Publisher: William Morrow
Publish Date: July 3, 2012
Origins: From Publisher for Review
Order From: Amazon / Barnes & Noble
Synopsis: The Wurst is Yet to Come - The wacky title alone tells you that you are once again in the uproarious realm of "the reigning queen of the cozies" (Portland Oregonian), the inimitable Mary Daheim In this, the twenty-seventh glorious installment of Daheim's Bed-and-Breakfast mystery series, harried hostess Judith McMonigle Flynn and her irrepressible Cousin Renie find themselves in Little Bavaria, where the inconvenient discovery of a nonagenarian corpse threatens to put the kibosh on the local Oktoberfest. No one does cozy mystery better than the delightful Daheim--and if you're a fan of Lillian Jackson Braun, Diane Mott Davidson, or Jill Churchill, you'll definitely want to take a big bite out of this mouth-watering Wurst.
Review: I had not read any of the previous books in the Bed-and-Breakfast Mysteries Series by Ms. Daheim, but I feel the title is highly apropos. Judith McMonigle Flynn owns the Hillside Manor Bed and Breakfast and has a propensity for finding dead bodies and sleuthing out the truth. Judith has been blackmailed by Ingrid Heffelman into assisting with manning the state’s B & B booth at the Oktoberfest in Little Bavaria. Not long into Judith’s stay, she and her cousin Serena (Renie) are in the midst of another murder. This time it’s the Grossvater of Little Bavaria, Victor Wessler. Now Judith is dealing with the Keystone Kops, dodging the other B&B owners, and trying to solve the mystery before she becomes the target of a sinister killer.
I usually like these types of mysteries, but I did have a difficult time remaining interested. This is based on the characters that irritated each other and the reader as well as a plot line which felt lacking. The police were laughable, the dialogue was repetitive (such as “Coz” 500 times), and there were too many suspects and confessors. I’m not sure I’d give the others in this series a read, based solely on this installment. I hope you take the time to do your own research and perhaps this B&B mystery is your cup of tea.
Bed-and-Breakfast Mysteries Series: Just Desserts (1), Fowl Prey (2), Holy Terrors (3), Dune to Death (4), Bantam of the Opera (5), A Fit of Temper (6), Major Vices (7), Murder, My Suite (8), Auntie Mayhem (9), Nutty as a Fruitcake (10), September Mourn (11), Wed and Buried (12), Snow Place to Die (13), Legs Benedict (14), Creeps Suzette (15), A Streetcar Named Expire (16), Suture Self (17), Silver Scream (18), Hocus Croakus (19), The Old Souse (20), Dead Man Docking (21), Saks & Violins (22), Scots on the Rocks (23), Vi Agra Falls (24), Loco Motive (25), All the Pretty Hearses (26), The Wurst is Yet to Come (27)