The Bilbao Looking Glass
Sarah finds a strange mirror that, though unbroken, proves very bad luck. Sarah Kelling and Max Bittersohn have witnessed enough murder, Max thinks, that it's high time they got married. Although Sarah hasn't yet agreed to such drastic measures, she invites Max to summer with her at Ireson Landing. They haven't been in the house ten minutes when they stumble upon summer's first mystery - a mint-condition Spanish mirror which is more valuable than every antique in the house put together. Sarah has no idea where it came from, and she'll find this looking glass to be more troublesome than anything Lewis Carroll ever dreamed of. As the zany Kelling clan descends on the summer home, Sarah and her beau try to discover the origin of the Bilbao looking glass - a quest that is disrupted when a vicious next-door neighbor is found hacked to death with a woodshed ax. By summer's end, Sarah and Max will learn that some murders can be solved simply by looking in the mirror. Review quotes. 'If this is your first meeting with Sarah Kelling, oh how I envy you!' - Margaret Maron, author of The Buzzard Table. 'One of the most gifted mystery authors writing today.' - Sojourner Magazine. 'MacLeod shows once again why her Crime Club novels have put her in the front ranks among mystery fans here and abroad.' - Cleveland Plain Dealer. Biographical note. Charlotte MacLeod (1922-2005) was an internationally bestselling author of cozy mysteries. Born in Canada, she moved to Boston as a child, and lived in New England most of her life. After graduating from college, she made a career in advertising, writing copy for the Stop & Shop Supermarket Company before moving on to Boston firm N. H. Miller & Co., where she rose to the rank of vice president. In her spare time, MacLeod wrote short stories, and in 1964 published her first novel, a children's book called 'Mystery of the White Knight.' In 'Rest You Merry' (1978), MacLeod introduced Professor Peter Shandy, a horticulturist and amateur sleuth whose adventures she would chronicle for two decades. 'The Family Vault' (1979) marked the first appearance of her other best-known characters: the husband and wife sleuthing team Sarah Kelling and Max Bittersohn, whom she followed until her last novel, 'The Balloon Man,' in 1998.
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