All the Pretty Hearses (Bed-and-Breakfast, Bk 26)
All the Pretty Hearses - Bed-and-Breakfast, Bk 26 Author:Mary Daheim There's no "fun" in "fund-raiser" for Judith McMonigle Flynn when she donates an overnight stay at Hillside Manor, dinner included, to the parish school's annual auction -- especially when the winning bid goes to the persnickety Paine family. She'll have her hands full sorting through the painfully picky Paines... more »9; endless allergies and aversions. Then hubby Joe lands in jail after his latest surveillance job abruptly ends with an insurance fraud suspect being blown away by a .38 Smith & Wesson . . . that just happens to belong to Joe.
But finding the real killer and dealing with the Paines' pain are just the tip of the iceberg -- what with Judith's cantankerous mother, Gertrude, agreeing to let a wealthy parishioner stable a horse in her toolshed apartment; cousin Renie trying to force-feed her loathsome Shrimp Dump recipe to the parish cookbook fund-raising committee; and a number of parish school kids falling sick after their weekly hamburger lunch.« less
Patricia S. reviewed All the Pretty Hearses (Bed-and-Breakfast, Bk 26) on
You would think that the characters and plot lines would be stale by book 26, but, I still find the characters friendly. They are still complex. They grow and change. It is like dropping in on a friend's life. Different yet consistent.
And, yes, they can still surprise you, yet not be out of character.
Her plots are never boilerplate or routine.
This one - "oh no! This isn't happening! Joe is BAD???"
Well, just read it. Plausible but not expected!
Once you start - just allow yourself enough time to read it all. You won't put it down once you start.