Hocus Croakus

Hocus Croakus[PDF / Epub] ✍ Hocus Croakus ☁ Mary Daheim – Oaklandjobs.co.uk With major renovations going on at Seattle s favourite B B, Mary Daheim moves Judith, Renie and the rest of the unforgettable clan to temporary lodgings at a casino resort But when a magic show result With major renovations going on at Seattle s favourite B B, Mary Daheim moves Judith, Renie and the rest of the unforgettable clan to temporary lodgings at a casino resort But when a magic show results in murder, Judith and Joe are on the jobMystery maven Mary Daheim serves up murder and mayhem in this tale of a vacation gone awry at the Stillasnowamish Resort Casino After being forced out of the B B by post fire renovations, Judith and Renie pack up the family and settle in for the duration As if bickering from the two mothers wasn t enough hassle, the group discovers Salome, the resort magician s beautiful assistant they d seen perform only hours earlier, dead from multiple stab wounds While Judith can t help but snoop around, her husband Joe is officially recruited to investigate by the casino manager The chase is on as suspect after suspect emerges leaving Judith and Joe to answer the crucial, yet baffling question o s the real casino killer. A very enjoyable read There was a lot going on in this book The casino was a different and fun setting While Judith was off in this book it was always to her advantage It was sometimes hard keeping up with all the different characters and plot threads but everything was neatly tied up at the end. I love this series, but it seemed like it dragged on a bit, and I wasn t a fan of how it resolved with the murders I have an affinity for cozy mysteries They generally aren t written in pursuit of a spot on the bestseller list rather, cozies are written to give the reader a sense of comfort and calm ironically, by way of murder My mom read cozies to escape her three eccentric young daughters and grumpy husband one daughter, the artist, painted five foot tall green flowers on the side of the freshly painted rental when she was four the adventurous daughter asked which way north was, and was found by ne I have an affinity for cozy mysteries They generally aren t written in pursuit of a spot on the bestseller list rather, cozies are written to give the reader a sense of comfort and calm ironically, by way of murder My mom read cozies to escape her three eccentric young daughters and grumpy husband one daughter, the artist, painted five foot tall green flowers on the side of the freshly painted rental when she was four the adventurous daughter asked which way north was, and was found by neighbors five hours later walking up the beach, wearing a backpack, in pursuit of Santa in the North Pole we lived on an island she wasn t the brightest of the three of us and the oldest daughter that would be I caused her first year kindergarten teacher to quit by demanding that all classroom toy soldiers and toy weapons be removed from the classroom so that her classmates would not become violent adults, and that the teacher immediately stop smoking on her breaks because she would surely die of lung cancer As to my mother s husband, he had some strange notion that feeding 40 stray cats, a stray goat, a duck, and 4 turtles not stray out of a 2 bedroom apartment was odd He also became irrationally upset when the cat gave birth in his shoe So you see, for my mother, it was either read a cozy or drink or possibly dispose of the children and husband Years later, when my grandmother came to live with us bigger house, different country, revolving pet door, dad retired and usually lost in Best Buy, girls now goth, theater geek, and raver we slowly replaced her true crime books with cozies in order to keep her from roaming the house at night after taking her pain pills, looking for the Son of Sam whilst armed with a shoe horn.And all this is how I came to read cozies myself, because they were always there to help me escape my crazy family, you could carry on a screaming match with a sibling and not miss much in the book, and thanks to grandma s Dahmer intervention, there were always a shitload in the house Serious reading was done away from the insane people I have an affinity for cozy mysteries They generally aren t written in pursuit of a spot on the bestseller list rather, cozies are written to give the reader a sense of comfort and calm ironically, by way of murder My mom read cozies to escape her three eccentric young daughters and grumpy husband one daughter, the artist, painted five foot tall green flowers on the side of the freshly painted rental when she was four the adventurous daughter asked which way north was, and was found by neighbors five hours later walking up the beach, wearing a backpack, in pursuit of Santa in the North Pole we lived on an island she wasn t the brightest of the three of us and the oldest daughter that would be I caused her first year kindergarten teacher to quit by demanding that all classroom toy soldiers and toy weapons be removed from the classroom so that her classmates would not become violent adults, and that the teacher immediately stop smoking on her breaks because she would surely die of lung cancer As to my mother s husband, he had some strange notion that feeding 40 stray cats, a stray goat, a duck, and 4 turtles not stray out of a 2 bedroom apartment was odd He also became irrationally upset when the cat gave birth in his shoe So you see, for my mother, it was either read a cozy or drink or possibly dispose of the