Books by Mary Daheim

Mary Daheim lives in Seattle, Washington and writes two series set in and around the Pacific Northwest.


THE ALPINE YEOMAN by Mary Daheim
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 25, 2014

"Fans of Daheim's multivolume chronicle (The Alpine Xanadu, 2013, etc.) may feel right at home among Alpine's denizens, but it will be a struggle for newcomers to figure out who's who."
A middle-aged honeymoon couple has to catch wedded bliss on the fly when murder and a car wreck upset their little town. Read full book review >
GONE WITH THE WIN by Mary Daheim
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 9, 2013

"Judith's mother is as abrasive as ever, but the inn's cocktail nibbles are tasty and the plot palatable."
Innkeeper Judith Flynn tackles her 28th homicide investigation. Read full book review >
THE WURST IS YET TO COME by Mary Daheim
Released: July 3, 2012

"Breezy and sardonic, with Judith and Renie (All the Pretty Hearses, 2011, etc.) in top form for their 26th adventure."
Welcome to Little Bavaria, a town devoted to tourists, beer, oompah bands and murder. Read full book review >
THE ALPINE WINTER by Mary Daheim
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 29, 2011

"Daheim (The Alpine Vengeance, 2011, etc.) keeps this long-running series lively with generous helpings of small-town chatter, charm and middle-age romance."
The Lords celebrate Christmas. Read full book review >
ALL THE PRETTY HEARSES by Mary Daheim
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 9, 2011

"This long-running series (26 titles and counting) combines charm with chaos at a consistently polished level."
A night of calamities befalls an inn. Read full book review >
THE ALPINE VENGEANCE by Mary Daheim
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 29, 2011

"Daheim's series—like Alpine, the kind of town that considers you a newcomer if you've only lived there 10 years—bustles with small-town charm and convoluted family relationships."
Why would a man confess to a murder if he didn't commit it? Read full book review >
LOCO MOTIVE by Mary Daheim
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 7, 2010

"Fast-paced, droll and lively fun for old friends of the two-dozen other Bed-and-Breakfast mysteries (Vi Agra Falls, 2008, etc.). It may even tempt you to head for the depot instead of the airport."
Wisecracking cousins board a cross-country train and watch the corpses whiz by. Read full book review >
THE ALPINE UPROAR by Mary Daheim
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 23, 2009

"Even dolls named Cathy aren't this chatty. But if small-town minutiae and insularity appeal to you, this is top of the line."
A tavern brawl winds up on the front page of a weekly newspaper. Read full book review >
SCOTS ON THE ROCKS by Mary Daheim
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"So-so, but if you favor middle-aged amateur sleuths (Saks and Violins, 2006, etc.) bickering their way along drafty corridors and you have a wee dram of a single-malt at your side, you might be amused."
Would one corpse ruin a vacation? Would two? Read full book review >
THE ALPINE RECLUSE by Mary Daheim
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 28, 2006

"So many kinfolk and quaint-tongued residents that you might confuse this with a southern novel. The ending is a bit of a cheat, but if you prefer your mysteries small, insular and chatty, Daheim (The Alpine Quilt, 2005, etc.) is your gal."
Alpine is burned up in more ways than one. Read full book review >
DEAD MAN DOCKING by Mary Daheim
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"Sure, it's silly, and the outcome passes belief, but there are moments when the St. Georges' patter and wardrobe and love of martinis are absolutely intoxicating. "
A spoof of Nick and Nora Charles, with a komondor standing in for Asta and enough martinis to pickle all three livers. Read full book review >
THE ALPINE QUILT by Mary Daheim
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 26, 2005

"Daheim's 17th (The Alpine Pursuit, 2004, etc.) amiably captures the rhythms and crosscurrents of small-town life, even though Alpine sometimes seems overwhelmed by its enormous cast."
A suspicious accidental poisoning and a quilting quibble prod rural Washington's favorite amateur sleuth back into action. Read full book review >
THE ALPINE PURSUIT by Mary Daheim
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2004

"Daheim's love of small-town eccentrics and their foibles is contagious, but in the end the plot is snowed under as completely as Alpine in late February."
The hardcover debut of Daheim's long-running series featuring Emma Lord, publisher of a weekly newspaper in a remote area of Washington State. Read full book review >
HOCUS CROAKUS by Mary Daheim
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"An amusing take on Native American gambling emporiums (with wry asides on the foibles of home remodeling), but most readers will feel short-changed when the plot deflates with one humongous trick too many."
What are the odds against two murders in the same gambling mecca? Read full book review >
SUTURE SELF by Mary Daheim
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 13, 2001

"Gratingly cute dialogue, and a plot that flatlines faster than Good Cheer's clients."
Judith Flynn and her cousin Renie have arranged to share a room at Seattle's Good Cheer Hospital while recuperating from hip replacement (Judith) and shoulder surgery (Renie). Unfortunately, it's a bad time to be in Good Cheer, since the hospital is experiencing a rash of unexpected deaths. Ace Seafarer pitcher Joaquin Somosa is the first to take early retirement, soon followed by local actress Joan Fremont, and then Bob Randall, ex-quarterback for the Auks, who vacates the room next to the cousins shortly after a routine procedure. While Renie complains nonstop about hospital food and service, Judith, used to puzzling over murders (Snow Place to Die, 1999, etc.), begins interrogating the nurses, the orderlies, hospital head Dr. Van Boeck and his councilwoman wife Blanche, and Randall's not-so-grieving widow, his twin brother, and his kids, another set of twins. She ponders the meaning of one patient's disappearing limp and mulls over the hospital's possible takeover by Restoration Heartware of Cleveland. Meanwhile, Judith's ex-homicide cop hubby Joe, who ought to be busy managing their B&B—which has been filled to bursting by a snowstorm that's stranded unwary tourists—finds time to get himself stabbed while digging into still another string of murders, this time of homeless men. After what seems like the world's longest winter, the snow melts, Renie stops complaining, Judith explains everything, and the B&B goes on. Read full book review >