I’ve been to a B&B (Bed and Breakfast), but it wasn’t as interesting as this book. This is an established series centering on Judith McMonigle Flynn, a B&B owner, who is like Jessica Fletcher when it comes to murder finding her, even when she’s on vacation or work. If you’ve never read this series, don’t worry as there is a lot of rehashing or mentioning of her previous murder mysteries, which continues the saga of her experiences; however, after awhile, I got peeved by it, which could make readers more familiar with this series to either chuckle or get bored. Other than that issue, the characters were enjoyable in exposing their foibles in their pursuit of nuttiness. I swear the police department either is overloaded with employees or their standards are very lacking. As for the food descriptions, I was wishing I was in an Oktoberfest by the end of the series.
There is a lot of action, and many humorous twists in this novel, which can keep a reader up late. Most of the established characters were developed enough to keep continuity in this novel for the series. Many times I wished I had her other novels as it was an easy read in terms of minor complexities in philosophies, background history, and character development. This is a book to just snuggle down in a comfy spot in front of a fire and read without distractions. Ms. Daheim takes complex issues and simplifies them, so any reader can enjoy the story without his/her brain stretching from overload. Very much like Jessica Fletcher in explaining things, but does not oversimplify in word choices or actions.
The novel centers in a small Bavaria-type town somewhere in Washington State, where Judith McMonigle Flynn a senior citizen B&B owner, arrives to help with a booth at an Oktoberfest. On the first night she and her cousin (Renie) witness a murder in the middle of a shindig. Since neither wanted to be involved, they escaped prior to giving an accounting to the police. In the meantime, her reputation precedes Judith, so she tries to make it look like Renie is really the amateur sleuth and not Judith on some web site. Eventually Judith discovers other mysterious deaths afflicting a family, so she sets out to find the answers.
This novel is the latest in a book series with over 10 books on Judith McMonigle Flynn. Loved the light-hearted approach to murder; it is very similar to the Mrs. Polifax series in terms of senior citizen moments. While this is definitely a series I’m going to delve into when I have some spare moments to cuddle up to a book, the number of novels in the series is rather daunting.
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?