The Gladstone Bag Author:Charlotte MacLeod Sarah Kelling's Aunt Emma is a woman who throws herself into good works, such as leaping from a burning building into a net to raise money for a fireman's widow. — But Emma's benevolence stretches just so far. She's glad to let son Walter and his yodeling family borrow her house for the summer -- but she's not about to stick around and listen to... more » them yodel. Old friend Adelaide Sabine needs a hostess for her isolated summer place on Pocapuk Island, and Emma leaps again. She'll enjoy a quiet summer of rest, relaxation, and repairing the stage jewelry belonging to her pet Gilbert and Sullivan troupe while she keeps a benevolent eye on the artists and writers who'll be occupying Adelaide's six guest cottages. She packs up the troupe's Savoyard baubles in her old Gladstone bag and heads for Pocapuk.
On the ferry, Emma is drugged and her bag temporarily stolen. Could someone have mistaken those junk jewels for real diamonds? She meets her guests-to-be, and their obnoxious leader informs her they plan to dig for Pocapuk's legendary pirate treasure -- without having bothered to get Adelaide's permission.
On the island, she's barely gotten her luggage unpacked when her Gladstone bag is heisted again, a trespassing scuba diver is found dead, and a mysterious stranger is off on a rampage of attempted murders. Emma's not standing for such a shocking breach of island etiquette. She enlists niece Sarah and nephew-in-law Max Bittersohn for a spot of long-distance detecting...and sets about digging a trap for a ruthless villain.« less