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VI AGRA FALLS


By Mary Daheim

Avon (Reprint edition) July, 2009 ($7.99)
ISBN-10: 0061351555
ISBN-13:978-0061351556

Morrow, 2008 ($23.95)
ISBN-13: 978-0-06-135154-9

Reviewed by Shirley Wetzel

Bed-and-breakfast proprietor Judith Flynn couldn’t be happier. Her business is a success, she is married to the love of her life, Joe, and she lives in a wonderful, usually peaceful neighborhood in Seattle. That happiness couldn’t last, of course. Joe’s trouble-making ex-wife Vivian, dubbed "Herself" by Judith, was bad enough when she lived in said neighborhood part-time, but now she’s moving in permanently. She struck it rich by marrying a wealthy older man, and got lucky when he kicked off, leaving everything to her and nothing to his sons. She then married one of the sons, and she’s reveling in her good fortune. Things turn ugly when a stranger is found hanging from one of her trees during a party that ends up in a wild, drunken mess.

Joe has to go out of town, and he makes Judith promise she will not use her amateur sleuthing skills to solve the murder. Needless to say, he’s no sooner out of sight than she’s hip-deep in investigating the crime. Since she’s had a hip replacement, she is somewhat limited in her ability to dig too deep -- a point she makes way too many times -- so she tries to enlist a neighbor and her cousin Renie in her investigation.

This is one of the better books in the series, in that there is not as much over-the-top behavior from Judith’s grumpy mom and Renie. Despite the title, there is no mention of male erectile dysfunction; rather, it’s a play on the names of two of the characters. It’s actually kind of funny, in a silly way.

This review refers to the hardcopy version.

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