Books by Alisa Craig

Released: May 21, 1993

More from Craig (a.k.a. Charlotte MacLeod) on the Grub and Stake Gardening and Roving Club. Here, the zany inhabitants of Lobelia Falls, Ontario (The Grub and Stakers Quilt a Bee, 1985, etc.), are being visited by the ghost of mule-skinner Hiram Jellaby, who has taken up residence in the woodshed of widowed health-nut Zilla Trott. Years back, after Hiram accidentally found and reburied a chest full of gold, he was shot to death by an unknown assassin seeking the treasure's location. Now Hiram has returned—to bury his bones properly and to try to find the chest once again. The villagers—funny-talking, gold-plated eccentrics all—busy themselves with the search, mostly with dowsers, unfazed by Hiram's presence, which is often in the form of a pair of piercing, disembodied eyeballs. Their efforts succeed, uncovering in the process the identity of the town prowler and answers to more recent local mysteries. The most voracious appetite for heavy-handed, unrelenting whimsy, bathed in molasses, should be satisfied here. Read full book review >
THE WRONG RITE by Alisa Craig
Released: Jan. 16, 1992

Detective Inspector Madoc Rhys of the Canadian Mounties (A Pint of Murder, 1980, etc.), wife Janet, and infant daughter Dorothy are visiting Madoc's family in Wales to celebrate the 90th birthday of grandfather Sir Caradoc Rhys. A clutch of friends and relatives are in and out of the manor house, eating a succession of meals and drinking endless cups of tea. Among them is neighbor Lisa Ellis, a widow whose gem-dealer husband was murdered in Marseilles eight years before. Distant cousin Mary Rhys, a gem-cutter of unexpected affluence, and her occult-obsessed brother Bob are also guests, as is Madoc's opera-star brother Daffyd, for years in love with Lisa. It takes 150 pages of relatives, local rites, and cooing over Dorothy before Mary, long tagged the murder victim, comes to her ritualistic end. Unwinding the background to her murder, a scenario full of bizarre coincidence, is no more enthralling than what's gone before. Cloying, unconvincing, and strictly for faithful fans. Read full book review >