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Taking a break from her two long-running series (Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth), Beaton introduces a pair of engaging misfits whose struggles to cope with overbearing families and overweening circumstances teach them, eventually, to rely on each other. When diffident fortyish virgin Fellworth Dolphin's mother dies, he finds himself surprisingly relieved and freed from a bondage he was only partially aware of. That's nowhere near the astonishment he feels when he learns that, in spite of their penurious existence, he's heir to a large sum. In a moment of panic, when it seems an aunt might assume the tyrannical role his mother once played, Fell pretends an engagement to mousy waitress Maggie Partlett. In fits and starts, Maggie and Fell begin their separate transformations--she to a swan, he to a drake. One catalyst is the money and its questionable provenance--perhaps the result of an infamous train robbery that occurred many years ago and that Fell's father might have been involved with. The other is the transformation wrought by their shared investigation and their shared lives, as Maggie falls in with the pretended engagement for her own purposes. Various relatives and villains attempt to derail the couple as they journey, but there's never a question of where the author is taking her odd couple, and never a doubt they will arrive safely. The trip will delight fans of either of Beaton's other series. (Mar. 21)will be published on Mar. 6 (see Forecasts, Dec. 18, 2000).
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Fellworth Dolphin, virginal and fortyish, achieves freedom when his manipulative, widowed mother dies of a sudden heart attack. Surprisingly, Dolphin inherits a small fortune as well as a mysteriously full cash box. To keep family at bay, he invents a live-in fianc e plain Maggie from the restaurant he has just quit who becomes his accomplice in investigating a years-old, unsolved train robbery with which his father had some connection. Assault, deception, and attempted murder dog their search, which uncovers much more than just robbery perps. Beaton, in fine form, handles a twisting plot with dexterity, wit, and precision. Recommended.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This was another very entertaining book by M C Beaton. More funny and quirky characters. I couldn't put it down.Published 6 months ago by JSEK
I love it - there are more wonderful things in here than (M.C. Beaton's mind) - Agatha Raisin, Hamish MacBeth, an Edwardian novel
that sets your heart a beating, and now Fell... Read more
What a delightful book. Fell Dolphin and Maggie Partlett are two new characters for Beaton. This is a very good mystery, to me. Read morePublished on July 21 2002 by Mac Blair
Marion Chesney (M C Beaton) has a gift for story invention, but the level of writing is at the teenage level. I gave this story a read because I enjoy the Hamish Macbeth stories. Read morePublished on March 30 2002 by Sherry Danielson
I have always felt somewhat ambivalent about the Agatha Raisin series which is too over the top for me, and too unsatisfactory from a matchmaking perspective, but had a lovely time... Read morePublished on Oct. 27 2001 by Kristi E. Jalics
"The Skeleton in the Closet" introduces new characters by M.C. Beaton, who is "taking a break from her two long-running series." I love Hamish, I love Agatha. Read morePublished on July 30 2001 by Foodie
MC Beaton has done it again. She can always be counted on for an enjoyable light read with great characters. Read morePublished on April 27 2001 by Amazon Customer
THE SKELETON IN THE CLOSET is the first book I ever read by M.C. Beaton, and it was marvelous. It's a fairy tale with all sorts of wonderful and magical things befalling the main... Read morePublished on April 16 2001 by HeyJudy