Saks & Violins
A Bed-and-breakfast MysteryBook - 2006
When world-famous musician Dolph Kluger drops dead of rhubarb poisoning during a reception at the Hillside Manor B&B, proprietor Judith McMonigle Flynn launches her own investigation to uncover a killer, but her case is complicated by the theft of her cousin Renie's credit card and disappearance of her violinist neighbor Rudi Wittener's valuable bow.
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 other neighbors in the cul-de-sac.
But, though they'd all love to kill nude, rude Rudi, it's his larger-than-life mentor, Dolph Kluger, who takes his final bow after ingesting some ruthlessly poisoned rhubarb. To add to the musical mayhem, Rudi's priceless violin bow goes missing, Renie's useless credit cards are stolen, and each murder suspect seems loopier than the last. Once again, the cousins are going to need some fancy fingering to make a cold-blooded killer sing—but if they're not careful, the next music they hear will be their funeral march.
Blackwell North Amer
Indomitable heroine Judith McMonigle Flynn tries to extend a helping hand to a pesky new neighbor - and ends up with a corpse underfoot while she and cousin Renie cope with ... Saks & Violins.
Hard times and sour notes have hit the cousins in both the B&B and the graphic design business. To make matters worse, Renie's up to her latest eyebrow wax in debt, due to overzealous spending on clothes on their recent trip to San Francisco. And in the house that Herself - Judith's nemesis and hubby Joe's ex-wife - has rented out, there dwells a symphony violinist whose practice of outdoor practicing au naturel is driving the neighbors out of the cozy cul-de-sac and into soundproof rooms. In fact, they swear they'd like to kill the nude, rude Rudi.
No such luck. The only buffer zone from the in-the-buff violinist is the Rankerses' hedge. Instead of Rudi taking a final bow with his damnable bow, it's his larger-than-life mentor, Dolph Kluger, who meets death, not by getting entangled in the lethal laurel, but from ingesting ruthless rhubarb.
To add to the musical mess, Rudi's valuable violin bow goes missing, Renie's useless credit cards are stolen, a headless horseman rides through somebody's past, and several suspects seem to be on the brink of bonkersville. Judith has to be extra careful with these lyrical loonies or somebody will be playing her funeral march before the killer bows out.
When world-famous musician Dolph Kluger drops dead of rhubarb poisoning during a reception at the Hillside Manor B&B, proprietor Judith McMonigle Flynn launches her own investigation to uncover a killer.