"[A] tasty blend of travel, romance and mystery." —Booklife
Young, ambitious travel writer Finley Blake just landed a dream assignment, a getaway trip to Sri Lanka. Her sister Whitt signs on for the adventure, and the girls are excited for a trip of sight-seeing amongst the sweeping tea plantations and breathtaking elephant sanctuaries. One thing the sisters certainly don’t have on the agenda for the trip is murder. But after arriving in the high country expecting a quiet, restful stay, the sisters’ plans are quickly shattered when a fellow guest dies under mysterious circumstances. Is it just a coincidence? Or has someone from their past followed them all the way to Sri Lanka?
In Fielding's entertaining sequel to 2021's Murder in the Medina, Manhattanite Finley Blake, a freelance writer for the magazine Traveler's Tales, lands a dream assignment to report on spending 48 hours in Sri Lanka. Her younger sister, Whitt, a London investment banker, accepts Finley's invitation to join her there. The siblings are soon luxuriating in a fancy Colombo hotel, delighting in viewing elephants in their natural habitat, and playing the Murder Game, "a story-building pastime that the two had played for years when they used to travel with their parents," involving concocting "intricate murder-mystery plots that involved the people they met during their travels, almost like a live version of Clue." That diversion and Finlay's working holiday turn serious after a fellow guest is found dead from unknown causes, her corpse hidden inside some machinery at a tea factory the sisters visited to learn about the country's most famous export. Fielding skillfully balances detecting and globe-trotting, besides making her leads plausible amateur sleuths. Fans of Jennifer Alderson's Travel Can Be Murder cozy mysteries will be hooked. (Self-published)