Great author, good humor.
Number 10 in the series of Sarah and Max Bittersohn mysteries. "Charlotte MacLoed has the gift of farce. Some of her humor is swift and subtle slapstick, but she brings it off. At the same time she spins a neat clear web of puzzle and mystery," according to the Houston Post. Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine says, " Imish play on words and a generous dash of wit lend her mysteries their trademark.... sheer fun. Her fans grow with every book she writes, and deservedly so."
A Sarah Kelling and Max Bittersohn mystery, which means it's a good humored and entertaining tale well told by Charlotte MacLeod when she was at her best.
Renowned art dectectiv Max Bittersohn (who also happens to be the beloved husbasnd of Boston socialite Sarah Kelling) is enjoying a summer stroll whe he's accosted by Countess Lydia Ouspenska. That vintage vamp and faithful forger of Byzantine bibelots has just been inducted into a secret guild of Renaissance style art restorers headed by Bartolo Arbalest, aka the Resurrection Man. Is this menace of natty ne'er do wells up to no good? Recently restored objets d'art have begun vanishig from the homes of Boston's high society. And now Arbalesi's one time client - fat, lovable George Protheroe has been found with an ancient spear sticking out of his chest. Yet who'd have thought the old man to have so many sinful secrets? Not to mention a curse, a long-lost treasure and a perfectly plotted plan of revenge It's up to Max and Sarah to unearth the truth - and lay to rest a past that refuses to tay dead and buried.
My copy shows a different cover than PBS shows, mine having topiary prominent for some obscure reason. The story is fun, linking with many great features of stories of the past