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  • 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)

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As a holiday read The Skeleton in the Closet is just perfect. (newbooksmag.com)

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A stand-alone, lighthearted crime romp featuring amateur sleuth Fellworth Dolphin by the bestselling MC Beaton.

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By A Customer on 13 Feb. 2001
Format: Hardcover
In Buss, England, thirty-eight-year-old Fellworth Dolphin is still a virgin in more ways than just the sexual. The depressed Fellworth Dolphin knows life has passed him by. He works as a waiter at a local hotel during the day and cares for his chronic complaining mother at night. Fell has no hope for a future until the evening he came home from work and sees his widowed mother sitting in her armchair. She is dead.

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.

Harriet Klausner
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By lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Aug. 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have read and loved many of the other British cozies written by this author. In fact, she has written a number of series: Agatha Raisin, Hamish Macbeth, and the Edwardian Mystery series. I have enjoyed them all. This one, however, does not compare favorably.

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.
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This is another great mystery by M.C.Beaton although very different from his usual series but that's why I liked it. It moves to a different part of the country with two main charactors who you feel a great deal of sympathy for. As the story progresses they both begin to turn from very forlorn sad people into lively and interesting subjects both having there individual problems. Along with this is the mystery surrounded with plenty of suspects again the book keeps you in suspense and I really enjoyed it.
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If you enjoy the Agatha Raison murder mystery series, then you'll enjoy this stand-alone mystery book by M.C. Beaton, which features the same easy reading & humorous style...Fell Dolphin opens up skeletons in his closet when he begins clearing out his mothers' belongings following her death, and stumbles upon secrets and money that he never knew his parents had. Assisted by his work colleague and plain-Jane type Maggie, who secretly holds a candle for Fell, he begins to investigate his family secrets. Mayhem follows the normally quiet couple as they uncover murder, robbery, lies and deceit. Another great read from M.C. Beaton and the perfect gap-filler if you've read your way through the complete Agatha Raison collection and are waiting for a future instalment...
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Outstanding novel, quite the best she's written, imho, and I'm a huge fan of all her work.
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.
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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, 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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