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A Pint of Murder (Madoc Rhys #1)

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  547 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews

Old Agatha Treadway baked her own bread, canned her own vegetables---and died of botulism in her very own kitchen. Accident, says Dr. Druffitt. Murder, says neighbor Janet Wadman. And says it again when she finds the doctor dead, too. Detective Inspector Madoc Rhys, of the royal Canadian Mounted Police, agrees. But who's the kill

Paperback, 186 pages
Published December 1st 1988 by Avon Books (first published 1980)
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Nov 28, 2014 Diane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another amusing cozy by Charlotte MacLeod (under her pen name of Alisa Craig), this one is set in Canada and features Madog Rhys of the RCMP (a/k/a the Mounties). She was born in Canada in 1922, but emigrated to the US in 1923. She became a US citizen in 1951. Unfortunately, there are only five Rhys mysteries, of which this is the first.

Elderly Agatha Treadway has died of food poisoning - supposedly from the food that she had herself canned. Her neighbor and friend, Janet Wadman, doesn't believ
Susan Ferguson
Apr 02, 2013 Susan Ferguson rated it it was amazing
I am so glad Charlotte MacLeod's books are finally out in ebooks. I have been keeping an eye out and finally decided to check again after being disappointed so often. Yay!
I had not read this series before but am very pleased with it - it is good fun.
Janet is suffering from a bruised heart and a ruptured appendix and has come home to her brother's farm to recuperate. His wife is having an operation for "female troubles" and their kids are at her parents so Janet doesn't have a lot to do. Hearing
Jan 03, 2015 Judy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Angela Treadway, an elderly widow in a small Canadian town, is poisoned by botulism in some canned green beans that she ate and Janet Wadman is instantly suspicious because Mrs. Treadway was known in the community for being fanatically careful with the fruits and vegetables that she canned. Before Janet could alert the local doctor about her suspicions, he is also killed. Before the murderer is unmasked, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are involved and then things get really interesting. An at ...more
Oct 05, 2015 Karen rated it liked it
A Pint of Murder is the first in the Madoc and Janet Rhys Series written by Charlotte MacLeod under the pen name Alisa Craig (a name she also used for the Grub-And-Stakers series ... which I'll get to some day!). I already fell in love with MacLeod's Peter Shandy so I figured I would give another series a shot (especially since the second one takes place at Christmastime and will fit in nicely with my holiday read-a-thon).

While I can't say that this enthralled me as much as the Peter Shandy seri
Nov 16, 2014 Teri-k rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Started out slow. Really slow. It finally picked up once the Mountie arrived, but that took way too long. I like Rhys and Janet, I think. They're not glamorous, but feel like fairly real people who might reasonably be expected to be interested in each other. I'd have liked to spend more time with them together. The solution to the murders came out of left field. I read lots of these, but I had to stop and think, "Now, what?"

I do like the small town setting, the characters who aren't too nice bu
Feb 28, 2014 Philip rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I guess this was an OK read but It isn't the style of mystery that I enjoy reading. I found this while looking for some mysteries set in New Brunswick as part of my project to read mysteries set in all parts of Canada and New Brunswick so far has been the hardest province in which to find suitable books! This author's writing has just reinforced my wariness of reading mysteries by female authors, an irrational aversion that Louise Penny, Barbara Fradkin. Vicki Delaney and possibly Anne Emery hav ...more
This cozy mystery was fun to read-a little old fashioned, published in 1980, and stands as the first instalment in Charlotte Macleod's R.C.M.P. detective series. Rhys Madoc is his name, and he is quiet spoken, a gentleman, and a very crafty detective, with great listening skills. I quite liked him!

A series of murders takes pace in a little town called Pitcherville, when elderly Aggie Treadway dies from botulism poisoning. Her preserved green beans were tampered with! A whole series of interesti
Mar 27, 2013 Maria rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, mystery
A good start to the Canadian Mounty series. I had forgotten, if I had ever known, that Nelson Eddy played a RCMP when I was a child although I remember the shows vaguely. Like Janet, I was expecting a tall, well-built, good looking man to show up, singing and singing well, although I had no idea what song, so my memory banks must have been partially working at some level. I know I had a good laugh at the way Ms. MacLeod introduced Madoc, mainly at myself. The gentle romance between Madoc and Jan ...more
Jenn Estepp
Thanks for putting this on sale the other day, Open Road! Because Overdrive only has one book in each Macleod series and I can't afford 7.99 a pop, but I am super digging these. Sort of ultimate cozies, but back before they were super punny and cutesy. I love Rhys and Janet, but since I can't depend on more sales coming, I'm exploiting interlibrary loan now.
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Jun 19, 2014 Joan - xstitchfan rated it really liked it
A fun 185 pages of cozy mystery that didn't disappoint this mystery reader in any way! A wonderful mystery set in a very small Canadian community full of quirky characters who know all about each other's business and are happy to tell anyone including the RCMP Inspector brought into the case. I'm so glad these books have been made into e-books. I can't wait to read the series. Happy Reading! Joan
Jan 24, 2013 Sally rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
Listening to an audiobook version is a kind of re-read for me. I read and enjoyed many of Charlotte Macleod's (aka Alisa Craig) many years ago and still have the paperbacks on my bookshelf, so I probably thought them worth keeping. I think the best thing about her stories is the sense of having a real community entwined in mysterious happenings. What the characters do feels believable and realistic, yet somehow rather quirky. I don't think this series with Maddoc and Janet Rhys (A Pint of Murder ...more
Oct 18, 2013 Ed rated it really liked it
#1 in the RCMP Inspector Madoc Rhys series by Charlotte MacLeod writing as Alisa Craig. Alisa Craig was MacLeod's most frequently used pen-name (11 titles), and it was used for the two Canada-based series,
RCMP Inspector Madoc Rhys and The Grub and Stakers (5 titles each), as well as a standalone mystery, The Terrible Tide (1983), based in New Brunswick. The Alisa Craig offerings are in the same quirky vein used by MacLeod under her own name.

