When the dullest man in town goes missing, and Professor Peter Shandy must figure out where to look
Although he towers over his neighbors, Jim Feldster is otherwise unremarkable, except for his mastery of cow milking and his membership in every lodge, rotary club, and brotherhood that Balaclava County has to offer. And anyone who’s met his wife, Mirelle, a vicious gossip with a hysterical streak, can understand why he never misses a meeting. But one night their neighbors, the sleuthing academics Peter and Helen Shandy, wake at 2:47 a.m. to the sound of Mirelle screaming. Jim hasn’t come home, and she will lose her mind if he isn’t found quickly. None of Jim’s lodge brothers know where to find him, and Peter’s investigation turns up few clues. But when a mystery author comes to town and Mirelle is found murdered, Peter begins to wonder if the master milker is less wholesome than he appears.
Kidnapping and murder, no strangers to Balaclava Agricultural College, expose doughty professor Peter Shandy to the lifestyle of the rich, if not famous. Shandy, last seen in Something in the Water, is desultorily investigating the disappearance of his neighbor James Feldster, head of the dairy management department, when the missing man's awful wife, Mirelle, is discovered dead and covered with blood. Mystery writer Catriona McBogle, visiting the Shandys during a spell of writer's block, accidentally finds the missing man unconscious in a limousine at the bottom of a ravine off a deserted road. For complicated reasons, she keeps his whereabouts mostly secret. That the henpecked dairy professor is heir to a major dairy dynasty and that his late wife is rumored to have bestowed her affections freely around Balaclava are issues that fearsome college President Thorkjeld Svenson wants kept out of the papers. Shandy takes the recovered but reluctant Feldster to the family manse to take charge of the family fortune and dispossess his nephew, Florian, as head of the family. In the 10th Shandy tale, MacLeod again demonstrates her skill and with incomparable whimsy makes her bucolic puzzles great fun. Mystery Guild selection. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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November 06, 2012
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