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An Owl Too Many (Peter Shandy #8)

3.79  ·  Rating Details  ·  388 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
Amateur sleuths Professor Peter Shandy and his wife Helen of Balaclava Agricultural College are back, faced with a very disagreeable--and very murdered--bird watcher during a traditional owl count. "Piquant puns, suitable silly nomenclature, and audacious adventures enliven MacLeod's latest".--Booklist.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 1st 1992 by Warner Books (NY) (first published 1991)
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A pretty good entry in the series. Professor Shandy is on an owl count when someone is murdered, and of course he has to solve the crime. There are lots of mistaken identities and a wild night riding out a flood on a tugboat with Balaclava college President Thorkjeld Svenson at the helm. It feels to me like this series should be set in Minnesota, so it always surprises me to see references to Massachusetts instead. This book follows pretty hard on the heels of the previous one, so it might be be ...more
May 07, 2015 Cornerofmadness rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
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Susan in NC
Nov 04, 2015 Susan in NC rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reread
Another funny, literate and whimsical Peter Shandy mystery, this time back among the denizens of Balaclava Agricultural College in rural Massachusetts. I reread the first in the series, "Rest Ye Merry", almost every Christmas - it never fails to make me laugh! But this is the first time I've reread almost the whole series (not "The Curse of the Giant Hogweed", where she veers into sheer fairy-tale fantasy, too bizarre for me - one reading was sufficient) and I have to say I find it a bit uneven. ...more
Jul 25, 2016 Ed rated it really liked it
#8 in the Peter Shandy mystery series. Finalist 1991 Agatha Award for Best Novel.

Emory Emmerick comes to Balaclava Agricultural University as a scout for a television station. Although the faculty and students are hardly ready for prime time, Emmerick's interest is in environmental programming--a subject that inspires even the driest Balaclava professor to wax poetic. In his search for material, Emmerick joins Peter Shandy and a few of his colleagues on the annual owl-count. And though the telev
Kamas Kirian
Feb 06, 2016 Kamas Kirian rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, northeast
Another great adventure for Peter Shandy! Even better, Thorkjeld Svenson takes a prominent place among the cast of characters again! We get some more incite into Miss Binks and another harrowing boating adventure (I do think the Shandy's will be refraining from anything nautical for awhile). The pacing was fast, and the plot points somewhat unexpected. It kept me guessing about who was actually involved in the shenanigans until near the end. MacLeod makes for excellent cozy mysteries (once again ...more
Jenn Estepp
A very entertaining entry in the series. It's no great effort to figure out the mystery - or at least aspects of it - but it's so well done and MacLeod is such a witty writer and it's been so easy to grow fond of her characters.
Peter Barr
Jul 22, 2016 Peter Barr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another in a series of lighthearted murder mysteries by Charlotte MacLeod. She wrote several series, this being one that is centered around the Bacalava Agricultural College and the main character, Professor Peter Shandy. This story is humorous and every readable, holding my interest throughout the story.
Sarah Adamson
Mar 14, 2014 Sarah Adamson rated it really liked it
A fun cozy mystery with so many interesting twists and turns! Kept me going - fascinating characters, great villains, wonderful heroes and heroines! Off to find more!
Aug 13, 2015 Carla rated it it was amazing
I just loved it! The whole series is great and I'm almost finished with it. I just may read them all again! I can just see these characters in a movie! The writing is fabulous!
Jul 21, 2016 Tracy rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Not much of a mystery, but an odd romp a la the Perils of Pauline.
Mary Byrnes
Oct 24, 2014 Mary Byrnes rated it it was ok
This was an okay book but not good enough to get me to go looking for others in the series.
Nov 15, 2014 Melody rated it it was amazing
Another excellent Peter Shandy story. Miss Binks has claimed her estate and is using the funds to built a field house and attached television station. When the alleged station engineer is murdered during the annual owl count a conspiracy is exposed. This story unfolds the conspiracy and eventual capture of the criminals. The characters are intelligent, erudite and have witty senses of humour. I love that this author used words that I have to look up! I don't want to be pilox so I'll close this b ...more
Mar 13, 2013 Jim rated it it was ok
This was not a very good book. At it's heart it wasn't too bad a mystery, but it tried so hard to be cute that I could never get into the story. There is a line between humor that adds to the character and humor that distracts to the point of annoyance. This story was on the wrong side of that line. If the author had removed two thirds of the cuteness and filled it with honest characterization this would have been an acceptable story. As it is, all I could look forward to was the end. The book d ...more
Oct 16, 2012 Carolyn rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Nice, harmless story written with gentle humor. The unraveling of the mystery was sustained until the end and the well-written and light-hearted banter kept the story moving. I began to suspect the ultimate culprit about half-way through the story, but did not figure out the details, and I appreciate that. I also appreciate the non-use of profanity or overt sexual descriptions anytime. Call me a fuddy-duddy, but I will read more Peter Shandy Mysteries.
Jan 27, 2013 Maria rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
As I hoped, Winifred Binks is back. This is a lovely story that continues after Winifred has inherited her grandfather's millions and removed herself from living with nature to a small home. The TV station mentioned in the last book is being built when all the "fun" starts. Peter and President Svenson on the "tugboat" will long live in my memory. Sieglinde, as always, is amazing, although she and Helen only get a small part in this book.
Apr 13, 2009 Kim rated it liked it
I like Charlotte MacLeod, but her Peter Shandy mysteries are a little too twee. I still enjoy them, because they have all my favorite things - mysteries, smart people, conversation rather than all action, small villages, etc. But they are a bit much. I much prefer the Sarah and Max series.
Aug 21, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it
I can’t express how much I enjoy Charlotte MacLeod’s stories. She creates characters that invite you into their quiet life while they hunt for who did it. Her style makes me think of Georgette Heyer’s mysteries and Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple mysteries.
May 02, 2010 Karschtl rated it did not like it
Stopped reading after about 10pages. Am afraid that this country-mystery-style is not my thing (anymore). And furthermore I simply need to get rid of a couple of books and don't want to waste my time with books that are only mediocre.
Aug 24, 2009 Barbra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
The Annual Owl Count is serious business at Balaclava Agricultural College, so starts another Peter Shandy Mystery. This was a very enjoyable read clear through to the end.
Aug 24, 2011 J rated it really liked it
The Peter Shandy mysteries are good quick reads. There is a wry sense of humor in them that make them all the more fun to read.
Oct 06, 2009 Elaine rated it liked it
interesting, eccentric characters, a good mystery, lots of gentle humor.
Aug 06, 2011 Bev rated it really liked it
I can't resist an academic mystery and Peter Shandy is such a great character!
Sep 23, 2009 Carol rated it liked it
An entertaining, bizarre mystery for light reading.
Mar 30, 2013 Teddi rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-series
Another so-so entry in the series. On to the next....
Lidia rated it it was amazing
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Charlotte MacLeod, born in New Brunswick, Canada, and a naturalized U.S. citizen, was the multi-award-winning author of over thirty acclaimed novels. Her series featuring detective Professor Peter Shandy, America's homegrown Hercule Poirot, delivers "generous dollops of...warmth, wit, and whimsy" (San Francisco Sunday Examiner and Chronicle). But full
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Peter Shandy (10 books)
  • Rest You Merry (Peter Shandy, #1)
  • The Luck Runs Out (Peter Shandy, #2)
  • Wrack and Rune (Peter Shandy, #3)
  • Something The Cat Dragged In (Peter Shandy, #4)
  • The Curse of the Giant Hogweed (Peter Shandy, #5)
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