Monday, September 1, 2014

Clam Wake Book Review

Clam Wake
by Mary Daheim

Book Details:

Genre: Mystery
Published by: William Morrow
Publication Date: 8/12/2014
Number of Pages: 240
ISBN: 9780062317728  


Innkeeper and irrepressible sleuth Judith McMonigle Flynn and cousin Renie face off against a cold-blooded killer in a beach community in this delightfully charming Bed-and-Breakfast mystery from USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Mary Daheim.

With the holidays gone and Hillside Manor almost empty, Innkeeper Judith McMonigle Flynn has a bad case of the blues. A housesitting stint at her aunt and uncle’s retirement home on Whoopee Island with cousin Renie seems like the ideal pick-me-up. Surrounded by retirees in the off-season sounds peaceful and pleasant--or so the duo thinks. But it isn’t long before a dead body pops up in their vicinity. Not surprising in an area full of older folks—until they learn it wasn’t a bad ticker that did in the victim, but a very sharp knife. With clouds of suspicion hovering over her and Renie, Judith reluctantly begins sleuthing—if only to prove they didn’t commit the crime.

But what she finds is puzzling. The victim reputedly didn’t have an enemy in the world--except for the killer. Digging for clams and answers, the cousins discover that retirement can be deadly—at least among the eclectic, eccentric residents of Obsession Shores.

My Review:

If you love soft murder/mysteries that are somewhat in the same line as Murder She Wrote, then this book will certainly be right up your alley. It's got enough mystery and there is definitely a murder but it also has a pair of cousins who are bored out of their minds so they do something to lift their spirits by offering to house sit.

They think it's going to be relaxing but it's anything but that when Ernie shows up dead. Of course, the girls can't help themselves and they get involved in the search for the killer.

It does have it's humor and it's meant to be an easy read but still the right amount of suspense and danger. If you love mysteries but not the gory details or serial killers, but just good old fashioned detective work finding the guilty party, then this book will delight you and you will love the easiness of reading something that won't give you nightmares or shudders.

Happy Reading!

Author Bio:

Seattle native Mary Richardson Daheim lives three miles from the house where she was raised. From her dining nook she can see the maple tree in front of her childhood home.

Mary isn’t one for change when it comes to geography. Upon getting her journalism degree from the University of Washington (she can see the campus from the dining nook, too), she went to work for a newspaper in Anacortes WA.

Then, after her marriage to David Daheim, his first college teaching post was in Port Angeles where she became a reporter for the local daily. Both tours of small-town duty gave her the background for the Alpine/Emma Lord series.

Mary spent much of her non-fiction career in public relations (some would say PR is fiction, too). But ever since she learned how to read and write, Mary wanted to tell stories that could be put between book covers (e-readers were far into the future and if she hadn’t seen her daughter’s iPad, she might not know they exist). Thus, she began her publishing career with the first of seven historical romances before switching to mysteries in 1991. If Mary could do the math, she’d know how many books she’s published. Since she can’t, she estimates the total is at least 55. Or something. See below—count ‘em if you can.

At the time of her husband and mentor’s death in February 2010, David and Mary had been married for over 43 years. They have three daughters, Barbara, Katherine and Magdalen, and two granddaughters, Maisy and Clara. They all live in Seattle, too. Those apples don’t move far from the tree…literally.


Lance Wright said...

I do enjoy good old-fashioned mysteries and this one sounds like it is just that! Thanks so much for sharing your review with us.

Carol N Wong said...

I love both but can't read a book if it is too violent or has explicit sex. So cozies, dectective,procedural Scotland Yard type mysteries are my favorites.

kiki w said...

I like them both. Nothing like a good mystery.

Anita Yancey said...

I like them both, but favor hard line mysteries more. Thanks for having the giveaway.