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Clam Wake (Bed-and-Breakfast Series #29)

Clam Wake (Bed-and-Breakfast Series #29)

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by Mary Daheim

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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


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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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.)
The Oregonian (Portland) on SILVER SCREAM
“Kick off your shoes and get cozy with Mary Daheim.”
Seattle Times on SCOTS ON THE ROCKS
“Mary Daheim is one of the brightest stars in our city’s literary constellation.”
Statesman Journal (Oregon) on DEAD MAN DOCKING
“[A]n absolute delight. This is a wonderful romp, among the very best of a superior and well-established series.”
Crimespree Magazine on GONE WITH THE WIN
“Daheim does a marvelous job of establishing characters, setting, and circumstance; even if you’ve never read another of Judith’s adventures, it’ll only be a matter of pages before you feel right at home in Daheim’s madcap fictional world.”
Mysteries Galore on GONE WITH THE WIN
“If a humorous story with an interesting puzzle to solve is your idea of the perfect way to spend an afternoon, Gone with the Win might be just the book for you.”
Books and Chocolate on GONE WITH THE WIN
“Fans of the author and series will welcome this latest adventure of Judith and Joe.”

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Bed-and-Breakfast Series , #29
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Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet 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, the mother of three daughters, and the grandmother of two granddaughters, all of whom live within shrieking distance.

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Clam Wake (Bed-and-Breakfast Series #29) 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
eheinlen More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be very annoying. The characters were rude and not for a purpose that enhanced the book, they were just rude. This book didn't keep my attention at all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series has run its course. My thoughts were the same a few books back in the series but i kept on with the series hopeing that i might be wrong. This is the last one for me. The wisecracks are no longer cute but just plain annoying. While i have enjoyed the series earlier now its just, stick a fork in me i am done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a few others have said......this series has run its course. Once a refreshing series has now lost it's shine and maybe Ms. Danheim should move on to a new series and much different characters.
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
In Clam Wake, the latest installment of the popular Bed-And-Breakfast Mystery Series, author Mary Daheim weaves an entertaining cozy mystery tale that follows the latest adventures of Hillside Manor B&B Inkeeper and amateur sleuth Judith McMonigle Flynn and her partner / cousin Renie. While house sitting for their Aunt Vance and Uncle Vince at the Obsession Shores retirement community on Whoopie Island, the cousins get involved in a whodunit murder mystery when they discover Obsession Shores resident Ernie Glover stabbed to death on the beach. The quiet retirement community residents have recently been divided over a proposed ordinance, but who would want one of their own dead? Judith and Renie take on the murder investigation in a community full of gossip and crazy antics from the eccentric Obsession Shores residents. Clam Wake is an enjoyable cozy mystery that is full of quirky characters, zany antics, and fun plot twists that easily keeps the reader in suspense and guessing what will happen next. You can't help but get drawn into the lovable cousins' latest whodunit mystery adventure, it has plenty of craziness and laugh-out-loud moments that will keep you turning the pages while trying to figure out who the identity of killer is until you reach the surprising conclusion. Who knew that a bunch of quirky seniors could provide so much fun entertainment?! I can't wait to see what new adventure author Mary Daheim has in store for Judith and Renie. Clam Wake is a great example of a what a fun cozy mystery novel is all about!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
an easy read with an unusual mystery ending. story is filled with drama and humor in a retirement community. enjoyable interaction between family and neighbors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And fillers it becomes a stale twinkie looks like a twinkie as long as you dont open it and try to read it thereby breaking a tooth. last time they went somewhere think it was Wurst could hardly wade thru the sauerkraut
BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
It’s kind of mindboggling that this series has lasted so long (#29!) but even more so that it has held up pretty darn well. It follows the tried and true formula of amateur sleuth continually coming across bodies and feeling that she simply must solve the crime but, somehow, author Mary Daheim manages to keep things fresh. Innkeeper Judith and her cousin, Renie—a truly obnoxious individual but one who sort of fits like an old glove—have been left behind by their vacationing men so Judith has left the bed & breakfast in capable hands and they’ve gone off to housesit for Auntie Vance and Uncle Vince on Whoopee Island. The two will be proxies at a community meeting about installing sewer lines but, lo and behold, within hours of arriving, Judith and Renie have discovered a body. Naturally, sleuthing ensues. Is the battle over sewer lines versus septic tanks really that desperate? What did this poor guy do to deserve being offed? And does Judith’s family history have something to do with all this? Clam Wake is fun, no doubt about it and, although it may not be the very best in the series, I found a lot of comfort in returning to the Pacific Northwest and spending a little time with Judith, Renie and assorted family, friends and pets, especially Judith’s cantankerous mother, Gert, and equally crabby cat, Sweetums. I missed Joe and Bill, though, and hope to see the husbands again in Ms. Daheim’s next book.
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