All the Pretty Hearses
A Bed-and-Breakfast Mystery
By Mary Daheim
(Avon, Mass Market Paperback, 9780061351594, 336pp.)
Publication Date: May 2012
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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 auctionespecially when the winning bid goes to the persnickety Paine family. She'll have her hands full sorting through the painfully picky Paines' 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 icebergwhat 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.
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 centuryold house not unlike Hillside Manor, except for the body count. Daheim is also the author of the Alpine mystery series and the mother of three daughters and grandmother of two granddaughters, all of whom live within shrieking distance.
“Series fans will cheer.”
-Publishers Weekly on All the Pretty Hearses>
“Combines charm with chaos at a consistently polished level.”
-Kirkus Reviews on All the Pretty Hearses
“Daheim brings lots of humor into her strong twenty-sixth mystery.”
-Booklist on All the Pretty Hearses
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