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The Gladstone Bag

(1989)
(A book in the Sarah Kelling and Max Bittersohn series)
A novel by

 
Publisher's Weekly
As always, MacLeod serves up unalloyed pleasure in recounting the exploits of an eccentric Boston Brahmin family, this time starring Emma Kelling (aunt to amateur detective Sarah). The glamorous, aging but vigorous widow leaps into nets at a firemen's benefit, performs in operettas and now takes on a new role--housekeeper for a group of aspiring artists and writers living on an island retreat belonging to one of her friends. Taking a bag of stage jewelry to repair, Emma arrives on isolated Picapuk Island off Maine to meet rude Everard Wont, writer; suave Count Alexei Radunov, poet; Alding Fath, psychic; Joris Groot and Lisbet Quainley, illustrators. They plan to find and write about pirate treasure supposedly buried on Picapuk, and Emma's baubles cause some confusion. But the genuine, incredibly valuable diamond necklace she finds in the bag incites murder. Somebody on the island kills a stranger who has swum ashore; dopes the psychic and hits Emma and several guests on their heads. Recovering her senses, the heroine phones for advice to her niece Sarah and husband Max Bittersohn, who send the help she needs to nab the villains.

Library Journal
Six feisty and contentious characters with inventive names surround aging-but-active Emma Kelling during her stay at a friend's Maine retreat. Strange events, attempted theft, and a sodden body propel her to consult niece and nephew-in-law/detectives Sarah and Max Bittersohn (of series fame), as well as cousin-in-law Theonie. Tongue-in-cheek eccentricities, the usual casual but astute deductions, and a certain luxuriousness of language make this a most welcome addition to the MacLeod canon.

Genre: Mystery
 
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Hardback Editions

March 1992 : USA Hardback
Title: The Gladstone Bag: A Sarah Kelling Mystery
Author(s): Charlotte MacLeod
ISBN: 0-517-08076-1 / 978-0-517-08076-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Value Publishing
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October 1990 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: The Gladstone Bag: A Sarah Kelling Mystery (Thorndike Large Print Cloak and Dagger Series)
Author(s): Charlotte MacLeod
ISBN: 1-56054-006-0 / 978-1-56054-006-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Pr
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January 1990 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: The Gladstone Bag: A Sarah Kelling Mystery
Author(s): Charlotte MacLeod
ISBN: 0-89296-370-0 / 978-0-89296-370-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mysterious Pr
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January 1989 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: The Gladstone Bag
Author(s): Charlotte MacLeod
ISBN: 0-00-232261-7 / 978-0-00-232261-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Collins Crime
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Paperback Editions

February 1991 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Gladstone Bag: A Sarah Kelling Mystery (Sarah Kelling and Max Bittersohn Mysteries)
Author(s): Charlotte MacLeod
ISBN: 0-446-40002-5 / 978-0-446-40002-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mysterious Pr
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Audio Editions

August 2016 : MP3 CD
thumbTitle: The Gladstone Bag
Author(s): Charlotte MacLeod
ISBN: 1-5318-0855-7 / 978-1-5318-0855-6
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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January 2001 : USA Audio Cassette
thumbTitle: The Gladstone Bag
Author(s): Charlotte MacLeod
ISBN: 0-7366-6203-0 / 978-0-7366-6203-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape, Inc.
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Kindle Editions

June 2014 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Gladstone Bag (Sarah Kelling and Max Bittersohn Mysteries)
Author(s): Charlotte MacLeod
Publisher: mysteriouspress.com
Availability: Amazon UK   

October 2012 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Gladstone Bag (Sarah Kelling & Max Bittersohn Mysteries Series)
Author(s): Charlotte MacLeod
Publisher: MysteriousPress.com/Open Road
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