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The Plain Old Man

Kelling & Bittersohn Mysteries
Narrated by: Andi Arndt
Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
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Sarah's Aunt Emma's theatre troupe is doing The Sorcerer, as Emma has always hankered to play Lady Sangazure. Perhaps she made a bad choice, though, by casting a well-connected con man in the title role.

It's no mere evil spell that leaves Charlie Daventer dead on his bathroom floor. But the show must go on.

Cousin Frederick is hurled into the breach. Old Fred really can't tolerate the general assumption that his friend Charlie died by accident. He convinces Sarah that a murder has been committed. Sarah's husband, Max the detective, is off in Finland, so she tackles the case herself.

Clues aren't hard to find and when Sarah sorts them out, she learns that when the curtain falls that the show is far from over....

©1985 Charlotte McLeod (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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  • Robert
  • 22-04-13

Fabulous, funny, nostalgic mysteries

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I have adored the gentle humour and delightful characters created by Charlotte Macleod for 30 years. To see them on Audible was a delightful walk down memory lane. The stories are witty, fast moving, quirky, and just twisty enough to keep you guessing until nearly the very end. Somewhere between Agatha Christie and Charlaine Harris ( think Miss Marple crossed with Aurora Teagarden), Sarah Kelling Kelling Bittersohn is a spunky girl with a whole host of colourful family members to entertain you as you traipse through old guard Boston's scandals, peccadillos, skeletons and drawing-rooms. The narrator strikes just the right tone to bring Sarah's fresh voice and determination to life. These are fast fun listens and will be on my list of winter yarns for many years to come.

What does Andi Arndt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

A good voice and solid interpretation of the stories.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Chuckles a plenty!

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  • Jan
  • 02-02-19

The play's the thing!

verbal-humor, situational-humor, family-dynamics, cozy-mystery, amateur-sleuth, women-sleuths

The story is interspersed with lines from Gilbert and Sullivan because the play's the core of the plot. Aunt Emma is a grand managing widow known for her generosity and also for producing the operetta populated by Kellings and locals. Then a very valuable painting goes missing right off the dining room wall and a kindly old man gets dead under suspicious circumstances. Sarah has to organize the sleuthing by herself because husband Max is out of the country investigating a different art theft. Almost all comes out well in the end and a lot of laughs had by the reader.
Andi Arndt is the excellent narrator.