A classic story - and great for this time of year!
I'm so glad Charlotte MacLeod's mysteries are finally available in audio! I first read this story centuries ago - probably shortly after it was publi..Show More »shed in 1978 - and I've re-read it every few years since.
The story is set at a small, private agricultural college in New England. At the opening, Professor Peter Shandy has finally decided to take his revenge on all the faculty wives who have been after him for years to decorate his small house for the holidays as part of the college's "Grand Illumination". He hires a firm from Boston to put every flashing colored light, plastic Santa & reindeer, and recorded music device he can fit on his house, sets the timer, and takes off on a holiday cruise! He comes back a few days later to find one of the most persistent busy-bodies dead on his living room floor. It's meant to look like an accident but Shandy knows it can't be, and his efforts to figure out what really happened are the basis of the mystery. Along the way we are introduced to some of the people that live in the small college town of Balaclava - and they have more than their fair share of interesting characters!
This is a classic cozy mystery, the first in a series that is well worth reading or listening to. Some elements are rather dated at this point - no cell phones, for example, and some characters have somewhat dated views - but don't let that bother you. Enjoy meeting the residents of Balaclava, and look forward to more of their exploits!
The narrator of this audio is easy to listen to. He doesn't differentiate the character's voices very much, but it's still easy to keep track of what's going on. One irritant, however, is that he mispronounces words every once in a while, and it can be jarring to the ear. For example, he used the word "crochets" (the needlework) rather than "crotchets" (a quirk or eccentricity). But all in all, a great book to listen to!
love Charlotte MacLeod, all of her books are full of fun characters and the stories provide an escape for the mind plus a mystery you just might not f..Show More »igure out. I wore out the paperbacks that I collected over many years. Do yourself a favor and read one of her books.
This fantasy stuck in the middle ages is not what you'd expect from the author of the Peter Shandy mysteries. Going on and on in a middle ages fantasy..Show More » is not what you want Dr. Shandy to be involved in. Sorry. I really like this mystery series but this story does not belong. My recommendation is read it if you want but I was very disappointed.
I've been a fan of Charlotte MacLeod's work for years. Unfortunately, I cannot listen to these titles. The narrator's additional character voices are ..Show More »all terrible (the whispering is especially atrocious). I found myself talking back to him - telling him how he should have pronounced quite a few words. It's a shame that this professional narrator has so many problems with the language. I won't be listening to any more of his work.
When first released this title and "An Owl Too Many" were missing their final chapter. They both now are available in their complete forms--thank you..Show More », Audible.
As for this particular title, it was filled with Charlotte MacLeod's usual clever humor and storyline plus a second setting in Maine and a very wonderful new character in the form of Miss Binks. Actually, several new interesting characters were introduced and some of our old favorites, such as Cronkite and Iduna, returned to liven the proceedings. There was lots of action and cleverness on Peter Shandy's part in solving the mystery. It is typical Macleod and worth the listen.
When first released, this book and "Vane Pursuit" of the peter Shandy series were missing the final chapter. Now both are complete--thank you, Audibl..Show More »e.
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.
I have noticed oddities with this reader since starting the series but there were several mispronunciations in this one so bad that I had to go look a..Show More »t the text to see what was being said.