In this delightfully charming Bed-and-Breakfast mystery from acclaimed USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Mary Daheim, innkeeper and irrepressible sleuth Judith McMonigle Flynn and Cousin Renie face off against a slippery, cold-blooded killer in a beach community
With the holidays over and Hillside Manor light on guests, innkeeper Judith McMonigle Flynn has a bad case of the January blues. It doesn't help that her husband, Joe, is leaving for New Zealand on a once-in-a-lifetime fishing trip with Cousin Renie's husband, Bill. A few days away housesitting at her aunt and uncle's retirement home on Whoopee Island with Renie sounds like the perfect getaway to lighten her mood. Surrounded by retirees in the off season, the cozy beach town is sure to be quiet and restful, and Auntie Vance has stocked the fridge with all their favorite dishes.
But when Judith and Renie arrive, they quickly discover that the seniors of Obsession Shores prefer cold cocktails and hot gossip to sets of canasta and gin rummy. The latest news buzzing around the community is about a proposed ordinance that has divided the residents, turning neighbor against neighbor. And of course it isn't too long before Judith and Renie stumble across a dead body on the beach. Death isn't surprising in an area full of older folk—until they learn it was a very sharp knife, not a bad ticker, that did in the victim. Though she's curious, Judith has made a promise: no more sleuthing. Yet with clouds of suspicion suddenly hovering over her and Renie, she's got to look into the crime—if only to prove their innocence.
What she finds is puzzling. The victim reputedly didn't have an enemy in the world—except for the killer. Beneath the town's booze-soaked boredom Judith and Renie uncover dangerous shams, scams, and secrets. Digging for clams and answers, the cousins discover that retirement can be deadly—at least among the eclectic, eccentric residents of Obsession Shores.
Seattle native Mary Richardson Daheim lives three miles from the house where she was raised. Upon getting her journalism degree from the University of Washington, she went to work for a newspaper in Anacortes, Washington. She married David Daheim and moved to Port Angeles where she became a reporter for the local daily. Both tours of small-town duty gave her the background for the Alpine/Emma Lord series. Mary spent much of her non-fiction career in public relations. She began her career as a novelist with seven historical romances before switching to mysteries in 1991. She has published at least 55 novels. Mary’s husband David died in February, 2010; they had been married for more than 43 years. They have three daughters, Barbara, Katherine and Magdalen, and two granddaughters, Maisy and Clara.read more
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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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.