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by Charlotte MacLeod

Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Suspense and Thriller
Author: Charlotte MacLeod
ISBN: 0380490803
ISBN13: 978-0380490806
Language: English
Publisher: Avon Books (January 1, 1983)
Pages: 237
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The Family Vault is the first book in the Sarah Kelling and Max Bittersohn mystery series and, like the others, is a. .the amateur sleuths Sarah Kelling and Max Bittersohn-for the fact is its author Charlotte MacLeod is virtually unknown here in the UK. Why?

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. Why?

The Family Vault" is the first mystery in the late Charlotte MacLeod's 'Sarah Kelling/Max Bittersohn' series, and although it brims with the author's patented touches of fluffy humor, this story is grimmer than its 11 successors, and is piled high with Sarah's mysteriously murdered relatives.

The Family Vault" is the first mystery in the late Charlotte MacLeod's 'Sarah Kelling/Max Bittersohn' series, and although it brims with the author's patented touches of fluffy humor, this story is grimmer than its 11 successors, and is piled high with Sarah's mysteriously murdered relatives. The action begins when doddering old Great-Uncle Frederick Kelling has finally shuffled.

Title: Family Vault, The (A Sarah Kelling and Max Bittersohn Mystery) Author(s): Charlotte MacLeod ISBN .

Charlotte MacLeod is the American Mystery and Nero Wolfe Award-winning of the Sarah Kelling & Max Bittersohn . It starts with plans to bury deceased Great-uncle Frederick in the family vault on Beacon Hill.

Charlotte MacLeod is the American Mystery and Nero Wolfe Award-winning of the Sarah Kelling & Max Bittersohn and Professor Peter Shandy series of mysteries. 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.

So when Max Bittersohn’s wife, Sarah Kelling, offers to organize . The Withdrawing Room.

So when Max Bittersohn’s wife, Sarah Kelling, offers to organize his nephew’s nuptials, Max is smart enough to stay out of her way. But when the art-fraud investigator stumbles onto a family mystery, he is drawn into something far more serious than the question of who will catch the bouquet. Stolen years earlier, the priceless Kelling jewels were last seen in Amsterdam, so how did they end up among the wedding gifts? Max is trying to answer that question when a talkative burglar wallops him with a shovel in a failed attempt to rip off the rubies.

The Family Vault (1979) marked the first appearance of her other best-known characters: the husband and wife sleuthing team Sarah Kelling and Max Bittersohn, whom she followed until her last novel, The Balloon Man, in 1998. Библиографические данные. The Family Vault Sarah Kelling and Max Bittersohn Mysteries.

A Sarah Kelling and Max Bittersohn Mystery. She begins as a young wife, part of an extended, and inbred, clan of Boston Brahmins. She finishes-ah, but that would be telling.

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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

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 brick wall. And behind it lays a surprisingly fresh corpse - a skeleton with rubies in its teeth. Her name was Ruby Redd, and many years ago she was the toast of Boston's burlesque scene.

You can read book Family Vault by Charlotte Macleod in our library for absolutely free. You-my husband- Yes, Mrs. Kelling. We were just talking about the accident, as a matter of fact. Are you still at Ireson’s Landing? MoreLess Show More Show Less.

Great-uncle Frederick could be counted on to be difficult to the end, and beyond. Sarah Kelling is therefore not surprised when her relative's burial has to be switched at the last minute to a long-abandoned family vault in an historic Beacon Hill cemetery. She is, however, as appalled as the rest of her blue-blood clan when the ruby-studded skeleton of a flamboyant burlesque queen, who had vanished some thirty years before, turns up in Uncle Fred's chosen resting place. The Kellings have barely gotten former Fred decently interred before Sarah begins to realize that she and her family are somehow at the vortex of a complex murder plot that stretches far into the past and is moving, inexorably and horrifyingly, into the present. Charlotte MacLeod has written short stories and articles for both adults and children, several teen-age mystery novels, and ASTROLOGY FOR SKEPTICS, which has been published both in the United States and abroad.
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Mori
"The Family Vault" is the first mystery in the late Charlotte MacLeod's 'Sarah Kelling/Max Bittersohn' series, and although it brims with the author's patented touches of fluffy humor, this story is grimmer than its 11 successors, and is piled high with Sarah's mysteriously murdered relatives. It's also my favorite, perhaps because Sarah is portrayed as so young and touchingly normal amidst a hoard of grasping, penny-pinching, or otherwise wildly eccentric relatives.

The action begins when doddering old Great-Uncle Frederick Kelling has finally shuffled off his mortal coil. Even in death, he causes problems for the rest of his Boston Brahmin relatives by refusing to be buried next to his late wife. His will specifies that his body is to be interred in the historic family vault on Boston's Beacon Hill. Sarah, who is the lowest Kelling on the family totem pole, has been delegated to be present when the vault is opened, so it is she who discovers the skeleton of a long-disappeared burlesque dancer with rubies in her teeth, stashed in among the ancient Kelling coffins.

