Sarah Kelling is still running her boarding house, while taking some time off to go out with her tenant, Max Bittersohn. Unfortunately, their latest outing - a musical recital at the Wilkes Museum - is interrupted by the untimely death of one of the guards, Joe. It could have been an accident, but then they discover that Joe had been complaining about his favourite painting being different, and then another guard is killed. Naturally, Sarah and Max end up investigating, ably helped by another Kelling cousin (the bird enthusiast, Brooks).
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.
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The Palace Guard (Sarah Kelling and Max Bittersohn Mysteries) Kindle Edition
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'The screwball mystery is Charlotte MacLeod's cup of tea.' -- Chicago Tribune . 'One of the most gifted mystery authors writing today.' -- Sojourner: The Women's Forum. 'If this is your first meeting with Sarah Kelling, oh how I envy you!' -- Margaret Maron, author of The Buzzard Table. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
Charlotte MacLeod is the multiple award-winning author of over forty acclaimed novels, many featuring her series detective Professor Peter Shandy and her popular husband and wife team of Sarah Kelling and Max Bittersohn. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B00KFDX6G2
- Publisher : mysteriouspress.com (1 June 2014)
- Language : English
- File size : 1652 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 192 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 187,768 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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S. M. Burgess
Thoroughly enjoyable, right to the last pageReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 December 2012
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progress the storyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 April 2014
This story takes Sarah's romance with Max forward and also introduces another eccentric Kelling cousin. As usual with MacCleod, the Boston setting and ancillary characters are appealing and it bears her hallmark humour.
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Five StarsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 4 November 2017
Neither pretentious nor prejudicedReviewed in the United States on 2 July 2020
I can't help but think some reviewers just get up on the wrong side of the bed. This really is a delightful book, full of whit and sharply drawn characters. However it is a book of its time. It is unfair, I think, to hold a book written 50 years ago to today's PC standards. First, the author - and the main character - are not prejudiced. Just the opposite. They are standing against some of the more common and casual prejudices of the day, as opposed to buying into them. As someone born more than 70 years ago, I can remember people in my own family saying some of the things that air-headed Boston Brahmins say here. But none of this has to do with the heart of the book - a well-written and well thought out who-done-it. In terms of well-written, what is wrong with showing a little erudition in writing? Think Dorothy Sayers. It is pretentious or is it just adding to the fun? I enjoyed recognizing the allusions and drinking in the higher than grade-school level vocabulary. I like this book so much, in fact, that I went back and read books one and two, read this one again and am now moving forward in the series. It's been a long time since I enjoyed a series so much.
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