The Travel Writer: A Mystery
Travel Writer Mystery
At a posh South American resort tucked into the lush jungles of the Andes, an American journalist has gone missing, leaving the hotel’s PR agent, Pilar Rojas, with an international incident on her hands. Which is why she offers her ex-lover, travel writer Jacob Smalls, an all-expenses-paid trip to the resort in exchange for a puff piece extolling its virtues—and some behind-the-scenes digging into the disappearance. Intrigued by the prospect of winning Pilar back—and eager, as always, for freebies—Jacob hops the first flight to La Paz, Bolivia.
Although he hasn’t seen Pilar in years, Jacob finds her just as intoxicating as he did when they were together. But from the moment he hits the city’s cobbled streets, Jacob attracts all the wrong kinds of attention. Political flunkies and goons of all stripes try to scare him off the trail, while the missing woman’s not-quite boyfriend insists on shadowing Jacob’s every move. And amid ancient Incan hillside terraces, a world-class hotel conceals a secret that may kill.
Jacob Smalls has been called by his e-girlfriend to help with the damage control revolving around a missing persons case at her resort. Jacob is asked to help cover the story until the mystery is solved.
There is plenty of humor in this book. The characters are likable and the story flows well. I enjoyed the idea of a travel write solving cases and using his personal experiences and knowledge to do so. It would make a fun and exciting series. The beginning of the story was a bit slow, but I did enjoy it. I loved the descriptions of the environments they were in and I found the writing to be very clear and enjoyable.
This is a debut book by this author and I only see the books getting better and better! It was fun and interesting. I would read a second book in the series.
I gave this book 3.5 stars. I would pair it with a Mai Tai and a hammock. Definitely good vacation reading!
ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review.