Mary Daheim Books

Mary Daheim, who first put pen to paper aged ten and has been a college teacher and staff reporter for a regional daily, is a septuagenarian American author who is renowned especially for writing the critically acclaimed Bed-and-Breakfast series. Judith McMonigle is the featured protagonist in the “Bed-and-Breakfast” series of books authored by Mary Daheim. The first book portraying character Judith McMonigle was first published in 1992 titled Just Desserts, and this series of books is cataloged in the cozy mystery genre.

Order of Bed-and-Breakfast Mysteries Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Just Desserts 1991 Description / Buy
2 Fowl Prey 1991 Description / Buy
3 Holy Terrors 1992 Description / Buy
4 Bantam of the Opera 1993 Description / Buy
5 Dune to Death 1993 Description / Buy
6 A Fit of Tempera 1994 Description / Buy
7 Major Vices 1995 Description / Buy
8 Murder, My Suite 1995 Description / Buy
9 Auntie Mayhem 1996 Description / Buy
10 Nutty as a Fruitcake 1996 Description / Buy
11 September Mourn 1997 Description / Buy
12 Wed and Buried 1998 Description / Buy
13 Snow Place to Die 1998 Description / Buy
14 Legs Benedict 1998 Description / Buy
15 Creeps Suzette 2000 Description / Buy
16 A Streetcar Named Expire 2001 Description / Buy
17 Suture Self 2001 Description / Buy
18 Silver Scream 2002 Description / Buy
19 Hocus Croakus 2003 Description / Buy
20 This Old Souse 2004 Description / Buy
21 Dead Man Docking 2005 Description / Buy
22 Saks & Violins 2006 Description / Buy
23 Scots on the Rocks 2007 Description / Buy
24 Vi Agra Falls 2008 Description / Buy
25 Loco Motive 2010 Description / Buy
26 All the Pretty Hearses 2011 Description / Buy
27 The Wurst Is Yet to Come 2012 Description / Buy
28 Gone with the Win 2013 Description / Buy
29 Clam Wake 2014 Description / Buy
30 Here Comes the Bribe 2015 Description / Buy

Order of Emma Lord Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Alpine Advocate 1992 Description / Buy
2 The Alpine Betrayal 1993 Description / Buy
3 The Alpine Christmas 1993 Description / Buy
4 The Alpine Decoy 1994 Description / Buy
5 The Alpine Escape 1995 Description / Buy
6 The Alpine Fury 1995 Description / Buy
7 The Alpine Gamble 1996 Description / Buy
8 The Alpine Hero 1996 Description / Buy
9 The Alpine Icon 1997 Description / Buy
10 The Alpine Journey 1998 Description / Buy
11 The Alpine Kindred 1998 Description / Buy
12 The Alpine Legacy 1999 Description / Buy
13 The Alpine Menace 2000 Description / Buy
14 The Alpine Nemesis 2001 Description / Buy
15 The Alpine Obituary 2002 Description / Buy
16 The Alpine Pursuit 2004 Description / Buy
17 The Alpine Quilt 2005 Description / Buy
18 The Alpine Recluse 2006 Description / Buy
19 The Alpine Scandal 2007 Description / Buy
20 The Alpine Traitor 2008 Description / Buy
21 The Alpine Uproar 2009 Description / Buy
22 The Alpine Vengeance 2010 Description / Buy
23 The Alpine Winter 2011 Description / Buy
24 The Alpine Xanadu 2013 Description / Buy
25 The Alpine Yeoman 2014 Description / Buy
26 The Alpine Zen 2015 Description / Buy
27 Untitled Mary Daheim 1 2017 Description / Buy

Order of Frasers Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Royal Mile 1983 Description / Buy
2 Gosford's Daughter 1988 Description / Buy