children and husband Years later, when my grandmother came to live with us bigger house, different country, revolving pet door, dad retired and usually lost in Best Buy, girls now goth, theater geek, and raver we slowly replaced her true crime books with cozies in order to keep her from roaming the house at night after taking her pain pills, looking for the Son of Sam whilst armed with a shoe horn.And all this is how I came to read cozies myself, because they were always there to help me escape my crazy family, you could carry on a screaming match with a sibling and not miss much in the book, and thanks to grandma s Dahmer intervention, there were always a shitload in the house Serious reading was done away from the insane people At halfway through I decided most of the characters were too obnoxious for me to finish the book I flipped through the ending and felt that was obnoxious too My sampling of Mary Daheim didn t work out well. Ugh Just ugh Nofrom Mary Daheim for me. The title says it all lots of hocus and two bodies Judith and her husband are at an Indian Casino while renovations are being done at the bed and breakfast Renie cousin and her husband are there as Renie was forced to attend a graphic design conference at the casino To throw some confusion into the mix both mothers are there and end up sharing a room Need to read yourself and understand the twists and turns Enjoy Another great book of laughs, crazy fun from the cousins. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Not even a real mystery, just a made up one to keep the main character busy I can t imagine any hotel going along with this type of hoax.I like other books by the author, but this one can be skipped. I picked up this book for part of the 2015 Reading Challenge I grabbed it at a library sale so I didn t realize till I got into it that it was not the first book in the series Oh, well, I thought I m probably just a book or two behind, no biggie Well apparently it waslike eighteen books behind But that is one of the things that I love about cozy mystery series yes, they are a series, but most of the ones I ve read, you don t have to start from the beginning to enjoy whatever rando I picked up this book for part of the 2015 Reading Challenge I grabbed it at a library sale so I didn t realize till I got into it that it was not the first book in the series Oh, well, I thought I m probably just a book or two behind, no biggie Well apparently it waslike eighteen books behind But that is one of the things that I love about cozy mystery series yes, they are a series, but most of the ones I ve read, you don t have to start from the beginning to enjoy whatever random volume you might have in hand Such was the case with Hocus Croakus although there were references to prior events that took place in earlier books, it did not detract from the enjoyment of reading this volume.What s not to love about a pair of late middle aged cousins who have been lifelong friends running off on a casino vacation together Judith and Renie are different as can be, but still make quite a pair I loved the way that Judith occasionally just stopped and took a moment to appreciate her surroundings not only did it seem very in character for her personality, but it also let the reader enjoy the setting without coming off in a tacky manner It was fun trying to solve the murder along with Judith and the others I enjoyed the Native American influences throughout, especially in the character of Bob Bearclaw The mothers made for the perfect comedy duo, and the husbands were both charming yet insufferable each in their own way I really had no idea who the killer was until it was revealed, and the red herrings did their job well.I ll definitely be keeping the Bed and Breakfast series in mind next time I m looking for a good cozy mystery to wrap myself up in AUTHOR DAHEIM, MaryTITLE Hocus CroakusDATE READ 10 13 10RATING 4.5 B GENRE PUB DATE PUBLISHER OF PGS Mystery 2003 Avon 354 pgsSERIES STAND ALONE 19 in B B seriesTIME PLACE early 2000 s Washington stateCHARACTERS Judith Flynn B B owner husband Joe, retired police detective Renie Jones, her cousin best friend graphic deisgner husband Bill, psychologist FIRST LINES Judith McMonigle Flynn staggered out of the car, dumped a foil lined ashtray, found herself looking up at an imposing AUTHOR DAHEIM, MaryTITLE Hocus CroakusDATE READ 10 13 10RATING 4.5 B GENRE PUB DATE PUBLISHER OF PGS Mystery 2003 Avon 354 pgsSERIES STAND ALONE 19 in BB seriesTIME PLACE early 2000 s Washington stateCHARACTERS Judith Flynn BB owner husband Joe, retired police detective Renie Jones, her cousin best friend graphic deisgner husband Bill, psychologist FIRST LINES Judith McMonigle Flynn staggered out of the car, dumped a foil lined ashtray, found herself looking up at an imposing white haired Native American man who was wearigngold braid than General Douglas MacArthur.COMMENTS Have enjoyed visiting w the cousins over the years After the last book where the BB has a damaging fire, they are temporarily closed while undergoing renovations Renie has a graphic design conference at a Resort Casino about an hour away The 2 couples and their mothers all go up to have a relaxing week Judith is not much of a gambler, altho she discovers Renie is Judith manages to keep busy becoming involved w the homicides of 2 of the women working w the Great Mandolini Illusion act

Hocus Croakus Kindle ¼ Paperback
  • Paperback
  • 384 pages
  • Hocus Croakus
  • Mary Daheim
  • English
  • 12 April 2019
  • 0380815648