The Gladstone Bag

The Gladstone Bag 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

  • Title: The Gladstone Bag
  • Author: Charlotte MacLeod
  • ISBN: 9780446400022
  • Page: 482
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 mSarah 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, a trespassing scuba diver is found dead, and a mysterious stranger is off on a rampage of attempted murders Emma enlists niece Sarah and her husband, Max Bittersohn, for a spot of long distance detecting.Cover Art by Mark Hess.

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    1. This title has Emma as the main character. Sarah and Max are pretty much off stage for this book, just stepping in with suggestions and help here and there. Theonia also paid a pretty big role. The new cast of characters are delightful. Vincent, the loyal caretaker and ferociously loving father, the two girls, Sandy and her friend, and Sandy's brother. As well as Bubbles, the cook. I suppose his character would not be found much any more since a lot of affectionate fun is poked at his speech pro [...]

    2. Not having read any other book in this series, the mentioning of characters related to characters was confusing. I think in order to figure out who the author was talking about these books should probably be read in order.Some of the dialogue was meandering and, quite frankly, boring. I ended up skipping over some of it in order to get back to the story, which was a pretty good one. The isolated island setting was well done and the characters were vivid. I didn't see the resolution coming, which [...]

    3. Another good one. Aunt Emma is on her way to Pocapuc Island to fill in hostess for her sick friend, who is expecting a gaggle of artists of various sorts to tenant the cottages at her home on the island. While dozing on the ferry, Emma's gladstone bag is stolen. It's full of junk jewelry left over from an Iolanthe production, which she intends to repair and refurbish. She also feels as if she's been drugged. The bag is recovered from the men's room by a man who turns out to be one of the prospec [...]

    4. This is the Kelling & Bittersohn book I like best so far, due entirely to the charms of the splendid Emma Kelling - aunt of our heroine Sarah, and a formidable woman in her own right. Throw in a very cool psychic; another marvelous aunt of Sarah's, Theonia Kelling; and author MacLeod's tongue-in-cheek writing style - and we have a winner, here.

    5. The book is slower paced than the usual MacLeod mystery, perhaps because Sarah & Max are only secondary characters communicating over the phone. The high point, however, is Theonia getting some center stage action as well as Aunt Emma. The characters are less whimsical and the situations almost realistic in this book.

    6. When going through the shelves in the library - I like to pick up something that I have never read, never heard of and looks interesting. This was just that. Believe it was written in the 80's - and the author wrote several books. Going try another one.

    7. What a fun delight. Makes a great rainy day afternoon go by quickly . Could not put it down. The red herrings are great for egging you on and keeping you guessing

    8. The Gladstone Bag, the ninth book in the Sarah Kelling/ Max Bittersohn series by Charlotte MacLeod, focuses on Sarah's indomitable and enjoyable Aunt Emma. Taking the place of a dying friend who every summer hosts a group of artists at her personal island in Maine, Emma meets a strange group of people, even for artists, and has a series of crazy adventures.The best description comes from Emma's own words to Sarah and Max over the telephone: "So far I've been drugged and had my fairy's jewelry sn [...]

    9. I'm fairly certain that I picked this book up at a garage sale. Or a thrift store? I had it on my TBR shelves for about 2 years before I finally picked it up. And it's taken me a LONG time to get through it. Not that it was bad, it just kept putting me to sleep. It's the first in the series for me and, based on the name of the series, I'm assuming that the main character in this book is not the recurring detective. Which I actually really like as a plot conceit. Rather, it is Sarah's Aunt Emma w [...]

    10. I only read this once before, but I remember close to nothing about it. The cover also says "A Sarah Kelling Mystery", but Sarah (and Max) play almost no role in this book.This book is Emma Kelling's book, an older widowed relative of Sarah's, who has played an active role in several earlier novels. In this book, Emma volunteers to substitute for a friend who hosts artists at a summer home off the coast of Maine. This is very much a locked room (island?) mystery; there are rumors of a pirate tre [...]

    11. #9 in the Sarah Kelling and Max Bittersohn mystery series.Though a few years past sixty, Sarah Kelling's Aunt Emma is as vigorous as a girl of twenty-two. She sings, she dances, and when the local fire department needs a fundraising boost, she's happy to jump out a window for charity. This summer, she decamps to Maine, to beat the heat at an island retreat for artists and great thinkers. There are writers, painters, a psychic, and a historian, and their company promises to be great fun--until a [...]

    12. Emma Kelling, a wealthy Boston widow over 60, agrees to substitute as hostess for an aged and ailing friend for the summer on the remote island of Pocapuk, Maine. Each summer her friend rents out tiny Pocapuk for an artist's retreat. This year, the group includes writers, illustrators, and a psychic and the group indicates to Emma that they are going to search for the long-rumored Pocapuk treasure. But then a stranger to the island is found dead, the psychic is drugged, and several people are as [...]

    13. Although this is part of the Kelling/Bittersohn series, Sarah and Max are but the scantiest of players in the drama. Instead, the delightful Aunt Emma - and a guest appearance by cousin Theonia - take center stage. This particular stage being a small Maine island that she is somewhat caretaking for the summer, as a bunch of artists and historians descend to make much madness. Said madness beginning before Emma has even made it off of the ferry. And it's delightful.

    14. A very enjoyable quick read, with lots of clues to lead you to the wrong conclusion. This is not a stand-alone book, if you haven't read other Sarah Kelling mysteries you would not understand some of the main characters that they bring into this book. With that said, I do enjoy this series with all the oddball characters and strange conversations.

    15. I get a kick out of some of Charlotte MacLeod's books - but some are a little too fey and whimsical for me. This one is close, as was "The Silver Ghost"; some good dialogue, quirky characters, etc but it gets old before you get near the end! This one was a bit of a struggle to finish, but had some of her usual charm - a light, breezy, cozy read.

    16. This book was a bit different with both Sarah and Max taking a back seat to Emma and Theonia Kelling. The two older women do a great job of continuing the Kelling mystery-solving. I had trouble figuring out the ages of many of the characters and really couldn't get a handle on Count Radunov at all, so he remains a mystery, but the two ladies solve the other mysteries in prime fashion.

    17. This was perfect for a summer day. Sarah and Max barely make an appearance; this story belongs to Emma Kelling, a relative of Sarah's who we've seen in several other books. I loved the setting in this one--summer on a small island off the coast of Maine, with lots of suspicious characters and oodles of lobster on the menu. I can feel the salt spray in my face

    18. This book was a joy to read. Published in 1989, but this kind of humorous mystery never goes out of style. Full of quirky characters and zany situations, this one was just the way I like my mysteries to be.

    19. I like MacLeod's detective couple, Sarah and Max Bittersohn, though they are only background in this tale. A nice cosy: interesting story, creative characters, and dangerous fun. Good read.

    20. This is my favorite in the series for a while. I enjoyed the break from Sarah and Max and really enjoyed the Aunt Emma. Story was typical for the series but enjoyed the Emma as narrater.

    21. cozy mystery involving sarah kelling and max. enjoying this series which I first read so many years ago, I cannot recall which year. enjoying rereading the series.

    22. I just love Charlotte MacLeod and wish there were dozens more by her. This one doesn't have enough of the divine Sarah and Max, but I loved it anyway!

    23. Not a Sarah Kelling and Max Bitterson mystery. Focuses on Aunt Emma and she is not as compelling. So overall not a great book

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