Deadly Travel: A World War II Mystery

Deadly Travel: A World War II Mystery (The Deadly Series)
by Kate Parker


About Deadly Travel

Deadly Travel: A World War II Mystery (The Deadly Series)
Historical Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Publisher: JDP Press (September 28, 2020)
Number of Pages 320
Digital ASIN: B08F6BW1WV

Travel to Berlin in 1939 is treacherous. Carrying out two clandestine missions in the enemy capital could prove deadly.

When a Quaker Kindertransport chaperone is murdered in the East End of London, Britain’s counterintelligence spymaster tasks Olivia Denis to join the group rescuing children from Nazi Germany. Olivia must find not only a killer, but a traitor relaying sensitive material to the enemy.

Once they reach Berlin, Olivia discovers she must rescue the family of an imprisoned British spy before she leaves the next day. An attack convinces Olivia the family’s two young sons are in grave danger, but where to hide them?

Can she protect the boys before they become the traitor’s next victims?

Deadly Travel, Book Five of the Deadly series, is for fans of World War II era spy thrillers and classical cozy mysteries, of intrepid lady sleuths with spunk and smarts. No explicit cursing, sex, or violence.

Continue your journey today into Olivia’s world of intrigue in London in the days leading up to war.


A Message from Gerhard Dietrich


Hi, I’m Gerhard Dietrich. When you first meet me in Deadly Travel, I’m ten years old and living in Berlin. It’s 1939, and I have to be brave and grown-up. My father has been taken to Sachsenhausen, a prison camp just outside of Berlin, for being a traitor, and my mother is hysterical.

Before my father was taken away by the soldiers, I had a normal life, going to school, learning how mechanical things worked when my father and I would take things apart, bossing my little brother around. My father and brother and I would hike in the parks and woodlands, and my father would point out plants and insects and the signs of small animals.

But I’d heard my parents whispering late at night in a language I didn’t know. My father said it was English, and I mustn’t tell anyone that my parents spoke English at home, or anything else about what I might hear. It had to be a secret.

I kept the secret, but someone didn’t. One of the neighbors? Someone my father worked with in the grand government building downtown?

At dinnertime one evening, some soldiers in uniform came and dragged my father away. My mother sat there and wept over my father’s half-finished potatoes and sauerkraut. From then on, I had to take care of myself and my brother, getting us to bed at night, getting us up in the morning, finding us something to eat. All my mother did was sob to anyone brave enough to come to our flat.

A few days later, a man from the British embassy that my mother knew came to our home late one evening with a woman. The woman had passports for us and a way out of Germany if we left the next morning. We were to sneak aboard the Kindertransport.

The woman, Olivia Denis, was very nice and spoke to me as if I were a grown-up. She must have realized my mother would be of no help, and if we were to escape the Gestapo, I would have to get my brother and me dressed, pack our suitcases and school knapsacks, and get us to the train station. Mrs. Denis must have realized my mother would at least pack her own suitcase and march us to the train station in the angry way she had if she weren’t crying.

I don’t remember which mood I disliked more.

I missed my father and wished he could come with us, but already I understood that wouldn’t happen.

And then we traveled in a darkened, smelly train carriage all day and into the night. We didn’t see our mother, but I was certain she was with us. It was a large group of hundreds of people. I kept my little brother, Heinrich, with me the entire trip, on the train, on the ferry crossing the sea, and into England. I would make certain we weren’t separated. Ever.

Deadly Travel is the fifth in the Deadly Series by Kate Parker, following the story of Olivia Denis, a young Englishwoman. Learn more about Kate’s books at and


About Kate Parker

Kate Parker caught the reading bug early, and the writing bug soon followed. She’s always lived in a house surrounded by books and dust bunnies. After spending a dozen years in North Carolina, she moved to Colorado. The Rocky Mountains are beautiful, but she’d developed a love of wide rivers, warmer and wetter weather, and fast-growing greenery that sent her hurrying back to North Carolina.

Deadly Travel is the fifth book in the Deadly Series, and Kate’s plan is to follow it quickly with Deadly Darkness, both set in 1939 in the days leading up to war. There are at least three more of the Deadly Series coming that will bring the beginning of the war to Olivia’s doorstep. Kate reports that she is having fun creating new stories to entertain readers and chaos to challenge her characters.

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  1. Thank you for telling Gerhard's story in his words.

  2. Thanks for sharing, sounds like a good book.

  3. Thank you for sharing your book!


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