Nutty as a Fruitcake (Bed-and-Breakfast Mysteries #10)
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Nutty as a Fruitcake (Bed-and-Breakfast Mysteries #10)

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  376 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Hillside Manor's neighbors all adored proprietor Judith McMonigle Flynn's festive suggestion to deck the halls and houses in their cul-de-sac with eye-catching Christmas finery -- except Enid Goodrich.The grumpy old humbug refused to cooperate.Then someone cooked her Christmas goose -- silencing Enid's objections with a handy hatchet. Though Judith's already got a lot unde...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published August 1st 2000 by Avon
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Diane  Morasco
Judith McMonigle Flynn is too She's absolutely exhilarating! Her cousin Renie is bubbling over w/ exuberance. The two together is the perfect definition of the term
"madcap hijinks".

Nutty as a Fruitcake is a side-splitting experience. I laughed so hard I just couldn't control my fits of laughter.
Another tangly one. Not quite finished, but since I like to record my thoughts on books, especially the writing, I wanted to jot this down.

At least an 8 ft Christmas tree should have more than 240 lights on it! We have a 9 ft one that gets at least 500 and in my opinion, that is still too few! At least 100 lights per foot makes for a much sparklier tree.

Mmmm. Spritz cookies! Actually, the dough is better than the cookies themselves. My mom always had to quadruple the batches of dough. She would...more
Very cute. This author is entertaining and light. Nothing heavy. The characters are likeable and easy to identify with. Mary Daheim has many books, I'm sure I'll read more of them in the future
Judith Flynn is busy enough preparing for a big family Christmas that will include, for the first time, her new husband's dreaded first wife. She's also trying to persuade the residents of her little cul de sac to decorate for the holidays. Everyone is agreeable--although it is Judith's bed and breakfast that will benefit most--except unpleasant invalid Enid Goodrich. When Enid is murdered. Judith adds finding a killer to her to-do list.
Nancy (Colorado)
Lighthearted quick read. Live how Mary Daheim changes the name of local landmarks and stores in Seattle. Anyone who has lived there quickly catches on!
Diane Falvey
Was a little disappointed wiht this book in the B&B series. I found this one a littel harder to get through as the characters were not very nice and the policeman who tlaked like a pirate was just too much. will contimue with teh series because I want to see how the series finishes but am starting to read other books in between installments so as to be able to continue reading this series.
This would have been a lot more enjoyable if she would just call Queen Ann Hill by its real name. I cringe when she called Boeing "The Boring Company" and at other cute names she comes up with the fictionalize Seattle. Also, I was hoping it was have more about the bed and breakfast establishment...
I like the Christmas theme of this one, and the harriedness of getting ready for Christmas (gifts, cooking etc.) and solving a murder... the only drawback was the "pirate" cop. The Yo, Ho Ho got to be a little much. But the mystery itself was quite fun to try and figure out.
There were some interesting aspects to the story which is what made me pick up the book in the first place. I have been exploring the world of cosies and alas, this one has further reinforced that perhaps the genre is just not for me.
Another enjoyable Bed and Breakfast Mystery. Judith and Renie are such a good pair. I enjoy seeing how the two play off of each other. Daheim does her best to throw out clues and kept me guessing until the end.
This series is full of funny characters....and this was no different. The 2 cousins and their respective somewhat crazy moms keep me laughing, even when a dead body turns up.
Sarah "Kat"
A little wearing on the nerves, with all the fighting and insults between the main character Judith, and her bitchy old mother. Wont rush to read other s int he series.
This one ended up being kind of pointless, but was a fun read nonetheless. I mostly just like spending time with the Judith and Renie!
I enjoyed this entry in the series. I loved all of Judith's Christmas traditions and the murder was pretty good as well.
These are just a fun quick read. Have always wanted to try the fruitcake recipe at the back of this one. Minus the liquor. :)
The things that happen to Judith are really something. I find this series more entertaining as it goes!
Nov 24, 2008 Rob rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Christmas Cozy Fans
Shelves: holiday-cheer
Even with a hatchet murder, this is a cozy with lots of holiday spirit.
Jan 01, 2013 Erin added it
it was cute.could read others in this sseries.
Just not engaging enough to keep me reading.
I liked the Christmas plot and the characters.
I couldn't finish this book, a rare occurrence. I tried it twice. I like cozy mysteries. I like B&Bs. But I didn't like this book. I think she has too many characters who are all talking too much. It's not a bad book, but I thought it was boring.
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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...more
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