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Loco Motive: A Bed-and-Breakfast Mystery    by Mary Daheim order for
Loco Motive
by Mary Daheim
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William Morrow, 2010 (2010)
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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

The cleverly designed cover of this newest novel by Mary Daheim will entice cozy fans to pick up Loco Motive, the latest in her Bed-and-Breakfast mystery series. Open the first page and you're in for a fun ride with delightful characters (and there are many of them). So be sure to keep track of the good guys as well as the villains - it's often hard to tell which is which.

Wee Willie Weevil, a daring and fearless actor and stuntman, injures himself when he jumps off the roof of the Hillside Manor B&B. Afterwards Judith McMonigal Flynn escapes her B&B to travel with her cousin Renie to Boston on a cross-country train trip on the Empire Builder. Familiar people (like Wee Willie) keep popping up on this train and strange happenings occur (including a disappearance, murder and mayhem).

Judith has had experience in the realm of crime solving and feels this time she must put her little grey cells to work. Renie and she have a great relationship. Insults as well as compliments are part of their makeups. So they work as a team to unveil a nefarious scheme to make a dead man appear alive. Loco Motive is fun and Daheim gets better, if that's possible, with each new book.

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