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Motherhood Is Murder (Bel Barrett #6)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  170 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
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 bestselling "Bed-and-Breakfast" series a triple dose of the m ...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published March 25th 2003)
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May 11, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
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.
Karen GoatKeeper
Feb 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read2014
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
Nov 02, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A collection of short stories...they were ok, but not great. The last one was the best.
The Badger
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
Jul 03, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 26, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
4 mini mysteries-I liked 2 of the 4
Feb 13, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I love all the death on demand mysteries
John E
Jul 22, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If there is nothing in the house to read, I guess this would be OK. A real dissapointment. Mother would not have approved.
Jul 01, 2012 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.
Aug 02, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Daheim & Hart were great. I didn't care for the other two
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