Judith Alguire - Rudley 04 - Peril at the Pleasant

Judith Alguire - Rudley 04 - Peril at the Pleasant

Judith Alguire

Mystery

Margaret Rudley has persuaded her husband Trevor to take a vacation, a week-long canoeing expedition in Northern Ontario. Rudley hates the idea of leaving the Pleasant, the beautiful old country inn he and Margaret have run for over a quarter of a century, but is reluctant to deny her a cherished dream.They set off, leaving Melba Millotte in charge of the Pleasant and a few regular guests, including the Sawchucks and their incorrigible grandchildren. In the meantime, a serial murderer is on the lam in cottage country. Ned and Nora disappear, and a ransom note is received by the local paper. Someone steals the laundryman's truck.Tiffany encounters an intruder in the kitchen in the wee hours of the morning. As usual, it is chaos at the Pleasant. Detectives Brisbois and Creighton are on the scene to investigate these various crimes, including the appearance of a dead body in a ditch a few miles from the Pleasant and a guest of the inn with some strange habits.While intrigue swirls around the Pleasant, the canoeists continue downriver, oblivious to the threat that lurks around the next bend. When Gil, the guide, and Vern Peters disappear, the lives of the group are in peril. Miss Miller and Norman must come through to save the day, but can they?
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The Pumpkin Murders

The Pumpkin Murders

Judith Alguire

Mystery

Autumn returns to Ontario cottage country. Leaves redden. Pumpkins ripen. And Trevor and Margaret Rudley, proprietors of the Pleasant Inn; expect nothing more than a little Halloween high jinks to punctuate the mellow ambiance of their much-loved hostelry. However, the frost is barely on the pumpkin when Gerald, an old female-impersonator friend of the Pleasant's esteemed cook Gregoire turns up, dragging his very frightened friend Adolph behind. They've witnessed a drug deal in progress in Montreal and they're on the lam, hoping to blend into the Pleasant's pleasant rhythms until the heat is off. Alas, they hope in vain. The pumpkins in the patch suffer more violence than frost this autumn. And so do other living things.In this second volume of the Rudley mysteries, the intrepid Elizabeth Miller, lately returned from a round-the-world adventure, once again jumps into the homicidal fray, fully armed with her peculiar intuition, her maddening charm, and her devoted swain, Edward Simpson, who proves a useful fellow behind the wheel of a car. Detective Michel Brisbois, in the past bested by Miss Miller in rooting out unpleasantness at the Pleasant, finds himself racing---quite literally---to keep up with his amateur challenger.
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A Most Unpleasant Picture

A Most Unpleasant Picture

Judith Alguire

Mystery

Professional art authenticator Leonard Anderson covets his patron Luella Parson's Cartwright paintings so much that he decides to substitute his own clever forgeries for the originals and set fire to her mansion to hide evidence of fraud. Unfortunately, dear old Luella perishes in the fire too. But that's only the beginning of Leonard's problems.
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A Most Unpleasant Wedding

A Most Unpleasant Wedding

Judith Alguire

Mystery

A Most Unpleasant Wedding is Judith Alguire's most recent Rudley Mystery, named for the cantankerous proprietor of The Pleasant Inn. A wedding held at the Pleasant turns from hopeful to horror when a body of a neighbour is discovered behind the inn.Another summer, and The Pleasant Inn is filled to capacity. This season is especially exciting, as perennial guests Miss Miller and her long-time admirer Mr. Simpson have chosen to marry at the Inn. The guests and staff are clamouring to be involved, part
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Judith Alguire - Rudley 02 - The Pumpkin Murders

Judith Alguire - Rudley 02 - The Pumpkin Murders

Judith Alguire

Mystery

Autumn returns to Ontario cottage country. Leaves redden. Pumpkins ripen. And Trevor and Margaret Rudley, proprietors of the Pleasant Inn, expect nothing more than a little Halloween hijinks to punctuate the mellow ambiance of their much-loved hostelry.However, the frost is barely on the pumpkin when Gerald, an old female-impersonator friend of the Pleasant’s esteemed cook Gregoire, turns up, dragging his very frightened friend, Adolph, behind. They’ve witnessed a drug deal in progress in Montreal, and they’re on the lam, hoping to blend into the Pleasant’s pleasant rhythms until the heat is off. Alas, they hope in vain. The pumpkins in the patch suffer more violence than frost this autumn. And so do other living things.
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Many Unpleasant Returns

Many Unpleasant Returns

Judith Alguire

Mystery

Everyone at the Pleasant Inn is looking forward to a very merry Christmas. Oh, irascible proprietor Trevor Rudley has his usual complaints about Mrs. Blount's non-traditional floral arrangements. And he's sure he won't like housekeeper Tiffany's new beau, Dan Thornton, a writer, of all things. But it's Christmas. Surely nothing catastrophic could happen.Bad things do happen, of course. The snow starts falling and doesn't seem to want to stop. Margaret Rudley runs over a man lying in the road during a whiteout. Walter Sawchuck almost chokes when someone doctors his Mrs. Dash. And those disturbing little Santas begin to appear, each one representing a gruesome event in the Pleasant's past. Then a dead body is found hanged in the coach house. As the snow continues to fall, paranoia at the Pleasant mounts.
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