A Sarah Kelling and Max Bittersohn Mystery

12 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 467 ratings

The Family Vault Publisher's Summary

A Crime Club selection, this intrguing tale has been reviewed as "...the very best whodunnit in many a day...Not to be missed." It starts with plans to bury deceased Great-uncle Frederick in the family vault on Beacon Hill. When the vault is opened, there's someone already there that no one could ever expect-the skeleton of a burlesque queen who disappeared thirty years ago! It's up to young Sarah Kelling to hold the shocked family together, and try to find out what happened. What she unravels is a complex murder plot that not only stretches into the past, but also has Sarah marked as a victim!

  • The third in a series of definitive edition of mysteries by America's Agatha Christie!
  • Second title in ibooks' Sarah Kelling and Max Bittersohn reissue program.
  • Over 1,000,000 Charlotte MacLeod novels have been sold worldwide.
  • Charlotte MacLeod is the American Mystery and Nero Wolfe Award-winning of the Sarah Kelling & Max Bittersohn and Professor Peter Shandy series of mysteries.

©1979 Charlotte McLeod (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • The Family Vault

    • By: Charlotte MacLeod
    • Narrated by: Andi Arndt
    • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 128
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 113
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 115

    A Crime Club selection, this intrguing tale has been reviewed as "...the very best whodunnit in many a day...Not to be missed." It starts with plans to bury deceased Great-uncle Frederick in the family vault on Beacon Hill. When the vault is opened, there's someone already there that no one could ever expect-the skeleton of a burlesque queen who disappeared thirty years ago! It's up to young Sarah Kelling to hold the shocked family together, and try to find out what happened.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A delightful start to the series

    • By Joy on 11-30-12

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 2

    The Withdrawing Room audiobook cover art
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  • Book 3

    • The Palace Guard

    • Sarah Kelling and Max Bittersohn Mysteries
    • By: Charlotte MacLeod
    • Narrated by: Andi Arndt
    • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 78
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 66
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 66

    Sarah knows she shouldn't be here. The Kellings never did get invited back after that unfortunate incident when Madam Wilkins first opened her palatial museum to Boston's most critically outspoken Brahmins. But things have been quiet at Sarah's elegant Beacon Hill boarding house lately - nobody's been murdered in months. Lodger Max Bittersohn has free passes to today's concert, and he's one man she finds hard to turn down. But then something falls past them from the floor above, and the oldest guard sprawls dead among the hyacinths.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great vintage read!

    • By Jan on 09-03-18

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  • Book 4

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  • Book 5

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  • Book 6

    • The Plain Old Man

    • Kelling & Bittersohn Mysteries
    • By: Charlotte MacLeod
    • Narrated by: Andi Arndt
    • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41

    Sarah's Aunt Emma's theatre troupe is doing The Sorcerer, as Emma has always hankered to play Lady Sangazure. Perhaps she made a bad choice, though, by casting a well-connected con man in the title role. It's no mere evil spell that leaves Charlie Daventer dead on his bathroom floor. But the show must go on. Cousin Frederick is hurled into the breach. Old Fred really can't tolerate the general assumption that his friend Charlie died by accident. He convinces Sarah that murder has been committed.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fabulous, funny, nostalgic mysteries

    • By Robert on 04-22-13

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  • Book 7

    • The Recycled Citizen

    • A Sarah Kelling and Max Bittersohn Mystery
    • By: Charlotte MacLeod
    • Narrated by: Andi Arndt
    • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36

    Sarah and Max have joined with the rest of the Kelling clan to plan a black-tie charity auction. But just before the big event, one of the Centre's members is murdered, and an examination of the will points the finger of suspicion at the Kellings. To make matters even worse, another corpse pops up in the garden shed on the night of the ball. So who wants to sabotage the Centre and pull down the Kelling name?

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  • Book 8

    • The Silver Ghost

    • A Sarah Kelling Mystery, Book 8
    • By: Charlotte MacLeod
    • Narrated by: Andi Arndt
    • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31

    Sarah Kelling and her husband, Max Bittershohn, are back in a whimsical whodunit involving a ghost - a Rolls Royce Silver Ghost. When a friend's classic car disappears and a gardener is found murdered, Sarah and Max untangle a tapestry of Renaissance clues to ferret out the killer.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • No Ghosts, But Plenty of Fun

    • By Chalis on 09-19-13

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  • Book 9

    • The Gladstone Bag

    • A Sarah Kelling and Max Bittersohn Mystery, Book 9
    • By: Charlotte MacLeod
    • Narrated by: Andi Arndt
    • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35

    Sarah Kelling's Aunt Emma leaps at the chance to stay at her old friend Adelaide's summer place, enjoying a quiet time repairing some stage jewelry while keeping an eye on the artists and writers who'll be occupying Adelaide's six guest cottages. On the ferry, Emma's Gladstone bag is temporarily stolen. Could someone have mistaken those junk jewels for real diamonds? She meets her guests-to-be who inform her they plan to dig for Pocapuk's legendary pirate treasure without having bothered to get Adelaide's permission. On the island, her bag is heisted again.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not a usual Sarah/Max mystery

    • By Kate on 03-14-15

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  • Book 10

    • The Resurrection Man

    • By: Charlotte MacLeod
    • Narrated by: Andi Arndt
    • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 29

    The Countess Ouspenska, expert forger of Byzantine icons, tells Max Bittersohn that an old acquaintance, Bartolo Arbalest - aka the "Resurrection Man" - has set up an exclusive art restoration business. Meanwhile, in a series of events, valuable objets d'arts are stolen from the homes of Boston's wealthiest citizens...shortly after their owners have them restored. Then George Protherie is gored to death with an ancient spear during a burglary in which his set of solid-gold Indian ceremonial candlesticks vanishes.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Very, very silly.

    • By Janelle on 03-18-13

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  • Book 11

    • The Odd Job

    • A Sarah Kelling Mystery , Book 11
    • By: Charlotte MacLeod
    • Narrated by: Andi Arndt
    • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35

    Sarah Kelling's vacation at her shorefront home is cut short when the administrator of Boston's Wilkins Museum is murdered with an antique hat pin, and Sarah must handle the burial arrangements and find the murderer before he finds her.

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  • Book 12

    • The Balloon Man

    • By: Charlotte MacLeod
    • Narrated by: Andi Arndt
    • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 31

    With a serenely beautiful, picture-perfect day as a backdrop, what could possibly go wrong at the glorious seaside wedding on the Kelling estate? Plenty. First, Max is knocked unconscious by someone trying to steal the bride's gold and ruby necklace. Then a hot air balloon suddenly crashes into the tent leaving a mangled corpse beneath its wicker basket. Later, Uncle Jem's vintage Rolls Royce is stolen. It will now take all of Max's formidable skills as the world's greatest expert on art theft to pop this mystery wide open.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Hot air can be dangerous!

    • By Marilyn on 06-29-18

    Regular price: $19.95