Hocus Croakus (Bed-and-Breakfast Series #19)

Hocus Croakus (Bed-and-Breakfast Series #19)

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by Mary Daheim
     
 

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With major renovations going on at Seattle′s favourite B′9126B, Mary Daheim moves Judith, Renie and the rest of the unforgettable clan to temporary lodgings at a casino resort. But when a magic show results in murder, Judith and Joe are on the job.

Mystery maven Mary Daheim serves up murder and mayhem in this tale of a vacation gone

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With major renovations going on at Seattle′s favourite B′9126B, Mary Daheim moves Judith, Renie and the rest of the unforgettable clan to temporary lodgings at a casino resort. But when a magic show results in murder, Judith and Joe are on the job.

Mystery maven Mary Daheim serves up murder and mayhem in this tale of a vacation gone awry at the Stillasnowamish Resort Casino. After being forced out of the B′9126B by post-fire renovations, Judith and Renie pack up the family and settle in for the duration. As if bickering from the two mothers wasn′t enough hassle, the group discovers Salome, the resort magician′s beautiful assistant they′d seen perform only hours earlier, dead from multiple stab wounds. While Judith can′t help but snoop around, her husband Joe is officially recruited to investigate by the casino manager. The chase is on as suspect after suspect emerges leaving Judith and Joe to answer the crucial, yet baffling question䶨o′s the real casino killer?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Leaving their beloved Seattle B&B, which is being renovated, Judith McMonigle Flynn and husband Joe take their two squabbling mothers and Judith's cousin Renie to Lake Stillasnowamish Resort Casino in this winning addition to Daheim's long-running cozy series (after 2002's Silver Scream). Soon after arriving at the resort, the cousins find Salome, the gorgeous magician's assistant, stabbed to death after an evening show. Ever curious, Judith begins searching for clues to Salome's murder. Joe, an ex-police officer and friend of the casino's manager, takes charge of the investigation, leaving Judith and Renie-when Judith can draw her cousin away from the slot machines and gaming tables-to continue their own inquiries into the growing list of suspects and yet another murder. The usually feisty Renie becomes even feistier as her gambling obsession grows. The mothers, always humorous, appear to particular comic advantage when left to their own devices in this new and exciting world for them. While some Daheim devotees might feel the surprise twist ending isn't fair to Judith, most fans should welcome the change of pace. (Aug. 1) FYI: Daheim's B&B series has sold more than a million copies to date. The author won the Pacific Northwest Writers Association's 2000 Achievement Award. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
What are the odds against two murders in the same gambling mecca? Judith Flynn and her cousin Renie, the two nosiest women in greater Seattle (Suture Self, 2000), are spending a week at the Stillasnowamish Resort Casino with their long-suffering husbands and bickering mothers. While the moms focus on in-room closed-circuit betting, Bill and Joe try out their system at the roulette tables, Renie happily plunks tokens into the slots, and Judith looks for something more interesting to do. Her eyes light on a snazzy Corvette display and really light up when she spots a corpse in the driver's seat: the beautiful Salome, assistant to the nightclub magician, the Great Mandolini. Wow! Neat! A murder for Judith to solve. There's another one, of course: Micki, the Great Mandolin's fiancée, found dead in a restroom. And, boy, are there ever suspects-dealers, security guards, ex-wives, Mandolini's manager, a huffy second magician who helped stage the illusions, even a drunken poodle-and clues: bloodstains on costumes, bloodstains on a saber, missing wigs, locked trunks, trapdoors, and mysterious power outages. When he's not shooting craps, ex-homicide cop Joe helps casino manager Pancho Green investigate, but it's up to Judith to figure things out. An amusing take on Native American gambling emporiums (with wry asides on the foibles of home remodeling), but most readers will feel short-changed when the plot deflates with one humongous trick too many.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061737206
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/27/2007
Series:
Bed-and-Breakfast Series , #19
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
88,124
File size:
0 MB

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