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This is the first Maria Hudgins book that I have read and am looking forward to reading others. This is the fourth in a series of travel mysteries featuring Dotsy Lamb. Dotsy's son Brian and his fiance want to marry in the shadow of the Matterhorn and invite the entire family to stay at a remote Swiss chalet. For Dotsy, this means staying with her ex-husband and his second wife, Stephanie. When Stephanie ends up dead, Dotsy becomes the prime suspect (along with anyone else who ever met the woma...more
What a great mystery. Dotsy Lamb went to Switzerland for the wedding of one of her sons. Also attending was her ex-husband, his new wife, and several of their children. Also a cast of people that I couldn't quite figure out. Well, of course there was a murder, actually two murders. One of the people murdered was the ex-husbands new wife. So of course Dotsy was thought to be the one that committed the murder. There were quite a hand full of people that I thought had method, motive and opportunity...more
Death of a Second Wife is a Dotsy Lamb Travel Mystery written by Maria Hudgins. Dotsy's latest adventure takes place in Switzerland where friends and relatives gather for the wedding of Dotsy's son Patrick and his fiancee Erin. When Dotsy agrees to fly to the wedding, she doesn't realize she will be staying in the same chalet as her ex-husband and his second wife. She settles into the huge, rambling chalet only to discover the bodies of Stephanie, the second wife, and Gisele, a local woman who w...more
Nothing better on a hot summer day than to stretch out on the beach and take a trip to the Swiss Alps in the spring. It’s early spring, so there is still snow falling yet it’s warm enough to hang glide over the alps. Author Maria Hudgins paints a beautiful backdrop for the murder of amateur sleuth Dotsy Lamb’s ex-husband’s new wife. (Please, don’t throw the spoiler-alert flag on me, as any smart arm-chair detective would have deduced that from the title!) My only complaint is that I wish there w...more
I'm torn. While not particularly well written or well plotted, Death of a Second Wife is, nonetheless, a fun read. I was drawn to it because it's advertised as a travelogue/mystery set in Switzerland. The mystery part was simple to figure out; the travelogue not particularly literary or flushed out. Using the Matterhorn as the backdrop for the novel afforded the author ample opportunity to take the readers deep into Switzerland's most famous landmark. Instead, most of the book centers around the...more
Dotsy Lamb is reluctant to spend a week with her ex-husband and his new wife Stephanie in a Swiss chateau owned by Stephanie's brother, but Dotsy's son wants her there for his wedding, and she'll do anything for her kids. Of course, she doesn't expect the titular murder, nor the death of someone else at the same time, nor does she expect to become one of the leading suspects. As usual, Dotsy's friend and frequent traveling companion Lettie is a delight.
This was just plain fun as a mystery as well as travel guide. Dotsy is a likeable and very believable protagonist traveling to Switzerland to attend her son's wedding. Good pace introducing more characters, good introduction of scenery that adds to reader interest. I will definitely look for more in this series.
Maria is an avid traveler and mystery lover. She is a retired teacher living in Hampton, Virginia. She started writing fiction when she retired six years ago and now has two books in print.More about Maria Hudgins...