Saks and Violins (Bed-and-Breakfast Series #22)

Saks and Violins (Bed-and-Breakfast Series #22)

by Mary Daheim

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Life has hit some sour notes as of late for B&B hostess Judith McMonigle Flynn and her cousin Renie. Graphic design guru Renie's up to her eyebrows in debt after some seriously overzealous spending sprees. Meanwhile, Judith's got her hands full with her wacky new neighbor, Rudi, a virtuoso violinist whose daily—and usually unclothed—practices are unhinging her and other neighbors in the cul-de-sac.

But, though they'd all love to kill nude, rude Rudi, it's his larger-than-life mentor, Dolph Kluger, who takes his final bow after ingesting some ruthlessly poisoned rhubarb. To add to the musical mayhem, Rudi's priceless violin bow goes missing, Renie's useless credit cards are stolen, and each murder suspect seems loopier than the last. Once again, the cousins are going to need some fancy fingering to make a cold-blooded killer sing—but if they're not careful, the next music they hear will be their funeral march.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061763335
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/13/2009
Series: Bed-and-Breakfast Series , #22
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 193,754
File size: 694 KB

About 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.

Customer Reviews

Saks and Violins (Bed-and-Breakfast Series #22) 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Mento12 More than 1 year ago
'L.A. Takedown' is much more important that 'Heat'. The novel?, well it'sa- the hereditries, anyway- hard to follow: Elsa Wittener, Rudi, Suzanne, Fritz; Families, Schmamilies. It's got the humour, still, there: and This Novel reminds 'n' Gives A Gist: to what Peter Straub- mentioned in a short story- about how Americans wanna go back to Europe: so all the characters are a bit European, and not "Pick-up", An' what other sterer-types do I have,...I cain't think of any.... Less "My, Ah Dooo Deeeclaaare,..." an' more "Meine Schatze". She ain't wearin' a yellow ribbon, but " i fell of m'horse..." was great, an' them-there 'merican things.
hobreads on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Muddled and boring. Don't go by the back cover - though it does list plot points from the book, it gives them out of order and exaggerated to the point of sensationalism. "Musical mayhem"?The characters are not engaging, the plot not interesting and for a continuing series, there are no tantalizing hooks for past escapades that make me want to seek them out.Put this book back on the shelf and move on.
NewsieQ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
No one in the neighborhood much cares for the new renter. He¿s Rudi Wittener, a professional musician who likes to practice playing the violin outdoors in the buff, while his young live-in girlfriend gives piano lessons. When Rudi¿s mentor, Dolph Kluger, and his entourage arrive at the Hillside Manor Bed & Breakfast, owner Judith McMonigle Flynn soon comes to realize they¿re the guests from hell. To make matters even worse, Judith caves in and allows the Kluger clan and their friends to hold a reception at Hillside Manor. Dolph winds up dead ¿ thankfully not in Judith¿s B&B -- and she finds herself saddled with the entire group until police sort out who poisoned him. For once, Judith¿s husband (and retired police officer) Joe Flynn isn¿t hounding her to stay out of police business. And one of the detectives on the case, Rosemary O¿Grady, is a huge fan of Judith¿s ¿ having learned about the amateur sleuth¿s exploits from a website not of Judith¿s creation. The other police detective is sidelined by super-allergies and doesn¿t really care WHO solves his case. Judith¿s usual sleuthing partner, cousin Renie Jones, has problems of her own ¿ maxed out and then stolen credit cards for one -- and has to be cajoled into helping. Judith¿s mother Gertie is getting loonier by the day (if that¿s possible) and her Bible-quoting (and bigoted) housekeeper Phyliss is as obnoxious as ever. Is the job market so tight in the Pacific Northwest that Judith can¿t fire her and find someone better? This is all par for the course at Hillside Manor. But while reading Saks & Violins, I found myself wondering whether this long-lived series might be on its last legs after 15 years. I thought it was more manic than funny and the plot over-the-top unbelievable even for a cozy mystery. A cop tolerating an amateur sleuth? Maybe. A cop delegating work to said amateur? I don¿t think so. After Rudi croaked, there wasn¿t a single character I even liked ¿ including Judith, who¿s getting more than a tad whiny in her old age, and Renie, who is just plain annoying. Maybe it¿s time for Judith to sell the old B&B and follow Joe into much-deserved retirement. (originally published in Mystery News, Oct-Nov 2006 edition.
IMHO-Shari More than 1 year ago
I bought this book because I was looking for a funny mystery while I waited for my next Plum novel. This book wasn't it. It was confusing, and not very funny. The characters are well thought out and you do get a sense of who the main characters are, however, their personalities change frequently. It's ok, not my favorite though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hillside Manor Bed and Breakfast owner Judith McGonigle Flynn is frustrated with her new neighbor, violinist Rudi Wittener who plays or listen to his recording at any hour of the day the musician is driving everyone including her, her staff and her guests crazy. Adding to the insanity cousin Serene ¿Renie¿ Jones arrives to announce they must sell items to pay off their Saks Fifth Avenue credit card tab during their recent escapade (see DEAD MAN DOCKING) Judith cannot help much as the B and B is in the off season. --- So with the need of funds, Judith agrees to host a reception for Rudi¿s visiting mentor Dolph Kluger at Hillside Manor. Renie provides ¿shoplifted¿ rhubarb to the party. The gala goes off smoothly, but later that same night, Dolph dies from rhubarb poisoning. Feeling guilty though she is innocent, Judith begins making inquiries into who had a motive to kill Dolph she learns quickly many people hated the talented musician. Soon afterward as someone steals Renie¿s to the max credit cards, Rudi¿s expensive violin bow is purloined. Judith wonders if the three incidents are connected and if so when she finds the line through them will it take her to the killer? --- SAKS AND VIOLINS is a terrific B&B amateur sleuth tale that fans of the series will enjoy as the setting returns to Hillside (after the SF adventure). The story line is driven by the cousins who separately seem logical, but when they get together chaos is the norm. The whodunit is fun to follow, but as always Mary Daheim¿s latest B&B is served up by Renie and Judith proving that the whole is greater than the sum of the two parts. --- Harriet Klausner