Monday, January 15, 2007

Mary Daheim - Just Desserts

Just Desserts
Daheim's 1st book
1st book featuring Judith McMonigle, bed and breakfast owner in Seattle, Washington
220 pages

When the garishly grotesque clan of wealthy carpet-sweeper magnate Otto Brodie sweeps down upon Judith McMonigle's Hillside Manor Inn, it looks like there'll be a wild night of drinking, dining, and fortune-telling in the offing. But when their soothsayer-for-hire Madame Gushenka drops dead after someone douses her tea leaves with bug killer, harried hostess Judith and her irrepressible cousin Renie are left to clean up the mess. One of the Brodie bunch would dearly love to sweep the Madame's murder under the rug, however, and that might mean eliminating the nosy Ms. McMonigle as well. But with the help of her one-time beau, policeman Joe Flynn, Judith is determined to rattle the dust off some closeted family skeletons, in order to coax a killer out of hiding before coffee is served.

This is a buddy read for which I've been waiting quite a while now, and in early February, it will finally be time to discuss the book *bg*

First sentence:
"Judith Grover McMonigle thrust the phone away from her ear a good two feet, knocked her coffee mug off the kitchen counter, and booted her cat, Sweetums, into the opencupboard under the sink."

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