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Sarah Kelling's Aunt Emma leaps at the chance to stay at her old friend Adelaide's summer place, enjoying a quiet time repairing some stage jewelry while keeping an eye on the artists and writers who'll be occupying Adelaide's six guest cottages. On the ferry, Emma's Gladstone bag is temporarily stolen. Could someone have mistaken those junk jewels for real diamonds? She meets her guests-to-be who inform her they plan to dig for Pocapuk's legendary pirate treasure without having bothered to get Adelaide's permission. On the island, her bag is heisted again, a trespassing scuba diver is found dead, and a mysterious stranger is off on a rampage of attempted murders. Emma enlists niece Sarah and her husband, Max Bittersohn, for a spot of long-distance detecting.
©1990 Charlotte McLeod (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Kate on 03-14-15

Not a usual Sarah/Max mystery

Would you be willing to try another book from Charlotte MacLeod? Why or why not?


Have you listened to any of Andi Arndt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Only other Kelling/Bittersohn mysteries

Any additional comments?

If Sarah and Max are the only reason you listen to these mysteries, give this one a pass. But, if like me, the crazy Kelling family is filled with great characters you love, then give this one a try. Two of my favorites are the protagonists in this story...Emma and Theonia. The story is light, but, really, which of these stories aren't?

Also, if you are a Boston aficionado, that particular character is gone as well. The backdrop for the majority of the story is a small privately owned island in Maine. As a Maine native myself, my biggest critique of the story is Ms. Arndt's Maine accent. It's bad...Murder She Wrote bad. (Translation...laughable) If you're not from here, or if you are and can get past that, the performance is fine. It took me a couple of books to commit fully to Ms. Arndt's rendition after years of reading and rereading these books and hearing my own rendition in my head, but I enjoy her performances now, with just a few qualms here and there.

Give this one a try, keep an open mind, and enjoy!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 09-14-13

Great performance, but a weak-ish plot

The narrator gives a great performance, including singing a bit of Mad Margaret's song from Ruddigore with aplomb and skill. The mystery is one of Macleod's weaker efforts but the setting on a small Maine island is delightful, and it's always fun to see Cousin Theonia again.

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