Published: May 2020 by Travelling Life Press
Category: Cosy Murder/Mystery, Book Review
A Mother’s Day trip to the Netherlands turns deadly when a guest plummets from a windmill. Was it an accident or a murder? For Lana Hansen, the answer will mean freedom or imprisonment for someone close to her…
Lana Hansen is scheduled to lead the Mother’s Day tour of the Netherlands despite her boss Dotty Thompson’s reservations. Lana and her estranged mother, Gillian, haven’t been close for the past ten years, since Lana was sacked from her job as an investigative reporter for the Seattle Chronicle. Dotty is determined to bring them closer together and has a plan.
Unbeknownst to Lana, Dotty and her friend are joining the cruise but she is less than pleased when she discovers Dotty has asked her mother to join them. Adding to Lana’s dismay and anger is the fact that one of the guests is the person responsible for destroying her career.
The passengers are a diverse group, a few appeared in previous books. Some are definitely more likeable than others who always find something or someone to complain about, even before they get on the boat.
“I don’t want to hear your excuses. The view from our room is substandard, and I want to know what you are going to do about it. We expected better from Wanderlust Tours. We are paying quite a bit to be here, you know.”
While on the tour Lana discovers more about the incident that cost her job and anger prompts her to do something drastic and, I thought, out of character. When a death occurs it’s initially unclear whether it’s an accident or murder but the police have their eye on someone.
I enjoyed the well described armchair travel aspect of the story very much, imagining the sights and locations in Amsterdam—the Keukenhof Garden, the museum of bags and purses, the floating flower market and the windmills, to name but a few.
I chose to read and review Death by Windmill for Rosie Amber’s book review team, based on a digital copy kindly supplied the author.
About the Author
Jennifer S. Alderson was born in San Francisco, raised in Seattle, and currently lives in Amsterdam. After traveling extensively around Asia, Oceania, and Central America, she moved to Darwin, Australia, before finally settling in the Netherlands. When not writing, she can be found in a museum, biking around Amsterdam, or enjoying a coffee along the canal while planning her next research trip.
Jennifer’s love of travel, art, and culture inspires her award-winning Zelda Richardson Mystery series, her Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mysteries, and her standalone stories.