Rating: I Liked It
Description: Hoping to reach an expanded clientele of senior travellers, Emily Miceli, travel agency owner and tour escort, offers discounted fares to a handful of bloggers in exchange for highlighting her group’s tour of Cornwall, England. But when the quarrelsome host of their historic inn dies under suspicious circumstances, Emily worries that the bloggers’ coverage of the situation will torpedo her travel agency.
Genre: Mystery - Cozy
Why I Picked This Book: Ever since I read Rosamunde Pilcher's The Shell Seekers I've been fascinated by Cornwall so there was no way I could resist a mystery set there!
My Impression: For some reason when I requested this I thought it was the first in the series so I was surprised later to see that it was actually the eleventh. Normally this isn't that big of a deal in a mystery series but with the large number of regular characters and the addition of the bloggers and Cornwall residents it got a little confusing. I think it would have been a little easier to keep track of all the Iowans if I had gotten to know them in the earlier books.
However, this wasn't my real issue with the book. The main problem is that with the exception of Emily I disliked all the other characters - especially the bloggers. If we were going with the Agatha Christie method of the most unpleasant person meeting their untimely end the entire Inn would have fallen off the cliff. I had a hard time believing that not only would the remaining Innkeeper have thrust the running of the Inn into Emily's hands but that she would have accepted it. It got a little eye roll-y at times.
With all my complaints how did I enjoy the book? Partly because Hunter's writing style and pacing drew me in right from the beginning and kept me reading even as I was trying to figure out which character I disliked the most. I wanted to pick this book back up and I wanted to find out just who the killer was and what was going on in Cornwall.
While this wasn't my favorite read I did find it page turning and I love Hunter's writing as well as the concept of a cozy mystery series set around a tour company and being set all over the world. From the reviews I gather this was a weaker book and despite the flaws I'm looking forward to reading more from the series and starting with (the actual) first book.
Would I Read More of this Series/Author? I would. While I didn't love this I think there's a lot of promise and I definitely want to read more of this series.
Would I Recommend this Book? Probably not. This series looks really great but this wouldn't be the book I'd start with.