Order of Mary Daheim Standalone Novels

# Read Title Published Details
1 Love's Pirate 1983 Description / Buy
2 Destiny's Pawn 1984 Description / Buy
3 Pride's Captive 1986 Description / Buy
4 Passion's Triumph 1988 Description / Buy
5 King's Ransom 1990 Description / Buy
6 Improbable Eden 1991 Description / Buy
7 Gypsy Baron 1992 Description / Buy
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Judith McMonigle is a proprietor of a business in the hospitality industry. Her board and lodging business, which also provides breakfast to the guests, is known as Hillside Manor. It is situated at a fictitious dead-end called Heraldsgate Hill. The first book in that whodunit series, Just Desserts, commences with the entourage of a tycoon which has come to the Hillside Manor, looking for lodging. On face value, the entourage has gone there for merry-making and prognostication. However, by a stroke of bad luck, the fortune-teller who had been hired, a certain Madame Gushenka, is found dead. One of the guests had an ulterior motive and was involved in the killing which resulted from spiking the fortune-teller’s beverage. The greatly inconvenienced Judith McConigle, in conjunction with her relative, has to take care of that mess. One of the guests wants to hush up the incident at all costs, even if Judith McConigle will die in the haste.

Prompted by the fatal event, Judith McConigle teams up with her former lover who is also a law enforcer. Together, they embark on a mission to hoodwink the murderer to show himself before the coffee serving; McConigle is even prepared to disregard the hushed up family secrets. The book continues in a similar vein which proves Mary Daheim’s writing prowess, and, in 2000, won Daheim the Achievement Award given by the Pacific Northwest Writers Association.

Mary Daheim Awards

Mary Daheim has either won or been nominated for several awards. For example, Daheim’s 1991 book, Just Desserts, was integral in her nomination for the revered Agatha Awards. But it is the Achievement Award which is a feather in Mary Daheim’s cap. This award was proffered to her by the Pacific Northwest Writers Association. What’s more, Mary Daheim, who is an alumna of University of Washington where graduated with a B.A. in Communications, was, in 2008, declared one of the inductees of the institution’s Hall of Fame.

Best Mary Daheim Books

Apart the historical-cum-romantic books which Mary Daheim published and termed as sexually explicit, her books are worthwhile. In fact, a pointer is her series of books featuring in the sales-driving bestseller listings of both USA Today and New York Times. Even then the best books of Mary Daheim are those which have either been rewarded or are much sought-after.

The previously discussed Just Desserts is, automatically, the best in the Bed-and-Breakfast mystery series. Another book worth writing home about is called The Alpine Advocate. This 1992 book, which is the first in the Emma Lord series of books, revolves around protagonist Emma Lord. Lord, who has been an editor before visiting a small neighborhood, has a nose for news. Once there, she gets her big break when the grandchild of a tycoon is murdered. But the interview sessions which she is conducting augur bad for her and, by and by, she is face-to-face with a pistol.

Another exceptional book is Mary Dahiem’s 1991 literary work titled Fowl Prey. This is the second book in the Bed-and-Breakfast series. The plot is all about protagonist Judith McConigle fingering her American guests for the death of a hawker and the victim’s pet. Nevertheless, there are other potential murderers among the lot of lodging celebrities and she, alongside her relative, must determine which is which.

Other Books Series You May Like

Avid readers who enjoyed the book of Mary Dahiem were also impressed by the following books. One of them is Della Cooks Mystery authored by Melinda Wells; this series is centered on a Californian protagonist, Della Carmichael, who is operates a cooking school and is trying to solve a trail of murders. The second book is the Jane Jeffrey series of books penned by Jill Churchill; it features protagonist Jane Jeffrey, a suburbia homemaker-cum-detective. Lastly, is A Mystery with Recipes series authored by Isis Crawford; this whodunit culinary-related book revolves around two New York sisters, Bernadette and Libby Simmons, whose catering tenures are marred by a high-profile murder.

When Does The Next Mary Daheim book come out?

Mary Daheim doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Untitled Mary Daheim 1 and was released on June, 6th 2017. It is the newest book in the Emma Lord Series.

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