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Saks & Violins (Bed-and-Breakfast Mysteries #22)

3.66  ·  Rating Details  ·  376 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
Life has hit some sour notes as of late for B&B hostess Judith McMonigle Flynn and her cousin Renie. Graphic design guru Renie's up to her eyebrows in debt after some seriously overzealous spending sprees. Meanwhile, Judith's got her hands full with her wacky new neighbor, Rudi, a virtuoso violinist whose daily—and usually unclothed—practices are unhinging her and othe ...more
Hardcover, 341 pages
Published 2006 by William Morrow
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Dwayne Wojtowicz
Sep 11, 2014 Dwayne Wojtowicz rated it it was amazing
Mary Daheim is an artist at most. Her pen is her paint brush; her words are her pictures.

Her characters come alive the moment you start reading "Saks & Violins." I had a rough time in the middle, but only to find out that I accidentally skipped two pages (somehow they got stuck together). After figuring out that snafu, her story continued without any flaw.

The plot was a development beyond its kind. The characters, even though has their own little flaws, reminded me of some of my family membe
May 20, 2013 Drebbles rated it liked it
Shelves: 2008
Money is tight for Judith McGonigle Flynn and her cousin Renie. Judith's Bed and Breakfast isn't attracting as many customers as it used to and Renie isn't getting any offers for her graphic design work and is seriously in debt. Judith is also dealing with Rudi, a neighbor who likes to practice his violin at all hours of the night. To top it all off, Judith's latest guests are an odd bunch and she's not too happy when one of them is murdered. Add in Renie's missing credit cards and Rudi's missin ...more
Oct 28, 2011 Helen rated it liked it
If I hear once more about Judith's hip replacement I think I'll shriek! The surgeons should be talking to MS Daheim about her portrayal of the results of their work. Her weakness and pain is not the way I hear it and my Mother, at about the same age, had a replacement after several years of extreme pain and never complained of difficulties from it. Anyway - the extreme complexities of the musical family was difficult to follow. I almost needed to draw up a family tree. Judith's mother drives me ...more
Apr 08, 2013 VJ rated it it was ok
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
If you haven't read this series from the beginning, stop. Put this book down. Go get the first book and read them in order. Trust me. If you pick up this series in the middle like I did at first, you will probably not enjoy it. You really need to "grow" with these characters or you might just hate them. It took a couple books to hit the stride, but by book 3, I fell in love with them.

I'm in the middle right now, but wanted to stop to giggle about the reference to Abbot and Costello's "Who's On
Jul 06, 2009 Susan rated it liked it
Rudi, a violinist, and his piano-teaching girlfriend, rent a house near Hillside Manor, and antagonize all the neighbors. In an effort to be friendly, Judith Flynn lets Rudi hold a party for a few guests--including three of the bed and breakfast visitors--in her parlor. When one of the guests faints, Judith is guiltily relieved that it's nothing more serious, but a more serious problem is coming. Judith is, unusually, encouraged to investigate by one of the police officers on the case, but the s ...more
Ellen Allmendinger
Mar 13, 2016 Ellen Allmendinger rated it liked it
Entertaining. Was the first of the B&B series I've read and found it more entertaining then the Alpine series book I've read.
May 27, 2011 Roberta rated it did not like it
It's silly. I'm on page 145 of 341 and I'm not going to finish it. It isn't one big thing -- it's lots of little things. Several of the characters were just too stupid and annoying. The toxicology report comes back from the lab over night. Frozen sirloin is being served as beef Stroganoff apparently in less than an hour. A stranger walks in and sprains an ankle, the main character asks "Can I get you anything?" and, when he answers "Scrambled eggs" she just goes straight out to the kitchen and s ...more
Feb 10, 2016 Alison rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Typical, enjoyable bed and breakfast mystery
Dec 28, 2014 Michele rated it really liked it
This series is always enjoyable.
Jul 18, 2014 Betty rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
I enjoyed this Mary Daheim book. As usual it's an easy read (although I found this particular book a tad more tedious).
Feb 27, 2009 Elizabeth/Emily rated it liked it
One of many in the cozy Bed and Breakfast mystery series. Judith and Renie are like old familiar friends to me by now. It's best to start at the beginning of the series, but each book has explanation of the heroine's (Judith's) background. Good if you want something light and fast, and if you are a mystery lover. But like I said in the beginning, just one of many in the series, and nothing special.
This was just a place-filler from Daheim before the next book. The mystery was solved a little too abruptly, and there were a few too many characters who didn't really go anywhere...hey detective with the allergies, did you do anything besides sneeze? Still, Judith and Renie are a treat as usual and Renie's ash reading skills alone make the book worth picking up.
Aug 13, 2008 Kay rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
What did I learn from this book? I learned that even the best cozy author ocassionally writes a loser. I could barely get through this one. There were so many characters and they were all so boring. If it weren't for Judith's cousin Rennie's droll sense of humor, I wouldn't have given this book even two stars
May 01, 2012 Faith rated it liked it
Shelves: own
Some of the characters were just unlike-able but love Judith and Renie enough that I kept reading. Not one of my favorites in this series but a decent read if you're already into it.
Jun 24, 2011 Missi rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Bad character development, plot jumps around...obviously you need to read ALL the books before this one to have a clue...not what I'd expect from a mystery novel.
Feb 01, 2009 Carol rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Not even close to her other books the ending was vague and a disappointment. I hope her next book returns to the quality of the others.
Nov 09, 2011 Kelly rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy, united-states
Cute, cozy, what I expected. I needed a lighter read and this was a good choice.
Sherry Beaubriand
Not my favorite book-thought it would be better than it was.
Pat Roseman
Sep 16, 2011 Pat Roseman rated it it was ok
I think this is actually the last one I read.
Feb 08, 2011 Mary rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Really like her titles. Read as a farce.
Jan 10, 2008 John rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Brittany,Lin,Terri,Doris,Kathy
was good the others were better
Jan 29, 2013 Elliedakota rated it liked it
Apr 13, 2012 Tracey rated it really liked it
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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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