Sunday, December 1, 2019


Who knew a New Year’s trip to Budapest could be so deadly? The tour must go on – even with a killer in their midst…

Recent divorcee Lana Hansen needs a break. Her luck has run sour for going on a decade, ever since she got fired from her favorite job as an investigative reporter. When her fresh start in Seattle doesn’t work out as planned, Lana ends up unemployed and penniless on Christmas Eve.

Dotty Thompson, her landlord and the owner of Wanderlust Tours, is also in a tight spot after one of her tour guides ends up in the hospital, leaving her a guide short on Christmas Day.

When Dotty offers her a job leading the tour group through Budapest, Hungary, Lana jumps at the chance. It’s the perfect way to ring in the new year and pay her rent!

What starts off as the adventure of a lifetime quickly turns into a nightmare when Carl, her fellow tour guide, is found floating in the Danube River. Was it murder or accidental death? Suspects abound when Lana discovers almost everyone on the tour had a bone to pick with Carl.

But Dotty insists the tour must go on, so Lana finds herself trapped with nine murder suspects. When another guest turns up dead, Lana has to figure out who the murderer is before she too ends up floating in the Danube…

Introducing Lana Hansen, tour guide, reluctant amateur sleuth, and star of the Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mystery Series. Join Lana as she leads tourists and readers to fascinating cities around the globe on intriguing adventures that, unfortunately for Lana, often turn deadly.

Coming soon: Books 2 and 3 in the Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mystery Series!

Book Details:

Title: Death on the Danube: A New Year's Murder in Budapest

Author: Jennifer S. Alderson

Genre: cozy mystery

Series: Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mystery, book 1

Publisher: Traveling Life Press (November 28, 2019)

Print length: 200 pages

A few of your favorite things: books and my bicycle.
Things you need to throw out: travel magazines! My bookcase is becoming a fire hazard! 

Things you need in order to write: notepad, pen, and my passport. Mint tea is a plus.
Things that hamper your writing: social media and television.

Things you love about writing: creating new worlds and characters.
Things you hate about writing: the final rounds of editing! By that time, I have read the manuscript so often than I know the words by heart!

Things you love about where you live: I currently live in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and love the canals, architecture, and proximity to world-class museums.
Things that make you want to move: over-tourism in the summer.

Favorite foods: olives and feta cheese.
Things that make you want to throw up: paté of any kind.

Favorite music or song: I love electronic dance and guitar rock.
Music that make your ears bleed: I am not a fan of twangy country music.

Favorite beverage: mint tea.

Something that gives you a pickle face: beer.

Favorite smell: cinnamon, lavender, and lilies.

Something that makes you hold your nose: diapers! I am so glad my son is older now.

Something you’re really good at: kayaking.

Something you’re really bad at: rock climbing. I love to abseil, but usually freeze about halfway up! 

Something you wish you could do: paragliding. My fear of heights keeps me grounded.
Something you wish you’d never learned to do: embroidery. I almost went blind trying to finish my first and only project! It is quite beautiful, though.

Last best thing you ate: raspberry cheesecake.

Last thing you regret eating: fresh goat-blood cake (during a birthday party in Kathmandu, Nepal).

Things you’d walk a mile for: great music or artwork.
Things that make you want to run screaming from the room: rats.

Things you always put in your books: references to travel.

Things you never put in your books: graphic violence.

Favorite places you’ve been: it’s a five-way tie: Fiji, Thailand, Nepal, Venice, and Rome.

Places you never want to go to again: a Nepali prison (luckily, I wasn’t behind bars!).

Things that make you happy: spending time with my son and husband, biking, visiting museums, walks in the forest, swimming in the ocean.

Things that drive you crazy: traffic and aggressive parents.

Jennifer S. Alderson was born in San Francisco, raised in Seattle, and currently lives in Amsterdam. Her love of travel, art, and culture inspires her award-winning mystery series—the Zelda Richardson Mysteries and Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mysteries—and standalone stories.

After traveling extensively around Asia, Oceania, and Central America, she moved to Darwin, Australia, before settling in the Netherlands. Her background in journalism, multimedia development, and art history enriches her novels. When not writing, she can be found in a museum, biking around Amsterdam, or enjoying a coffee along the canal while planning her next research trip.

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