The first book in the Peter Shandy mysteries by Charlotte MacLeod, in a 10 book series.
This was the audiobook edition narrated by John McLain.
Peter Shandy, college botany professor, and librarian Helen Marsh Shandy solve murder mysteries in Balaclava County, Massachusetts.
With the festive season in full swing at Balaclava College, professor Peter Shandy is not feeling in the festive spirit. After refusing to allow the Christmas committee to decorate his home on the hill for yet another year, he decides to take the Christmas break away from his normal yearly routine. But before going he decides to leave a little present for the Christmas committee that they will not forget!
What he doesn’t expect to find on his return is a dish of marbles scattered over the floor and the dead body of his friend and working partners wife and head of the Christmas committee behind his sofa!
It looks like she slipped off the ladder trying to remove some of Peter’s window decorations.
The campus security and the local police are quite willing to put it down as an accident, but Peter thinks it is murder, when he finds that one of his nieces marbles is missing.
So it is left to Peter, with the help of Miss Helen Marsh to find a killer within the college campus.
Charlotte MacLeod story telling is light, fun and totally enjoyable. Weaving a magic of colourful characters and situations that will keep you glued to the page from start to finish.
Ms MacLeod’s books are ones I can enjoy many times over, and still get the freshness and the delight as I did when I first read them many years ago.
John McLain’s excellent narration kept the story moving with the lightness and fun that Ms MacLeod aimed for, and is well worth listening to.
5 Stars *****