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Gone with the Win (Bed-and-Breakfast Series #28)

Gone with the Win (Bed-and-Breakfast Series #28)

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by Mary Daheim

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In Gone with the Win, another charming entry in Mary Daheim’s beloved Bed-and-Breakfast series, someone from Judith McMonigle Flynn’s past comes knocking, and the reluctant amateur sleuth finds herself working a case so cold it's practically frozen.
Ruby Tooms drops her bags and a mystery on the lovely Persian carpet of Hillside


In Gone with the Win, another charming entry in Mary Daheim’s beloved Bed-and-Breakfast series, someone from Judith McMonigle Flynn’s past comes knocking, and the reluctant amateur sleuth finds herself working a case so cold it's practically frozen.
Ruby Tooms drops her bags and a mystery on the lovely Persian carpet of Hillside Manor, Judith’s bed-and-breakfast in Seattle.
Ruby’s mother was strangled years before, soon after her divorce from Ruby’s father—and the killer is still at large.
Undaunted, Judith agrees to help Ruby. Cousin Renie grudgingly pitches in, and even Judith’s husband, Joe, gets involved.
The game’s afoot and ahoof with Judith discovering that the hand she's been dealt includes not only a joker but that deadly card, the Ace of Spades. And, she’s off…in pursuit of a killer.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Early in Daheim’s sprightly 28th cozy featuring Seattle B and B innkeeper Judith McMonigle Flynn (after 2012’s The Wurst Is Yet to Come), an old friend of Judith’s, Ruby Tooms, arrives at Hillside Manor. Ruby wants Judith’s husband, retired cop Joe Flynn, to help find the person who murdered her mother, Opal, years earlier, before DNA testing. Judith, whose admirers created a Web site celebrating her detective adventures, has vowed to stay away from criminal investigations in order to concentrate on her family and her business, but she soon becomes involved in the search for Opal’s killer. As usual, Judith’s best friend, Renie Jones, lends a hand. Series fans will relish the author’s trademark humor (e.g., “I hate it when people get mixed up and think the acronym for Female Amateur Sleuth Tracking Offenders isn’t FASTO, but FATSO”). Agent: Maureen Moran, Maureen Moran Agency. (July)
Kirkus Reviews
Innkeeper Judith Flynn tackles her 28th homicide investigation. Judith's retirement from amateur sleuthing (The Wurst Is Yet to Come, 2012, etc.) lasts only until Hillside Manor guest Ruby Tooms checks in. Ruby wants to know who strangled her mother, Opal, 15 years ago. Since the unsolved murder took place in Seattle's Thurlow District, where Judith grew up and where her first husband, Dan, ran the Meat & Mingle Cafe into bankruptcy, Judith is forced to revisit her old haunts. She drags along her acerbic cousin Renie and gets a helpful boost from her second husband, Joe, a retired cop eager to solve the very first case his ex-partner Woody worked on. Ruby, however, is not the ideal client. She mistakenly lands on the neighbors' doorstep in a drunken stupor with no memory of how she got there or what happened to her purse and cellphone. After a break-in at the B&B and a hit-and-run that claims a neighbor, Ruby packs her suitcase and vanishes into the night. A firefighter called to subdue a garden flare-up Judith has started turns out to be related to Opal's past, which included several flirtations, a stint as a caregiver in a nursing home and a lost son disinclined to learn any more about his mom's demise. Judith's uncle Al puts the girls onto possible links with racetrack stalwarts, and Judith keeps bumping into a certain horse trainer. She also learns who got the proceeds from a winning ticket and how they were spent, facts which do not help her solve the murder, which involves another kind of jealousy entirely. Judith's mother is as abrasive as ever, but the inn's cocktail nibbles are tasty and the plot palatable.

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Bed-and-Breakfast Series , #28
Product dimensions:
5.92(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.98(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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Gone with the Win (Bed-and-Breakfast Series #28) 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cashed this book in at 80 pages. Might be enjoyable for a sixth grader.
retta58 More than 1 year ago
I love this series they shows the age does bring about wisdom. They seem to have the ablity to laugh at themselves and the limits that aging bring, without being disrepectful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Become too formatic to bother buying for slne reason do not seem to locate any s c at book sales samples usually put me off unless library has managed to get a copy. Frankly its the cousin and their silly conversation not to mention granny ihas not been funny since about book six page turner
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
Innkeepers Judith and her ex-cop husband Joe find themselves with an interesting guest.  Though she signed in as Mary Smith, she's actually Ruby Toombs.  Her mother was killed when she was very young and Joe's partner on the police force had this unsolved case at that time.  Now Judith, Joe and Judith's cousin Renie are drawn into this cold case mystery of the murdered mother.   I have really enjoyed Daheim's Bed & Breakfast mysteries, but I found this one a bit over the top with sarcastic humor and extra details that detracted from the fun of this particular story for me. I'm not sure if it was the intentional flavor of the old town and racetrack part of the story, but it didn't read as light and interesting as some of her previous books.  The "hatred" between Judith's mom and Joe didn't set real well with me either.  Though having said that, it was an interesting mystery and I'll continue to be a fan of this fun series. 
Zuzi912 More than 1 year ago
I love Daheim's books. All the familiar characters bring it together. It may not be everyone's cup of tea with so much wackiness, but I can never get enough. Only problem I had with this book was that there were too many suspects....a multitude that made it confusing,, but I knew, as usual, Judith Flynn would figure it all out.
stormriderBH More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for a book with horses, horse racing, or even a good mystery - don't waste your time on this one
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Keara More than 1 year ago
I've never read a Mary Daheim book I haven't loved and Gone With the Win is no different! Judith, Serena, Joe and Gertrude are all a kick and the interactions really lead to some very interesting outcomes. If you've never read Daheim books this is as good as any other to start with, if you're already a fan you know what I'm talking about. Only one wish I have and that is for some more books in the Emma Lord series that Ms. Daheim also writes. Never tried that series? Hurry and pick one up you're missing out on a lot!
kpet More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best and most entertaining series today. Judith McMonigle and her husband Joe, run a quiet B&B in the northwest. When a new acquaintence asks Judith to look into a cold case, Judith and cousin Serena go into action. As usual, all of Judith's family contribute to the solution. There is humor, plot twists, and a lot of action. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago