Date finished: 5-9-05
Author: M.C. Beaton
Category: Mystery (cozy)
Fellworth Dolphin comes into money after his parsimonious mother dies and discovers an extra stash of cash in the locked desk. Circumstances lead him to believe the money may have come from a train robbery committed years before on his father’s watch and, with the help of his friend Maggie, Fellworth begins an investigation into
OK, this is exactly why I wanted to keep track of what I’ve read. This cover looked a little familiar, but the jacket description did not. As I read it, I had a crazy sense of déjà vu, but I was never quite completely sure that had actually read it before. Sigh. I’m not sure if this is just increasingly faulty memory or increasing similarity of cozy-style mysteries.
Character of Melissa seems to share some traits with Beaton’s famous creation, Agatha Raisin. Mostly the vanity and “the world is all about me” kind.
Beaton introduces new characters here, but they don’t really have much to redeem them and are difficult to care much about. (I’m not sure Agatha has much to redeem her either, but Hamish is at least a decent person.) I’m not sad she didn’t include them in any other books, although I suppose the possibility still exists.
Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission, probably enough to get a stick of gum. I generally only recommend products or services on this blog I use personally and believe you will find cool as well. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”