Review of Mary Deheim’s A Street Car Named Expire

ImageThis is a review of Mary Daheim’s A Street Car Named Expire.  This book has been out since 2001, but I’ve just discovered Mary Daheim’s novels, and I love them.

A Street Car Named Expire is from the Bed and Breakfast Series and it features Judith McMonigle Flynn and her cousin Serena (Renie) Jones.  Mary informs me that they are actually based on her and her own cousin, which I think is really cool.

In A Street Car Named Expire, Judith and Renie take a tour with Toujours LaTour.  On the tour they actually go by Judith’s Bed and Breakfast and Judith is not happy with the way they portray her Bed and Breakfast.  The tour goes on and they stop at the Alhambra Arms.  The Alhambra Arms are being renovated into Condos and a body has been found in the walls.  Judith is looking for the owner of Toujours LaTour to give him a piece of her mind, when she finds yet another body.  Her husband, Joe, who used to be a cop, but is now a private eye, is asked by the owner of Toujours LaTour and Mr. Guthrie, who is renovating the Alhambra, to investigate.  So Judith and Renie are now on the case.  They encounter a lot of strange people and creatures, including an ostrich named Emil.  But in the end, they solve both murders. 

I really enjoyed this book.  It keeps you guessing up till the end.  Judith and Renie keep you thouroughly entertained throughout the book.  Even though Judith’s husband is a private eye, she ends up finding out not only who the current murderer is, but also who murdered the body found in the walls.  This book shows you what a small world it is as several people are conected in some way or the other.  I’ll definitely read more books in this series.  What I like most about this series is that you don’t have to read the books in order.  Eash book tells the background of the  protagonists, so you can read them in any order.


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