The Family Vault Great uncle Frederick has passed away and the Kelling clan of Boston has made plans to put the old gentleman s remains in the family vault on Beacon Hill When the vault is opened however there s so

  • Title: The Family Vault
  • Author: Charlotte MacLeod
  • ISBN: 9780380490806
  • Page: 423
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Great uncle Frederick has passed away, and the Kelling clan of Boston has made plans to put the old gentleman s remains in the family vault on Beacon Hill When the vault is opened, however, there s someone already there that no one could have ever expected the skeleton of a burlesque queen who disappeared thirty years ago With the help of private detective Max BitterGreat uncle Frederick has passed away, and the Kelling clan of Boston has made plans to put the old gentleman s remains in the family vault on Beacon Hill When the vault is opened, however, there s someone already there that no one could have ever expected the skeleton of a burlesque queen who disappeared thirty years ago With the help of private detective Max Bittersohn, it s up to Sarah Kelling to hold the shocked family together, and try to find out what happened What they unravel is a complex murder plot that not only stretches into the past, but also has Sarah marked as a victim

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    About “Charlotte MacLeod

    1. Charlotte MacLeod says:

      Naturalized US CitizenAlso wrote as Alisa CraigCharlotte MacLeod, born in New Brunswick, Canada, and a naturalized U.S citizen, was the multi award winning author of over thirty acclaimed novels Her series featuring detective Professor Peter Shandy, America s homegrown Hercule Poirot, delivers generous dollops ofwarmth, wit, and whimsy San Francisco Sunday Examiner and Chronicle But fully a dozen novels star her popular husband and wife team of Sarah Kelling and Max Bittersohn And her native Canada provides a backdrop for the amusing Grub and Stakers cozies written under the pseudonym Alisa Craig and the almost police procedurals starring Madoc Rhys, RCMP A cofounder and past president of the American Crime Writers League, she also edited the bestselling anthologies Mistletoe Mysteries and Christmas Stalkings.



    2 thoughts on “The Family Vault

    1. 1979, #1 Sarah Kelling/Max Bittersohn, Beacon Hill, Boston; genteel cosy, still wonderful despite age. High jinks (and murder) in High Society, but with a very dark edgeMrs. Sarah Kelling has lived a very privileged life in the highest social circles of Boston, living on Beacon Hill and having a very extended - and locally famous (or infamous, but more on that later) family. While she hasn't been pampered much, she has been sheltered from much of the daily grind most folks know, and lived in a s [...]

    2. Narrated by Andi Arndt. A very nice, easy mystery novel. A great start to the series. A young wife, an older husband, and deadly family secrets keep one enthralled until the end.Even though I *knew* one of the characters was going to die in this novel (because of foreshadowing), and I knew what had happened to the family jewels, in a generic way, I was still quite surprised by this little gem of a novel. You might be so, too. Give it a try.Four stars, and recommended for lovers of mystery.

    3. The Family Vault is the first book in the Sarah Kelling and Max Bittersohn mystery series and, like the others, is a splendid screwball “whodunit” that readers of cozies will love. Often called “America’s Agatha Christie,” MacLeod wrote charming and humorous mysteries, and this particular series is one of the best. The Family Vault introduces the eccentric northeastern Kelling clan. Sarah Kelling’s great-uncle wishes to be buried in the family’s vault – but upon inspecting the to [...]

    4. I don't know how I managed to never read this first title of the series. It is lucky I did now since my system has only one copy of the first book left. This was sad, different and fun. It is really nice for once in a mystery to have the death happen to someone who was a sweet person and really missed and grieved for. Not that anyone was grieving his mother who died with him. I knew that Alexander was going to be dead since that is mentioned in virtually all the succeeding books. However, I didn [...]

    5. Love Charlotte MacLeod's books.This is the first in the Sarah Kelling and Max Bittersohn seriesAt the beginning of the book, Sarah is a lot, weary girl married to her second cousin Alexander whom she adores. Alex is about 20 years older than she is. The whole family seems to turn to Alexander when there is a problem and he is constantly dancing attendance on his mother who has become deaf and blind. She is still very involved with committees, etc. and expect Alex to wait on her pleasure for chap [...]