This mystery has more creative twists and turns than the rest of the series put together. There is also a touching love story as Sarah and Alexander, her much older husband (who is also her cousin--the Kellings intermarried as much as legally permissible in order to keep the money in the family) slowly begin to unravel the mystery of the murdered stripper, and in the process draw much closer to each other. It also has one of the most unusual villains--someone you will love to hiss and boo at--in the entire mystery genre.

When young Sarah is confronted time and again with the evil machinations of her closest friends and relatives, she puts on her mother's best black hand-me-down dress, and whips up another batch of cheese puffs. You just can't help loving her.
Thorgaginn
After having read the second book involving Sarah Kelling and Max Bittersohn, I found this one in a Kindle deal. (I have enjoyed the books, but I am not paying $6-$7 dollars for the Kindle version) I am glad I did, because now I understand why some of the characters are the way they are. This was a good tight mystery, with a few twists and turns I did not see coming. Charlotte MacLeod specializes in the quirky characters that make up the family Kelling, and they're quite good in this one. The plot moved at a good pace, and I wanted to keep the pages turning!

With this series, I would definitely recommend starting with this book first - otherwise stuff in the second book has you scratching your head.
SARAND
Kindle edition with introduction by Margaret Maron.

I'll begin by saying that I love the writings of Charlotte MacLeod. I've read all four of her series, not all of them, but many. Of these, the Sarah Kelling/Max Bittersohn series is by far my favorite. I've read them completely out of order though, and when THE FAMILY VAULT, the first book of the series, became available for $1.99 on Kindle, I jumped on it. Naturally, throughout the series MacLeod has filled in much of Sarah's background, but I was eager to read the beginning book that told the complete story.

When I do these small reviews, I normally try very hard not to say anything to spoil the read for anyone else. I'm not going to do that here, so if you haven't yet read the series, be warned that from here on out there are going to be spoilers. Perhaps big spoilers.

First, if this book had been by anyone else than MacLeod (and not on my Kindle), it would have hit the wall opposite me with a resounding THUNK! Because this was truthfully filled with horrible people. Sarah has a multitude of relations, they fairly pour out of the woodwork in every book in the series. Many of them are snobby and downright nasty, others are just . . . odd. Some are both. In this book we meet her first husband, Alexander, and his mother "Aunt" Caroline. Aunt Caroline is evil--there's no other way to put it. Selfish, cruel, narcissistic, controlling, and murderously evil. Alexander is described by Sarah as a kind and wonderful man, but anyone who does the things that he did is seriously sick. Their relationship is sick. Here is a man that cared for a child from the time she was a little girl, perhaps even as an infant (the book doesn't really say, but definitely as a small child), becoming her favorite Uncle. She has loved him all her life--then he marries her as a teenager (she is in mourning after Aunt Caroline murders her father, which, of course, she doesn't know)--for all the wrong reasons (one of which was to keep his mother from killing her). Knowing that his mother has committed multiple murders, has gone through one entire inheritance and is now spending the interest on Sarah's inheritance, and might well decide at any time to just go for the entire thing by ridding herself of the meddlesome Sarah, he desperately dances attendance on his mother despite the effect this neglect has on his marriage to Sarah, attempting to protect Sarah from his mother and to keep her from getting all of Sarah's inheritance. He has spent his entire life protecting his mother from the fate she deserves, even though that puts the woman he supposedly loves at risk. One could probably spend a great deal of time discussing the psychological ramifications of his actions, but I'll stick with seriously sick. And icky. When they sailed over the cliffside to their deaths, I thought it was an all too fitting way for the two of them to exit.

Still, this story had to be told, because it explains so much about Sarah, the way she acts and thinks, and the way the remainder of her life unfolds. Unfortunately, at least in the books I've read so far, she never gets over her love and hero worship of Alexander. Still, she does move on and grows and changes with the later books, as she finds her own voice and learns to trust her own judgment. There is no one who can plot a story out like MacLeod, and this book is tightly organized and totally surprising. I'm not sorry I read it, and it is an awfully good mystery, despite the ick factor. But perhaps that is just me anyway. I would recommend this book (with qualifications) and the entire series, as well as her other series to just about anyone.
VizoRRR
I had read the entire Peter Shandy series and the entire Macdoc and Janet Rhys series. Both are fun and funny mysteries series. I decided to read the Sarah and Max Bittersohn series. So far, I have only read this first one. The mystery is not fun like the other series; this is a much more serious novel. The villains in this novel are truly vile selfish people. Besides the murders they commit, they also ruin the lives of people still living. Something so evil and serious was a bit of a shock to me after the other two light hearted series. I have given it 5 stars because it is very well written but the mood is very different than the first novels in the other series. The villains are seriously evil. I do not know if the other books in this series are as dark as this one. I have not read them yet; I am still ruminating on the shock I experienced reading this first one. I tend to get overly emotional at times. The plot of this novel haunts me still.
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