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  1. A Dismal Thing to Do is the third in the series featuring Detective Inspector Madoc Rhys of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and his wife Janet. It’s also the best, even though I loved A Pint of Murder and Murder Goes Mumming, Nos. 1 and 2, respectively. That Madoc and Janet head back to the greater Pitcherville area in A Dismal Thing to Do I credit with why I enjoyed it so much. Charlotte MacLeod, writing as Alisa Craig, has created such fun and memorable denizens in Pitcherville and neighbo [...]

  2. Janet goes looking for a wash stand for their new little house. Following the poor directions of her neighbour she encounters a large vehicle on a narrow road lined with high snow banks in either side with no where to pass she stops and waits but then the truck just falls over trapping the driver. Y the time Janet backs up to a barn she just passed to look for a ladder and gets inside the truck explodes! And then burns hot and long. The barn was knocked down in the explosion, mostly on Janet and [...]

  3. We've all been driving on a narrow road wondering if another car would be able to pass us. Janet Madoc is very lost and driving on a lonely country road with snow banks on either side. Janet is thinking: 1.Why did I get directions from my neighbor Muriel who is terrible at giving directions? 2.Where am I and where are all the people? 3.Does that speeding truck headed towards me see my car? In the next split second, the speeding truck flips and Janet is trying to figure out how to rescue the trap [...]

  4. Madoc and Janet are married now. Janet goes off on an antique-hunting trip, gets lost, and finds her way blocked by a tipped-over high-top truck. When she goes to a nearby deserted barn to try to find a ladder to see if anyone is in the cab, the truck blows up in a mighty explosion, bringing a lot of the barn down on top of her. She finds her car gone, and goes into a woodshed to try to stay warm, where she hears some men in the house talking about her supposed death in the barn. The men have se [...]

  5. I’d never come across Charlotte MacLeod before, and was sent this by my Canadian friend Suzy. “America’s Reigning Whodunit Queen” trumpets the blurb in the back matter of this paperback dating from 1988, followed by a quote comparing her to Agatha Christie. And with good reason, it turns out. When I started this book, I’d just finished They Came to Baghdad for the sadly missed Agatha Christie Reading Group. The style was fractionally more modern, but was just as crisp and precise with [...]

  6. Not one of her better books, the plot device was so contrived it practically squeaked and the set up was impossibly convoluted, not to mention eyebrow raising. I'm not familiar with Canada but it seemed a lot of mayhem over moonshining.The book read more like a 30's book in places and the way the women were written was horribly dated even by Ms Christie and Ms Sayers standards, not withstanding the book was actually written in the 1980s. Janet started strong and then wussed out to become a backg [...]

  7. The third Maddoc Rhys book and a delightful read. A hilarious cast of rural Canadian characters and an intelligent Mounties. The solution is unique and satisfying. I'll find and read the other books.The same author wrote the Peter Sandy series I enjoyed years ago and will reread soon.

  8. Downloaded this ebook for holiday reading, found it's the third in a series of 5 mysteries featuring RCMP officer Madoc Rhys, written under a pseudonym and published in 1988. Interesting, taking place in New Brunswick; not quite a cozy, have no idea what I will think when finished, or whether to request the others. I have read many of Charlotte MacLeod's mysteries and series under her own name.

  9. #3 in the RCMP Inspector Madoc Rhys series. Author Charlotte MacLeod is writing as Alisa Craig.RCMP Inspector Madoc Rhys series - After witnessing a strange explosion, Janet becomes a murderer's next target. Janet Rhys is driving through the backwoods of Canada when she sees the truck ahead of her lose control, smash into a snow bank, and flip sideways, completely blocking the road. Springing to action, she darts into a nearby barn, searching for something to use to rescue the person trapped ins [...]

  10. As the saga of Rhys and Janet continues, the reader meets previous characters again, many of which are improving, and is introduced to many new ones. Rhys investigates with Janet's help the destruction of property on a back road and the "possible" attempted murder of Janet. One doesn't quite believe it would have come to that until a garrulous and likeable young man is killed - the very one who has claimed to have killed Janet, thereby possibly saving her life. I went through most of the book su [...]

  11. Charlotte MacLeod books are ones I read about 20 years ago, and this one I recently got as an audiobook. I do like her stories and style of writing, but I wasn't thrilled with the narrator on this book, William Dufris. He couldn't seem to settle on the voice and accent for the Maddoc Rhys character. Also, I have long thought the name "Rhys" was pronounced "reese" and the reader says "riss", so that rather jolted me all the way through the story. I'd probably be better off to pull out the old pap [...]

  12. A Canadian, Alisa Craig knows a thing or two about detecting in the snow. Her detective, Janet Rhys, is nearly involved in an accident with a truck. Subseqently she is nearly blown to bits and also nearly burnt to a crisp. During all this excitement, she acquires a telling clue to a crime. It isn't until she is rescued by her husband, RMPC Inspector Madoc Rhys, that they find out what and who, really need to be investigated.

  13. Janet and Rhys are married (and how disappointed am I that we were not invited to the wedding?). Janet is the lead for the first 20 pages or so, but Rhys takes over after that. I am charmed by Rhys' tender love and care of Janet. The author adds a lot of little touches to show the couple's devotion to each other, but I kept thinking I was missing something of Rhys' thought process as he solves the mystery. Sometimes, the author makes leaps in deduction that I'm not following.

  14. I liked this book because of the setting in New Brunswick, where my ancestors came from. I especially liked the part where a character says that [because of intermarriage] some of the locals are probably their own grandfathers (or something like that). Having waded through New Brunswick genealogies for the old families, I can almost agree! The relationships are very complex.

  15. This is probably my least favorite of the series, although it was still rather good and quite charming. I am coming rather quickly to love Madoc and Janet.

  16. I really enjoy this author's books - all of them. Alisa Craig is really Charlotte MacLeod. Rhys & Janet Madoc are recent discoveries by me and are becoming favorites.

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