Just Desserts

Just Desserts

When the garishly grotesque clan of wealthy carpet-sweeper magnate Otto Broadie 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 he When the garishly grotesque clan of wealthy carpet-sweeper magnate Otto Broadie sweeps down upon Judith McMonigle's Hills...

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Title:Just Desserts
Author:Mary Daheim
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Genres:Mystery
ISBN:Just Desserts
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:256 pages pages

Just Desserts Reviews

  • Cooper
    May 07, 2019
    I couldn't get into this whodunit. The author proceeds to vomit up every little detail and backstory in the first 20 pages. Then we're introduced to, I don't know how many characters, as I lost count at 8. They all sounded the same and couldn't differentiate one from another and I ...
  • Abigail
    Jul 11, 2012
    What an interesting start to a series! I have been looking for a new mystery series for a while, and this is the most appealing by far. The dialogue was witty and enjoyable, although at times it sounded as if Judith and the detective were from another era... It was not a perfect plot, ...
  • Kimberly
    Nov 10, 2012
    I couldn't get into the groove of reading this. There were too many characters to keep up with. Maybe I just didn't care enough about them to want to keep up. And what was up with Judith solving the case and Joe being okay with it? ...
  • FicusFan
    Aug 24, 2008
    First book in a series. Set in the pacific northwest in a bed and breakfast. Extremely lame. The ambulance attendants determine a person has been poisoned rather than had a heart attack, though there are no symptoms, or anything lying around to deduce that from. The police seques...
  • Kim
    Apr 19, 2009
    A fun, little mystery. I enjoyed it even more so because my supervisor is dating a man named Joe Flynn. The primary police officer in the book is named Joe Flynn. ...
  • Audrey
    Dec 09, 2013
    A great example of how some really solid series have a less-than-stellar debut. There was some seriously wtf-y policework going down along with Herculean leaps of logic and cat abuse, but I did like that Joe Flynn appears to be the only cop in recent crime fiction memory who doesn't ge...
  • Barbara ★
    Mar 23, 2012
    I had major issues with this book. Starting with the main character - what a bitch. She berates and disparages her mother (granted she's a cranky old lady, but she's her mother); she abuses her cat whom she appears to hate; she is rude to her guests. The police work was beyond lame....
  • Kasia
    Oct 06, 2011
    First in the famous Mary Daheim Bed & Breakfast Inn series, this is a must read for cozy mystery lovers because it's a truly delightful experience! There's the perfect atmosphere and ambiance, Inn full of crazy family members with hidden agendas, secrets, affairs - you name it, and...
  • Jennifer
    Jun 24, 2017
    This was fast paced, but a little overwhelming for a first book in a series. There were too many characters that were all sleeping with each other. I had a hard time of keeping track of who went with who. Add in the fact that Dash had a bunch of different names, and it was a bit much. ...
  • Teri-K
    Jul 11, 2019
    I'll be generous and give this two stars because I didn't figure out who the culprit was. Though I don't believe it's actually possible to do what the bad guy supposedly did. And so convoluted, too! The characters were so rude to each other - including the MC - in a way that I suspect ...
  • Audrey
    Dec 15, 2010
    This started off with a style similar to a culinary mystery series, such as those by Isis Crawford or Joanna Fluke. At first I thought it was better-written than those, but it went downhill quickly. The characters are flat and too unremarkable to easily remember who is who among the se...
  • Elizabeth
    Feb 05, 2013
    I found the characters kind of hard to keep straight, they were all introduced rather quickly, but the story was quirky and enjoyable to read. A fortune teller, hired by the wife/mother of the family ends up dead at a night being spent in a B&B as the family mansion is being fumiga...
  • Alexandra
    Apr 22, 2018
    Another attempt to expand my reading beyond sci-fi. This was not a great success. I've heard pretty good things about this book as far as the "cozy mystery" genre goes. So it's very possible this genre just is not my cup of tea. Throughout the mystery, I found all the possible suspe...
