The Skeleton in the Closet

The Skeleton in the Closet A Fellworth Dolphin Mystery Ever since the death of his father poor Fellworth Dolphin has slaved away as a waiter to support his miserly cold hearted mother When his mother suddenly dies Fellworth

  • Title: The Skeleton in the Closet
  • Author: M.C. Beaton
  • ISBN: 9780312207724
  • Page: 403
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A Fellworth Dolphin Mystery Ever since the death of his father, poor Fellworth Dolphin has slaved away as a waiter to support his miserly, cold hearted mother When his mother suddenly dies, Fellworth is shocked to discover that she has left him a sizable inheritance confused, Fell teams up with Maggie, a plain girl with a similar background, to investigate the source ofA Fellworth Dolphin Mystery Ever since the death of his father, poor Fellworth Dolphin has slaved away as a waiter to support his miserly, cold hearted mother When his mother suddenly dies, Fellworth is shocked to discover that she has left him a sizable inheritance confused, Fell teams up with Maggie, a plain girl with a similar background, to investigate the source of the riches But what they find is a closet full of skeletons Is it really possible Fell s father was involved in a long ago train robbery Who s the mysterious woman in the portrait hidden in his mother s wardrobe As Maggie and Fell poke around the village for answers, they find themselves on a surprise filled path to danger and adventure, and, just possibly, love But Fell s sudden good fortune could come to an abrupt end if he doesn t stay one step ahead of a cunning killer

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    1. This book started of slow, got to so many chapters and it picked up, I so wanted to get it read to see what happens. The chapters were a bit on the long side though.

    2. 2 starsOnce again, I was fooled by the title.Fell was a waiter at the Palace Hotel, his parents prevented him from going to university because he had to get a job and earn them a living. When they passed away, the loyer tells him about his huge inheritance. Fell was furious and really mad at his parents. While searching in his mother's wardrobe, he found a photoalbum but no pictures of him when young, only one, with a couple standing in front of a manor with the name "Fellworth", his name. The e [...]

    3. Fellworth Dolphin had had a miserable childhood and after the death of his father his miserly mother had him working as a waiter to support her. But when she died suddenly, Fell found himself in possession of a small fortune.He wonders how such an mount of money had been amassed and befriends a somewhat plain work colleague, Maggie Partlett, who attempts to assist him to find out where the money had originally come from. There follows plenty of intrigue with Fell worrying particularly that his f [...]

    4. An engaging, brisk, stand-alone that embodies most of what I enjoy about Beaton's writing.Fell and Maggie are an odd pair. Both have been trampled by life, finding solace in reading and chatting over fictional adventures. Little did they ever think they'd be involved in their own mystery investigation.Maggie is the more likable of the two, blessed with far more common sense than the naive Fell. His imagination fuels the story, while her calm observations keep things grounded and fill in the blan [...]

    5. Different and a stand alone book from the author. I enjoyed it very much. It's really about appreciating, then finding or rather seeing what was in front of you all along. The sleuthing was fun as well. Nice ending, if predictable, and nice change of pace.

    6. Back in June I decided to read 100 books by Labor Day, a modest goal I have shattered to bits.A large percentage of these titles have been by M.C. Beaton, who has two series detectives (Hamish Macbeth and Agatha Raisin) and a few stand-alones.I really enjoy the Macbeths, though they are formulaic. Agatha Raisin is a little harder to get into; she's kind of a jerk.This one involves a youngish man — a waiter, an virgin and a man who has never left his small London exurb — and whose life goes t [...]

    7. I've read a few M>C>Beaon books before, and whilst not exactly a challenge, they have always been amusingt so sure about this one I began to wonder half way through as to the simplicity of the style if it was in fact a kids bookere was no depth to the characters, they seemed to just go about having crazy/awful/scary things happen, and just drift through it all, stopping for tea and food at appropriate intervalsere was no mystery at all re train robberydull book

    8. I was hoping this would be a fun new series like the Hamish series, but it was more like the Agatha Raisin series: whiny, shallow characters who have more on-again/off-again crushes than middle school girls.

    9. Fellworth Dolphin has led a tragic, bland life. Although in his late thirties, he has never even taken a girl out for a date. When his conservative old mother passes away, he finds himself on the brink of a new, free life – and also an unexpected adventure filled with secrets, danger and romance. The Skeleton in the Closet has a nice balance of mystery, romance, irony and humour. Although Fell is frustratingly blind at first and Maggie somewhat clichéd, I enjoyed their characters and the unhu [...]

