Clam Wake - Mary Daheim

4 Stars

Innkeeper and irrepressible sleuth Judith McMonigle Flynn and cousin Renie face off against a cold-blooded killer in a beach community in this delightfully charming Bed-and-Breakfast mystery from USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Mary Daheim.

With the holidays gone and Hillside Manor almost empty, Innkeeper Judith McMonigle Flynn has a bad case of the blues. A housesitting stint at her aunt and uncle’s retirement home on Whoopee Island with cousin Renie seems like the ideal pick-me-up. Surrounded by retirees in the off-season sounds peaceful and pleasant--or so the duo thinks. But it isn’t long before a dead body pops up in their vicinity. Not surprising in an area full of older folks—until they learn it wasn’t a bad ticker that did in the victim, but a very sharp knife. With clouds of suspicion hovering over her and Renie, Judith reluctantly begins sleuthing—if only to prove they didn’t commit the crime.
But what she finds is puzzling. The victim reputedly didn’t have an enemy in the world--except for the killer. Digging for clams and answers, the cousins discover that retirement can be deadly—at least among the eclectic, eccentric residents of Obsession Shores.

Mary Richardson Daheim is a Seattle native with a communications degree from the University of Washington. Realizing at an early age that getting published in books with real covers might elude her for years, she worked on daily newspapers and in public relations to help avoid her creditors. She lives in her hometown in a century-old house not unlike Hillside Manor, except for the body count. Daheim is also the author of the Alpine mystery series, the mother of three daughters, and the grandmother of two granddaughters, all of whom live within shrieking distance.

This is what you would call a Cozy Mystery (just my kind!). This book is a mystery, but it is a little more fun and lighter to read. In spots this was a bit slow for me, but still very enjoyable. It was a nice easy going, lazy afternoon kind of read.

What really made this book for me was the characters. What a zany cast of older ladies! The conversations between them were hilarious! And talk about snark. They were a very likable and believable group, one that I would fit right in with.

Also I thought the descriptions were done very well. I could really picture it and felt like I was there with them on the beach digging for clams - yum!

This mystery kept me guessing right up to the end. A good little mystery! If you are looking for something on the lighter side - this may be the book for you.

Thank you "Partners in Crime" for sending me this beautiful hardcover book for my honest review.

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  1. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on the latest mystery in this long-running series! Sounds like a fun read!

  2. This looks like so much fun!
    Thanks for your thoughts - I'm adding it to my list.
    On another subject... Moved yet?


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