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Product Details

  • Series: Bed-and-Breakfast Mysteries
  • Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; First Printing edition (August 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380778793
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380778799
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #925,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Sly humor and domestic details drive this chatty 10th installment in Daheim's Bed-and-Breakfast Mystery series. An ill-tempered matriarch's refusal to join her neighbors in putting up outdoor Christmas decorations sets the stage for the woman's bloody demise. Judith Flynn, who runs a B&B in this tiny Pacific Northwest community, isn't so sure that the deceased's husband is really the killer. She begins snooping despite warnings from her cop husband, and her discoveries prompt the police to widen their pool of suspects (even to Judith's mom, who retaliates against the indignity by removing her dentures and smiling: "a fearsome sight"). This is light and cozy fare from the prolific Daheim, also known for her Alpine series.
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About the Author

Mary Richardson Daheim is a Seattle native with a communications degree from the University of Washington. Realizing at an early age that getting published in books with real covers might elude her for years, she worked on daily newspapers and in public relations to help avoid her creditors. She lives in her hometown in a century-old house not unlike Hillside Manor, except for the body count. Daheim is also the author of the Alpine mystery series and the mother of three daughters.


More About the Author

Mary Richardson Daheim is a Seattle native with a degree in communciation from the University of Washington. Realizing at an early age that getting published in books with real covers might elude her for years, she worked on daily newspapers and in public relations to help avoid her creditors. She lives in her hometown in a century-old house not unlike Hillside Manor, except for the body count. Daheim is also the author of the Alpine mystery series and the mother of three daughters.

Customer Reviews

Her characters are delightful.
Catherine T Coffey
She invites the woman who stole her fiance, leaving her pregnant and with no alternative than the awful Dan, and that's just the beginning.
Moe811
Mary Daheim's Bed & Breakfast series is definitely one of the best amateur sleuth series written.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 5, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
UGH!! I have read every mystery in this series so far. I keep reading them because I love the setting, etc, and try my best to ignore the lead character. But I can do it no longer. The Bed and Breakfast series makes me feel like I am reading about the Betty Crocker 1950's. Judith's prizewinning husband is truly a jackass, and she simpers and caters to him like a spineless idiot. What good old Joe needs is a boot out the door. Maybe then Judith could be the independant character she showed the potential of being in the first book of the series. Ane Renie! Oh please! If I read one more time about how Bill had to have his dinner on time every day....if he's so worried about it, let him cook it himself! I just hope that the much better Alpine series by the same author never becomes this disgusting.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. R. Hansen on January 20, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I so enjoyed this series in the beginning, but now I only hold them in a fall back position whilst I'm waiting for other books to arrive from Amazon. Sadly, I bought the whole series and it's doubtful that I'll ever finish them.
Judith is rude, arrogant, deceitful, disloyal, a liar and a thief. Not bad for someone married to a cop. Again, she treats the police as stupid and interferring in HER investigation. She is guilty of breaking and entering, stealing evidence from a crime scene, withholding evidence from the police and a multitude of other haneous faults that are annoying. Granted, this is fiction, but c'mon, how about a little bit of reality?? I've read other mysteries where the main character is NOT a PI or a policeman and they seem to be able to know their place and work WITH the police, not independently of them.
I can't imagine how the character Joe puts up with this tedious woman as well as her mother, the hateful and nasty Gertrude. Gertie was amusing and fun in the beginning but now it's easy to see where Judith gets her lack of charm and manners.
I read for pleasure, I expect there to be some artistic license taken on occasion, but the whole book???
And could someone tell me just which one of the policeman's eyes is patched? The book refers both his left and his right as being the good eye. Perhaps at the end, he'll just be a cop playing dress up?
I HAVE to find something else to read for my fall back position, these are getting just to awful.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Karen Potts on April 9, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It's Christmas time, and Judith Flynn has decided that she and the neighbors on her cul-de-sac should celebrate by decorating their houses. Eveyone thinks it's a great idea except for the crabby Enid Goodrich who seems to be lacking in Christmas spirit. She has been a detriment to the neighborhood for some time and it's hard to find genuine sympathy among her neighbors when she is killed with a hatchet just before Christmas. Of course this means that there are lots of suspects because Enid has offended almost everyone she has come in contact with. This includes her rather unsavory relatives who dislike her as much as everyone else. Judith and her cousin, Renie, do their usual sleuthing job and Judith finally comes up with the identity of the killer. This is enjoyable reading for fans of this genre.
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I have several books in this series and I found it rather entertaining at first. Now there seems to be a sameness to the books.
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By judy u on April 15, 2014
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Couldn't hardly put it down because it kept me in stitches. All the nutty neighbors were involved in this one.
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By rg on February 16, 2014
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Judith has finally gone nuts. No, that's not it. Oh yes. This is early on when she is just starting her flight through the deaths of so many people, usually strangers, that she runs into.
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By Normochka on February 15, 2014
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Judith and Renie's family is known for its Christmas celebrations. Judith tries to spread the cheer in the neighborhood. Most respond positively. This fun, yet occasionally poignant cozy mystery makes us enthusiastic about Christmas yet reminds us that not everyone enjoys holidays.

I love this series. Gertrude is the only annoying character. Love the adventures of cousins Judith and Renie.
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By Grace F. Jones on December 31, 2013
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I love this book. Good fast reading and entertaining for all ages. First time reader of a Mary Daheim book.
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