own, so when Dotty offers her a job to lead a tour group through Budapest, Hungary, she jumps at the chance. Not only is it an adventure o Death on the Danube was a wonderful start to the Travel Can Be Murder cozy mystery series. It was great to go back to a place that I have actually visited, the vivid descriptions of the sights, sound and smells made me feel like I was right there along with the tour group.  Lana Hansen is newly divorced and feeling a little down bringing in the new year on her own, so when Dotty offers her a job to lead a tour group through Budapest, Hungary, she jumps at the chance. Not only is it an adventure of a lifetime, but it means she can afford her rent for the next few months. Once arrives in Budapest she begins to get a feel for the people attending the tour, but when her fellow guide Carl is found floating in the Danube River, it may have been an accident by Lana soon discovers that just about any on the tour had a reason to be a suspect making this accident seem more like murder. It reminded me of Murder on the Orient Express - everyone had a motif it would seem, but who actually did it and why was a mystery right up until the reveal for me. This was a great clean cozy mystery, featuring great characters and set in an even better location. I look forward to reading more on the series and can't wait to see what is in store for Lana in book 2 Death By Baguette. 5 stars

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