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Legs Benedict [Mass Market Paperback]

M Daheim
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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April 2 1999 Bed-And-Breakfast Mysteries
Hail, Hail, the Mob's all Here

A week of "mayhem-as-usual" at Hillside Manor kicks off with the arrival of a mysterious "Mr. Smith" and his floozie "Mrs." from New York City--and it accelerates into chaos when Mr. Smith himself kicks off, a victim of the foulest of plays. Hostess Judith McMonigle Flynn is shocked to learn that her now-defunct roomer was actually "Legs" Benedict--hit man for the notorious Ronzini Family--and that virtually every other guests at her B&B had good reason to want Legs broken. Judith's policeman-hubby Joe is understandably peeved that homicide happened (again!) under his own roof. And when the FBI moves in--more interested in nabbing a Nazi nutcase than a malicious mobster murderer--the local cops clear out, leaving Judith, Joe and irrepressible cousin Renie to find out who whacked the wiseguy before the hits keep coming.

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Seattle native Mary Daheim began telling stories with pictures when she was four. Since she could neither read nor write, and her artistic talent was questionable, her narratives were sometimes hard to follow. By second grade, she had learned to string together both subjects and predicates, and hasn't stopped writing since. A former newspaper reporter and public relations consultant, Daheims first of seven historical romances was published in 1983. In addition to Avon Books' Bed-and-Breakfast series featuring Judith McMonigle Flynn, Daheim also pens the Alpine mysteries for Ballantine. She is married to David Daheim, a retired college instructor, and has three daughters -- Barbara, Katherine and Magdalen.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The "Mob" comes to Hillside Manor May 27 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Judith Flynn, proprietor of Hillside Manor Bed and Breakfast thinks that it's business as usual as her guests arrive for the weekend. It seems like a typical group with a single man, a newly-married couple, a mother and son, a pair of nursery school teachers, and a surly couple from Chicago. However, there is soon a dead body at the B & B and it becomes apparent that no one is who he says he is. As usual Judith claims to have instinctive powers of observation and deduction, but this case has even Judith stumped. A complicated web of interrelationships is eventually revealed, but this just makes it more difficult to solve the crime. Another feature of this addition to the series is the appearance of Judith's first grandson, Mike and Kristen's baby. Even this event is not an undiluted joy when Judith finds out the baby's name. If you're a "cozy" fan, you'll probably enjoy this one.
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By oluffer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have to be honest this book is horrible! I did somehow manage to finish it though. There are constantly new characters being introduced and they serve no real function to the story. The ending is horrible too!There is noway you could possibly solve this yourself because she introduces new evidence on the last few pages. Nothing really motivated me to turn the page and keep going. Takes forever to finish because it is so stupid! Don't waste your time or money unless you want to use it for a bonfire!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the paper it's printed on. Dec 23 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
My brother told me that I could mow the lawn and have a more exciting adventure than this book. A mystery book is supposed to have some element of supense, this book lacked so much that when he had 6 pages left he was able to put the book off one day....what kind of book can't hook you when you have 6 pages left??????? Stephen Hunter - Dirty White Boys - now that's a book that will hook you
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1.0 out of 5 stars How in the world did this book get published? April 1 2000
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I can't say that this is the first book that I've read by this author, because I threw it out after the first 100 pages - there wasn't one single page that made any sense whatsoever. It jumped around, had trite and meaningless dialogue, and threw in unnecessary characters left and right. I still can't believe that there's an entire series of this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Social comedy--warm and entertaining. Dec 15 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Does it matter who dun what to whom? A good cozy is a social comedy, where the plot devices move us into an engaging world. Judith Grover McMonigle Flynn's world encompasses a loving but often bemused husband, her reliable sidekick Cousin Renie, an assortment of weird and irascible relatives, and one of the meanest fluffballs to grace the name cat. Legs Benedict brings in a new assortment of odd personalities; bed and breakfast guests fun to watch as they ignore the mints and go for the blood and guts. Still, the bottom line is a tribute to families and friends--which sounds sentimental, though Daheim is rarely that. She is funny.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing from start to finish Oct. 13 1999
By Mel
Format:Mass Market Paperback
based on a recommendation from a friend, I read this book, struggling through the boring plot and a mish-mash of characters all of which did not seem to fit together. So much for recommendations!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Diffucult to finish and poorly crafted Oct. 9 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Based on a recommendation from a friend, I read this book and was disappointed with every page. The plot set up was poor, the mystery was boring and the ending was a farce. So much for recommendations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seattle's Queen Anne Hill!
This is one book in a series of bed-and-breakfast mysteries set in Seattle, Washington. Anyone familiar with the city can tell that the author, Mary Daheim, has changed the place... Read more
Published on Sept. 11 1999
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best, but an okay read
I really enjoy this series, but this was a bit of a disappointment. I enjoy the titles and the characters. If you haven't read any of these yet, don't start with this one. Read more
Published on July 19 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars Embarrassing
First of all, it's obvious that the title is meant to be clever or funny; it only succeeds in insulting the reader's intelligence, especially after coming to the solution of the... Read more
Published on May 21 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars Series is weakening
In what was once a humorous and entertaining series, I'm finding that I have to force myself to finish these B&B books. Read more
Published on May 21 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars always entertaining, lots of laughs
This series is great. Cousin Renie, Mother Judith, Husband Joe - Judith has a soap opera life with the people in her immediate life let alone her bed & breakfast. Read more
Published on May 18 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent entry in a beautiful B&B mystery series
Judith Flynn runs Hillside Manor, a bed and breakfast place located in the Pacific Northwest. She realizes that, with one exception, her guests all telephonically booked a room... Read more
Published on Feb. 6 1999
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