Bed-and-Breakfast Mystery Books

Bed-and-Breakfast Mystery is a series of cozy mystery novels written by Mary Daheim. The books chronicle the life of a B&B hostess who can’t keep her nose out of murders.

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
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When readers first meet Judith McMonigle in Just Desserts, the first novel in the Bed-and-Breakfast Mystery series, the harried hostess is doing what she can to keep her Inn afloat.

When a celebrity couple and their offspring drop by, Judith expects a night of drinking and dining and all the work on her part that it will entail.

However, when a murder is perpetrated right under her roof, Judith must put her hosting duties aside to find the killer. But accomplishing the task won’t be easy, not with Joe Flynn, the local policeman hanging around the crime scene.

The Bed-and-Breakfast Mystery series isn’t as concerned with the resolution of that particular case as it is with all the additional murders that the heroine encounters down the line.

Each novel in the Bed-and-Breakfast Mystery series pits Judith McMonigle against a new mystery.

More often than not, Judith will stick her nose where it doesn’t belong because the murders in question have struck a little too close to home, affecting people in her life that she knows and cares for.

Sometimes, Judith is just in the wrong place at the wrong time. And her curiosity is such that she can’t help but put her mind to the task of solving every mystery she comes across.

The heroine is widowed by the time readers meet her. Judith’s marriage to an overly obese husband was anything but happy and, to an extent, she was happy to escape it.

The hostess spends her days running the Hillside Manor Inn which is situated in her renovated but dilapidated family home.

Judith is joined in her efforts to run her business by her grumpy mother Gertrude and her cousin Renie.

Renie actually accompanies Judith on many of her sleuthing adventures. Every so often, Judith will have to contend with Flynn, a detective.

Judith and Flynn were lovers. In fact, they were ready to get married. But for reasons Judith is always reluctant to divulge, their relationship imploded.

The protagonist must walk a fine line between seeking Flynn’s assistance on her cases and probing any chemistry that might still exist between them.

The Bed-And-Breakfast books don’t differ that drastically from the average cozy mystery novel.

The characters are quirky and crazy. A lot of attention is given to the food everyone eats and the recipes Judith uses. The author also throws various twists and turns into the equation.

Bed-And-Breakfast Mystery Awards

The first novel in this series was nominated for an Agatha Christie Award in 1991.

Best Bed-And-Breakfast Mystery Books

These novels are quick reads that can be consumed in just a few sessions, with some of the best titles in the series including:

Dune of Death: Joe Flynn and Judith McMonigle were finally married. And they were looking forward to several days of fun at the beautiful Buccaneer Beach. But then a dune buggy accident sent Flynn to the hospital, bringing their honeymoon to a startling halt.

Fortunately for Judith, she had Renie to keep her company. Judith gets an opportunity to take her mind off her new husband’s poor luck when the landlady of their cottage is found dead in their living room.

Major Vices: Their uncle might be wealthy but Judith and Renie have no interest in catering Boo Major’s 75th birthday bash.

When they are finally talked into it, the pair decides to stay sequestered in the sprawling Major Manor’s busy kitchen. Judith is determined to avoid their contemptible kin.

However, that becomes impossible when the birthday boy dies and his will makes everyone a suspect, including Judith and her cousin.

Other Book Series You May Like

Another good series is the “Lady Katherine Regency Matchmaker” Series by Leighann Dobbs. Lady Katherine is a detective-in-training. She wants to follow her father into the trade. But she also needs her dowry on her 25th birthday. It will allow her to live independently.

But her father isn’t making things easy. He gives her ten days to prove her worth as a detective and earn her dowry by catching the killer that’s haunting Regency England.

You may also like the “Rachel Prince Mystery” Series by Dawn Brookes. Rachel Prince is a newly minted policewoman whose fiancé just abandoned her. She works with Sarah, her best friend, and a nurse, to solve crimes and mysteries on cruise ships.

What Is The Next Book in The Bed-and-breakfast Mysteries Series?

There doesn't seem to be an upcoming book in The Bed-and-breakfast Mysteries Series. The newest book is Here Comes the Bribe and was released on June, 16th 2015.

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