Innkeeper and irrepressible sleuth Judith McMonigle Flynn and cousin Renie face off against a cold-blooded killer in a beach community in this delightfully charming Bed-and-Breakfast mystery from USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Mary Daheim.Read more...
Innkeeper and irrepressible sleuth Judith McMonigle Flynn and cousin Renie face off against a cold-blooded killer in a beach community in this delightfully charming Bed-and-Breakfast mystery from USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Mary Daheim.
With the holidays gone and Hillside Manor almost empty, Innkeeper Judith McMonigle Flynn has a bad case of the blues. A housesitting stint at her aunt and uncle's retirement home on Whoopee Island with cousin Renie seems like the ideal pick-me-up. Surrounded by retirees in the off-season sounds peaceful and pleasant--or so the duo thinks. But it isn't long before a dead body pops up in their vicinity. Not surprising in an area full of older folks--until they learn it wasn't a bad ticker that did in the victim, but a very sharp knife. With clouds of suspicion hovering over her and Renie, Judith reluctantly begins sleuthing--if only to prove they didn't commit the crime.
But what she finds is puzzling. The victim reputedly didn't have an enemy in the world--except for the killer. Digging for clams and answers, the cousins discover that retirement can be deadly--at least among the eclectic, eccentric residents of Obsession Shores.
- ISBN-13: 9780062317728
- ISBN-10: 0062317725
- Publisher: William Morrow & Company
- Publish Date: August 2014
- Page Count: 291
- Dimensions: 8.68 x 5.78 x 0.92 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.83 pounds
Series: Bed-And-Breakfast Mysteries (Hardcover)
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-06-30
- Reviewer: Staff
Daheim’s goofy 29th Bed-and-Breakfast mystery (after 2013’s Gone with the Win) takes Seattle innkeeper Judith McMonigle Flynn and bickering cousin Renie Jones to Whoopee Island to house-sit for Auntie Vance and Uncle Vince. Judith and Renie hold their relatives’ proxy for a contentious vote by residents of a housing development, Obsession Shores, regarding sewer lines. The small community consists mostly of elderly folk, many of them couples who like to drink and share rumors, but it becomes clear that one of these outlandish island characters is a killer. On a rainy walk on the beach shortly before the vote, the cousins discover the body of Ernie Glover, who had owned a house in Obsession Shores. An ominous warning doesn’t discourage Judith from engaging in her usual amateur sleuthing. An addled wanderer, a phantom ship, rare coins, and suspected affairs spice up a plot that never quite gels, but the cousins’ antics are sure to please series fans. Agent: Maureen Moran, Maureen Moran Agency. (Aug.)