- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Robinson (23 Jun. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1849016089
- ISBN-13: 978-1849016087
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.8 x 18.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Skeleton in the Closet Paperback – 23 Jun 2011
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As a holiday read The Skeleton in the Closet is just perfect. (newbooksmag.com)
A stand-alone, lighthearted crime romp featuring amateur sleuth Fellworth Dolphin by the bestselling MC Beaton.See all Product Description
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To his shock, Fell inherits a fortune which enrages him even more towards his parents as they blackmailed him into giving up the university to bring in income to ensure the family never starved. He begins to wonder where the loot came from and wonders if his father, a railroad signalman, was involved in an unsolved train robbery. Fell begins to investigate the train robbery accompanied by Maggie Partlett the waitress who is also equally emotionally deprived. As they work together making inquires, they begin to fall in love, but neither one was ever the recipient of unselfish love. Will they recognize their feelings before the danger they stirred with their sleuthing causes permanent harm? What will the truth do to the already fractured psychological psyches of two individuals with deep emotional scars?
THE SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET is a delightful amateur sleuth tale, but not quite at the level of M.C. Beaton's wonderful Raisin or MacBeth novels. The characters make the story line gel, but readers will feel anger and pity for the stars, who allowed emotional blackmail to cripple them. That reaction by the audience slows down a tale that fails to attain the mark of excellence expected by Ms. Beaton's fans.
The author introduces the character of Fellworth Dolphin, a nearly forty year old virgin who comes into a tidy little inheritance when his cold, unfeeling mother dies. As he and his mother had lived a working class existence when his mother was alive, Fellworth is both surprised and confused by the wealth of riches to which he suddenly finds himself heir,
Fellworth buddies up with a Plain Jane, Maggie Partlett, a waitress at the same hotel in which he also waits on tables. When Maggie moves in with Fellworth, they both begin to blossom, as does love. Together they seek to solve the mystery of Fellworth's surprising inheritance.
The problem with the book is that the characters are neither particularly well-developed nor engaging, nor is the plot all that intriguing. The dialogue is tepid, and the pace is languorous. That being said, fans of this author will derive a modicum of enjoyment from this book.
The characters are engaging and believable. I felt sure of the ending between the two main characters but at the same time I was really engaged, really wanted what they wanted to come true.
Nobody "howled" ( a favourite MCB verb) and no-one had bear-like eyes.
I wish there more about these two - but at the same time I'm glad there aren't, because it's a superb stand-alone that should just be left alone, a jewel.
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, along with his "fiance" Maggie tries to unearth the events connected to his inheritance.
The book loses stars because the plot is fairly predictable and is rushed in some places. I also found Fellworth annoying. He came across as a whiny, petulant, ungrateful person and I found it hard to believe Maggie's constant adoration for him.
It was an OK book and does the job if you want a quick uncomplicated read but it has not inspired me to read any more books by this author.
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Lovely story full of interest, inspires me to read more by this author. Mr and Miss losers make good against all oddsPublished 3 months ago by bendaw
It was intensely interesting to read a Beaton book so completely different to all her others. It is difficult not to think it was really another's pen . Read morePublished 3 months ago by manley
I enjoyed this book by M.C.Beaton as much as the others. A great romp! A gentle read but had some thought provoking ideas.Published 4 months ago by Jennifer L Wilcox
Excellent , would recommend for anybody to read , such an enjoyable story and book to read , go and get it .Published 5 months ago by david k smith