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A passport's not needed to enjoy Hamrick's ditzy debut, the first in a new cozy series and the winner of the 2010 Mystery Writers of America/Minotaur Books First Crime Novel Competition. While Austin, Tex., high school teacher Jocelyn Shore and her fashionista cousin and best friend, Kyla Shore, are on an Egyptian tour, one of their group, unpopular 55-year-old Millie Owens, takes a fatal plunge off the great pyramid of Khafre outside Cairo. The police later determine that Millie was murdered, stabbed in the neck. Entries in a journal that Jocelyn finds in Millie's bag suggests someone on the tour might be dangerous. Good-looking Alan Stratton, who's traveling alone and wears no wedding ring, adds romantic interest. Hamrick does a good job capturing life on an exhausting budget tour as her snazzy if snarky amateur sleuth, who tends to be hard on the middle-aged and elderly, investigates some fishy fellow tourists with a hypercritical eye. (May)
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"Janice Hamrick's debut mystery, Death on Tour, is highly recommended for those who love a charming, suspenseful, hilarious cozy with a happy, fairytale ending." Gumshoe Review

"Hamrick's character-driven debut is a good mystery and a charming travelogue." --Kirkus Reviews

"A passport's not needed to enjoy Hamrick's ditzy debut, the first in a new cozy series and the winner of the 2010 Mystery Writers of America/Minotaur Books First Crime Novel Competition." --Publisher's Weekly

Praise for Janice Hamrick and Death on Tour

“A classy whodunit, Death on Tour also offers a trove of Egyptology and a wealth of humor -- Christie's characters were never this smart-alecky. Hamrick plays fair with clues, and the alert reader has a fighting chance of identifying the culprit from among the cast of suspects.”
Richmond Times Dispatch

Death on Tour is fun, romantic and delightful, and full of fascinating bits about ancient Egypt.”
Cleveland Plain Dealer


“The cozy mystery was once limited to adorable English villages and the like, but it long ago outgrew its traditional boundaries. Janice Hamrick's Death on Tour is a charming example.”
The Seattle Times

“Hamrick does a good job capturing life on an exhausting budget tour as her snazzy if snarky amateur sleuth… investigates some fishy fellow tourists.”
Publishers Weekly

“Hamrick’s character-driven debut is a good mystery and a charming travelogue.”
Kirkus Reviews

 “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.”
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Product Details

  • Series: A Jocelyn Shore Mystery (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (April 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312679467
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312679460
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,912,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was born in Oklahoma City and grew up in Overland Park and Olathe, Kansas. I've lived in Austin for ...well, never mind how long. We non-natives say things like, "I wasn't born in Texas, but I got here as quick as I could." Then we snort.

Seriously, I grew up in a semi-rural suburb of Kansas City, which means that a massive mall was less than twenty minutes away but I could have a horse. My brother had a chicken. Both of us agree his was the better pet, but that's another story.

I attended the University of Kansas at Lawrence, where I graduated with honors in English. Soon after, I moved to Austin with its thriving software community and managed to obtain semi-respectable employment as a technical writer.

As time passed, I found myself thinking that it was time to dust off the dreams I'd had back in Kansas. I joined the Writers' League of Texas, bought a laptop, and stared at the blank screen in between endless rounds of FreeCell (at which I'm now exceptionally proficient). Then I had the opportunity to take a tour of Egypt, and I was dazzled. By the time I got back, I had a plot, I had characters, and I couldn't wait to get started.

DEATH ON TOUR was published after winning the Mystery Writers of America/Minotaur Books First Crime Novel award and was a nominee for both the 2012 Mary Higgins Clark award and RT Reviewers' Choice First Crime Novel award. DEATH MAKES THE CUT finds Jocelyn back home to her teaching job in Austin, Texas, and in DEATH RIDES AGAIN, Jocelyn and her cousin Kyla travel to their family's Texas ranch only to find that a cousin is missing, another has been shot, and opening day at the new racetrack is off to a murderous start.

Customer Reviews

Characters were described well.
Marlene
The plot and subplots keep the story moving at a good pace.
StLSandy
I look forward to the next book in the series.
S. Bednar

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Pope on May 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Ms. Hamrick rightly deserved the award given by the Mystery Writers Association. Her story is most entertaining and well-written. I may put camel riding on my bucket-list of things to do!

