Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The Family Vault (Sarah Kelling & Max Bittersohn #1), by Charlotte MacLeod

Mysterious Press/Open Road Media, ISBN 9781453277409, October 2012

This is the first of the very popular Sarah & Max mysteries, featuring Sarah Kelling and her wonderfully mad old New England family. Having married her cousin and become a fairly young widow, Sarah finds herself dealing with a series of unexpected and increasingly distressing problems. These include the discovery of the corpse of a long-missing exotic dancer, Ruby Redd, in the family vault where her late husband wished to be buried.

It turns out that's the least of her troubles. Art fraud, blackmail, and an attempt to cheat her out of her inheritance, along with someone willing to kill to evade discovery of these crimes, enliven her days and, unfortunately, nights. Along with these little problems is the puzzle of Max Bittersohn. Is he friend? Enemy? Potential killer?

This book and its sequels are a bit more serious than MacLeod's other series, but it's still very entertaining, with characters that are a joy to spend time with.

Highly recommended.

I received a free electronic galley from the publisher via NetGalley.