Legs Benedict by Mary Daheim

By Mary Daheim

Per week of "mayhem-as-usual" at Hillside Manor kicks off with the arriving of a mysterious "Mr. Smith" and his floozie "Mrs." from big apple City—and it hurries up into chaos while Mr. Smith himself kicks off, a sufferer of the foulest of performs. Hostess Judith McMonigle Flynn is stunned to benefit that her now-defunct roomer used to be truly "Legs" Benedict—hit guy for the infamous Ronzini Family—and that almost some other site visitors at her B&B had solid 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 drawn 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 ahead of the hits maintain coming.

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I didn’t mind,” Barney replied. “It was kind of a small slice, though. ” “You should watch your diet more closely,” Min said with reproach in her voice. ” “Aw, come on, Ma, just a little piece,” Barney wheedled. ” There was a pause. “Oh…very well. ” There was a note of bitterness in LEGS BENEDICT / 43 Min’s voice. ” “Ma…” Barney sounded aggrieved. “Cut it out. ” Chilling sarcasm dripped from Min’s words, but Barney kept mum. A moment later, the Schwartzes went up to the second floor. ” Judith whispered.

Her voice had risen. ” Without bothering to grab Gertrude’s tray, Judith raced out of the house. Oblivious to the rain, she ran down the porch stairs and along the walk to the toolshed. She got only halfway when she saw a huddled form in front of Gertrude’s door. ” Judith screamed. ” Judith fell to the ground, reaching out to the prone figure. Then she blinked and uttered a strangled cry. It wasn’t Gertrude Grover who lay at the toolshed’s door. It was John Smith, and judging from the blood that soaked his body, he was very dead.

Sandi covered her mouth with her hands and Pam broke into giggles. “No! ” cried Pam. ” Happily, Judith heard the doorbell. She hurried off to the entry hall, and found Mr. and Mrs. John Smith waiting on the porch. “Just pulled in,” said John in a marked New York accent. “We drove all the way from Montana today. ” “The weather’s like that around here,” said Judith. ” Guardedly, she studied the pair. John Smith was tall, rangy, and in his mid-forties. He had restless hazel eyes and a manner that suggested he was always on the alert.

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