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A gruesome murder leads Professor Peter Shandy to uncover an ancient Viking curse

When 105-year-old Hilda Horsefall tells young reporter Cronkite Swope of a stone carved with Norse runes that once sat in the nearby woods, the writer starts salivating at the thought of breaking the news that Vikings once marauded through their sleepy Massachusetts countryside. But while he’s jotting down notes, a scream rings out, and Cronkite finds an even bigger story. A farmhand has been burned to death by quicklime, and Cronkite gets an exclusive scoop.
 
In this neck of New England, strange deaths are invariably referred to Professor Peter Shandy, the only local with the know-how to connect fearsome quicklime to the Vikings of old. But as he digs into the ancient mystery, he finds the forgotten Norse gods are not above demanding a modern sacrifice.
Published: MysteriousPress.com Open Road an imprint of Open Road Integrated Media on Nov 6, 2012
ISBN: 9781453277539
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I think perhaps this one is my favorite in the Peter Shandy series. I love the Viking runes and the wedding and the president. Good fun.read more
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Substance: The mystery is fairly done, but the whole situation is wacky. Totally loved it, but it was almost over the top.Style: More like Wodehose than Christie.read more
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This third outing in the Peter Shandy mysteries is loads of fun. Miss Hilda Horsefall, over a century old, is a ripsnorter of a hot-to-trot, vinegar-tongued spinster aunt and proud of it. The book opens with her giving an earful to the young reporter trying to interview her and swiftly moves into a really nasty murder (not of Miss Hilda, thank goodness). The Horsefalls have held their farm for 243 years. Someone's been playing a series of increasingly uglier tricks on them. Is it the shady developer who wants their land? How about the pushy real-estate lady who's determined to secure the farm for the developer? The Horsefalls' hired hand has a despicable cousin whom the Horsefalls publically humiliated. Is the cousin out for revenge? While all this is going on there's the hordes of obnoxious rubberneckers wanting to see the old runestone rediscovered on the Horsefall Farm. Less fatal attacks befall others who come there. Some claim they're the result of the curse mentioned on the runestone. Shandy suspects a living human hand is responsible. He's on the case again, ably assisted by his librarian wife, other members of the supporting cast, and the good residents of Lumpkin Corners. Fellow cat lovers get to welcome the newest addition to the Shandy household: Jane Austen. I believe she was the unnamed kitten of the Enderbles' cat, Imogene, in REST YOU MERRY. Considering what Shandy wanted to name her, it's a good thing she turned out to be female. NOTES: In chapter 5 of Rest You Merry it was stated that the Buggins Collection had been donated to the college by a distant connection of the founder, Balaclava, and it was donated in the 1920s. In chapter 17 of this book we learn that the doner was Bedivere Buggins. According to chapter 21, far from being a distant connection, Bedivere was the son of Balaclava's brother, Bartleby. Bedivere's brother was Belial, poet and moonshiner. In According to chapter 20, the Svensons' parents are still alive, as are aunts and uncles. They also have brothers, sisters, nephews, neices, cousins to the fourth degree, and nine adorable grandchildren. We learn the name of Balaclava's Football team in chapter 10. (Don't let yourself miss the description of President Svenson in chapter 10 or that of Sieglinde in chapter 20.) In chapter 21 Thorkjeld says he's been sleeping with Sieglinde for 34 years. She adds that it was in lawful wedlock. When she met Helen in chapter 11 of Rest You Merry , Sieglinde said she'd never in 27 years found him dull. Hmmmmmm. Chapter 17 is where Helen tells the story of the stunning Finnish boy she once knew. It's also where we learn that she has brothers.) For younger readers: all of the Swope brothers were named for news anchors. Chet Huntley and David Brinkley of the Huntley-Brinkley Report were on a rival network.Also, while it's easy to plug an unattributed quotation into a search engine, Hilda Horsefalls' retort to her nephew about 'them scoffers and jeerers that got et by the bears' is tougher. I think she's referring to the shocking incident involving the prophet Elisha and some bratty kids. That's in the second book of Kings, chapter 2, verses 23-25, as I found by plugging in 'Elisha and bears'. I love the internet! This so much easier than flipping through my Bible or searching quotation books!!If you like humorous mysteries, do give this series a try.Bob Korn is the artist for the cover with the brooding viking resting on a big rock with a skull carved on it.read more
