Rally 'Round the Corpse

Rally 'Round the Corpse

by Hy Conrad
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thebookwormNJ More than 1 year ago
About: Rally 'Round the Corpse is the first in a new series about Amy Abel, a widow who starts a mystery travel agency called Abel Adventures. Her company sets up mystery games that last two weeks. She finds a location, actors, a theme, plans catering, plants clues, etc. and supervises as her guests take part in solving the whodunit. The writer of her latest mystery game, "The Monte Carlo to Rome Mystery Road Rally", Otto, winds up murdered in New York. Amy not only wonders what happened but also worries about who will solve the play mystery, since the writer is now dead and she herself does not know the outcome. It turns out Otto had an assistant who knows the ending and who happens to be close to Amy herself. As the games proceed things begin to go wrong, the participants are even sent by an unknown person on a day trip Amy knew nothing about. She starts to put two and two together and realizes this game is based on a real unsolved case and she wonders who she can trust. Before she knows it, one of the players is actually murdered. Poisoned! Amy has to try and figure out who is behind it all. My thoughts: Rally 'Round the Corpse was a fun mystery. It's a mystery within a mystery, if that makes sense. I liked Amy from the start. She has a penchant for designer eye glasses but aside from that luxury she is a down to earth character. Marcus Alvarez is your tall, mysterious charmer and I wondered if he was a goodie or a baddie. The players in the mystery game all added to the fun. I liked reading about the different places they were being sent to and the different clues they received. The setting was fantastic. The European countryside is the perfect backdrop to this mystery and the author does a wonderful job at describing it. ---------------------------- Amy loved the Tuscan hills this time of year, lush with Autumn grapes, the vistas almost hypnotic in their rolling beauty. And then, suddenly, around the least likely bend, a gap would open up to reveal not more hills, but a piercing blue sky and a fishing village nestled in the rocks below, breathtakingly close, the blue-green sea bobbing with brightly painted herring boats and the occasional yacht. p.78 ------------------------ The first part of the books is mainly about the Mystery Rally and its players. The second part of the story is about how Amy goes back home with her mom and tries to figure out who the murderer is. I read Things Your Dog Doesn't Want You to Know which Hy Conrad co-authored and I was eager to read this author again. I'm happy to say I enjoyed this one very much. There's mystery, a bit of romance, fun characters and a great setting. I would definitely read more in this series. ---------------------------- All the millions of little forks in the road, the inconsequential moments you never give a second thought to until they heartlessly, mechanically click into place and destroy your entire world. p.13 ---------------------------- Disclaimer: This review is my honest opinion. I did not receive any type of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers and authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review. I received a free review copy of this book.
Man_Of_La_Book_Dot_Com More than 1 year ago
Rally ‘Round the Corpse by Hy Con­rad is a fic­tional mys­tery and it seems to be the first of a series. I jumped on the oppor­tu­nity to read this book because Mr. Con­rad is the writer for the TV show Monk which is, in my opin­ion, one of the best writ­ten shows on TV. Amy Able, still on the rebound, runs a travel agency with her mother, Fanny. The agency runs a Monte Carlo to Rome Mys­tery Road Rally to pam­pered guests who like mur­der mys­tery games. Soon after the game begun, the eccen­tric cre­ator, the only one who knows the answer, mys­te­ri­ously dies in his New York apartment. The game becomes real when one of the guests die and Amy real­izes that the mys­tery is actu­ally based on a real-life unsolved crime. Rally ‘Round the Corpse by Hy Con­rad (web­site | Face­book) is an enjoy­able novel which is easy to read, doesn't take itself too seri­ously and tells a story with humor and energy. I read the book with the author’s sense of humor in mind, as a fan of Monk I might have had an advan­tages over other read­ers since I thought that some of the lines which to oth­ers might sound over-the-top cheesy, were funny. "“Amy thought of her dou­ble bot­tom drawer as a black hole, suck­ing in any­thing and everything….it was an infor­mal stor­age sys­tem, but it filled the gap between the for­mal­ity of her files and the abyss of the wastebasket.” As you can see, if you read this line in a man­ner which is too seri­ous or high-brow you’ll miss the wit and humor of the book. The cast of char­ac­ters bring peo­ple from all walks of life (some rich, some are tak­ing the vaca­tion of life­time) which makes the inter­ac­tion funny and unique. A South­ern heiress com­bined with a NYPD detec­tive who doesn't curse. The book is not fast paced, but move at a descent speed and is a nice, light book to read over the week­end or when your life gets hec­tic. The mys­tery, at first, seems sim­ple and the author writes in a few almost too obvi­ous scape­goats, but gets more fun as the true killer is revealed with a slight twist. The novel is well writ­ten, the ban­ter is light­hearted and the nar­ra­tion and dia­log are both bal­anced. I’m look­ing for­ward to read more of Mr. Conrad’s books and the face­tious adven­tures of Amy Able.
