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The Recycled Citizen (Kelling & Bittersohn #7)

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- The eighth ibooks title in the "Kelling & Bittersohn Mysteries" series.- Over 125 million Charlotte MacLeod Books in print around the world!
Paperback, 208 pages
Published May 1st 2004 by iBooks (first published 1988)
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This was probably the best of the series that I have read so far and I have definitely missed several. The mystery was good, the characters were their usual wonky, obstreperous selves, and I did enjoy this more than the first several I have critiqued and criticized. The unspoken theme seems to be that to those who do good deeds, nasty things must happen. The arresting scene is absolutely hilarious, with Max finally hauling everyone back to some sort of sense and sensibility. I'm not keeping the ...more
Susan in NC
Aug 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reread
Another fun reread in a beloved series - this time, Sarah, Max and all of her eccentric and hilarious extended Kelling relatives are in on the action! Also, the mystery has moved back to Boston after Sarah's last outing out in the wealthy burbs - this time, Cousins Dolph and Mary have lost one of their best workers at their Senior Citizens' Recycling Center in an apparent mugging gone horribly wrong. But after several other seniors have their recycling bags stolen, Max and Sarah begin to suspect ...more
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sarah is now hugely pregnant, but managing to get around all the same. Dolph and Mary's Senior Recycling Center is going great, but they need more space, so they are planning a huge auction of stuff inherited by Dolph from Uncle Frederick. When one of the seniors from the center is killed, police try to pass it off as a mugging, but Max finds traces of heroin in his collecting bag. Some undercover surveillance shows that the drug transfers apparently involves unique grape soda cans, and some bag ...more
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
In The Recycled Citizen, the seventh book in Charlotte MacLeod's Sarah Kelling/ Max Bittersohn series, something fishy is going on at the Senior Citizen's Recycling Center run by Dolph and Mary Kelling. Having met her husband in the second book, The Withdrawing Room, the former Mary Smith has inspired Dolph to work with her to establish a safe place for senior citizens to relax and earn money by collecting bottles, cans, and paper to recycle. But now they have decided to build a low-rent dormito ...more
Jul 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
#7 in the Sarah Kelling and Max Bittersohn mystery series.

Boston and its suburbs are stuffed with Kellings, and the city is about to get one more. Sarah Kelling and her husband Max Bittersohn--a pair of amateur sleuths equally at home in back alleys and black-tie balls--are about to have a baby. And if the child takes after his parents, he will be one of the cleverest infants in New England. But while Sarah is a month away from giving birth, she cannot let pregnancy slow her down--she has a murd
Shannon Rodriguez
Aug 03, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was so excited to read a mystery book, but I was sadly disappointed. Right off the bat, I felt like there were too many characters with different names, and it was hard to follow the story. By the time I truly got a grip on who the characters were I had missed so much. When the person who committed the crimes was persecuted I wasn't really surprised, because I didn't get what was going on. Maybe I'm just not used to this style of writing, but I didn't enjoy the story at all. There were also no ...more
Jul 05, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
I enjoy Charlotte MacLeod's series with Sarah and Max Bittersohn. Good mystery, funny characters, interesting settings. The first (The Family Vault) was a bit irritating as Sarah let everyone run roughshod all over her, but by the end she's developed a backbone. This is the 4th or 5th in the series and by now she's a tough pregnant broad with a brilliant hubby and life by the horns. In a respectable old-Bostonian way, of course. :)
Aug 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es ist nicht das erste Buch der Autorin, das ich lese. Deshalb bringt mich die Vielzahl der teilnehmenden Personen auch nicht durcheinander. sie sind so etwas Ähnliches wie eine entfernte Familie. Wer diese Reihe nicht kennt, sollte besser mit dem 1. Band anfangen, die Familiengruft. Mir gefällt der eher altmodische Schreibstil und die Interaktionen der einzelnen Kellings sehr gut. Keine unnötig blutigen Morde, keine wilden Verfolgungsjagden, statt dessen werden die grauen Zellen bemüht.
Jan 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Those who like screwball, light mysteries
Another reread for me, a needed visit with the Kelling/Bittersohn families during a move. This time, Sarah & Max get involved with her Cousin Dolph and his wife Mary's charity, the Senior Citizen's Recycling Center. Someone is using the center to transport drugs around Boston, and inevitably, one senior ends up murdered. Sarah, Max, and her extended family end up working their way around Boston and through a charity auction to the resolution.
Aug 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
#7 in the Kelling & Bittersohn Mystery series set in Boston. Married couple Max and Sarah Kelling Bittersohn find themselves helping solve a murder along with a drug smuggling operation which is implicating Sarah's Kelling relatives centering upon their charitable operation for seniors.

The Kellings are quite an eccentric family which provides on going humor and lighter tone to this mystery series.
Mary Rose
Overall I enjoy these books but it does grate on my when Sarah is overly rude to her relations. No matter how annoying, in don't enjoy listening to her belittle or be mean to an older person. It just seems over done.
Apr 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, read-in-2014
Continuing my re-read of this series. It's always nice to check in with Sarah and Max and their band of quirky relatives. Max and Sarah help solve a mystery involving the community center started by Dolph and Mary.
Harry Lane
Apr 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Wackiness abounds in this putatively private eye tale. The narrative seems to exist solely as a warp within which the woof of zany characters, offbeat dialog, and outrageous actions is woven. Very enjoyable.
Feb 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, mystery
Wonderful continuation of the Kelling trials and tribulations featuring Dolph and Mary Kelling, but Brooks and Theonia and Jem Kelling are all there, too, along with Sarah and Max. I loved the letters at the end.
Linda Cole
Feb 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Enjoyed the hustle the bustle and crazy commotion that comes with Sarah's relatives. The solving of the crimes and murders was just as much fun
May 12, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
A good book in the Sarah Kelling series.
Michele bookloverforever
another of sarah's decidedly quirky family makes an appearance. there is of course a murder and sarah and max solve it.
Gloria Mccracken
Sep 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Typical Charlotte McLeod Sarah Kelling mystery full of unusual characters (many of whom are related to Sarah) and zany plot twists.
May 31, 2010 rated it liked it
Similar to the other Sarah Kelling mysteries and worth reading.
Oct 18, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Fun. Quick read. Enjoyable and good characters
Aug 09, 2014 rated it did not like it
Trying too hard to be clever. Just not entertaining. If I hadn't been locking into a window-side airplane seat, I would have dropped it.
Dec 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: z2012-reads
Enjoyable in a silly sort of way.
Aug 12, 2010 rated it it was ok
Not so great. I think I need to read soemthing earlier as the characters were not well defined and she kept referring back to situations from previous stories. hard to follow.
Mar 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
Got tired of the rich trying to act like ordinary people.
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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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