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Topic: Bed & Breakfast Mysteries-Thoughts?(Mary Daheim)

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Subject: Bed & Breakfast Mysteries-Thoughts?(Mary Daheim)
Date Posted: 2/17/2009 11:54 AM ET
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 Ok,I hate to admit this but once when I had a TON of credits I collected the first 22 books by Mary Daheim in the B&B series BEFORE reading a single one(-i know---GASP) .I thought the titles were funny and seemed right up my alley.I am just now plodding through the first one and I don't know if it's just me and my mood or what but I am having a really hard time keeping the cast of suspects/characters straight! And the book isn't really sucking me in.Somebody PLEASE tell me that the series gets better as is often the case once you get past the first book.

 And if you didn't care for the series-well-just give it to me straight!!! LOL!!


Date Posted: 2/17/2009 12:18 PM ET
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Uh-oh. You see,  I did the exact same thing. I have them all, from the first one to Scot on the Rocks, and haven't read a single one yet. And like you, they looked so darned cute.  I've picked the first one up a couple of times to start and decided on a different book. I've been wondering if that's a bad omen! :)  

Anyhow, I'll be watching this thread ....

Date Posted: 2/17/2009 5:08 PM ET
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I have tried to read one of two of these, and haven't got much further than the first chapter or two.  They seem too confusing to make much sense and I tended to lose sight of the plot in all the characters.  Luckily I hadn't requested more than one or two, but I did get all of Lou Jane Temple's culinary books, hated the first one and had to post them all back.

Have you read Tim Myers inkeeping series?  Love those! 

Date Posted: 2/17/2009 6:31 PM ET
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Well, I've actually read the first 17 books in the series, and now that I'm looking at how I rated them...I'm not sure why I keep reading them!  They were sort of fun in the beginning.  Don't feel guilty if you decide to give up on them :)

Date Posted: 2/17/2009 7:05 PM ET
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Uh oh.This isn't looking good!!LOL!!.I have the first "Innkeeping " book but I haven't read it yet. Maybe the B&B series will be a lesson learned!


Date Posted: 2/17/2009 8:49 PM ET
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I tried the first B&B and struggled for a while before giving up. I usually like cozies but not this one.



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Date Posted: 2/18/2009 2:31 PM ET
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I've read 20 of the B & B's.  I didn't start with the first!  I don't know where I started but loved the book and went back to the beginning.  I wasn't a happy camper but stuck with them anyway.  Looking at the list of titles I'd guess it was book three or four.  It was funny and I wanted more.

Because I "knew" the characters it wasn't as difficult to get through the first two.  Maybe it was Judith's struggles with her mother.  Her guilt over her dead husband.  She actually has a lot of guilt!  So, she has a murder and who to her wondering eye does appear but the man she loved so many years ago.

Trials and tribulations.  Once you get into the characters it's not as difficult.  Judith, her mother, her cousin, her son and the man she loves.  Believe it or not those are the names that reoccur - oh and Sweetum's the cat. 

But, you gotta do what you gotta do.  I actually struggled through Shirley Damsgaard's first book because so many people said the series was great.  I got the second book and struggles with the beginning of the second.  Suddenly it grabbed me and I'm cleaning up some other TBR piled books in anticipation of #3.

Date Posted: 2/18/2009 4:50 PM ET
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I'll be the odd-man-out here - I just love the series and have read almost all of them. It was hard getting the characters at first - but once I got to the second book I had the characters down and knew them.


Date Posted: 2/20/2009 10:29 PM ET
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I liked them too. I haven't read them in any sort of order. Which ever one the library had that I hadn't read yet.


Date Posted: 2/22/2009 11:10 AM ET
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I have a lot of them on my shelf and need to read them....but other books keep getting in the way!  LOL

Subject: ~~~~UPDATE~~~~~~~~~~
Date Posted: 4/28/2009 11:14 AM ET
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Ok,I just read the second book in the series and while I think it was better than the first I think I counted 18 PLUS different characters throughout the book!(and I mean different then the ones mentioned in the first) I got tired of trying to keep track of them and just sort of hoped it made sense in the end! Which id did-after I went back anf looked up a few of teh characters!! Sheesh-If I wanted to have to think about my books I wouldnt be reading a "cozy".