The past has a nasty way of catching up…
When Peter Montgomery-Jones turns up posing as one of her passengers on Fiona’s Elbe Valley tour, she knows there is going to be trouble. She doesn’t have to wait long. Their local Berlin guide falls to his death and the police chief is convinced one of her passengers is guilty of his murder. Montgomery-Jones refuses to help. He has his own undercover operation to worry about. Once again, the two are at odds. She knows better that to expect Peter to tell her about his MI6 mission but can she believe him when he claims that it has nothing to do with the murder? Fiona begins to suspect that Peter and his so-called wife are not the only passengers who have something to hide.
A missing Ukrainian politician, a zealous reporter eager to delve into the past for a story and a sick grandchild all add to the mix making this one of Fiona’s most challenging tours to date.
If you like cozy travel mysteries set in beautiful locations with plenty of red herrings then this is the series for you.
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‘What a fun concept – A coach tour, which allows so many scenes to be set in wonderful and exciting places we can picture so well, and Fiona a very clever sleuth finds a mystery. The books opening grabbed me. “Fiona knew the man was going to be trouble from the moment she first clapped eyes on him at Dover.” And going back to the Prologue, which began, “He laid the gun on the table beside the photograph.” Right away we know the author is going to tease us into a great mystery and she does. Recommended. Five stars.’
‘Fiona Mason, Tour Manager of Super Sun Executive Travel, is escorting a party of British tourists on a tour of Germany. But not all of the travellers are what they seem. And after a murder, what looks like an attempted murder, and MI6 involvement, she has her work cut out if she wants to get them all – and herself – back home safely. Another excellent mystery from Judith Cranswick!’ Geraldine Evans author of the Rafferty & Llewellyn Mysteries
‘Agatha Christie meets James Bond in Berlin. A missing Ukranian politician, a zealous reporter, MI6, a dead body – and all set on a tour of the Elbe Valley. This is the first Fiona Mason mystery that I’ve read, though actually the fourth in the series. An intriguing mystery set on a coach holiday, a particularly interesting feature is the interspersing of travel itinerary, which really adds something and further brings to life the setting. As someone who is very fond of the city of Berlin, I felt at home in this book and loved the historical detail. Set against events in the world of international politics and espionage, the cozy aspect of this mystery story worked extremely well. It looks to be a very promising series.’ Mark Fowler – crime writer