"Murder in Merry Old"” is the first murder mystery novel in a series revolving around the central character, Simon Grand, who rules an empire of travel related businesses including books, magazine and newspaper columns, a videotaped series called "The Inside Guides" and regular guest appearances on television talk shows.

For pleasure more than profit, Simon Grand  guides periodic tours for the affluent to the world's most romantic places.  Each Grand Tour lasts up to a dozen days and includes 12 disparate guests who pay handsomely for a luxurious, pampered holiday planned and executed by the world's most successful travel authority.

The 13th guest is always Death.

The scene is invariably a dream destination with a nightmare on arrival.