Peter Shandy

10 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 704 ratings

Rest You Merry Publisher's Summary

For years, Professor Peter Shandy has been badgered by Jemima Ames, Assistant Librarian and Annual Chairperson, to decorate his campus home for the Grand Illumination which is Balaclava Agricultural College's main fund-raising event. Now he can hold out no longer.

Goaded to madness, he buries his small brick house under an avalanche of plastic reindeer, flashing lights, and fake Santa Clauses. Hooks up an amplifier blaring "All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth," locks the switches at "on", and escapes to sea on a tramp steamer.

Shipwrecked and conscience-stricken, he crawls back to face his irate colleagues, and finds Jemima Ames dead on his living room floor. Police and security guards say it's an accident; Shandy says it's murder. President Thorkjeld Svenson says he'd better find out the truth without wrecking the Illumination... or the next corpse will be Shandy's.

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  • Book 1

    • Rest You Merry

    • By: Charlotte MacLeod
    • Narrated by: John McLain
    • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 188
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 169
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 166

    For years, Professor Peter Shandy has been badgered by Jemima Ames, Assistant Librarian and Annual Chairperson, to decorate his campus home for the Grand Illumination which is Balaclava Agricultural College's main fund-raising event. Now he can hold out no longer. Goaded to madness, he buries his small brick house under an avalanche of plastic reindeer, flashing lights, and fake Santa Clauses. Hooks up an amplifier blaring "All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth," locks the switches at "on," and escapes to sea on a tramp steamer....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A classic story - and great for this time of year!

    • By Amazon Customer on 12-08-12

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 2

    • The Luck Runs Out

    • By: Charlotte MacLeod
    • Narrated by: John McLain
    • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 93
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 82
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 81

    Newlyweds Peter and Helen Shandy are picking out flatware when a pair of gun-toting hooligans burst into the silversmith’s shop, empty the safe, and leave with Helen as their hostage. Although the police recover Helen quickly, her professor husband is badly shaken by the ordeal. Early the next morning, the college’s head of animal husbandry frantically reports another hostage situation in progress. Belinda, the school’s beloved sow, has been kidnapped, and only Peter can bring home the bacon.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great story, narrator stumbles

    • By Amazon Customer on 11-08-12

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 3

    • Wrack and Rune

    • By: Charlotte MacLeod
    • Narrated by: John McLain
    • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 73
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 65
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67

    A centuries-old Norse curse, vandalism, and two irrepressible centenarians combine to confront Professor Peter Shandy with a puzzling murder case.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Campy cozy

    • By Amazon Customer on 11-10-15

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 4

    • Something the Cat Dragged In

    • A Pete and Helen Shandy Mystery, Book 4
    • By: Charlotte MacLeod
    • Narrated by: John McLain
    • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 69
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61

    The venerable Herbert Ungley wouldn't have been caught dead without his toupee. So when his landlady's cat dragged it into her kitchen, Betsy Lomax knew something was amiss. When she found old Ungley lying behind the Balaclavian Society clubhouse, she knew it was murder. And when the police chief called it an accident, she knew it was time to call Professor Peter Shandy, whose success at sleuthing had already surpassed his fame as father of the world-renowned rutabaga, the Balaclava Buster.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • an old friend revisited

    • By Stevie on 10-14-13

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 5

    • The Curse of the Giant Hogweed

    • By: Charlotte MacLeod
    • Narrated by: John McLain
    • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 40

    Professor Shandy, propagator of the world's most renowned rutabaga and Balaclava College's best amateur sleuth, takes on the case of the Giant Hogweed - a garden pest about to wipe out Britain's lovely hedgerows. With colleagues Dan Stott and Timothy Ames at his side, he leaves the groves of academe for some fancy fieldwork deep in the heart of Wales. But never in their wildest dreams did the three professors expect the bizarre events that awaited them.... Where Miss Hilda Horsefall's recipe for homemade lye soap becomes as valuable as Dan Stott's knowledge of The Chronicles of Narnia....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Mystery readers beware.

    • By JMay on 08-26-13

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 6

    • The Corpse in Oozak's Pond

    • By: Charlotte MacLeod
    • Narrated by: John McLain
    • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 45

    The rural town of Balaclava greets Groundhog Day as an excuse for one last cold-weather fling. The students and faculty of the local agricultural college drink cocoa, throw snowballs, and, when the temperature allows, ice skate. Oozak’s Pond is not quite frozen this year, though, and as the Groundhog Day celebrations reach their peak, the students see someone bobbing through the ice. The drowning victim is long past help, though; he’s badly decomposed and dressed in an old-fashioned frock coat with a heavy rock in each pocket.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • The narrator almost ruins it

    • By Babz on 07-21-16

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 7

    • Vane Pursuit

    • By: Charlotte MacLeod
    • Narrated by: John McLain
    • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42

    The weather vanes of the famous craftsman Praxiteles Lumpkin are one of the great cultural treasures of rural Massachusetts. Helen Shandy, librarian at Balaclava Agricultural College, is roaming the countryside, camera in hand, capturing images of these lovely copper sculptures, trying to give them the attention they deserve. But each time she takes a picture, the featured vane vanishes. Could there be a gang of breezy-minded burglars on her tail?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Complete and Unabridged

    • By Jeanie on 04-21-13

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 8

    • An Owl Too Many

    • Peter & Helen Shandy, Book 8
    • By: Charlotte MacLeod
    • Narrated by: John McLain
    • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A complete and Unabridged Wild Ride

    • By Jeanie on 04-21-13

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 9

    • Something in the Water

    • By: Charlotte MacLeod
    • Narrated by: John McLain
    • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 37

    There's definitely something in the water at the Maine resort where Peter Shandy is staying on a quest to find some rare lupines. When he witnesses a sudden and suspicious death over dinner, and then stumbles on some extraordinary paintings, that 'something' could be good or bad.... There is no shortage of people with a motive for killing Jasper Flodge, who seems to have been the most hated man in Maine - but no one is admitting to being the creator of the mysteriously unsigned paintings.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very plesant addition to the series

    • By Amazon Customer on 12-04-13

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 10

    • Exit the Milkman

    • A Peter Shandy Mystery
    • By: Charlotte MacLeod
    • Narrated by: John McLain
    • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 38

    Although he towers over his neighbors, Jim Feldster is otherwise unremarkable, except for his mastery of cow milking and his membership in every lodge, rotary club, and brotherhood that Balaclava County has to offer. And anyone who’s met his wife, Mirelle, a vicious gossip with a hysterical streak, can understand why he never misses a meeting. But one night their neighbors, the sleuthing academics Peter and Helen Shandy, wake at 2:47 a.m. to the sound of Mirelle screaming.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Reader needs to learn English

    • By Sharon Garner on 01-01-16

    Regular price: $19.95