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Monday, August 25, 2014

Clam Wake by Mary Daheim (Book Review)

In association with Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours, Jersey Girl Book Reviews is pleased to host the virtual book tour event for Clam Wake by Author Mary Daheim!

Book Review

Clam Wake by Mary Daheim
Bed-And-Breakfast Mystery Series #29
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: August 12, 2014
Format: Hardcover / Paperback - 304 pages
             Kindle - 609 KB
             Nook - 544 KB
ISBN: 978-0062317728
Genre: Cozy Mystery 


Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours.

Book Description:

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 Book Review:

In Clam Wake, the latest installment of the popular Bed-And-Breakfast Mystery Series, author Mary Daheim weaves an entertaining cozy mystery tale that follows the latest adventures of Hillside Manor B&B Inkeeper and amateur sleuth Judith McMonigle Flynn and her partner / cousin Renie.

While house sitting for their Aunt Vance and Uncle Vince at the Obsession Shores retirement community on Whoopie Island, the cousins get involved in a whodunit murder mystery when they discover Obsession Shores resident Ernie Glover stabbed to death on the beach. The quiet retirement community residents have recently been divided over a proposed ordinance, but who would want one of their own dead? Judith and Renie take on the murder investigation in a community full of gossip and crazy antics from the eccentric Obsession Shores residents.

Clam Wake is an enjoyable cozy mystery that is full of quirky characters, zany antics, and fun plot twists that easily keeps the reader in suspense and guessing what will happen next. You can't help but get drawn into the lovable cousins' latest whodunit mystery adventure, it has plenty of craziness and laugh-out-loud moments that will keep you turning the pages while trying to figure out who the identity of killer is until you reach the surprising conclusion. Who knew that a bunch of quirky seniors could provide so much fun entertainment?! I can't wait to see what new adventure author Mary Daheim has in store for Judith and Renie. Clam Wake is a great example of a what a fun cozy mystery novel is all about!


About The Author

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.


Virtual Book Tour Schedule

Tour Schedule:

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8/20 Review & Giveaway @ Buried Under Books
8/21 Review & Giveaway @ Thoughts in Progress
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8/23 Review @ fundinmental
8/25 Review @ Jersey Girl Book Reviews
8/26 Review & Giveaway @ My Devotional Thoughts
8/27 Review & Giveaway @ Bless Their Hearts Mom
8/28 Review @ Deco My Heart
8/29 Review & Giveaway @ Reading Authors
9/01 Review & Giveaway @ Marys Cup of Tea
9/04 Review @ Book Club Librarian
9/08 Review & Giveaway @ Brooke Blogs
9/10 Review @ Community Bookstop


  1. This sounds like a terrific entry in this long-running series. Thanks so much for sharing your review with us.

    1. Hi Lance! Thank you for the opportunity to host the virtual book tour event for this entertaining cozy mystery.