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I think perhaps this one is my favorite in the Peter Shandy series. I love the Viking runes and the wedding and the president. Good fun.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Substance: The mystery is fairly done, but the whole situation is wacky. Totally loved it, but it was almost over the top.Style: More like Wodehose than Christie.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
This third outing in the Peter Shandy mysteries is loads of fun. Miss Hilda Horsefall, over a century old, is a ripsnorter of a hot-to-trot, vinegar-tongued spinster aunt and proud of it. The book opens with her giving an earful to the young reporter trying to interview her and swiftly moves into a really nasty murder (not of Miss Hilda, thank goodness). The Horsefalls have held their farm for 243 years. Someone's been playing a series of increasingly uglier tricks on them. Is it the shady developer who wants their land? How about the pushy real-estate lady who's determined to secure the farm for the developer? The Horsefalls' hired hand has a despicable cousin whom the Horsefalls publically humiliated. Is the cousin out for revenge? While all this is going on there's the hordes of obnoxious rubberneckers wanting to see the old runestone rediscovered on the Horsefall Farm. Less fatal attacks befall others who come there. Some claim they're the result of the curse mentioned on the runestone. Shandy suspects a living human hand is responsible. He's on the case again, ably assisted by his librarian wife, other members of the supporting cast, and the good residents of Lumpkin Corners. Fellow cat lovers get to welcome the newest addition to the Shandy household: Jane Austen. I believe she was the unnamed kitten of the Enderbles' cat, Imogene, in REST YOU MERRY. Considering what Shandy wanted to name her, it's a good thing she turned out to be female. NOTES: In chapter 5 of Rest You Merry it was stated that the Buggins Collection had been donated to the college by a distant connection of the founder, Balaclava, and it was donated in the 1920s. In chapter 17 of this book we learn that the doner was Bedivere Buggins. According to chapter 21, far from being a distant connection, Bedivere was the son of Balaclava's brother, Bartleby. Bedivere's brother was Belial, poet and moonshiner. In According to chapter 20, the Svensons' parents are still alive, as are aunts and uncles. They also have brothers, sisters, nephews, neices, cousins to the fourth degree, and nine adorable grandchildren. We learn the name of Balaclava's Football team in chapter 10. (Don't let yourself miss the description of President Svenson in chapter 10 or that of Sieglinde in chapter 20.) In chapter 21 Thorkjeld says he's been sleeping with Sieglinde for 34 years. She adds that it was in lawful wedlock. When she met Helen in chapter 11 of Rest You Merry , Sieglinde said she'd never in 27 years found him dull. Hmmmmmm. Chapter 17 is where Helen tells the story of the stunning Finnish boy she once knew. It's also where we learn that she has brothers.) For younger readers: all of the Swope brothers were named for news anchors. Chet Huntley and David Brinkley of the Huntley-Brinkley Report were on a rival network.Also, while it's easy to plug an unattributed quotation into a search engine, Hilda Horsefalls' retort to her nephew about 'them scoffers and jeerers that got et by the bears' is tougher. I think she's referring to the shocking incident involving the prophet Elisha and some bratty kids. That's in the second book of Kings, chapter 2, verses 23-25, as I found by plugging in 'Elisha and bears'. I love the internet! This so much easier than flipping through my Bible or searching quotation books!!If you like humorous mysteries, do give this series a try.Bob Korn is the artist for the cover with the brooding viking resting on a big rock with a skull carved on it.
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