Vane Pursuit Author:Charlotte MacLeod Charlotte MacLeod, Queen of the Whimsical Whodunit, returns to the adventures of Balaclava College botany professor Peter Shandy. — A dastardly gang of rogues is sneaking around Balaclava county, scouting and snatching priceless Praxiteles Lumpkin weathervanes. It seems there is quite a market for them in Madison Avenue antique shops. Before the ... more »vanes disappear entirely, Helen Shandy decides to photograph several of the valuable antiquities for the Balaclava Historical Society files. A good thing, too. Helen manages to get a shot of the weathervane atop the Lumpkin Soap Factory only hours before the vane-snatchers set the building ablaze -- the fatal fire having begun as a result of the misfiring of a nearby Civil War cannon.
After this catastrophe Helen travels to Sasquama, Maine, to photograph one of the last vanes standing in its natural habitat. Having decided to squeeze in a bit of sightseeing, she undertakes a whale-watching jaunt. Little does she realize that this will put her in dire peril... for she is immediately shanghaied by the vane-snatching gang.
Back home, blissfully unaware of Helen's hapless plight, Peter Shandy does battle with a shaggy group of demented survivalists, and is rescued by a reclusive naturalist who could have taught Euell Gibbons a thing or two. He bounces back just in time to come to Helen's aid, and to round up a gang of the most villainous felons in Balaclava county history.« less