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The Grub-And-Stakers Move a Mountain (Grub-And-Stakers #1)

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  341 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Dittany Henbit is a cheeky spinster who appreciates hermits. Sergeant MacVicars polices close-knit Lobelia Falls, where every citizen is an archery addict. Aided by author Arethusa Monk, the crew find out who shish-kebobbed the Water Works man, run a campaign, plan a 25th anniversary party, and inhale unwholesome amounts of Fig Newtons.
Paperback, 183 pages
Published April 1st 1987 by Avon Books (first published 1981)
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Randee Baty
Charlotte MacLeod, writing here as Alisa Craig, is one of my take-to-a-desert island authors so you can expect a gushing review from me for this book and you'll get it. It's warm, it's witty, it's fun, it extremely well-written, it's cozy but my favorite word to describe her writing is gentle. This is a gentle mystery.

Dittany Henbit is a member of the Lobelia Falls Grub-and-Stakers as is everyone else in town. Archery is the main interest of the club but they do all kinds of civic duties when ca
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Teri-k
Sep 25, 2015 Teri-k rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first in an amusing cozy mystery series. Amusing, that is, if a heroine named Dittany Henbit from Lobelia Falls, Ontario, who is a third-generation member of the Grub-and-Stakers combination garden and archery club sounds like fun to you. I first read these books when they came out in the 80's, and am only now revisiting them.

Dittany and the neighbor's dog are tramping around the mountain near her home when they interrupt a young man digging up rare wildflowers with a back hoe. It se
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Betty
Funny

This a delightful whimsical funny story. The characters will grab your attention at once. The protagonist is Dinttany Henbit was out walking the Enchanted Mountain when she meets a worker, Ben Frankland digging holes where endangered plants are growing. Before she knows what happened an arrow almost hitany them. The Water Inspector, John Architrave is found dead nearby. He was shot with an unknown arrow. Dinittany learns about a plan to turn the mountain into a home development. Dignitary n
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Betty
Oct 07, 2014 Betty rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books
This a delightful whimsical funny story. The characters will grab your attention at once. The protagonist is Dinttany Henbit was out walking the Enchanted Mountain when she meets a worker, Ben Frankland digging holes where endangered plants are growing. Before she knows what happened an arrow almost hitany them. The Water Inspector, John Architrave is found dead nearby. He was shot with an unknown arrow. Dinttany learns about a plan to turn the mountain into a home development. Dignitary need to ...more
Melody
Oct 23, 2014 Melody rated it really liked it
Dittany Henbit takes a break from her one person secretarial service and a takes a walk on the Enchanted Mountain where she finds a back hoe about to do a perc test in the last remaining patch of the spotted Pipssiswesa.. The discovery of a dead resident who had been shot with an arrow marked with an ominous wide black stripe begins an adventure of murder, greed, kidnapping, and general good deeds for the neighbours. A well written, fast paced story with likeable characters set in a small town i ...more
Gabby
May 14, 2013 Gabby rated it really liked it
One of the things I love most about Charlotte MacLeod's books is the names she gives her characters. When reading any of her books, I never get confused about which character she's discussing because each person's name is as unique as the characteristics she gives them. I've noticed lately in many of the books I've read that too many characters have names beginning with the same letter. If I'm reading about Jennifer, Julia, and Julie... well, I'd rather not have to stop and question which of the ...more
Jenn Estepp
So obviously, I am on a Charlotte Macleod/Alisa Craig kick. I'd avoided started this series because what if I didn't like it as well as the others? I should've known better. Now I'm sad that it's so brief (and that one of them is missing from all the local libraries, so I don't know how I'm going to read it). It's such fun and exactly what I needed and pretty much the epitome of a good cozy.
Tracy
May 29, 2008 Tracy rated it liked it
I'm a sucker for doughty women solving murders in closed-circuit communities where everybody multitasks. "Alisa Craig" is a pseudonynm for Charlotte MacLeod who rivals John Grisham in describing tasty food and dead bodies (who can resist that?). The plot, which is absolutely unnecessary as long as tea and cookies keep getting served, revolves around Dittany Henbit, a cheeky spinter with a keen appreciation of hermits. While trying to figure out who shish-kebobbed the Water Works man, Dittany &am ...more
Kathryn McCary
Mar 30, 2010 Kathryn McCary rated it really liked it
Shelves: genre-fiction
I am rereading the Grub-and-Stakers books (I am a compulsive rereader of books I have enjoyed in the past, and I like to do series as one unit). Charlotte MacLeod was for many years the reigning queen of the whimsical whodunnit, but always with a somewhat dark side, and the G&Ss are true to the formula. This first makes use of the romance novel good guy/bad guy "which will she choose" device. Other than that, it is a romp with equal parts silliness and charm, and a bit less shadow than some ...more
Mem Morman
May 06, 2014 Mem Morman rated it liked it
A tongue-in-cheek delight.
Maria
Apr 16, 2013 Maria rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, mystery
Delightful! What an inspiration Lobelia Falls is! Two authors, small town politics and neighbors helping each other, a terrific policeman in Sergeant MacVicars, and to top it all off, every citizen is an archery addict! What more could you ask? Murder and skullduggery perhaps? Arethusa Monk and Dittany Henbit with their peculiarly dated language quirks are the hit of the book with Osbert a close second. Can't wait to start the next in this series.
Sarahandus
Dec 15, 2012 Sarahandus rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
Charlotte MacLeod at her best, if there is such a thing. I can't decide which of her stories are the best, it's always the one I just finished.

Nice clean stories with great characters, of course they aren't the ones you will find in your town. Though I wish they were, life would be so much more interesting and pleasant.
Laurie Russell
Apr 01, 2008 Laurie Russell rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! This book is filled with characters that are unforgettable. The humor here can also be subtle, so read too quickly!
Diana
Oct 07, 2013 Diana rated it really liked it
Shelves: murder-mysteries
As always, Charlotte MacLeod has a knack for making me giggle and guffaw all on my own.
Teddi
Feb 25, 2013 Teddi rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-series
Enjoyable. Love a good mystery with memorable characters and a bit of fun mixed in!
Nicole
Sep 29, 2008 Nicole rated it really liked it
A wonderful cozy murder with a town that makes one wish to move right in.
Polly
Feb 08, 2012 Polly rated it it was amazing
Such a funny book, one of Macleod's most enjoyable!
Donna
Mar 15, 2013 Donna rated it liked it
Shelves: audible
Fun light reading. Quirky characters good mystery.
Marie
May 27, 2008 Marie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, cozy
Wonderful!
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