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#15: Rally 'Round the Corpse - Hy Conrad (With Giveaway)

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It's two years since her fiance's death. Amy Abel needs to start over. And what better way for a shy, risk-averse woman to start than to sink all her savings into a travel agency specializing in adventure. Her first project? A mystery road rally through the European countryside.
At the starting line in Monte Carlo, Amy finds herself attracted to Marcus Alvarez, the most mysterious of her two dozen game-loving clients. But the rally gets off to a rocky start when an eccentric writer, the only person who knows the game's solution, is himself murdered back in New York.
So who would kill a harmless mystery geek? And why are weird accidents beginning to happen along the way? To her horror, Amy discovers that this fictional mystery was based on a real, unsolved case, one that Marcus knows too much about. Now she has no choice but to join forces with Fanny, her domineering mother, and solve this on her own, before the killer strikes again.


  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Seven Realms Publishing (May 29, 2012)
  • ISBN: 9780983735045
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Author Bio:
HY CONRAD has made a career of mystery, developing a horde of popular games and interactive films over a span of 30 years, plus hundreds of stories, a dozen books of short mysteries and three Edgar nominations.
In the world of TV, he is best known for his eight seasons as a writer / producer for the ground-breaking series "Monk" as well as his work on "White Collar" and the web-based series Little Monk."
His non-mystery work includes the upcoming humor book, "Things Your Dog Doesn't Want You to Know."


Review:
Better than I thought.
Let me explain....
The first part of the book, I wasn't loving the story.I didn't dislike it either, it was just puzzling for me at times.I figured the story had to come together, somewhere, somehow, and then it did.
Once all the pieces starting falling into place and making sense, the story really picked up. I was then enjoying it a lot more.
There was a lot of humor, and a very clever way the story was woven together.
Okay, the mystery part I liked, a lot in fact. It was the Rally aspect that gets lost for me. Thankfully, it's in the beginning of the book in the part I didn't get, and doesn't last long. Other than that, a decent read.


3/5



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Comments

  1. My review partner read this and loved it. He is a funny author!

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  2. Glad to hear the book picked up after a slow start.

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  3. Thanks for reviewing my new book. I'm sorry you didn't love it -- but I hope you'll give the next installment of Abel Adventures a try (it doesn't involve a road rally!)

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  4. Thanks for taking part in the tour. I'm glad you liked the book.

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  5. Conrad's work history is certainly interesting and seems like it would be perfect for a quirky murder mystery. Thanks for the info and chance to win!

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  6. I liked this one. I thought it was a good mystery. Looking forward to the next one.

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  7. I've really been interested in reading this one. I hope I win! Thanks for the giveaway!

    Brooke
    brookeb811 at gmail dot com
    http://www.brookeblogs.com

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  8. This sounds like a fun one to me.

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  9. This one sounds like a great mystery. I would love the chance to read it. Thanks!

    ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

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