“Daheim writes with wit, wisdom, and a big heart."
Cormac McCarthy has nothing on Mary Daheim—whose fabulous Bed-and-Breakfast mysteries win hands down when it comes to outrageous zaniness. In All the Pretty Hearses, Daheim,“the reigning queen of the cozies” (Portland Oregonian), embroils Hillside Manor hostess Judith McMonigle Flynn in a lethal case of insurance fraud and mystery meat gone bad, in the twenty-sixth installment of the hilarious, New York Times bestselling cozy mystery series that remains as fresh and funny as the very first.
Judith McMonigle Flynn, the owner of Seattle's Hillside Manor B&B, casually juggles a slew of strange guests, a homicide investigation, and complicated personal relations in Daheim's 26th bed-and-breakfast cozy (after 2010's Loco Motive). When a crook whom Judith's PI husband, Joe Flynn, has been staking out is shot dead, Joe becomes a murder suspect. Meanwhile, a horde of Paines, children and grandchildren of Norma and Wilbur Paine, descend on the B&B for a contentious stay. Wealthy and obnoxious Alicia and Reggie Beard-Smythe also impose. Guests bring unusual complications: a horse in Judith's garage; a wolfhound in her bathtub; and two guests with the same name and both possibly fakes. Familiar characters such as Flynn's disabled, irascible mother, Gertrude Grover, and spirited cousin Renie Jones hinder and help and keep the plot roiling. Series fans will cheer as Judith sorts everything out with her usual combination of humor and exasperation.
I enjoy this series, I have read every book. I enjoy all the regular characters and also enjoy that each book is one that you can read without having read any others.
Once you read one though, you can’t help but start from book 1 and keep on going. It’s a pretty quick read and I think it’s funny, especially Judith’s Mother and her cousin.