By Mary Daheim

Every 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 hurries up into chaos whilst Mr. Smith himself kicks off, a sufferer of the foulest of performs. Hostess Judith McMonigle Flynn is stunned to profit 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 stable cause to wish Legs damaged. Judith's policeman-hubby Joe is understandably peeved that murder occurred (again!) lower than his personal roof. And while the FBI strikes in—more attracted to nabbing a Nazi nutcase than a malicious mobster murderer—the neighborhood law enforcement officials filter, leaving Judith, Joe and irrepressible cousin Renie to determine who whacked the wiseguy earlier than the hits maintain coming.

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Renie nodded. ” “I make that every so often,” Judith replied. “Thick egg noodles fried with cabbage in about half a pound of butter. ” “So do Bill and the kids,” Renie said, then tapped her can of Pepsi. ” Judith declined. “I can’t stay, I never like leaving the B&B alone too long when guests are coming in and out. Which is sort of why I came. ” Since Renie already knew about the preschool teachers’ reaction to Pete and Marie Santori, Judith described Barney Schwartz’s panic and the rude behavior of the Malones, who seemed more than a little interested in Mr.

Some of your motley crew should be coming back soon. ” “Probably not,” Judith agreed. “Like so many elderly people, Min isn’t in the best of health. ” Judith snapped her fingers. “I forgot to tell the Smiths about not being able to share the bathroom. Good grief, I’m getting as addled as Mother. Anyway, Mrs. ” Joe had settled down on the loveseat next to Judith and found the channel that was carrying baseball. ” “No,” Judith replied. Despite Joe’s muffled curse as the left-fielder dropped an easy fly ball, she continued, “Mr.

Pam and Sandi insisted they’d made a mistake. It sounds like Barney Schwartz did, too. ” Slowly, Judith nodded. “Somehow, that didn’t sound right. But I tried to tell Joe that Barney comes from Detroit, and may have met up with some tough customers. I don’t think I convinced Joe, and now I’m not sure I convinced myself. ” Renie asked, calmly puffing away. “Yes. ” Judith hesitated. ” Renie glugged down a large portion of Pepsi. “You said they all came in within a couple of hours of each other. ” “No,” Judith admitted, “it was only the Smiths, the Schwartzes, the Santoris, Pam and Sandi, and some guy who canceled later.

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