Vi Agra Falls (Bed and Breakfast Series #24)

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Tucked away in a cozy cul-de-sac on Heraldsgate Hill, Judith McMonigle Flynn hopes for smooth sailing in her longtime role as an innkeeper. But Judith's skill in dealing with guests is matched only by her knack for coming across corpses.

Mystery lovers who enjoy madcap mayhem will have no reservations about returning to Hillside Manor in the twenty-fourth Bed-and-Breakfast book from USA Today bestselling author Mary Daheim.

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Overview

Tucked away in a cozy cul-de-sac on Heraldsgate Hill, Judith McMonigle Flynn hopes for smooth sailing in her longtime role as an innkeeper. But Judith's skill in dealing with guests is matched only by her knack for coming across corpses.

Mystery lovers who enjoy madcap mayhem will have no reservations about returning to Hillside Manor in the twenty-fourth Bed-and-Breakfast book from USA Today bestselling author Mary Daheim.

Judith's worst nightmare comes true when Vivian Flynn—husband Joe's first wife—moves back into the neighborhood, bringing along her newest spouse, Billy "Blunder" Buss, a former minor-league baseball player who is many years younger than his shop-worn bride. Still, the B&B business is going well and the newlyweds don't seem to be causing problems for the Flynns. That seemingly calm summer idyll is broken when Vivian, who has become mysteriously wealthy, announces plans to tear down her own house and the recently vacated bungalow next door so she can build a big, bad condo. Judith, along with the rest of the neighbors in the cul-de-sac, is up in arms, vowing to fight the project to the death.

Vivian's past catches up with her when Frankie Buss comes to town. Billy and Frankie's late father, elderly Oklahoma rancher Potsy Buss, was married to Vivian for nine months before dying and bequeathing her his vast wealth. Frankie Buss intends to stir the pot of gold that Potsy left his widow, and he's trying to cut a deal with Vivian and her most recent mate, Billy. Naturally, where else would Frankie and his wife, Marva Lou, stay but at Hillside Manor?

And naturally, somebody checks out . .. permanently. The "somebody" isn't a Buss family member, and turns out to be a "nobody" because the body can't be identified. To save the B&B as well as her sanity, Judith must figure out not only who did it, but who it was who was found dead in Vivian's backyard.

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Cozy buffs who've yet to encounter Daheim's popular Pacific Northwest series will find this entertaining 24th installment (after 2007's Scots on the Rocks) an easy entry point. Judith McMonigle Flynn, who operates a bed-and-breakfast in the Seattle neighborhood of Heraldsgate Hill, has recently remarried her ex-husband, Joe Flynn. Her complicated personal life becomes even more so after the arrival of Joe's ex-wife, Vivian, with her trophy husband in tow. Vivian soon sends ripples through Heraldsgate Hill when she announces plans to build a huge condominium in the community. When the body of an unidentified man is found hanging from a tree behind Vivian's house, Judith reluctantly resumes her familiar role as amateur sleuth. Longtime fans will smile at cousin Renie's exasperation with the prevaricating Judith ("These lengthy preludes to your adventures drive me nuts"). Endearingly eccentric characters are a plus. (Aug.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781436155656
  • Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
  • Publication date: 10/2/2003
  • Series: Bed-and-Breakfast Series , #24
  • Format: CD

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 and the mother of three daughters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2008

    What a ROMP!!

    You are going to want to settle back in a comfy chair and keep reading once you begin Mary Daheim's Vi-Agra Falls, the newest addition to her popular Bed&Breakfast series. In any series a regular reader will have personal favorites. Vi-Agra Falls is most definitely in my top three! Judith Flynn, owner of the Hillside Manor, her old family home turned B&B, has a problem. A big problem. Her husband Joe's former wife, Vivian, is back in the neighborhood stirring things up as only she can do. This time Vivian is not just an aggravation because of the relationship. She has a new young studhusband in tow and has mysteriously inherited mega-bucks from ....well...you have to read it. It's quite an amazing back story. With her new wealth Vivian buys the house next door to hers and wants to tear down both her home and the neighboring house in the quiet, secluded cul d e sac to build a high rise condo building. The entire neighborhood goes into an uproar of disbelief over the mere thought of the horrible impact the condo would have on their friendly little corner of the world. On page 69, after throwing a large, wild, and very noisy outdoor party in her front yard, the inebriated party girl, Vivian, finds an unidentified dead body in her back yard! She naturally shows up at Judith's door seeking Joe's help and support only to pass out on the sofa. What could be more intriguing than stunned disbelief, confusion, a dead body, your spouse's unconscious ex-wife and a skeptical 911 operator all on one page? Fortunately, Judith and cousin Renie have had a little experience with dead bodies and solving crimes. Judith soon finds the already interesting neighborhood filling with a crazy cast of characters, all of whom have their own agenda. You will find the characters easy to keep straight and the action non-stop! This is just the beginning of 326 pages of twists and turns that will keep your attention and keep you laughing until the very end. It reminds me of another of my favorites, Daheim's 'Major Vices' which was one of the early books in the series. Mary Daheim is in top form with 'Vi-Agra Falls'. It's a must read.....and a keeper! Get your own copy now...and put it on your list of gifts to give readers during the coming holidays. They will love it!

