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A case of bier : a bed-and-breakfast mystery
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Mary R. Daheim is a reporter and mystery writer. She was born in Seattle, Washington. <p> Daheim was a newspaper reporter and a public relations consultant before beginning to write. In 1983, she published her first historical romance. Daheim wrote six more books before becoming a mystery writer. <p> In 1991, Daheim began the Bed & Breakfast series of books. She began a second series, the Alpine series, in 1992. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)
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Judith McMonigle Flynn (Female), Bed-and-breakfast owner, Remarried, Mother, Grandmother, Owns the Hillside Manor; her latest guest insists that she is long-lost mother; another guests winds up dead in the backyard
Joe Flynn (Male), Private investigator, Married, Father, Grandfather, Judith's husband
Renie Jones (Female), Executive, Married, Mother, Judith's cousin
Bed and breakfasts
Search for truth
Murder investigations
Seattle, Washington - Pacific Northwest (U.S.) / West (U.S.)
Time Period
2000s -- 21st century
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  Publishers Weekly Review

In Daheim's highly implausible 31st BedandBreakfast mystery (after 2016's Here Comes the Bribe), Seattle B and B owner Judith McMonigle Flynn and her best friend and cousin, Renie Jones, embark on a 10day vacation in Banff, Alberta, along with their husbands. Rather than keeping themselves amused with shopping and sightseeing while the men gallivant off on a fishing trip, the outrageously nosy Judith and smartmouthed Renie impose themselves on the Stokes family, who have brought their dying patriarch from Nebraska to Canada to fulfill his last wish-to have his body placed on a funeral bier and floated down the Bow River. Things take a murderous turn when somebody stabs the old guy in the back-but was it before he died or after? Does it matter? Nobody seems to figure out whether it does or not. Unbelievable characters, an incomprehensible plot, and too many unanswered questions will frustrate readers. This one's for diehard series fans only. Agent: Maureen Moran, Maureen Moran Agency. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
<p>In this charming madcap entry in the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Bed-and-Breakfast series, innkeeper and amateur sleuth Judith McMonigle Flynn's plans for a relaxing vacation go awry when she realizes her fellow guests have a different kind of getaway planned.</p> <p>Vacations can be murder. No one knows that better than Judith McMonigle Flynn, owner of Seattle's popular Hillside Manor B&B. After a busy summer, she desperately needs some R&R. Leave it to her thoughtful husband, Joe, to surprise her with a trip to the Canadian Rockies. Thrilled to be getting away, Judith's overjoyed when Cousin Renie and Bill agree to join them. Though the husbands have made the arrangements, how bad can a short time away in the beautiful mountains be? Judith and Renie are about to find out!</p> <p>While the accommodations certainly leave something to be desired, the other guests are the real prize. They've gathered on the mountainside to give a relative a proper and permanent send-off--a nice gesture, until Judith realizes that paying their respects might be a little premature . . . without some very sinister assistance. Now, it's up to her and Renie to save a would-be corpse from an early date with the undertaker.</p>
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