    10. Fellworth Dolphin, 38 year old virgin, under the thumb of his mother, working as a waiter to pay the bills, finds his life suddenly changed when she dies. He finds himself very well off with a lot of questions about where all this money came from. He then discovers that there are no photos of him as a child and only pictures of unknown people in the one album he finds. When an aunt, whose personality matches his mother's offers to move in to care for him, he pretends an engagement to his one fri [...]

    11. Having not read any of this kind of "cozy mystery" type books before I wasn't sure what to expect. The result was an easy to read, unchallenging, straightforward mystery story. You won't find anything earth shattering in this book but at the same time it is perfectly readable on a rainy afternoon with a cuppa.The story follows Fellworth Dolphin after the death of his mother. He comes into money he never knew his parents had and starts to discover that his family has "skeletons in the closet" and [...]

    12. As a fan of M.C. Beaton's two detective series (British Agatha Raisin and Scottish Hamish MacBeth), I was pleased to discover this appealing stand-alone mystery. Beaton answers the question: "What would a 40 year-old man do if he started living an active, full life after the death of his domineering, miserly parents?" His new financial and emotional independence open Fellworth Dolphin up to life's possibilities, including romance and discovering his own family history. Beaton is a capable myster [...]

    13. I picked up The Skeleton in the Closet thinking it was one of the Agatha Raisin series of mysteries, but alas, it was not. I continued reading the book because of the unique nature of the story. There is not one single lovable character in the book. At first the reader feels sympathetic to the main characters, but as the story moves along and more of their character is revealed, all empathy is lost. Nonetheless, it is to the credit of the author that the story remains interesting enough on its o [...]

    14. A great stand-alone mystery/romance from M. C. Beaton (author of the most excellent Hamish Macbeth and Agatha Raisin mysteries). Good book . . . quick-paced, well-written, and very entertaining story with likeable characters and some interesting twists and turns to the plot!(view spoiler)[I wish a long and happy life together for Fell and Maggie! . . . and Aunt Agnes - who'd have thought that she had *it in her! *Read The Skeleton in the Closet to find out what "it" is! I sure didn't expect "it" [...]

    15. I enjoyed the book overall but it ran a little slow due to detailing too many normal daily activities. I liked Maggie quite a bit and was annoyed at the obnoxious way Fell treated and thought of her much of the time. The author should have worked a little harder to make Fell a more likeable character.

    16. One of the best things about this book is the effortless flow of words that grip you from beginning to end. It's a good story with great characters and I thoroughly enjoyed it.I will not give any spoilers.Highly recommended.

    17. I liked this much better than the Hamish MacBeth or Agatha Raisin books. The characters were much more pleasant and likeable - though I never did really warm up to the whiny Fell and wished that Maggie, who is a wonderful character, could find someone worthy of her.

    18. Typical light fare, such as what I read M.C Beaton for.I liked this book, since the characters were engaging if a little dim at times. I like these people better than Agatha Rasin who I do not like and not as well as Hamish Macbeth.

    19. Up to page 48 and will finish the book because it is a fast read, BUTI think the writer has no vision and speeds through her writing in a way that makes me believe she is tell the story to a child who has a short attention span.It may make a great play thoughay tuned

    20. A fun leap year read of this new to me series by Scottish author, MC Beaton. Downloaded from hoopla for easy listening via library card.

    21. A very non demanding mystery read, slightly tainted by such an unpleasant male lead - are we really meant to be on his side when he's acted like a five year old throughout and emotionally terrorised poor Maggie, whose main crime is not being attractive at the start of the book? Shades of the somewhat infantile James Lacey, another of Beaton's less pleasant male leads, pervade the pages. Also it's never explained why they keep up the pretence of being engaged after the funeral. A rather flimsy bo [...]

    22. I find it infuriating when so many author's dwell on a woman's appearance. Here we find Maggie, a "plain" young woman who helps Fell, a co-worker, deal with the dilemma of inheriting a fortune he knew nothing about. Then he falls for a beautiful (of course) older woman, who is only interested in hi money. But Maggie has to replace her thick glasses with contacts, lose a few pounds, and attract another man's attention to prove that she is worthy of interest. So predictable.

    23. While I don't find the Agatha Raisin books particularly enthralling, they are miles ahead of thisFell is an absolute jerk, nothing endeared him to the reader and there was waaaaaay too much focus on Maggies 'lank hair and shiny face' and women's appearance in general.Unless you have absolutely nothing left to read on a slow afternoon, I'd give this one a miss.

    24. A quick read from the author of the Agatha Raisin books.The plot was complex, enough to keep you interested. The love story was a bit old fashioned, but very sweet.

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