    6. I bought this ebook a while ago, but just now got to reading it. I wish I had read it earlier. Charlotte McLeod is an excellent writer with a sense of humor and a gift for creating very likable characters. I couldn't even hate the bad guys (the few there were). This is definitely a "cozy" mystery. Oh, and I didn't figure out who did it (entirely), which was nice. The story opens with Sarah Keeling waiting in a Boston cemetery for the opening of her family's tomb. "Great-uncle Frederick had vowed [...]

    7. Charlotte MacLeod is one of my all time favorite authors and The Family Vault is the first in the Sarah Kelling series. It is set in Boston with an odd selection of relatives and friends who showcase Sarah to fine advantage. While making arrangements to bury a family member Sarah finds a corpse in the family vault that doesn't belong there. We follow the unraveling of an old murder while peering into a lifestyle not often seen now.

    8. This is a title that was suggested to the Crimes & Thrillers reading group I attend by one of my readers (and now firm online friend) in Canada, and I find it absolutely incredible that I’m only now getting to discover this wonderful series featuring the amateur sleuths Sarah Kelling and Max Bittersohn—for the fact is its author Charlotte MacLeod is virtually unknown here in the UK.Why? It’s my guess it has something to do with her original publisher’s territorial rights, and an unwi [...]

    9. This is a reread for me. Mom was getting rid of her MacLeod collection (some twenty years worth) and I remembered liking some of them as a kid and I hadn’t finished all of them so I said let me take them. This is the first in the series and I remember it well from my child hood. My version had a cover that was a black field (with vault-like edging) and a full set of red lips with a ruby in the teeth which at the time was provocative. The book dates to 1979 and I probably read a year or two aft [...]

    10. I'm breaking one of my self imposed rules here as I try NOT to write reviews of books by authors who are no longer with us but I just thought I should make some comments about this one after reading many of the reviews here and the book blurbs. First this book is actually a pretty dark and gritty mystery and I liked reading it quite a bit however I didn't find much of the humour I was expecting. I am a huge fan of Charlotte MacLeod's work and I have really enjoyed the Balaclava/Peter Shandy seri [...]

    11. Just an OK book. The mystery is not really believable. If you thought your husband or your mother-in-law was responsible for (capable of) murdering at least 3 people wouldn't you be weirded out? THis girl/woman seems to take it in stride. And the Boston references were all just a little "off".

    12. An excellent little cozy mystery, but with somewhat different characters than Peter Shandy or Madoc Rhys. Sarah Kelling leaps off the page right from the beginning. Max Bittersohn doesn't make much of an appearance until late in the tale, but ends up being a rather nice character. Caroline comes across as a domineering old bitty. And Alexander is lackluster.The tale is all told around Sarah though. She's the main character and the rest are just supporting. She's brave, but unsure of herself and [...]

    13. Found this one on a table at the library and thought the author's name was familiar. I don't think I've read any other Kelling and Bittersohn mysteries. I know I hadn't read this one. Turns out she wrote the Peter Shandy series. This tale has the flavor of those, only toned down a tidge. Anyhow, it's a good mystery (as in I didn't figure it all out before the end). Sarah is married to her cousin (the whole family seems quite intertwined), and while helping arrange for another relative's funeral, [...]

    14. In The Family Vault, the first novel in the Sarah Kelling/Max Bittersohn series by Charlotte MacLeod, dotty old Great-Uncle Frederick has finally kicked the bucket, but refusing to be buried near his late wife, he has ordered in his will that his body be interred in the historic family vault in Beacon Hill, Boston, which, when opened up, reveals a brick wall not in the plans and the body of a burlesque dancer with rubies in her teeth. Thus begins the wild ride that the heretofore tame life of Sa [...]

    15. The first of the Max and Sarah books. Sarah is present (trying to spare her overburdened husband) when the Kelling family vault is opened for a funeral the next day. When they find a 30-yr-old body in the vault, Sarah gets embroiled and eventually threatened. I hadn't reread this series for some years, and forgot how much I liked it. It's not as cutesy as the Peter Shandy or the Grub-and-Stakers novels, but is just a good mystery with very interesting characters. The book also has a gushing forw [...]

    16. Written in 1982, the details rank as historical. The publisher's blurb is somewhat off, but don't let that stop you from enjoying this delightful cozy! The long suffering Sarah and her beloved older husband Alexander have been victimized and swindled for years and didn't even know it. Then things get even worse, but there is plenty of humor to lighten it up. If you've never read this book or others in the series, do yourself a favor and read now!My current copy is audio performed by Andi Arndt w [...]

