Daily Archives: August 8, 2012

The Wurst is Yet to Come (Bed-and-Breakfast Mysteries) by Mary Daheim

The Wurst is Yet to Come Reviewed by Caryn St. Clair

Cousins Judith and Renie return in the twenty seventh book of Daheim’s Bed and Breakfast series titled The Wurst is Yet to Come. Stinging from a threat from the Bed and Breakfast Association to close Hillside Manor down because of the number of murders associated with the inn, Judith agrees to attend and man a booth at the association’s Oktoberfest in nearby Little Bavaria. But as luck would have it, almost before the fest gets started one of the town’s most beloved citizens is stabbed in a dramatic way right in the middle of the festival. Before readers can hardly get settled in, the cousins are on the trail of a murderer again. Only this time, trying to throw off critics who have dubbed Judith FASTO (female amateur sleuth tracking offenders), Judith throws Renie into the spotlight claiming she is the real sleuth. The local cop knows better though so while Judith helps track the killer, Renie snoops among the convention attendees.

This is a very long running series and there are bound to be some ups and downs along the way, but the development over time of Renie’s personality is nearly a deal breaker for me with this series. She’s gone from being a loopy scatterbrain to down right nasty. Plus her behavior is much more like a three year old with a foul mouth than an adult. What used to be funny antics has turned sour. Quite frankly, I can’t imagine why Judith would bring her along on these jaunts anymore. Let’s hope that in future books, Daheim finds a way to tone it down a bit.

Scorpion Winter by Andrew Kaplan

Scorpion Winter Reviewed by Caryn St. Clair

Following Scorpion Betrayal, the “spy for hire” Scorpion returns in Scorpion Winter. The basic plot is this- Scorpion is spooked when he is contacted directly by a Ukrainian businessman instead of through normal channels. However Scorpion agrees to take the job, since the businessman wants Scorpion to intervene and prevent an assassination of a Ukrainian presidential candidate which would most likely cause a war between Russia and the Ukraine and could quite easily have global ramifications.

Set against the all too real troubled 2010 Ukraine election, Kaplan spins a fairly good thriller with the plenty of action, a very high body count and of course a beautiful woman. Scorpion is forced to work with or around as the case might be, several governmental agencies, the local police, secret police, NATO, the Ukrainian mob and of course the CIA.

Where things get a little messy with this book is that the plot is quite involved and a bit hard to follow. This is in part because of the insertion of foreign words and phrases throughout the book. While the reader pauses to figure out what is being said, the flow of the story is stalled. Also, there are many characters with foreign names so remembering who they all are is a bit of a task. Given the book is set in and around theUkraine, that makes sense, but it would have been helpful to have had a listing of the characters to refer back to while reading.

And When She Was Good: A Novel
by Laura Lippman (Review #2)

And When She Was Good Reviewed by Julie Moderson

OMG how did I not know about books by Laura Lippman? I am so impressed with her writing that I plan to go look for all of her books.

And When She Was Good is a very intense book about Heloise Lewis. She starts out in a rotten relationship and is turning tricks on the side for her boyfriend who is a drug addict. Young Heloise meets up with a pimp who puts her up in a house and she dresses and acts the part but something happens and she becomes a madam that is extremely successful. Who is being hurt by prostitution is a question that you hear asked in the story and you ask yourself as well.

True Medical Detective Stories
by Clifton K. Meador, M.D.

True Medical Detective Stories Reviewed by Jud Hanson

True Medical Detective Stories by Clifton K Meador, MD, is a fascinating read. He has pulled together a truly amazing collection of medical oddities and peculiar cases into one collection that will keep the reader’s attention from start to finish.