The Wurst Is Yet to Come (Bed-and-Breakfast Series #27)

The Wurst Is Yet to Come (Bed-and-Breakfast Series #27)

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by Mary Daheim

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Bed-and-breakfast owner and amateur sleuth Judith McMonigle Flynn can't escape murder, even when she's out of town doing a good deed for the inn-keeping profession. But—oh, for the love of lederhosen—it gets complicated when, once again, Judith encounters a corpse in this latest delightful entry to the beloved series by USA Today bestselling author Mary

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Bed-and-breakfast owner and amateur sleuth Judith McMonigle Flynn can't escape murder, even when she's out of town doing a good deed for the inn-keeping profession. But—oh, for the love of lederhosen—it gets complicated when, once again, Judith encounters a corpse in this latest delightful entry to the beloved series by USA Today bestselling author Mary Daheim

The Wurst Is Yet to Come

With its cozy atmosphere, delicious fare, and gracious hostess, Hillside Manor is the perfect B&B for a few days of R&R. Okay, so it also features the occasional corpse or two. But is a small (if growing) body count any reason for the state to yank Judith McMonigle Flynn's innkeeper's license?

Exhausted from being hassled by the state B&B association's meddling critics, Judith warily accepts the assignment of manning a booth during Oktoberfest in the mountain aerie of Little Bavaria. With a reluctant cousin Renie in tow, she hopes to win some allies, solicit new guests, and keep her inn not only open, but prosperous. The last thing she needs is another homicide to sully her reputation.

But before the beer begins flowing, Judith finds a body—right in the middle of an oompah band and a herd of German polka dancers. Fleeing the scene before the cops arrive, she vows that this time she will not get involved. Alas, her reputation has preceded her to the ersatz Bavarian village. The local police chief begs her to help solve the death of the beloved town patron, nonagenarian Dietrich Wessler. And, if she has a spare moment between her B&B duties and keeping Renie from stirring up trouble, the bumbling cop asks her to finger whoever killed the pancake palace owner the previous summer.

Caught between a wurst and a hard place, Judith hits on a brilliant idea: Renie will pose as the sleuth. What could possibly go wrong?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Daheim’s cute 27th mystery featuring Seattle B&B owner Judith Flynn (after 2011’s All the Pretty Little Hearses) takes Judith and her cousin Renie Jones to Little Bavaria, Wash. for an Oktoberfest celebration. There elderly Dietrich Wessler, the town’s most respected and most productive citizen, is soon stabbed to death amid festivities at Wolfgang’s Gast Haus. The bumbling Little Bavaria police chief, “Fat Matt” Duomo, wants Judith not only to solve Wessler’s murder but also ferret out who killed another local months earlier. A few inquiries reveal Wessler’s abundant illegitimate progeny scattered throughout Little Bavaria. When a second town elder meets an untimely demise, Judith knows she’s on the right track and making a dangerous killer very nervous. Though readers may struggle to keep track of the numerous characters and connections, Judith’s investigative skills and Renie’s razor-sharp sarcasm make it worth the effort. Agent: Maureen Moran, Maureen Moran Agency. (July)
Kirkus Reviews
Welcome to Little Bavaria, a town devoted to tourists, beer, oompah bands and murder. Leaving her husband home at Hillside Manor, innkeeper Judith Flynn drags her cousin Renie along on a 4-hour train ride to Little Bavaria, where Oktoberfest is in full swing and the state B&B association, egged on by Ingrid Heffelman, hopes that a hospitality booth manned by its members will fill up rooms left vacant in the economic downturn. It's a good idea that quickly turns nasty. A 91-year-old town patron keels over at the welcoming event. The autopsy reveals aconite poisoning. The police chief, an incompetent buffoon dubbed Fat Matt, is thoroughly baffled. He calls on amateur sleuth Judith to help him out, not only with this murder, but with that of the owner of the Pancake Schloss two months back. A couple of locals make false confessions. New evidence suggests that a past suicide may actually have been murder. There's another attempt at poisoning and a lot of gossip about the many, many illegitimate children of that town patron, plus a few rumors about the failed marriages of some of his progeny and the whereabouts of some of their children. Clues pile up, ditto red herrings. And the oompah bands play on until Judith sorts through old legal cases, divorce papers and documents concerning German immigrant resettlement after World War II and saints of the Catholic Church. Breezy and sardonic, with Judith and Renie (All the Pretty Hearses, 2011, etc.) in top form for their 26th adventure.

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Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Bed-and-Breakfast Series, #27
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Mary Richardson Daheim is a Seattle native with a degree in communications 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 and the mother of three daughters.

