The Balloon Man by Charlotte MacLeod
(Sarah Kelling and Max Bittersohn Mysteries)

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Long-lost relatives and priceless jewels turn a wedding upside down
For all the Kellings’ quirks, no other family in Boston is more adept at throwing a wedding. So when Max Bittersohn’s wife, Sarah Kelling, offers to organize his nephew’s nuptials, Max is smart enough to stay out of her way. But when the art-fraud investigator stumbles onto a family mystery, he is drawn into something far more serious than the question of who will catch the bouquet. Stolen years earlier, the priceless Kelling jewels were last seen in Amsterdam, so how did they end up among the wedding gifts? Max is trying to answer that question when a talkative burglar wallops him with a shovel in a failed attempt to rip off the rubies. Then, as the reception winds down, a hot-air balloon lands on the wedding tent, spilling out the Zickerys, a branch of the Kelling clan who prove even odder than the original strain. Family weddings are never easy, but for Max Bittersohn, this one could be murder.

About Charlotte MacLeod

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Charlotte MacLeod was born in Bath, New Brunswick, Canada on November 12, 1922. She immigrated to the United States in 1923 and became a naturalized citizen in 1951. She attended the School of Practical Art (now the Art Institute of Boston). She spent most of her life in the Boston area and was a staff artist and copywriter at Stop and Shop supermarkets from 1945 to 1952. She also worked at N.H. Miller & Co. advertising firm from 1952 to 1982 starting as a copy chief and ending up as a Vice President. MacLeod is the cofounder and past president of the American Crime Writers League. Her many books and series include the popular Sarah Kelling and Max Bittersohn team, as well as a detective named Peter Shandy. MacLeod wrote the Grub and Stakers series under the pseudonym Alisa Craig. She wrote a biography of Mary Roberts Rinehart under her own name, and edited the anthologies Mistletoe Mysteries and Christmas Stalkings. She died on January 14, 2005.
Published October 2, 2012 by Road. 288 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In this spritely addition (after Odd Job) to a spirited series, MacLeod, who also writes the Peter Shandy novels (Exit the Milkman), has Sarah Kelling attempt to orchestrate an elegant wedding on Bost

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