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LEGS BENEDICT: A Bed and Breakfast Mystery
By Mary Daheim

Avon, April, 1999, Paperback (312 pages) $6.50

Reviewed by Shirley H. Wetzel

A sudden flurry of bookings provides a full house for Hillside Manor's owner, Judith Flynn. Her crotchety mother, Gertrude, has been moved to the converted toolshed in back of the bed and breakfast. She continues to complain about her ungrateful, neglectful daughter every chance she gets.

Gertrude is really ticked off when one of the guests is found murdered on her doorstep.

Husband Joe Flynn has retired from the Seattle police force. Judith learns to use a computer, helped by Cousin Renie, and gets some assistance from Joe's ex-wife, referred to as Herself, who lives in the neighborhood.

The guests, who come from New York and the Midwest, include a Mr. And Mrs. John Smith, who don't seem all that happily married, a pair of Midwestern schoolmarms who seem to be brainless and too cute to be true, Barney Swartz, who's shy a few fingers, and his arthritic mother Minerva. Supposedly complete strangers, perhaps they're not as complete strangers as they say.

Subplot -- Judith becomes a grandmother. Son Mike doesn't have a clue either, even though the baby has the red hair of real grandfather Joe Flynn. He names the baby after his father, who is really his stepfather.

Other books in this series include: SNOW PLACE TO DIE, CREEPS SUZETTE, WED AND BURIED, JUST DESSERTS, FOWL PREY, A FIT OF TEMPERA, BATAM OF THE OPERA, DUNE TO DEATH, HOLY TERRORS, SEPTEMBER MOURN, NUTTY AS A FRUITCAKE, MURDER MY SUITE, and MAJOR VICES.

Ms. Daheim also writes another series set in the Pacific Northwest featuring Emma Lord, a newspaper woman. Titles in the Emma Lord series include: THE ALPINE ADVOCATE, THE ALPINE BETRAYAL, THE ALPINE CHRISTMAS, THE ALPINE DECOY, THE ALPINE ESCAPE, ALPINE FURY, THE ALPINE GAMBLE, THE ALPINE HERO, ALPINE ICON, THE ALPINE JOURNEY, THE ALPINE KINDRED, and THE ALPINE LEGACY.

Ms. Daheim has also written several Harlequin historical novels.


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