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By Mary Daheim

Per week of "mayhem-as-usual" at Hillside Manor kicks off with the coming of a mysterious "Mr. Smith" and his floozie "Mrs." from big apple City—and it speeds up into chaos whilst Mr. Smith himself kicks off, a sufferer of the foulest of performs. Hostess Judith McMonigle Flynn is surprised to benefit that her now-defunct roomer used to be truly "Legs" Benedict—hit guy for the infamous Ronzini Family—and that almost another site visitors at her B&B had reliable cause to need Legs damaged. Judith's policeman-hubby Joe is understandably peeved that murder occurred (again!) less than his personal roof. And whilst the FBI strikes in—more attracted to nabbing a Nazi nutcase than a malicious mobster murderer—the neighborhood police officers filter, leaving Judith, Joe and irrepressible cousin Renie to determine who whacked the wiseguy ahead of the hits preserve coming.

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20 / Mary Daheim though it was only five-thirty, Pam and Sandi were in the living room where Renie had poured them each a glass of white wine. “We’re having a hot talk about toilet training,” Renie said, getting up from one of the two matching sofas in front of the fireplace. ” “They should be old enough to read the instructions on cleaning materials,” Pam said, now very serious. ” “Pam’s right,” Sandi put in. ” “Twenty-nine, twenty-eight, and twenty-six,” Renie answered with a straight face. Sandi covered her mouth with her hands and Pam broke into giggles.

I’ll be there,” Joe said, putting the gun back in the safe. Judith gave her husband a grateful smile. “Thanks,” she said, rocking back and forth on the red-and white-patterned loveseat. “That’s another thing—Barney must be a decent man. ” Joe’s rust-colored eyebrows twitched. “So? ” Judith made a face. “Minerva Schwartz seems like a proper person, not just old-fashioned, but there’s something old world about her. ” Obviously, Joe wasn’t in the mood for an argument. ” Judith tried to resign herself, but she was still fretting.

Yes, of course,” Judith stammered. “Now if I could show you…” John waved a bony hand. “We’ll manage. ” “It’s Room Three, but I wanted to explain about the…” “Later,” John broke in. ” He picked up one of their two large suitcases and headed upstairs, his movements surprisingly graceful. Darl followed with another bogus smile for Judith. Hearing a dull thump on the front porch, Judith went to fetch the evening paper. As she opened the door, she saw one of the middle Dooleys, O. , for St. Oliver Plunkett, wheeling away on his bicycle.

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