The one good thing about anthology books is you get a chance to read stories from authors you may not have read before and then decide if you want to ever read them again. This book contains four stories - 2 from authors I have previous read and two who were brand new to me.
1. Dial M For Mom - by Mary Daheim.
Mary Daheim's Bed & Breakfast Series are my favorite books in mystery series.
This story is a continuation from that series, in which Cousin Renie's three children have announced their engagements. The story is very funny as she tries to plan three weddings, all on the same day, but at different locations without going crazy. It doesn't help that her photographer is found dead in the parking lot after the wedding rehearsal.
Is it murder? Could it have anything to do with the mysterious man who keeps showing up in pictures that he had taken of the families earlier?
2. Mothers Must Do - by Carolyn Hart. I have read several of Carolyn Hart's books, but none with the character of Laurel Darling Roethke, so I don't know if she has a continuing series with her.
I hope not.
I didn't like the character of Laurel Darling, from the beginning of the book where she loads up the dead body and moves it so the police won't know where he was killed, to her continuously thinking "Dear Max" whenever her son's name comes up. And it seems to come up all the time.
The mystery wasn't very interesting. I didn't care about any of the people and couldn't wait for the story to end.
3. The Proof Is In The Patch - by Jane Isenberg -
I have never read any of her books before, but I enjoyed this story enough that I will check out more of her books.
Bel Barrett is a college professor. One day she receives an urgent call from a student who needs to see her right away. Bel puts her off until the next day, which is unfortunate as the student is murdered before they can have their meeting.
Bel decides to investigate the girl's murder, which includes taking a job as a nanny at the home where the student had worked and had been murdered.
The story had some very funny moments the mystery was interesting and I really liked the character of Bel Barrett.
4. Tomcat - by Shirley Rousseau Murphy. I have never read any of her books before and won't read any in the future. I couldn't even finish this one. Maybe you have to be a cat person to enjoy it.
The book is a must buy if you're a fan of Mary Daheim as her story is a continuation of a storyline in her books and although you may get bits and pieces in her next book, this will probably be the only place to get a complete look at the weddings of all three of Cousin Renie's kids, and that alone is worth the price of the book.