Monday, August 18, 2014

Clam Wake: A Bed-and-Breakfast Mystery-Mary Daheim

Clam Wake: A Bed-and-Breakfast Mystery
Mary Daheim
Morrow, Aug 12 2014, $25.99
ISBN: 9780062317728

Hillside Manor B&B owner Judith McMonigle Flynn takes a break with the inn almost empty.  Accompanied by her cousin Renie Jones, Judith travels from Seattle to Whoopee Island where the pair will watch the home of Auntie Vance and Uncle Vince while the older couple is away.

While housesitting, the cousins find the small retiree community angrily divided over the Obsession Shores development referendum with a vote on sewerage soon to occur.  Judith and Renie walk the beach during a rain only to find the corpse of Obsession Shores’ resident Ernie Glover; someone stabbed to death the senior citizen.  When suspicion points towards the two outsiders, the amateur sleuthing partners reluctantly investigate; while the unknown adversary warns them to back off or die.

The 29th Bed-and-Breakfast Mysteries (see Gone with the Win, The Wurst Is Yet to Come and All The Pretty Hearses) is a pleasant whodunit due to the zany antics of the cousins and the eccentricities of the seniors.  The murder investigation takes a back seat to the geriatrics “Makin Whoopee” (composed by Gus Kahn and Walter Donaldson).

Harriet Klausner

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