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Million Dollar Baby (A Marjorie McClelland Mystery #1)

3.52  ·  Rating Details ·  432 Ratings  ·  65 Reviews
Successful young writer Marjorie McClelland leads a solitary, comfortable life in the quiet, post-prohibition town of Ridgebury, CT. Her tranquil life is disrupted when Creighton Ashcroft, a British heir with time and money to burn, purchases a deserted mansion with a mysterious history on the outskirts of town. Instantly smitten with the talented and beautiful Marjorie, C ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 8th 2006 by Midnight Ink (first published April 1st 2006)
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Aug 13, 2016 Lynx rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Creighton Ashcroft is a wealthy British heir whose come across the pond to settle down in small town life in Connecticut where none of the big city worries and gossip can reach him. After crossing paths with Marjorie McClelland, a local mystery writer, Creighton realizes the smaller the town, the bigger the secrets. After the pair stumble across a skeleton in Creighton's garden, the duo team up to uncover the mystery, a perfect discovery to solve Marjorie's writers block and solve a 5 year old m ...more
Jul 07, 2015 Rebecca rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2008
This is the first of (so far, three) mysteries featuring mystery writer Marjorie McClelland.

The setting is Connecticutt, 1935, in the midst of the Great Depression, and it's fairly clear Ms. Meade is a fan of those old 1930s movies because the book hearkens back to them beautifully. You fully expect William Powell and Katharine Hepburn to walk through the door at any moment.

Everything starts when Marjorie meets Mr. Creighton Ashcroft, a wealthy Brit who has just purchased the local mansion. He i
Jul 16, 2007 Susan rated it liked it
entertaining period deep thinking required...a light fun read
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
I don't know if I'll ever finish this book. I keep trying and giving up because the writing is so very poor. The authoress is straining very hard to "do" Nick and Nora Charles, but honey, they've already been done--by a much better writer. His plots may be full of holes, but he can express himself in clear, concise language, which is more than you've managed to do.

I admit, I'm an ESL teacher and translator. Words are my job. But this person couldn't pass her First Certificate in English unless
Mar 05, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing
I loved it. Funny characters, twisty plot mystery, nicely used of the english language from that era. Great finish. Every thing wrapped up like a tight yarn.
The author gave the reader an idea of how men and women interacted on the 30's and how the world was after the market crash, how it affected people's situations and their thoughts of other people.
I like that. I can see this story played out on Broadway.
May 26, 2014 Julie rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
A wealthy, young British man retires to a rural town in the US where he meets and falls for a young mystery writer. While giving her a tour of his house and grounds, the two stumble across a skeleton.

I made it about half of the way through before surrendering. I didn't care enough about any of the characters or the plot to continue.

The author tried to write clever bantering between the two main characters and it just didn't work. I got the sense she was trying to develop characters with the cha
Mar 19, 2008 Cece rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: cozy or historical mystery readers
Shelves: mysteries
Suspend disbelief and just enjoy this one for what it is...a mental bonbon. Light, but entertaining, and left me looking for the next in the series.
Apr 04, 2015 Ciska rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review*

As I do not mind the detailed descriptions in thriller or mystery books I do not often read cozy mysteries. I should pick one up more often though as I enjoyed reading this book. The light tone made the whole 'there is a dead body' experience less significant and pays more attention to interaction between the characters. At points the wittiness became a bit annoying but that is probably more becaus
Susan Johnston
Mar 23, 2015 Susan Johnston rated it really liked it
Screwball comedies are back- in books. Million Dollar Baby had dialogue straight out of a 1930's movie, with a combination of romance, unrequited love, murder and mystery set in the middle of the Depression.
An independent mystery author teams up with a millionaire and a cop as they try to solve one murder and possibly two. They float back and forth between the small town where they all meet and the riches of New York. Swirled in with the murders are embezzlement, theft and a small girl.
It was a
Mar 08, 2015 Pippa rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
The main character, Marjorie McClelland, is a fun creation. A mystery writer with enough income from her work to remain independent, she has the freedom to push the boundaries of society and still remain within it. What is such fun is her ability to overcome her fears and jump in, tackling murder and mayhem with aplomb.

