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The weather vanes of the famous craftsman Praxiteles Lumpkin are one of the great cultural treasures of rural Massachusetts. Helen Shandy, librarian at Balaclava Agricultural College, is roaming the countryside, camera in hand, capturing images of these lovely copper sculptures, trying to give them the attention they deserve. But each time she takes a picture, the featured vane vanishes. Could there be a gang of breezy-minded burglars on her tail?
The night after Helen photographs the vane atop the famous Lumpkin soap works, the building burns to the ground. With the help of her husband, Peter, she tries to track the thieves-turned-arsonists. But when the things take a dangerous turn, Helen doesn’t need a weather vane to see that a deadly wind is blowing.
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By Jeanie on 04-21-13
Complete and Unabridged
When first released this title and "An Owl Too Many" were missing their final chapter. They both now are available in their complete forms--thank you, Audible.
As for this particular title, it was filled with Charlotte MacLeod's usual clever humor and storyline plus a second setting in Maine and a very wonderful new character in the form of Miss Binks. Actually, several new interesting characters were introduced and some of our old favorites, such as Cronkite and Iduna, returned to liven the proceedings. There was lots of action and cleverness on Peter Shandy's part in solving the mystery. It is typical Macleod and worth the listen.
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By gayle on 03-09-13
Would you try another book from Charlotte MacLeod and/or John McLain?
NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is the second Peter Shandy supposedly "unabridged" book where the whole last chapter of the print book is left out! Maybe Audible Inc needs to read a dictionary to find what the word UNABRIDGED means!
What was one of the most memorable moments of Vane Pursuit?
The finding of Miss Binks in the tree
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John McLain?
George Guidall. I like McLain's voice quality but he pauses in the oddest places.Mr. Guidall sounds like he's talking. McLain sounds like he's reading
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
I love the print version-this was fine until I realized they cut the whole last chapter!
Any additional comments?
Please don't label as unabridged any more abridged books by Charlotte Macleod. I'm VERY disappointed that my favorite books by her (that I've been excitedly waiting for Audible to produce) have been ruined cutting the last chapter. That happened with An Owl Too Many, too. I won't be buying anymore of the Peter Shandy series since the end's being left off of them
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