Thursday, August 19, 2021

Friday Focus: The Friday 56 and Book Beginnings


It's Friday . . . time to share book excerpts with:
  • Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, where bloggers share the first sentence or more of a current read, as well as initial thoughts about the sentence(s), impressions of the book, or anything else that the opening inspires.  
  • The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice, where you grab a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% of an eBook), find one or more interesting sentences (no spoilers), and post them.

Today I'm featuring a recent blog tour read, Death by Leprechaun: A Saint Patrick's Day Murder in Dublin by Jennifer S. Alderson. The excerpts shared are from a Kindle copy of the book I received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Beginning:  To Your Health

March 11 -- Dublin, Ireland

"Slainte!" Wanderlust Tours guide Lana Hansen cried out, mangling the Irish version of "cheers," as she held her pint up high. 


56% of eBook:  Even though it was a long shot that anyone would talk to her about their recently deceased colleague, she couldn't sit around and do nothing. Lana was certain Jeremy, despite having been caught red-handed, had not killed Guy.


My thoughts:  So starts another tour in the Travel Can Be Murder cozy mystery series, this time to Dublin, Ireland and the surrounding countryside. Tour guide Lana Hansen finds herself yet again solving a murder on foreign soil while taking in the local tourist attractions. This is one of my most favorite series, particularly now when travel is still restricted. Each book (and they can be read as stand alones) is set in a different location -- perfect for those longing to visit or revisit a dream destination from the comfort of home while also guessing whodunit.


From GoodReads:  When an old friend is arrested in Dublin, tour guide Lana Hansen will need the luck of the Irish to clear him of the crime.

Lana is thrilled her friend Jeremy and his wife are on her tour to Ireland. The couple are having the time of their lives exploring the country’s rich literary and cultural history, until they run into Guy Smith, a reporter Jeremy recently exposed as a fraud.

A tussle turns into a fight and leaves each man vowing to destroy the other. Yet cross words and dirty looks tell Lana that Jeremy is not the only client on her tour who has a grudge against the reporter.

When Guy is murdered at the same pub Lana’s group is present at, Jeremy is the police’s number one suspect. But did he really murder the reporter? Or was it one of her other guests?

Lana keeps their tour going and her ears open for any clues that might help free her friend. Can she discover the true killer’s identity before their trip to the Emerald Isle draws to a close?

The Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mysteries are heartwarming stories about making friends, traveling, and celebrating new experiences. Join tour guide Lana Hansen as she leads tourists and readers to fascinating cities around the globe on intriguing adventures that often turn deadly.


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  1. I love cozy mysteries that are holiday related

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  2. Sounds like a great cozy. Armchair traveling is my favorite kind of traveling. This week I am spotlighting a book from deep in my TBR pile - More Than Fiends by Maureen Child. Happy reading!

  3. Sounds like a fun read! I do love all things Irish! :-) Happy weekend!

  4. Doesn't look like a book for me, but I do crave traveling and love learning about new places. My Friday quotes from the Tattooist of Auschwitz

  5. The title is interesting, lol. Happy reading! My link is here:

  6. This looks fun! I really enjoy this kind of mystery and I love traveling virtually!

  7. That sounds like it could be fun. Thanks for sharing!

    Lauren @ Always Me