Marjorie and the wealthy Creighton Ashcroft, discover a body on his newly purchased property. This leads the two misfits to join forces with the local plod, Detective Robert Jame
Mar 04, 2015 MiddleSister rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Readers who like the 1930s but are not ticky about historical accuracy
Recommend, with reservations:
Million Dollar Baby is a cosy-romantic read rich in the glamour of the 1930s, though poor in regard to its history and mystery. It probably won’t satisfy the most discriminating readers, but it is an easy and enjoyable story for those who don’t expect too much.
Marjorie McClelland, a 20-something moderately successful mystery writer, debuts in the first of this series from Amy Patricia Meade. Creighton Ashcroft, an Englishman with a million-dollar fortune and a 1929
Mar 06, 2015 Kristina rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries, 2015
Million Dollar Baby by Amy Patricia Meade is the first book in the Marjorie McClelland Mysteries. The book is set in Ridgebury, CT during 1935. Marjorie McClelland is a single young woman and is the author of three mysteries (one currently in progress). She is struggling on her current novel when she meets Creighton Richard Ashcroft III. He just purchased Kensington House (biggest house in town). It had been vacant since the stock market crash in 1929 when Henry Van Allen is found dead in the em ...more
Marjorie McClelland is a mystery writer living in a small community in Connecticut in the post depression era. Nothing ever happens in the small town where she lives, until one day she is touring a house with the new owner, a rich British fellow named Creighton Ashcroft. They stumble on a body that has been dead for 5 years. Marjorie and Creighton join the police in the search to discover who the body is, who killed him, and whether it is tied in to the sad history of the house.

There was a lot o
In 1935 rural Connecticut, Miss Marjorie McClelland is tired of the gossip about her personal life or lack thereof. She's content to make a modest amount of money writing mystery novels and doesn't mind the only man in her life right now is her cat Sam. Then Creighton Ashcroft, the son of a wealthy British industrialist purchases Kensington House, the oldest house in town, and Marjorie finds herself in the middle of a mystery worthy of a novel. Creighton is madly in love with Marjorie and can't ...more
Mar 12, 2014 Anna rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Clever plot, witty dialogue, exciting action, however I liked but did not love this book, perhaps because the plot was a bit too unbelievable, or maybe the characters were a shade too silly,(view spoiler). I may read more in this series.
Sep 22, 2015 Terri rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Liked the sleuth, set in 1939. Bakground of time is not brought in enough. Most of time could be reading a book set in current time. But, good story. (Jan 2012)

Sep 2015. Re-read. Didn't remember reading the first time at all. Enjoyed the book, quite a few laughs in it.
Mar 12, 2015 Suzanne rated it really liked it
This book has a female mystery writer paired with a rich British transplant as they both attempt to solve the mystery of the dead body found in his newly purchased mansion in her small town. Reminiscent of "The Thin Man" films, the dialog is snappy, the setting is Depression era movie-ish, with enough wealth showered into the story to overcome the modest discussions of financial struggles. The murders and mayhem pile up while the author creates a love triangle that tests the readers' patience. E ...more
Scottsdale Public Library
This first book in a new series pairs a female mystery writer with a rich male British transplant. Together they attempt to solve the apparent mystery of a dead body found in his newly purchased mansion in her hometown. Reminiscent of "The Thin Man" films, the dialog is snappy and the setting is Depression-era ‘movie-ish’, with enough wealth sprinkled into the story to overcome any modest discussions of financial pain. The murders and mayhem pile up while the author creates a love triangle to fu ...more
Miss Lemon
Jun 03, 2016 Miss Lemon rated it it was ok
Amy tried really hard to write a good book. I feel a little bad that I dumped her after 11 chapters but I just can't waste precious reading time on a so-so read. It takes place in the Depression Era and the author worked hard to make it all sound like a clever TCM movie classic. But it just was too one-dimensional like a very bad B-movie, all bad acting and corny lines. Just could not get into the characters or plot. But I'll put it up on the shelf and maybe in the future I'll pull it down and b ...more
Mar 05, 2016 Kate rated it it was ok
I wanted to like Million Dollar Baby, but I could not get into this one. The book's description pulled me in, and the Depression-era setting got me. I love a good historical mystery. But the chemistry between Marjorie and Creighton is forced, and the flow of their relationship moves much too quickly. Their interactions are odd as well. When they discover a skull on Creighton's newly purchased property, Marjorie immediately suspects Creighton, who just arrived in town the day before. A skull, whi ...more
Mar 05, 2015 Crittermom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Million Dollar Baby is a rollicking read, filled with witty repartee, slapstick humor, engaging characters and a clever mystery that keeps the reader guessing. Marjorie and Creighton are a dashing pair of amateur sleuths, who insinuate themselves into the investigation of a dead body found on Creighton's estate. Marjorie is a mystery writer with a fertile imagination. Creighton is charming layabout with gads of money, a quick wit, and a desire to impress the woman of his dreams. The latter often ...more
Jan 31, 2014 Jackie rated it liked it
Million Dollar Baby is the first title in a new series featuring the mystery writer, Marjorie McClelland. The book was reminiscent of one I read recently about another young woman sleuth, Maisie Dobbs. Both stories take place in the 1930’s and each woman has experienced traumatic loss. However, while Maisie is mature and reflective, Marjorie comes across as rather naive and impetuous.

