Cousins Judith and Renie return in the twenty seventh book of Daheim’s Bed and Breakfast series titled The Wurst is Yet to Come. Stinging from a threat from the Bed and Breakfast Association to close Hillside Manor down because of the number of murders associated with the inn, Judith agrees to attend and man a booth at the association’s Oktoberfest in nearby Little Bavaria. But as luck would have it, almost before the fest gets started one of the town’s most beloved citizens is stabbed in a dramatic way right in the middle of the festival. Before readers can hardly get settled in, the cousins are on the trail of a murderer again. Only this time, trying to throw off critics who have dubbed Judith FASTO (female amateur sleuth tracking offenders), Judith throws Renie into the spotlight claiming she is the real sleuth. The local cop knows better though so while Judith helps track the killer, Renie snoops among the convention attendees.
This is a very long running series and there are bound to be some ups and downs along the way, but the development over time of Renie’s personality is nearly a deal breaker for me with this series. She’s gone from being a loopy scatterbrain to down right nasty. Plus her behavior is much more like a three year old with a foul mouth than an adult. What used to be funny antics has turned sour. Quite frankly, I can’t imagine why Judith would bring her along on these jaunts anymore. Let’s hope that in future books, Daheim finds a way to tone it down a bit.
But if you can overlook Renie’s mouth and behavior, the mystery in The Wurst is Yet to Come is well developed and has some interesting twists to it. The solution to the crime goes back several decades and involves the forbearers of the book’s characters.