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With their fearless crime-fighting, good manners, and manly fashion sense, the Hardly boys are the pride of Feyport, Illinois. In A Ghost in the Closet, dark-haired, muscular Frank and his lovable kid brother, Joe, return from a gay trip to Europe to find that their parents - world-famous detective Fennel P. Hardly and his wife, Mrs. Hardly - have been kidnapped! Even worse, so have six poodles from the Lake Merrimen Dog Show! Pals Nancy Clue, Cherry Aimless, R.N., and Police Detective Jackie Jones help the Hardly boys track down the criminals - and in the meantime, pick up useful tips on fingerprinting, evidence retrieval, and the laundering of sporty twill slacks.
Like her beloved camp classics, The Case of the Not-So-Nice Nurse and The Case of the Good-For-Nothing Girlfriend, Mabel Maney's A Ghost in the Closet brilliantly parodies 1950s boys and girls adventure series. Pull on a casual rayon shirt and join the queer caper!
©1995 Cleis Press (P)2012 Cleis Press
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By Amazon Customer on 11-01-12

Mabel Maney is a Comedic Genius

What made the experience of listening to A Ghost in the Closet the most enjoyable?

Mabel Maney is a true "rara avis" comedic genius who kept me laughing out loud. The performance was high camp. How does he manage to do all those voices?

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The second wonderful part was that Mabel Maney transported me back to my seven year-old self. I felt all the excitment and suspense again.

Which character – as performed by Mikael Naramore – was your favorite?

That's a hard question, but Cherry Aimless was so guiless and campy she was my favorite.

If you could rename A Ghost in the Closet, what would you call it?

The Mystery of Father's Big Secret

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By Jill Burnett on 07-13-12


What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If it had been like the original character's. It was very deceitful and had nancy and cherry in love with each other. I will never get another one of them. It was a disgrace to the original characters and the authors would roll over in their graves if they knew it.

Would you ever listen to anything by Mabel Maney again?


You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?


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