PIC Book Tours: “Clam Wake” by Mary Daheim Book Review

By Ruth on August 26, 2014 in blog tour, book, promo, 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

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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.
Clam Wake: A Bed-and-Breakfast MysteryClam Wake: A Bed-and-Breakfast Mystery by Mary Daheim

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My absolute favorite thing about the book was the description of the setting! I am from Washington state, and any time a book takes place in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, it often gets my stamp of approval. Add a bit of mystery to that and the author has a story that is essentially essentially cozy (a bit more profanity than I generally prefer, but not bedroom scenes), and the author definitely has a recipe for success.

As for the mystery, I felt a bit at a loss since this was the first book in this series I have read. Yes, the book is a standalone, but I would have preferred reading the first book in the series. It seemed like the two cousins go way back, and I did not know their colorful history.

The book itself is written fairly well and easy to read. At times, I found my interest waning, but that is just an opinion of mine. The mystery is straightforward and ends exactly as it should.

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

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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.

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1 Comment

  1. Lance Wright August 27, 2014 Reply

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this mystery with us. It is well into the series at this point, but glad to hear that it can be read as a stand-alone.
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