Scots on the Rocks

Scots on the RocksWhat happens when you give your husband a criteria for your long awaited vacation and let him pick the location Well, that is what happens when Judith and her irascible cousin Renie dream of a vacation by a beach where they can get some much needed rest, and their husbands can go fishing It is February in the Pacific Northwest and they have warmth and sun in their minds Where do they end up, but on an island with a beach, good fishing, and in a castle in Northern Scotland The girls are literally dumped at the island left on their own as their husbands go off for a day of fishing that turns into a week or Fortunately for them, the water between the island and the mainland is very shallow and twice a day at low tide the sand can be driven or walked on That turns out to be a blessing because Judith s husband has kept the destination a secret from her and she has arrived with only lightweight clothing Of course, wherever Judith McGonigle Flynn goes trouble follows and soon this BB owner finds herself wrapped up in murder and mayhem In this book, a large cast of well fleshed characters are involved in greed, conspiracy, jealousy, misplaced anger and Family bloodlines contribute to the mix.This is number 23 in Mary Daheim s Hillside Manor Bed Breakfast series The characters remain true and age appropriately Her series is light and fun, even with Judith s statement to Renie You get worse as you get older You age, but you don t act it The opposite personalities play well off each other and the series has a large following I recommend any of her books for a light entertaining read Daheim also has a second series based in the town of Alpine in the Pacific Northwest featuring Emma Lord Editor Publisher of the The Alpine Advocate. Judith adn Renie are at it again, once again abandoning their aging mothers, jobs and husbands to go on a murder mystery weekend on the emerald isle The characters are hard to keep track of, but as with the rest of the series you can t help but to root for the cousins in crime solving. I picked this up because I like what are often called tea cosies mysteries, I liked the play of words in the title and others in the series , and I read lots of great reviews about this series from readers I was quite disappointed, however I found the main characters Judith and her cousin Renie quite irritating, especially Renie The story also didn t hold much interest for me, and I found the writing style frustrating as well I am not a fan of writers who overuse exclamation points, and who use too many active verbs for describing how their characters jump into something or race down the hall, etc.I finished the book only because I wanted to see what happened in the end and it was all a twisted mess, really , and because I have an unwritten vow with myself to always finish a book I ve started.The experience with this book will likely not lead me to check out any of the others in the series. I thoroughly enjoy the antics of the cousins featured in the Bed and Breakfast Mystery series This story takes them to a castle in Scotland where the local police think they are CIA and willing draw them into the investigation of several gruesome deaths With Judith s curiosity urging them on they fins themselves in the thick of thingsnot just highland mist When Judith And Her Cousin Renie Go On Vacation In A Remote And Possibly Haunted Scottish Castle Owned By A Rich Whiskey Distillery Baron Strange Things Start Occurring They Meet Harry Gibbs, A Dissolute Young Man Who Is Estranged From His Wife And Is Found Smothered To Death Shortly After Judith And Renie Arrive His Widow, Moira, Is Suspect No , Of Course, But There Are Plenty To Go Around Since Harry Was A Real Jerk And Wanted To Run The Petrol Company Moira Inherited From Dear Old Dad Suspects Include Moira S Bastard Half Brother, Blackwell Petroleum S Sleazy CEO, The Wily Comptroller, An Even Wilier Corporate Attorney, The Whisky Baron, Moira S Former Mother In Law Who Mixes Delicious Jams Along With Her Not So Delicious Poisons, Moira S Apparent Lover, And, Last But Not Least, Chuckie, The Dwarfish Epileptic Who Runs Around Castle There S A Ghost, Some Goofy Villagers, And Enough Suspects To Overwhelm Any Police Force, But No Challenge Is Too Daunting For The Cousins Probably the dork in me that enjoys these mysteries I just find them amusing in a Murder She Wrote sort of way. 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. While I very much enjoy a cozy mystery, this fell short in my opinion I had heard good things about this author s style and I was terribly disappointed I tried for two weeks to read past the fifth chapter and the author not only repeated herself, but contradicted herself several times Enough times that I donated the book to the library AND apologized for doing so Cozy mysteries can sometimes be formulaic in nature, but we enjoy them for the fun characters, cozy settings, and general who did it theme Recipes, tea time hints, etc often help sell the books as well This book had a cynical who complained about her hip CONTINUOUSLY, too many contradictions to count, and a plot that just fell flat Even a place as pretty as Scotland sounded rather drab. I must agree with Cousin Rennie, Judith really needs to mind her own business some of the time, although then we wouldn t have a book, but she really began to irritate me in this book. Like a visit back with old friends I love this series This time, Judith, the Seattle BB owner is on holiday in Scotland with scatty cousin Renie, stuck in a castle while their husbands go fishing Of course they find a body, and the usual mayhem ensues While the accents have changed, the weather remains like home, and for once the police want their help.

Seattle native Mary Richardson Daheim has been fascinated by story telling since early childhood She first listened, then read, and finally began to write her own fiction when she was ten A journalism major at the University of Washington, she was the first female editor of The Daily where she attracted national attention with her editorial stance against bigotry After getting her B.A., she wor

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  • Scots on the Rocks
  • Mary Daheim
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  • 06 May 2019
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