Judith McMonigle Flynn has her hands full with unexpected family ties and a dead body in the backyard in this delightfully zany mystery in Mary DaheimGÇÖs popular Bed-and-Breakfast series.
Rodney Schmuck and his wife, Millie, Hillside ManorGÇÖs latest guests, seem normal, well, except for that last name. Innkeeper Judith McMonigle Flynn is touched to hear that the fortysomething couple is in town to visit family. Rodney is especially eager to see his long-lost motherGÇöwho he insists is Judith. Shocked to meet an alleged son sheGÇÖs sure she never had, she canGÇÖt believe Rodney when he swears he has proof from a Norway General Hospital birth certificate listing Judith Anne Grover as his mother.
The fatherGÇÖs name is Unknown.
Judith has never heard of Rodney, let alone given him life. But sheGÇÖs got a bigger problem when one of the B&B guests turns up dead in the backyard. To JudithGÇÖs surprise, Joe is willing to help investigate. He canGÇÖt ignore a potential homicide that hits so close to home.
But Rodney is seeking compensation for JudithGÇÖs so-called abandonment of him. Perhaps sheGÇÖll sign over Hillside Manor? Fat chance of that, Judith declares, and wonders what kind of scheme Rodney has on his devious mind. For that matter, she also wonders why the rest of the guests in his party are acting so strangely. With Joe hot on the killerGÇÖs trail, Cousin Renie is persuaded to help Judith discover the truth about the Schmucks and their mysterious hangers-on. If they donGÇÖt act fast, Hillside Manor could end up as SchmucksGÇÖ Gold Mine.