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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The charming 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 body count really any reason for the state to yank Judith McMonigle Flynn's innkeeper's license? Exhausted from answering the nosy critics from the state B&B association, Judith needs a change of scenery. Volunteering to help

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The charming 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 body count really any reason for the state to yank Judith McMonigle Flynn's innkeeper's license? Exhausted from answering the nosy critics from the state B&B association, Judith needs a change of scenery. Volunteering to help out at the State B&B booth during Oktoberfest is just the opportunity she's looking for. But before the beer begins flowing, Judith finds a dead body. Unfortunately, Judith's reputation has preceded her, and the local police chief wants her help. So Judith hits on a brilliant idea: her cousin Renie will pose as the sleuth. Now, what could possibly go wrong?
 

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Audio
When bodies begin to pile up at a stately bed and breakfast in the remote German countryside, innkeeper Judith McMonigle Flynn must find a way to restore her reputation and do her part to assist the local investigation. But when the police chief asks for Flynn's help, she foolishly persuades her cousin to impersonate a detective. Lindsay Ellison reads the audio edition, and unfortunately her narration—with its rushed delivery and world-weary tone—fails to capture the spirit of this cozy mystery set in the Bavarian mountains. And while her renditions of the characters feature distinct voices and dialects, they never fully capture the essence of the characters. All in all, cozy fans will likely be disappointed. A William Morrow hardcover. (July)
Library Journal - Audio
Innkeeper Judith Flynn and her cousin Renie take a busman's holiday in the 27th title in this series when they attend their regional Oktoberfest celebration. Unfortunately, not only does a corpse spoil the party but the local police chief approaches Judith for help, not with the current dead body but with a colder case. It's not exactly the R&R that Judith had in mind. Narrator Lindsay Ellison captures the relationship between the two middle-aged cousins brilliantly. Although often mean-spirited and downright rude, Renie is protective of Judith and will get even if anyone hurts her physically or emotionally. Judith may be a people person, but she is still filled with everyday jealousies and frustrations. VERDICT Ellison carries the German accents with aplomb and makes equal time for young love, grieving widows, and a host of other quirky characters that pass through the festival. Recommended where Daheim is popular.—Jodi L. Israel, Birmingham, AL
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

ISBN-13:
9781611206944
Publisher:
Dreamscape Media
Publication date:
07/03/2012
Series:
Bed-and-Breakfast Series, #27
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 4.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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.

READER BIO
Lindsay Ellison is a multi-talented performer who specializes in audiobooks, dance and drumming.

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