  • Briana Alzola
    Jun 20, 2017
    I feel like it's hard to rate something when it's sort of exactly what you expected but you didn't go in expecting much. This is a fun story, full of quirky characters, but it's not one I will recommend to other people nor did it inspire me to read more in this series. ...
  • Gizzard
    Oct 02, 2012
    This book took at least a month to read and I found myself very bored at times. Since it was on my tablet kindle app, I felt the need to finish it. Although the heroine is written to appear a normal woman, she baffled me and in the end, I did not like her too much. Calling another h...
  • Julie
    Jan 29, 2016
    Just Desserts by Mary Daheim is a 1991 publication. This is the first book is the long running Bed & Breakfast cozy mystery series by Mary Daheim. With the thirtieth installment set to release soon, I thought it would be fun to go back to the very beginning to see how far the se...
  • ☺Trish
    Nov 15, 2018
    The main character calling her cousin Renie (who is also her best friend) "stupid" kind of put me off. The behavior of her cranky, walker/wheelchair-bound mother was also more annoying than hilarious. And what is up with the love/hate relationship with the cat? The mystery was okay, en...
  • Mary
    Jan 02, 2019
    Fun book, nice cozy mystery, interesting characters. This is supposed to be the 1st book in the series, but I feel as if I missed a set up story. There's lots of reference to a back story, but I don't know what that is... maybe it's in the other books but it mostly just feels as if the...
  • Monica
    Sep 08, 2014
    Started reading didn't like the main character. ...
  • VJ
    Dec 22, 2012
    Again, this is a series where I read books out of order. I think this author gets better with time, but this was a passable first in a series novel. Each book stands alone, but the characters develop throughout the series. I found this book mildly amusing without going overboard or...
  • Linda Smatzny
    Feb 08, 2014
    This is the first book in the Bed - And - Breakfast Mystery series. The main character is Judith McMonigle who runs a Bed & Breadfast out of her family home. She is just starting her business so when a murder occurs she wants answers fast. The police detective investigating the mur...
  • Lana
    May 16, 2014
    Not enough depth into main characters-could not bond with them or even get to know them. ...
  • Melissa
    Sep 20, 2013
    This is my first book my Mary Daheim and I had a really hard time getting into it. Too many secondary characters are introduced quickly with little to separate them, so throughout the book I was struggling to keep people straight. It was so convoluted when they finally revealed the mur...
  • Melinda
    Apr 12, 2018
    The story was really good. The writing was good. Loved the setting and characters. But there were a couple big problems for me in this book. There was a lot of name calling which I disliked. The words stupid and idiot were used too often. Another was the abuse of the cat throughout the...
  • Tanya
    Jun 14, 2019
    ok, not great. dated. not interesting enough to make me want to get the next in the series ...
  • Beverly
    Aug 05, 2017
    Judith McGonigle is the owner and operator of Hillside Manor, a bed and breakfast, in Seattle, Washington. When there are two cancellations Judith had two choices. One was to put up wallpaper that she had been promising herself she would do and the other was to take in the Brody family...
  • barry d giroux
    Jan 14, 2019
    Dissappointed. Enjoy author Daheims Alpine series but this one didn't click with me-didn't even seem like the same author. This was way too frantic. It didn't hold my interest and there was no attempt to connect with the characters-couldn't finish. ...
  • Elizabeth Oster
    Jun 01, 2017
    Great read!! I love this book!! This is second time reading it and it was just like first time. The plot has a lot of twists and turns!! If you love mysteries you have to give this one a try!! ...
  • Linda Karn
    Dec 31, 2018
    Cozy and a little crazy First in this series. Was quite surprised. A lot of twists and turns in this story. I was very pleased. On to the next. ...
  • MaryAnn (EmilyD1037)
    Mar 08, 2017
    This is my first read by this author. It is also the first book in her bed and breakfast mystery series. I give it a 3.5. I liked it enough to continue the series. ...