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  • Posted November 2, 2009

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    Wish the story was longer.

    I love this series. My only problem - the story is so good I couldn't put it down and read it too fast. Now I have to wait for the next one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2009

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    Absolutely great!!

    Mary Daheim has done it again. Judith has promised her husband,Joe, that she wouldn't get involved in the murder that happened at his ex's house during a party. With Viven coming back to the Hill, Judith is upset and loe and behold, another murder happens. With Judith trying not to solve the murder that happened at Viven's party, and not letting Joe know she is of course doing just that, it is so funny that you can't put the book down once you start it. Find a comfortable place to sit and read this book until the end. Of course, Serena and Oscar are there too and this makes he story even mote hilerous. Gett he book and find out what happens when Judith, Serena, Joe, and Viven get involved with the solving of a murder that never should have happend on the "Hill."

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 16, 2010

    There aren't enough letters in S-L-O-W to describe it...

    This is the first book I've read in this series. I honestly don't know how 24 books like this one have made it to print. Besides everything happening (what little DOES happen) at the pace of an arthritic snail, the characters themselves are boring, self-centered, and crabby. The dialogue isn't witty enough to be considered humorous, and reads for the most part like a menopausal version of Grumpy Old Men. I guess if your life is too hectic and too pleasant this book might serve as a diversion by departure.

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  • Posted September 3, 2010

    Just what we needed, more grumpy old people

    Along the line of Grumpy Old Men, but without the humor. And these are mostly grumpy old women; nosey, pushy, crabby, jealous, catty, obnoxious old women; but without the humor. And they're all supposed to be related and/or neighbors. Frankly, if I found myself locked into 30-year mortgage on this particular cul-de-sac, I'd fake my own death to get out of it. Besides the constant on-going crab vs crab dialogues, these are the most boring bunch of socially inept individuals I've ever encountered in a work of fiction. And we are treated to every single word of every single mind-numbing conversation they have. But, did I mention, without the humor. It's supposed to be a mystery; the mystery is that somebody has published 24-plus of these stinkers.

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  • Posted August 11, 2009

    Gotta LOVE the Title!

    The the best things about this book (IMHO):

    4. Oscar
    3. Serena
    2. Serena & Oscar
    1. The title ( Vi Agra Falls - Daheim cracks me up!)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2008

    Vi Agra Falls (Bed and Breakfast Series #24)

    In Seattle, Judith McMonigle Flynn owns and manages the Hillside Manor bed-and-breakfast. Recently she and her former husband Joe Flynn remarried. However, domestic tranquility and bliss vanish rather quickly when Joe¿s former wife ¿Her¿ with the ample cleavage as always openly on display, nouveau riche Vivian, arrives. Accompanying her is her much younger boy toy spouse, former minor league baseball player Billy ¿Blunder¿ Buss.------------- However the Heraldsgate Hill cul de sac residents including Judith, her cousin Remy, and Joe are horrifically stunned when Vivian announces plans to build an ostentatious condo complex amidst their homes. Adding to the growing fiasco is the arrival of Billy¿s brother Frankie and his wife Marva Lou who stay at the B&B. Frankie is irate that his late father left a fortune to his trophy wife Vivian. When a corpse is found behind Vivian¿s new home, Judith can¿t help herself. She starts investigating though she denies to Remy every sleuthing step of involvement she takes.------------ This long running cozy keeps its freshness with the interrelationships, many dysfunctional between the cast including the cousins. The story line is fast-paced from the onset as an eccentric horde invades the Heraldsgate Hill neighborhood causing havoc to the residents and amusement for the reader. The investigation is cleverly handled to add to the overall fun of exacerbation as Judith reconsiders her second time with Joe due to his eccentric people invading their of people.------------------- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2008

    Vi Agra Falls (Bed and Breakfast Series #24)

    In Seattle, Judith McMonigle Flynn owns and manages the Hillside Manor bed-and-breakfast. However, domestic tranquility and bliss vanish rather quickly when Joe¿s former wife ¿Her¿ with the ample cleavage as always openly on display, nouveau riche Vivian, arrives. Accompanying her is her much younger boy toy spouse, former minor league baseball player Billy ¿Blunder¿ Buss.------------------------- However the Heraldsgate Hill cul de sac residents including Judith, her cousin Remy, and Joe are horrifically stunned when Vivian announces plans to build an ostentatious condo complex amidst their homes. Adding to the growing fiasco is the arrival of Billy¿s brother Frankie and his wife Marva Lou who stay at the B&B. Frankie is irate that his late father left a fortune to his trophy wife Vivian. When a corpse is found behind Vivian¿s new home, Judith can¿t help herself. She starts investigating though she denies to Remy every sleuthing step of involvement she takes.-------------------- This long running cozy keeps its freshness with the interrelationships, many dysfunctional between the cast including the cousins. The story line is fast-paced from the onset as an eccentric horde invades the Heraldsgate Hill neighborhood causing havoc to the residents and amusement for the reader. The investigation is cleverly handled to add to the overall fun of exacerbation as Judith reconsiders her second time with Joe due to his eccentric people invading their of people.------------------ Harriet Klausner

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