Rodney Schmuck and his wife, Cleo, Hillside Manor's latest guests, seem completely ordinary. Judith McMonigle Flynn is touched to hear that the 40-something couple is in town to visit family. Rodney has come to visit his mother - who, he claims, is none other than Judith herself! Shocked to meet a son she's certain she never had, she insists he's made a mistake. Then Rodney shows her proof: a birth certificate from Norway General Hospital listing Judith Anne Grover as his mother.
As an early summer heat wave beats down on Alpine, Emma and her staff are treading very lightly. For unfathomable reasons, the paper's House & Home editor, Vida Runkel, is in a major snit, refusing to speak to her colleagues. So when a peculiar young woman walks in claiming her parents have been murdered and that she's in mortal danger, too, it fits right in with the rest of the craziness. Then, to the utter bafflement of her colleagues, Vida vanishes without a word to anyone.
USA Today best-selling author Mary Daheim’s juicy mysteries are quickly climbing every fan’s list of favorites. This madcap romp features Judith McMonigle Flynn, amateur sleuth and proprietress of Hillside Manor - an historic suburban inn that plays host to more than its fair share of murder and mayhem. Kirkus Reviews calls the series “absolutely intoxicating.”
With the holidays gone and Hillside Manor almost empty, Innkeeper Judith McMonigle Flynn has a bad case of the blues. A housesitting stint at her aunt and uncle's retirement home on Whoopee Island with cousin Renie seems like the ideal pick-me-up. But it isn't long before a dead body pops up in their vicinity. Not surprising in an area full of older folks - until they learn it wasn't a bad ticker that did in the victim, but a very sharp knife.
Winter in Alpine should be quiet, but the town is humming. At the Alpine Advocate, editor Emma Lord and her staff are on deadline with a feature about the opening of RestHaven, a new rehab and mental health facility. Front Street is buzzing with gossip about Emma's recent engagement to Sheriff Milo Dodge. And now that fool Wayne Eriks has climbed an electric pole in the middle of a storm and got himself electrocuted. Sheriff Dodge doesn't buy the idea that Wayne's death is an accident.
"Love the Alpine Series"
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.
"Fun and entertaining"
Judith McMonigle Flynn has vowed to never ever find a dead body again. But she can't turn down a suspicious guest reservation from Mary Smith of New York City. There must be lots of real Mary Smiths, especially in a place as big as NYC... Unfortunately, Judith already knows the woman who shows up at Hillside Manor. It's none other than Ruby Tooms, the world-weary barmaid the cousins met at Oktoberfest. Ruby arrives with some unexpected baggage - a cold case she dumps on Hillside Manor's Persian carpet.
An ill wind blows through Alpine, but Advocate publisher Emma Lord and Sheriff Milo Dodge seem immune to the prevailing angst. The newlyweds' domestic idyll is most definitely over when a dead man is discovered near the fish hatchery and nobody has a clue as to his identity. Moreover, whispers of scandal travel through the quaint streets when some high school girls mysteriously take a walk on the wild side. And then Milo's dedicated deputy, Sam Heppner, a true yeoman, suddenly goes AWOL.
Mary Daheim's wonderful world of Hillside Manor is zany, engrossing, and positively addicting! In Suture Self, Judith McMonigle Flynn is scheduled for a hip replacement. Instead of looking ahead to her new mobility, she's worried. "Routine surgery" recently cost a local actress and a star baseball pitcher their lives. Though Judith smells malice, she successfully survives her operation - but another patient isn't so lucky.
"Radical personality changes"