- File Size: 4399 KB
- Print Length: 279 pages
- Publisher: MysteriousPress.com/Open Road (October 2, 2012)
- Publication Date: October 2, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0099IHEC6
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,490 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Readers of other works in the series will know the author to be a skilled story teller and adept writer. While there is plenty of action, the book is not for those looking for tough guy antics, teasing sexuality or suspenseful adventure. There is a leavening of humor, some colorful characters, an interesting plot and an appealing heroine. It is a series in which there is a progressive development in the lives of the characters involved rather than the Rex Stout Nero Wolfe books in which there is some progression from one book to another but where each of the central characters remain essentially the same over the decades.
I enjoyed these book on first reading and find them equally appealing some decades later. New readers can jump right in with this book without missing much since necessary background is sketched in. If you afford it, and find your first taste acceptable, you are likely to develop a desire to go back to book one and continue from there. On the other hand, as I pointed out, those seeking taut action, high suspense or descriptive sexuality, should look elsewhere.
Sarah and Max attend a concert at the Wilkins Museum and while resting their ears from a well-meaning recital on a balcony, a body falls from the 3rd floor to the courtyard below them. Is the guard's death an accident while taking a leak in a famous fountain or murder.
A second murder leads the landlady and her tenant on a infamous chase of a thief who has stripped the museum of 30 of its masterpieces and substituted excellent copies in their place.
Sarah's cousin Brooks Kelling finds the love of his life in Sarah's boarding house and helps the duo solve the crime.
This one has all the wit and verve you'd expect from Charlotte Macleod.
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Apart from the sheer joy of reading more about Sarah and her tenants, you also get to meet Lydia Ouspenska, a supposed-Russian Countess (though she's actually from Chelsea), who forges Byzantine icons while living as high as she can manage.
As usual, Charlotte MacLeod is entertaining and enthralling. Spend an afternoon or an evening investigating crime with Max and Sarah while visiting the high life (and low lifes) in various parts of Boston.