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.
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Not a usual Sarah/Max mystery
Only other Kelling/Bittersohn mysteries
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!
Great performance, but a weak-ish plot
- Amazon Customer