DEATH ON TOUR
Murder, possible smuggling, a colorful array of characters and what could be the start of a romance are vying for top billing with the wonders of Egypt in this funny and expertly plotted debut, introducing high school teacher Jocelyn Shore. Readers can only hope that Hamrick’s next installment is as much fun as this one.
Jocelyn Shore and her cousin Kyla are on a once-in-a-lifetime tour of Egypt, along with a collection of characters that make the trip more … interesting. They include an obnoxious lawyer with his sullen teen daughter, elderly sisters who appear to be bordering on senility, an attractive but mysterious man who’s always asking questions and obnoxious Millie Owens who, as if to continue inconveniencing the group, takes a fatal plunge from one of the pyramids. Was it a horrible accident or a terrible murder? It seems that Jocelyn, despite her better judgment, had better start investigating if she wants to survive her tour. (MINOTAUR, May, 304 pp., $24.99)