Side Trip to KathmanduSide Trip to Kathmandu by Marie Moore is the third book in the “Sidney Marsh” murder mystery series. Publisher: Camel Press, March 2015

Sidney Marsh’s job as a New York travel agent is on the line. On her last two tours, she and her colleague Jay ended up smack in the middle of murder and mayhem. Their sleuthing sideline did not endear them to their employer, Itchy Feet Travel, so naturally they are relieved when their wealthy friend Brooke requests their presence on a no expense spared tour of India and Nepal. Another agency has made the arrangements, so all they need do is sit back and enjoy the ride.

Well, not quite all. Brooke has enlisted them to keep a sharp eye on their fellow travelers, all “friends” who have grown rich from the demise of others. After surviving an attempt on her life, Brooke is certain the culprit must be one of the five: a handsome Scotsman, a Bollywood actress, an investment banker, a Parisian filmmaker, or a twice widowed blonde.

Many of the tour accommodations prove to be as dodgy as the reputations of the travelers themselves. After one of the members of the moving house party dies of an apparent heart attack, everyone’s nerves are on edge. Sidney can hardly be blamed for assuming a deadly game is afoot … or for falling for Adam, the doting Scotsman. Now, if only she can unmask the killer before the killer beats her to the punch.

This good-paced, action-packed adventure was worth the wait as Sidney and Jay travel to India in this exciting drama where murder knows no boundary where Sidney is concerned. Being inquisitive leads this tale as the author took us on a ride where the suspects were few, but the suspense was aplenty. The mystery kept me involved in the storyline as it unfolded and I enjoyed the many curving paths it took to narrow the apprehension to the killer. The author did a beautiful job in describing the sites of India and Nepal through Sidney’s eyes as I pictured myself there. A great read, a great adventure, great dialogue, a great team of Sidney and Jay is the perfect ensemble for your reading experience. I can’t wait to see where Sidney and Jay will wind up next on their next travel excursion and what mayhem will be met by them.

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