The Odd Job: A Sarah Kelling and Max Bittersohn Mystery

Charlotte MacLeod, Author Mysterious Press $18.95 (278p) ISBN 978-0-89296-571-7
Reaching for too many laughs, MacLeod falls flat with the 12th entry in her Sarah Kelling and Max Bittersohn series (after Something in the Water). The title refers to Sarah's duties as unexpected executrix of the will of bossy Dolores Tawne, administrator of Boston's Wilkins Museum, who has been stabbed to death with an antique hairpin (a method, Sarah observes, written about by famed archeologist Amelia Peabody Emerson, Elizabeth Peters's series heroine). Among Dolores's effects is a safe deposit box she left unopened for 30 years. The box contains six antique stickpins and a photograph of the Wicked Widows, a group of seven masked street performers who, it turns out, are wanted for the murders of four Boston policemen some years ago. Relying on disguises and guesswork, Sarah triumphs in a final melodramatic scene. The meandering narrative, aimless chatter and absence of Sarah's husband, Max, who's in Argentina, sabotage this effort. (May)
Reviewed on: 05/01/1995
Release date: 05/01/1995
Show other formats
Mass Market Paperbound - 272 pages - 978-0-446-40397-9
Hardcover - 323 pages - 978-0-7838-1374-5
Acrobat Ebook Reader - 978-0-7595-6087-1
Ebook - 978-0-7595-4090-3
Portable Document Format (PDF) - 978-0-7595-9098-4
Hardcover - 323 pages - 978-0-7451-2876-4
Hardcover - 323 pages - 978-0-7451-2871-9
Ebook - 259 pages - 978-1-4532-7732-4
Open Ebook - 1 pages - 978-1-306-62137-3
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
Email Address


Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.