The Convivial Codfish Author:Charlotte Macleod After years of toiling upward through the ranks, Jeremy Kelling has finally attained his goal: to preside as Exalted Chowderhead over the Annual Scrooge Day revels of the Comrades of the Convivial Codfish. Suddenly, at the height of the ceremonies, Jeremy discovers that he's been robbed of his extremely valuable emblem of office. The Great Cha... more »in of the Convivial Cod is gone! He calls his new nephew-in-law, Max Bittersohn, nemesis of art thieves from Boston to Bangladesh. Max isn't inclined to take the Codfish seriously until Jeremy falls victim to what may, or may not, be a particularly vicious practical joke. From then on, it's champagne, caviar, and cold-blooded mass mayhem in high society as Max puts his life on the line to find a killer. "Another delightful whodunit in the Kelling-Bittersohn saga. MacLeod shows that humor and mystery can go hand-in-hand." (Kirkus Reviews)« less
The Sarah Kelling and Max Bittersohn mysteries are very funny and clever. The setting is Boston and its environs. Sarah owns a boarding house which was all that kept this young widow from starving until she met Max. Sarah is "old Bostonian" and Max is a sharp international stolen art sleuth and recoverer. Sarah's relatives are mostly quite dotty (maybe too many generations of Boston in-breeding?) and are always pulling Max into their problems. Charlotte MacLeod writes the funniest mysteries and this one is no exception.