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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (June 10 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006056654X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060566548
  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 10.5 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #608,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Sharon Jaremkow on April 12 2014
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It kept me interested it did not move to slowly in the book would read more of her books. Keep writing
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Daheim has concocted an entertaining mystery, but she needed to do a bit more homework before tackling the Scottish Highlands. My enjoyment was marred by inaccuracies that kept cropping up. Having lived in Britain and worked and played in Scotland for several years, I was surprised to see references to such things as 'shillings' (no longer in use anywhere in the British Isles) and North American-style bacon, which most people I met there thought revolting. They call it 'streaky bacon', and it is seldom available. What is called 'bacon' is closer to what Americans call 'Canadian bacon' and Canadians call 'back bacon'. The descriptions of countryside suggest the author may have visited, but I suspect the tale was cobbled together from ancient travel books.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Confusing and just OK Nov. 14 2007
By Bookworm Carolyn - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I generally like Mary Daheim and her B&B novels, but this one was just OK. The plot was confusing with a lot of superfluous characters, nonessential subplots, holes, and murders that made no sense, even after everything was explained. It still is not quite clear to me, in fact, exactly why the main murder was committed. The motivation behind some of the other deaths is even murkier. The quirkiness of some of the characters, and the interesting setting -- as well as hopes for a real surprise ending -- kept me reading, but in the end, I was dissatisfied.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Series moves to Scotland and it is a hit! Sept. 6 2007
By Armchair Interviews - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is 23rd in the series of Bed and Breakfast mysteries featuring Judith McMonigle Flynn and her cousin Renie, this one is set not in Judith's Seattle Hillside Manor B & B, but in Scotland.

Judith is aging, her hip replacement surgery has slowed her down. Her husband Joe, a retired police detective, and her cousin Renie and her husband Bill conspire to set up Judith with a surprise vacation. Her B & B is staffed with substitute innkeepers, and they are off. Judith is sure the locale is southern California, and packs accordingly.

Unfortunately it is Scotland, a stay in remote Grimloch castle due Joe's police connection, with a promise of some great fishing. The men skip off soon after arrival to fish, leaving Judith and Renie to get to know the Gibbses, the surly and unhappy couple running the castle. They venture into town to get Judith some warm clothing and meet many more eccentric and dysfunctional people, including Moira Gibbs, her husband Harry (grandson of the Gibbses working in the castle); and cranky Mrs. Gunn. Wealthy Moira Gibbs has inherited a large petroleum company, and Mrs. Gunn is running her husband's transport firm and believes in the supernatural.

Soon Philip Fordyce and his young wife Beth, owners of the castle, return early from an island vacation to stay in the private wing. Fordyce runs a company making Scotch whiskey and has a very strange young son, Chuckie, who skulks around the castle being obtuse and nasty.

An explosion on the beach signals the death of Harry Gibbs. Who could have wanted him dead? Was he meddling in his wife's Blackwell Petroleum company too much? The accidental death months ago of Moira's personal assistant, the dashing Italian Davey, is suddenly questioned when his bloodstained coat is found with a note. Then Chuckie begins hinting he knows who killed Harry. Judith and Renie have sporadic and sketchy phone contacts with their fishing spouses, until suddenly they seem to have disappeared.

Judith is her usual kind and inquisitive self; Renie as usual, is always hungry, argumentative and pushy. There are several truly hilarious episodes as they careen around the village of St. Fergna trying to ferret out the facts.

Armchair Interviews says: 23rd in series, and still doing just fine, thank you.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Too Long Nov. 2 2009
By Middle-aged Reader - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
About 100 pages TOO LONG! 360 pages for a mystery? Ridiculous. After 250 pages I couldn't follow it and could not care less.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I love this series, but . . . Aug. 16 2009
By Patricia Bird - Published on
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I've loved this series, but this one is below par. I agree with the person who missed Joe as a central character. The cast of characters were all strangers, most of them indistinguishable, one from the other. I kept asking myself who is this person and where does he fit in? You didn't care about who was killed or who killed them.

I hope the next book has more of the charm that has made this series one of my favorites.

-- Pat
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Makes you want to throw rocks Oct. 26 2008
By Love OBX - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the first in the series I have read. I got the impression while reading that these characters are well fleshed out in the other stories and have a long history together. That being said, this book doesn't really stand alone very well. I found the number of characters too hard to keep track of and as an introduction to cousin Renie - she was just annoying. (Truly, who draws on an oil painting in someone else's house?) I finished the book just to say I finished it. But it was a long process. If you feel compelled to read this series, get this book from the library.

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