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The Wurst Is Yet to Come: A Bed-and-Breakfast Mystery 3.2 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 39 reviews.
Keara More than 1 year ago
Judith and Reenie are up to their old tricks again. I can't even tell you how many Mary Daheim books I've read, all because someone gave me one of the books from Mary Daheim's Alpine series. Since then I've made sure to keep an eye out for everyone of her bookd in both series. This book as all of her books was witty, lighthearted, funny, yet interesting. I guess to sum it up in one word all her books are "homy" feeling. You feel as if you're part of the book while reading it and can see some of the situations actually happening although I hope no one has as many bodies show up where ever they go as Judith does. :) If you've never tried Mary Daheim books before get this one or any other of her books and get started enjoying these books. I can't wait for the next one in either series to come out! Oh btw the best part of these series books is the way Ms. Daheim writes them you don't have to read them in order to understand each story as they're individual situations.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was terrible! Too many characters , incredibly stupid, and when I finished the book, I still could not tell you who or why they did it. Terrible!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not very good. I had expected it to be up to the standards of the others in this series, I had read. This one was just plain inane. They went from a nice, funny mystery to overboard stupidity. Too bad. I will not purchase another book of this B&B series. This one ruined them for me. I might get another lemon and you can't make lemonade from a bad book, but you can make a nice fire, if not on a nook. Easy to delete though. AD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was just plain awful. I couldn't even finish. Very disappointed in the author. I love her Alpine series but this terrible.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was not one of her better stories . I thought it was hard to give it two stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think the author has been reading too many Janet Evanovich's books. The personality of the characters', in this series, has totally changed. Now, everyone has to be funny. This has ruined the book and the series for me and I just can't finish this book ! What a waste for a good series of stories.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Alice D. for Readers Favorite Judith Flynn takes a few days off from running her famous (or is it infamous?) Hillside Manor Bed and Breakfast and heads to the mountain town of Little Bavaria with her cousin Renie. Judith has agreed to help staff the B&B booth during Little Bavaria's Oktoberfest and she has her fingers crossed lest Cousin Renie should open her mouth and stir up trouble as she most often does. Then, during a diner at the beginning of the festival, Little Bavaria's beloved senior citizen Dietrich Wessler is found dead in the midst of the celebrations. Judith and Renie look into what's what with the help of local police chief Duomo who is kindly but not overly bright, and his assistant, sleeepy Ernie Schwartz who fought in Vietnam and won the Silver Star. Judith and Renie find that there is more going on than appears on the surface. Someone holds grudges that go back to World War II and is resolving issues with murder. "The Wurst is Yet to Come" is a delightful and well-written mystery with twists and turns in the plot that will delight the reader. Judith and Renie are unforgettable characters with Renie's forthright outspokeness balancing Judith's serious nature. Police Chief Duomo, Ernie, the Denkels, the Wesslers, Connie Beaulieu and her husband, Father Dash and all the other characters add to the plot line which proceeds smoothly to the story's end. The fascinating mixture of past history and people's intermingled lives make "The Wurst is yet to Come" and author Mary Daheim's "Bed-and-Breakfast" series well worth putting on reading lists everywhere.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tried a couple of times but just can't read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How an honest person could give this one five stars is beyond me. This book has too much going on to find it enjoyable. Find another book to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This one is a little different than some of her stories have been. I enjoyed it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not an enjoyable read. I never finished it, it is just too ridiculous to be enjoyable. Author does have a good sense of humor, but it is a constant barrage of snarky statements and squabbling between cousins. It was rather stupid. I was disappointed as I usually enjoy this type of amateur sleuthing book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun with mystery. The Cousins' are entertaining and the mysteries, while not complex, do have you guessing. Also read her 'Alpine Series'. I have all of her books and re-read them.
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Baby im so sorry my nook broke and i choukdent get on hugd you tight
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This book was a great read. Mary Daheim, is one of my favorite authors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i fully enjoyed this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Readers who enjoy Mary Daheim's books will enjoy this one too, as will readers new to Mary's work. Interesting plot twists and characters. Judith and her cousin Reenie are off to a B&B convention where all manner of craziness ensues and they help solve not one - but 2 - murders. A good bedtime "read" - plot keeps you paying attention, but it's not so scary that you can't fall asleep when you turn out the light (or turn off your Nook).
mmr More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book very much.
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fairytale24 More than 1 year ago
light mystery. Up to the standards of the other of this series. Like the way the characters age as the series continues
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book