Marjorie’s tranquil, if somewhat lonely existence is disrupted when an aristocratic stranger buys an abandoned m
Apr 10, 2010 Ruth rated it really liked it
Marjorie McClelland lives a quiet life in Ridgebury, a small town – think Jessica Fletcher’s hometown from Murder, She Wrote – where nothing exciting has happened in years. As a fairly successful mystery novelist, Marjorie’s profession and independent streak often put her at odds with some of Ridgebury’s more traditional residents. Under pressure to finish her latest book, Marjorie is thrilled with the arrival of a true novelty – the wealthy and worldly Creighton Ashcroft, a British heir with mo ...more
Aug 19, 2014 Zahra rated it liked it
What a greatly misleading title that makes this seem like a modern best seller that should talk about flashy cars and Vegas parties. Instead, "Million Dollar Baby" is a detective novel set in the 1930s with a simple plot revolving around the mystery surrounding two deaths.
The humor and the old world charm made this book an enjoyable read and at times reminded the reader of the old TV show, "Cluedo".
The characters are chivalrous and the quaint wit in their dialogs makes one laugh out loud on sev
Sarah Adamson
May 31, 2014 Sarah Adamson rated it liked it
This is an interesting cozy mystery. It stars Creighton as the English millionaire who buys a large house with a history in a small Connecticut town. There he meets Majorie, a mystery writer, and together they have adventures exploring the high class and more middle class society of small town America in the 1930s.
It was interesting and I do want to see how it progresses but it didn't grab me completely the way I hoped it would. I will read on and see if it improves.
Angel Hatfield
Apr 21, 2015 Angel Hatfield rated it did not like it
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**I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review
Marjorie was a mystery writer. She was moderately successful. Three of her books had been published in the last thee years. It was the 1930s and the world was in an economic depression. Creighton Ashcroft was wealthy and was smitten with Marjorie.
The book seemed to drag. It didn't hold my attention. I read half of it and I found it harder and harder to keep reading.
Jan 18, 2011 Kris rated it really liked it
As a teenager I used to go to antique stores and buy books from the 1920s and 30s and immerse myself in that time period. (Yes, I miss Dorothy Sayers.) Amy Meade is a modern author who has written her book right, from the language to the clothing. Her heroine, Marjorie McClelland, is an intellegent, independent mystery writer making a decent living in the early 1930's. She has everything a reader could want, wit and humor, a rich suitor, morals, understanding of human nature, and charm. It's a d ...more
May 17, 2012 Pam rated it really liked it
This is an historical mystery taking place during the depression with a little romance thrown in. The book has humor and cares about the characters. Creighton Ashcroft purchases the large manor house that has been vacant for years in the village of Ridgebury CT. After the transaction he goes to the village store and meets the most beautiful woman that makes him fall madly in love. Creighton takes her to the manor to show if off. But they discover a body. In comes the police to solve the murder. ...more
Betty Durnan
Jan 09, 2016 Betty Durnan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The author always delivers a good story. It was a quick read and the the book held my interest until the end.
Jun 06, 2010 Debbie rated it liked it
First in a series that channels late 1930s comedy mystery romance movies. After the Thin Man Movies it seems there were a number of these. I can see this one with Jean Arthur, Ray Milland, and Jack Carson as the cop. A young woman who writes mystery stories meets a young Englishman with tons of money. While taking a tour of his new purchase, the local mansion, the two stumble over a body--and the fun begins. The two have escapades and exchange batter, usually on target. Ultimately this books has ...more
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Amy Patricia Meade graduated cum laude from New York Institute of Technology with degrees in both English and Business. She currently lives in Vermont, where she enjoys classic films, travel, cooking, and entertaining friends and family. Amy is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America.

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