Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Rally 'Round the Corpse - Book Review and Giveaway

Description of Rally 'Round the Corpse:

Publisher: Seven Realms Publishing, May 29, 2012

Category: Mystery

Available in: Print, Kindle, Nook, Sony ereader, & iTunes, 348 pages

"Abel Adventures" is a brand new mystery series, penned by Hy Conrad, writer and producer of the landmark TV show "Monk."  In the series debut, "Rally 'Round the Corpse," we meet Amy Abel, two years after the death of her fiancee.  Amy needs a fresh start. And what better way for a shy, risk-averse woman to start over than to sink her savings into a travel agency specializing in adventure. Her first project? A mystery road rally through the European countryside.

At the starting line in Monte Carlo, Amy finds herself attracted to Marcus Alvarez, the most mysterious of her two dozen game-loving clients. But the rally gets off to a rocky start when an eccentric writer, the only person who knows the game's solution, is himself murdered back in New York.

Weird accidents begin happening along the route and Amy discovers that this fictional mystery was based on a real, unsolved case, one that Marcus knows too much about. Now she has no choice but to join forces with Fanny, her domineering mother, before the killer strikes again.

My Review:

A book filled with mystery and abundant with hilarity, Rally 'Round the Corpse tells of a gal named Amy who starts a Murder Mystery Tour.  While the tours are scripted and made to make participants guess who the "killer" is, it turns out that a real murder has taken place.  Although there are two different murder mysteries to be solved, the one from the tour and the real one, they're wrote in a way that doesn't make them confusing.  This is not a mystery book with violence and gory details, but rather comedy and who-dun-its. 

About the Author:

Best known for his work in mysteries, Hy was one of the original writers for the groundbreaking series,Monk. He worked on the show for all eight seasons, the final two as Co-Executive Producer, and received three Edgar Nominations from the Mystery Writers of America for "Best TV Episode."

In a related project, Hy was Executive Producer and head writer of Little Monk, a series of short films featuring Adrian Monk as a ten-year-old. His latest TV work was as writer and Consulting Producer for White Collar.

Hy is also the author of hundreds of short stories and ten books of short whodunits, which have been sold around the world in fourteen languages. Hy's first full-length comedy/mystery play, Home Exchange, premiered at the Waterfront Playhouse in Key West in May 2012. And, in a different vein, he recently authored a humor book called Things Your Dog Doesn't Want You to Know.  Hy splits his time among Key West, Vermont and New York City.

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One person will win a Rally 'Round the Corpse paperback book.

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Jennifer Clay said...

I would like to win this for myself.

Heather! said...

I'd like to read this myself, but I think the hubs would like it, too.

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Debby said...

I'd like to win it for myself.

Ken Ohl said...

I have a friend who I think would love this. thankyou, ken

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Teddy Rose said...

Thanks for taking part in the tour. I'm so glad you enjoyed Rally Round the Corpse!

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Anita Yancey said...

I would like to win this book for myself. Thanks for the chance.


Hy Conrad said...

Hi -- Thanks for reviewing my new book and hosting a giveaway. I'm so glad you enjoyed it -- I hope your readers do, as well.

jakiesmom said...

my mom

Darlene ysaguirre said...

Myself! i Live to read

Wehaf said...

I'd like to win this for myself, and then I would pass it on to my mom.

Jessamine Dungo said...

I would read this one :)

DEBIJOT said...

I would like this for myself.

Nancy said...

I'd like to win this because mysteries are my favorite genre!

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