Her dry wit and telling descriptions of the characters has me waiting for her next book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on April 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The Austin, Texas Shore cousins (high school teacher Jocelyn and stylish Kyla), are best friends. They decide to tour Egypt together so they sign up with WorldPal Tours. However, in spite a terrific job by their guide Anni, the trip is not as much fun due to irritating fifty-something Millie Owens. When odious Millie falls to her death from the great pyramid of Khafre, the group is stunned and a bit remorseful as everyone wanted her to shut up, just not this way.

The Egyptian police find Millie was stabbed in her neck so obviously a murder occurred. Jocelyn comes across a journal the deceased kept that implies someone on the tour is dangerous, but who?. An unknown adversary attacks Jocelyn and a haranguing merchant is killed with the same M.O. as Millie. Jocelyn ponders who the killer is while assuming handsome hunk tourist Alan Stratton could not be the culprit as he is too good looking and interested in the cousins.

This is a wonderful on tour amateur sleuth. The entertaining story line captures the essence of being with a tour group as you don't select your companions or your schedule. Part of the fun is the generation gap as the younger Shore cousins especially Kyla are somewhat amusingly contemptuous of the boomers (you don't pick your travel mates on tour) in their group. Readers will enjoy this fine whodunit as Jocelyn wonders how an Austin schoolteacher on her once in a lifetime tour of the Pyramids has become a killer's target.

Harriet Klausner
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Bednar on May 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Engaging characters, exotic locale, romance and mystery. An entertaining and light mystery that captures the thrills and trials of going on a tour. I look forward to the next book in the series.
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All her life, Jocelyn Shore has wanted to tour Egypt. After scrimping for years, the attractive high school teacher and her first cousin, Kyla Shore, embark on an Egyptian tour with WorldPal. While exploring the pyramids of Giza, one of Jocelyn's traveling companions, the nosy, pesky Millie Owens, is stabbed in the back of the neck. Soon afterwards, Jocelyn herself becomes the killer's target. With the help of Kyla and a dashing stranger, Allan Stratton, she manages to survive several attacks while endeavoring to unveil the killer's identity.

During her Egyptian tour, Jocelyn encounters hot, sweltering weather; ancient, crumbling ruins; rude, obnoxious traveling companions and a killer who repeatedly hits and beats her all the way. Who could ask for a more enjoyable vacation? At least I was laughing out loud when reading about Jocelyn's misadventures in Janice Hamrick's delightful cozy, "Death on Tour." ((While applying makeup prior to attending a costume party, Jocelyn asks her cousin, "What do you think? Egyptian royalty or cheap hooker?") From the opening pages, the reader is thrown headfirst into the mystery. Jocelyn's entire tour group is staring in shock at Millie's corpse lying in the dust. Since no one liked the snooping pest, the tour is quick to continue onward.

Egypt is a vast desert where it never rains, according to WorldPal's wonderful tour guide, Anni. In fact many inhabitants build homes without roofs, adding them later when they can afford them. Every day, Jocelyn and her companions traveled by plane or boat to a major attraction. They visited innumerable pyramids, obelisks and giant statues of kings, queens and animals. (After this tour, I don't think I'd want to ever see another statue relating to death.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Davidson on November 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This was a great, fun read from start to finish. I was really wondering if it wasn't a more experienced writer writing under an alias. I laughed out loud, I chuckled, and sometimes I just smiled. The details were so great I really want to take the tour. I'll definitely read anything else she puts out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By StLSandy on November 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This writer avoids a lot of the mistakes first timers make. The history and scenery are woven into the story instead of dumped in paragraphs of guidebook information. Dialogue is believable, witty and the sparring between the cousins is realistic.

The plot and subplots keep the story moving at a good pace. The subplots give alternative villians but without yelling, this is a clue as some writers do. One thing writers wrestle with is the wrap up at the end as the main character debates who is the real killer. They tend to summarize until the reader's eyes glaze over. This book keeps the action going and keeps us interested until the last word.

I picked this book on a whim and am glad I did. I am looking forward to reading the next episode.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Hengst on August 7, 2011
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I typically only read non-fiction, with about one fiction book per year. Recently I saw this book by an Austin author, my home, and bought it. It sat on my Kindle for a while and I wish I had read it sooner. It is really well written and a comfortable read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karen_Review on July 10, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I actually sent this comment to a friend who knows I love mysteries especially set in foreign countries.

I can hardly put that book down! It's so much fun remembering Egypt and all the little things I'd forgotten (like walking through all the ships to get to ours, the story of how Abu Simbel got its name, etc. LOL). I can't wait for Janice's second book. I haven't quite finished this one but it really is fun to read. Please write many more. The main character is so real and down to earth. I just love it!
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