Death by Baguette is a cozy mystery. There are many clues, and the story is set in a city that many find filled with romance. I was engrossed in the story throughout to see what would happen next.

4-STAR REVIEW: Death by Baguette: A Valentine’s Day Murder in Paris by Jennifer S. Alderson

The Description

Travel Can Be Murder: Book 2
Publication Date: February 11, 2020

Paris-the city of love, lights … and murder? Join tour guide Lana Hansen as she escorts five couples on an unforgettable Valentine-themed vacation to France! Unfortunately it will be the last trip for one passenger…

Lana Hansen’s future is looking bright. She has money in her bank account, a babysitter for her cat, and even a boyfriend. Regrettably she won’t get to celebrate Valentine’s Day with her new beau, Chad. Instead, she will be leading a lovers-only tour in France. Luckily for Lana, her best friend, Willow, and her partner, Jane, will be joining her.

Things go downhill when Lana’s new boyfriend shows up in Paris for her tour-with his wife. Chad is not the website developer he claimed to be, but a famous restaurant critic whose love of women rivals his passion for food.

After Chad drops dead during a picnic under the Eiffel Tower, a persistent French detective becomes convinced that he was poisoned. And the inspector’s sights are set on several members of the tour-including Lana!

While escorting her group through the cobblestone streets of Montmartre, the grand gardens of Versailles, and the historic Marché des Enfants Rouges market, Lana must figure out who really killed Chad before she has to say bonjour to prison and adieu to her freedom.

The Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mysteries are heartwarming stories about making friends, traveling, and celebrating new experiences. Join tour guide Lana Hansen as she leads tourists and readers to fascinating cities around the globe on intriguing adventures that often turn deadly.

The Review

Death By Baguette: A Valentine’s Day Murder in Paris is the second book in the Travel Can Be Murder series by Jennifer S Alderson. I’m definitely looking forward to reading more in this series so I can vicariously travel to locales around the world as we get to see the sights and solve a murder or two. The book begins and ends in Seattle.

This cozy mystery is set in Paris, and while I have no interest in ever traveling there, this book made me feel like I was there. There are so many scenic depictions of the various tourist attractions and the city as a whole. It was one adventure after another, even though the advertised romantic getaway isn’t filled with love since the couples have more angst and arguments than anything. So much for being happily married! 

Lana is thrown for a loop when she realizes she knows one of the clients more than she should. It could be an interesting week, to say the least! 

Lana is leading the tour, and this time she is training Randy. They balance each other nicely, especially when there’s a death that has to be reported. 

Dotty, who is Lana’s landlord and also the owner of the tour company, is back, as are her pets and Lana’s cat. We get more involved in their lives and get to know them better. As always, multiple stories are told, and they are woven together, each detail being important. There are clues sprinkled throughout the story of whodunnit, And once again, amateur sleuth Lana pieces them together, putting herself in danger more than once. 

There is closure in solving the crimes, and I liked the reveal of whodunnit. The cover is spot on, and I enjoyed the titles for each chapter.

Death by Baguette is a cozy mystery. There are many clues, and the story is set in a city that many find filled with romance. I was engrossed in the story throughout to see what would happen next.

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About The AuthorJennifer S. Alderson was born in San Francisco, raised in Seattle, and currently lives in Amsterdam. After traveling extensively around Asia, Oceania, and Central America, she moved to Darwin, Australia, before settling in the Netherlands. When not writing, she can be found in a museum, biking around Amsterdam, or enjoying a coffee along the canal while planning her next research trip. Jennifer’s love of travel, art, and culture inspires her award-winning Zelda Richardson Mystery series, her Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mysteries, and her standalone stories.



JoAnne Weiss, nee Montalbano, was born and raised in NYC until moving to CT with her family when she was 16 and she's never left. Married for 41 years with one grown son, she works in an elementary school office where she's been since it opened in 2003. Prior to that, she was an accountant in several corporations before becoming a stay at home mom for 12 years. JoAnne enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with her family, and extended family as well as with friends. She enjoys cooking and rarely uses a recipe the way it was intended but instead uses them and cooking shows to give her new ideas and suggestions. JoAnne has a huge bucket list of places she'd like to visit but has been lucky enough to travel to England, Italy, the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, and many states in the U.S. including Hawaii, California, Nevada, Arizona, and Maine among others. Some of JoAnne's favorite genres include contemporary romance, chick-lit, romantic suspense, and historical romances including regency and those set in the west. JoAnne is on several author's street teams and enjoys interacting with many of them on Facebook as well as reading their newsletters. She has been lucky enough to meet some of her favorite authors among them Susan Mallery, Debbie Macomber, Nora Roberts, Meg Tilly, Beatriz Williams, and Marie Bostwick. JoAnne took a road trip with her sister in the fall of 2019 and visited Nora Roberts' bookstore in Boonsboro, Maryland for an authors' signing. She hopes to do more of this in the future. JoAnne leaves reviews for all books she reads on Goodreads and her reviews can be found at JoAnne currently reviews for - and which is on hiatus. Previously she reviewed for which has since closed. Payment is in the form of receiving free books to read and review. Her mantra is too many books and not enough time!


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Death by Baguette is a cozy mystery. There are many clues, and the story is set in a city that many find filled with romance. I was engrossed in the story throughout to see what would happen next.4-STAR REVIEW: Death by Baguette: A Valentine's Day Murder in Paris by Jennifer S. Alderson