Rally ‘Round the Corpse by Hy Conrad
Paperback: 348 pages
Publisher: Seven Realms Publishing (May 29, 2012)
It’s been two years since her fiancé’s death. Amy Abel needs to start over. What better way for a shy, risk-averse woman to start than to sink all her savings into a travel agency specializing in adventure? Her first project is 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. Who would kill a harmless mystery geek, and why are weird accidents beginning to happen along the way? To her horror, 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, and solve this on her own, before the killer strikes again.
I knew I wanted to read this book as soon as I saw who the author was. I knew of him through his work on the tv series Monk, which is in the top 5 of my all time favorite shows. Oh how I miss you Monk 🙁 … Anyway, I just knew this book had to be “LOL out loud” funny! (If you’re not a Monk fan, you won’t get that little joke) And it was! I would love to take part in a mystery road rally! How much fun would that be? LOADS!
The book is a fun read, has lots of peculiar characters, a little romance, and lots of surprises. This is a fantastic book and I’m sure I’ll be picking it up again!
Meet Hy Conrad:
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.