    17. I picked this up at my bookclub meeting. Thoroughly enjoyed it. It was written back in 1979, but is delightful. Lots of cousins intermarrying, but don't freak. They didn't marry 1st or 2nd cousins. Why did this family inter marry? To keep the family money in the family, of course. Anyway it is pretty fun to read, you can complete it on a long afternoon. It's clean, not even any computers or cell phones. I will need to see if this author has written anything else.

    18. nicely paced, beautiful writing. the plot was interesting if contrived and not very believable. Sarah was a mostly sympathetic likable character. the family, what we saw or heard, was pretty cynical or maybe it was just Sarah's point of view that was deeply cynical. I didn't understand why she had no friends. the Braille embroidered curtains were a twist for sure.

    19. I couldn't remember if I'd read this 1st of the series ages ago when I read the others, and some of it was familiar, but not all of it, so I guess it was time to read or re-read it. I do enjoy this series, and all Charlotte MacLeod's mysteries.

    20. I liked this book. It took a bit to get into it, but the characters were interesting as was the plot. I will read more of the series.

    21. I would give this 3 1/2 stars if this were an option. I was entertained, but not fully engaged. It was a fun read but the ending definitely fell flat.

    22. The writing is very good and the characters are vivid. The only reason it didn't get 4 stars is that it seemed most of the book was setting up the series. I've started the second book and it's already better.

    23. I determinedly collect Charlotte MacLeod’s works. “The Family Vault” débuts a grand series. Memorable people and plots are indubitably her gifts. Sarah Kelling’s family is unusual, lacing the inaugural volume with flair. As they look into burying cousin Dolph’s guardian, we learn the Kellings enjoy funerals in droves. Frederick decreed interment in a disused family crypt. Charlotte’s writing grips us -always- with crispness and humour at once. “Nobody had so chosen for the past 14 [...]

    24. This is the second time I've read this book and I enjoyed every minute of it. Sarah Kelling, a younger member of one of Boston's elite families, marries her much older cousin after both her parents are killed. She has loved Alexander for many years, ever since she was a little girl. But, most of the family still treats her as the "little girl" they've known all along. Even her husband, Alexander. But, most of Alexander's time is spent caring for his blind and deaf mother.When the body of a local [...]

    25. This is the first of the very popular Sarah & Max mysteries, featuring Sarah Kelling and her wonderfully mad old New England family. Having married her cousin and become a fairly young widow, Sarah finds herself dealing with a series of unexpected and increasingly distressing problems. These include the discovery of the corpse of a long-missing exotic dancer, Ruby Redd, in the family vault where her late husband wished to be buried.It turns out that's the least of her troubles. Art fraud, bl [...]

    26. The Kelling family of Boston, like all old-money New England families, has a spacious and well-maintained family vault for the burial of their dead. But Great-Uncle Frederick has a stipulation in his will that his remains be placed in the old family vault at Boston Common. Problem one: the old vault hasn't received a body in over a hundred years and there is concern that the lock won't work after all of this time. Problem two: The lock worked fine, but then a fairly recently built brick wall is [...]

    27. I stumbled upon this when I looked for something new to read in my parent's house. My mother already cautioned me that I might find the book a bit silly. I do like screwball comedy though, and the silliness wasn't what led me to give three stars. It's just that not only is the character flat, I have to suspend my disbelief about her schedule a bit too often. I've never been to Boston, but even if this had been a tiny village, there simply wouldn't be enough time to do all this! She visits 4 peop [...]

    28. This was the first book in the series, one that I finally found. I love this series and it's a shame that there really wasn't an ending book before Charlotte MacLeod passed on. Sarah Kelling married her husband right after her father's death when she was 17 or 18 and this is 6 years after the fact. They find a body in the family vault, which they are opening up to entomb Great-Uncle Frederick as per his last wish, and an onlooker realizes who it is a woman who disappeared 20 years before. Who ki [...]

    29. #1 in the Sarah Kelling and Max Bittersohn mystery series. Sarah Kelling and Max Bittersohn mystery - Like many old New England families, the Kellings live to die. Although their family vault is spacious and comfortable, for Sarah Kelling's Great-Uncle Frederick it will not do. In his will, he demands to be buried inside the ancient family tomb at Boston Common, which hasn't admitted a new member in over a century. But when the Kellings crack the old vault's door, they find a recently built bric [...]

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