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The Gladstone bag
MacLeod, Charlotte.
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New York : Mysterious Press, [1990]

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Charlotte MacLeod was born in Bath, New Brunswick, Canada on November 12, 1922. She immigrated to the United States in 1923 and became a naturalized citizen in 1951. She attended the School of Practical Art, now the Art Institute of Boston. She was a staff artist and copywriter at Stop and Shop supermarkets from 1945 to 1952. She also worked at N.H. Miller & Co. advertising firm from 1952 to 1982 starting as a copy chief and ending up as a Vice President.

She wrote two series under her own name, a Sarah Kelling and Max Bittersohn Mystery series and the Peter Shandy Mystery series. She also wrote two series under the pseudonym Alisa Craig, the Madoc and Janet Rhys Mystery series and the Grub-and-Stakers series. She also wrote Had She But Known: A Biography of Mary Roberts Rinehart and a dozen juvenile books. She won five American Mystery awards and a Nero Wolfe award. She edited the anthologies Mistletoe Mysteries and Christmas Stalkings. She is the co-founder and past president of the American Crime Writers League. She died on January 14, 2005 at the age of 82.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

As always, MacLeod serves up unalloyed pleasure in recounting the exploits of an eccentric Boston Brahmin family, this time starring Emma Kelling (aunt to amateur detective Sarah). The glamorous, aging but vigorous widow leaps into nets at a firemen's benefit, performs in operettas and now takes on a new role--housekeeper for a group of aspiring artists and writers living on an island retreat belonging to one of her friends. Taking a bag of stage jewelry to repair, Emma arrives on isolated Picapuk Island off Maine to meet rude Everard Wont, writer; suave Count Alexei Radunov, poet; Alding Fath, psychic; Joris Groot and Lisbet Quainley, illustrators. They plan to find and write about pirate treasure supposedly buried on Picapuk, and Emma's baubles cause some confusion. But the genuine, incredibly valuable diamond necklace she finds in the bag incites murder. Somebody on the island kills a stranger who has swum ashore; dopes the psychic and hits Emma and several guests on their heads. Recovering her senses, the heroine phones for advice to her niece Sarah and husband Max Bittersohn, who send the help she needs to nab the villains. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Six feisty and contentious characters with inventive names surround aging-but-active Emma Kelling during her stay at a friend's Maine retreat. Strange events, attempted theft, and a sodden body propel her to consult niece and nephew-in-law/detectives Sarah and Max Bittersohn (of series fame), as well as cousin-in-law Theonie. Tongue-in-cheek eccentricities, the usual casual but astute deductions, and a certain luxuriousness of language make this a most welcome addition to the MacLeod canon. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.