Book: Death on the Danube - A New Year's Murder in Budapest (Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mystery Series Book 1) by Jennifer S. Aldersoncategories: Book, Amateur Sleuth, Travel, European Travel, Humor, Clean Read, Travel Mystery, Location Mystery, Heartwarming, Adventure, Friendship Fiction, Cozy Mystery
Jennifer S. Aldersonabout this book: I am proud to introduce a new cozy mystery series - Travel Can Be Murder. I am going to let the star of the series, tour guide Lana Hansen, tell you more about it...
Hello! I'm Lana Hansen and I recently started working as a tour guide for Wanderlust Tours. My resume is what my mother politely calls 'varied'; before landing this job I worked as an investigative journalist, magician's assistant, kayaking guide, and yoga instructor. My experiences do make it difficult to find work, but my unusual skillset often helps me get out of sticky situations!
I always thought I would spend my life working as an investigative reporter, but my life changed pretty dramatically when I was wrongly accused of libel and fired. Soon after, I met my husband – The Great Ronaldo – during an open mic night and became his assistant during his magic shows. A short while later, I also became his wife. If only I hadn't of gotten hurt during a trick, I might still be by his side. Instead, his new assistant took my place on stage and in our bed!
When I have time off, I spend it in my hometown of Seattle, Washington. I live in an artsy neighborhood called Fremont and love the funky vibe and crazy personalities it attracts. I am most at home with my cat Seymour on my lap and a good mystery novel in hand. My best friend Willow is always stopping by, though we do love to hang out and drink chai lattes at NamasTea, a tea shop located above Willow's yoga studio. Otherwise you can find me walking my landlord Dotty's dogs – Chipper and Rodney – or helping her organize one of her famous neighborhood parties.
Most weeks, my travels as a guide for Wanderlust Tours keep me off the couch and exploring new destinations. Our tours last anywhere from seven to fourteen days and are primarily for older, wealthier Seattleites who are long on money and short on time. My clients certainly keep me on my toes!
Most of my clients are lovely people who want to explore the world, but don't want to travel solo. Others are tagging along for the ride and not as enthusiastic about the cities we are visiting as I would hope. For some reason or another, several guests have died under suspicious circumstances, and I have had to help the police find the real culprit. That's my least favorite part of these trips, though I am becoming quite the amateur sleuth!
I feel pretty spoiled being able to travel around Europe and stay in luxurious hotels, eat at top-notch restaurants, and go on fascinating day trips with my guests. Most tours are comprised of ten guests are less and are always accompanied by two guides, in case of emergencies.
My first tour in Budapest was memorable for many reasons, mostly because it was my first trip abroad! I had visions of a grey, somber, soviet-era architecture, but it wasn't like that at all. The imposing statues, tiered-fountains, captivating monuments, delicate spires, and majestic buildings decorated with snow and sparkly lights made me feel as if they were driving through a postcard. Everything was so much bigger than I had imagined. Several buildings seemed to fill an entire city block and many monuments stretched high into the sky, often topped by a stately figure, angel, or knight. It was truly magical.
Unfortunately my first trip as a guide was a trial by fire. My fellow tour guide Carl died under mysterious circumstances on our third day! The police wrongly accused another guest and I ended up having to track down the real culprit.
Thanks for asking about my day! If you ever want to travel with me, you're always welcome to join me on one my tours! I hope to see you on the road one day – happy travels!
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