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Motherhood Is Murder (Bel Barrett #6)

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When it comes to murder and mayhem, mothers know best!

Four of mystery’s reigning matriarchs have joined together to concoct a delectable stew of clues, corpses, and felonious hijinks—all spectacularly seasoned with a mother’s loving touch! In this witty and winning quartet of all-new mysteries, the incomparable Mary Daheim gives harried mom Cousin Renie from the bestsellin
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 25th 2003 by Avon
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Karen GoatKeeper
Feb 18, 2014 Karen GoatKeeper rated it really liked it
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Four mysteries about a hundred pages each are in this book. Each is different although each centers on a mother.
The first story ends with an unexpected twist as the mother tries to survive three weddings for her three children all on one day.
The second story is filled with complications each of which are set off by an action taken with good intentions as one mother attempts to help another mother rescue her daughter and grandson.
The third story has a mother/grandmother going undercover to solve
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Sandy
May 15, 2009 Sandy rated it liked it
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Four mini mysteries from four cozy writers.
This was my first time reading anything by these authors.

Dial M for Mom by Mary Daheim *****
Judith McMonigle Flynn's Cousin Renie prepares for her children's weddings. All three taking place on the same day, the day before Mother's Day! Along with the craziness that comes with the weddings, there is a death and a mystery man sneaking around showing up in photos.
I liked wondering about the mystery man. By the end, I was crying with joy. Wonderful story.
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Thalia Papadakis
Jul 24, 2016 Thalia Papadakis rated it liked it
I have an affinity for cozy mysteries. They generally aren't written in pursuit of a spot on the bestseller list; rather, cozies are written to give the reader a sense of comfort and calm (ironically, by way of murder).

My mom read cozies to escape her three eccentric young daughters and grumpy husband: one daughter, the artist, painted five-foot tall green flowers on the side of the freshly painted rental when she was four; the adventurous daughter asked which way north was, and was found by ne
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Kara
Nov 13, 2015 Kara rated it it was ok
A collection of short stories...they were ok, but not great. The last one was the best.
Dorothy
Jul 18, 2009 Dorothy rated it really liked it
I only gave this 4 stars because of the last story, Tomcat, by Shirley Rousseau Murphy. It was the only story worth reading. The others, Dial M for Mom by Mary Daheim, Mother's Must Do by Carolyn Hart, and Proof is in the Patch by Jane Isenberg, were not all that good or interesting. I picked it up thinking I would enjoy other cozy mystery writers as well as Shirely Rousseau Murphy. The first three gets a *yawn* whereas the last one, Tomcat, gets the 4 stars.
Chris
Jan 18, 2015 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The stories by Daheim and Isenberg were very good. However, those by the other authors in this work were very hard to follow and disappointing.
John E
Aug 20, 2010 John E rated it it was ok
If there is nothing in the house to read, I guess this would be OK. A real dissapointment. Mother would not have approved.
Anna
Feb 19, 2011 Anna rated it really liked it
This was short stories. I was only interested in the one by Carolyn Hart.
Nicole
Aug 27, 2011 Nicole rated it liked it
Daheim & Hart were great. I didn't care for the other two
Debbie
Feb 13, 2009 Debbie rated it really liked it
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I love all the death on demand mysteries
Marta
Sep 26, 2008 Marta rated it liked it
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4 mini mysteries-I liked 2 of the 4
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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.

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