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Spotlight/ #Giveaway – Dearly Departed by Hy Conrad – Great Escapes Book Tour

I was scheduled to review this book but I had a little problem with my e-copy. Entirely my fault. The publicist is sending me a new copy and I will squeeze it in and post my review as soon as I can.

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Dearly Departed
by Hy Conrad

DEARLY DEPARTED is a truly cool cozy, truly delightful: engrossing, at times dangerous, at times light-hearted, variably romantic, humorous, wraparound comfy…
~Mallory Heart’s Cozies

You will be whisked away on a new adventure when you pick this book up.
~Shelley’s Book Case

This is one of the most humor-filled cozies I have read in a long time. However, that is not to say that the humor overpowers the mystery. It merely adds to the fun of reading the book.
~Book Babble

I love the idea of a mystery series centered around a travel agency. Imagine all the wonderful settings and unique mysteries such a setting offers. If you enjoy mysteries and arm chair traveling, this is the series for you.
~Booklady’s Booknotes

Dearly Departed
(An Amy’s Travel Mystery)

2nd in Series
Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Kensington (January 26, 2016)
Hardcover: 352 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1617736827




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 their trail, and ready to send them on a one-way trip–to the morgue!

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About The Author

Hy Conrad was the co-executive producer of the hit television series Monk. Monk received three Edgar nominations from the Mystery Writers of America for “Best TV Series.” The author of hundreds of short stories and ten books of short whodunits which have been sold around the world in fourteen languages, he’s also the author of the novels, Mr. Monk Helps Himself and Mr. Monk Gets On Board. Hy splits his time between Key West, Vermont, and New York City. Readers can visit his website at


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Tour Participants
February 1 – Mallory Heart’s Cozies – Review
February 2 – Cozy Up With Kathy – Spotlight
February 3 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy,  &, Sissy, Too ! – Spotlight
February 4 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review
February 5 – Brooke Blogs – Interview
February 6 – Laura’s Interests – Review
February 7 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews – Spotlight
February 8 – StoreyBook Reviews – Spotlight
February 9 – Book Babble – Review
February 10 – Booklady’s Booknotes – Review
February 11 – Island Confidential – Spotlight
February 12 – Cassidy Salem Reads & Writes – Spotlight
February 13 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Spotlight
February 14 – LibriAmoriMiei – Review
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Flashback Friday – Review – Toured to Death by Hy Conrad

On Flashback Fridays I will share with you the books I missed when they were first
released that have been screaming at me from my To-Be-Read bookshelf.

When I was asked to organize a book tour for Hy Conrad’s new book, Dearly Departed, I knew I had to go through my Kindle books and find this book and get it read.

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Toured to Death (An Amy’s Travel Mystery)
1st in Series
Cozy Mystery –
Setting – Monaco
Kensington (January 27, 2015)
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1617736780
Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1617736803



While Fanny takes care of the business end of Amy’s Travel in New York City, Amy is traipsing around Monte Carlo, managing their first mystery-themed excursion, a road rally in which guests compete to solve a fictional murder along the way. Amy still has reservations about partnering up with her mother. But both women, having lost the men in their lives, need a fresh beginning.

The trip starts off without a hitch. Clues quickly mount, the competition is lively, and just when the suspense is peaking, the writer they hired to script their made-up mystery is found murdered in his New York apartment. Suddenly, on top of running a new venture together, mother and daughter must solve a real-life case of foul play, while trying not to drive each other bonkers. But Amy and Fanny are ready, willing, and Abel to track down a clever killer with some serious emotional baggage, one who will go to any lengths to keep dark secrets from seeing the light of day…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

A traveling whodunit based on a real case, sign me up!

Amy and Fanny are trying to pump some life into Amy’s Travel. Amy hires a man to write a murder mystery game for a tour she has booked to Europe. It will be more of a rally than a race. There are 6 teams of 4, each representing a character in the mystery. Each day the guests will find and follow the clues to try  to be able to solve the whodunit by the time they reach the final stop. Sounds like fun but soon there are extra clues, a hotel break-in, and rocks flying. One of the guests thinks the mystery is based on a real life murder. An investigation they were part of… Then Amy learns from Fanny the author of the mystery has been killed. She hopes everything she needs to complete the tour has been sent, but when one of the group dies suspiciously, the game fades. The group realizes their is a killer among them. An arrest is made but has the killer been caught?

This was a entertaining read. The guests on the tour are an eclectic bunch, from a couple with their teenage sons, a wealthy socialite and her “companion”, an uncle with his 12 year old niece, and even a judge.

The story itself is broken into 2 parts. The first is the game and the time abroad, part 2 takes place after Amy and some of the guests return to the states. Amy tries to track the original case and determine if and how it relates to the new cases. It has to be the same person/s for all 3, or does it? The author throws some clever twists throughout the book and a really good one at the end. I had it narrowed down to one or two people myself, but he surprised me with the details.

A quick read, a good pace, great characters, beautiful settings. This was an enjoyable excursion. I am looking forward now to Dearly Departed.

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About The Author
Hy Conrad was the co-executive producer of the hit television series Monk. Monk received three Edgar nominations from the Mystery Writers of America for “Best TV Series.” The author of hundreds of short stories and ten books of short whodunits which have been sold around the world in fourteen languages, he’s also the author of the novels, Mr. Monk Helps Himself and Mr. Monk Gets On Board. Hy splits his time between Key West, Vermont, and New York City.

Author Links:

Webpage – Facebook – Blog – GoodReads

I am sorry I don’t have a giveaway for this book because it was an e-book. But Hy Conrad is touring Dearly Departed with Great Escapes Book Tours. Click Here to go to the tour page and enter to win a copy of Dearly Departed  or Toured to Death. My tour stop is February 13. 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Spotlight/Giveaway – Mr. Monk Is Open For Business by Hy Conrad


mr. monk open for business spotlightMr. Monk Is Open For Business
An Obsidian Mystery (June 3, 2014)
An Imprint of New American Library
Published by The Penguin Group
Series: Mr. Monk (Book 18)
Hardcover: 273 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451470560
E-Book File Size: 1092 KB


Welcome to the series of original mysteries starring Adrian Monk–based on the hit USA Network series Monk, starring Tony Shaloub–the brilliant investigator who always knows when something’s out of place….

Failing to win back his girlfriend in New Jersey, Monk returns to San Francisco where Natalie has set up an office for Monk and Teeger, Consulting Detectives. It’s time to stop bickering and get to work when Lieutenant Amy Devlin comes to them for help.

A disgruntled employee came into work and started shooting, killing three coworkers and leaving a female hostage severely wounded. After spotting the shooter through office windows, the police lost him—leaving Lieutenant Devlin with a real mess on her hands.

Visiting the bedridden survivor, Monk finds her to be helpful, cooperative…and quite charming as well. But the more he and Natalie try to track down the assailant, the more he seems to have disappeared from existence altogether….

About the Author
Hy Conrad was one of the original writers on the USA Network television series Monk and stayed with the series for all eight seasons, acting as co-executive producer for the last two seasons and garnering three Edgar® Award nominations. In addition, Hy was head writer of the webisode series Little Monk and served as consulting producer and writer on the USA series White Collar. He is the author of hundreds of short stories, dozens of interactive mysteries, and ten books of solvable whodunits, sold around the world in fourteen languages. To find out more visit his webpage here.

It should be noted that Lee Goldberg wrote 15 of the Monk novels. Find out more on his webpage here.

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