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The Skeleton in the Closet

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Fellworth Dolphin, 38, finds out his miserly dominating late parents hid a fortune in the bank, and in cash. Fell teams up with plain waitress Maggie to investigate an unsolved 1977 train robbery his father may have committed, and the aristocratic home he is named after. Someone tries to murder them. Will they find love or death?
Paperback, Minotaur, 218 pages
Published March 2002 by St Martin's (first published March 2001)
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Patrick
Back in June I decided to read 100 books by Labor Day, a modest goal I have shattered to bits.

A large percentage of these titles have been by M.C. Beaton, who has two series detectives (Hamish Macbeth and Agatha Raisin) and a few stand-alones.

I really enjoy the Macbeths, though they are formulaic. Agatha Raisin is a little harder to get into; she's kind of a jerk.

This one involves a youngish man — a waiter, an virgin and a man who has never left his small London exurb — and whose life goes topsy
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Louise
I've read a few M>C>Beaon books before, and whilst not exactly a challenge, they have always been amusing.
not so sure about this one... I began to wonder half way through as to the simplicity of the style if it was in fact a kids book...
there was no depth to the characters, they seemed to just go about having crazy/awful/scary things happen, and just drift through it all, stopping for tea and food at appropriate intervals.
there was no mystery at all re train robbery.....


dull book
Riana
Fellworth Dolphin has led a tragic, bland life. Although in his late thirties, he has never even taken a girl out for a date. When his conservative old mother passes away, he finds himself on the brink of a new, free life – and also an unexpected adventure filled with secrets, danger and romance.

The Skeleton in the Closet has a nice balance of mystery, romance, irony and humour. Although Fell is frustratingly blind at first and Maggie somewhat clichéd, I enjoyed their characters and the unhurri
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Robyn Porter
I was hoping this would be a fun new series like the Hamish series, but it was more like the Agatha Raisin series: whiny, shallow characters who have more on-again/off-again crushes than middle school girls.
FebruaryStars
Having not read any of this kind of "cozy mystery" type books before I wasn't sure what to expect. The result was an easy to read, unchallenging, straightforward mystery story. You won't find anything earth shattering in this book but at the same time it is perfectly readable on a rainy afternoon with a cuppa.

The story follows Fellworth Dolphin after the death of his mother. He comes into money he never knew his parents had and starts to discover that his family has "skeletons in the closet" and
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Evanston Public  Library
As a fan of M.C. Beaton's two detective series (British Agatha Raisin and Scottish Hamish MacBeth), I was pleased to discover this appealing stand-alone mystery. Beaton answers the question: "What would a 40 year-old man do if he started living an active, full life after the death of his domineering, miserly parents?" His new financial and emotional independence open Fellworth Dolphin up to life's possibilities, including romance and discovering his own family history. Beaton is a capable myster ...more
Mary
Different and a stand alone book from the author. I enjoyed it very much. It's really about appreciating, then finding or rather seeing what was in front of you all along. The sleuthing was fun as well. Nice ending, if predictable, and nice change of pace.
☺Trish
A great stand-alone mystery/romance from M. C. Beaton (author of the most excellent Hamish Macbeth and Agatha Raisin mysteries).
Good book . . . quick-paced, well-written, and very entertaining story with likeable characters and some interesting twists and turns to the plot!
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Peter Auber
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Dorie
I enjoyed the book overall but it ran a little slow due to detailing too many normal daily activities. I liked Maggie quite a bit and was annoyed at the obnoxious way Fell treated and thought of her much of the time. The author should have worked a little harder to make Fell a more likeable character.
Silvana
Dec 29, 2008 Silvana is currently reading it
Up to page 48 and will finish the book because it is a fast read, BUT...I think the writer has no vision and speeds through her writing in a way that makes me believe she is tell the story to a child who has a short attention span.

It may make a great play though.

stay tuned...
Kim
I liked this much better than the Hamish MacBeth or Agatha Raisin books. The characters were much more pleasant and likeable - though I never did really warm up to the whiny Fell and wished that Maggie, who is a wonderful character, could find someone worthy of her.
Evelyn Bryant
Typical light fare, such as what I read M.C Beaton for.
I liked this book, since the characters were engaging if a little dim at times. I like these people better than Agatha Rasin who I do not like and not as well as Hamish Macbeth.
Julie Powell
One of the best things about this book is the effortless flow of words that grip you from beginning to end.

It's a good story with great characters and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I will not give any spoilers.

