Aug 19, 2014

Book Review: CLAM WAKE by Mary Daheim

First Chapter, First Paragraph is a weekly meme hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea.

Clam Wake

First chapter:
Judith McMonigle Flynn stared at the mail on the credenza, glared at the thick packet's return address, and squared her broad shoulders before marching out of the front hall to confront her husband in the kitchen. 
"It's here, Joe," she announced. "Come and get it."
Book description:
Innkeeper Judith and cousin Renie face a cold-blooded killer in a beach community in this Bed-and-Breakfast mystery from author Mary Daheim. With the holidays gone and Hillside Manor almost empty, Judith has a housesitting stint at her aunt and uncle’s retirement home on Whoopee Island with cousin Renie. Surrounded by retirees in the off-season sounds peaceful and pleasant but it isn’t long before a dead body pops up. With suspicion over her and Renie, Judith begins sleuthing—if only to prove they didn’t commit the crime.
Digging for clams and answers, the cousins discover that retirement can be deadly—at least among the eclectic, eccentric residents of Obsession Shores.

My comments: A good plot in this newest in the series, with interesting and likeable main characters. Much of the book rests on the relationship between Judith and her cousin Renie; their amusing banter and commentary makes for interesting reading and a good chuckle, though their interchanges do not always hit the high mark for comedy.

Recommended for an easy and entertaining summer read.
Author Bio: Seattle native Mary Richardson Daheim lives three miles from the house where she was raised. Upon getting her journalism degree from the University of Washington, she went to work for a newspaper in Anacortes WA. Then, after her marriage to David Daheim, his first college teaching post was in Port Angeles where she became a reporter for the local daily. Both tours of small-town duty gave her the background for the Alpine/Emma Lord series.

Mary spent much of her non-fiction career in public relations (some would say PR is fiction, too).
She began her publishing career with the first of seven historical romances before switching to mysteries in 1991. At the time of her husband and mentor’s death in February 2010, David and Mary had been married for over 43 years. They have three daughters, Barbara, Katherine and Magdalen, and two granddaughters, Maisy and Clara. They all live in Seattle, too. 

See other reviews on the Partners in Crime Book Tour, which provided a review copy of this book.

GIVEAWAY: The publisher is giving away a copy of this book to a reader. Please leave a comment with your email address, U.S. residents only, or email me at with your entry titled "Clam Wake Contest."  The contest will end August 26 and a winner announced August 27. 

UPDATE: The winner, chosen by, is Patricia T. Congrats! 


  1. looks great, thank you for the chance to win :)

  2. It's a nice intro. Glad you enjoyed it.

  3. Oh, this sounds like fun!

  4. I love to read about a bed and breakfast in a mystery.

  5. I think that the Bed and Breakfast setting combined with a murder mystery will appeal to my wife. I will recommend this one to her.

  6. This book would be delightful. Thanks for this giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  7. It sounds like an intriguing and unique mystery. Many thanks. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  8. It sounds like a fun setting. I like beachy reads and sometimes read cozies. Thanks for the chance! duffygal777(@)

  9. I can't enter because I am not in the USA or Canada, but I like this meme so it was nice to check it out! It's awesome that this is a book that relies on characters most and their relationships - those are my favourite types to read!

    Check out my review and giveaway:

  10. I do love the sound of this one...great setting, too.

    Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “FALLING INTO PLACE”

  11. I'm hooked, I want to know what's in that package. Enjoy your book. kelley—the road goes ever ever on

  12. Love the title! Sounds like fun.


  13. Even though the beginning is not calling me too much, I do like the genre and the synopsis.
    Peggy @ The Pegster Reads

  14. "An easy and entertaining summer read" -- sounds good to me! I like the book's setting and story line, and I'd like to win a copy.
    sannach (at) gmail (dot) com
    My Tuesday post features KATIE & THE IRISH TEXAN.

  15. I liked the intro...I want to know what's in that packet!

  16. This sounds like a good cozy mystery that would be fun to curl up with.

  17. My mom is a huge fan of this author, although I have yet to try her work. I am glad you enjoyed it!

  18. "Digging for clams and answers"..that sounds cute.
    I like the setting as well.

  19. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on this mystery with us. It is a great series overall!

  20. I would definite try this one. Cool cover as well.

  21. Count me in!

    patucker54 at aol dot com

  22. I've seen this book on a couple of other blogs as well and it seems like a way to make Summer last a little longer. Thanks for the chance to win a copy. carlscott(at)prodigy(dot)net(dot)mx

  23. this is a new-to-me series!!
    I need to start it!!!

    cyn209 at juno dot com

  24. It sounds like a wonderful mystery. I haven't read any books by this author, but I would love to try this one. Thanks for having the giveaway.


  25. Congrats to Patricia T., the winner of the giveaway!


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