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Posted on Romancing the Books blog / Reviewed by JoAnn / Review Copy Provided by the Publisher / This is book one in the Abel Adventures Mystery series. The author is one of the writers of the TV series, Monk, about a former detective and solver of mysteries, which always had me laughing. This book did not disappoint and reminded me at times of Monk along with another TV show The Amazing Race where contestants travel around the world searching for clues. Rally ‘Round the Corpse struck me as death and mystery meet travel and adventure. I felt like I was part of the tour group – searching for clues, uncovering secrets, trying to solve the mystery along with visualizing myself in some of the countries and locales that were on the itinerary even though I’ve never been to most of the places Amy took the group. There were lots of twists and turns to keep the pages turning along with laugh out loud moments. There was great character development and I loved the way Amy’s strengths evolved throughout the book. Her relationship with her mother was typical of many mother-daughter relationships and her mother, Fanny, gave comedic relief throughout. This was a cozy type mystery to me – lighthearted but with a mystery to solve. There was also some romance thrown in too. There was closure but I know there will be lots of adventures to keep Amy busy because there was an excerpt from book 2 at the back of this book which only whet my appetite for more. Favorite Quote: “You should see Rome from the air. All the roof gardens. And inside those monoliths, the hidden courtyards with their Renaissance fountains and maybe in a corner some two-thousand-year-old pillar stolen from the Forum by some medieval farmer and that’s now holding up a wall. All the layers of art and history hidden from public view. Rome takes a bit of knowing to love.” He smiled. “Like me.”
MasonCanyon More than 1 year ago
Making a game out of a mystery and a European road rally is the perfect combination for intrigue and suspense. Author Hy Conrad puts an amusing spin on a traditional board game with his debut mystery, RALLY ‘ROUND THE CORPSE. His protagonist oversees a mystery road rally through the European countryside. It’s been two years and Amy Abel is trying to start over after the death of her fiancé. With the help of her mother, Amy puts all her savings into a travel agency. But this is not an ordinary travel agency, Amy’s specializes in adventure. Her first project - a mystery road rally through the European countryside - may be her last. With two dozen clients participating in the rally, Amy finds herself drawn to the mysterious Marcus Alvarez. Starting in Monte Carlo, the rally has problems right off the bat. The eccentric writer who penned the rally is murdered in New York. Then weird accidents begin to happen along the route. What Amy soon discovers about the mystery game has her seeing Marcus in a different light. Teaming up with her mother, Amy sets out to solve the real mystery before her business (and her life) are terminated. Conrad has created well-developed characters that are realistic with just a touch of zaniness. He takes the story on a whirlwind adventure while placing the reader in the midst of the action with his vivid descriptions. As the story unfolds, Conrad incorporates red herrings keeping readers on their toes as to who the real killer is and what could possible happen next. RALLY ’ROUND THE CORPSE is well-written and flows smoothly. It’s a fast pace mystery featuring bits of humor and romance with suspense and intrigue always lurking nearby. This is a fun read mystery lovers will adore and eagerly await the next adventure Amy undertakes. FTC Full Disclosure - An eBook copy of this story was sent to me by the author as part of his Premier Virtual Book Tour in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
jennilynnJA More than 1 year ago
I received an advance copy of this book and highly recommend it. While I've seen some episodes of Monk and White Collar, I wasn't all that familiar with Hy Conrad but the book synopsis sounded like something right up my alley. Spoiler alert**** The storyline follows Amy after a tragedy in her life, starts a travel agency and she designs and pulls off a Murder Mystery Tour, literally around the world and has a murder mystery writer who does her script for her tour. Imagine the surprise when the mystery is based on a real death mystery years before. The story takes the tour through Rome and other exotic places as the participants try to solve the murder of their character and work in various teams. Add a budding romance and a murder during the tour and everyone in a tailspin as an arrest is made. There's a whole lot more to the story of course. *** End spoiler alert First the story line is fun, witty and it was easy to delve into the characters. It was well written and makes you wonder in the very beginning "whodunit". Amy, the main character starts out as being a bit relunctant and a worrier, but starts to really come out of her shell midway through the book. The rest of the characters really add to the story and he plot line. Fanny, Amy's mother is hilarious. I stayed up late several nights reading because I lost track of time reading because I was so into the book. I had an ebook glitch about 80% into the book and it took several days for the publisher to get me the new copy. I was dying! I was so into the story, and really wanted to know who did it and couldn't!! I was so excited to get the new copy and finish the story!! Whether you are familiar with Hy Conrad or not, this book is definately worth reading! You won't be disappointed. I'm looking forward to more of his works!!