Here Comes the Bribe
By: Mary Daheim
All set to host a wedding, in-keeper Judith McMonigle Flynn finds herself, and her historic bed and breakfast in the middle of unexpected circumstances. Rodney and Millie Schmuck have come to the sleepy town nestled into the hills of the Pacific Northwest to see their only daughter get married in Here Comes the Bribe. The guests, few in number, seem alright in the beginning, but slowly start to reveal that there might be something off about them. When Millie is found dead in the yard of the bed and breakfast, Judith Flynn can tell in her bones that it wasn’t from natural causes. No stranger to crime, Judy’s husband is a retired detective and not too long ago she played a key part in solving a sinister crime. Putting her sleuthing skills to the test, Judy is determined to figure out just what is going on here. With the help of her best friend and cousin, the duo is fueled by a mix of natural curiosity and a need to salvage the bed and breakfast’s reputation. Together they learn that their guests were definitely not who they said they were, and two of them may still be in danger.
Here Comes the Bribe, much like the picturesque Pacific Northwest, draws you in. Daheim creates a character to connect with in Judith McMonigle Flynn. Running her own inn, her sense of humor, her inherent curiosity and desire to expose the truth, even her situation and desire to expose the truth, even her situation – running a tourism business where tourism is drawing outsiders in and then they never end up leaving and changing the face and feel of the town – all make her a complex and likable character. the other characters, those who surround Judith, her husband, cousin and even her mobility scooter bound crotchety mother helps to add depth and levity. I’m still trying to figure out how and where Daheim came up with the guests…one is more creative and unusual then the next. The book was an interesting and enjoyable read. For a genre this popular and plentiful, Here Comes the Bribe is all its own.