Highly recommended.
Belinda
I picked up The Skeleton in the Closet thinking it was one of the Agatha Raisin series of mysteries, but alas, it was not. I continued reading the book because of the unique nature of the story. There is not one single lovable character in the book. At first the reader feels sympathetic to the main characters, but as the story moves along and more of their character is revealed, all empathy is lost. Nonetheless, it is to the credit of the author that the story remains interesting enough on its o ...more
Julie
A cliched & predictable read. I much prefer her "Hamish Macbeth" series.
An Odd1
In a muggy English "dandelion summer", "two ordinary people made in a brief moment extraordinary by their love for each other" p 200 are Fellworth Dolphin 37, and Margaret "Maggie" Partlett. The lonely shy sweet jealous dreamers are pursued romantically by greedy widow Melissa Harley and drunken reporter Peter South, and murderously by 1977 train robbers. The fake affianced couple investigate cash left by Fell's late parents - dominating abusive misers, small and dumpy, where Fell is tall and th ...more
Tyler
Synopsis: Fellworth Dolphin is a pretty simple kid who works hard to pay the bills and support his mother after his father died. The Dolphin's live in a simple house and have never really had anything exciting happen to them. When Fellworth's mother dies suddenly Fell finds out that he has inherited a sizable sum. He can't figure out how or where this money came from so he enlists the help of his homely friend Maggie to help him unravel the mystery.

My Review: This book wasn't great, but I enjoye
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_inbetween_
Another re-read, but I wanted to make sure (that I had read it, that I had remembered it was slightly different, that I would give it away). Sadly I might keep it. It's typical Beaton, with the (OMG lank-haired! overweight!) woman constantly hoping and being disappointed, but here it's married with her former genre, the romance, so she gets contact lenses and a haircut, loses weight and they get together. The "mystery" is also just the usual talking-with-the-same-people-about-nothing. Eating out ...more
Michelle
I can't stand Agatha Raisin, but the author is so popular when I heard about a stand-alone novel I figured I'd give Beaton another chance.

Meh. So much description - lots of telling and not enough showing. Could have used a really good edit and a lot of rewriting - it wasn't suspenseful at all. The character development wasn't too bad though.
Pat
This is the first of the M.C. Beaton mysteries I have read that was not either an Agatha Raisin story or a Hamish MacBeth. I believe it is my favorite, so far! It was a good story with lots of twists, but still quick-moving and easy to follow, with a bit of romance thrown in. A very good example of a cozy!
Michele Thulborn-chapman
A 38 year old virgin, a mismatched relationship, money coming out of holes in the ground, an unsolved train robbery and more...

We had 2 really nice sunny days this weekend so I managed to get a few hours out on my "reading chair" on the back kitchen veranda with "Mr. Kindle" and decided to take on a nice easy read as I've had my head buried in Jack Reacher action during my last 2 books.

I've read one other M C Beaton novel before set around Kyrenia in Northern Cyprus and found I quite liked it so
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Linda
My first MC Beaton. Apparently a standalone and not part of her series. This was an enjoyable read with all the small English village interpersonal dynamics and good plot twists. I could not get over how much it reminded me of the Rita Mae Brown Mrs. Murphy mysteries which I love-but without Brown's unique critters!
Bonnie
I especially loved the characters in this book, how they developed and changed in response to the events of interactions with others. It was a great mystery and well written.
Tina
Fun. light. Fellworth Dolphin & his girlfriend, Maggie, look for the source of his newly inherited wealth. Loot from a train robbery? Results of parents' miserliness?
JulieLaLa
3.5 stars for another easy and entertaining book by M.C. Beaton. I needed something light, yet charming, and she delivered. Silliness, mystery, humour, nicely done!
Geranium Cat
Quite entertaining little stand-alone mystery about two people who have been smothered by dominant parents all their lives.
Tam
I really enjoyed this book; the characters, the plot, the locale, everything. A fast, light read.
Gill
A quick read, all done in one evening. Lightweight and shallow brain candy.
Kathy Moberg
I enjoy M. C. Beaton's mysteries. At their best they are fun, often funny, and have clever puzzles. They are always somewhat formulaic, but when not overdone, this makes them perfect for traveling, when feeling under the weather, tired or any time you just want an amusing, easy read. I read this on a vacation, and loved it. The characters are sweet and charming, and it took me quite a while before I began to figure it out. Since this is a stand-alone book and not a series, it's a good one to try ...more
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