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Loco Motive (Bed-and-Breakfast Series #25)
     

Loco Motive (Bed-and-Breakfast Series #25)

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by Mary Daheim
 

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From USA Today bestselling author Mary Daheim comes her latest Bed-and-Breakfast book featuring innkeeper Judith McMonigle Flynn and her irrepressible cousin Renie in a mystery that takes them on the wrong side of the tracks. . . . Loco Motive

It's autumn at Hillside Manor B&B, and with the changing leaves come some

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From USA Today bestselling author Mary Daheim comes her latest Bed-and-Breakfast book featuring innkeeper Judith McMonigle Flynn and her irrepressible cousin Renie in a mystery that takes them on the wrong side of the tracks. . . . Loco Motive

It's autumn at Hillside Manor B&B, and with the changing leaves come some unexpected guests. There's Judith's son and daughter-in-law, with their two children in tow, a couple with an impossible (and unbelievable?) last name who show up from nowhere, and a pair of giggly young women who don't seem to know where they're going.

As Halloween draws nigh, Judith can barely cope with her gala of guests, but at least the worst guest from the first part of the week checks out—almost permanently. Wee Willie Weevil, infamous daredevil and martial-arts movie icon, insisted on performing his dangerous stunts from Judith's roof and left the B&B via an ambulance.

Hoping to escape the domestic mayhem, Judith agrees to accompany Renie on a cross-country train trip to Boston with first-class accommodations on the Empire Builder. Judith's bubble bursts when she discovers that Wee Willie and his entourage are fellow travelers. Although confined to a wheelchair, the diminutive stunt man seems capable of derailing the cousins' vacation.

Cousin Renie does her best to ease Judith's mind until the train collides with a truckload of sugar beets. Forced to wait for a new engine in a small Montana town in the middle of nowhere, the passengers can do nothing but watch and wait. Even before the train can get back on track, the cousins discover that their sleeper attendant has gone missing. Worse yet, another passenger's final destination is the nearest morgue.

Judith and Renie have to move full speed ahead if they want to blow the whistle on the killer before death strikes again. Can the train continue its journey? Will the cousins ever get to Boston? Stay aboard!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Daheim's plodding 25th Bed-and-Breakfast mystery (after 2008's Vi Agra Falls), innkeeper and librarian Judith McMonigle Flynn takes a cross-country train trip with bumpy results. After aging daredevil Wee Willie Weevil performs a stunt that goes awry at Judith's Hillside Manor B&B in Seattle, Wash., his female assistant, Pepper Gundy, goes off in a huff, promising a lawsuit. Judith and cousin Serena "Renie" Jones soon board Amtrak's Empire Builder train to Boston, planning a mini-vacation with their husbands, Joe and Bill, who are flying to Beantown (Renie's afraid of planes). Surprisingly, they discover the injured Willie, Pepper, and another assistant also onboard. Problems escalate after a helpful train attendant vanishes, a train-stopping accident occurs, and Willie is found dead in a sleeping car compartment. The convoluted plotting and irksome characters may leave new readers cold, but faithful fans will savor this latest challenge for the B&B Nancy Drew. (Sept.)
Kirkus Reviews

Wisecracking cousins board a cross-country train and watch the corpses whiz by.

Renie, who hates to fly, convinces her cousin, B&B owner Judith, to take a restful Amtrak sleeper, West Coast to East, to meet their husbands, who have business engagements in Boston. What a coincidence! Half the passengers occupying neighboring compartments had been recent guests at Judith's Hillside Manor, including way-past-prime daredevil actor Wee Willie Weevil, who, on a dare, tried flying out of a second-story inn window and landed himself in a thorn bush and Judith in a $30 million lawsuit. Wee Willie is soon dead, the Amtrak attendant Roy gone missing and several other mishaps await: a collision with a pickup truck carrying beets; four passengers stranded in the middle of nowhere; spotty cell-phone reception; a camera lost from luggage; a man who gets off the train with sideburns and back on without them; and as many folks using aliases and slipping in and out of bedrooms as in a French farce. On top of it all, the snow is really coming down. Undaunted, Judith makes friends and breaks alibis, but it's up to Renie to save her from being pitched off the train by a good thwack from a sock loaded with horse chestnuts.

Fast-paced, droll and lively fun for old friends of the two-dozen other Bed-and-Breakfast mysteries (Vi Agra Falls, 2008, etc.). It may even tempt you to head for the depot instead of the airport.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061351570
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/26/2011
Series:
Bed-and-Breakfast Series , #25
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
567,944
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(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 has three grandchildren.

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Loco Motive 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
csrsvivr More than 1 year ago
I love train trips; thank you Agatha Christie, and thought this book would be a good read. I was wrong, it was a GREAT read. Judith Flynn runs Hillside Manor; a B&B in Seattle Washington. Judith and her cousin take a mini vacation on Amtrak to Boston. People vanish, people die, and the girls need to find out who is doing this and why.
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bookaddictNH More than 1 year ago
I love this series as a rule, but this one was just too confusing. Too many people, too many off-the-wall circumstances. Keeping track of who was who was where just detracted from the story. I usually read these in a couple of days - this one took a couple of weeks because I just kept shaking my head and putting it down.
JAN65 More than 1 year ago
There are a lot more characters in this moble Bed and Breakfast Series. I had to keep track of who was and wasn't on the train and identify characters that had a history at the bed and breakfast.
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Dawn--MysLovCorner More than 1 year ago
Wee Willie Weevil, daredevil and martial arts movie icon, is staying at Judith's B&B. He insisted on performing a dangerous jump from the B&B roof and got a ride in an ambulance. Judith agrees to accompany her cousin Renie on a cross-country train trip since Renie hates flying. Both of their husbands have to be in Boston, so the men fly and the women take the train. They have first-class accommodations on the Empire Builder. What kind of coincidence is it that the injured Wee Willie and his entourage are on the same train? There's a minor collision. While waiting for a new engine in a small Montana town, the cousins' sleeper attendant goes missing. When Wee Willie dies and Judith is blamed, the cousins set out to uncover the truth and clear Judith. This is a series I really like. I'm from Washington State, so the fact it's set in Seattle helps. Mostly it's the characters that I like. Judith and Renie are fun characters who get into a lot of sticky situations. Sometimes they could have been avoided, but most of the time they couldn't. The additional characters in this book were fun and kept me guessing right 'til the end who did it. I highly recommend this book and the series. Dawn Dowdle
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harstan More than 1 year ago
In Seattle, Washington at the Hillside Manor Bed & Breakfast, daredevil Wee Willie Weevil performs a stunt from the roof that fails. His assistant Pepper Gundy blames the fiasco on the B&B and informs owner Judith McMonigle Flynn to expect a lawsuit. Needing to escape from the guests including her daughter and grandchildren, Judith, her and her cousin Serena Jones and take the cross country Amtrak Empire Builder to Boston on vacation. Their husbands will meet them there. They use the rails out of deference to Renie who fears flying. Also on the train are injured Willie, Pepper, and another of his assistants. Soon after the unhappy reunion, a train attendant disappears, an accident forces the train to stop in Big Sky Country, and Willie is dead in a sleeper. The latest Bed-and-Breakfast amateur sleuth (see Vi Agra Falls) is a wonderful whodunit although at times there is too much side baggage even on a cross country train. The cast is sold as the sleuthing cousins work the homicide though their motive for doing so is weak. Still fans of the long running B&B mysteries will enjoy riding the rails with the lead females as they leave Hillside manor for a respite only to investigate a homicide. Harriet Klausner