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The Plain Old Man by Charlotte MacLeod

The Plain Old Man (original 1985; edition 2009)

by Charlotte MacLeod

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A thief targets an amateur theatrical group, and murder follows in his wake Producing a Gilbert & Sullivan opera requires a special kind of madness, and the Kelling family is large enough and peculiar enough to undertake an entire company by themselves. For years now, Sarah Kelling's Aunt Emma has supervised these annual productionsfrom The Pirates of Penzance to The Mikadoand this year she has invited her cast of relatives to rehearse The Sorcerer in her stately mansion. The show is nearly ready when a team of burglars drugs the cast and crew to make off with a priceless portrait. Theft or no theft, Aunt Emma insists the show must go on. Even when one of the cast dies suddenly, she finds a replacement and continues rehearsal. But when Sarah begins to suspect the actor was murdered, it becomes clear that dear Aunt Emma may be in danger of taking her final bow.… (more)
Title:The Plain Old Man
Authors:Charlotte MacLeod
Info:General Books LLC (2009), Paperback, 140 pages
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The Plain Old Man by Charlotte MacLeod (1985)



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The story is interspersed with lines from Gilbert and Sullivan because the play's the core of the plot. Aunt Emma is a grand managing widow known for her generosity and also for producing the operetta populated by Kellings and locals. Then a very valuable painting goes missing right off the dining room wall and a kindly old man gets dead under suspicious circumstances. Sarah has to organize the sleuthing by herself because husband Max is out of the country investigating a different art theft. Almost all comes out well in the end and a lot of laughs had by the reader.
Andi Arndt is the excellent narrator. ( )
  jetangen4571 | Feb 2, 2019 |
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Zeriah, the maid, a hard-bitten specimen from the wilds of upper New Hampshire who claimed she could lick her weight in wildcats and worked for Mabel, it was assumed, to keep in trim
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