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.
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.
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!
The boat on the river
He pauses in the middle of a thought
I actually love the print version-the Audible version stinks!!!
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!
I have loved Ms. MacLeod's cozy mysteries since they first came out in the 1980s. I was delighted to see they had been recorded as audio books. I will not say more about the stories, which I have re-read many times and enjoyed every time.
About the narrator. In general a good, resonant voice with good, clear diction. Most of his regional accents seem more southern than Massachusettsian, but it is his mispronunciations, quite consistent over the course of several books, that bother me. Row, for instance. You row (roe) a boat, but you have a row (rou as in ouch) with a friend. Mr. McLain consistently uses the former for the latter. Decorous is consistently mispronounced as dee-COR-us rather than deck-o-rous, as is proper. I suppose one might forgive gunwale being pronouced as it looks rather than the proper "GUNnel", but it is used in more than one book. He spent one whole book mispronouncing the name Catriona as kat-TROIN-a rather than the correct ka-treena. Plus, there is the occasional outright error. What I would like to know is, why is the producer, Mike (last name pronounced Charzack, spelling unknown), not listening to the rough tapes and getting the pronunciation corrected?
Freezing in Idaho
I love this series, and I think the narrator is talented. Warning: The narrator mispronounces words. Some may find this very annoying, but I've grown to consider it a fun eccentricity on par with many of the characters. I don't let it get in the way of his talented enthusiasm and his consistent character depiction throughout the series.
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.
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.
John McLain is a good reader and performs all the characters quite well.
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.
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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