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G'Day To Die by Maddy Hunter
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In this latest adventure in Maddy Hunter's Passport to Peril series, Emily Andrew is escorting a group of senior citizens, including her Nana, on a trip to Australia. Emily is hoping for a relaxing trip, but those hopes are shattered when one of the tour members is found dead. Nana had taken a picture of a rare plant and Emily is convinced that Claire Bellows found the plant and was murdered before she could tell anyone about her discovery. There are plenty of suspects for Emily to choose from and she begins snooping around. Emily also has other things on her mind, both Detective Etienne Miceli and tour director Duncan Lazarus claim to be in love with her and she needs to choose between the two of them. Add in another murder and Emily realizes this trip will be anything but peaceful!

"G'Day to Die" is a delightfully funny cozy mystery. Author Maddy Hunter has a nice sense of humor and word play. The ongoing plot line of Nana accidentally taking pictures of things like plants and animals that haven't been seen in years and are considered extinct was especially funny. As always, Hunter fills the book with slightly eccentric characters such as feuding couple Jake and Lola Silverthorn; mother and son Nora and Heath Acres; Conrad Carver who finds treasures in Nana's photos; photographer Guy Madelyn; and various members of a scientific conference. The Iowans are as funny as ever especially Bernice and her battles with various animals. Hunter has fun with the Australian accent but it does get to be a bit much and hard to read at times. While there are some funny scenes between Duncan and Etienne, I'm glad Hunter didn't stretch that plot line too far and had Emily choose between the two of them (long time readers probably won't be surprised at who Emily chooses). The mystery itself is okay, if a bit of a cheat at the end.

Fans of humorous cozy mysteries will enjoy not only "G'Day to Die" but the entire Passport to Peril series. ( )
  drebbles | Apr 20, 2010 |
When Emily escorts a tour to Australia, she once again plays detective when biologist Claire Bellows dies and a rare plant goes missing. She is also balancing the attention of two men. What will she do? ( )
  TheLibraryhag | Sep 8, 2007 |
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When Emily Andrew lands in the Land of Oz - Australia, that is - she and her hearty group of world-touring seniors know they're not in Iowa anymore. Winter is summer, and all the comforts of home are, well, back home. Emily is preoccupied calming the group's jitters about the outback's killers, from sunstroke to snakebite. But when a fellow traveler turns up dead, Emily fears something far more toxic has struck. "Fantastic and hilarious... This series is a real winner!" - Thebestreviews.com.… (more)

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