From the incomparable Charlotte MacLeod, award-winning author of Rest You Merry and The Plain Old Man, comes the newest Peter Shandy mystery in which the good professor goes digging into the past to discover the bizarre circumstances surrounding a 100-year-old corpse.
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Charlotte MacLeod (1922–2005) was an international-bestselling author of cozy mysteries. Born in Canada, she moved to Boston as a child and lived in New England most of her life. After graduating from college, she made a career in advertising, writing copy for the Stop & Shop Supermarket Company before moving on to Boston firm N. H. Miller & Co., where she rose to the rank of vice president. In her spare time, MacLeod wrote short stories, and in 1964 she published her first novel, a children’s book called Mystery of the White Knight.
In Rest You Merry (1978), MacLeod introduced Professor Peter Shandy, a horticulturist and amateur sleuth whose adventures she would chronicle for two decades. The Family Vault (1979) marked the first appearance of her other best-known characters: the husband and wife sleuthing team Sarah Kelling and Max Bittersohn, whom she followed until her last novel, The Balloon Man, in 1998.
YA Young adult readers with a lively sense of humor and an appreciation for the fine old family names such as Fortitude Lumpkin will find the latest Peter Shandy mystery to their liking. Balaclava Agriculture College has two problems: the unfortunate discovery of three victims of very foul play and (more importantly) a lawsuit by the greedy heirs of college founder Balaclava Buggins to reclaim part of the college, namely Oozak's Pond. With his usual aplomb and the help of the college community and various bizarre local folk, Professor Shandy solves both problems to the vast enjoyment of readers. Rosemary Smith, Albright Middle School, Houston
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