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Family Album: A Mellingham Mystery Hardcover – January 1, 1995


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 287 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; First Edition edition (January 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684197316
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684197319
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,730,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Secrets and unprecedented actions abound in the New England town of Mellingham in this absorbing third in a series. Dowager Catherine Rocklynd decides to sell her family's log cabin to George Frome instead of leaving it to her beloved nephew Edwin. Annalee Windolow, wife of monied Winston, is quietly educating herself on antiques by pumping art appraiser Kelly Kuhn, who follows his own agenda in their dealings. Gwen McDuffy, single mother of two, tries to keep a low profile, especially around the police chief she meets while volunteering at the Arbella Historical Society. Chief Joe Silva, seen last in Double Take, is asked to look into the security of Arbella House, museum headquarters of the society, when Frome suggests someone is stealing valuable antiques. When Frome voices his concerns to the Arbella trustees, Catherine gets woozy and the other board members express disdain. After Frome is found dead in the attic, Silva must determine whether the death is murder or accidental poisoning. In the process, another death occurs, and additional residents of Mellingham come to grips with matters of family, allegiance and identity.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Susan Oleskiw is the author of the Mellingham series featuring Chief of Police Joe Silva. Her Reader's Guide to the Classic British Mystery appeared in 1988. Author of numerous reviews and articles on crime fiction, she and Anne Perrott founded The Larcom Press, publisher of "The Larcom Review", in 1998. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Susan Oleksiw is the author of two mystery series. The Anita Ray series features Indian American Anita Ray, photographer, who lives in India at her aunt's tourist hotel. Anita's adventures take the reader into the little-known world of life in India beyond the tourist hotel and main streets.

The Mellingham series of crime novels feature Chief of Police Joe Silva in the small town of Mellingham, with its quirky residents living along the New England coast.

Susan has also written extensively on crime fiction. Find her essays in The Oxford Companion to Crime and Mystery Writing and her favorite books in A Reader's Guide to the Classic British Mystery.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Harnett VINE VOICE on November 5, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Oleksiw's thoroughly enjoyable cozy, set in the New England seaport village of Mellingham, centers around the Arbella Historical Society and its members, a cast of eccentric but believable characters. When one of them is murdered with an arcane horticultural poison, Chief of Police Joe Silva quickly discerns that each has a secret.
George Frome, the murdered man, was a spartan master of efficiency who suspected a thief among the members. Or did he? The day of the monthly board meeting Frome called Silva to Arbella House to inspect security. But Silva couldn't shake the feeling Frome was putting on a show for some hidden purpose of his own. Frome's suspicions cause fireworks at the board meeting and the next day Frome is found dead in the attic, sprawled before a group of 19th-century paintings which don't belong there.
Suspects include a society matriarch who was about to sell an important family heirloom to Frome; her heir and nephew whose devotion to his garden is exceeded only by his devotion to his aunt; an obnoxious social climber with a new interest in 19th-paintings; an antiques dealer on the verge of financial ruin, and a single mother whose fear of the past leads to panic attacks and strange acts of household cleaning.
Oleksiw moves easily among the minds of these characters, heightening the reader's curiosity with glimpses of their private terrors. Silva, the Portuguese outsider, learns to distinguish between real secrets and "village secrets," which everyone but him is privy to, while showing a sharp eye for small betraying gestures and guarding against his attraction to Gwen McDuffy, the wary single mother.
Silva, late forties and unmarried, is haunted by melancholy for the family he might never have. Oleksiw leaves the door wide open for future romance. This, together with the author's flair for character, plot intricacies, red herrings and the delightful setting, will leave readers happily anticipating the next Mellingham mystery.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lorraine Talbot on November 5, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I won't waste space describing the plot of this book as it's been ably done by earlier reviewers.

It's the kind of writing and story that kept me reading far into the night, long after I should have been asleep. The writing is fine, the characters are fascinating and so well defined that you can understand them even if you've never personally known anyone like them. As with all of Susan Oleksiw's work that I've read, I highly recommend it.
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