Mary Daheim's quirky cousins, Judith McMonigle Flynn and Serena "Renie" Jones, are back solving mysteries aboard Amtrak's Empire Builder in their latest adventure, "Loco Motive." (Harper, 328 pages.)
Set to join their husbands in Boston, the cousins board a train to avoid Renie's pathological fear of flying. Instead of a relaxing trip and scenic tour of the United States, the two find themselves trying to solve two mysterious deaths on what becomes an American version of the Orient Express.
In their latest madcap adventure, Judith and Renie lock horns with an obnoxious policeman, deal with a very spoiled young child and suffer the indignity of being mistaken for rather mature members of the world's oldest profession.
Mary Daheim continues to show her flair for the "quirky" cozy mystery in "Loco Motive."