Mystery Series Books Adults – 9 Hilarious novels to keep you guessing!
The Passport to Peril series is so unique that I have not come across anything similar in all of my book browsing. Maddy Hunter mixes mystery with humor, travel, and a touch of romance. I literally laugh out loud while reading and want to hop on a plane at the same time.
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Intro to the series: The premise revolves are Emily Andrew, a professional tour guide for a group of seniors. If you read multiple books in the series, you get to know the seniors, and fall in love with their hilarious antics. However, these tours tend to go awry with murder, theft, and other shenanigans that should not accompany one on holiday. Emily, while reigning in her seniors, likes to be an amateur detective, but finds most of the time, she is dead wrong.
The whole series, 1 being the oldest, 9 being the most recent:
- Alpine for You
- Top O’ the Mournin’
- Pasta Imperfect
- Hula Done It?
- G’Day to Die
- Norway to Hide
- Dutch Me Deadly
- Bonnie of Evidence
- From Bad to Wurst
Audience: I know both men and women to enjoy this series. I would not recommend it for younger audiences as there are occasional sexual innuendos and sexual humor. (I promise that these are funny!) These are lighthearted novels that are easy to read; they are perfect for the beach, a vacation from work, or staying warm by the fire. People that love to travel or like to read about other cultures will love how each novel gives a view of a different exotic locale.
Escapism factor: 8/10
Cons: The biggest con of this series is with every tour to a new location there is a crop of new characters that come on the trip. Adding these guys to the loyal travelers that go on every vacation can lead to a whole lot of people to keep track of. Sometimes I get the non-normal characters confused, but I have never broken down and made a list.
The other con is the series is rather unknown and I have not seen it at a bookstore. I came across the first novel of the series that I read long ago at a garage sale. Here is the link to buy on amazon.
From Bad to Wurst by Maddy Hunter (the most recent installment of the series)
Oktoberfest, murder, bombs, fairy tale castles, polka bands, Need I say more? This book has so many plot twists you will not see what’s coming. In standard fashion, Maddy Hunter throws in periodic laughs to keep the novel a light read. She highlights how funny the generation gaps can be.
Setting: A Tour of Germany
True to one of my favorite parts of this series, you get to “see” the highlights of whatever location the gang is traveling in. This is a factor I really like. Any novel has its “lulls” where there are not people being killed or there is no steamy sex scene. In these stories, these lulls are filled with imagery (that I often end up googling) that makes you want to see the world. For example, I don’t like beer, so I
never thought of Oktoberfest as something I would be interested in. However, after reading From Bad to Wurst, I am ready to hop on a plane in a few months! The way Hunter describes the bouncing polka bands and the dancing in the aisle, I really want to experience this carnival atmosphere!
Storyline: Another one of Hunter’s writing styles that I like is how there is never a dull moment. It took her all of 16 pages for a MAJOR plot event to happen in this novel. She is a pro at writing page turners, which is why I gave her a high escapism factor.
Hunter’s dialogue is not only funny, but it is also packed with clues that you don’t realize until later. She doesn’t waste time, but keeps the story moving in a lighthearted way.
Conclusion: The fast paced story line, unpredictable plot twists, humor, and fun setting make this novel a great read for a wide variety of audiences. This earns 5 stars.
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