Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Great Escapes Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway: Death by Windmill by Jennifer S. Alderson

Today I'm participating in the Death by Windmill Great Escapes Blog Tour.  In this post you'll find book and author information along with my review.  And be sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a prize package from the author.

About the book . . .

Death by Windmill: A Mother's Day Mystery in Amsterdam
Travel Can Be Murder Series (Book 3)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Publisher: Independently published (May 16, 2020)
Paperback: 218 pages
ISBN-13: 979-8646330070
Digital ASIN: B0843K7HNQ
Synopsis . . . A Mother’s Day trip to the Netherlands turns deadly when a guest plummets from a windmill. Was it an accident or a murder? For Lana Hansen, the answer will mean freedom or imprisonment for someone close to her… 

Wanderlust Tours guide Lana Hansen and her mother, Gillian, haven’t seen eye to eye in over a decade, ever since Lana was wrongly fired from her job as an investigative reporter. So when Lana’s boss invites Gillian to join her upcoming Mother’s Day tour to the Netherlands, Lana is less than pleased. 

What could be worse than spending ten days with her estranged mother? Lana is about to find out… 

The tour begins on a high note when the majority of guests bond during their visit to the Keukenhof flower gardens and a cruise around the picturesque canals of Amsterdam. 

Despite her initial reservations, Lana thinks this might be the best group she had ever led. Until she discovers one of her guests—a recent retiree named Priscilla—is the person who destroyed her career in journalism. 

All Lana can see is red. But circumstances dictate that she figure out a way to lead the tour, make peace with her mother, and not murder her guest. She doesn’t know whether she can handle the pressure. 

Lana needn’t worry. Shortly after their fight, Priscilla falls off the balcony of a historic windmill at Zaanse Schans. Was she pushed or simply careless? The investigating officers suspect murder—and topping their suspect list is Lana’s mom! 

Can Lana save Gillian? Or will her mother end up spending the rest of her days in a Dutch prison?

My review . . . Lana Hansen’s Mother’s Day trip to the Netherlands is the most personally challenging of her budding tour guide career thus far.  The tour includes two guests she must reckon with—her estranged mother Gillian and wealthy retired CEO Priscilla, the woman responsible for ending Lana’s journalism career.  And as if matters couldn’t get any worse—Priscilla plunges to her death from the top of a windmill while on the tour.  Suspecting foul play, the police arrest Gillian, and Lana must clear her mother’s name before the end of the ten-day tour.  

As Lana uses her investigative skills from her previous career, the list of murder suspects grows.  She discovers that several of the other tour guests have very strong reasons to want Priscilla out of the picture.  Can Lana convince the local police of Gillian’s innocence by identifying the real killer? And can Lana and Gillian repair the damage to their relationship caused by ten years of estrangement?

Death by Windmill is an action-packed jaunt through Amsterdam and the surrounding Dutch countryside.  As with the other books in the series, author Jennifer Alderson takes readers on a guided tour of fascinating tourist attractions combined with an intriguing murder mystery. The descriptions of the location and its landmarks are so authentically rich in detail that you feel you are experiencing the tour first-hand.  And although I figured out who the killer was before the big reveal, I was still happily engaged in the story while reliving my own travel memories of Amsterdam.

The Travel Can Be Murder series is ideal for those who enjoy actual and/or armchair travel and those looking for an entertaining escape from these stay-close-to-home days. Each of the books in the series can be read as stand-alones based on one’s desired location.  Previous tours take readers to Budapest and Paris.  Readers who treat themselves to this series need no suitcases, passports, or foreign currency—just curiosity and a sense of adventure.

Giveaway . . . Enter the Death by Windmill Giveaway for a chance to win a prize package from the author by clicking on this link.

About the author . . . Jennifer S. Alderson was born in San Francisco, raised in Seattle, and currently lives in Amsterdam. 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.

Jennifer’s 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.

Author links . . .

Purchase link . . .  Amazon

Tour Participants . . .
July 13 – The Book Decoder – REVIEW  
July 13 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – SPOTLIGHT
July 14 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT
July 14 – A Wytch’s Book Review Blog – CHARACTER INTERVIEW 
July 15 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW
July 15 – Socrates Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
July 16 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
July 16 – Hearts & Scribbles – SPOTLIGHT
July 17 – Here’s How It Happened – REVIEW
July 17 – The Book Diva’s Reads – GUEST POST
July 18 – Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT
July 19 – StoreyBook Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
July 19 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW
July 20 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – CHARACTER GUEST POST
July 20 – My Reading Journeys – SPOTLIGHT
July 21 – Book Club Librarian – REVIEW  
July 21 – Ascroft, eh? – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
July 22 – Island Confidential – SPOTLIGHT
July 22 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW
July 23 – eBook Addicts – REVIEW
July 23 – Diane Reviews Books – SPOTLIGHT
July 24 – Christa Reads and Writes – REVIEW
July 25 – Elizabeth McKenna – Author – SPOTLIGHT
July 25 – MJB Reviewers – SPOTLIGHT
July 26 – Baroness’ Book Trove – REVIEW

Note . . . I received a complimentary copy of Death by Windmill from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


This Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway post was originally composed and/or compiled and published by Catherine for the Book Club Librarian blog.  It cannot be republished without attribution.  


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