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An Owl Too Many: Peter & Helen Shandy, Book 8 | [Charlotte MacLeod]

An Owl Too Many: Peter & Helen Shandy, Book 8

Emory Emmerick comes to Balaclava Agricultural University as a scout for a television station. Although the faculty and students are hardly ready for prime time, Emmerick’s interest is in environmental programming - a subject that inspires even the driest Balaclava professor to wax poetic. In his search for material, Emmerick joins Peter Shandy and a few of his colleagues on the annual owl-count.
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When a nocturnal hike turns deadly, Professor Peter Shandy takes an interest in owl spotting

Emory Emmerick comes to Balaclava Agricultural University as a scout for a television station. Although the faculty and students are hardly ready for prime time, Emmerick’s interest is in environmental programming - a subject that inspires even the driest Balaclava professor to wax poetic. In his search for material, Emmerick joins Peter Shandy and a few of his colleagues on the annual owl-count. And though the television producer’s loud mouth and heavy feet make him a dismal birdwatcher, none of the academics expect him to make a fatal blunder.

Chasing what appears to be a badly lost snowy owl, Emmerick stumbles into a trap that yanks him into a tree. By the time the professors reach him, he’s been stabbed to death. Discovering that the snowy owl was nothing more than a handful of feathers attached to a fishing pole, Shandy concludes that Emmerick was murdered. Plenty of people might like to kill a television producer, but which would-be killer had the gall to make the helpless Nyctea scandiaca an accomplice?

©1991 Charlotte McLeod (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    When first released, this book and "Vane Pursuit" of the peter Shandy series were missing the final chapter. Now both are complete--thank you, Audible.

    Charlotte MacLeod's Peter Shandy series is always fun, clever, and worth the time invested in reading--and rereading. This one includes many of our familiar favorite characters adding their own unique contributions, but President Svensen and his wife are two of the biggest hoots in the book--owl pun not intended. There are sufficient plot twists and complications and convolutions to satisfy any Shandy fan while our favorite college president has plenty of opportunity to demonstrate why we love him--and his wife. It's always a treat to spend time with Charlotte MacLeod's creations for a bit of clever cozy fun.

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    gayle 03-03-13
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Sticking to the book at the end. One of my favorite Charlotte MaCleod books. Been watching for it on Audible and am sooooooooooo disappointed the end was left off!!
    And it wasn't even ended at a good point!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of An Owl Too Many?

    The boat on the river


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He pauses in the middle of a thought


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I actually love the print version-the Audible version stinks!!!


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    I feel I've been gyped! I paid for an unabridged book but didn't get it with this one. Left out the end where Peter actually hypnotises fanshaw with fanshaw's own coin! And explains why Emory was killed and how Mr.Debannam asks Miss Binks to marry him!

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    I had never read the paper version of this particular book, but after listening to this 'version' I was of the opinion that Audible had left off several chapters or that Ms. MacLeod had lost interest in the story and just stopped writing. The story was rather engaging but this version has a VERY unsatisfactory ending with too many strings left hanging. I was disappointed to not have anything finalized.


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    I have read many other of Charlotte MacLeod's book and enjoyed most of them very much (with the exception of The Curse of the Giant Hogweed - such a dumb story), so I know that I will try other Charlotte MacLeod books.


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    John McLain is a good reader and performs all the characters quite well.


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    Possibly, but I have generally found that movies made from books I enjoyed are pretty awful. And if this version of this book were a movie I would demand my money back for the crumby ending.


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    I hope that if Audible put out a more complete 'Unabridged' copy of the book, they will offer refunds to those of us that bought this version!!

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