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Long-lost relatives and priceless jewels turn a wedding upside down
For all the Kellings’ quirks, no other family in Boston is more adept at throwing a wedding. So when Max Bittersohn’s wife, Sarah Kelling, offers to organize his nephew’s nuptials, Max is smart enough to stay out of her way. But when the art-fraud investigator stumbles onto a family mystery, he is drawn into something far more serious than the question of who will catch the bouquet. Stolen years earlier, the priceless Kelling jewels were last seen in Amsterdam, so how did they end up among the wedding gifts? Max is trying to answer that question when a talkative burglar wallops him with a shovel in a failed attempt to rip off the rubies. Then, as the reception winds down, a hot-air balloon lands on the wedding tent, spilling out the Zickerys, a branch of the Kelling clan who prove even odder than the original strain. Family weddings are never easy, but for Max Bittersohn, this one could be murder.
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ISBN: 9781453277317
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Substance: CAUTION - do NOT read this volume prior to reading the first book in the series (The Family Vault). Everything is revealed in this "sequel" to the first murder that brought Sarah and Max together. The sleuthing in this one is frenzied but ultimately minimal, and, as usual, the conclusion is not well prepared.Style: For all its faults as a mystery, the book is enjoyable as a novel.more
Charlotte MacLeod's tales of plucky New England aristocrat Sarah Kelling, her Jewish art-expert husband Max Bittersohn, and her large, loony family are a reading experience that (in my experience) you either love or hate. The characters, the dialog, and the situations are amusing in the no-relation-to-reality way of 1930s movies but the mysteries are flimsy to the point of absurdity. This late entry in the series exhibits that quality more than most. Fans of the series will find it an enjoyable, if familiar, outing with old friends. Non-fans are unlikely to make it past the second chapter.more

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Substance: CAUTION - do NOT read this volume prior to reading the first book in the series (The Family Vault). Everything is revealed in this "sequel" to the first murder that brought Sarah and Max together. The sleuthing in this one is frenzied but ultimately minimal, and, as usual, the conclusion is not well prepared.Style: For all its faults as a mystery, the book is enjoyable as a novel.more
Charlotte MacLeod's tales of plucky New England aristocrat Sarah Kelling, her Jewish art-expert husband Max Bittersohn, and her large, loony family are a reading experience that (in my experience) you either love or hate. The characters, the dialog, and the situations are amusing in the no-relation-to-reality way of 1930s movies but the mysteries are flimsy to the point of absurdity. This late entry in the series exhibits that quality more than most. Fans of the series will find it an enjoyable, if familiar, outing with old friends. Non-fans are unlikely to make it past the second chapter.more
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