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A stand-alone, lighthearted crime romp featuring amateur sleuth Fellworth Dolphin by the bestselling MC Beaton.

Ignorance is bliss... especially when it comes to murder! Ever since the death of his father, Fellworth Dolphin has slaved away as a waiter to support his miserly, cold-hearted mother. So when she suddenly dies Fellworth is shocked to discover she has left him a fortune. Somewhat confused, Fell teams up with a girl from work, Maggie, to investigate the source of the riches. But what they find instead is a closet full of skeletons... Is it really possible Fell's father was involved in a decades-old train robbery? And who is the mysterious woman in the portrait hidden in his mother's wardrobe? As Fell and Maggie poke around the village for answers they find themselves on a surprise-filled path to danger and adventure - but all this good fortune could come to a sudden end if they don't stay one step ahead of a cunning killer...

M C Beaton is the author of the hugely successful Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth series, both published by Constable & Robinson. She left a full time career in journalism to turn to writing, and now divides her time between living in a village in the Cotswolds very much like Agatha's beloved Carsely, Paris and Istanbul.

©2013 MC Beaton (P)2013 Audible Ltd

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  • Janet
  • 08-11-14

Dull...

What disappointed you about The Skeleton in the Closet?

I love M C Beaton but this was dull, dull, dull.. I gave up about halfway through.

Would you ever listen to anything by M. C. Beaton again?

Yes, Hamish McBeth and Agatha Raisin.

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

No, none. In my opinion.

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  • K. McBride
  • 12-14-13

M.C. BEATON DOES IT AGAIN

If you could sum up The Skeleton in the Closet in three words, what would they be?

Action, Romance, mystery, personal insecurity, shame, tension and unsolved crime. what more do you need? Nothing accept for the story to go on.

What did you like best about this story?

All of it. The twists and turns, the unrequited love finally revealed. The leading male finally gets a clue.

Have you listened to any of Daniel Philpott’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No this is the first.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No, its just a good listen over all.

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  • Trialia
  • 06-15-18

It's not often a story bores me stiff...

...Unfortunately, this one is an exception. The narration was OK - adequate, I suppose, but not sparkling - but nowhere near sufficient to redeem a very unoriginal tale told poorly, mostly from the third-person-limited perspective of a main character whom I could never grow to like, in spite of enduring two-thirds of the book before I gave up on it.

The most frustrating part about this book isn't so much the unoriginality of the plot. I know (from having read many of her Regency romance novels) that Beaton has the capacity to tell a story well, in a way that has the potential of redeeming a thin, boring or trope-ridden plot.

The frustration, for me, lies mainly in the fact that in this case not only is the story told in a dull, often irritating way, with very little originality of plot, when I <i>know</i> Beaton can do better than this, but it's <i>also</i> told by a character (yet another one of this author's creations who has been endowed with a very daft name with an origin story of unnecessary complexity) with whom the author has clearly sympathised themselves, or at least tried to make sympathetic to the eye of the reader, who comes over as not only extremely <b>un</b>sympathetic, but with a central trait of being <i>profoundly</i> self-centred.

I'm sure we were supposed to be rooting for him to solve the "mystery" and "get the girl", but I just wanted said young woman to tell him to stop, sit down, shut up and think about something other than himself for five minutes.

He wasn't even the only character who annoyed me - Beaton's leading lady did plenty of that herself, in her total lack of consistency of character. Not to mention that totally unnecessary love triangle with ulterior motives that was such a blatant & poor-quality plot device to create tension in the relationship for which we were supposed to be cheering (I wasn't. I kept wanting to sit the lass down & tell her she could do better, & she shouldn't need to cake herself with make-up to do it).

Just. No. If you want a mystery laced into a romance, try Georgette Heyer, but don't even bother with this book. It's not remotely up to snuff, & the narration can't redeem a turkey this bad.

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  • EJP1170
  • 09-19-17

Another good read from M C Beaton

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. M C Beat on knows how to keep you gripped with a story, good murder mystery with plenty of humour.

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  • JANE ROBERTS
  • 02-13-16

M C BEATON has once again told an amazing story

balancing adventure with sketches of characters .They come to life as usual with honest aplomb