RCMP Inspector Madoc Rhys appears in Pitcherville, New
Jody Hamilton
Alisa Craig is also known as Charlotte MacLeod. I've read the Peter Shandy and Kelling/Bittershon series by Charlotte MacLeod and have loved her characters and wit. I felt A Pint of Murder was written by a different person...characters were flat and the plot was sub-par.
Lynda Bowles
Feb 21, 2016 Lynda Bowles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic story

Very surprised to find one of Charlotte MacLeod series that I haven't read. She's one of my favorite authors. Started reading her books in 1983 along time ago and have been thrilled with them ever since.
Jun 13, 2014 KarenLee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
An engaging cozy mystery, taking place in Canda and involving the RCMP and a small village with way too many murders!
Feb 20, 2016 Kathy rated it really liked it
Fun, quirky characters and plot. I love this series of cozy mysteries. Not gory or gruesome, just plain fun to read.
Julie Flaherty
Better once Madoc joined the story. He has a better voice than Janet.
Jan 03, 2015 Marya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe not quite 4 stars, but I was entertained.
Eliz Fogarty
Jan 11, 2015 Eliz Fogarty rated it liked it
Very light entertainment - fun!
Bill-paula Hite
Aug 02, 2014 Bill-paula Hite rated it it was amazing
Like this series by the author as well
Jun 30, 2014 Michelle rated it really liked it
This is Charlotte MacLeod writing as Alisa Craig. It is a good cozy mystery. A little slow.
Suzan Sluder
May 22, 2013 Suzan Sluder rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story itself is a good read and although there are several characters, the author connects them well and if you forget the relationships, she reminds you in later parts of the book. The only thing I did not like was the swearing that occurred a few times thru the book. Not gratuitous, but it wasn't necessary for the story and I found it distracting. I did guess the killer about mid-way thru the book (and I usually don't) but the storyline was interesting enough to continue on to see how it a ...more
Sep 12, 2016 Susan rated it it was amazing
As a Mountie, Madoc Rhys is suspicious of everyone. As a man, he can't help his feelings toward Janet Wadman, home helping her brother farm, even though she's the one who reported two suspicious deaths in the gossipy town of Pitcherville. Janet is fragile after an appendectomy and a lost romance, but she's aware of what's going on around her, and she knows that there's no way Aggie Treadway canned the beans that killed her. Charming and full of interesting characters.
Dec 31, 2015 Selah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Madoc and Janet are charming sleuths! I want to read more about them.
Oct 17, 2008 Nicole rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
This is the coziest of tales despite the deaths. The story reveals wonderful detailed images of dedicated Canadian farmers, rural village life and gossip galore, plus the eminent families status quo. The state in which Madoc Rhys, RCMP, finds himself is two down and counting. He has to unravel all the family ties amidst funerals and flirting with the farmers sister. Glorious characters, as MacLeod always delivers.
May 16, 2013 Delia rated it liked it
Shelves: audio

The best parts were the beginning and the end. I truly think the book was filled with unnecessary details but only because there were so many and it was hard for me to keep myself focused! Lots of characters with lots to do. I enjoyed it although I had to go back more than a few times to keep up with the story. It was very nice.
May 11, 2016 Nicole rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Meh.. Maybe "cozy" mysteries are just not my thing.
Sep 29, 2011 Elizabeth rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries, canada, rcmp
This is one of those stories that has it's characters all busier than beavers with chores and jobs and whatnot ,so that you get exhausted before you get to the end of the book. Naturally creating a timeline of who was where when is an exercise in futility.
Feb 11, 2013 Teddi rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-series
The beginning was just confusing but it did get better as it went along. did get a bit annoyed at the liberal use of "eh" (and this from a Canadian!
Barbara Lynn
Nov 28, 2014 Barbara Lynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kept my interest from beginning to end. Light-hearted cozy mystery.
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Also wrote as Alisa Craig

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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